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
email:lleeder@telus.net
website: http://www.lauraleeder.com/

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 stage....it 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
Email: lleeder@telus.net
http://www.lauraleeder.com/

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
lleeder@telus.net http://www.lauraleeder.com/

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
Email: lleeder@telus.net http://www.lauraleeder.com/

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

Email: lleeder@telus.net http://www.lauraleeder.com/

"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
email: lleeder@telus.net
website: http://www.lauraleeder.com/
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