Saturday, December 31, 2011


Our Awareness of the seasons becomes more acute as we grow older.  When the barrenness of winter disappears with spring, the sweet essence of the blossoming buds and leaves on both flowers and trees, awakens our senses.

Then summer arrives, and we welcome the warmth of the sun and the longer days.  Our gratitude for the beauty of nature is enhanced when fall transforms the greenery of summer into the brilliancy of orange, red and, yellow colors.

Finally, the brightly decorated Christmas tree, with the pungent smell of pine and evergreen emanating throughout the house, causes us to welcome winter.  And we rejoice that the new year is coming.

And so the cycle is now complete, and we face a new beginning as we greet the new year.  The choices we have are infinite.  All the days of the year now passed are part of history.  But we gladly anticipate accepting the challenges that will come with this new year.

Our days are numbered.  Yet, the seasons will continue their yearly cycle throughout eternity.  But we, in the time allotted each of us, should commit ourselves to bettering our lives in the days ahead.  We mustn't give up.  Despite our mortality, we must with enthusiasm follow through, and make our resolutions realities.

   Wishing you Health, Happiness and Prosperity in 2012

Laura Leeder, Watercolor Artist
Creston, BC   

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas from Laura Leeder

"Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."   
  ~Calvin Coolidge, 1927

© Star of Wonder, Watercolor by Laura Leeder

Many thanks to all of you have visited my blog this past year.  Your comments and words of encouragement have kept me motivated!   

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

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC

Friday, December 16, 2011

Painting Demonstration at Cherrybrook Farms

"I do my best work and have the most fun when I'm not sure exactly where I'm heading. The process of discovery is exhilarating."   Jill Cohen

©A Season Of Joy, Decorative Art (Mandala)
   Artist Laura Leeder

Has it been over a week since my last post?  How time flies.....

I have been very busy in the last few days.  A little bit of painting, but, mostly....a whole lot of marketing, with a Christmas Party thrown in. 

I will be at the Cherrybrook Farms Artisan & Crafters Market today with a selection of paintings, prints and notecards for sale.  We started the market in November and each week an artist or crafter has been sharing their creative process. 

Today, is my turn and I've decided to share my mandala painting process.  I will demonstrate how I start each one and share a bit about my color choices and thought process. 

If you are in the area.....stop demo starts at 2pm and will last for a few minutes.  Afterwards, you are welcome to play!

Cherrybrook Farms is located at 2931 Hwy 3 (the fruit stand).

PS:  My Giclee Prints of Destiny's Guide will be ready for pick up this weekend.  I will post them for sale next week!

©Destiny's Guide, Nov 2011
   Artist Laura Leeder

Have a great weekend! 
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On The Easel - A Still Life With Pears

"The beauty is to create from simplicity a complex object that still looks simple but powerful."
     ~Mona Youssef

©Pears, A Watercolor Painting In Progress
   Laura Leeder, Dec. 7, 2011

Using DS Manganese Blue Hue, Ultramarine Blue and Amethyst Genuine, I've deepened the background colors.  I've chosen not to separate the upper portion of the painting from the table edge after all. 

Amethyst Genuine ( a DS Primatek Color) is a beautiful rich, deep purple that contains mica.
It's a semi-transparent paint, slightly granular.  It has a full value range, great for creating depth and atmosphere.  I especially love the way the mica sparkles in the unexpected, but pleasant surprise.

I am hoping the sun comes out for a while today, so that I can get a better photograph of this piece and of course....I hope to work on it some more today!

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Sunday, December 4, 2011

On The Easel - Still life With Pears In Progress

"Each painting is a kind of discovery, a discovery of new forms, color relation, or balance in composition. With every painting completed, the artist may change his viewpoint to suit the discoveries made, making his vision many-sided." 
     ~Robert Colquhoun

© Pears, Watercolor Painting In Progress
    Laura Leeder, Dec. 4, 2011

I managed to squeeze in a small amount of painting time yesterday and here is the result. The pears are almost complete, and I've added the first glazes of color to the flower.   

I'm not sure what I'm goint to do with my background.  I've drawn a light pencil line a 1/4 of the way down the page and initially, I was planning to paint the backround above this line very dark, leaving the table top below it quite light.  I don't think I want to do that now, so I will leave this painting for a day or so and hopefully when I come back to it, I will know what to do!

I went out and bought a few christmas plants yesterday afternoon and I have started to unpack the decorations.  So that is todays project. (along with laundry and cleaning) 

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder

Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Friday, December 2, 2011

On The Easel - Painting Pears

"Your vision, rather than just your seeing, displays a thousand or more possible paintings in the simplest things."     ~Andrew Baker

©Pears, Watercolor Painting In Progress
   Laura Leeder, Dec. 2, 2011

This simple still life of pears and a flower is a pleasant variation from my usual still life compositions. 
Although simple, it doesn't necessarily mean it will be easier.   The challenge for me is going to be in painting an interesting mix of values in complimentary colors.

No chance to work on this painting today, as I will be at the Artisan and Crafters Market at Cherrybrook Farms with a selection of prints and notecards on display.

If you are in the area stop in and say hi.  Lot's of gift ideas for yourself or family and friends.

Have a great day!
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Destinys Guide - A Mandala Design Watercolor Painting

"In this world you've a soul for a compass;  And a heart for a pair of wings
There's a star on the far horizon; Rising bright in an azure sky
For the rest of the time that you're given; Why walk when you can fly?"
   ~Mary Chapin Carpenter

©Destinys Guide - Watercolor, Size:10" x 10.5"
   Laura Leeder, Nov.28, 2011

This decorative design is called a Mandala.  The pattern for this one was created by Win Dinn, a Mixed media artist and Instructor who resides here in the Creston Valley.  She has created a coloring book for adults, with 24 tempting patterns to play with. 

When leafing through her book, I was drawn to this one in particular and knew that I wanted to use its design in a watercolor painting.  The result is this beautiful piece!  (can you tell that I'm pleased with it?) 

Win describes Mandalas as "a form of art used by Tibetan monks to focus their thought and foster a state of meditation.  Use them to express yourself, reduce stress and rekindle creativity."

I certianly enjoyed the process and have already chosen another of Wins patterns, that I look forward to starting another painting with very soon! 

For more information on Win, her artwork, the courses that she offers , please follow this link to her blog:

If you'd like to purchase or get more information about her Coloring Book, you can email her at

Now it's time for some digging....somewhere in a box, I have a CD by Mary Chapin Carpenter with the song that the above quote is from......

Thanks for stopping by.....and remember....why walk, when you can fly!
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Sunday, November 27, 2011

On The Easel - A Star In The Making-Almost There!

"Ideals are like stars, you will not succeed in touching them with your hands,
but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guide, and following them, you reach your destiny."
   - Carl Schurz

©A Star Mandala, Watercolor In-Progress
   Laura Leeder, Nov 25, 2011

Here is the almost finished Star.  I was unable to photograph the finished piece yesterday, as it was overcast.  With any luck the sun will peak out from the clouds today, just long enough to allow me to take some photos!    As for a that came to mind is ......"Destiny's Guide"....any ideas?

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Saturday, November 26, 2011

On The Easel - A Star In The Making?

"There wouldn't be a sky full of stars if we were all meant to wish on the same one." 
    - Frances Clark

Step 1

© A Star Mandala, Watercolor In Progress, Nov. 2011
    Laura Leeder

In my last post I indicated that I usually have 3 to 4 paintings on the go.....I may work on all of them for short periods each day until one or two are completed.  I then start another and continue in this way. 
In the case of this painting, it captured my attention almost immediately with the first strokes of color and held it until I had completed the piece.  It was such fun!

In this first step I used Daniel Smith Manganese Blue Hue and French Ultramarine paints, allowing the colors to mingle on wet paper.  I then added salt to the mix and let it dry.

Step 2



©A Star Mandala, Watercolor In Progress, Nov.2011
   Laura Leeder

What a difference!  This is one of the qualities I especially love about watercolor.  In this 2nd step I used permanent green light, along with green apatite genuine and sugilite genuine-both primatek mineral paints. Once again I dropped in salt and sprayed water across the paper to move and blend the paints.  Bits of mica from the mineral paints glisten when the light hits them.  It's a subtle but pleasing effect. 

I have a few adjustments to make on the finished piece (this is not it) and will then post it tomorrow, providing I can get a decent photogragh.

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Saving Those Blossoms - A Rescue In Progress

"When a painting problem crops up, don't rush to fix it. You probably already know one way to fix it, but wait for something else to show up... invite the muses to bring you a new solution."     ~ Carole Katchen

©Hydrangea Blossoms, WC Painting In Progress
   Laura Leeder, Nov.16, 2011

I have been working mostly on the right blossom, at first glance it might not look any different.  If you look closely though, you will see that each petal is more defined.  It is a slow process, as I glaze on thin layers of transparent color.....I am getting there! 
As always, I work on more than 1 painting at a time.  Currently I have 3 on the go, and I started a new one yesterday.  I can't wait to get paint on's always those first drops of color onto that white paper that get my juices going! 
What is interesting for me, about these 4 paintings, is that they are all so very different from one another.  A first for me!  A floral, a still life that veers from my usual perspective and then 2 very different and fun pieces that are definitely not my usual compositions or style.

Enjoy your day, it's back to the studio for me!
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

By the way.....if you're in the Creston area this Friday, I will be at the Cherrybrook Farms Artisan & Crafters Market, located at 2931, Hwy 3, from 1-5pm.  Stop in and say hi!        

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A "Still Life" With "No Life" - Rescuing A Failed Watercolor painting

"To improve a painting, you must be willing to make mistakes, even big ones." 
    ~Earl Grenville Killeen

©Hydrangea Blossoms, Unfinished Watercolor Painting
   Laura Leeder, Nov.2011

I set this painting aside some time ago, as I did not like the way it was progressing.  It was a "still life" with "no life".  I was so excited to paint these vibrant pink blossoms....yet the further into the painting....the less I liked it.  I couldn't quite place what is was that bugged me, and after some time, I simply hid it away. 
I came across it again, while cleaning out my studio a few weeks ago and instantly saw what it was that had bothered me before. (there were a few problems)  And yet those unfinished blosssoms had possibilities.....   Could this one be rescued? 
I started playing with the idea of cropping it down and found two pleasing possibilities.      

I started working on the right blossom, while thinking through the possibilites and here's what I've decided.  It was not going to work as a still life....however, by cropping the painting to feature a portion of the blossoms, I think I can rescue this one. 
While I may not crop it exactly as above....I will attempt to get one and possibly two, small florals out of this failed piece.  Wish me luck!

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Autumn Leaves - A Watercolor Painting By Laura Leeder

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."     ~Albert Camus

©Autumn Leaves, Watercolor, Size: 9"x9"
   Laura Leeder

Splashing, charging, flicking colors.... spraying water and dropping salt....all techniques, I used in this small painting of maple leaves.  What fun!  And such a nice break from my usual method of layers of transparent colors.  Don't get me wrong...I enjoy my process of meticulous layering of watercolor's just that every now and again....a girl needs to cut loose and let the paint fall where it may!

I am declaring this painting finished....finally!

For information about this painting or to buy, Click here.

Yours In Art,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Artisan Market, A Colorist's Delight

"I love looking for things to paint, and I love painting, and I love framing them and seeing them in a gallery, but more than anything, I love to sell them!"   
    ~Jack Hambleton

Oh, how true!  I couldn't agree more.....

©Photo by Win Dinn, Nov.4, 2011

The Artisan & Crafter's  Market that I participated in, on Friday afternoon turned out to be a colorful and pleasant experience.  Sadly, my photo's did not...... in my haste to cause the least disruption with my flash....I was too quick on the draw, resulting in blurry, but colorful shots.  So I have borrowed a photo from Win Dinns' blog (a master colorist & artist extraordinaire).  You can check out her blog here:

The market will run for the next seven week's, please stop in and check it out.  Enjoy a refreshment, and while you shop for that special someone on your Christmas list you can take in a demonstration and enter the draw to win the "gift basket" filled with unique gifts courtesy of the artisans & crafters. 

Next Friday's demo features Wendy Roth at 2pm.  She does beautiful Norwegian egg decorations. 

Each week, I will have available for purchase, a selection of giclee prints, posters and "frameable" notecards, all from my original watercolor paintings.   As well, a few small original paintings....perfect gift items, that will bring pleasure for years to come. 

Hope to see you there! 

Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC

Monday, October 31, 2011

Cherrybrook Farms, 1st annual Artisan Market

This week promises to be a busy one for me, as I get ready for this upcoming Artisan Market.

This will be my first time participating in such a venture....looking forward to it!

I am putting together a selection of gift cards and prints to sell and as the weeks progress, perhaps a few small paintings that celebrate the season as well. If you live near-by or are visiting the area, plan to make Cherrybrook Farms Artisan Market one of your stops.

Cherrybrook Farms Market, located at 2931, Highway 3 each Friday from Nov. 4-Dec. 23 from 1-5 p.m.

Each week, a local artisan will provide a demonstration at 2 p.m., and attendees can enter their name for a gift basket of items donated by the artisans. The basket will be drawn on Dec. 23 at 3 pm.

All Creston Valley residents and out of town guests are encouraged to check out the market, enter for the draw and shop locally for the season.

Have a great week,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

On The Easel - Autumn Colors - Painting In Progress

"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!"    ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

©Autumn Colors, painting in progress, Oct 26, 2011
   By Laura Leeder

I worked on this painting a bit more yesterday.

Mostly on the back leaves, which are almost finished.
I have dropped colors onto both wet & dry paper.  I then sprayed water to move this color around....I've dropped in salt and added flecks of paint from a toothbrush.  All of these techniques work well together on a simple composition such as these leaves.  And what fun watching the colors move about and mingle on the paper!

It's going to be another cold and rainy day, so I will spend some time in the studio and perhaps this painting will get finished.  Plus....I've another sketch I want to get started on and I am putting together an assortment of gift cards that I plan to sell in an upcoming Artisan Market.....more on that later!

Have a good one,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Monday, October 24, 2011

On The Easel - Autumn Colors

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."
  ~John Burroughs

©Autumn colors, painting in progress, Oct 24, 2011
   By Laura Leeder

Since my last post, I have completely emptyed out my studio. 

The room has been repainted...the windows, doors and furniture all received a thourough cleaning.
I have been sorting through boxes, paper, frames etc. and still have more to do. 

One of my favorite times of year is autumn. (spring being my first love)  And right now, it is a riot of color, as the leaves are changing from green to brilliant golds, oranges and crimsons.  The fall maple leaf is a favorite, although, I am partial to my "burning bush" with is scarlet, crimson and rose colors.

The above image is a small painting that I have just started featuring a few fallen maple leaves.

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolorist Artist, Creston, BC

Friday, October 14, 2011

Apple Lace-Watercolor By Laura Leeder

"Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits."
   -- Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples

©Apple Lace, Watercolor, Oct.2011
   Laura Leeder

While most of the apples have been harvested in the surrounding orchards; there are still a few tree's here and there with apples yet to be picked.

This one, I picked from the ground beneath a tree laden with fruit.   Not sure of the variety, so I will simply title it "Apple Lace". 

CLICK HERE for purchase information.

I am packing up my paints for a few days as I clear out and re-organize my studio.  This cleansing, is long overdue and much needed!  I will be working through the weekend, trying to get it done as quickly as possible.

Enjoy your weekend,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On Being Creative - The Artist's Struggle

"Creativity depends on a number of things: experience, including knowledge and technical skills; talent; an ability to think in new ways; and the capacity to push through uncreative dry spells." 
  ~Teresa Amabile

Healthy Pleasures, Watercolor - Sold
By Laura Leeder

The above quote is so true.  Every now and again, I go through a period in my painting where I wreck painting after painting.  I create mud, I drop in a sedimentary color where I should be glazing a transparent one, I charge in a staining color straight from the tube without testing it first, too late....the damage is done.
I add color from a tube of paint that I haven't used in quite a while and definitely has no place in the painting I am working get the idea. 

This is what my last few weeks have been like.......I have a painting that is coming along nicely and without warning...(at least I think it's without warning) my brain shuts down and I perform one or several of the above stunts. 

Luckily they have all been small pieces....and will be used to test my color choices on later (when I'm once again,  using my brain).  After I got over the initial frustration and stopped beating myself up....I realized these periods in the past have always preceded times of growth.  Occasionally it is like an "aha" moment, most often, it is a slow and steady emergence of paintings that reflect improved compositions, better color choices, and technical skills that only come with time, practice and failure.

A quote that comes to mind is:  "We fail forward to Success" 

The above painting,(now sold), is a success emerged after one of these periods. 

I've started a new, small apple painting....and if all goes well, I will post it soon!

Rise above your struggles.....because when you do, it is so worth it! 

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Maple Leaf Study - Completed

"To gain confidence, constant practice is essential. Just as a musician needs to practice regularly to retain his touch, the watercolourist needs to be constantly in touch with the medium."   ~Robert Lovett


                     Maple Leaf Study
                   Watercolor - 6"x7.25"
                         Laura Leeder

CLICK HERE for purchase information
While out walking yesterday, I found myself studying leaves with a renewed interest.  
I collected a few more to study....some with lot's of beautiful green to yellow value changes.  
I've picked out one of these for my next small leaf painting. 
    "Practice is the best instructor"

Have a enjoyable day,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Maple Leaf Study Using Autumns' Palette

"Success has to do with deliberate practice. Practice must be focused, determined, and in an environment where there's feedback."  ~Malcolm Gladwell

Step 1
©Maple Leaf Study In Watercolor, Oct.1, 2011
   Laura Leeder

Step 2

©Maple Leaf Study In Watercolor, Oct. 1, 2011
   By Laura Leeder

I cannot recall ever painting maple leaves.  Hard to believe isn't it?  With all the fallen would seem to be an obvious painting subject at this time of year.  While out walking this morning, I collected several and chose this one to start with.  Time for some darks and a cast shadow. 
That is.....after I get some household tasks out of the way....    

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Peach With A Twist" - A Newly Completed Watercolor Painting

"You can accelerate your development by giving yourself a fresh set of challenges, or the same set viewed from a different angle, every day. Explore a different path – if it's a dead end, explore another."
  -Paul Foxton

© "Peach With A Twist" - Watercolor - Size: 7.25"x8.5"
      By Laura Leeder, Sept. 28, 2011

CLICK HERE for painting purchase information.

Here is the completed "peach" study.  I am "leafing out"..... (couldn't resit that one), from my usual format.      I was about to remove some of the leaves, but decided that the way they twist around this peach would be interesting to paint.  I also liked the shapes created in the cast shadow from these leaves with a twist.

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Peach Study In Watercolor

"My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on."

 - the movie Forrest Gump

Step 1

©Peach Study, by Laura Leeder, Sept. 2011

Step 2

Not every painting is a success, as was the case with "cherries and lace" from my last post.  The more I worked on it...the less I liked it.  So, I decided not to work on it any further.  It has been moved into a very important file, my "scrap" file.  The backside will be used to test paints, etc. 

I have moved on, and started this new study of a peach.  (I'm feeling better already!)

Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Cherries-A Watercolor Painting In Progress

"Color is the fruit of life."  ~Guillaume Apollinaire

©Watercolor In Progress, September 2011
   Laura Leeder

Cherries and lace, so much fun to paint!  I use both warm and cool reds and pinks to develop the cherries.
Colors used in the background are from the Daniel Smith - Primatek line....they are quite granular, giving an interesting texture and sheen.

Have an awesome day,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Arttist, Creston, BC

Thursday, September 8, 2011

"Thanks for this day, for all birds safe in their nests, for whatever this is, for life." 
   ~Barbara Kingsolver

©Laura's Beach, Kootenay Lake, Sept.5th, 2011
   By Laura Leeder

©Laura's Beach, Kootenay Lake, Sept.5th, 2011
   By Laura Leeder

Ivor & I have had a great time exploring Kootenay Lake over the summer.  These are images from a beautiful & secluded area we found and named "Laura's Beach".  We have spent many afternoon's here relaxing, picking rocks, snorkeling and just enjoying the view. 

I have started working on a new painting and will post this soon.  If you've visited my blog in the past you may notice a few changes.  I've updated the overall look, and will be adding more information about my paintings and how they can be purchased.  

I have joined the "DailyPaintWorks" group of artist's.  I am in the process of posting my paintings for sale through this site.  In October I plan to start painting "in the style" of the daily painters, creating small paintings.  (in my case, it will be weekly, not daily) 

Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you'll stop by always, your comment's are welcome.

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Friday, August 19, 2011

Change Is In The Air -

"Change shakes us up, and we can thank our Muse for it... we are driven by change to create, to excel, and to become better humans, perhaps even more sensitive humans!" 
 -Max Elliott

©"Summer Blues", Watercolor By Laura Leeder

The closing of our local gallery this June (Painted Turtle) was a catalyist that forced me to think about my immediate future as an Artist.  I took most of the summer off from painting and spent it at the lake, sunning, rock collecting, boating, fishing, all the while pondering how this has affected me and what my next move as an artist should be.
One of my favorite sayings is:  "When one door closes another one opens".   With that in mind, I look forward to the upcoming month's....I am open to the possibilities.     

So.....change is in the air....

I have family visiting next week from Alberta, and after that I will be getting back into the studio.  I am more than ready to get back to painting .  I've enjoyed the summer....looking forward to September and fall!

Have a great weekend,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."  Charles Darwin

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Scenes From An Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show

“Steam rises from a cup of tea and we are wrapped in history, inhaling ancient times and lands, comfort of ages in our hands.”

Volunteers with Museum Curator,
Tammy Hardwick (far right)


©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

Creston Museum Volunteers

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show 
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

We were honored with the presence
 of several ladies from the Red Hat Society. 

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Artist at work, Old Fashioned Tea
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011
©Artist Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011
  "St. Paddy's Tea" - Part of the "Teacup Series"

© Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011
Congratulations to Kathy Sommerfeld, the winner of the above painting.
The weather co-operated, and it was an enjoyable afternoon.
Thank's to all of you who attended the event and a very special "thank you" to all volunteer's! 
(Museum Curator Tammy Hardwick  & her team of volunteer's are an impressive force to watch in action.)
*If you wish to purchase a Giclee Print or Gift Cards you can still buy them from the Museum Gift Shop.
  -a portion of the proceeds from all sales will go to the Museum.
Creston & District Museum & Archives

219 Devon Street, Creston, BC V0B 1G3
Phone 250-428-9262    Email:

*Or, you can contact me by email: or phone:  250-402-6599
Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Friday, August 12, 2011

The "Teacup Series" On Exhibit at The Creston Museum's Old Fashioned Tea

"Steam rises from a cup of tea and we are wrapped in history, inhaling ancient times and lands, comfort of ages in our hands."   ~Faith Greenbowl


A Creston Museum Teacup

©"Miss Magnolia"- from the "Teacup Series" of Watercolor Paintings
    By Laura Leeder, 2011 

The Creston Museum's Old Fashioned Tea is this Saturday, August 13th.  If you haven't made your reservation yet, you can contact the museum at 250-428-9262 or

The tea takes place on the museum’s shaded patio.  There will be three seatings, starting at 1pm, 2pm and the last one at 3pm. 

 The tea and art show is $8 per person ($4 for children six and under), and your ticket gives you a chance to win one of my teacup paintings, valued at $130!

All of the teacup paintings are available for purchase along with a selection of giclee prints and gift cards located in the Museum's Gift Shop.  

Hope to see you there!
Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist
Creston, BC

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Along The Shoreline Of Kootenay Lake - A Painter's Dream

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgement will be surer.  Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen."     ~Leonardo da Vinci

The Batkes'-Katie (our niece),
Rose (my sister),
my husband Ivor (holding Kenya),
Perry (brother-in law)
and Ben (our nephew) me? I'm taking the picture!  

@ Next Creek Beach, west shore of  Kootenay Lake, BC
      Laura Leeder, July 30,2011

If you're a landscape painter......the scenic coastline of Kootenay Lake will provide you with an unlimited supply of breathtaking views for pleasure, inspiration, and subject matter for your paintings.  I enjoy       being outdoors and especially enjoy spending time along the rocky shoreline of Kootenay Lake. I do not, however, desire to paint it.   I thoroughly enjoy painting still life's and florals and continue to find pleasure in using watercolor paints.  

My younger sister & family from Alberta, spent a few days visiting us.  We took them out on the lake, boating and fishing.  We enjoyed a shore picnic at Empty Creek beach on the South West side of Kootenay Lake.  This was our 1st time here.....really enjoyed it.... a great place to take friends and family for a day!

©Next Creek Beach, Kootenay Lake
  Laura Leeder, July 30, 2011

©Next Creek Beach, Kootenay Lake
   Laura Leeder, July 30, 2011

I am enjoying my time on the lake and while I haven't been painting....I have been thinking about art, pondering different marketing directions and planning new paintings. 

I will get back to painting very fact I'm looking forward to it......although the break has been very good for me!

 "We all need time to sit and rest, a place to relax and take a breath" 
  ~Michael Albrechtson

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Teacup With Geraniums, The Last In The Teacup Series By Laura Leeder

"My paintings are my camera on my world."  ~Jane Freeman

A Creston Museum Teacup
©Laura Leeder, July 2011, Watercolor In Progress
As I was packing up the teacups to return to the Creston Museum, this one begged me to paint it.  I had just purchased several geranium plants on sale and thought a simple cluster of these white and lilac petals would be perfect with this teacup. 
The teacup itself is a pretty shade of yellow with a delicate floral pattern of soft pinks, yellows and lilac. 
This will then be the last one in this teacup series.  It may take a while to finish, as I've promised to spend much of my time with my husband boating and fishing.
Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC
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