Lesley Harrison

August 2014
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"Girlfriends" by Marianne Harris

“Girlfriends” by Marianne Harris

Lesley is away on safari… literally. She is in the middle of a trip to Africa where she is getting the opportunity to photograph big cats in their natural habitat. Before she left I made her promise to not try to pet the kitties… you know how much she loves cats!!! So while we are waiting for her return I thought I would entertain the troops with one of my newest creations. I took the two workshops from Lesley on painting children and decided to put what I learned to the test. This is what I came up with. I call it “Girlfriends.” This is my grand niece Emma with her best friend Rogue. From what I hear the two adore each other… and I was overjoyed when Emma’s Mom (my niece Tina) sent me this photo with permission to paint the two. It is exactly what I had in mind when I decided to learn to paint kids with animals. And again I must thank Lesley for showing me the way. And I’m sure everyone is waiting excitedly for what will come from her African excursion.    –Marianne

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Just want to tell everyone that there are three spots left in my workshop on How to Paint Horses (in pastel) at Dakota Art Pastels in Mt. Vernon, Washington, September 11-14. Contact them at info@dakotaartcenter.com or 888-345-0067 (ext 5). Hope you can come paint with me!! It’s fun!

Published by admin on August 15th, 2014 Tagged Pastel Workshop | Comment now »



“Every time you finish a panting you’re shouting out this is who I am. At least for today. That’s what makes art true.”

Anybody want to tell us what this makes you think of personally with your art? I can start but maybe it would be nice if I didn’t influence you :-) by going first. I promise to jump in with both feet and tell you what it makes me think of with MY art… but first, what about  yours?


Published by admin on August 8th, 2014 Tagged Uncategorized | 8 Comments »


Sorry to say the August 31st painting party with Lesley HAS BEEN CANCELLED! Lesley is going to AFRICA!!! to photograph for a client. WOW!!! This is why being an artist is so darn exciting. You never know what’s coming around the corner. Have a great trip Lesley… we’ll all be excited to hear all about Africa.

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"On The Lookout" by Kim Martin

“On The Lookout Post” by Kim Martin

Today’s guest artist is Kim Martin. It was a wonderful surprise when I opened the link to Kim’s painting “On The Lookout Post”. I wasn’t expecting such a prickly subject… and Kim did a masterful job with it. What a darling little guy!! And yes Kim… Lesley is the voice in many of our heads!! I believe I hear her daily!!!   ;-) –Marianne

Kim Writes…
“I have attached a photo of my pastel painting that is 22″x25″ titled “On the Lookout Post”.  I took this reference photo at a local Sanctuary near my home in Ontario, Canada. It was awesome being so close to this gentle animal I had only viewed as roadkill prior to this experience.

One of the biggest highlights of my art journey thus far is to have participated in Lesley’s first workshop in Spokane, WA in 2009. I still carry with me the words of wisdom shared there along with the superb techniques and I will always be inspired by the pure joy felt from both Lesley and her art. (I am also the proud owner of 3 originals!!!)  She is the teacher whose voice I still hear in my own head at times when painting… however, I am feeling the need for an update and am hoping to attend another workshop soon.”

Published by admin on July 31st, 2014 Tagged Guest Artists | 6 Comments »



It seems I made a promise to post the images from the June 2014 horse workshop… and I never followed through. I’m clinging to the ol’ adage “better late then never”… which, for those who know me, seems to be one of my idosyncrasies. So here are the horses that we came up with during our three days with Lesley. It was an awesome workshop with a fun group of people. We loved our subject and I think it shows with all the beautiful Andalusian faces shown here. And as always… Lesley ROCKED THE HOUSE!! What a wonderful gift she is giving to us, her students, as she passes on her secrets of painting masterpieces.

Recently many of us gathered together again to listen to Lesley talk about the business of art. It was a one day workshop and what a grand day it was. Lesley has so much experience to share with her students regarding what has worked for her… and what hasn’t. She is currently offering one on one business workshops where for one day you can discuss your art marketing/business concerns and find out how she went about becoming an international success. Contact Lesley for more information.  –Marianne

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