Saturday, December 13, 2014

Poinsettias~December's Flower

"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."  ~Agnes M. Pahro






















©Christmas Star, Watercolour & Ink
    By Laura Leeder, December 2014

Who can resist one or more poinsettia plants placed throughout the home at this time of year.  They put festivity in our hearts and a smile on our face. 

While considered by the ancient Aztecs to be symbols of purity, in today's language of flowers, red, white and pink poinsettias all symbolize good cheer and success. This Decembers flower is said to bring laughter and joy to all celebrations this month.

Also known as the Christmas Star and Christmas Flower, it's said that this winter flower's association comes from a Mexican legend.  A child with no means for a grander gift gathered humble weeds from the side of the road to place at the church alter on Christmas Eve.  The weeds turned into the brilliant red and green flowers known today as poinsettias, December's flower. 

Wishing you "Season's Greetings" this December and all through the holiday season.

Laura Leeder, Creston Valley Artist
"In the heart of the Kootenays"

A selection of original paintings, reproduction's, notecards and bookmarks are available for purchase on my website or in my Etsy Shop

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Heart's Desire Watercolour Painting Receives A Warm Welcome

"This was one of those special occasions when I could actually feel the inner appreciation of the beauty of the moment passing like an electric current through the brush in my hand."  ~ Prince Charles















©Heart's Desire, Watercolour by Laura Leeder
    SOLD ~ November, 2014

My painting Heart's Desire (above) just arrived at it's new home and received  a very warm welcome.  I just have to share it ........ 

"Laura, I LOVE the painting so much! It is even more beautiful "in person" than it is in the photos--"

"The warmth and delicacy of your painting invites the eye to linger and enjoy the image and to remember it long after. I really appreciate the paper's texture and true watercolor - like nature. It's "painterly" rather than photo-realistic, and this gives the viewer a sense of that immediate vibrancy that infuses the work with energy." ~  Kate Johnson  

I am "tickled pink" that my teacup painting could elicit such a warm, and perceptive response.  When I am working on a painting I am very conscious of the feeling/mood that I am trying to convey.   

It's the BEST Christmas present and a powerful motivator to get back into the studio!  (many thanks Kate)

Speaking of Christmas presents, my gift packaged "Teacup Series" notecards are perfect as stocking stuffers, party favors, and hostess gifts for the Holiday Season.   


 











 




























©Package of 6 notecards @ $19.95 plus shipping

Visit my Etsy Shop or Website for full selection available.   

Have a warm and wonderful week, 
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC (in the heart of the Kootenays)

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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