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!

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.

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.


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Charcoal and Chuckles
I took out a sketch that I had started and then abandoned months ago.
I finished it this morning and thought I would share it here.
I love the expression on this little girls face. I found the photo (my reference)
on the internet and then reversed the image before I sketched it. So, 
if it seems familiar, that is why. I think I first saw it on Pinterest. 
Her apparent happiness and laugh make me feel happy as well. 


Thursday, 3 November 2016

Doodles During Downtime
During a break at work, I sketched a ladies eyes 
on a scrap piece of paper. It was good practice. 
I have used the sketch as a bookmark since 
then. I think it funny to have a pair of eyes staring 
at someone from the top of my book. ;)

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Masterpiece in Mexico

         I recently spent a week in Los Cabos with my husband and two other couples who are very good friends of ours. We enjoyed a relaxing and extremely hot week by the Sea of Cortes. Thursday evening was spent strolling through the plaza in downtown Cabos where several artisans had set up displays. A painting of a sailboat in rich, vivid colours caught my eye. I thought about it over dinner and then rushed back to the square just as the artist, Isabella Hernandez, was packing up her works. She and I are pictured here holding the original acrylic painting that I bought from her that night.

Leslie Cartwright and Isabella Hernandez

Thursday, 6 October 2016




           Thank you to all the wonderful and creative ladies that signed up for my workshops for the Fairmont Art Retreat. I enjoyed meeting everyone and thought your paintings were beautiful. It was lovely to spend the day up at the ski hill together. 

Good company, good food,
 and good views!  

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Cake Art
On Saturday, July 2nd, I had a big BBQ in my backyard for my son Dawson. He graduated from D.T.S.S. this year and has always been my bookworm. I thought it fitting to make his graduation cake look like a few books. I used fondant to cover my cakes and then used some decorating gel to add the writing and some texture to the book covers. I was quite happy with the result.

Thursday, 19 May 2016


      On Saturday, May 14th a group of ladies joined me at the Headwater's Art Room at the Discovery Center in Canal Flats. We spent a full day together learning to paint in acrylics. Everyone painted from the same reference and yet each creation was different and unique. It was great to see individual styles emerge. 

 I would like to thank the Columbia Basin Trust for the grant that we received enabling our art society to offer workshops like these for our community.