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You Couldn't Script This...

01 February 2021

The last four people who have sent me photos of my work in their homes, placed the piece on their mantle above the fireplace with each exclaiming, 'the place of honor'.  What an honor, indeed! : )

 

                   

                       Silk painting now living in Scranton, Pa 

                 

 

                       Maine house portrait now haning in Washington DC

 

 

                           Silk painting now hanging in Kennsington Square, Pa

 

      Only these two paintings from condo  were saved from fire in Philly, Pa 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Person Worth Knowing

07 January 2021

Writer Dawn Leas has a newly published book "A Person Worth Knowing."  I feel so honored to have been asked for one of my paintings to grace its cover.  Last night I read most of the poems becoming mesmerized by Dawn's ability to see the most infinite details in everyday living.  What a gift her observations share with the world! Thank you Dawn!!! 

 

 

 

BRIGHT AND BUOYANT

31 December 2020

 

 

Yes - that sums it up .... a BRIGHT AND BUOYANT 2021..... Love, Leigh : )

 

 

 

Christmas Commissions and the Responses they got!

26 December 2020

                                    "The painting was a hit!!! smileyheart Thanks again!" 

 

 

"Beautiful job Leigh, I loved it, the new owner loves it, she was.moved to tears.  It was appreciated, I am grateful for you."

 

 

                          "Hi Leigh, I love my painting so much, thank you!!!"

 

Sixth Mural on Wet Paint Building

29 November 2020

 

This marks the sixth mural I've done on the Wet Paint Building in South Wilkes-Barre.  The initial idea comes from Steve Taren, the owner, and we then co-create together to the completed image.  His latest business is the largest dog park in PA!  There will be a place especially for the young and old canines and felines, boarding, training, grooming and a large area (park) for play and exercise!  What a great need fulfilled for our area! 
 
 
 
 
 
 

From Studio to Mt. Airy !

22 November 2020

 

 

 

The inspiration came from the gaming tables and the chandelier, after the studies were approved, the big pieces were done in the studio. And then, on Friday, the hanging! So much fun to see these new works up on the walls of Mt. Airy Casino - truly a destination resort, spa and casino in our very own NEPA! 		</div>
		
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Our 2020 Fall

13 November 2020

                      "Our 2020 Fall"           fabric paint on silk            44" x 44" 

Someone recently said one thing we can say about 2020 is the spring, summer and fall were perfect!  Someone else said after viewing my latest piece that 'it's just how they'll remember this fall when they close their eyes.' 

 

New Painting for Conference Room!

25 September 2020

Berkshire Asset Management in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is changing its logo and brand from the profile of a dog's head to a tree in every season. Ken Krogulski joined Berkshire in 1990 after serving eleven years as senior portfolio manager for the First Eastern Bank trust company. They have stood the test of time, weathering all seasons with clients locally and globally. Hence the impetus for the painting was born: a tree in all seasons, and a bridge (the very gorgeous Market Street Bridge!) 'bridging' clients near and far. Ken asked for a red cardinal in the painting to honor the clients who have passed. We agreed to add the dog's silhouette, albeit subtle.... can you find it? What a great project and so rewarding to see this 4' x 6' acrylic commission hung in such a beautiful conference room overlooking public square. Thank you Ken!

 

New Works at Marquis Art and Frame

22 September 2020

Drive or walk by Marquis Art and Frame -122 South Main Street, Wilkes- Barre and  see a new series of abstracts which were produced and inspired during the lockdown.  The overall theme is how we are all connected and our conscious and unconscious thoughts and actions matter.  If time allows, go inside to see the rest of the series!  : )

 

She communicates through her ART

24 August 2020

 

 

This almost third grader speaks very few words.  She speaks through her art - and my oh my..... what she does 'say'......

 

 

 

 

Walls Updated at WVCA!

17 August 2020

 

 

 

Most of this summer I have been working on a jungle themed mural for the Wyoming Valley Children's Association in Forty Fort, PA.  It's been a blast and I smiled the entire time, animals have a way of making me do that plus the staff and kids are the BEST!  I'm so blessed to add to the renovations! 

 

 

Studio Views

07 July 2020

                            Studio view with Coronavirus Series 

                               Prep for next commission

He said:   "I saw your post about a detailed view, but haven't seen the finished piece" which prompted me to share my studio walls.  : )   I tacked up a new canvas today for a commissioned piece.  Love the bit of light (spirit!) on the floor! 

 

 

Details of latest works

16 June 2020

The huge blank canvases stared at me for a week.  I began.  It evolved and is evolving.  Here are two detailed views. 

 

                                        detail of C19 1

                                           detail of C19 2

April 11, 2020

11 April 2020

 

Once upon a time,  in Wilkes- Barre, Pennsylvania, there was a store window that displayed candies like these.  Once upon a time.  

 

Cats Here and Cats Gone

21 March 2020

A grade school friend who cats are her 'children' commissioned me to do painting for her beloved upcoming birthday.  The piece was to be a sort of collage celebrating the cats they have had together.  Two new kittens in the center, Magic and Dawson, are surrounded by Peanut, Simon, Dori, and Koko who have passed the rainbow bridge.  Oh, and of course there's George - the  parrot... he got a spot in the painting as well. : )

 

 

Feathers

14 February 2020

                  'As Above, As Below 1' acrylic, collage on panel 30" x 30" 

               'As Above, As Below 2' acrylic, collage on panel 30" x 30" 

              'As Above, As Below 3' acrylic, collage on panel 30" x 30" 

              'As Above, As Below 4' acrylic, collage on panel 30" x 30" 

 

Feathers stop me in my tracks.  They exude mysticism, power and freedom.  I think about birds a lot, how it must feel to catch a 'wave of air' and ride it.  These paintings show a feather catching a 'wave of air'. 

 

 

 

 

Some tears, Some smile and Total 100% Appreciation!!!

06 January 2020

                                                      'Ginger'

                                                    'Brady'

                                                   'Juice'

                                                         'Jazzy' 

It was the season for dogs!  And how I loved doing every brush stroke of these four legged beauties!!!  Some have passed, some soon, and some just born but I am told the reaction was the same.....utter joy, happiness and gratitude for 'preserving' their 'best friend'.  Thank you for thinking of me to do your beloved pet portraits! xxoo

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

27 December 2019

An Early Christmas Gift

23 December 2019

 

He said:  "the portrait brought tears to her eyes and he was touched that someone would paint him.  On the wall it will forever hang." 

 

 

ART arrives in South Wilkes-Barre!

29 October 2019

Steve Taren, the owner of Wet Paint came to me a couple months ago with the idea to give ode to the pop artist movement in the actual word ART. Along with two boys on 1970's banana bikes looking up at Mary Poppins, a young couple cuddling, cats, dogs, and spontaneity to allow for 'art in process'. I began the studies and the collaboration began. Back and forth, changes, deletes, additions, until the very end which was yesterday. The "A" was given to Keith Haring, "R" to Andy Warhol, and "T" to Roy Lichtenstein. The idea was to show 'ART IN PROGRESS' with the artist on scaffolding creating with their supplies around the scene. The 'artist' seen as a preliminary gesture study - the beginning- yet also depicted in a ghost like image to suggest the artist 'leaves' yet 'remains'. The cardinals were added at the end to represent our mothers who both have passed. They are in full color - with us every brushstroke of the way. For the past month the residents of South Wilkes-Barre walked by and gave such genuine support and gratitude for the positive addition to their neighborhood. They were awesome. This is the eighth project Steve and I have done together, and not the last!