Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Sneak Peak at my Painting In-Progres for the 2014 Pink Garden Tea Fundraiser

"Subject matter does not determine a successful painting. It is the manner in which one personally envisions and interprets the subject that is the magical equation."   ~ Robert Reynolds

*For the 2014 Pink Garden Tea ~Cancer Fundraiser

©Chintz Teapot with Roses, Watercolour In-Progress, March 29, 2014
   By Laura Leeder

Here's a sneak peak at my painting in-progress for this years Pink Garden Tea and Fundraiser.

Step 1 ~ Sketch by Laura Leeder, adding final details

I've transferred my sketch to my watercolour paper and taped the paper onto my mdf board.  I can now easily turn my board while painting.  I have enlarged the photo details of the roses so that I can more easily sketch in the details of the center petals on my watercolour paper.  (whenever possible I try to simplify the design- in this case the rose petals)

After trying several colours on scrap watercolour paper I am ready to paint in the background. I am going to try and keep it on the softer side so that this beautiful chintz teapot (loaned to my by Glory Jacklin), can really shine!  I've left the chintz pattern off the teapot for now as I find it bossy and distracting.

What is chintz?  Chintz refers to the dense, all-over floral pattern found on china and fabrics. Although pretty, it's a very complicated pattern to mimic in a painting!

Step 2 ~ First Layers of Colour on Background and Roses

For the background I've used watery washes of antwerp blue, ultramarine blue and permanent green.  I then moved onto the roses. I pre-wet my roses with water and charged in light washes of aureolin yellow, new gamboge, rose madder genuine and permanent  rose. I tried to be mindful of where the light will hit and where the petals would be cooler and/or warmer. After this dries, I will continue to develop the roses through light, transparent washes.



Step 3 ~ Adding the Chintz Pattern and Developing the Roses
Watercolour In-Progress by Laura Leeder, March 29, 2014

I've sketched in most of the floral pattern onto the teapot.  I've added miskit onto areas of flowers that will be white or very light.  (I don't want to lose them completely in the shadow areas)

I've added pyrrol orange to my palette and using all of the colours mentioned in step 1 and 2, I will continue to develop the painting.  Now comes the hard part!  Bring the painting to a satisfactory conclusion......

A print of this painting will be donated for silent auction to the annual Pink Garden Tea, a local fundraiser that supports women and their families affected by cancer.  More information on this year's event will be posted here soon!

Scenes from last year's Pink Garden Tea ~2013
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My November 2013 post on my "chintz teacup study" in preparation for this painting
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Thank You for following along with me, have a wonderful weekend!

All The Best,
Laura Leeder
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Welcome Spring!

"And Spring arose on the garden fair, like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."    ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Five Maids Of Spring, March 21, 2014
Watercolour by Laura Leeder  (8.25 x 9.75 inches)

"Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn."
Spring is finally here and I'm celebrating it's arrival with this bold, colorful painting that showcases the beauty and simplicity of these tall, stately maids of spring.   They are one of the world's most beloved flowers, and with so many varieties and colors to choose from, tulips are quite simply ~ pure delight!

It's been said that tulips are like a favorite pair of jeans, they represent comfort and coziness.  I certainly agree!  And these pink ones especially, remind me of confident, young maidens, happily dancing in the early morning breeze as they beckon in Spring!

HAPPY SPRING everyone!

I hope your weekend is filled with sunshine, happiness, a big bouquet of tulips and if the spirit moves you, a little dancing as well!

Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

Five Maids Of Spring~Watercolour Painting ~ $55.00 plus shipping
Notecards ~ Package of six for $19.95 plus shipping

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Slowly But Surely, The Blue Bow and Blossom In This Painting Are Emerging.....

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, all the friends I want to see and all the painting's I want to paint!" 

Blue Bow, Hydrangea Blossom and Bird ~Watercolour Painting In-Progress
By Laura Leeder, March 14, 2014     Step 3

The progress on this painting is slow as I have been working on several other projects this past week. Still, I managed to pop into my studio for a few minutes each day and this is the result!  The blossoms and bow are now starting to take shape.  (*see photo below from a previous blog post)

Blue Bow, Blossom and Bird ~Watercolour Painting In-Progress
By Laura Leeder, February  27th, 2014     Step 2  

The flowers that most often bring Spring to mind are of course, crocus, primrose, daffodils, hyacinth and tulips.  Hydrangeas however, are also a very popular blossom this time of year.  As we get closer to April, small pots of these beautiful flowers will start to appear in many local flower shops along side white lilies.  (Both very popular choices for Easter bouquets.)  Every year I purchase a small pot of these and delight in the beauty and happy energy they bring into our home.

Have yourself a great weekend, mine will be spent preparing my year-end for Income Tax.

Next Week:  I'm back in the studio to work on this painting plus I will be finishing up a sketch for a teapot painting.  

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder 
Watercolour Artist - Creston, BC 

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Gift For You? Here's A Sneak Peak At My Latest Watercolour Painting

"Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons"  ~Ruth Ann Schabacker

Today's Gift ~ Watercolour, Size 9x11.5 inches, March 6, 2014
By Laura Leeder 

I almost always include a lace tablecloth in my still-life paintings.  In this case I chose to omit the lace as I wanted to challenge myself to create a more contemporary feeling.  I also wanted to place the focus entirely on the beautiful velvety red roses and green satin bow.  This shade of green is fresh and clean and reminds me of spring. Red roses are always a favorite to give and they can be enjoyed just as easily in early spring as they can through-out any of the season's of our lives.

"Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.  And today?  Today is a gift!"

Have a great weekend and remember to enjoy each day's gifts!
Laura Leeder,
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC 
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