Monday, 31 December 2012

On to 2013

Today is the last day of the year.
My promise for the new year:
Not to hold the past as part of the future.
To see each person as individual and not part of a groups past.
To value what each individual contributes as a person to this world

 and celebrate our diversity as a whole. The problems of the earth 
are all of our problems and the colours of the rainbow would not be so bright
 if it were not for the ones standing next to them. Hugs and love in the new year.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Fostering Creativity and Free Thinking in Art

When we decide to take on the title of 'artist' we now accept the role of presenting our hearts and emotions for everyone to see.
A true artist paints from the depths of their soul, and goes to those places of inspiration that cant be seen by the naked eye.  It can be a hard road, it can be a happy road, but none the less is a less traveled road.

Art is not about how many classes you can attend and complete, its about how many classes is life you can complete and then relate visually to all to see.  That is the truth in art.  If a patron to a gallery stands for more than three minutes trying to understand the visual you just presented to them from your soul, then you have accomplished engaging their minds into trying to understand another human being and how they may see something different than you do. It develops empathy.
Fostering Free Thinking and Expression in art for children and adults is essential to emotional and mental growth - to developing that empathy towards another.

Art is not about giving an assignment and production for an exhibition.  Art is about celebrating
the diversity of the artists and presenting works for exhibition.  Any thing less removes the human component of the art and turns it into a managed factory of humans who just happen to be able to paint.

A friend sent me a saying that artists were dangerous because they accept or try to understand everyone. It may be true.
There is nothing more detrimental to the human spirit as putting limitations on their development.

Laura Lea C

‘The human spirit is in prison. Prison is what I call this world, the given world of necessity… man is not only of this world but of another world; not only of necessity but of freedom … the essential in artistic creativity is victory over the burden of necessity.’ Berdyaev, The Meaning of the Creative Act

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Whats on the Easel November 24th 2012

I have been experimenting with painting on discarded birch bark. and not as simple as I thought
its very absorbant, unforgiving and you cant erase either !!  BUT I love the outcome
of the struggle !

Friday, 23 November 2012

Holiday Bazaar at Chatham Head November 24th

I will have the prints of 'Moose on the Miramichi ' at the holiday craft bazaar at the
Catholic Church in Chatham head saturday November 24th starting at 10am till 2pm.

Below is the Prismacolour pencil drawing I started at the Seamans Hospital exhibition last weekend.

Hope to see you on saturday.


Thursday, 15 November 2012

Squash and Tomato

Prismacolour pencil on bristol board - 11x14
will be on display at the Seamans hospital exhibit
 this weekend

Christmas sale and Exhibition this weekend

Poster provided by Cathleen Green
Seamans Hospital located on King George Highway

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Hurricane Sandy

My sympathies to those who have sustained such damage in the storm
just south of us in Massachusetts and New York.  New Brunswick only had the
left over rain and winds. New Foundland and N Scotia escaped.
I cannot imagine what they are dealing with. Please support your Red Cross and the invaluable
service the provide.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Calendar of Photographs: All Around the Miramichi

The 2013 Calendar of photographs out and around the Miramichi River is now on line
for viewing and or ordering through Red Bubble. Its a lovely collection of places and natural events.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Todays event for Culture Days NB

The weather was not the most cooperative for our 'paint' out. I opted for a drawing tablet in case we had to pack up and run because of the rain. It was a tad chilly.
The finished piece is a collage of two photos,  an outing with a young child and the playground behind the Scotia Bnk on Water Street in Chatham.
Done with Prismacolour pencils on a sketch pad.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Paint out for Culture Days in Chatham/Miramichi NB

Pauline Young and myself enjoying the weather while it lasted - the art group had to end early due to rain on its way in for the afternoon.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Whats on the Easel - End of September 2012

I was admiring another colleagues painting of a forest fire, loved the colors in it. Then I got to thinking about  the wildlife and its run from such an event.  I had this image stuck in my head so of course onto the canvas it went. My wonderful spouse will be making the frame for it shortly
Small one, 6x8 acrylic. Barn Owl

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Historic Paint Out - Chatham/Miramichi this Saturday

This Saturday September 29th, all across New Brunswick there will be a celebration of the arts  for Culture Days.  In the Miramichi area there will be writing workshops hosted by Kellie Underhill editor of Bread N Molasses E-Magazine as well as the third annual 'Paint Out' with the Miramichi Art Core Group in downtown Chatham on Water street.

Here is a link to Kellies article for the group at Bread N Molasses.


I will be finishing my painting of the Flat Iron Building on Waterstreet. Come and see the completion
of the work!

Members of the Miramichi Art Core at the Ritchie Wharf Summer Gallery.
(I am not in the photo )

Monday, 10 September 2012

Experimentation and Creativity

I've been doing a great deal of experimentation for backgrounds on canvas.

I have had university training, but it dawned on me while squirting and swishing paint
all over a canvas with rags to saran wrap, that its that childlike 'fun' mode of your
brain that really brings out those happenstance effects and well, are the most satisfying
( when you get an accidental masterpiece ) .

Schooling and training will give you the ability to know your colours, and how things react on canvas
and what the rules are about this and that, but!  its the childlike abandon that really
creates the piece that is fun to the eye of the viewer!

If you are alone in your studio, put on some music and get out the squirt bottles and sprayers
and throw to abandon and paint!
( P.S. keep a mop and sponge handy )

Lichen photographed on a rock at Pukaskwa National Park

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Friday, 17 August 2012

Outdoor Art Exhibit and Sale


The tent sale was well received- we met our neighbors and made a couple of contacts besides a couple of sales. 

Thanks to Pauline for partnering with me, even though we roasted in the 35C heat, it was a fun time !


THERE ARE ARTISTS OUT IN DERBY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will be partnering with Pauline Young- Matchett for an end of summer ART sale

- look for the white tent!!

Date: August 25th and 26th

Where: Comeau's Ultramar - Williamstown Rd
Near Derby/Millerton off of Hwy 8 ( past the Enclosure )

Time: Saturday 11-4
        Sunday  1-4

We will have our original paintings and drawings - one of a kind Art Cards, Giclee' Prints and much more.

Come and hang out, see the art ( buy the art ! ) ask questions, and even just visit with us, we'd love to talk !

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Whats not on the Easel

A little tongue in check title there, since the easel is at home.

I did this sketch while taking my turn at the Ritchie Wharf Gallery in Newcastle/Miramichi, NB
While the artists are on site ( myself also ) it is not unusual to see them working on a
drawing or painting. Its worth the stop if you are in the area to see all this quality artwork.
Ask questions we will talk away! Open daily starting at 1pm.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Monday, 6 August 2012

Summer Heat

Miramichi area weatheer has turned out to be interesting - we were used to 20C being a heat wave in Ontario here it gets up to 32C.  I am melting !  Which means working on art has to be when the sun goes down. None the less the Fairy series continues and again thank you to everyone for your continued support.

There are two public exhibitions in the works - more info as the dates are confirmed.

Laura Lea

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Live Radio Interview Monday July 9th at 640am

On CBC Moncton for the Information Radio segment.
here is the link:

Subject will be inspirations as an artist and the challenges of moving to a new province
and re-establishing into the artwork community. With coverage of the summer
exhibit at the Ritchie Wharf Gallery down town New Castle/Miramichi on the water front.

I am going to splurge and have a cup of coffee before this goes on the air !

Friday, 29 June 2012

Whats on the Easel June 29, 2012

Moose on the Miramichi
Acrylic Framed 12x16
worked from a photograph taken this June of a young
moose swimming in the Miramichi river in the Derby area.

Available starting July 2nd at the Ritchie Wharf Gallery
exhibition of the Miramichi Art Core group.
Hours M-Th 1-5pm
           F - Sunday 1-8pm
Email for pricing inquiry.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Art Tells Stories Project

Art Tells Stories
Combined exhibiton of the Bathurst Art Society and the Miramichi Art Core group at the Ritchie Wharf down town Miramichi New Brunswick until June 29th.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

When Idea's Flow

Sometimes I equate art to an affliction. 
We cant help it, we cant get rid of it, 
and at the end of the day 
we learn to embrace it to cope with it.
Yes, Art is an affliction.
A happy one for most of us, but an affliction none the less.

I have this series of ideas flowing right now and trying
to get them on paper when time permits. It all started
with the saying ' A Snail Will Tell'  a summer project

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

What Nature provides for an Artist

We took a drive to Bathurst today with my camera in tow of course. Being new to the New Brunswick area, I am searching for subject matter.

Just before Bathurst I saw it, a wonderful bog alive with colour.  I believe this is Labrador tea blooming. If am wrong, please tell me the correct name.

Gorgeous gorgeous colour as far as I could see back into the bush.  The contrast of the fuschia and the new green on the trees.

An artists eye 'catches' the special  view and then we try to translate back what our experience was. That is what an artist is, someone who is trying to share their experiences with the rest of the world as they have seen it.

I have lots of photos and will be painting from this experience.

Thank you spring, thank you Mother Nature !!

Art Kave on historic Water Street in Chatham ( Miramichi ) New Brunswick

Original artwork and cards for Sale through the summer 2012


Sunday, 20 May 2012

Looking for the Big One

Another watercolour completed, I was inspired by all the fishermen who are up at such an early hour fishing the Miramichi River, 'Looking for the Big One'

"Smoke on the Water" Canadian Geographic

Canadian Geographic special edition Wild Weather goes on the newstand next week.  On page 90 is my contribution with a photo of the Island at Rossport in -25 weather. I was returning to Marathon. It was so danged cold that Gracie wouldn't get out of the car with me.  I ran, took the photo and got back in the car because I could feel the icelets in my nose hairs from breathing.  I am so very proud to have this photo in the special edition with all those wonderful photographers.

My photo
Derby - Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada
Laura Lea is a painter and photographer living in New Brunswick. Follow her on Facebook!