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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label twinkling h2o's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label twinkling h2o's. Show all posts

Thursday, March 27, 2014

a little flower and a whole lotta peace ~ watercolor

a new 8" x 10" original watercolor, {newly listed in the etsy shop} too:






yesss... still lovin' my microbeads!  and the mighty power of a simple black "dot" ~ and a squiggly line ~ of any kind. 

i used the white signo uniball pen um-153, a pitt pen, or unipen, microbeads from both martha stewart and michaels craft store brands, and twinkling h2o's on strathmore hot press watercolor paper.

inspiration: from the word of the Lord, the Book of Numbers 6:24-25.

i love the bright spring color {go figure} and I'm dreaming spring, big time! 

soli deo gloria!
xo
leslie

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

the sparrow ~ from my sketchbook

hi there ~

looking forward to seeing the spring sparrows... and while they haven't quite made an appearance in our yard yet... they surely have made an appearance in my sketchbook!

{thank goodness!}

and while i'm at it...

every sparrow needs a little bit of glamor, right?  let's just call it ... frost!






yes!  i know so, too!

sweet spring... sweet spring ~ not to worry, 
for we are ready for you to spring into action!
xo
leslie


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

{more} garden flower watercolors ~

hi there ~

is it spring yet?!  {nope}  not here.  not... yet.  

meanwhile, we "dream in color" here in montana {and wait not-so-patiently for the real spring to arrive...

and these four pieces are the last of my dream garden i showcased yesterday; part of my newest 8" x 10"  original watercolors, and the first one is one o my personal favorites:

"bloom"



"faith"



wild flower


"abide"

but i am not prejudicial... {i do love them all} and i'm proud and excited to offer them in the shop.

have a bright, big bloomin' day {or evening!}
xo
leslie

Monday, March 10, 2014

a garden of flower watercolors ~

hi everyone ~

well, even though some work-weeks wear me out... energy-wise ~ i find that a precious minutes, to play, draw, or letter help me to relax, and rejuvenate.

and i have been slowly putting together a set of eight watercolor originals. these are all 8" x10" created on hot press watercolor paper by strathmore, with a sketchy border, hand-lettered, made with the twinkling h20's that have such spectacular beauty and depth of color with their hint of sparkly mica fragments.  {i love playing with them}!  and a bit of microbeading, too! 

here is the first four, each one newly listed in my etsy shop, too.

{let me know what you think?}
"joy"


"hope"






"grace"


"love"



thanks for coming by.
blessings ~
leslie

Saturday, March 1, 2014

walking the line{s} ~

hello lovelies ~ 

i think i've finally begun to realize i don't always enjoy "coloring within the lines" ... and in saying that, i also recognize that it was one of those 'under the radar' suggestions that became "the rule" i remember growing up with from early childhood when our main art tools were coloring books and crayons.

it's time to break some of those barriers, and as i've said before here on the blog ~  just because i can! after all this is art.  this is freedom.  it's not like i'm breaking any laws!  

so i continue to "go out... and see what i can see!"

from my large, moleskine 8.5" x 12" journal...  a study {of sorts} ~ in contemporary feather play with watercolors, specifically, the twinkling h20's.







what is it i learn? 

sometimes ~ lines are merely suggestions. 
sometimes ~ lines are fun.  
sometimes ~ it's fun to draw them
other times ~ it's fun to let them draw me in.
sometimes ~ it's fun to just ignore them 

this is art!  there's lots of choices, but none of them...

have. to. box. me. in.

this may make sense {or not} to some of you, whether you quilt, draw, paint, or love art. but this much i know.  it's an exploration of the learning process that i find fresh, fun, and fascinating.  

and i think this little watercolor "feather" study will be fascinating to look back upon, as i ponder how i may want to turn it into thread play...

can't wait to get started on another exploration!  


enJoy!
xo
leslie

Friday, February 21, 2014

a wild dahlia flower in microbead detail ~

hey friends ~ happy Friday {thank goodness!}

not sure what to call this piece ~ maybe it's a red sunflower... would love to hear suggestions for a creative name on this piece?  i'm fresh out ... {it's been one of those weeks}.

i have lots of time in this one, and i was pretty patient, all in all! it was enjoyable, gradualling adding microbead details and color one by one.  it all began with a fairly "loosely" created, watercolor drawing, using the twinkling h20's as a base for the flower... {because why put in details if you're going to cover it up?}

wish i had thought to take pictures right from the beginning, but was not thinking ... either clearly, or far ahead!


at any rate, there is a progression of sorts, as I added the microbeads, doodling with a white pen, and adding more contrast and depth of color using golden highlights with yellow, orange and red watercolor overlay, glaze pens, and finally, a black one for a bit of extra bold pattern. 


















have a great weekend!
joining up with jen price and other artists today at the

I'm looking forward to teaching my first free motion quilting class tomorrow at The Quilt-A-Way here in great falls!
{yippee!}
~ soli deo gloria ~
xo
leslie
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