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
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