Monday, August 25, 2014

Half Dressed These Poppies Boldly Dance

"I am mindful to allow for the joy of exploration and discovery within the framework of each of my works."  ~Tom Francesconi
















Ruffled Poppies, Painting In-Progress by Laura Leeder, August 25, 2014

Half dressed (in shades of yellow, orange and red), these poppies continue to boldly dance in the summer breeze! ( I couldn't resist thinking of them as half-dressed and playing.....just like the children I watched at the beach last week.)

While at the lake we enjoyed several days of play.  Every afternoon we sat at the beach, with our feet in the sand or water, enjoying a soft summer breeze while watching the waves roll into the shoreline.  We also enjoyed a day of fishing and of course, evenings by the camp fire.

While we didn't catch the big one, we did bring in a few meal sized trout.  A glass of wine in hand and fresh pan-fried trout in coconut oil..... how delicious!
    
Feeling refreshed and relaxed, I picked up my brushes again this weekend and here is the result. 

 














This earlier step clearly shows the stages of layering transparent watercolours (both warm and cool) onto the paper.  The final layer will be in acrylic metallic paints with each poppy outlined in ink.  The centers will be finished as a last step.  

Thanks for stopping by and with summers end fast approaching, I hope that you will make time to get outside and enjoy what nature has to offer!

Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC in the heart of the Kootenays

My artwork can be purchased on-line through my website or Etsy Shop:
My Website: www.lauraleeder.com
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/lauraleedersart 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer Poppies In Watercolour ~ Breakthrough Or Failure?

"The things that interest me most about painting are whatever is difficult or unexplored, rather than what I can already do. Following that path results in failures once in a while, but it's much more rewarding when I make a breakthrough."  Quang Ho


Poppies, Watercolour In-Progress by Laura Leeder, August 2014

Here is the start of the poppy painting that I hinted at in my last post.  I'm using a photo taken of my neighbors ruffled poppies as my inspiration and guide. Initially, I was overwhelmed by the complexity of these ruffled petals.

After some consideration I decided that a stylized approach would solve this problem and also suited the mood that I want to convey.  That of summer poppies, happily dancing and swaying in the breeze.  It seems that when I take this approach, a mental shift occurs and I allow myself to be more relaxed in my painting, and some fun exploration occurs.  And shouldn't that be a part of what summer is about? 














Here is what I did.  I used two main poppy blossom shapes and laid cut-outs of these onto my transfer paper.  After tracing them onto the paper, I then re-worked each blossom, varying the shapes, eliminating more petals and simplifying the lines through out.  This is a clever and simple approach in handling a complex and busy photo or scene.  

(and now back to the beach!)  

Thanks for stopping by,
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC in the heart of the Kootenays

My artwork can be purchased on-line through my website or Etsy Shop:
My Website: www.lauraleeder.com
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/lauraleedersart 
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