Monday, December 29, 2008

To Achieve your Dreams in 2009.....

”Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day."
-- Winston Churchill

As another year comes to a close......I like to spend time
de-cluttering my office and studio. As I was going through one of my files, I came across the following article on achieving your dreams .... I'd like to share it here.

To Achieve Your Dreams...Remember Your ABCs
Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits.
Believe in yourself.
Consider things from every angle.
Don't give up and don't give in.
Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come.
Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.
Give more than you planned to give.
Hang on to your dreams.
Ignore those who try to discourage you.
Just do it!
Keep on trying. No matter how hard it seems, it will get easier.
Love yourself first and most.
Make it happen.
Never lie, cheat or steal. always strike a fair deal.
Open your eyes and see things as they really are.
Practice makes perfect.
Quitters never will and winners never quit.
Read, study, and learn about everything important in your life.
Stop procrastinating.
Take control of your own destiny.
Understand yourself in order to better understand others.
Visualize it.
Want it more than anything.
X-celerate your efforts.
You are unique of all God's creations. Nothing can replace you.
Zero in on your target, and go for it!

Thank You for visiting my blog,
Laura Leeder


Monday, December 22, 2008

*New Painting Added - Reflections Of Summer

It is -12°C today.....I haven't been out for my daily walk for 2 days now and longing for warmer weather. The sun is popping out from the clouds, so I will bundle up and get outside for a short walk later this afternoon.

"I'd rather have a Rose on my table than diamonds on my neck!"
-Emma Goldman (also.....Laura Leeder! HA!)

This "small gem" was completed recently. The cranberry glass bowl and delicate lace, along with the shade's of pink in the rose, just say "Merry Christmas" to me. Ironically, the painting is titled, Reflections of Summer .....perhaps, I should have titled it, Longing for Summer.

"Reflections Of Summer"
Image Size: 7.75" x 9.5"
Framed: 10" x 11.5"
Retails for $105.00

This painting has been UV Varnished, no glass required.

Thank You for viewing my site: Your comments are welcome!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

On The Easel, Still Life Demo, Step 3

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. -Franklin D. Rossevelt

Step 3: Added 2nd layer of glazes to the table top. Adding darker brown and blue mixes to back of table top - help's to push that edge back. Added color to table edge, starting to build form on lace cloth by defining folds and painting out lace holes. continuing to glaze rose -building depth and form. Holding off on adding any more color to pottery until the rose and lace are further along. With all the color's and texture in this piece of pottery, it would be too easy to overdue it! Hope to have this one finished by Christmas......we'll see!

Thank You for viewing my site!
Yours in art, Laura Leeder

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Painting with other Artists!

"You did then what you knew how to do,
and when you knew did better!" - Maya Angelou

(Instructor Eileen Gidman)

Over the weekend I attended a watercolor workshop given by Eileen Gidman, an accomplished watercolor, mixed media, fabric artist and long time resident of the Creston Valley.
The workshop was fun & informative. Some of Eileens' work can be found in the Painted Turtle Gallery, Creston, BC.

Our Poinsettia paintings in various stages of completion.
I'm always amazed at how each artist can interpret a plant, flower, item so differently!

Taking a workshop from time to time,or joining your local Art Club can benefit you in many's inspiring, chances are you'll improve your skills, expand your knowledge, and build your confidence as an artist. I have found that painting with other artists is not only fun, but stimulates creativity.
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