Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It's Summertime In The Kootenays!

"I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer... come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches."   ~Oriana Green, Nature Spirits



















All photo's by Laura Leeder, Copyright, June 2014

It's summertime in the Kootenays and as June comes to an end, I am busy filling my hanging baskets and planters for our lakeside retreat.

















Lot's of petunias and fuchsias to attract the hummingbirds.  And talk about hummingbirds!  There are so many zipping around here in the forest.  These colourful little birds are pure pleasure to watch!


































Yellow pansies for a shot of sunshine, plus punches of vibrant colour and plenty of texture for interest.


































What a wonderful welcome each time we arrive for a stay!

















On this last visit, lot's of wild daisy's were dancing along the forests edge.






















On each visit, I also bring a fresh bouquet for the table inside.  Now it feel's like home!

I'm clearing my calendar and getting ready to relax and enjoy the summer months.  For me, that means more time spent outdoors enjoying nature.  With frequent trips to the lake, walks through the forest, plenty of time spent boating/fishing and long, lazy days at the beach. But, most importantly, I will be spending far less time on the computer.

Thank You for taking the time to visit my blog throughout the year.      
I'm wishing each of you a warm and relaxing summer.

Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
From the "heart of the Kootenays", Creston, BC

My Website: www.lauraleeder.com
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/lauraleedersart 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

2014 Pink Garden Tea Fundraiser Painting Is Finished!

"The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people. One cannot help but  think of more serene and genteel times. From a whimsical child’s teapot to an elegant English Teapot, to collectibles that adorn some homes, they are a subtle reminder of all that is good in this world." Barbara Roberts 


©Garden Party, Watercolour, June 2014 By Laura Leeder

Garden Party was created for this year's Pink Garden Tea Fundraiser.  One 8x10 giclee' print with mat will be gift packaged and donated for silent auction in this annual event. 

The tea is about "Women supporting Women" and this years theme is Friendship, Roses and Royal Tea.  The funds raised from this years tea will be given to the East Kootenay Foundation For Health in support of new equipment needed in the maternity ward of the Creston Hospital.  

Spend an afternoon with us in the gardens under the pink canopy, while enjoying High Tea, delightful dainties and the company of other fabulous women.  

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 19, 2014
Pink Garden Tea Party & Fundraiser 
One Seating of High Tea from 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Door prizes and more!


To book your reservation for the tea,
 to place a bid on the Garden Party print
 or for any other inquires about the Pink Garden Tea 
please contact the organizer Debbie Graham.

Contact Debbie Graham at  250-428-7182 or Email: potter22@telus.net

    2014 Silent Auction~Pink Garden Tea
Garden Party, Watercolour Print by Laura Leeder 
                                                                                       

2013 Silent Auction~Pink Garden Tea 
 Cup Of Hope, Watercolour by Laura Leeder
Scenes from last year's Pink Garden Tea ~2013 Click Here

                                                                     
           2012 Silent Auction~Pink Garden Tea 
 The Power Of Pink, Watercolour Print by Laura Leeder
Scenes from the Pink Garden Tea~2012 Click Here 
                                     
A very special Thank You to Glory Jacklin for loaning me her teapot and teacup for this years painting. (I hope you are happy with the results!)  Glory Jacklin is one of the special ladies who help put this event together.


Creatively Yours, Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC
My paintings, prints, notecards and bookmarks can be purchased on-line through my website and/or my Etsy shop.  

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Walk On The Wild Side?

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore,  There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:  I love not Man the less, but Nature more."  ~Lord Byron 


This week I'm sharing some photo's I took while on a few days of R & R last week........






















©All photo's by Laura Leeder, May 2014   

A sculptural effect deep in the forest......




















Even on a wet and overcast day there is textural beauty to be discovered....




















And decisions to be made.....over or under?  (I'm not saying what I decided....only that next time I do the opposite!)





















I find the patterns and shapes made by these fallen trees with layers of moss and fungus so interesting....(definitely under!)


















These scenes are even more beautiful when the dappled light of the sun streams through......  (sadly, not today)

















I walk along the beach in anticipation.....what new treasures have drifted to shore?  This mass of driftwood with tangled, aged roots makes for an interesting study and stopping place to admire the beauty of the scene before me........  

















A powerful reminder of Mother Nature's strength........


















I studied this log for some time while listening to the sound of the water lapping against the shoreline, and the breeze rustling through the forest behind me.  A truly relaxing and refreshing experience!

I'm back home and in the studio finishing up my chintz teapot painting, tackling the abundant growth of weeds in my garden and packaging orders of my newest set of floral cards and bookmarks.  

Happy Friday everyone, while my weekend will be a busy one; I hope yours is a relaxing one!

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC


My paintings, prints, notecards and bookmarks can be purchased on-line through my website and/or my Etsy shop.

www.lauraleeder.com

www.etsy.com/ca/shop/lauraleedersart  
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