Friday, December 31, 2010

A Toast to 2011! Happy New Year!

"Here's a toast to the future, A toast to the past, And a toast to our friends, far and near. May the future be pleasant; The past a bright dream; May our friends remain faithful and dear."

"Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you've always wanted to do but couldn't find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you don't think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more. You'll look ten years younger. Don't be afraid to say, 'I love you'. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world."

 -Ann Landers

"I will seek elegance rather than luxury, refinement rather than fashion. I will seek to be worthy more than respectable, wealthy and not rich. I will study hard, think quietly, talk gently, and act frankly. I will listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with an open heart. I will bear all things cheerfully, do all things bravely await occasions and hurry never. In a word I will let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common."    -William Ellery Channing


Yours in Art,
Laura Leeder 

I will be back in the studio painting next week, and posting weekly in 2011! 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Laura Leeder

"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light." 
  - Albert Schweitzer

A very special "Thank You" to those patrons, famliy and friends who have purchased my artwork over the past few years.   

Thanks to everyone who has followed this blog and taken the time to email me a comment and encourage me in my artistic pursuit.

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families!  This Holiday Season may you have in your heart's, the gladness of Christmas which is hope, the spirit of Christmas which is peace, the heart of Christmas which is love.

I am taking a few days off and will be back posting before the New Year,
Yours In Art,
Laura Leeder 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Yesterday's Gift Is Today's Treasure! Artist Laura Leeder

"Music and art both spring from a grateful heart."   Katie Wood McCloy

Yesterday was indeed a day of gift's!  After a day of baking and cleaning, I sat down at the computer with my glass of wine to check my emails before dinner.  And what a pleasant surprise I received!

Not ONE, But TWO....THREE of my paintings left the Painted Turtle Gallery for new homes!

"Golden Delicious"

"Healthy Pleasures"

"Comfort and Joy"

The first painting of my "Tea Cup" Series!

It brings me great joy when one of my paintings heads off for a new home.  Each painting celebrates my pleasure with life and nature.  Every one represents different challenges and teaches me something new. Thank You!

Yours in Art,
Laura Leeder

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Artist-Tea, The Creston Museum Features The Artwork of Laura Leeder in 2011

"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."    ~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

I am pleased and excited to announce that my latest project A Series
of "Tea Cup" Paintings will be featured at the Creston Museum in 2011

I am joining forces with the Creston Museum for their annual event "An Old Fashioned Tea"  in August 2011.

As part of my series, I will select and feature several of the Museum's teacups that are used in this annual event. Many of the paintings will be featured here on my blog, so pease, check back often. 

Several of these will be selected for giclee prints and gift cards and these will be available for purchase through the Museum this spring.

I will be painting on site during the tea.  Everyone who attends the tea will have an opportunity to win an original watercolor painting from this series!     


© "Comfort & Joy", Watercolor
    December 2010 by Laura Leeder

The first painting in the "tea cup series" !   This painting is available for sale through the Turtle Gallery as part of the "Small Gems"Christmas Show and Sale.  

Yours in Art,
Laura Leeder

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

On The Easel - A New Painting That Celebrates The Season by Laura Leeder

"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive."    -Eleonora Duse

©December 2010, Artist Laura Leeder
This small watercolor painting is coming along.  A few more glazes on the lace and then "fine tuning" where needed. 
I am lucky enough to have 3 beautiful holly trees on our property.  I have cut some sprigs and brought them indoors and placed in a vase.  It's incredible how cheerful & festive they make a room feel.  This is the first time I have "attempted" to paint holly leaves, practise makes perfect!  
Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder 

Monday, December 13, 2010

On The Easel - A New Painting That Celebrates The Season

"Content is more than 'subject matter.' It is all the feelings and ideas you bring to your painting."
   -Rene Huyghe


©December 2010, Artist Laura Leeder 
I started this painting over a week ago.  It has sat in my studio, untouched for the last few days as I have not been feeling well.   Feeling better today, so I will work on this one for a while and post an update tomorrow, weather permitting.

Yours in Art,
Laura Leeder                   

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December's Gift - A New Journey

"I think of art and painting as a journey, not simply a destination. I believe an artist needs to start by painting 100 works. Love the journey."   -Ken Campbell

I am pleased to announce that I have been accepted into the
Artist's International Gallery

What a great gift for December! This will help keep me motivated, and in my studio painting.  Looking forward to this new path on my artistic journey.

Yours in art, Laura Leeder

Click on this link to visit:  Artist's International Gallery

Monday, December 6, 2010

On The Easel-Comfort & Joy- A Holiday Painting

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."    -Robert Brault

This painting is on display at the Painted Turtle Gallery as part of the "Small Gems" Christmas Show and Sale.  Inquiries are welcome!

"Comfort and Joy" -  A Holiday Painting
©Artist Laura Leeder   Price:  $225.00

Framed Watercolor:  13.25" x 16.75" 

This holiday season may you find "comfort and joy" in the little things.  Sipping tea from an old and treasured china tea cup.  The beauty and joy in a single red rose...these are moments that can create memories to treasure....moments that we can take "comfort and joy" from in the future as well as today. 

What holiday traditions do you find comfort and joy in? 
Yours in art,
Laura Leeder

"May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!"  
    ~Author Unknown

Thursday, December 2, 2010

On The Easel-Simplicity & Beauty in Everyday Objects-Teacups & Lace, Step 2

"When an object is the result of considered thought, brilliant interpretation, and skilled craftsmanship, it is a treasure to own, to study, and to glory in possessing."  (Henry O. Dormann)

©Laura Leeder, Watercolor
I've decided to eliminate the fussy pattern of flowers on the I want the focus to be on the rose and the beautiful colors found in the shadows that spill across the cup and down onto the lace. Slowly glazing colors....I plan to make this rose, a rich, deep red , so it will take several colors and glazes to do so.  
Some of the colors used on the rose are: rose madder genuine,, mayan red, anthraquinoid red, permanent rose, and q.violet....all Daniel Smith watercolor paints!  
Back to the studio and more glazing!
Laura Leeder    

Sunday, November 28, 2010

On The Easel- Simplicity & Beauty in Everyday Objects-Teacup & Lace

"Simplicity captures and expresses the essence of the subject."  
     (Hap Hagood)

I get great satisfaction in painting the everyday items that we surround ourselves with. In this painting.... I'm starting with a rich, jewel toned background that will showcase the tea cup and rose.  The colors used are Indanthrone Blue, Deep Sap Green and Bordeaux....all Daniel Smith Watercolor paints.  
The snow is falling softly outside and beckoning....down with the brushes and out for a winter walk.  
Enjoy your day.....
Laura Leeder

Monday, November 22, 2010

"Small Gems" Show and Sale, Painted Turtle Gallery

"Change always comes bearing gifts."  ~Price Pritchett

The Gallery is having it's annual "Small Gems" Show and Sale
Opening Reception is this Saturday, November 27 from 5:30-7:30pm

For more information, check out the gallery blog

Hope to see you there!
Artist Laura Leeder

On The Easel, Apples & Lace...It's finished! Painting by Laura Leeder

"Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures."   (H. Jackson Brown)

"Healthy Pleasures"  Watercolor-Image: 9.75"x10.5"
©November 2010   Artist Laura Leeder
I believe I was successful in "saving" this one.  I glazed a medium value of Daniel Smith Bordeaux over the entire background.  Bordeaux is described as a velvety wine's a staining pigment, transparent and slightly granular. It's description also states:  use to replace, lifeless, muddy mixtures.  Who knew!
I am submitting this painting to the Turtle Gallery for it's upcoming "Small Gems" Show and Sale.
Opening reception is this Saturday, November 27th, from 5:30-7:30pm. 
Yours in art,
Laura Leeder
Your comments are me

Thursday, November 18, 2010

On The Easel, Apple & Lace Painting, Step 3

"You are not copying nature, but responding to nature in full awareness, to the way nature expresses itself in that object."  Frederick Franck

Watercolor on 300lb paper
©Laura Leeder

This painting is moving along.  Oops!  I did not mean to drop in such a large amount of orange on the front apple.  I am going to leave I add more cool colors, it will hopefully appear lighter.
I do not like my striped bowl.....I wish I had made it a solid color...that would have been much easier to paint!  And what to do about that background? 
Back to the studio....and maybe the "drawing board"...
Yours in art, Laura Leeder

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"MORNING COFFEE" on display at THE LIBRARY SHOW - Creston, BC

THE LIBRARY SHOW - Opening Reception Friday, Novemver 19
                    from 7-8pm at the Creston Public Library

A selection of paintings from several members of the Creston Art Club will be on display at the Creston Public Library.  The Show runs from November 6th to December 18th, 2010
The Creston Art Club meets on Wednesday's to paint, from 9am-Noon at
St.Stevens Presbyterian Church, Northwest Blvd, Creston,BC
  Included in "The Library Show"

"Morning Coffee"  11.5"by14"  Watercolor
©2009 Laura Leeder
Yours in Art,
Watercolorist, Laura Leeder
Your comments or inquiries are welcome!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On The Easel-Apples and Lace Painting, By Laura Leeder

"I feel as though I haven't seen an object until I actually start painting it"  -Janet Fish

Step 2: Painting in progress

    Watercolor painting on 300lb paper
             ©2010 Laura Leeder
I placed the yellow arrows by some of the areas of the background, where the mineral paint(Sodalite) and Indanthrone Blue paint....repelled each other.  It might have worked had I added a 3rd color or had more value changes in the blue. 
*I will come back to this background later in the painting..... 
Continuing to move around the painting, adding more glazes of color and slowly developing value contrasts as needed.
More to follow,

Saturday, November 13, 2010

On The Easel-Apples And Lace Painting, By Laura Leeder

"Painters love paint itself: so much that they spend years trying to get paint to behave the way they want it to..."    -James Elkins

Apples and lace, watercolor painting, step 1.  This is the exciting stage!  All that white paper, an image in my head, the color many possibilities!  Not crazy about the background...on impulse, I charged in a mineral paint (sodalite) to passages within the indanthrone blue. It's left some dark, grainy spots...impulse is not always a good thing!  I will move on to the rest of the painting and hopefully, come up with a solution.  More later....
Your comments are welcome:  email me at:
Yours in art,
"I feel a drastic turn in the road of my art coming soon."   -Moncy Barbour

Saturday, November 6, 2010

On The Easel - The Inspiration Behind My New Painting, "September's Gift"

"Pleasure is spread through the earth, in stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find."
      ~William Wordsworth, 1806

"September's Gift" latest painting.  This still life started with the purchase of the pottery bowl.  This bowl was made by a potter from the Wynndel Mudders Pottery Club. I attended their "Rutabaga Event" last
August.  A lunch was served offering 3 different soups (one with rutabagas, of course) and was served in a variety of bowls that were made for this occasion.  The bowl you chose for your soup was yours to keep. This one was my choice!  I was drawn to it, because of the rich green glazes and the way the color "dripped" down it's sides.  I thought it would be a fun challenge to try and paint it.

The peaches came from the tree in our yard and the hibiscus from a small tree that I had just purchased from our local greenhouse(Morris Flowers).  In September, when other flowers and shrubs are fading, the vibrant blossoms of Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon) are still blooming and so beautiful against the backdrop of late summer and early fall color's.  It was the perfect choice to complete this still life.  As I was photographing this set-up outside, I couldn't help thinking how the flower, the fruit, and the bowl were all "gifts from nature" and hence, the title was born.

"September's Gift" painted on 300lb watercolor paper
Retail: $250.00
Framed: 14.5”x15.25"

The painting will be part of the Painted Turtle Gallery, "Small Gems" Christmas Show and Sale. The show opens on November 27th and runs through to December 24th, 2010 and will feature a wonderful variety of gifts for yourself or someone special. 

If you would like to purchase this painting, please contact myself ( or the Painted Turtle
Gallery ( To see more of my paintings visit my website:

Yours in Art,
Laura Leeder

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Blogging and Art, both require Knowledge & Skills, Artist Laura Leeder

"All of us take an interest, to a greater or lesser extent, in what people around us look like, what they are doing, and why they are doing it."   -David Cobley

With a commitment to building a more vibrant blog, I signed up for a Blog Triage class.   Today's assignment is to write a blog post describing the type(s) of people I would like to visit and read my blog.

(Nothing like stepping right out of  my comfort zone.)  My initail answer is everyone! 
Who are they?

They are people of all ages and backgrounds, and from all over the world.  The common bond we share is an interest and appreciation of Art. 

I started this blog as a way to share my paintings and joy, in painting with a larger audience.  Having "closet" blogged for some time now, with limited skills, and confidence, I've decided that it's time to get help. Hence, the workshop.  I've no doubt, that the knowledge and skills, I glean from this workshop, will also show up in my artwork!  I am looking forward to the challenge of learning and mastering new skills!

Time for a coffee break, then it's back to work in the studio!
         (and a perfect seque for this painting)

Title:  Morning Coffee
Retail:  $135.00 
Framed:  11.5" x14"  (UV Varnished)

Watercolor by Laura Leeder

This painting will be on display at the Creston Library, Nov 3-Dec 24 To purchase this painting, you may contact me:
By phone (250-402-6599) or email me:

"Knowledge is the stuff from which new ideas are made... The real key to being creative lies in what you do with your knowledge."  -Roger von Oech

Sunday, October 31, 2010

On The Easel-Watercolor Paintings By Laura Leeder

"Sometimes the sweetest choice is choosing what you already have."
- Jeff Davidson

This one is finished! 

Painting Title:  "Quality Controllers"
Watercolor by Laura Leeder
Framed Size:  14.5" x 15" 
Retail Price:   $225.00

Yours in art,
Laura Leeder
Email me:  lleeder

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bragging Rights: Laura Leeder's Big Fish!

"I've been working so hard that I'm exhausted... I feel I won't be able to do without a few weeks' rest, so I'm going off to see the sea."  -Claude Monet

Well, I can't take time off for a week's rest or go "off to sea".....but I can take a day off  to enjoy a boat ride and a bit of fishing on the big lake!  (Kooteny Lake)

Last Sunday was an absolutely glorious fall day to be out on the lake.  The sun was shining, the water was calm, the scenery...breathtaking.  To top it all off...I caught a 7lb Bull Trout....see for your self! 

Weather permitting, Ivor and I, hope to get out again this weekend. 
Yours in art,
Laura Leeder

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Feature Artist"-Laura Leeder, Art Works Gallery, Sandpoint, ID

"Allow yourself to enjoy the journey. Everything you draw or paint does not have to be a finished masterpiece."    Michele Cooper

I have been selected this month as the "Featured Artist" at
the Art Works Gallery in Sandpoint, ID

To celebrate, I will be giving away an 11x14 matted print from one of my original watercolor paintings.  The draw will be made on November 2, 2010. 

To enter, all you have to do is stop in to the Gallery between Oct.16th and Nov.1st, 2010. 

I will be at the Gallery on Saturday, October 16, from 10-5
and again on Monday, October 25, from 10-5pm.
I look forward to meeting you!

My newest painting: "Guardians Of The Grape" will be on display.

Yours in Art,
Laura Leeder

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

On The Easel, Watercolor Paintings By Laura Leeder

"One must be entirely sensitive to the structure of the material that one is handling. One must yield to it in tiny details of execution, perhaps the handling of the surface or grain, and one must master it as a whole." 
    -Barbara Hepworth

Birds w/Apples
Size:  7.5x9.5"

Single Hydrangea
Size: 6.75x8"

Hibiscus,Peaches and Pottery
Size:  8.75x9.5"

These paintings are getting closer to being completed......hope to work on them a bit, later this morning.

Check back later.....Laura Leeder

Saturday, October 2, 2010

On The Easel, Watercolor Paintings By Laura Leeder

"Painting requires the bravery of solitude. Painting requires disciplined labor. To be a painter is to search the world with a benevolent eye for every subtle beauty that the infinite world offers."       -Charles Philip Brooks

Just for a change, I thought I'd post not one....but several of the paintings that I am currently working on.

#1  Birds w/apples (not titled)
      Size:  7 1/2"x9 1/2" 

#2 Single Hydrangea (not titled)
     Size:  6 3/4"x8"

#3  Hibiscus, Peaches, Pottery (not titled)
      Size:  8 1/4"x9 1/2"

Currently, I have 5 paintings in various stages of completion.  (3 is usually my comfort level)   So it is time to focus on one or two of these small ones and bring them to completion!  (I have two more set ups photograped that I am eager to start.....both with holly from my back yard.  I will start sketching them out next week.....)  I have more ideas than I have time & energy! 

I will spend a half hour more in the studio....then it's outside to enjoy the glorious weather we are having!
Yours in art,
Laura Leeder
Email me at
Visit my website:    

Monday, September 27, 2010

The business of art & computers

I awoke last Monday morning to find my computer had crashed!   I had been thinking the night before that I had better back up my all my current "Art Business" files.  Luckily, I had backed up all my files from 2009 and I had "hard copies" of my 2010 filed.  Still, I lost all my email contacts, my new card designs (I had just made the week before...several hours of work) and probably the most disappointing was the hours of new photo images that I had taken recently.  These were still life set ups with the last of the flowers in my yard, and peaches, plums, apples that I had received from friends. (Yes, I am now backing up my art business files!  I will do so weekly...)

I received a timely email from my brother Glen with what I believe to be a perfect explanation of why my "hard drive" crashed.

Click on to this link and see for yourself!    It is worth a chuckle!
This is what I think happens on your computer if you leave it on overnight.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

On The Easel-New Floral Painting with Peonies by Laura Leeder

"When I am at the easel it is a dream-like state where small problems are presented one after the other and as they are solved the mind moves on to new problems."   Tom McCann

After a major disappointment on Monday....(hard drive crash).....I am finally back on line.  Still recovering from the disappointment of losing all my data.  I had started saving files to disk, however, hadn't  yet saved any of my photo files from the last few months.  *This one hurt, as I had taken several hours of "set ups" for future paintings, and of course, deleted from my camera as I was copying to my computer.  Nothing like learning the "hard way"!   The good news....the sun came out for a while yesterday and I was able to bask in it's warmth and forgot my loss for a short time.  I also took the opportunity to photograph the progress of this painting.  Have added more color to the petals and started to deepen the shadows and color on the vase.  Still need to sketch in some peony petals on the table top, before I add color.  I have sketched in a floral pattern on the vase, but, unlike the actual vase, which is full of bright colors, I will keep this pattern in neutral tones.  Don't want to compete with the peonys!

I will put this painting aside for a while as I need to complete several smaller paintings that are currently in various stages of completion for upcoming "Christmas Shows".   I will post these paintings later.....

Yours in art,
Laura Leeder

"If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment."   Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, September 18, 2010

On The Easel-New Floral Painting, Peony's in a Porcelain Vase

"The simplicity of form, the drama of rich, intense colour, the joy of challenge, and the challenge of endurance... The piece, when it is over, is not what is made, but how it is made."   -Andrew Kuntz

As promised, I am finally posting an image of the latest painting I am working on.  The size of this piece is 21.5" x 16.5".  I chose to keep the composition simple as it's all about the peony blossoms!  I wanted the focus on the multi-petaled blossoms and the patterned vase.  I tried to choose colors for the background that were overall cool and would help push the "pink" blossoms forward.  These are complicated flowers and will be a real challenge for me!  The trick will be in soft pale glazes of color, using a variety of both warm & cool tints to slowly develop the blossoms.  I am moving slowly on this one...... 
It's overcast today, so I plan to spend a good part of the day in the studio painting.  However, before I do, I'm off to the video store to pick out a movie for tonight.   
Have a good one, Laura Leeder            

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Creston Art Club Fall Show & Sale, September 2010



Laura Leeder
VP Creston Art Club

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Painting in progress - with Raku Pottery, Birds, Grapes & Lace

"God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest." 
     ~J.G. Holland

It's finished!  This painting is titled:  "Guardians Of  The Grape" 
Size: 20"x24" Framed    Retail Price:  $375.00    By Artist, Laura Leeder  

This piece was fun to paint, although, my background choice made it a challenge.....practise makes perfect.....I have "learned" a lesson or two on this one.

I've been adding Raku Pottery to several of my still lifes.  Attempting their likeness is fun, charging in sedimentary paints, spraying water, throwing salt and then waiting to see the results....a nice change from the methodical way I paint.

This bowl is made by artist "Kimberley Chernoff", a local potter from the Nelson area.  I have a few other pieces of hers, and you will be seeing more of them in future paintings.  Her pottery can be purchased at the "Painted Turtle Gallery" here in Creston or contact the artist by email:    

When I came across these little birds in "Morris Flowers", our local florist & gift shop, I just knew they'd be perfect in this still life, adding a playful twist to the story.  

This painting will be on display & for sale at the Creston Art Club's Annual Fall Show & Sale, the weekend of September 10th & 11th at the Rotacrest Hall.  *See events page for more information.  

*Later this week I will post a photo of the new painting I have largest piece yet....another new challenge for me! 

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!
Yours in art, Laura Leeder   
Email me:
Visit my website: 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Painting in progress - with Raku Pottery, Birds, Grapes & Lace

"If I am excited about a subject, it is because I can see it as a painting and not an object or scenery. I have already made an artistic translation in my mind."   (Donald Demers)

Step 4  Grapes Leaves:  I have darkened the background around the leaves, purple grapes and birds, using Deep Sap Green, Burnt Sienna and Blue Apatite Genuine.  At the same time, I lightened the upper leaf where it overlaps the lower leaf.

The green grapes were lost beside the solution was to add some warm and cool reds to the grapes as needed to bring forward or push back.

The birds are starting to come to life.....adding the crevice darks to the red grapes and deepening colors as needed on each, while trying to save the highlights.

Continuing to add light value glazes of various color to the lace cloth and starting to develop the shadows.

Working with DS Primatek Colors on the pottery, I am continuing to add new colors and deeper values where needed.  These colors are granular and contain pure minerals which help to add the texture that I'm looking for.  The rich purple color you see in the bowl is primarily Amethyst Genuine and the mica in this paint gives off a beautiful sparkle when viewed in the light.

More to follow....

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Painting in progress - with Raku Pottery, Birds, Grapes & Lace

"Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, and at the end of the day you don't look at it and wish you had painted something different."   - Author Unknown

Step 2:  Started to develop the back grape leaves, grapes, pottery bowl and table cloth.  
I am using several colors for the grapes, both warm and cool.  I paint each grape individually, pre-wetting some and dropping in color, adding color onto the dry paper with others.  I will try to save most of the highlights while glazing the colors on the grapes rather than using a miskit.  
On the pottery bowl I am using sedimentary colors and primatek mineral colors.  With my inital glaze, I pre-wet the bowl and charged in my colors, working quickly....adding salt for additional texture and keeping in mind where I want the bowl to be lightest....I have little or no color and blot as needed.  I enjoy this step!  I don't have control....I simply trust in the process.....knowing that the results will  produce pleasant surprises!!
I allow this layer to dry completely and move on to another area, before coming back in and assesing the colors and placement in the next glaze of the bowl.
I have also added a soft, lite value glaze of yellows and pinks to the tablecloth.


Step 3-Continuing to develop the leaves, grapes and bowl.  I have painted in the lower background and have started to develop the table.  Although I have added several medium to dark glazes of pinks & blues to the tablecloth, it now looks pale in comparision to the strong colors in the background.  I will continue to add more colors to the table cloth as I move around the rest of the painting. 
Grape leaves: after glazing an initial wash of color on all leaves and allowing it to dry, I used miskit to paint in the veins of the leaves.  The problem I have now is to separate the leaves from the grapes and the background.  Hmmm....I will have to think about this for a bit.  
I am also concerned about the middle cut-outs on the cloth.  They look too busy against the "batik like" background, and will be difficult to shadow.  In hind-sight, I wish I would have left them out.  Hopefully, I can make this work.  Too late to go back now!  
The little birds are receiving their 1st glazes.....I think they add a bit of fun to the piece.
More later.....the sun is shining and my yard is beckoning.  I can hear the faint crys of alarm from my flowers, as they watch the weeds approach ever closer.  An hour or so of weeding will keep them a bay a little while longer. 
Enjoy your day!
Yours in art, Laura Leeder
Email me at:   
Visit my website:

Monday, August 9, 2010

A New Watercolor Painting Started - with Raku Pottery, Birds, Grapes & Lace

"Creating a still life has all the excitement of putting on a play in which I get to be the playwright, set designer, director, star, supporting cast and even audience."  -Robert C. DeVoe

Step 1 - Raku pottery, birds, grapes & lace 

I'm trying a slightly different style for my background.  I have used granulating paints and mineral paints(primatek line) allowing them to blend on the paper, then adding lot's of salt.  All the paints used are from the Daniel Smith Watercolor line.

*This is a bit of an experiment....hopefully the background won't be too busy, and take away from the foreground.  

Stay tuned.....
Yours in art,
Laura Leeder

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Summer Bliss - Lakeside Holiday Comes To An End - Laura Leeder

"We all need time to sit and rest, a place to relax and take a breath." 
 -Michael Albrechtsen

We've packed up our trailer and returned home yesterday. Our lakeside holiday has come to an end.  Our last week at the lake was spent with friends from Edmonton, AB.  Overall, the weather was great, and a good time was had by all.  Thanks for joining us Don, Michelle, Kerra, Kyler and Diesel! 

Hiking in the forest..Kerra with Kenya 

Hiking in the forest...Kyler and me

Michelle, showing us her outdoor kitchen on her new trailer! It created much attention in our campsite.

There were as many dogs as people.....and they were having as much fun as we were!
Michelle, Kerra and Kyler floating in the background.  Kenya practising her surfing stance along with Ivor, Don and Diesel.

The floaters....Ivor, Don and Kyler

Myself and Kenya, enjoying our last day on the beach.

The end of another beautiful day......
and the end of a wonderful summer holiday.

Ivor and I spent six weeks camping along Kooteny Lake....(a 1st for us)...I did commute home every 5-7 days to tend the yard, laundry & re-stock groceries and each time I did so, I thouroughly enjoyed the drive back to camp, alongside the lake.  
While I am not crazy about camping....I must say....I did overall, enjoy myself. Thanks Ivor and Kenya for a great summer holiday!

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time."
- John Lubbock

And now....back to work!

Laura Leeder
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...