Leanne Spanza

Bold Colours. Simple Lines. Happy Art.

Canadian Landscape Painter

The Last Summer Vacation 2015

I took a little break, before we left I told myself that I would still write twice a week but then I just put everything down and spent time with family. 

Ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Naniamo

Ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Naniamo

Carl, Joni, Jack and I drove down to Vancouver on Friday the 21st to start our last summer vacation. On Saturday the 22nd we had D+R's wedding which Carl was one of the groomsmen and on the 29th we had W+K's wedding in Gibsons on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Both kid free weddings! So we made a trip out of it and spent 4 days in Vancouver visiting family and 2 days in Campbell River to visit my grandparents, cousins and Aunt and Uncle. The weather was beautiful and I swear there's nothing better than taking a BC Ferry on a gorgeous sunny day. 

Joni and Jack playing with Sanddollars at Saratoga Beach

Joni and Jack playing with Sanddollars at Saratoga Beach

After Campbell River we took the Comox - Powell River ferry and the Earls Cove - Saltery Bay ferry to the Sunshine Coast where we spent the night with my Aunt and Uncle in Pender Harbour. 

Carl and Jack  

Carl and Jack  

The next day the weather changed and we headed to Gibsons where I rented a little house 'downtown'. I love Gibsons, before we bought our current house Carl and I were seriously debating living there and every time we go back it pulls on the heartstrings just a little. 

Sargents Bay, Sunshine Coast

Sargents Bay, Sunshine Coast

Joni and Jack 'swimming' 

we ended the holiday with a beautiful baby shower that my friend Kerry and I threw for our beautiful friend Morgan. Joni helped with as much as she could and she even organized a flower parade at the end! So much wonderful time spent with close friends and family!

Flower parade! 

Flower parade! 

We're back home now. The weather has cooled and Joni will be started Grade one next week. I've got many art shows coming up in the next few months and I'm going to be BUSY preparing for them. I'm still trying to wrap my head around all the painting I want to do plus the Christmas Markets. Yes those words seem early but they will sneak up fast. So there goes summer vacation and it was a fabulous one. Back to reality, spending more time at the easel instead of in the lake and making cards, prints, calendars etc. The last quarter of the year is my busiest and after a lazy, hot summer I'm looking forward to jumping back in.

Stay tuned, I've got some exciting new products and shows announcing soon. 


Naming Paintings

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle

In my last post I started writing about the struggle I have naming paintings and then I accidentally deleted it after uploading photos and having it nearly completed. So instead I wrote a quick little post about one of my latest paintings asking all of you out there if you could name where the painting is inspired by. 

The response was amazing and thank you so much! Comments varied from the many different regions in British Columbia from the Okanagan to the Gulf Islands and up the West Coast. This is just beautiful for me and I'll tell you why. 

I used to really struggle with naming paintings. I used to name them according to where they were inspired from, I thought this would create an instant connection with people and sometimes I still do but overall I've changed the way I've named my paintings. Instead of pinpointing the exact location I call them something that is reminiscent of the area. My dream is to create these paintings that people can connect to and I started to feel that if they are named to the exact place then I might LOOSE people's connections. So I conducted a little experiment. I created this painting below which was inspired by the view from Tower Ranch Golf Course in Kelowna. 

Instead of calling it 'View From Tower Ranch' I called it 'April' as that was the month that it was painted in and with the green hills and burst of sun coming through the clouds I though it felt very spring-like. I posted it on my website and within two days it was sold and the person who bought it told me it reminded him of a hike he takes on the Sunshine Coast.  

This has changed the way I paint, or that I think about painting. I always try and capture the simple beauty in our landscapes but I also try and capture that feeling of exploring British Columbia. Of driving through our amazing towering mountains, seeing that river/lake valley and taking in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Those moments where the sun finally comes out, or when you hiked that incredible viewpoint. These are the feelings I try and capture in my paintings. As cheesy as it sounds, I really just try and celebrate British Columbia. So what did I name the first painting above? 'Hazy Summer Days'. What do you think?

These are a few paintings that aren't of anywhere specifically but inspired from our adventures exploring this beautiful province. 

So what do you think? Would you make a better connection knowing where the painting is inspired from or viewing it with an open mind and opinion?

Naming Paintings.....just kidding.

I had completely written this post about why I name paintings over the last hour and then somehow I accidentally deleted it. It included some lovely photos and smartly written puns but now I'm frustrated and don't want to write the whole thing out again so instead I will post a photo of my latest painting. I will rewrite this post again, another time but today I've got guests coming over and a house that needs cleaning! Why doesn't Squarespace have an automatic save timer?!

Anyway hope you enjoy this painting, it will be available at Artwalk in Lake Country September 12th and 13th. More info on my Events Page.

Size: 24" x 30" acrylic on canvas Price: $475

Size: 24" x 30" acrylic on canvas

Price: $475

Can you tell where this is? Comment below and you'll be entered to win a free 8"x10" print of this painting (Canada and USA only please)! Enter twice by heading over to my Facebook page and comment there too! Winner will be announced on Monday