Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Images 2012 Art Show - Guest Artist, Laura Leeder

"Nothing spurs creativity more than a deadline."  ~ Mary E. Whitehill

The Images Art Show represents a group of well known artists residing here in the Creston Valley. 

This group of professional artist's have been holding an annual 2-3 day show and sale every fall, for many years now.  Each year the group invites a guest artist to participate in this show.

I received an invitation to participate with this talented group of artist's in the upcoming November 2012, Images Art Show & Sale.  Of course I accepted!  It is such an honor! I am so appreciative and excited!  It's always great to be recognized by your peers.

Deadlines can be a great motivator.....and I guess it's back into the studio for me!  I'm aiming to complete several small pieces along with 2 or 3 large paintings.    

More information on this show will be posted on the Events page, in the upcoming months.

Wishing you a creative day, 

Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC 


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Heart's Desire By Laura Leeder, Featured In Etsy Treasury

Part of Treasury #11 - Valentine's Day Cards
Curated by Miyuki

Heart's Desire Notecards, Multi Pack Of 6 Blank Notecards
By Laura Leeder

Heart's Desire Notecards, Multi Pack Of 6 Blank Notecards

    "Side by side or miles apart, dear friends are always close to the heart."

What a pleasant surprise to find my notecard "Heart's Desire", featured in a Treasury on Etsy this week.

This Treasury was created by Miyuki, a talented jewelry designer who also sells on Etsy. 
Stop by and visit her shop at www.etsy.com/shop/WithLoveMiyuki 
This Treasury list and other's are also featured on her blog:  www.withlovemiyuki.com

If you haven't visited my Etsy Shop yet, please stop by and let me know what you think! 

Here, you can purchase my small watercolor paintings, a selection of giclee' prints in both paper and canvas, plus a selection of my "top selling" notecards in a variety of "multi-packs".  

My desire is to make available to you, quality artwork at affordable price points.  These smaller paintings, prints and notecards are perfect everyday gifts for those you treasure! 

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

Saturday, January 21, 2012

"The charm of the season – and the day in particular – is to be found in the union of the two complementaries blue and orange."  ~ Charles Burchfield

©Chrysanthemum's, watercolor in progress, Jan. 21, 2012
   By Laura Leeder

These mum's are beginning to take shape.  I am continuing to develop the front and back right mum. Using both warm and cool values of various reds and pinks, I am slowly moving across each flower.    

I've also started to develop the bowl, introducing a greyed value, which I think, helps temper all the blues and reds.  As I paint the bowl, I am trying to be careful to add just enough color to keep the bowl interesting, yet  not appear as if it's been forgotten, or....have it steal the show! 

I woke up to a winter wonderland this morning.  Several inches of snow fell through the night....a beautiful sight, though with the temperature warming up, it probably won't last for long.   

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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

On The Easel - Chrysanthemum's In Watercolor

"I like to first create an underpainting to set up the rhythm of lights and darks." 
  ~ Amanda Jones

©Chrysanthemum's, watercolor in progress, Jan 19, 2012
   By Laura Leeder

Working slowly on the flowers, I've started with an underpainting of a lite value of New Gamboge, a warm yellow.  Followed by a 2nd glaze, slightly darker.  Several more lite value glazes have followed using New Gamboge, Permanent Yellow Deep and Pyrrol Orange.  Moving to the back mums, I've added mid-value glazes of Pyrrol Orange and Permanent Rose.  

I plan to keep the bowl of water, (a stemless wineglass) more abstract.  I've added just a touch of color to help me determine my values and will develop the flowers further before adding more color to the glass.  

More to follow....

Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build."  ~Robert Collier

©On the easel....floral painting, Jan 17, 2012
   Laura Leeder

This small bowl of Chrysanthemum's sat on my desk for several weeks last fall.  Each morning when I entered the studio, my heart did a flip as these cheerful, orange-red mums greeted me.  They lasted several week's and gave me much pleasure.  How could I not paint them?

I almost always start with my background and test several colors on scrap paper, before adding paint to paper.  I chose Indanthrone Blue, Deep Sap Green and Anthquinoid Red, all Daniel Smith Watercolors.  From my scrap of test paper you can see that I've charged the colors onto the paper, almost full strength, allowing them to blend.  I then add more water to the paint and charge in these lighter values.  When the paints have dried, I study the blends and consider how they look.  Do I like all the colors, are they complementary?  Would a warmer red work better?  Where's the focal point?  What colors do I want against it?  Full strength or blended?  (and more)

This bit of pre-planning gives me the confidence to lay down my first washes of color onto my paper. 


  My test colors for the background.   

Now on to the next step......

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

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pink Perfection - Hydrangea Blossom in Watercolor

"Even in the smallest and humblest garden, a sturdy hydrangea at once proclaims the place as the abode of a real gardener rather than a mere purchaser of plants to cover the landscape."   - Washington Park Arbortum Bulletin, 2006

©Pink Perfection, Watercolor, 4.5"x5"
   Laura Leeder

Hydrangeas, big, beautiful, mop head blossoms. I can recall many a winter in Edmonton, AB, pouring over the pages of my gardening catalogues and wishing that I could order and grow these magnificent shrubs.  

Several years later, and residing in Creston, BC, where the winters are significantly milder, I can now enjoy growing not one,  but several varieties of these magnificent shrubs.  This one is titled "Paris" and is one of the newer varieties from City Line.  These vibrant pink blossoms are real attention grabbers.  Brought indoors as a bouquet of fresh blossoms, or as art, displayed on the wall, they really bring a room to life!

Giclee' prints of this painting will be available within a week or two.  If you are interested, please email me and I will reserve one for you.

Enjoy your day,

Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dance of Joy

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
 They must be felt with the heart."     ~Helen Keller

Mandala Painting

© Dance of Joy, Watercolor, Jan.2012
    By Laura Leeder

Wow! This painting pulsates with color!    I can almost hear the drums in the background, as the "hearts glow" and move to the beat.  

I have never used as many reds and pinks in one painting, as I did here.  At one point, I thought this one was going in the wastebasket....I persevered, continuing to glaze thin layers of color until the image in my head materialized on paper.  Adding the ink outline was the final step that brought this "Dance of Joy" to life.  

Painting size is 10.5"x10.5"
I used Waterford Saunders 200lb cp watercolor paper.

This piece is currently not for sale ( I am considering having Giclee prints made).  

This painting evolved from a pattern that I used in "Color Me Up" a coloring book for artists, designed by Win Dinn, an artist and art instructor.
Visit her blog: http://windinnart.blogspot.com
"There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them."   ~Vicki Baum

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

Saturday, January 7, 2012

On The Easel - Heart's, Heart's and More Heart's!

"Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart." 
     ~ Zig Ziglar (1926-) 

Step 1

©Watercolor Painting In Progress, Jan. 7, 2012
   Laura Leeder   

Another decorative art (Mandala) design.  With February right around the corner....this pattern of hearts seemed a good choice.  I'm using transparent watercolors and a combination of glazing and charging colors onto the paper. While the paper was still wet, I tossed in lot's of salt and allowed it to dry.  The intricate patterns created by the salt (photo does not do it justice) add another layer of texture and beauty.  This is an excellent way to explore color and so much fun!      

Step 2

©Watercolor Painting In Progress, Jan. 7, 2012
   Laura Leeder

One of my goals for 2012 is to allow myself one day of play (in the studio) a week.  I'm calling it my decorative art day, as I plan to use these mandala patterns as my form of play.

I am using another pattern from Win Dinn's, "Color Me Up", book of Mandala designs.

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Best of Friends - 1st Painting of the New Year!

"We have been friends together, in sunshine and in shade."
   ~Caroline Sheridan Norton

© Best of Friends, Watercolor, Jan. 2, 2012
     By Laura Leeder

My first completed painting of the New Year!

I have spent the last few days trying to finish up all of my "works in progress".   As a result, this small painting is finally completed!   I really enjoyed the use of complimentary colors in this painting.  This was a bit of an "experimental piece" as I veered away from my original plan and then "stumbled" along.   Not necessarily the smartest thing to do when trying to paint a realistic, still life!   

The golden pears are the stars in this painting.  Snuggled together, like the "Best of Friends", the Hibiscus or Rose of Sharon,  a fall flowering blossom, found growing nearby in the garden, seals their friendship.

"Best of Friends" is painted on 200lb Waterford Saunders WC paper.  
The size is approximately 6 3/4" x 7 3/4 and is for sale through my new Etsy Shop.

Wishing you a day full of sunshine,
Laura Leeder

Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC    

To buy this painting, CLICK HERE.
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