Art from the heart of Mary Jo Leisure, feeling and experiencing the inspiration that surrounds her life, she shares her joy of painting, what inspires her to create and challanges you to see the beauty around you, reflecting the inspiration in your artwork.

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Painting is an expression of one's feelings. It can take you to another place at another time. Art comes from your heart, mind and soul. I hope you will enjoy reading My Diary of a Painter. I write periodically so I hope you will visit often My desire is for you to feel and experience the inspiration that is all around you.


A Day to Experiment

I just finished preparing some backgrounds.
It is so exciting to start with a basic acrylic color
That is dry and sprayed with a Matte Finish and
Then begin changing it by adding oil colors
Thinned with turp.
I use all kinds of things but today I applied my colors with
A bristle brush and moved them around
With paper toweling.
I add and I take away and love it.
Always looking to see that I have a good balance
Of temperature.
I keep telling my students that if they feel uncomfortable
With their color they are probably lacking the
Opposite temperature.
It is so much fun to experiment.
This is the way to discover exciting new things.
Let’s see what inspiring words I can
Find that I’ve used today

Mary Jo Leisure, June 22, 2006

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Mary Jo Leisure, Decorative Artist, Pleasanton, Kansas