Here we are at the end of 2015 and Lesley has decided to end her posts to this blog site. Time limitations are a major problem for both of us. She will be leaving the blog here and in tact as it’s so full of wonderful information and great memories, but we won’t be posting for now. However… don’t despair… you can now find her on Facebook. She has both an artist page (Lesley Harrison, Artist) where she will be posting new works and news about her art and workshops. She also has a personal page (Lesley Harrison) in case you just want to say hello. If you have comments… these Facebook pages are the place to go.

It has been my pleasure to work on Lesley’s blog for the last few years and meeting so many wonderful people and talented artists. If you want to keep in touch with me, please feel free to check out my Facebook page as well… (Marianne Harris, Artist).

And from both of us… we wish you a very Happy New Year.

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Hi all… Lesley is having a painting date on November 1st for any past students of hers. If you want to paint with Lesley… this is your opportunity. The date is Sunday, November 1st starting at 10AM. Anyone who wants to come should bring your own project to work on and Lesley will be working on her own project. It’s a fun time to paint, talk and listen to good music. Please RSVP if you plan to attend by emailing Lesley.

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HorseLegsAnybody crazy about how gorgeous horses legs are besides me?! Playing (unnecessarily!) with this horse’s fabulous legs before I get serious about the rest of his body and the painting! I could paint them all day long! smile emoticon Part of my problem with putting backgrounds into paintings… water splashing, weeds, grass, snow…. is that I don’t want anything to cover up their legs! It’s hilarious but it’s true!

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This is a sample of the demo subscription I am currently working on. This is in lieu of a new book on how I paint, at least for now until I find more time in my days. Sooooo many of you keep asking for another book but, maybe this will be even better! These Step-by-Step demos of new paintings (that no one has seen the finished ….!) will be emailed to your inbox once every other month for a year. They will come in a printable, hi res PDF form and you can then print them out or simply use them off of your monitor, laptop, iPad… whatever works the best for you.

Six times a year, every other month, you will receive a new painting of a new subject with in depth instructions of around 15-20 steps. You probably remember that my books have been limited to about 4-5 steps. A lot gets missed in between! Not only that, but because I will have no editor (watch out!!!) I can also tell you brand names, where to buy things and extra hints I have incorporated into my paintings over the years.

My responsibility is to paint the paintings and write out the in depth instructions.
Yours is to be willing to obligate yourselves to a commitment of a one year subscription.
Each Step-by-Step demo of a different painting will be priced at $20.00. You can call in and leave a credit card on file so that every other month it is debited for a total of $20 or you can pay the full amount of $120 in advance.

Here is your contact person: Terri Meador at 940-383-3571 or you can email her at: Terri is a dear friend, handles all of my mail order and owns many of the gorgeous Andalusian horses that I have painted over the years such as The Romantic. You will fall in love with her too.

Annnnd, give us a couple of weeks and it will also be set up on my website with the shopping cart so that you can subscribe there also. Make sure to write or call one of us if I’ve forgotten anything important for right now or if you have any questions.

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TheRedLeash“The Red Leash” is a classic example of why I teach how to pant backgrounds these days. They help tell the story and set off the subject.

This wall and the old iron ring this sweet dog is tied to are in Siena, Italy. That city came into being somewhere between 900-400 B.C. Siena was one of the “hill fort” cities in Tuscany and is a major tourist attraction now. And that wall could be thousands of years old! And what fun it has been to paint! And as you can see, I haven’t really even started on the dog yet. Well, I couldn’t help myself! I DID play with his eyes and nose…!

Also… check back soon for an announcement regarding the new SUBSCRIPTIONS that I will be offering. The first issue is almost ready to release. 🙂 Details to come.

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"Snoopy" 9x12 oil on panel by Guest Artist Nancy Cuevas

“Snoopy” 9×12 oil on panel by Guest Artist Nancy Cuevas

It’s been awhile since we have posted… it goes without saying that Lesley and I have both been overwhelmed with work. Until Lesley has a chance to send something current to the blog… let’s take a look at a new Guest Artist… Nancy Cuevas. The painting Nancy is sharing with us is actually done in oil, and here’s what she has to say.  –Marianne

“Lesley’s first book, Painting Animals That Touch The Heart has inspired me to go with my heart in painting animals. I have never seen another artist capture their souls like she does. I started with pastels and eventually transitioned to oils. Leslie’s book helped me see how fur layers develop which translates to oils really well. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent and love of animals”

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