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  1. I just love these figures, many I haven’t seen before. I like to see the pencil lines from time to time and I like that you choose to trail off and leave certain parts out.

    • Thanks, Jay. I wish I could trail those lines off as a conscious effort. Most of the time it’s because I don’t have time on those short poses, as you know.

  2. Oh! Leslie, you have a whole bunch of fabulous new ones ! I love the different colors you use. sometimes ones I would never think of using for body color, and yet it works beautifully; you are an inspiration!

    • Thank-you for a wonderful comment on these. Some of them are simply done on a time limit, others I finished at home after co-op.

  3. Wow Leslie, these are all fantastic.

    I have a question about the one you call “Reading”. What material did you use for the curtains? I love that you mixed media!


    • Thank-you, Carol. I ordered a sample pack of rice and Japanese papers from Dick Blick and it was in that pack. It is very delicate and had little threads sticking out all over it. I don’t know the name of it. If you have an art supply store you frequent, ask to see their selection. I like the papers that are thread bare and kind of see-thru. The paper that I tore the squares for the quilt on the bed had brown and gold speckles in it. I use acrylic matte medium as a glue when I do collage and I do paint over the top of it, too. I always tear my papers as opposed to cutting them. Hope that helps.

  4. Wonderful paintings. Your use of colour for skin tones is, I believe, unique – as is your painting style.

    The way you vary between sometimes isolating the various tonal areas with a different colour and with a fairly sharp edge – and sometimes allowing them to softly wash together.

    Always fresh, energetic and a pleasure to look at – never boring.

    • Thank-you, June. I wish I could get more lost edges into my work. I guess that’s one reason I keep plugging away at this wonderful thing called art!

      • But the separation is really appealing – it works so well and as I said, it’s unique, so why change it? It’s your special ‘style’.

      • Thank-you June. That means a lot.

  5. I really like the loose style you have going on here with the paint. The colors are fantastic

    • Thank-you, Karen. I have to work pretty fast when I do these because there is no model at home and I usually try to do the model at the co-op and then do the background at home.

  6. Love your nudes! You work color and light in unusual but very attractive combinations. There is a lot in your works I can learn, I haven’t done any figure painting yet. Good to have found your blog.

    • Thank-you Alex. I visited your site briefly this afternoon when I saw your comment. Thank-you for making yourself known! I will be over to read more. I envy you living in Chicago…..I’d be at the art museum sooooooo much!

  7. I love your figure drawings… they are quite amazing… well they are amazing!!!

  8. Wow! I was just reading about figures just now.But I can’t really do it good. You really are good at this.

    • Thank-you, Martha. I had a wise teacher that taught drawing, years ago. She said to select something that I never thought I’d ever be able to draw and use that as my subject material. I chose people. I drew some pretty ugly people for awhile. lol 🙂

  9. I like that I can really get to see her how mood changes with color. Don’t know whether you laid it out that way on purpose or only to match up the color series.

    Wonderful. Made my Sunday a.m. Thank you, Leslie! Hugs!

    • I think mood does change with color combinations. An artist can even make a non-commital statement with color, also. I follow a very simple approach to color use. (…and some of this has come by my reading and the rest from discovery as I paint) I like to use green, yellow-orange and violet(purple) if I wish to pass on a feeling of something restful. That is the secondary triad and we humans see these colors as restful perhaps because of viewing landscapes in these colors. I like to use red, yellow and blue when I want to pass on something that has some pizzazz and festivity in it or energy. This is the primary triad and can most often be seen in festivals, carnivals and the like in real life. I use an analagous (colors next to each other on the color wheel) or monochromatic (different shades of the same color) sense of color if I wish to enhance values and make a painting a little more dramatic. I save the use of complimentary colors between background and foreground for those subject materials where I want the viewer to concentrate on something specific. I don’t vary from this as it offers me up all the changes I need to say what I want to say. I hold the belief that if there is too much that boggles my mind, I won’t be able to express myself freely. Thank you for your insightful comment, Jamie!

      • I enjoyed this explaination, Leslie, and when I think about it I know that instinctively poets and writers descriptively use the same colors for the same ends.

        Thank you! 🙂

      • Thank you, Jamie.

  10. Wow, your figure drawings and watercolors are outstanding! The human figure is something I still haven’t “gotten.” I’ve done plenty of live drawing, but not enough. I still cannot turn out a decent one in pencil or watercolor. I’ve done O.K. with some done in oils, because I can keep re-doing them until they’re correct! I would love to get to a point of getting it right quickly, in drawing and watercolor. Of course, for me it just means doing it–a lot more. This is the first time I’ve gone to this page. Remarkable!

    • Thankyou! I need to get back to attending life drawing and painting sessions. I have kind of let that slide with work and two nights of teaching a week. I agree. Figure work takes time and, for me, traveling to model sessions!

  11. You must have an abundance of sitters for this artistry,
    and your illustrations are indeed excellent, I couldn’t paint
    for toffee if you will parden the expression? lol Well done


    • We have alife drawing co-op session offered for artists in our city. The models change from year to year. These are a collection of works over a two year period of time.I must get back to it. Thank you, Andro.

  12. I am just looking through all your pages again Leslie and what
    a brilliant time I have had, you have a creativity that everyone
    will be envious of… Have a very nice start to your Friday and
    an even better weekend… Be well now

    Androgoth Xx

    • Thank you for taking the time to browse through the art posted, here, Andro.

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  1. […] In other art news, I “met” a wonderful watercolor artist Leslie White of LesliePaints. Unfortunately I only met her in blogosphere, not personally, but she is close enough, the next state over, perhaps one day… In the meantime, enjoy colors and the way she works light in her paintings. I especially like her nudes. […]

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