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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

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.

Abstract Pieces

One of my goals as an artist in 2019 is to work toward developing a distinct style as I work with different mediums and subject matter. I have enjoyed experimenting with soft pastels recently, and I have a vision for a series of abstract landscapes and floral pieces. I am pleased with how these both have turned out, and I am excited to continue creating more colorful, abstract pieces.

And here’s an example of what this one could look like on a wall…

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: