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

This painting is available for purchase.
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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

This is available for auction.
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Day 6 -30 paintings in 30 days -The Guardian

I am having so much fun doing a variety of subjects for this 30 day challenge.
But honestly, I think I especially love the animal paintings. Dogs are man's best friend.
I couldn't help doing this one. German Shepherds are in the top 10 smartest dogs
(if not THE smartest. Not sure of the actual stats).
They can be fiercely protective too and that's why I gave the name to this piece.

The Guardian 6x6 oil by Dee Lessard

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(or Buy Now before auction begins)
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Monday, September 5, 2016

Day 5 -30 paintings in 30 days challenge- Hot Chick

I decided to be a little playful and use some bright colors!
And of course birds are some of my favorite subjects to paint. We have had 6 chickens for over the last year and it has been entertaining. A few of my friends own chickens and this was one of theirs. Now my husband is asking when I'll paint one of our girls. Soon...very soon!

Hot Chick 5x7 oil be Dee Lessard

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(or Buy Now before the auction starts)
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Day 4 -30 paintings in 30 days challenge- Rocky Coast

Tonight was tough to paint...especially trying to complete one! I almost didn't do it!

My husband and I were out to dinner celebrating our 34th anniversary.
When we got home, my husband brought me to the back yard
where he had hung white lights under the pergola, put out new linen
and had out a bottle of wine. All that along with candles and music.
He's such a romantic...and definitely a keeper!

Now you know why it was hard to focus! But here's what I finally painted.
I love the ocean and I hope I captured the feeling of our Eastern coast!

Rocky Coast 5x7 oil by Dee Lessard

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Day 3 -30 paintings in 30 days challenge -Kiss Me

I hope you are all enjoying a nice long week-end!
Here is an example of wildlife that has found their home in our backyard. For those who don't know, my husband is a master gardener and has created a beautiful paradise in the city. We have a koi pond that he built and he loves it when the wildlife find their home here. Below was one such critter!

Kiss Me  6x6 oil by Dee Lessard -SOLD

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Day 2 -30 paintings in 30 days challenge-Lupins

Most people who live in NH or come here to vacation in our beautiful White Mountains knows this iconic place! Every year this location celebrates the bloom of the beautiful lupins which cover the hills and fields for miles. Can you guess this location?

Last year I started this painting in plain air (on location) and finished it tonight with photo references I took that day. I'm happy to finally have it finished. It is for sale, but I have decided not to auction this piece. For more information, click on the link below.

Lupins by Dee Lessard 8x10  $295

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Day 1- 30 paintings in 30 days challenge- Pink Peonies

Here is a painting I started a couple of months ago! I thank God for this 30 in 30 challenge to get me back to painting! For those who are not familiar with this challenge, I will try to paint one painting every day for 30 days. Most of the paintings I will be listing are small ones but I have some slightly larger ones I started a while back and plan to use this time to complete them. If they are available for sale, I list them at an artist auction site called and will link them below with the description. I hope you are able to follow me this month. When I did this in January, I was VERY encouraged by the friends cheering me on, reading their comments and watching the bids (and seeing what paintings drew in the most interest!)

Feel free to forward these posts to your friends and ask them to sign up for getting my posts by email HERE and look on the left side under my picture for a box to subscribe for my posts by email. (*IMPORTANT: you need to look in your in box to VERIFY before it becomes active.) Then all posts I make here will arrive in your email in box.
I will be doing a drawing to give away a small painting for those who are on my subscription!

Pink Peonies by Dee Lessard  6x8 (available)

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Announcement: Starting new 30 in 30 challenge

Hello! I can't believe it's already SEPTEMBER! I am doing another 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. My focus during the last 30 in 30 was on small works at 5x7 and 6x6. I will do mostly the same this month, though, I have some unfinished paintings that are larger that I may post as well! 
I've been having crazy things pop up that can easily get me off focus. Hopefully it doesn't interfere with this challenge. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Thanks for following along on this artist journey! I will post my first painting tonight!
IN the meantime...check out my NEW website I worked on earlier this year:

Grapes by Dee Lessard SOLD 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Trip to DAR museum- Washington DC

I don't know if you remember, but back in November/December  I was working on a large portrait the the NH-DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) commissioned me to do. You can see that post here.  I was excited to take a visit to Washington DC this past weekend to see where the portraits permanent home is! While there, I was able to give it a coat of varnish to help preserve it. I had never been to this wonderful museum. What a truly spectacular place! There is a HUGE ornate library for research that is open to the public to come in and look for your ancestors!  If you get a chance to visit DC, you should stop in!

While there, I had an opportunity to be escorted by my brother in law, Gerard Lessard, OP who has lived there for 16 years and REALLY knows his way around! We saw most of the landmarks and of course a couple of portrait museums. I was absolutely inspired! And I think I have a long journey ahead of me to get even half as good as the great classic artists that I admire. But I will enjoy trying to get there!

Here are a couple of short video's for your to watch! ENJOY!
(If you have a hard time seeing the video via email here is the LINK

The other video is a tour around the Children's Attic Room where you see all the toys from the revolutionary time period!

Here is the link to view the room in case you can't see the video below!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Marshland Diptych-makeover

I'm sure you remember the diptych I did during the challenge. 
Well, looking at Google stats, I could tell, very few people were interested in them.
Truthfully, I was thinking it would be fun to try a looser style and 
why not get two done at the same time! (I think I was anxious for a night off!)
Well, I can't blame anyone for not being interested.
So, I went in and did a serious overhaul.
  Now, I m pleased to offer you a better, much improved version!
So, here is the AFTER version. To see the BEFORE, click HERE.
 I'm offering this at a great price for BOTH together!

(Each side of diptych is 4x6) -SOLD

Marshland Diptych 4x12 (total) oil by Dee Lessard 

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