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March 17, 2020

Original watercolor by Cathy Ledeker 

(pelican skull & egg)

In The Beginning, I, is my contribution to this year's Lawrence Arts Center Benefit Auction.  It is watercolor on Fabriano paper with framed dimensions 34 1/4 x 14 1/4.

Basically, I just fell in love with this beautiful pelican skull, borrowed from a friend’s collection.  I researched the relative proportions and appea...

March 11, 2020

Watercolor, gouache, graphite & 23 carat raised gold

(mule deer bones, river rock, lake-bed silt, water, firmament & dream catcher netting)

In 2018, I discovered and collected these bones from an abandoned hunting camp high in the San Juan Mountains. Back in BONEYARD Studio, they seemed to arrange themselves in a circle, so I followed along, not knowing where this story would take...

November 12, 2019

Original watercolor by Cathy Ledeker 

(chipmunk, mountain rocks & wildflowers, alpine grasses & wild strawberries )

When the wind quickens high in the Rockies and clouds suddenly cover the sun, excitement instantly begins brewing in the sky and on the ground.  The air is heavy and electric with portent of the coming storm, stirring sensations of memory and impending power.  Her...

October 1, 2019

Years ago, my sister, Ann, and I started a fairytale based upon Creede lore and legend.  She was the writer and I the illustrator.  Digs sprang from my sister’s imagination and I had a great time bringing him to life in watercolor. Tommyknockers are small mischievous creatures said to haunt the mines of Creede.  They are especially known for stealing the miners’ lunch boxes and t...

August 30, 2018

Original watercolor by Cathy Ledeker 

(pick axe head, shell & monkshood foliage)

A play on the extravagant American dish, this painting depicts unlikely and indelible pairings. Monkshood is actually lethally poisonous and grows in profusion behind The Studios at Bristol.  The pick axe head is a relic from Creede’s early mining days (turf) and the shell collected from an East Coast...

February 2, 2018

Many thanks to Tallgrass Studios, Carey Graber, my husband, family, friends and BongoTini for all your support before and during the opening of Rocks in My Head (and other things of value) last Friday. After a 23 year hiatus, it was great to show recent paintings in Lawrence. The exhibit runs through February 23rd and can be viewed during regular business hours at Tallgrass Studi...

October 29, 2017

Commissioned by the University of Kansas Alumni Association, "Rock Hawk" is inspired by the historic architecture found on KU's main campus. The design commemorates the University's rich history through the symbols and strengths of its classic architecture.  It also honors a deep appreciation for the original artisans who used only simple tools, tenacity and vision to create powe...

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