Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cherry Lace - Watercolour Painting By Laura Leeder

"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

© Cherry Lace, Watercolour 2012
    By Laura Leeder    

Who could resist tasting these richly hued, plump and juicy looking Lapin Cherries?

A painter of course!  Actually, I allowed myself to enjoy one, maybe two, okay, three cherries at the very most before I set to the task of finding the perfect plate and lace cloth to photograph them with.

This painting is of part of my new series of paintings that will be available for purchase this November at the local Images Group Art Show and Sale here in Creston, BC.    (See Sidebar)  

Thanks for visiting!

Laura Leeder,
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

An Art Exhibit Of Still Life Painter Elizabeth Robbins

"Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit."  Mary Lou Retton

©Professional Artists Jenny Steenkamp, Elizabeth Robbins, Laura Leeder
   Photo courtesy J. Steenkamp, Oct.12, 2012 

Last Friday, I received an invitation from friend and professional artist Jenny Steenkamp to join her on a trip to Cour d' Alene, Idaho to attend an art show of her long time friend Elizabeth Robbins.

For those of you who are not familiar with Elizabeth, she is an award-winning, American still life painter and art instructor.  Her paintings can be found in galleries throughout the United States.  She has been featured in several art magazines including American Art Collector and Southwest Art. She has traveled extensively and teaches across the United States and Canada.

©Pansies In Sugar Bowl by Elizabeth Robbins

I've admired Elizabeth's work on-line for some time, but there is no comparison to viewing her paintings in person!  The exhibit runs until November 9th and I would highly recommend a visit to "The Coeur d'Alene Galleries" to see her latest works for yourself.  

After viewing her show, Elizabeth was kind enough to accompany Jenny and myself on a visit to two other galleries where she shared bit's of her art knowledge and experience while we wandered from room to room admiring the paintings before us.

Before leaving Elizabeth's company, we had the pleasure of meeting her partner, John DeMott, who is an accomplished western art painter.  Both artist's were generous of their time and knowledge and I happily  listened and like a wet watercolour brush, soaked up what color I could.

Jenny and I capped off our visit to Couer d'Alene with a stop at the local antiques/vintage shop.  We spent an enjoyable time sifting through an assortment of old china, copper and pewter items, porcelain and glass vases, linens and more; looking for the perfect gems to use in our next still life paintings.  As you can imagine, we found more than a few and some tough decisions had to be made.

A very enjoyable day, I came away feeling inspired and energized.
Thank You all!

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder, 
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Peony Challenge....Next Step

"The sun rose brilliantly above, reflecting the hues of red, orange, lavender and blue in the pond before me. The viridian shadows changed to lemon yellow and lime green as the light washed the morning and I tried in vain to save a piece of this miracle on canvas."   ~Mary Erickson

©Peony Blossom-Watercolour Painting In Progress
   Artist Laura Leeder

I managed to get a few minutes each day in the studio last week so the progress on this peony has been slow.  I've added several glazes of color to the blossoms slowly creating depth with the value changes.  I am using various mixes of pyrrol orange, rhodonite genuine, quinacridone pink, and ultramarine blue with  aureoline and new gamboge yellow.  Yesterday, I sketched in a few suggested leaves on the bottom and I've started working on the center.  As I study the progress so far, I can see some problem areas that need consideration.  I will try to resolve a few of these next.....

Wishing you a wonderful autumn Monday, mine promises to be sunny, perfect for a walk in the country.

Laura Leeder
Watercolour Artist,
Creston, BC   

Saturday, October 6, 2012

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

"Hope is the companion of power and the mother of success, for those of us who hope strongest have within us the gift of miracles."    ~ Sydney Bremer

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Power Of Pink - In honor of all women who have survived life's challenges. 

©The Power Of Pink By Laura Leeder

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