Wednesday, 27 September 2017


      This past couple weeks I have been playing with rocks. I see so many of them on Pinterest and Etsy that I thought I would try making a few. I'd like to say that it was relaxing, however, I just about dug out my son's geometry set to make sure that my dots were symmetrical and in the right proportions.
      All in all I did enjoy it and I give kudos to those who create these mandalas as they are time consuming and take a lot of concentration, which is something I seem to be lacking these days. Inevitably my mind wanders off to song lyrics about rocks and before you know it, .....

"I am a rock, I am an island", "On the cover of the rolling stone", cause
"It's still rock 'n' roll to me!"

Cheers! Have a great week!

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!


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!


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, or phone (250) 349 5305. Payment of $180.00 is due upon registration. Cheers!

Adventure's in Acrylic Abstract
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.