Sunday, September 30, 2012

Welcome Autumn! Maple Leaf painting by Laura Leeder

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."  
  ~Emily Bronte




©Maple Leaf, Original Watercolour Painting By Laura Leeder
   Image Size:  6"x7.25"

With October just around the corner, I thought I would celebrate the changing of the seasons and welcome autumn indoors with this maple leaf painting. Tomorrow, it's headed out the door for a visit to Emmy, my framer, in preparation of an upcoming Art Show and Sale this November here in Creston.   

The show is held each fall by a professional group of local artists known as the "Images Group".  This year the group has invited me to participate as a guest artist.   So, I have been working on several new paintings for this show and right now I still have 7 paintings on the go, all in various stages of completion.  So it's off to the studio for me.....

Wishing you a warm and relaxing autumn week,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC  


*Images Fall Group Show & Sale
  November 24th & 26th, 2012
  Rotacrest Hall, Creston. BC 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Peony Challenge-Work In Progress, Artist Laura Leeder

"Allow one color, or just a couple of analogous colors, to dominate the mood of the painting; and let the others fulfill a supporting role."  ~Zoltan Szabo





















©Peony Blossom - Watercolour Painting In Progress
   Artist Laura Leeder

Spurred on by your words of encouragement and my own desire to complete this challenge, I've continued to develop the flower and background.  As the painting progresses, I will probably add some abstract leaf patterns, for now, I will focus on the flower.  

Up to this point I have used mostly yellows on the peony petals with only a hint of pinks and blues.  I think I am close to establishing the depth or value range of yellow that I'm looking for, so, its time to start adding in some glazes of red and blue hues to help define the petals.  *This next step is where I start getting anxious as I am really out of my comfort zone.  

Still....I've come this far, can't stop now...    

This is where a color charts come in handy.       
Here is an example of my Yellow Chart:

 I have created five of these color charts.
 -They are on my best watercolour paper!
   *this is 300lb Arches Cold Pressed
 -The size is 11'x7.5" and each square is 1"
 *This size allows for a quick visual of my colors
    and is small enough to transport. 

Each time I try a new color I add it to the appropriate
color chart.

(I also have larger color charts with  2" squares)



©Yellow Color Chart, Laura Leeder (front)




This is the back side of my color chart.
I start with pure color from the tube and drag it 
across the paper to give me an idea of the full
value range of each hue.  

By studying these charts before I start adding paint to paper, I can plan my color choices and the order that I glaze them onto the paper.  

I play/experiment with my colors often. The more that we know and understand our colors and how they react with each other, the better our chances of success with each painting.  When those mistakes occur (and they will) we will have a better chance of knowing how to turn them into happy accidents!
If you've not taken the time to play/experiment with your colors in this way, I encourage you to try it.  You won't be disappointed!

©Yellow Color Chart, Laura Leeder (back)

Creatively Yours,

Laura Leeder,
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Peony Challenge....

                                          
"I am often helplessly confronted by the picture... filled with suspense. What I have drawn suddenly seems to have developed its own dynamic - one that is not always necessarily kind to me. It is a genuine struggle and challenge."  
~ Simone Bingemer



©Peony~Watercolour Painting In Progress, Sept.2012

Who doesn't love peony blossoms?  They are one of my favorite spring flowers.  This one is from my tree peony that I planted 2 years ago.  It finally produced a few small blossoms in late June of this year.

It has a wonderful, rich burgundy center that is stunning against the yellow of the petals.  As it matures, it's going to make a wonderful focal point in my flower bed.  I photographed these complicated blossoms thinking that at some point this year I would try painting them.  As my first and only peony painting sold last week, I thought I would attempt this one now.  

After simplifying the number of blossoms in my sketch and transferring it to my watercolour paper, I proceeded to drop in my first washes of paint and now I am now wondering....WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING???   After almost a month away from my studio and painting, could I not have chosen a simpler flower to paint?  Not to mention an easier color to attempt a likeness of?    

It seems I just can't help myself....I am compelled to try....wish me luck, and have a super Sunday!

Creatively Yours, 

Laura Leeder
Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Septembers' Special-Teacup Art Prints By Laura Leeder

"No man can become rich without himself enriching others."  ~Andrew Carnegie


 A SPECIAL Promotional Offer for SEPTEMBER 2012   














©Teacup Prints of Original Watercolour Paintings
    By Artist Laura Leeder


NEW!  SEPTEMBERS SPECIAL OFFER:    
A set of limited edition giclee prints, from original watercolor paintings of Aynsley Fine China Teacups.

Both prints are apx. 5"x7" and include a neutral matt, Certificate of Authenticity and foamcore backing. Overall size is 9" x11", both prints are shrink wrapped for protection.  Printed using archival inks & materials.

PLEASE NOTE:  Prints are regularly priced at $45.00 each.
For a limited time only:  You pay $56.00 for the set of prints - Canadian and US orders.  
                                                          Everywhere else: $65.00 for the set.

To purchase use the PayPal button on the sidebar or visit my Etsy Shop.


Artfully Yours, 
Laura Leeder
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