Wednesday, August 10, 2016

She's here! Downton Abbey Fan's Meet Lady Edith

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

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."   ~ Lao Tzu

@ Studio in the forest, July 2016, Laura Leeder

I've been working on my 3rd teacup painting in the Downton Abbey series along with a commissioned teacup painting at my studio in the forest.
@Lady Edith teacup painting in-progress

And here she is!
Downton Abbey's Lady Edith, Watercolour Teacup Painting
By Laura Leeder, August 2016

To represent Lady Edith, the second eldest Crawley daughter, I chose this vibrantly colored, modern floral teacup.  The battenburg lace it sits on is an elegant nod to this classic era. Nestled against the cup, is a lovely, delicate, blushing pink rose.  These perfectly sum up Edith's evolution from the long suffering and often overlooked, middle sister into the beautiful, confident, fashion forward Marchioness, we see at the end of the series.

In Edith's search for happiness, she is left at the altar by one suitor,  finds love with another, only to have him die tragically, leaving her with an illegitimate daughter, (a painful secret that she must keep for years).

In the final season Lady Edith finally gets her happy ending in spite of  Mary's cruel and calculated attempt to thwart it.  She ends up with a career as a magazine editor, has a dashing husband who is a marquis, a castle and her daughter Marigold accepted and loved in secrecy no longer.  She marries Bertie Pelham and becomes the titled Marchioness of Hexham.  It is like a modern day romance with a wonderful , fairy tale story book ending.

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 Mary ~ the  2nd painting in the Downton Abbey series.  

Click here to read my blog post about Lady Cora ~ the 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 3rd painting in the series as much as I enjoyed creating it!   The 4th and final painting in this series will be released later this fall.  By now, I'm sure you can guess who the 4th teacup painting will represent.......

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist

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Win Dinn said...

What a wonderful 'Downton' post, Laura - love the photos of your beautiful painting and the atmosphere of your summer painting locale!

Mellowood Gallery said...

This is a lovely piece Laura. I am not a Downton fan but I am sure those who are will appreciate the painting even more. Lovely spot for painting in the summer.

Cora said...

Wonderful teacup painting.Like the fresh colors you used.

Elizabeth Merchant said...

'Lady Edith' series - it goes with a great deal of saying ... 'Downton lives' in our hearts. The extra-ordinary detail in this series should enable many artists - such as yourself - to fine a muse. And the story - the struggle for happiness in a changing world - is eternal. I applaud you and your insight.

Deborah Nolan said...

Beautiful painting. Your teacups and flowers are so well done. Great tribute to the character Lady Edith. Have a super day.

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