Leah Nadeau

Inside My Artistic Process

Palette close up

Palette close up

Since discovering my passion for painting, I feel the need to create every day. Painting and drawing are my favorite ways to express myself. Both drawing and painting are a part of my process. I usually paint a layer, and then draw a layer with an acrylic marker, and then back in forth in that order until the painting is finished.

What brings me back into the studio at some point in the day, everyday, is the urge to feel the brush on the canvas again, a soothing act almost like a dance that leads me to a state of comfort and calm. Then I get into my groove and that’s when the magic happens.

Sometimes I dance along to music while I paint. Usually if I’m just painting my normal style that flows out with ease, chances are I’m listening to music and there will be some dancing and definitely singing. When I’m trying a technique that I’m unfamiliar with, chances are I’m sitting down with my entire focus on the painting.

Here I am laying down the first layer of paint in my process in a little time lapse. If you enjoy this, I have several time lapses on my Instagram feed.


Somehow each piece, in the end, radiates my personality and my somewhat wacky and weird character. The bold line work in my artwork represents my bold style in life. For the most part, I live life unapologetically, I don’t care who thinks I’m weird, I just be myself. The colors in my artwork represent my cheerful and playful spirit and demeanor. The shapes I use are inspired by my favorite famous artists of the past, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Mirò and more. These elements come together to make my signature style. 


When paintings are commissioned, I brainstorm the color palettes in advance, before starting the painting. But sometimes I’m feeling spontaneous and I just grab my go to colors and I just start by putting the paint down on the canvas, excited to see the beautiful colors blend. Other times, I’ll see a color palette “in the wild” that I decide to use and I then mix out all the colors before I begin on a palette. Sometimes color mixing can take up to 30 minutes, but its another part of the process I enjoy.

I keep my brushes in a pretty ceramic vase.

I keep my brushes in a pretty ceramic vase.


When I’m not in the studio I am always taking in inspiration.
I tell my friends and family I’ve developed “artist eyes,” which means I take in the world differently since discovering my passion for artwork. Everywhere I go I take in colors schemes, home decor, fashion, you name it. I now see the world with a knack for detail. It’s truly a gift!

Have more questions about my process? Leave a comment or email me!

Thank you for reading!

Leah

Affordable Canvas Art Prints and Phone Cases

"Infinity and Beyond"  

3 piece canvas print

If you’re looking for a big colourful statement piece but can’t afford an original, I totally understand. I’ve now made it possible for anyone to own one of my designs.

I’ve teamed up with a company that distributes prints for me and they will be sold not only on their own website, but on mainstream décor websites and deal sites, such as Zulilly, Wayfair, Target and more. How exciting!!!

These prints are made right here in the USA and come in multiple sizes and are top notch quality at affordable prices.

"Boom" 

Canvas print

In addition to this print collection, I have an entire collection of phone cases also on Etsy. These cases are highly reviewed and are etsy best sellers. They are so very affordable in multiple colors at just $20.99, with shipping included. The perfect gift, am I right?!

"Traffic in My Mind"

phone case for iphone and Galaxy!

Thank you so much for supporting me and my journey! Have a fantastic day!

-Leah