Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rescued From The Discard File

"Creative Visualization is used by successful people in all walks of life. It's a way of changing negative images to the positive."  ~Marisa D'Vari

©Harvest Time, Watercolour (In the style of stained glass)
   Laura Leeder - May 20, 2014

Inspiration can come from anywhere and this time I found it in my discard file or as I often like to call it: my trash pile. Last week, as  I was going through this file of problematic and unfinished paintings I came across this one and realized that with the new techniques I've been playing with, I might be able to save it.
(I normally use the backs of these for scrap paper)

It was one of my early attempts at painting grapes and working on 300lb paper.  I was experimenting with my then, new, textured, mineral paints. I was not liking the results of the paint or this unfamiliar paper.  In a moment of pure frustration I started charging in loads of thick, dark washes on my leaves and background.   Now, I really hated it!  (Although, I must admit, it did feel good to trash it!)  When it was dry, I realized that I liked the colourful look of the unfinished grapes and for that reason I saved it.

©painting cropped with most of the colour lifted.

The weight and texture of this paper allows you to scrub and lift colour without damaging it.  I did this on the upper right section and then added ink lines onto a leaf.  I liked what I saw.  Using an old mat, I played with several layouts and cropped the painting into a more pleasing design.  I continued to lift off the dark paint. (you can still see some of it in the upper left corner) I added acrylic glitter paint to parts of the painting and continued to outline the leaves and grapes with ink.  I'm pleased with the overall result, it reminds me of stained glass.  I'm pleased to say that I have rescued this painting!

Have a creative week, thanks for stopping by,

Laura Leeder,
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

Friday, May 9, 2014

My Chintz Teapot Painting Continues To Blossom.......

"I am progressing very slowly, for nature reveals herself to me in very complex forms; and the progress needed is incessant."  ~Paul Cezanne

Designed specifically for the 2014 Pink Garden Tea Fundraiser

©Chintz Teapot with Roses, Watercolour In-Progress, May 9, 2014
   By Laura Leeder

My last few paintings were a pleasant distraction from this teapot painting. Having enjoyed the break, I am now ready to continue working on this one.  
I've almost completed the roses and will then start working on the teapot lid, cast shadows and table top. (I'm hoping that my next post on this one is the last post!) 

As you can see from the previous post, I have made considerable progress.  
Step 4 from previous blog post.

Thanks for stopping by enjoy your weekend,
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