Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What does Spring, pearls, brooches, and white blossoms all have in common?

"We have a wonderful world to be inspired by and each new day is like an adventure into the unknown, where things that require a second glance can be captured in time on a canvas for anyone to enjoy forever."  ~ Louise Corke

©Dogwood Blossoms, Watercolour, Ink & Acrylic
   By Laura Leeder, April 29, 2014

Question: What does Spring, pearls, brooches, and white blossoms all have in common?    Answer: All of them are the inspiration for my newest painting of Dogwood Blossoms!

While driving through town today, I noticed several magnolia trees already displaying their heady white blooms like flags announcing Spring.  Some of the ornamental cherry trees are starting to show off as well.  And soon the orchards will be ablaze with colorful, scented blossoms, as the buds are near to bursting.

That drive got me to thinking about the variety of trees growing here in the valley that welcome spring with their blossom display.  Earlier in the week I had been sorting through my jewelry box and I came across a treasured brooch and earrings.  While I sat down to enjoy my afternoon tea my mind was swirling with ideas.

Apple blossoms, cherry blossoms, magnolias and dogwood all came to mind. And the seeds of an idea for my next painting took shape.

These little seed pearls add beauty and interest to my overall design. Plus, they remind me of my favorite pair of clustered seed pearl earrings. Elegant, timeless and fun to wear! At this stage I am adding an acrylic gold paint and a opalescent paint to the leaf and blossom centers.


Dogwood Blossoms (dipped in gold and laden with pearls)
Watercolour, Ink & Acrylic by Laura Leeder
Size:10 x 8 inches

Enjoy your day, and thank you for stopping by, 

Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist

Sunday, April 20, 2014

This Painting Is My Tribute To Easter And The Arrival Of Spring. Happy Easter!

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
~Irish Blessing

©Bella Bianco, Watercolor, April 20, 2014
   By Laura Leeder

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.  And no flower is used more in life celebrations, than white lilies.   Although the trumpet lily is most commonly associated with Easter, I chose to paint this white Asiatic lily as it's the one I grow and am most familiar with.   

I purchased a blush pink lily and used it as my guide for this painting. With their reference to innocence, purity and new or everlasting life, white lilies are also a perfect flower and a popular choice to be included in bridal bouquets.  

Bella Bianco (perfection in white)
Watercolour~9.25 x 7.75 inches
Available for purchase

Laura Leeder, Watercolourist
Creston, BC

Saturday, April 12, 2014

This Week I'm Thinking Pink....Pink Roses That Is.....

"As you grow older, it dawns on you that you are yourself – that your job is not to force yourself into a style but to do what you want."  ~Beth van Hoesen

Queen Elizabeth Rose, Watercolour, April 2014
By Laura Leeder

Lately my creative juices have been taking me in a slightly more playful direction........

I'm using simplified floral compositions, ink, and glitter paints in both acrylic and watercolour.  I've been exploring new techniques and color mixes, spritzing and splattering and losing all track of time!   It started with tulips and I couldn't help thinking how fun it would be to try a rose.....

I was only going to spend a few minutes on this pink rose as a warm up exercise before working on my chintz teapot painting.  But then I got lost in the process and each time I set this rose down to work on my chintz teapot painting, I picked it up again.   I just couldn't help myself!

Step 1: The rose design.  I started by drawing out the rose and then adding the lines. I simplified the shapes and tried to imagine cutting these shapes out of glass.

Step 2: The ugly stage.  Really? Is this what I'm doing when I'm supposed to be working on my chintz painting?  Using a technique taught to me by artist Win Dinn, I am trying to imitate stained glass.

Step 3:  Adding colour to the leaves, outlining the shapes and trying not to think about the "other" painting.
Adding ink to my paintings is an idea that I have been thinking about for some time.  Artist Eileen Gidman's lovely fabric paintings using reactive dyes and her watercolours with ink have been my inspiration.

Step 4: The final layer. Using glitter paints I brush another layer of colour onto the petals and leaves.  These paints dry slightly opaque and the mica in them sparkles in the light.  The overall effect is subtle but pretty, though, it does not show up in this photograph.    

The final painting:
Queen Elizabeth Rose, Watercolour, 7.75 x 6.25 inches
Available for Purchase  

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend!

Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My 2014 Pink Garden Tea Painting Is Blossoming......

"Have a strategy for tackling design, value patterns and color harmony, a plan that leads to a painting which is modern, but has its roots in the art of the past."                      
~ Sidney Hermel

Designed specifically for the 2014 Pink Garden Tea Fundraiser

©Chintz Teapot with Roses, Watercolour In-Progress, April 2, 2014
   By Laura Leeder 

Step 4 ~ I am continuing to develop the floral pattern (chintz) on the teapot and glazing more colour onto the roses and leaves.  I've removed all of the miskit on the teapot so that I can evaluate the areas where the pattern is lost in the shadows and/or where the highlights will be.  After making adjustments, I will add the miskit once again.  

At this stage I need to figure out the missing pattern on the lid and right side of the teapot.  I want to sketch this in before I do anything more on this piece.  I'm taking a break from my studio tomorrow but will be back at work on this painting Friday.  So please check back early next week to see it's progress.

Step 3 from last blog post.  

A print of this painting will be donated for silent auction to the annual Pink Garden Tea, a local fundraiser of the Creston Valley.  The "pink ladies" who host the tea will most often focus on women and their families who have been affected by cancer.  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, as always, your comments are welcome!

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder, Creston, BC Artist
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