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Thursday, 23 March 2017


I'm Owl About Owls!

12" x 12" Acrylic on Canvas

This little saw whet owl really caught my eye while I 
was browsing through photos of beautiul creatures to 
add to my boards on Pinterest the other week.
I used the photo for reference. 
It was a fun and relatively quick painting to do.
Now to think of a catchy title!

CHEERS!


Tuesday, 14 March 2017



The Art Of Sleeping
Lately I have not been sleeping well. By that I mean that I wake at 3:00am and
toss and turn for the remainder of the night until I roll out of bed at 6:30am.  
I am not a good sleeper. 
I am beggining to think that there is an art to having a restful sleep, and that I do not 
posess any inherent talents for this art. During one of these episodes of insomnia that I 
experience, I thought I would doodle with my new pencil crayons. The lilac coloured rose 
below is the product of my early morning doodles yesterday. While it was nice to pass the 
time creating art, I am hoping that this phase of nocturnal drawing will pass.

Please scroll down to check out the info 
for a great workshop coming up!

CHEERS!


Tuesday, 21 February 2017



Come along for the adventure!
     Today I am happy to announce that my friend, and founding member of the Headwater's Art Society, Paula Cravens, will be presenting an acrylic, abstract workshop in April, 2017.  I am very excited to share the information with you. Paula will be sharing tips and techniques on composition, colour, gelli prints, stamps, and focal points. She will give demonstrations and a power point presentation. There will be ample time for painting and experimenting with watercolour papers and canvas. The weekend will kick off with a wine and cheese reception on Friday night, April 28th. The public is welcome to join us for the celebration and to peruse Paula's creations. For registration please contact me, Leslie, by email, cartwrightleslie@gmail.com or phone (250) 349 5305. Payment of $180.00 is due upon registration. Cheers!


Adventure's in Acrylic Abstract
with
Paula Cravens

April 29th - 30th, 2017
Fairmont Hot Springs Lodge
9:00am to 4:00pm
Twelve hours of istruction, all materials, lunch, coffee/tea, and snacks included for $180.00


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Love Can Set You Free
Below is a sketch of my son Darcy. The photo I referenced
was taken in June of 2010, during a school field trip to 
Fort Steele Heritage town. Darcy and his special education
assistant had climbed to the top of this old wooden tower. 
Darcy was looking out over the grounds from the one, small 
opening in the wire. I have always liked this photo because I
thought it represented limits and barriers that my son is looking
through and beyond.
You see, Darcy has autism and is, for the most part, non-verbal. 
He is a very kind and gentle boy who, through no fault of his own, 
experiences many struggles in his life. I wanted to relay a message
in this picture, that even though society may not treat him as an
equal and may be slow to accept his differences, love can be the 
catalyst that opens dialogue, changes perspectives, opens doors, 
and........sometimes, windows.
Cheers!

Thursday, 22 December 2016


Christmas Baking
My children helped me to bake cupcakes and cookies this year.
We decorated them as reindeer and melting snowmen.
While I played chauffeur, my youngest son, wearing his Santa hat, 
delivered plates of goodies to the doors of our friends and family.
We really enjoyed surprising everyone with these home-made
gifts and are already growing our delivery list for next year.


From our house to yours,
Merry Christmas!
Enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!
Cheers!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Thank you to everyone for their support during
my show at Cranbrook Photo last week.
The Vaults Gallery is filled with some great art so,
go check it out.
800 Cranbrook St. South
Cranbrook B.C.

PETUNIA
Today I completed a sketch of me and my dear friend, Violet.
I have lovingly nicknamed her Petunia.
I sketched this from a photo of us taken on my 40th birthday this year.
Violet surprised me by driving from her home in Carstairs, Alberta
 to my home in Canal Flats, B.C., to spend the weekend with me.


Leslie         and          Violet

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Cranbrook Photo Artist Catalogue
& Christmas Show
On Wednesday, November 30th, between 3:00pm and 7:00pm 
I will be one of seven artists featured in Cranbrook Photo's 
first ever art catalogue. 
There will be wine and cheese to celebrate during the meet and greet with 
my fellow artists. Please join us at Cranbrook Photo, 800 Cranbrook Street,
Cranbrook, B.C.

Here is a link to the formal invite on Cranbrook Photo's
Facebook page.


Cheers!