Welcome to my Site

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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

Landscape and Pears

I have been having SO much fun playing with my new pastels! They are so yummy and soft and VIBRANT. And now I need to sell some more pieces to be able to buy more of them! Haha! This next month, I will still have work displayed at the Birdie Gallery in Noblesville, as well as at the IGNITE studio maker’s space at the Fisher’s Library. I am also hoping to travel up to Chicago in May for a plein air painting event with some fellow pastel artists! In preparation for that, I will be working on some landscapes over the next few weeks. I also wanted to say WELCOME to my new subscribers!! I think I am up to four of you, now! Haha!

New Materials

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I LOVE unboxing new materials. And especially when those new materials include new pastels and papers!! I really love these Sennelier pastels and am still trying to love the Unison ones as well. Haha. I have typically used softer papers and harder pastels, but thought I would have a go with softer pastels and a rougher paper. My fingers are sore, but I definitely enjoyed the outcome!

This was my first attempt, and I chose to use a photograph I had taken of the sunset following a storm:

Mother Earth Exhibit

Everyone is welcome to visit the new 2-month exhibit titled “Mother Earth” at the Birdie Gallery in Noblesville. Tonight (April 5th) is the First Friday opening reception from 6:30-8:30pm. And I will be offering an art demonstration alongside two other artists. I am so excited to take part in this event!!

And I hope to see you there!

Trying New Things

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So last week, we decided to purchase a nice sewing machine…one that could handle some bigger jobs than the simple things we had been sewing up to this point. I have been having SO much fun learning a new craft. I have done some quilting and made a pillow and a few small blankets. Then this week, I branched out and began making dresses. They are FAR from perfect. But they are so fun! And of course, now all of my daughters want new dresses. Haha.

I also love that they can work right alongside me. My 9-year-old sewed a large quilt for her baby sister this week, too. After all of the work at the sewing machine, I looked around at the mess of scraps and couldn’t help but re-purpose them. So now I have begun a new series, that I am going to call “Sunsets from Scraps.” I just love all of the colors and patterns!

“Sunsets from Scraps” – a series of cloth works (the third one is still a work in progress)