Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Painting in progress - with Raku Pottery, Birds, Grapes & Lace

"God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest." 
     ~J.G. Holland

It's finished!  This painting is titled:  "Guardians Of  The Grape" 
Size: 20"x24" Framed    Retail Price:  $375.00    By Artist, Laura Leeder  

This piece was fun to paint, although, my background choice made it a challenge.....practise makes perfect.....I have "learned" a lesson or two on this one.

I've been adding Raku Pottery to several of my still lifes.  Attempting their likeness is fun, charging in sedimentary paints, spraying water, throwing salt and then waiting to see the results....a nice change from the methodical way I paint.

This bowl is made by artist "Kimberley Chernoff", a local potter from the Nelson area.  I have a few other pieces of hers, and you will be seeing more of them in future paintings.  Her pottery can be purchased at the "Painted Turtle Gallery" here in Creston or contact the artist by email: krestovaclayworks@shaw.ca    

When I came across these little birds in "Morris Flowers", our local florist & gift shop, I just knew they'd be perfect in this still life, adding a playful twist to the story.  

This painting will be on display & for sale at the Creston Art Club's Annual Fall Show & Sale, the weekend of September 10th & 11th at the Rotacrest Hall.  *See events page for more information.  

*Later this week I will post a photo of the new painting I have started....my largest piece yet....another new challenge for me! 

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!
Yours in art, Laura Leeder   
Email me:  lleeder@telus.net
Visit my website:  http://www.lauraleeder.com/ 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Painting in progress - with Raku Pottery, Birds, Grapes & Lace

"If I am excited about a subject, it is because I can see it as a painting and not an object or scenery. I have already made an artistic translation in my mind."   (Donald Demers)















Step 4  Grapes Leaves:  I have darkened the background around the leaves, purple grapes and birds, using Deep Sap Green, Burnt Sienna and Blue Apatite Genuine.  At the same time, I lightened the upper leaf where it overlaps the lower leaf.

The green grapes were lost beside the leaves....my solution was to add some warm and cool reds to the grapes as needed to bring forward or push back.

The birds are starting to come to life.....adding the crevice darks to the red grapes and deepening colors as needed on each, while trying to save the highlights.

Continuing to add light value glazes of various color to the lace cloth and starting to develop the shadows.

Working with DS Primatek Colors on the pottery, I am continuing to add new colors and deeper values where needed.  These colors are granular and contain pure minerals which help to add the texture that I'm looking for.  The rich purple color you see in the bowl is primarily Amethyst Genuine and the mica in this paint gives off a beautiful sparkle when viewed in the light.

More to follow....

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder
lleeder@telus.net
http://www.lauraleeder.com/

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Painting in progress - with Raku Pottery, Birds, Grapes & Lace

"Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, and at the end of the day you don't look at it and wish you had painted something different."   - Author Unknown



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Step 2:  Started to develop the back grape leaves, grapes, pottery bowl and table cloth.  
 
I am using several colors for the grapes, both warm and cool.  I paint each grape individually, pre-wetting some and dropping in color, adding color onto the dry paper with others.  I will try to save most of the highlights while glazing the colors on the grapes rather than using a miskit.  
 
On the pottery bowl I am using sedimentary colors and primatek mineral colors.  With my inital glaze, I pre-wet the bowl and charged in my colors, working quickly....adding salt for additional texture and keeping in mind where I want the bowl to be lightest....I have little or no color and blot as needed.  I enjoy this step!  I don't have control....I simply trust in the process.....knowing that the results will  produce pleasant surprises!!
I allow this layer to dry completely and move on to another area, before coming back in and assesing the colors and placement in the next glaze of the bowl.
 
I have also added a soft, lite value glaze of yellows and pinks to the tablecloth.
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Step 3-Continuing to develop the leaves, grapes and bowl.  I have painted in the lower background and have started to develop the table.  Although I have added several medium to dark glazes of pinks & blues to the tablecloth, it now looks pale in comparision to the strong colors in the background.  I will continue to add more colors to the table cloth as I move around the rest of the painting. 
 
Grape leaves: after glazing an initial wash of color on all leaves and allowing it to dry, I used miskit to paint in the veins of the leaves.  The problem I have now is to separate the leaves from the grapes and the background.  Hmmm....I will have to think about this for a bit.  
 
I am also concerned about the middle cut-outs on the cloth.  They look too busy against the "batik like" background, and will be difficult to shadow.  In hind-sight, I wish I would have left them out.  Hopefully, I can make this work.  Too late to go back now!  
 
The little birds are receiving their 1st glazes.....I think they add a bit of fun to the piece.
 
More later.....the sun is shining and my yard is beckoning.  I can hear the faint crys of alarm from my flowers, as they watch the weeds approach ever closer.  An hour or so of weeding will keep them a bay a little while longer. 
 
Enjoy your day!
Yours in art, Laura Leeder
Email me at:  lleeder@telus.net   
Visit my website:  http://www.lauraleeder.com/

Monday, August 9, 2010

A New Watercolor Painting Started - with Raku Pottery, Birds, Grapes & Lace

"Creating a still life has all the excitement of putting on a play in which I get to be the playwright, set designer, director, star, supporting cast and even audience."  -Robert C. DeVoe



Step 1 - Raku pottery, birds, grapes & lace 










I'm trying a slightly different style for my background.  I have used granulating paints and mineral paints(primatek line) allowing them to blend on the paper, then adding lot's of salt.  All the paints used are from the Daniel Smith Watercolor line.

*This is a bit of an experiment....hopefully the background won't be too busy, and take away from the foreground.  

Stay tuned.....
Yours in art,
Laura Leeder
email:  lleeder@telus.net
http://www.lauraleeder.com/

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Summer Bliss - Lakeside Holiday Comes To An End - Laura Leeder

"We all need time to sit and rest, a place to relax and take a breath." 
 -Michael Albrechtsen
















We've packed up our trailer and returned home yesterday. Our lakeside holiday has come to an end.  Our last week at the lake was spent with friends from Edmonton, AB.  Overall, the weather was great, and a good time was had by all.  Thanks for joining us Don, Michelle, Kerra, Kyler and Diesel! 



Hiking in the forest..Kerra with Kenya 







Hiking in the forest...Kyler and me







Michelle, showing us her outdoor kitchen on her new trailer! It created much attention in our campsite.

























There were as many dogs as people.....and they were having as much fun as we were!
Michelle, Kerra and Kyler floating in the background.  Kenya practising her surfing stance along with Ivor, Don and Diesel.


The floaters....Ivor, Don and Kyler










Myself and Kenya, enjoying our last day on the beach.


The end of another beautiful day......
and the end of a wonderful summer holiday.










Ivor and I spent six weeks camping along Kooteny Lake....(a 1st for us)...I did commute home every 5-7 days to tend the yard, laundry & re-stock groceries and each time I did so, I thouroughly enjoyed the drive back to camp, alongside the lake.  
While I am not crazy about camping....I must say....I did overall, enjoy myself. Thanks Ivor and Kenya for a great summer holiday!

"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


And now....back to work!

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