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


Win Dinn said...

What a wonderful opportunity that was, Laura - it looks as though it was a magical day!

Laura Leeder said...

Win and John, it was great to get out of our small town for a day and be exposed to art through the eyes of "master painters".

Laura Leeder said...

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What a wonderful post, so happy, A great day in which we shared.

*For some reason I couldn't publish this comment, so I am posting for John.

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