Monday, December 1, 2014

World Blog Hop Continues On

"Creativity depends on a number of things: experience, including knowledge and technical skills; talent; an ability to think in new ways; and the capacity to push through uncreative dry spells."  ~Teresa Amabile

~ WORLD BLOG HOP ~ My Invitee
A big "Thank You" to Christiane Kingsley for inviting me to participate in this world blog hop. Christiane and I have been on-line friends and followers of each other's blogs for several years now. She has a warm personality, is a wonderful watercolour, acrylic and mixed media artist and hails from Ottawa, Canada. She has a long list of accomplishments and her work is shown in both local galleries and on-line galleries. I encourage you to hop over to her blog and discover more about her for yourself.  

Neptune's Sea Horses, Florence, Italy
Neptune's Sea Horses, Watercolour by Christiane Kingsley ©

~ WORLD BLOG HOP ~ My Chosen Artist To Continue The Hop
I am excited to introduce you to the very talented and nationally acclaimed United States artist  Kay Smith.  Kay is a contemporary watercolour, oil and mixed media artist whose work  is coveted in her native home of Texas and throughout the United States.   Her paintings have been featured in numerous publications and she is a highly sought after art instructor, lecturer and juror.  I have long admired her paintings.  They have been described as "award winning works of art that radiate with their own magical personality".    What a wonderful description!  Please be sure to hop over to Kay's blog to learn more about her and her work.  Kay will be posting for the blog hop on Monday, December 8th.

Spruce Cones, Watercolour and Ink by Kay Smith©

Handsome Buck, Mixed Media by Kay Smith ©

~ WORLD BLOG HOP ~ Question and Answer Period
1. What am I working on?
I currently have 3 paintings in-progress: sunflowers, amaryllis and a poinsettia.  
©Watercolour and Ink Paintings In-Progress by Laura Leeder, Nov.2014

2. How does my work differ from others of it's genre?
I am best known for my vintage-feel, watercolour still life paintings that combine local produce and flowers with teacups, porcelain, local pottery and lace. While most of my paintings are of simple compositions, I am detail oriented, as is noticeable in my paintings with porcelain and lace.

I enjoy creating compositions with subtle yin and yang elements. I look for it in shapes, textures and sizes.  I especially like mixing old and new items, and adding feminine and masculine references. An example of this is my painting titled Treasured Gift's.  The rose has soft, delicate petals, the stems have sharp, pointy thorns. Also the raku pottery vase appears textural and heavy, yet has a very curvy feminine shape.

©Treasured Gift's, Watercolour by Laura Leeder

3. Why do I create what I do? 
I would have to say that my floral and still life paintings are an expression of the love and appreciation that I feel for this beautiful landscape that I live in.  My passion for watercolour, my reverence and appreciation for items of the past, the land, nature, and the connection they have to the present are all represented in my work. There is also a great sense of accomplishment and happiness when these paintings find a connection with someone else and make their way to a new home.    

©Timeless Treasures, Watercolour by Laura Leeder

©Ethel's Teacup, Watercolour by Laura Leeder~SOLD

4. How does my creating process work? 
The vase of flowers on my table, the teacup I'm sipping from, the flowers in bloom in my garden, the chickadees in the feeder......these are constant sources of inspiration and I am never at a loss for painting ideas.   Often it is the requirements for the upcoming shows that I will be exhibiting in and my retail commitments that ultimately dictates my choice of painting compositions.   Once the decision is made, I then think about the mood or feeling that I am trying to create.  This leads to my color choices and the paints I will be using.  Sometimes a title comes to mind before I start the painting and may also direct my color choice and mood.  

©Garden Party, Watercolour by Laura Leeder
(created for the 2014 Pink Garden Tea Fundraiser) 

©Pink Perfection Peonies, Watercolour by Laura Leeder

©Golden Beauty, Watercolour by Laura Leeder 

©Petit Verdot, Watercolour by Laura Leeder

Lately, though, my creative muse has been taking me in a new direction.   As I continue to refine and expand on my line of notecards for retail, I have found that many of my current paintings do not translate well into cards.  This has led me to explore and experiment with other mediums and styles in my work.    I have been enjoying the addition of inks, and acrylic mineral paints in my watercolours paintings.  The mineral paints have mica crystals in them that reflect the light, adding an almost magical quality to the surface.  I am finding that these techniques lend themselves beautifully to a more stylized design that has resulted in a more colorful and lighthearted approach, evident in my latest work.  

Thank You so much for stopping by and as always your comments are most welcome!
Creatively Yours, Laura Leeder
From the heart of the Kootenays

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Alice Saltiel-Marshall said...

Coming from a high realism background, I well appreciate the lure of painting that way and fall into it often. (I've stopped beating myself up about it!) Your handling of watercolour is very refined and the way you paint lace is remarkable. I enjoy that you have added new materials to help you break your pattern ... I find that's what works for me too!

Eileen said...

Laura, did I ever enjoy reading about your art career as well as looking at a variety of your paintings. Thanks.

Laura Leeder said...

Thanks Alice! Yes, at first I felt guilty with my new approach, but, I gave in to the fun of it and I'm glad I did! Thanks for you comment.

Laura Leeder said...

Thanks so much Eileen! Appreciate your comments.

Win Dinn said...

Wonderful to read your answers to the questions, Laura, and get a peek into your processes and changes. Beautiful work, too!

Laura Leeder said...

Many thanks Win, Hugs!

Christiane Kingsley said...

What a fascinating post,Laura!
There are several of the paintings that you are showing here that I don't remember seeing before. Naturally, they are wonderful in their details, composition and color. I am also learning something new her: I had never heard of mineral inks. I will have to look for them at my art supplies store.
Thank you for the most complimentary comments about me and my made me blush!
Have a great week, Laura.

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Laura - I so enjoyed reading about your process of working as well as seeing your paintings in progress. You are certainly a great artist and I always love your style and subjects you choose. Thank you for sharing. Now I will go visit Christine and Kay. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Laura Leeder said...

Christiane, those compliments are well deserved! I am loving the mineral paints. DS has them in the prima tek line, but check to see that they say mica included for each tube.

Laura Leeder said...

Debbie, that is so kind of you. You have made me blush!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Thank you for the details about the mineral paints, Laura.
I have to apologize concerning the name of the blog hop: I keep calling it the "World Blog Hop", but I believe the original organizers called it "Blog Hop Around the World" :-(

Judy said...

Great to read about your creative process, Laura! I love the explanation of the yin and yang in your work.

Laura Leeder said...

Thanks Judy, it makes the whole process extra fun!

Valdja Maria said...

Laura,amo suas pinturas!!!!Lindas!!Abra├žos!

Laura Leeder said...

Valdja, thanks for commenting!
All the best.

Celia Blanco said...

A beautiful post Laura!I really enjoyed revisiting your paintings and some I have never seen, a special treat. Love reading about your creative process!

Laura Leeder said...

Thank You Celia! I enjoyed reading your blog hop post as well!

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