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I hope you will take a look around and enjoy what you see. I love creating in all sorts of mediums, and enjoy sharing my process and exploration with others through this blog. If you are interested in purchasing original artwork, prints, or having something commissioned, please contact me! If you would like to be updated on upcoming art shows, events, or camps, please subscribe to the blog and you will be notified via email!

Thanks, Leslie

BIG NEWS!!!

I have been juried into my very first ART FAIR!! The ART FAIR ON THE SQUARE will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, in downtown Noblesville! I am SUPER excited and also quite nervous about this endeavor!! But I have enjoyed daydreaming about decorating my booth space and collecting all of the necessary materials to pull it off. This has been quite an investment (both time and money), and I am just praying to get at least a little return on the investment at this first show! And hopefully, this will be the first of many!!

Below is a sneak peek at what my booth may look like. I set this up last week in my family room. It won’t look identical to this, but will be close. It is going to be a splash of sunshine and color! And I will have pieces ranging in price from $15 for small prints to $600 for the largest original. Everything will be marked down as a first time fair special!! Something for everyone!! 🙂

There will also be a drawing for a FREE matted fine art print of the winner’s choice! So be sure to stop by and check it out!!

I have been SO busy this year creating a variety of abstract landscape paintings. I have mostly been working in soft pastels, and have been LOVING this medium! Here are a few examples of recent work that is available and will be hanging at the show:

Awards, Free Food, and Good Artwork

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It’s that time of the month again…FIRST FRIDAY is THIS week! I have work hanging in FOUR separate places this month! If you stop by the Fisher’s Library, be sure to check out the Origin Stories exhibit at IGNITE studio (that exhibit will run through the end of September). I also have a piece hanging at Fishers City Hall this month, with many of my fellow HCAA Artists. Beautiful work both upstairs and in the main lobby!

THIS Friday, July 5th, I will be at the HCAA Birdie Gallery for their “All Our Best” exhibit and awards ceremony. They are giving awards at 7pm. Once that concludes, we will head over to Nickel Plate Arts (less than a mile away) for their “Weird and Wonderful” exhibit. I haven’t had a chance to see any of the other pieces in that one, but based on the theme, expect a lot of weirdness. Haha!

So if you are free THIS Friday, please come hang out with us and see some beautiful artwork and enjoy some free food (and live music at Nickel Plate)!!

CHEERS!

Origin Stories

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I am excited about this week’s artist reception at IGNITE studio in Fishers! This is the first reception they have held, and we are hoping for a great turnout! I have four small pieces displayed and I also look forward to seeing (and reading about) the other pieces in this “Origin Stories” exhibit. If you happen to be free this Thursday evening, come on out to the reception!! (The pieces will all be up until September, if you don’t get a chance to see them this week.)

New Exhibits!!!

I am excited to share about THREE different exhibits that are beginning this month!

The Hamilton County Artists Association is holding its annual “All Our Best” exhibit, where patrons get to vote on their favorite pieces. Judges will be brought in to award prizes in multiple categories. We had the option to submit three smaller pieces or one HUGE piece. I opted for one BIG one, and was tickled to find that it made it as one of the featured images for the association newsletter! You’ll have to come see it in person to see how bit it is and how it looks in it’s black and gold frame!! THIS FRIDAY from 6:30-8:30 is the opening reception, and there will be free refreshments, as well as three different artists offering demonstrations during the reception. Would LOVE to see you there!

EDITED to add address of Birdie Gallery: 195 S 5th St, Noblesville, IN 46060

I will also have three pieces hanging at the Nickel Plate Gallery in downtown Noblesville for their “Just Dance” exhibit this month. These are also some of my favorite pieces and will certainly be a fun exhibit to see, along with some live music and refreshments THIS Friday evening!

Tiny Dancers is one of the three dance-themed pieces that I will have hanging at Nickel Plate Arts.

I have another exciting opportunity to share about, but that exhibit doesn’t open until the end of the month, so I will share that information in another post!!

Plein Air Painting

I’ve had the blessing of getting to paint with others outdoors twice this month! Right before Mother’s Day, I drove up to Chicago with the amazing Donna Shortt. We enjoyed a beautiful, sunny (although quite chilly) day up in the Windy City with some other pastel painters. Painting urban scenes isn’t something I am used to, and it proved to be quite a challenge for me! It was a great learning experience, none the less!

Then this week, I got together with a couple other homeschooling artist friends (the amazing Stephanie Spay and Jessica Green) one evening to paint on one of their friends’ beautiful property!! There were so many different things we could have painted…lovely paths…pastures and a barn…to where we chose to set up…a beautiful lake tucked away in the woods. It was quite a challenge to capture the light as it was constantly changing as the sun was setting. But SO beautiful and inspiring!

I will be posting again this week with information on my upcoming shows (there are at least three of them!). Lots of exciting things happening this summer!

One of my Muses

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I have been painting a little each day this week (working on some colorful abstract pieces), but I took some time away today to play with my camera. Naomi (my oldest daughter) will be ten years old in another month, and she always loves modeling for me. I love that she’s always up for trying different things! Here are a few of the shots we got…

Fresh Reminder

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I am sitting here somewhat sullenly on this dreary Saturday evening, feeling a wild mix of emotions.

My husband and son are out of town all weekend. It happened to coincide with a huge art open house that I had been looking forward to. So I decided to load up the girls and take them along with me.

We lasted an entire 43 minutes before they were absolutely over it. There was whining and complaining and spilled trail-mix and an overtired toddler. And I had sweat dripping down my back. We were a hot mess. I have spent the better part of this afternoon choking back tears.

I am feeling silly and selfish, with a mix of gratitude and discontentment…a mix of being okay with where I am and desperately longing to be doing something else. It is such an odd place to feel the blessing of freedom and yet feeling woefully trapped at the same time.

I think this experience today was exactly what I needed to remind myself that I am still very much in the throes of early motherhood. And that though this season feels as though it is dragging on for forever, I know that it is truly fleeting. I need to continue making first things first, and try my best to cherish this blessed season.

Because before I know it, I will be wondering where these days went. And I don’t want to look back and have any regrets. I won’t regret putting off a career for awhile longer, but I would totally regret not spending the time with these little blessings while I had them here with me. And if nothing else, today’s outing gave me this wonderful perspective, and for that, I am thankful.