Friday, July 23, 2010

Summer Bliss - A Lakeside Holiday - Laura Leeder

"Beach sand, perfect tans.  Early morning fishing, late nights by the crackling fire.  
Day walks, night talks.  Hot summer days spent exploring the lake, early evenings sheltered under the trees watching the storms roll in.   Sleepless nights, pillow fights.
Early mornings lazily sipping coffee, filling in cross word puzzles & sudukos, feeding peanuts to the squirrels & spending every day with those who matter most."

Kenya...making her way across the rocks (most are bigger than her) and heading to the water for a swim.

Near Kaslo, on the Kooteny Lake.

Happy Summer,
Artist Laura Leeder
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

On The Easel - Developing Peony's with Limes, Still life

"To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat."
      ~Beverly Nichols

I have been working on this painting for some time.  Like most artists, I have 2 to 4 paintings on the go at any one time.  I've had to start & complete new paintings for current events, while working on this one.  As this is my largest painting in a very long time, as well as the first attempt at painting a bouquet of peonys, I have taken my time with it, as I cautiously add more glazes as my time allows.  It is finally in it's final stage of completion.  (setting aside for a short time then study and tweaking) 
Unfortunately the image was taken on an overcast day....(we've been having so many of them) I am going on holidays, I wanted to post it before I left.  Center peony needs a few more darks, perhaps a few darks strategically placed in the lower half of the bowl. Perhaps darkening cast shadows under limes and in lace folds.  This "washed out image" doesn't quite do the painting justice....if the sun comes out later today, before I leave....I will update the image.   (Painting size is 16.25" x 20.25")
Plan to finish this painting when I return in a week or two.  I have started some small pieces that I will take with me and if the muse strikes...will paint while I am camping/fishing and just being a "beach bum" on the beautiful Kootenay Lake!         
Have a great week,
Yours in art,
Laura Leeder
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