Thursday, February 18, 2016

Are You A Downton Abbey Fan?

"No life is so charming as a country one in England, and no flowers are sweeter and more lovely than the primroses, cowslips, bluebells and violets, that grow in abundance all around me here."

Downton Abbey's Lady Cora, Watercolour Teacup Painting
By Laura Leeder, February 2016 

As Downton Abbey enters it's final season, I was inspired to create a new series of teacup paintings, honoring some of the characters that we have come to enjoy.  "Lady Cora" is the 1st teacup painting in this series.  To represent Lady Cora, I've pared a bluebell teacup with a rosy, peach begonia.   

I chose this English Royal Albert china teacup with bluebells as the bluebell is a  particularly beloved flower in Britain.  They are symbolic of humility and gratitude and are associated with constancy, and everlasting love.  I chose the begonia as they are hardy flowers that are able to withstand the elements. 

Lady Cora, is both delicate and gentle with a kind and forgiving heart. Over the years she has shown that she can be surprisingly strong when needed and for me the symbolism of both flowers, represent her character.  

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy this 1st painting in the Downtown Abbey series.

(Thank You Debbie Graham (Pink Garden Tea organizer) for loaning me this beautiful teacup!) 

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder

Ltd. Edition Giclee Prints coming soon!

SHOP for Downton Abbey's Lady Cora Notecards.  CLICK HERE

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Passions ~ February 2016 Art Exhibit And Sale

"The Beauty Of Life Is In Each Precious Moment ...... STOP and SMELL The Roses"

Join us this February for "Passions" an Art Exhibit & Sale at the Cranbrook Arts Gallery & Gift Shop.  The even is hosted by the Cranbrook & District Arts Council and runs from February 6 to February 26.

You are invited to the opening reception on Friday, February 12 from 6pm to 8pm.

©Pink Peace Rose, Watercolour & Ink by Laura Leeder

©Queen Elizabeth Rose, Watercolour & Ink by Laura Leeder

Roses are just one of the flowers that I'm passionate about.  Over the years I've grown many varieties.  Pink Peace and Queen Elizabeth are two of my favorites. These paintings will be included in the exhibit and sale. A selection of my reproduction prints and notecards are available in the gift shop.   
p.s. Wishing you a Happy Valentines Day!
Warm Regards, Laura Leeder
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