Sunday, December 27, 2009

Painting In-Progress, Pottery Vase with Rose

"The flow of water and paint can be uncontrollable and crazy, but it is also freedom, an escape, therapy, joy, and, oh yes, very sensuous!" -Angela Lynch

It's done!

Title:"Treasured Gifts" Size:10.25" x 11.25"

I have cropped the painting from the initial drawing, as I wanted to place more importance on the piece of pottery. I have painted it with several of the Daniel Smith Prima Tek paints, known for their purer mineral content and texture. As a result there are several mica flecks from the minerals, that in the right light, glisten, just as the real piece of pottery does.

The title says it all for me. I have a strong affinity for this piece of Raku Pottery. I love the way it looks and feels. It's both feminine and masculine at the same time. The curvaceous lines play against the raw, earthy, ruff texture of the vase base, balanced by the rich jeweled-toned colors of the smooth, gold lip. I have placed this vase near a window and watched the sun dance and play across it throughout the day. The dominance & intensity of colors change, and the minerals flecks on it, glisten boldly and happily in the sunlight, at other times, only an occasional glint of shimmer as the light and shadows of the day dance and play across it's form.

There is beauty and joy in a single rose. While the petals are soft and delicate, the stem is both sharp and strong. This rose comes from my garden, both are "treasured gifts".

"There is no substitute for feeling the stone, the metal, the plaster, or the wood in the hand; to feel its weight; to feel its texture; to struggle with it in the world rather than in the mind alone." -William M.Dupree

This painting will be included in the "Art in the Library Show" in Creston, Jan. & Feb. 2010

Have a great day!
Laura Leeder

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Painting In-Progress - December 19th,2009

"As an artist you may spend years searching for expression. When you find the medium you truly love, expression finds you." -Cindy Testerink

Pottery Vase with Rose
Step 2

Developing the table, leaves and rose. This is the garish will tone down with added glazes. I will continue to work on the table and rose, leaving the vase alone until the painting is close to finished. Paints used are Daniel Smith Watercolors.

Yours in art,
Laura Leeder

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Painting In-Progress - December 15th,2009

”The seed of your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections (or mistakes, if you’re feeling particularly depressed about them today) are your guides -- valuable, reliable, objective, non-judgemental guides -- to matters you need to reconsider or develop further.” - David Bayles and Ted Orland

And so a new piece begins.....

Step 1 Raku w/pink rose

This pottery piece is going to be a fun challenge to paint! It will give me an opportunity to use several of the prima tek paints by Daniel Smith. These paints are rich, most are granular, giving added texture and depth to your painting. What I love the most is the mineral flecks (mica) that add a layer of sparkle and glitz. Not always obvious at first glance.... just adds another dimension to your work. Great for painting this piece of pottery.

This painting will be included in the upcoming Library Show in Creston-January & February 2010. *See sidebar for more information.

Have a great day!
Laura Leeder

Painting In-Progress - Finished! Dec.15th, 2009

“Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.” -Anton Chekhov

Title: Fruit Punch
Image Size:13.5" x 8.75"

This painting will be included in the upcoming "Library Show" January & February 2010.

"The journey is its own reward." -Homer

Have a great day, Laura Leeder

Thursday, December 10, 2009

ART IN THE LIBRARY - January & February 2010

Come in out of the cold this January and visit the library to view a selection of watercolors by Laura Leeder, Eileen Gidman and pastel paintings by Carol Schloss.Three local artists with their own unique vision and style.

Painting In-Progress - December 2009

"A painter's tastes must grow out of what so obsesses him in life that he never has to ask himself what it is suitable for him to do in art." -Lucien Freud

Step 3

Have glazed pthalo blue & green apatite genuine onto the background. Using these cool colors has really made the fruit and bowl come foreward without losing that tropical feeling I wanted. Continuing to build up the values on the fruit and bowl and starting to develop the lace. So close to being done....time to study the piece and decide where values need to be deepened, highlights lifted, etc.

This painting will be included in the upcoming "Library Show" January & February 2010.

Have a great day, Laura Leeder


"The journey is its own reward." -Homer

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Painting In-Progress - December 2009

"A garden is evidence of faith. It links us with all the misty figures of the past who also planted and were nourished by the fruits of their planting." -Gladys Taber

I've chosen a rather tropical feel for this painting...perhaps to chase away the winter blues?!

The background is a bit bright, I will leave it for now, and come back in and tone it down later. The colors used were: Green Apatite Genuine, Phtalo Blue, Quinacridone Gold and Quinacridone Red....all Daniel Smith paints of course!

Step 1

I have added a second glaze on the background. The colors are still bright and blotchy...another glaze after the painting has come along further should help to soften and tone down the background.

Step 2

Now on to the lace!

This painting will be included in the upcoming "Library Show" January & February 2010.
*See side bar for more information

Yours in art,
Laura Leeder

Monday, November 30, 2009

"Small Gems" Christmas Art Show

"All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose." - Brian Tracy
This fall the Painted Turtle Gallery was awarded the Platinum 2009 Art Gallery of the Year Award (East Kootenay Region) from the Kootenay Business. Quite an accomplishment for a business just over a year old! Thanks to the hard work of the owner Win Dinn. Congratulations!

The galleries "Small Gems" Christmas Show opens this Friday, December 4th, from 7-9pm and runs throught December 2009. Great gift ideas in a wide price range.
Here is a sneak peak at a few of my "small gems" for this show.

"A Star Is Born"

"A Season Of Joy"

"A Dream Weaver"

"A Wish Maker"

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yours in art,
Laura Leeder

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Watercolor Painting - Tomato Harvest

There are few vegetables that better mark the summer months than the sweet juiciness of a vine-ripened tomato.

Who can resist this mouth watering fruit? Not to mention the glorious range of colors available. Not only do they good, they taste good, and tomatoes are high in lycopene a preventer of heart disease and cancer.
So eat more tomatoes, your body will thank you!

Painting Title: Tomato Harvest
Image Size: 15 1/2" x 11"

"There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens up the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way." -Jim Rohn

Thanks forvisiting!
Laura Leeder


Sunday, October 18, 2009

My new view and getting back into the studio!

"The most difficult stage is getting started." George Kubac

This is so true....especially after a move, one is tired and there is still so much to be done....boxes still to be unpacked....yard to be put to rest for winter.....the list goes on....not to mention all the other distractions that take place each day.

I have been unpacking and trying to set up my new-studio space. While I should have more space in this room in which to seems to have become a spot to store things we don't know where else to place as yet. So although it looks cluttered...I have cleared an area around my desk in which to work. At some point I will make the cosmetic changes to the room that will make it mine...wall color etc. My immediate concern is to get back to painting.....the rest will come....

I have managed to get all my "works in progress" unpacked, along with brushes, paints & my immediate supplies. I'm finding it hard to dive-in and continue on my current works after a few weeks absence, so instead, I am starting some "new" small pieces. These pieces are helping me to warm up... if I like the way they turn out ...great! If not... I can always use the other side as my scrap paper for testing my colors before I put them to paper.

I am going to enjoy the natural light and the view!

Works in progress....

My warm up....not even going to explain.....

And one more distraction......the view from my deck!

And on that's time for a short walk....
till next time,
Laura Leeder email:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Where has August & September gone?

"Without change, something sleeps inside us, and never wakens." -Duke Leo Atrides

What a busy summer it has been! We put our property up for sale in June and it has been super busy ever since.....
Goodbye old home.....we wish you well!

After a hectic few weeks of packing....we have finally moved into our new home....boxes are being unpacked....and we are slowly settling in.
Studio is almost set-up....heading to the states for a few days rest with my husband. Will be in my new studio painting early next week.
"There is no state of final fulfillment. Each change opens new doors and ushers in new possibilities." Margo Adair
Until then.........
Laura Leeder

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

On The Easel - Fruit Still life Completed

"For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven." -Ecclesiastes

This painting is finally finished....and indeed the season for pears is almost upon us.
The pears are ripening on the trees and with a few more days of sun and heat, we'll soon be enjoying another harvest of sweet and tasy, mouth-watering pears!

Title: "Pears Rock" - Watercolor
Retail: $200.00

Framed: 13.25" x 18.75" *UV Varnished, no glass required
Image Size: 9.25"x 14.5"

Laura Leeder

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”Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” - Picasso.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Lillies in the landscape - Scenes From My Garden

"Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas."
-Elizabeth Murray

I thought I'd post some flower scenes from my garden. This beautiful gem is perhap's one of the most famous of all lilies.....the "STARGAZER". An extremely fragrant and hardy oriental lily.

This year marks our 5th year here in Creston and on this property! Each year I ordered a new variety of lily to add to the landscape, below, are just a few more of these precious gems.

This tall & elegant lady is called "TRIUMPHATOR". A white lily with a cherry red throat and spicy fragrance. A longiflorum lily...prized for their fragrance and stability, a great cut flower.

And one more for today. This delightful, bright yellow lily is called "DAZZLE".
And she does just that! Adding touches of yellow to your flower garden, is like a ray of sunshine welcoming you and your guests each and every day as you stroll along your flower beds.

"Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are." -Alfred Austin

Now....back to painting! I have just finished two small paintings, taken them in for framing and will post them here as soon as I receive them back.

Have a great week!

Your's in art....Laura Leeder

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

On The Easel - New Painting with Roses

"The flow of water and paint can be uncontrollable and crazy, but it is also freedom, an escape, therapy, joy, and, oh yes, very sensuous!" -Angela Lynch

Where has July gone?! Since returning from my brief fishing trip, it's been a struggle trying to squeeze in some painting time. Having caught up with some of the house cleaning & yardwork....not to mention taking time out to enjoy the weather & the glorious flower beds...I have finally forced myself to focus on completing this painting.

So far...more glazes of color have been added to the table. Have started to deepen the colors on the roses. This is most noticeable on the blossom to the right of the center rose. And have added more color to the leaves....starting to shade and deepen these also.

More updates coming soon.......
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Happy Summer,
Laura Leeder

"Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps, Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvest reaps." -Amos Bronson Alcott

Friday, July 24, 2009

In Pursuit Of Fish - A short break from painting

"May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it." -Irish Blessing

A Holiday at last! Ivor & I finally managed to get away for a long awaited camping/fishing trip. Below are a few pictures from our trip.

Kootenay Lake Ferry -Crawford Bay crossing to to Balfour Landing. We are heading to Summit Lake Provincial Camground.

"There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind."
~Washington Irving

Just like is all about color co-ordination. Red on red....and.... showing off my new fishing rod! The question is ......will they bite?!

Enjoy thy stream, O harmless fish; And when an angler for his dish,
Through gluttony's vile sin, Attempts, the wretch, to pull thee out, God give thee stregth
O gentle trout, To pull the rascal in!" ~John Wolcot

This little rascals name is Kenya....our beloved fishing guide.

"Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers." ~Herbert Hoover

My partner and fishing buddy....Ivor.

"There will be days when the fishing is better than one's most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home."
~Roderick Haig-Brown, Fisherman's Spring, 1951

Summit Lake Provincial Campground, the Kootenays, BC

C`mon mom! You can do it...reel in that fish! Now this is fun! .....

"Creatures can win their place without even uttering a word." -Unknown more loop...

I just had a hit....

Wow! Look at those fish jumping....

Let's just try over there!.....

Just five more minutes.....

All in all, was a relaxing holiday....fisrt time at this lake/campground, will certianly go again!

With just 35 sites....the campsite is small and intimate....plenty of trees & shrubs between sites allowing for privacy. Managers, Jim & Deb run a very clean & personable operation.

Although the fishing was slow... the weather was great...albeit....a bit too hot at times...hence, much of the time was spent on or in the water....either fishing or floating in our lounge chairs.

ps. A special thanks to Jon Huston.....who came from Edmonton, AB and looked after our home, allowing us to take some time out to play.

Now it's back to work.....or should I say painting.....which is more fun than it is work.....updates of new painting steps in the next few days....

Till next time......Artist Laura Leeder

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"The purpose of art is nothing less than the upliftment of the human spirit." Pope John Paul II

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

On The Easel-New Painting With Roses

"Watercolor is a medium that can be as demanding and temperamental as those who choose to paint with it. But it is a colorful and exciting medium all the same – well suited to describing the many moods of the subject, as well as those of the artist wielding the brush." -Jean Burman

It's summertime! Distractions are everywhere! We have had company, so in-between the weeding, rain, & visiting.....very little painting. Our friends & neighbors from Edmonton, Alberta...Don & Michelle joined us for a few days. Thank You for your always ....a pleasure to have around...all the best in you future endeavors.

Step 2...Painting with roses and cherries, it's coming along slowly. Have dropped in some color into the roses and have stopped. As these are going to be my lightest lights....I have decided to work on other areas of the painting before going back to the roses. As the white of the paper will be the lightest value on my roses, it's critical that I don't add too much color this early in the painting.

Ivor & I are packing to get away for a few this painting will sit for a while. We are hoping to leave tomorrow or Thursday for a camping/fishing trip. Heading up to Summit Lake, located near Naskusp,bc. This lake has been recommend to us by many people here in Creston, as a good "fishing hole." So we are headed there for a much needed respite. With any luck, we'll have ourselves a good fish fry!

Perhaps, after having some R& R. I can concentrate on this painting once again and finish it!

*Here is another photo of one of my roses from my garden:

Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness, know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again.”

This is a climbing rose called "Josephs Coat". Can you guess why?! Upon hearing about this rose from my framer...Jan...I searched it out and purchased it.

Have an awesome week....will post when I return from my fishing trip.

Yours in art,
Laura Leeder


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

On The Easel - New painting with roses

"Nature is man's teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence." ~Alfred Billings Street

My roses are just starting to burst open...I can't think of a more perfect blossom to symbolize the start of summer!

Here is the beginning of a painting with roses and cherries. Cherries are a major fruit crop produced here in Creston and shipped world wide...roses...of course, are grown profusely here.......both elicit strong summer memories for me.

I was going for a smoky blue/grey!...not sure I like it....I will have a better idea as I start to fill in the roses. I will add and adjust the background colors as more of the painting is established. Colors used are: Indanthrone Blue, Blue Apatite Genuine, Burnt Sienna...all Daniel Smith watercolor paints.

Happy Canada Day to all!
Yours in art,
Laura Leeder
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”An artist's early work is inevitably made up of a mixture of tendencies and interests, some of which are compatible and some of which are in conflict. As the artist picks his way along, rejecting and accepting as he goes, certain patterns of enquiry emerge. His failures are as valuable as his successes: by misjudging one thing he conforms something else, even if at the time he does not know what that something else is.” - Bridget Riley.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Artwalk/Artdrive 2009

With 37 locations from Creston to the Eastshore and Crawford Bay.....this year's Artwalk/Artdrive is going to be terrific! What a great way to spend some time, along with family and friends who come to visit, touring the business venues and artist owned galleries.

You can pick up your map at the Chamber of Commerce in Creston and many other locations throughout the valley. I am participating this year and some of my work can be viewed at the following locations on the Artwalk/Artdrive map:
Location #12-Painted Turtle Gallery
1132 Canyon St, Creston
From 10-50pm daily...along with many other local and kootenay artists.
Phone: 250-428-5141
Location #14-Straight from Earth Food Store
1025 Canyon St, Creston
From 8:30am-5:00pm...Mon.-Fri. and from 10:30am-3:00pm Sat.
Phone: 250-428-5889

*I share this location with Carol Schloss, a wonderfully talented pastel artist, who is a Signature Member of the prestigious Pastel Society of America in New York.

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." -Henry David Thoreau

On The Easel - Pears Rock

"To see what's in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle." - George Orwell

I started this painting for a demo at the Painted Turtle Gallery, during the "Blossom Festival" end of may. My goal was to have the background painted in, along with some of the colors in the rock and blossoms, then start painting the pears during the demo. I did not like the 1st layer of background colors and was "stuck" as to how to proceed. (yes, it happens!)

So, I started another painting, with a deeper blue/green background, which is featured in an earlier posting, (May 20,2009) for the demo at the gallery. This one will eventually get finished, however, I liked the way rock was coming along in the one above, so I wanted to try and finish it.

I took it to a wednesday morning painting session with the Art Club and through the suggestions of artist Marion Evans, I added some strong hints of burnt sienna, along with indanthrone blue and ameythst genuine...a glittery primatek color, and WOW! What a difference!
Thanks Marion!

I will continue to develop the painting and post another update later this month!

"Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof."
-Julie Moir Messervy

Enjoy your day! Laura Leeder

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Peony's and the Glorious Month Of June!

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time." ~John Lubbock

This is a picture of one of my Japanese Tree Peony's. This one is named "Naniwanishiki" and will grow to a height of 1.25m - 2m (4-6'). This tree is 3 years old and is loaded with buds that are ready to burst. These 3 blossoms that have opened up are huge!

This variety of Tree Peony is a hardy, deer-resistant, ornamental shrub. (Creston,BC is a zone 5/6) It flaunts exquisite blossoms measuring as much as 10 inches across in May or June, and a mature specimen may bear 50 of these silken-petaled show-stoppers all at once.

Japanese Tree Peony require moist, well-drained soil, in sunny or partially shaded locations. Well decayed manure and peat will encourage strong growth. The removal of dead and damaged wood in early spring is all the pruning that is necessary.

Planting: The tender young shoots are susceptible to late frost and protection is recommended for these on cold nights until they have hardened. For best results plant after the last threatening frost. Prefers to be planted in an area that receives full to partial sun. Flowers are stunning and can be used in arrangements or by themselves.

They take a year or two to show what they can do. Hardy, disease-and (best of all) deer-resistant.

I have taken some photo's of the blossoms and it will one day become a painting.

June is a fabulous month here in the valley...every month is for that matter. I just couldn't resist sharing this picture and will share more as the weather allows. I have several peony shrubs with buds that are just ready to burst. I am waiting for the weather to change....the warmth of the sun is needed.

Have an awesome day,
Laura Leeder

Thursday, June 4, 2009

On The Easel - Completed Painting....Finally!

"I'm not trying to make paintings look like photos. I want to make paintings using photos as a reference, the way painters did when photography was first invented." -Peter Doig

This painting is finally done! (Note to self) more than 3 to 4 paintings at a time....any more and you lose momentum! Anyway, here is the end result.

Title: An Old Fashioned Bouquet Image Size: 12.5" x 17.25" Framed: 16.5" x 21.5"
Retail: $350.00 Medium: Watercolor

”Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.” - Henry Ward Beecher.

Till next time.....Laura Leeder

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Painting on location - Painted Turtle Gallery

"Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are appreciated." -Alexander Osborn

On Saturday, May 16th, I was painting on location at the Painted Turtle Gallery in Creston, BC. To those of you who came in to see me, a very special "thank you". The following is the painting I started while in the is still in progress.

Pears and their blossoms and of course...a rock. I am using Daniel Smith Prima Tek paints on this rock. Some of the colors used are: Green Apatite Genuine, Blue Apatite Genuine, Bronzite Genuine, Burnt Sienna, Q.Gold,Soldalite Genuine, Indanthrone Blue and my *newest color... Amethyst Genuine. Hmmm....very interesting grayed purple with lot's of sparkle from the pure minerals in it.

Now to find the time to finish this one! At this time of year there is so much yard work to be done. Weeding, edging, planting, cleaning and setting up decks. Not to mention taking the time to set-up and photograph as the spring blossoms come into bloom. My tulips and daffodils are fading. Lilacs are just starting to blossom.

So this morning found me photographing a set-up with lilacs and tulips. Now it's back to yardwork. At the end of the day, when one sits back and enjoys the view.....It is all worth it!

"Nature's own masterpieces will never go away. If I am able to cast just a few of them in favorable light, and convince you, the viewer, to look at them again with greater appreciation and perhaps a fresh perspective, then I have succeeded as an artist." -Scott L. Christensen

Enjoy you day! Till next time...
Laura Leeder

Friday, May 15, 2009

Blossom Festival

Creston Valley Blossom Festival

Blossom Festival - May 15, 16, 17, 18, 2009
Celecrating the 68th Annual Blossom Festival, the biggest annual event that brings the Creston Valley together for a weekend of fun.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

On The Easel - Rose Painting Completed

"Today we need colour more than at any time in history. Blacks and grays, both depressing, should be replaced in clothes, offices and homes with new colours that give inspiration, tranquility and happiness." -Linda Clark

I planted this rose bush last year. I was intrigued by the photo on the card....showing this brilliant orange-red rose.

I was not disappointed.....the blossoms were breath-taking...a beautiful hit of blazing orange beckoned to me as I strolled down my "mock orange" path. I could not resist painting this rose blossom.

This watercolor painting was completed May 2009.
The title is "Candelabra Rose"
The size is 8" x 7.5"
This little beauty is Sold!

"You love the roses - so do I. I wish the sky would rain down roses, as they rain from off the shaken bush. Why will it not? Then all the valley would be orange and red and soft to tread on. They would fall as light as feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be like sleeping and like waking, all at once! " - George Eliot

Take time to "stop and smell the roses"....till next time,
Laura Leeder

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

On The Easel - Painting Completed

I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth? ~Edward Giobbi

I have a row of lilac hedges on 2 sides of my property. When these are in bloom, the scent, not to mention the colors is wonderful. The hummingbirds nest, sing, dance and party all summer long in my lilac bushes. While these lilacs were a challenge to paint, they are well worth it. They provide me with many pleasant memories of spring past!

"Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without." (Confucius)

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams

This spring painting is titled: Dressed For The Party!
The size is: 12" x 13" and is painted on Saunders Waterford 200lb watercolor paper.

And tomorrow this party girl is headed off to the framers for framing and will be ready for sale.

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More work to follow on next posting!

Thanks for stopping by,
Laura Leeder
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