Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Sneak Peak At My Next Painting!

"The simplicity of form, the drama of rich, intense colour, the joy of challenge, and the challenge of endurance... The piece, when it is over, is not what is made, but how it is made."  ~Andrew Kuntz

©Still-life sketch with blue bow, January 29, 2014
   By Laura Leeder

Every painting starts with an idea that is visualized first in my minds eye.  I then photograph the collection of items, in a variety of still-life arrangements choosing the one set-up that speaks to me best.  Almost always the flowers included are from my own garden, this one; a blue hydrangea that presented me with it's first blossom this summer after being dug up and moved 2 years ago.  

What a gift!  Hence an idea for a painting was formed.  While photographing I am thinking about the mood I want to convey and choosing items that best help me achieve that feel.  Strong cast shadows, texture and transparency are important elements in all my paintings, as are the references to nature and the nod to slower, more peaceful times. 
The clusters of petals on this hydrangea are pretty to look at, but, a nightmare to draw.  So I am simplifying the number of petals while referring to my photographs to ensure that I don't lose the over-all shape of the blossom or it's feeling of abundance.  This is the hardest part of the process for me.  Patiently, fine-tuning the sketch, adding the important details, making corrections and checking for balance instead of grabbing my brushes and charging into my watercolour paints!    

Thanks for stopping by,
Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Gift To Myself - Floral Still-life - Step 2

"If you allow creativity to do its work without interruption or distraction, you'll do a better job."   ~Peter Suedfeld

©Roses with Green Vase & Bow, painting in-progress-Step 2
   By Laura Leeder, January 15, 2014 

I haven't been in the studio much this week as I've been trying to catch up on all the other necessary tasks that have been piling up around me!  I found myself unable to concentrate on painting any longer, so I put the brushes down and went to work cleaning.  I started in the kitchen working my way through each cupboard, sorting, tossing and cleaning. (half way there)

January is also my time for planning my goals for 2014, both personal and professional.  Of course, there is always paperwork to catch up on and my website needs updating; so that is next on my list.

As for this painting; I've been working on the roses and bow, slowing glazing on more colours. I've just started to work on the cast shadow on the table as well.  Sadly, that will be all until next week, it's back to my cleaning and paperwork!

Thanks for stopping by,
Creatively Yours, Laura Leeder
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

I'm Starting 2014 With A Gift To Myself!

"An artist finds his happiest combination in a play of complementary colors. They are direct contrasts yet do not jar; they awaken the beholder, but do not disturb him."   
 ~ Charles Burchfield

©Roses with Green Vase & Bow, painting in-progress
   By Laura Leeder, January 9, 2014  

I'm starting 2014 off with a gift to myself.  A bouquet of red velvet roses with a pretty satin bow!  

This bow was one of my finds last spring while visiting with Louise, at the Kaslo Florist Shop.  I've had this small vase for year's but had forgotten about it.  I came across it recently while cleaning out a cupboard filled with other forgotten treasures. (one should never have too many treasures on display.)  I couldn't resist painting it along with this satin bow and roses.  Besides, this combination of complementary colours just makes me feel good!

The snow has been falling softly and steadily throughout the night, making it a perfect day to stay tucked inside my studio with music, brushes and paint! 

Have a relaxing weekend, stay safe and warm!
Laura Leeder ~ Watercolourist
Creston, BC

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Commissioned Teacup Painting and A New Year's Blessing

Happy New Year!
   Wishing you Beautiful moments, 
             Treasured memories,
                 And all the blessings a heart can know in 2014.

©Lady Of The Woods ~ Silver Birch, 
   Commissioned Watercolour Painting~SOLD
     By Laura Leeder, December 2013 

This painting was a commissioned piece that I worked on last month as a Christmas Gift from a husband to his wife.  This teacup is part of the full china set that belonged to his mother-in-law who recently passed away.  The set will be handed down to his daughter and the painting given to his wife in loving memory of her mother.  *This is one of the more challenging patterns that I have tried to replicate in a teacup painting, I hope I have given it justice.

This pattern was created by Aynsley China from England in the 1930's and discontinued in December of 2001.  Betula pendula or Silver Birch~ Was one of the first trees to regenerate itself  after the Ice Age.  Its branches and stems arch gracefully giving it an elegant appearance, hence the name Lady of the Woods.

Throughout England, Scotland and all of Europe there is much mythology surrounding the Silver Birch.  One of the many widely accepted symbols of Silver Birch is that of renewal and purification.  The Lady Of The Woods ~ Silver Birch, is also said to be the symbol of unconditional love.

*Coming Soon!  Lady Of The Woods-Silver Birch Ltd. Edition Prints and Notecards

Here's to 2014!  May it be Joyful, Colorful and Creative!
Laura Leeder, 
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

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