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)

Marshland Diptych 4x12 (total) oil by Dee Lessard 

These are available for auction as a pair. Click HERE for more info.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dappled Light in fall foliage

 Here is a painting you've all seen already. But I did not offer it for sale.
After encouragement from my artists friends and also from 
family members to leave it alone, and seeing that there was a lot of 
interest in this style, I have decided to put it on the auction block!
Have fun!
Dappled Light 6x6 oil by Dee Lessard

This is available by auction. Click HERE

There are still a few paintings left for auction. To see them click HERE

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Recap - 30 Paintings in 30 days challenge!

Well, I did it! I am so thrilled at all of the support and also all that I have learned by this little discipline! There is another challenge scheduled in September.
I plan to participate, but I may also do one of my own.
I'm thinking of May. (I'll keep you posted). In the meantime, I will
be giving away a FREE painting! If you are already
getting this post by email, then you are already in the drawing.

Otherwise, you can sign up here:
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January 2016 by Dee Lessard
Collage of all 30 paintings done during the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Day #30 - 30 paintings in 30 days challenge!

It has been such an amazing 30 days! I have sold almost all of the paintings I did.
I'm so shocked! But very, very encouraged! I appreciated all the encouragement 
and supportive emails from many of you who have followed this journey. 
I have been so blessed through all of this and am wanting to pass a blessing onto someone else.
The painting below is a gift to a special lady named Sharon. 
I hope you have a wonderful birthday tomorrow!

Peaceful Breeze 5x7 oil by Dee Lessard


Friday, January 29, 2016

Day #29 - 30 paintings in 30 days challenge!

I am working on my Landscapes. 
It's very different than doing portraits or still life subjects.
The diptych I did a couple of weeks ago are going to be 
worked on this week-end and reposted. You'll have to give me feedback!
I love the effect of light on things and tried to get that on this painting below.

In The Pasture 5x7 oil by Dee Lessard


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Day #28 - 30 paintings in 30 days challenge!

I am so happy to live in a state where we are so close to so many beautiful sights. 
30-45 min an any direction brings you to the mountains, 
the lakes region or the ocean! How glorious and blessed we are! 
And truly a painters dream!

The Wave 5x7 oil by Dee Lessard


To see other available paintings, click HERE

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Day # 27- 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

This is one of my favorite subject matters. 
I love to get the glow of the fruit as light goes through it. 
I'm getting ready for a large still life show that I was invited to 
exhibit along with two other artists. It's not until the fall, 
but it was scheduled 3 years ago! It's quite an honor to be invited 
to exhibit at the Whistler House in Lowell, MA

Grapes 5x7 oil by Dee Lessard

This is available for auction. Click on link below:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Day #26 - 30 paintings in 30 days challenge!

We have an Audobon Center and Preserve
 just a few miles from our home. It has the most wonderful trails 
where it's ideal for bird watchers and nature lovers.
Here is an American Goldfinch.

Goldie 6x6 oil by Dee Lessard

To see other available works go HERE

Monday, January 25, 2016

Day #25 - 30 paintings in 30 days challenge!

What fun this month has been. I especially had fun today painting this 
sweet baby creature! I could've been over-enthusiastic on sweetness because 
Monday's are the day I watch a precious little 6 month old nephew.
He too is the epitome of cuteness and sweetness! ❤️

Lambkin 6x6 oil by Dee Lessard

This is available by auction. Click on link for more info:

Day #24 - 30 paintings in 30 days challenge!

I was really inspired by the colors in the sky of this setting sun. 
The reflections on the water and the snow were so much fun to paint. 
This was a friends back yard and they affectionately
refer to their property as "the shire".
(I'm sure living in NH has something to do with it!) 
So it was fitting to name this painting just that!

The Shire 5x7 oil by Dee Lessard

This is available for auction. Click on link below for more details.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Day #23- 30 paintings in 30 days!

OK, So I know I already did a a cardinal, but this one is an ADULT one, 
where the other one was young! The other one sold so fast,
and many of you were bummed.
So, here is another one for you to bid on! Good Luck!!!

On Watch 6x6 oil by Dee Lessard

Click on Button to go to auction.

(If you are having a hard time getting there through your email,
go directly to my blog and click on it there!

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