Friday, April 30, 2010

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The Stone Lion

Unity (or the Stone Lion), poured watercolor, 7x10"

Last night I went out to dinner with my friend Jen at  - - - The Noodle Box!! I went to hang my paintings when the restaurant closed but we decided to go early and have dinner. My favorite is the Spicy Peanut Noodle with the cilantro and the lime. Now I also have lunch for today. Yummy, yummy.
There are 8 paintings in all - some new, some old. Got them hung in less than 15 min. Think that was a record for me. Of course, it helped that they all ready had nails in the wall! The managers were out having their baby so congratulations to them. Sam was a big help though.
This painting is another small pour. I really like the lion and am thinking about doing it again - only big.
This Sunday my work is part of a Mini Mother's Day Gift Show. Several of my small paintings and a couple of large ones will be on sale. There will also be products from Jentle Soaps, Scentsy Candles, Epicure Selections, Arbonne Skin Care, Relaxus Products, Magnetic Jewellery, Doggie Bandanas, and music by Lisa Provedr-Snyder of Green Velvet Moon Music. Click on the poppy painting on the right for directions.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Approaching Harmony

Approaching Harmony, poured watercolor, 7x10"

Most of my pieces for The Noodle Box showing are large poured watercolors. I decided to try to do a few smaller pieces as pours. I wasn't sure if a pour would work on such a small painting but I was pleased to discover that it does! This is another painting of The Gate of Harmonious Interest in Victoria's Chinatown.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Another Painting of Chinatown

I finished this painting last night. It is a painting of Chinatown in Vancouver. It will hang in The Noodle Box starting tomorrow. I need to come up with a title though! Any suggestions? Please let me know.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Showing at The Noodle Box

The Harmony Gate, watercolor, 24x34"

I am very excited and pleased to be showing my Chinatown pieces at The Noodle Box Restaurant in Victoria for the months of May and June. It will be in the Fisgard location. The paintings go up on Thursday. Please stop by for their fabulous food and to view the awesome artwork that will be on the walls.

Friday, April 23, 2010

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The Old House

The Old House, watercolor, 9x12", $100

I did this painting as a demonstration for my class on moods. It was done wet-in-wet to create a soft romantic mood. I also used Daniel Smith's fabulous colors of Quinacrodone Burnt Orange, Undersea Green, and Carbozle Violet.
The building is a restaurant in Courtenay, BC that is known as The Old House. It was designed as an old English Cottage. The restaurant has since been sold and is now known as Tomato Tomato.
If interested in purchasing this item, you may do so through my Etsy shop or contact me by email.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Firehole River Falls

Firehole River Falls, Yellowstone, 7x10.5"

This painting I did for my water class. It is the Firehole River Falls in Yellowstone. I really have enjoyed doing water scenes and feel like I improve each time I teach. If you are interested in purchasing this painting, it is for sale through my Etsy shop.
The exciting news of the week (besides the successful studio tour) is that I have been invited to be a part of Daily Painters International. I am now one of the 100 artists represented by DPIAG. There are so many wonderful painters that are on the site. Be sure to take a look.

Monday, April 19, 2010

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Studio Tour Success!

Anderson Hill Park, watercolor, 7x10"

This past studio tour was a huge success for me in many ways. It was great to meet so many people and art lovers. I always meet another neighbor when I open my home for the tour. Oak Bay is a great place to live.
I also had interest in many of my classes and sold several paintings, which is the ultimate compliment. Thank you to everyone that came to my home/studio to view my work.
I would also like to thank my friend Sam Boehner. She was a great help while I teaching a class on Sunday afternoon. Her work can be viewed here .If you came to my home and saw the painting of the big beautiful cherry blossoms, that was hers.
And a big Congratulations to Andrea. She was the winner of the raffle for a print of my Chinatown Lantern. She was very excited to have won.
If you are interested in classes and workshops, please look for the link to my calendar on the right hand side of this blog. You may also contact me via email :

Friday, April 16, 2010

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Studio Tour

The Oak Bay Artist Studio Tour is tomorrow and Sunday. Please click to see the brochure. Be sure to scoll to center of the page. I am #23 on the tour in South Oak Bay. Look for me - Leslie Redhead!! Free card to the first 20 people that mention the magic word but you need to be on Twitter to see what the word is!
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Tofino Waves

I am frantically getting ready for my studio tour this weekend and decided I needed a break. It has been an interesting and hectic week.
It started last Thursday when I had this brillant idea to have my daughter fix chocolate chip cookies for me and my new class on Friday. Left her to fix the cookies while I ran my son to Scouts. When I came home, I was informed that our new puppy pulled the cookies off the counter and ate them. My daughter and husband decided that the dog being sick was punishment enough. But guess who was punished. I was up all night long cleaning up the vomit. So the next morning when my new class arrived, I was exhausted and the house smelled of dog vomit and vinegar.
Then the car broke down on the way from school on Tuesday which also happens to be one of my busiest days. We had to walk home but fortunately my husband managed that whole business. Then my appliances have chosen this week to rebel. The washer overflowed all over the laundry room. Water and wet shoes and dirty laundry everwhere that started to smell because I had a hard time keeping up with it. Finally, the fridge decided yesterday it didn't want to work- again! Looks like the family might be living off of Campbell Soup for awhile.
So if you come to my house this weekend and it smells like dog vomit, moldy socks, and sour milk, you might now understand why. I have tried to get rid of the smell but I am honestly ready to give up. I am exhausted, hungry, dirty, and still have another class to go. Time to pray to the caffeine god.
If you do come, however, please bring your checkbook and your friends with money and ready to buy because I need a new fridge! That or another housekeeper.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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This painting I did as a demonstration for my water class. I purposefully put the waves at a tilt to give the impression of being on a boat. It is one of the many paintings that can be seen at my studio tour this weekend.
For more information about the Oak Bay Studio Tour click on the link on the right hand side of the page or go to .

Saturday, April 10, 2010

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Sunset over Water

I started teaching how to paint different water scenes in watercolor on Thursday. This is my second time teaching the course and what is great about it is that it is almost all new people.
My first demonstration was how to do a sunset over the ocean. It is another one of my smaller pieces (7x10"). I started them out with glazes (washes of wet paint over dry) of yellow, red, then blue. The boat is then painted and more waves are created with a darker blue.

Friday, April 9, 2010

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Beach Walk

This painting was another quick demo of a typical Vancouver Island Scene. Figures walking along the beach in their rain slickers.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Idaho Homestead

This painting was done for a couple of students that have requested that I teach them landscapes. We have done a few different landscapes since January, some of which I have posted. I  decided it was time to try a building.
This is a home in Oakley, Idaho that I photographed in the early evening. I really liked the red brick and the lush fields of green and gold.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

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Montana Farm House

I did this painting as a demonstration for some of my students. I took the photo this past summer when we visited Montana. It is 7x10 and was done in 1 hour.
I now have a shop on  This painting is for sale in my shop. If interested in purchasing it, please look for the link on the right hand side of my blog.

Friday, April 2, 2010

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Victoria FCA Spring Show

Today I had the opportunity to jury my first show as a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. There were over 80 pieces submitted and 30 got into the show. The other jurors are fabulous artists, Sherry Mitchell and Catherine Moffat. They were a great help in showing me how the jurying process works.
Since I was a juror for the show, the above painting is on display. It is titled "Asher".
The show starts Monday at the CAC Gallery in Victoria. More information can be seen at
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