Sneak Peek

July 28th, 2008

A sneak peek at my painting of Ophelia. Hopefully I'll be able to get a good picture tomorrow when the sun is out. In my version of her story, Ophelia isn't planning to kill herself. Instead, she is entering into the water as a personal ritual of renewal and rebirth. The tattoos on her back also symbolize this.

I'll write more about this later on. Still feeling zonked out.

Last week I returned to yoga and found a new class to join. It was a brave act for me! Man oh man was I sore the next day, but I also felt good, so tomorrow I'll try another class and hopefully find a few classes each week that I'll enjoy attending. I'm not a naturally flexible person, so I need to find teachers who are gentle and won't try to force my body into poses. We shall see!

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Wow, Leah. Just wow. I can’t wait to see how this one turns out, and I especially love the look on her face as she looks out over her shoulder. So much mood in this one.

Oh wow is right. This is such an amazing piece so far. I can’t stand how talented you are. Your visions, your interpretation…did I mention TALENT??? I simply can not wait to see more of this gorgeous piece!!

I chuckled about the yoga, I have been doing some at home to sort of “warm up” for when Lauren starts school in the fall. There is a place near her school I am planning on trying and do not want to be a distraction to the class in my lack of flexibility. So good for us, especially since we tend to stay in some not so natural positions for a long time when working on our art.

I love her full, beautiful curves.


This piece is so very beautiful Leah ! I want to know where your Ophelia’s pool is.. could use a dip myself…not to mention the beautiful scenery ;-)

The yoga sounds like a great move ! I hope you find just the right teachers for you !
Cheers and here’s to flexibility !

I like your interpretation of Ophelia – she’s lovely, Leah!

Beautiful leah! I loooove the coloring you chose. Congrats on your bravery. Getting back into doing Yoga is on my list too.
Well done!

Your work is dreamy and beautiful. I’m thrilled to see Ophelia at different stages of creation, witnessing the process and transformation is one of my favourite things about art, my own and the work of others. Her tattoo and the interpretive twist really make the image for me.

Wishing you gentle flexibility!

just lovely. good luck with the yoga…yessss, with my back problems it’s been suggested i start some yoga…however, i had a bad experience with a crazy instructor in nyc once & have been apprehensive about tring it again.

So beautiful! I look forward to the next installment. Very haunting.

As I explain on my blog I’ve had to give up my desire for a yoga practice and change to qigon/tai chi. Enjoy your class.

I love how you are reinterpreting the story to be something more transformative. It looks so lovely. I wish I had even an ounce of your skill! You inspire me like no one else. Your work speaks volumes.

Good luck with Yoga! I’m so happy you are jumping in to classes and spending time on the mat. Keep us posted on how it goes for you -k-?


leah! i love how this is developing. i especially love the trees and the stars in the background. ’tis so beautiful. thank you for inspiring creativity in the world around you. yea!

cheers, kel

It has such a fairytale feel to it. Exquisite!

This is such a beautiful painting, Leah!

Ophelia is wonderful!

I can relate to your experience with yoga! It’s great that you’re finding somewhere to take classes. I try to do pilates 1-2 times a week and even though it’s hard by the end i’m glad i’ve gone.

You have to stop this immediately. I hate wanting things I cannot have. Awesome. Simply awesome.

This is such an incredible piece, Leah! And it’s not even finished yet. I love her curves, I love how she’s partially submerged, and I can’t help but fall in love with your interpretation of this story. We are Ophelia, aren’t we? I’m sure we all are at moments in our lives. But, this is so poignant for me, right now. I love the tattoo! It’s perfect, Leah!

*sighs* Oh, it’s so wonderful!


What a lovely painting. The saying, “Still waters run deep,” came to mind when I saw it.

Yep, another fan of this amazing picture. And you could maybe consider Pilates classes, too – can be more gentle than yoga with a good teacher, and very empowering.

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