LEL’S BLOG

Hello and welcome! Here you'll find news and musings about art, inspiration, and upcoming shows.

North Kitsap Art in the Woods Studio Tour 2022

Save the Date: Fri-Sun, Nov. 11-13, 2022


Showing at Fremont’s Saturn Building in August-September

Fremont RocketI’m excited to show my artwork at Fremont’s Saturn Building Aug. 2-Sept. 28. If you’re in the neighborhood I hope you can stop in and check it out. (My work is on the 3rd floor.) The building is open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends. 
Better yet…

Come out for Fremont First Friday Artwalk

I’ll be there  September 7, 6-9 p.m. 

Saturn Building – 3417 Evanston Ave N, Fremont, Seattle – Located across the street from the famous Fremont Rocket. Fremont aka the “Center of the Universe” has lots of public art and friendly places to shop, eat, and drink.

Above are a sampling of the Shapemaking Series works and Expressive Abstract Paintings that will be available at the show.

See my work on the 3rd floor of the Saturn Building in Fremont.

Day 95 of abstract art making

4 colorful compositions by Leslie (Lel) Newman
No. 61, 62, 63 & 64 from my 100 Day Instagram Art Challenge – 100 Days of Shapemaking

My 100 Day Project 2018 is wrapping up soon. I’ll post number 95 today, next Wednesday, July 11 will be number 100! That’s on Instagram of course.

My 100 Day art practice

Every night I sit down and create a piece of personal art. Although I’m trained in the ways of color and composition, it’s become a somewhat instinctual act. I start with one shape. Then add, subtract and multiply until I’m content, or too tired to go on. I can’t just bag it, I have to post. That’s what the challenge is about. Don’t abandon your idea because it isn’t perfect, work with it until it’s good enough. Like last year, after 100 I’ll have a good handful I’m very pleased with and I’ll finish them off and print them. To hold them in my hands is very satisfying. The color is rich, the paper is lush, they’re gems of my own creation. Ooh, I’m a little dizzy. Get a grip! …

100 Day Project 2018 – Another Shapemaking Art Challenge on Instagram

100 Day Project - Lel Newman

I’m in.

I’d been mulling over the idea. Should I do it again? I recall it started last April, when? Mid-April, I don’t know, I was just pondering. I hadn’t done much shapemaking artwork since the end of the challenge last year, July 12, 2017. Before that, I had created one every day for 100 days.

So on Monday, April 2, I’m scrolling on Instagram and I see Kathleen’s post about her committing to the 100 Day Challenge, starting tomorrow. What! Tomorrow? No more pondering it was time to commit (or not).

A new website for new work, and an artist’s blog

I’m making no promises for this blog.
Oh! I always start with a negative. Damn it. I will add that fault to my long list of things to work on. Aren’t we all supposed to be constantly improving ourselves? It seems like there’s an infinite well of self-help and personal growth advice on the Internet. I find this both inspiring and irritating. Yin and Yang. Inspiring in that occasionally I stumble upon a golden nugget does inspire, and make me think differently. Irritating in that there’s just so much of it, it’s a firehose of inspirational quotes done in lovely, feminine handwriting script. It can be a distraction from doing and just being.