Saturday, June 18, 2016

Downton Abbey Tea In An English Country Garden

The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly, and to be close.  ~Carol and Malcolm Cohen

Join us for High Tea in the English Garden of Debbie Graham where freshly baked scones worthy of Mrs. Patmore awaits.

Saturday   July 9    at 2:00   Lady Cora Tea + Silent Auction
Sunday     July 10  at 2:00   Crawley Sister's Tea + Silent Auction

Silent Auction on Saturday:  I am donating one Lady Cora Limited Edition Giclee Print with mat.  

Silent Auction on Sunday: I am donating one Lady Mary Limited Edition Giclee Print with mat.  

*Plus a gift certificate for free framing of one of the above prints.  A drawing will be made for this gift.  Special thanks to owners Terry and Alison Spzak of 4 Corners Matting & Framing, Creston, BC  

~ Laura Leeder's Teacup Art Series of Downton Abbey will be featured. (prints, notecards and bookmarks available for purchase)

"Lady Edith", the 2nd of the Crawley Sisters will make her debut at both Saturday and Sunday's tea.  

~ 1920 collection of clothing  and accessories will be on display. 
Tickets are $15.00 at the garden gate
Reservations are Required:  Call Debbie at 250-428-7182  

Shop for Ltd. Edition Prints, Notecards and Bookmarks

Creatively Yours, Laura Leeder ~ Watercolour Artist 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Downton Abbey Fans Meet Lady Mary

"It's beautiful to plant a flower in a garden, but, it's far more beautiful to plant love in someone's heart."

“Some women feel the need to act like they're never scared, needy or hurt; like they're as hardened as a man. I think that's dishonest. It's ok to feel delicate sometimes. Real beauty is in the fragility of your petals. A rose that never wilts isn't a rose at all.”  ~ Crystal Woods

Downton Abbey's Lady Mary, Watercolour Teacup Painting
By Laura Leeder, June 2016

Meet "Lady Mary" - the second painting in my new Downton Abbey Collection. This painting is based on the eldest Crawley daughter.  If you watched the series you'll know that Lady Mary's character was shown to be very cold, snobbish and mean, especially to her younger sibling, Lady Edith.  Through her romance and marriage with her first husband Matthew we see a softer side of Mary emerge. Kindness and vulnerability come to light.  After Mathews death, bitterness and sadness envelope her as she struggles to find meaning in her new life as a widow and single mother.  

For Lady Mary, I chose from my collection, an English china teacup and saucer in a beautiful, cool, icy blue. The rim, handle and base of the cup is edged in rich gold, befitting a Lady of heritage and class.  Also like Mary, the large blue peony on the teacup is a cool and delicate beauty.  The peony itself, has a long heritage as does the Crawley family and their estate.  The yellow leaves on the cup suggest jealousy and envy while the green leaves can be seen to represent growth and renewal.  The one red flower blossom on the cup symbolizes Mary's deep affection for her son, her loyalty and commitment to both the staff and estate of Downton Abbey. The delicate red rose nestled against against the teacup symbolizes her new found love and marriage at the end of the last season along with the peace made and kindness shown to Lady Edith.  

This original painting has been reproduced as a Limited Edition Giclee Print and as a Notecard

Click here to read my blog post about Lady Corathe 1st painting in the Downton Abbey series.  

-and if you are not familiar with Downton Abbey:
Downton Abbey is the award winning British TV series by Julian Fellowes that entranced millions of viewers and became a modern media sensation.  This series chronicled the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. 

I hope you enjoy this 2nd painting in the series as much as I enjoyed creating it!   Can you guess who the 3rd painting will represent?  (to be revealed the end of June)

Your comments, as always, are most welcome! 

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder

Lady Mary Original Watercolour Painting
Image Size: 6x8 inches
Retail Price: $130.00cdn  (free shipping)

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