Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy 2019

Life is interesting with twists and turns. Sometimes you see things coming and other times you are blind sided. Both equally describe our 2018. But we still reflect, count our blessings and hang onto faith for our future. I know I’m being ambiguous, because it’s way too involved to even start the dialog. But those who are close to me, know exactly what I am talking about. I am however looking forward to a more positive and art filled year ahead.
(And for others who have had a rough year, my prayers for you too for a more peaceful and blessed 2019!)

I thank those who have kept my hands in the oil paints with commission work. 
Here is one I did for a family member. The structure is not actually a barn, just in design only. It is more however a shed with an upstairs. We refer to it as a “man cave”. It is actually a place where the start of “Ten Bends” brewery took place. They quickly outgrew it and moved to a commercial location.
The owners then sold their home where this shed resides to my niece and her husband. Of course this shed was a huge selling point to them as our nephew is an avid hunter, fisherman and all around sportsman. I was commissioned by his Mom and Dad as a Christmas gift. I was thrilled to part of the surprise! ❤️

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Day 7 -30 day challenge- Afternoon Rest

When I was growing up there was a wonderful zoo here in NH called 
Benson’s Animal Farm in Hudson, NH. 
It closed many years ago (30 yrs?) and it has now been refurbished as a wonderful 
walking path with many places to sit, bring a picnic and just relax. 
The Ape house is still there along with a few other landmarks which 
make the park unique and interesting. The paths complete around 3.5 to 4 miles.
The park is alive with joggers, families with strollers and toddlers and even dog walkers. The place has been revitalized by sheer donations and people who volunteer their time to help groom and maintain it. If you haven’t been, it’s worth a visit. (At no charge)

Afternoon Rest - 6x8 oil by Dee Lessard

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Day 7 -30 day challenge -Tufted Titmouse

I have been painting nearly every day, though not always to completion. 
I can tell you a little secret. I’ve been a a little distracted the last couple of days
 and have neglected to post something on my blog.
Below will see my distraction...

But first, here is a Tufted Titmouse I painted yesterday!

Tufted Titmouse 6x6 oil by Dee Lessard
This is available here: Click to Bid 

A future painting subject!
Meet Lily! She is a 13 week old Cavachon. 
(a Cavalier and Bichon blend)
She has the sweetest disposition and has already stollen our hearts!
We had no intention of getting a second dog (at least not so soon)
But the opportunity fell in our laps. Our 9 yr old Rosie (miniature Schnauzer)
has a disjointed nose at the moment...but is slowly coming around!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Day 6- 30 day challenge- Misty Haze

I love the mystic and mysterious look that fog gives. 
Here is a painting I did from an image I took some time ago.
It’s fun to play around with how to create the effect in a painting. 
It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

This painting is available by auction. 
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Mystic Haze 5x7 oil by Dee Lessard

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Day 5- 30 day challenge- A Day At The Beach

Today I worked on painting a little girl. She is actually one of my high school friends granddaughter. It’s loose enough that it could pass for any little dark-haired girl at her age. I’m really pleased with the outcome. My intention here was to get the likeness without too much detail. Detail is one of my hang-ups. This is where time limits help. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when details are fun and work. But I’m trying to do some stretching in different areas during this challenge.

A Day at The Beach - 5x7 oil by Dee Lessard 

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This painting is available for auction and is also available as a "buy now" option!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Day 4 -30 day challenge-“Aussie”

Someone sent me pictures of this beautiful Australian Shepherd a while ago. 
I can’t remember who or what this little guys name is. 
So, I’m naming the painting “Aussie”. This is a very beautiful and smart bread. 

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(This is also available as a “Buy Now” option which will end the auction)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Day 3 -30 day challenge-Winter Cardinal

I love birds, so here’s one I was happy to paint yesterday. We have many cardinals in our area. A beautiful bird with a wonderful song!

This is available for auction. To see the site where I post it from and to see details about the auction go here: Click to Bid 
(This painting is available as a “Buy Now” option which would end the auction)

Winter Cardinal - oil by Dee Lessard

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Day 2 - 30 day challenge “Hopper”

OK, so here’s a quick one I did. I painted for most of the day! Not that this took that long, but I completed this one anyways!
I love nature and animals. We used to have a couple of bunnies when I was growing up. They are so adorable to me.

Hope all the football fans enjoy the SuperBowl game tonight! ❤️❤️❤️

Hopper is available on aucton if you are interested in a fun and cost effective way to aquire art!
You can find it here: Click to Bid 
Hopper- oil by Dee Lessard

Friday, February 2, 2018

Day 1 -preparing for 30 day challenge

Hello from the north coooold country of New Hampshire! Brrrr. I’m willing to bet there are more creative people in states like mine! Those who don’t really ski (or at least not in the deep side of winter) and need to keep busy. What better way than to write, get into theatrics, learn to play an instrument, photography, cooking and of course painting! (As you know, these are only a few creative outlets...there are SOOOO many!) We’re stuck inside anyways, so we may as well find something fun to do! BTW, did you know that NH was the home of many well known writers like John Irving, Robert Frost, Jodi Picoult and Dan Brown? Talented actors from NH are Seth Meyers and Adam Sandler. Famous artists: Maxwell Parish and many other more modern ones!

Gwen by Dee Lessard 

Above  is a painting I was commissioned to do. Gwen is her name and the parents received it in time for Christmas. I have hardly posted anything on my art blog because, well quite frankly, life just took over. I have only been able to get into the studio this past year primarily because I was committed to doing a couple of portraits. For that I am thankful. I’m not sure I would have made time otherwise. So many things happened in 2017 that kept me and our family busy and occupied. But 2018 has started out in a positive and upward motion and I hope it remains that way. The 30 paintings in 30 days challenge that I have done in the past has been changed to February this year! I was so excited to see that change because I run my own business and need January to get my tax info done. So, now we are on Feb 2nd and I still haven’t posted for day one! Uggg. The pressure! So, I am starting with showing you Gwen. And an image of me preparing some panels for the challenge. I am going to do my best to post each day....but may have to do two postings in one day. I’m not sure I can actually finish each painting....but even if it’s half done...I will post it. The main reason why they have this challenge is to just PAINT! So, I’m using this time to get back into the routine. I hope you will follow along. I would love to hear your feedback. Painting in the studio is a lonely place (though I don’t mind) but it’s nice to connect with the outside world. I love hearing from all of you who follow what I am doing.

Preparing for the 30 day challenge-day one!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Day 9 - 30 paintings in 30 days challenge -Spring Break

Here is the painting finished! 
It has been a challenge to do this challenge this month. 
I have a wedding to attend tomorrow and I'm not sure I'll be able to paint 
tomorrow night. So, If you don't see a post on Sunday, you'll know why! 
Thanks to my sweet friend Sandy for suggesting the name for this piece!

Spring Break 10x8 oil by Dee Lessard

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Day 8 -30 paintings in 30 days challenge- part 1 of tulips

Here is a little bit larger piece, that will require another layer of paint before being completed.
So, this one will be posted again tomorrow night...finished and with a title!


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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Day 7- 30 paintings in 30 days challenge-Antique Kindle III

This is a subject I have painted before! I have varied the set up each time.
I decided to call this an Antique Kindle series!

Antique Kindle III 5x7 oil by Dee Lessard

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