Friday, January 30, 2015

In Search Of A Title For My Newest Teacup Painting

"Today I'd like to sit and sip, forget about the world a bit, ignore the things I have to do, and just enjoy a cup or two.  Will you join me for some tea and company?"   

©Floral Teacup, Watercolour, January 2015
    By Laura Leeder

This pretty floral teacup and saucer dusted with roses is my newest treasure.  I came across it last week in Cranbrook, while waiting for my husband to recover from a day surgery.  As I was walking past the hospital gift shop, I spied it sitting on a shelf and I could almost hear it beckoning me in.  A completed teacup painting flashed before my eye's and I knew immediately that it was mine!  Here, I've paired it with violet primrose blossom's and cutwork linen from my personal collection.

I will"live with it" over the weekend and see if anything shout's out at me to be adjusted.  I'm thinking the background need's to be a bit darker on the upper right side, and of course, a better photograph!  The size is approximately 6.25 x 7.75 inches.  I'm leaning towards Lady May as the title for this painting.  Any suggestions?   

Coming Soon ~ Reproduction prints

Next week, I will be posting listings for notecards and bookmarks of this painting in both my Etsy Shop and website.  

"The Teacup Series" is available in original paintings, reproduction prints, notecards and bookmarks.   

Visit my website or my Etsy Shop 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!  Your comment's are welcome.

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder, Creston Valley Artist

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Primroses And Tea ~ A Sneak Peak In The Studio This Week

"An artist is alone with his/her art, but the art comes in huge multiplicity, and an almost promiscuous sense of what's next. The process is the fun; the product is only a possibility."  ~Vicki Easingwood

Here is what I'm working on this week:

Primroses and Tea, Watercolour In-progress, January 25, 2015
By Laura Leeder

Step 1: I'm fine-tuning the sketch, lightly penciling in the flower pattern along with the highlights and shadow details.  I've had to re-draw the base of the teacup, yet again......I think it's working now.  At this stage I have to really force myself to be patient, as all I want to do is dive into the paint and start dropping in colour!      

Primroses and Tea, Watercolour In-progress, January 25, 2015
By Laura Leeder

Step 2:  Finally!  My first few glazes of colour.  My favorite part of the painting.  Anticipation is high as with each brush load of paint the initial shapes slowly emerge from the white of the paper. 

Thank You for stopping by!  Your comments are welcome and appreciated!    

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder  

The Teacup Series is available in original paintings, reproduction prints, notecards and bookmarks.  

Visit my website or my Etsy Shop

Monday, January 19, 2015

Awakenings II, Companion Watercolour Of Spring Blossoms

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ~Douglas Adams

©Awakenings II, Watercolour and Ink, January 2015
    By Laura Leeder

I had plans to spend lot's of time in the studio last week, but that's not what happened!  Still, I managed to find a bit of time on the weekend to complete this small watercolour painting of Pink Dogwood Blossoms as a companion to my earlier painting of the White Dogwood Blossoms. 

Both paintings are approximately 7.5 x 6.5 inches and painted on 300lb cold press paper.  I liked the challenge of painting these delicate blossoms on this heavy textured paper. While it was a bit tricky sketching the ink lines, keeping the overall design simple helped a lot. 

Awakenings, Watercolour and Ink, January 2015
By Laura Leeder

These are a good example of how our colour choices really affects the mood of a painting.   

This week I have lot's of paperwork to catch up on, still, I hope to get into the studio,  and get started on that teacup painting I mentioned in my last post.  

Have a great week and THANK YOU for stopping by, your comments are most welcome!

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder

My Website
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Awakenings, My 1st Watercolour Painting of 2015

"It is in awareness that we bring everything to life that lives within us. There is no time like the present to give birth to creativity. Listen and you will hear."  
~Kathleen Arnason

©Awakenings, Watercolour & Ink,January 2015
    By Laura Leeder

Some call flowering dogwood the "queen" of North American forests. This flowering dogwood is considered a beautiful ornamental tree with great appeal in all seasons.  

It "awakens" with showy flowers in the spring, and has graceful, arching branches with curved leaves and crimson berries that attract birds throughout the summer.  In Autumn dogwoods put on a brilliant display of red.  In the winter the bark puts on its own showy display with its unusual color and texture.     

The image size of this small study is 7.5 x 6.5 inches.   I'll be posting it for sale on-line by the weekend.  

Next week I'll be posting the progress of a teacup painting that I am working on and perhaps another small study of pink dogwood blossoms!

Have a great weekend and THANK YOU for stopping by, your comments are most welcome!

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder

My Website
My Etsy Shop

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year And A Look Back At My Favorite Paintings From 2014

" May 2015 greet you with days as fragrant as roses, as colourful as a rainbow, as bright as sunshine and as happy and cheerful as a lark"

JANUARY 1, 2015  is here ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I look forward to a new year full of endless possibilities!  I've just finished up an intensive review of my 2014 goals and objectives.  Based on what I've learned I have created my list for 2015 and I'm excited to get started!  But before I do.......   

Here is a look back at some of my favorite paintings from 2014.  

©2014 Paintings by Laura Leeder

Here's to a creative year filled with rich colour, health, wealth, prosperity, and happiness!  

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

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