Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fairy #3

Copyright 2011 by Leslie Redhead

Flitterby is the third fairy to be completed. She is actually one of my favorites. She just seems to sparkle.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dreamspinner Final

Copyright 2011 by Leslie Redhead

Dreamspinner is finally complete. Whew! One down and 5 more to go. She went off to the client yesterday. I hope she likes her.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

2nd attempt

This is the second attempt at Dreamspinner. The client decided that she would prefer a different look.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fairy sketches


This sketch up of a fairy was an idea of one of my clients. The client has these silhouettes of fairies but nothing inside the silhouette. I was to take the outline and paint the fairy within those parameters.
This is the first one of many.
The client then decided that she didn't like the outlines and wanted me to change the fairy completely.
Hopefully the project will come to an end soon.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fairy Garden

Fairy Garden Illustration
for The Olde Victorian Garden Shadows

This illustration is finally complete! It has been a concept that my client has had for the past couple of years. We have worked on it from idea to sketch and now finally the finished product. It turned out much better than I had originally thought and am quite pleased.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pink and Orange Tulips

Pink and Orange Tulips

I am asked to demonstrate my pouring technique quite often. This painting is the result of one such demonstration.
I started off by pouring Aureolin and Permanent Rose onto the paper. I then blow the paint and use my spray bottle to move it around the paper. Then I pour the Aureolin and Prussian Blue at the bottom to help create leaves.  After the paint dries, I "find" the tulips and the leaves and paint them in. I do this with negative painting, or painting the shapes behind and between the flowers and the leaves.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Rooster, 5x7"

This past weekend I was the guest artist and demonstrator at the Saanich Fair. I spent the time painting many barnyard animals. The roosters were my favorite to paint. The above painting is one of the many roosters I quickly painted.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


watercolor, 7x10"

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Orange Tulips

Orange Tulips

This painting was fun to do. I first poured and blew the paint. Then I spritzed it with water and used my fingers to move the paint around. After it dried, I "found" the tulips and negatively painted them in. (painted around the shapes I found)

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Grapes, watercolor, 11x14"

I actually did this piece as a lesson at my workshop in the south of Spain. The paint was poured, blown, and sprayed with water. After the paint dried, I did some negative painting to create the grapes and leaves.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


I am working on another fairy garden painting for the Olde Victoria Fairy Shadows. The garden has many bluebells in it. As I was painting the illustration the other day, I looked out my window and what did I behold? Bluebells!!! What a wonderful opportunity to paint from life. I quickly grabbed my sketchbook and my paints and did a few studies.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


Another girl with sunglasses. This is my new favorite. It is watercolor on clayboard (aquabord) by Ampersand.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Girls in Sunglasses

I did a series of girls in sunglasses this past year. They were done on Aquabord which is a textured clayboard.
The effect is similar to a fresco.

Summer Shades

Shaded Beauty

Through Rose Colored Glasses

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Steel Pan Player

This musician was at the ferry terminal in Vancouver. The painting was done as a pour- I did layers of resist/masking fluid to save the white of the paper or the color I want then I pour liquid watercolor across the paper. Then the hands and face were painted.
He now uses the image for his business card.