Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Destinys Guide - A Mandala Design Watercolor Painting

"In this world you've a soul for a compass;  And a heart for a pair of wings
There's a star on the far horizon; Rising bright in an azure sky
For the rest of the time that you're given; Why walk when you can fly?"
   ~Mary Chapin Carpenter

©Destinys Guide - Watercolor, Size:10" x 10.5"
   Laura Leeder, Nov.28, 2011

This decorative design is called a Mandala.  The pattern for this one was created by Win Dinn, a Mixed media artist and Instructor who resides here in the Creston Valley.  She has created a coloring book for adults, with 24 tempting patterns to play with. 

When leafing through her book, I was drawn to this one in particular and knew that I wanted to use its design in a watercolor painting.  The result is this beautiful piece!  (can you tell that I'm pleased with it?) 

Win describes Mandalas as "a form of art used by Tibetan monks to focus their thought and foster a state of meditation.  Use them to express yourself, reduce stress and rekindle creativity."

I certianly enjoyed the process and have already chosen another of Wins patterns, that I look forward to starting another painting with very soon! 

For more information on Win, her artwork, the courses that she offers , please follow this link to her blog:

If you'd like to purchase or get more information about her Coloring Book, you can email her at

Now it's time for some digging....somewhere in a box, I have a CD by Mary Chapin Carpenter with the song that the above quote is from......

Thanks for stopping by.....and remember....why walk, when you can fly!
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Sunday, November 27, 2011

On The Easel - A Star In The Making-Almost There!

"Ideals are like stars, you will not succeed in touching them with your hands,
but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guide, and following them, you reach your destiny."
   - Carl Schurz

©A Star Mandala, Watercolor In-Progress
   Laura Leeder, Nov 25, 2011

Here is the almost finished Star.  I was unable to photograph the finished piece yesterday, as it was overcast.  With any luck the sun will peak out from the clouds today, just long enough to allow me to take some photos!    As for a that came to mind is ......"Destiny's Guide"....any ideas?

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Artisan Market, A Colorist's Delight

"I love looking for things to paint, and I love painting, and I love framing them and seeing them in a gallery, but more than anything, I love to sell them!"   
    ~Jack Hambleton

Oh, how true!  I couldn't agree more.....

©Photo by Win Dinn, Nov.4, 2011

The Artisan & Crafter's  Market that I participated in, on Friday afternoon turned out to be a colorful and pleasant experience.  Sadly, my photo's did not...... in my haste to cause the least disruption with my flash....I was too quick on the draw, resulting in blurry, but colorful shots.  So I have borrowed a photo from Win Dinns' blog (a master colorist & artist extraordinaire).  You can check out her blog here:

The market will run for the next seven week's, please stop in and check it out.  Enjoy a refreshment, and while you shop for that special someone on your Christmas list you can take in a demonstration and enter the draw to win the "gift basket" filled with unique gifts courtesy of the artisans & crafters. 

Next Friday's demo features Wendy Roth at 2pm.  She does beautiful Norwegian egg decorations. 

Each week, I will have available for purchase, a selection of giclee prints, posters and "frameable" notecards, all from my original watercolor paintings.   As well, a few small original paintings....perfect gift items, that will bring pleasure for years to come. 

Hope to see you there! 

Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC
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