Sunday, April 17, 2011

On The Easel - Teacup and Crocus - A Spring Painting

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing."    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Never yet was a springtime,
when the buds forgot to bloom."
  -Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

©Laura Leeder, April 2011, Watercolor In Progress

This spring painting is almost's task will be to add all the details that will this piece to an acceptable finish.  I have to add the scroll work along the top edge of the teacup and the saucer.  Finish the gold trim by adding hints of green and orange where needed for a more realistic look. Paint the Stamens on the Crocus and lastly....paint out the lace holes on the table cloth. 

The sun has just come out and before I go to work in the studio, I am headed out to the country for my morning walk.  I am looking forward to chatting with Lucy the goose.  Yes, she talks!  Some mornings it takes a bit of coaxing.  Always worth a chucke!

Happy Sunday!

Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC

Did You Know......
Crocus bulbs are edible. You can boil them, bake or cook it in other ways, but the most valuable part of the plant is the snout.    Inside the flowers there are snouts with three stamens of bright yellow, orange and red colour. Saffron flower is pollinated by insects. Saffron ovary, from which there will grow ripe a fruit, is formed underground, but with the time the fruit– triangle fruitcase with seeds – is pushed out by the plant to the groud, where saffron seeds ripen and if they are not picked up they are sown by themselves.

To see more in this series of paintings, click on the page at the top of the blog -"Teacup Series". All PAINTINGS will be available for purchase in August 2011.

* A selection of Giclee Prints and Gift Cards will be available for purchase later this spring.

*Attend the Creston Museum's Old Fashioned Tea, this summer, and you could be the winner of one of my "Teacup" paintings!      REGISTER HERE

Saturday, April 16, 2011

On The Easel - A Spring Teacup Painting With Crocus

"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."  -Ray Bradbury

©Laura Leeder, April 2011, Watercolor In Progress

I've selected another spring green teacup for this next teacup painting.  The edge of the cup and the saucer both have a delicate curved shape that compliments the curves of these white crocus.  The crocus of course look even more beautiful, against the green color of the teacup.  Both hard and soft edges....creating a pleasing balance.

It is overcast with light rain today, a good day to get into the studio and work on this painting. 

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC   
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