Leanne Stephens Art@leanne_stephensart

A R T I S T • Bristol, UK • [email protected]


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S P R I N G 🌷🌸🐝 (also ft 👵🏼)


STORY TIME: For the amount of time I put into the studio, I can get very little back 95% of the time. This is something you kinda have to expect as an artist. And for the most of the time I make my peace with it... This morning I had a moment of insanity that felt 100% real at the time. I walked into my little space this morning and just thought ‘What the actual FUCK am I doing’ I’m 27 years old, been at this since uni and have achieved almost fuck all. I actually burst into tears (and I HATE crying so that’s a big deal to put that into words for you lot to see 😂🙈). I wrote down every little thing that caused said meltdown. That made me feel a teensy bit better. Then I made a plan. A six month plan. A pretty basic one, but a plan nonetheless. All the little things I hope to achieve in six months. I felt a little better. Then I made a list of all the things I have achieved in the last six months and felt A WHOLE LOAD BETTER. So I picked myself up off of the floor, dusted myself off, stuck my headphones in and got the fuck on with my day. And I am SUPER grateful for my ability to do that, coz for the most of the time, I’m down here working on my tod and self-motivation is key. At first, I wasn’t gonna make a post about this, but I thought it might help somebody else out, plus, when I have my next moment of self doubt, I can come back to this post. Coz it will happen again. But to future Lea, you fucking got this shit girl. 👊👊👊 HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY ERRRYBODY ✌️✌️✌️


• P R I N T S ! • Milford Sound / Lake Matheson • I have a handful of cheeky prints available of these two paintings! 💃🎉🎉 ABOUT TIMEEE!! Amiright?! 😅 In all honesty, they’re just hanging about gathering dust and I need to shift em! They’re 55cm x 55cm, white frame included, £75. When I’m a super rich and famous artist, they might me worth something. One day. Or probably in like 1000 years time. Think of it as an investment for you grandchildren’s grandchildren. 😂😂😂 #probablytruethough #shouldvebeenasalesman ANYWAYS, just drop me a wee dm if you fancy one. I’m afraid this is available to UK followers only right now, sorry overseas followers! I still love ya ✌️😘


Sober Thoughts up in its new spot as of today. It’s now in the hands of one of my mums oldest, oldest, oldessst friends so it’s gone to a good home 💜😘 #abstractart #abstractpainting #abstractlandscape #landscapepainting #contemporarypainting #bristolart #londonartist #painterslife #contemporaryart


I’m so happy with how this piece is going at the moment.. so happy in fact that earlier I punched the air and fell off my chair. That happened. I hurt my knee. Second time I’ve crashed to the floor this week. Third times a charm 👍#bubblewrapmeup #whyamisoclumsy // #abstractpainting #abstractart #landscapepainting #abstractlandscape #contemporaryart #contenporarypainting #hawaiilife #bristolartist #bristolart #londonart #londonartist #palmtrees #tropicallandscape


Just a couple of my favourite humans in the universe and me 💜🙋‍♀️💜


When your friends get married at the ZOO and it’s a hella fun day!! Wishing you both a lifetimeeee of happiness, thanks for letting me be part of your special day. LOVE YOU GUYS. ❤️#bestbnqromancestory

Bristol Zoo Gardens

SPILLAGE ON AISLE 10 🙋‍♀️ I love paint so much, thought I’d throw it on my leg 👍🙈 Cheers for capturing the look on my face @aprilmaymoon #spillageonaisle10 #artistsoninstagram #abstractartist #landscapepainter #paintobsessed #abstractart #diy #doityourself


A piece in progress, something I very rarely post about... It’s always the finished piece, looking all shiny and new. In reality there’s been a fair few steps to get there. This phase is always super interesting because I can see where I want it to go, but whether that gets communicated from what I’ve got imagined for it up in here 🧠 and what my hands do, is a whole other matter 🤷‍♀️ if this piece turns out the way I want it to, it’s gonna be a winner. Hopefully I’ll walk back in on Monday morning and not only know exactly what I’m gonna do with it, but that I can actually pull it off the way I intend to 🤞🤞 #fingerscrossed #positivethinkingneverhurtnoone // #abstractart #abstractpainting #abstractlandscape #landscapepainting #mountainscape #dusktilldawn #contemporarypainting #contemporaryart #bristolart #londonartist #londongallery #artiststudio


After yesterday’s mouse catching endeavours, I’m aiming to have a far more productive day in the studio today, starting with sharing my last finished piece of 2017. I feel like it’s finished, but I have a habit of overworking a piece to the point that if it’s not overworked, it ain’t done! 🙈🙈🙈 I’m gonna try and leave it alone though coz I think I like it as it is. ANYWAYYY, it’s inspired by ventures around Tam Coc (Ninh Binh) and Ha Long Bay both in Vietnam. Vietnam is a bloody beautiful place, the kinda place I would love to paint more of. My time in Vietnam was real hit and miss though. How such a beautiful landscape is mistreated really hit me, especially Ha Long Bay. I’d been dreaming of going there since forever. The first thing I noticed? How many boats there are chugging about the place (a butt-load) and the insane amount of litter floating about in the sea. The whole experience made me feel super guilty for being a tourist there... (which then makes you question the whole tourism industry) In retrospect, I guess it just didn’t sit right with me and that’s why I’ve struggled to WANT to paint it. And then I realised why it is IMPORTANT to paint it. And talk about it. I don’t mean to go all hippie on your asses but, I do feel like this precious planet deserves to be looked after and I guess my New Years Resolution is to be more proactive in doing so. ✌️🌎🌍🌏✌️#halongbay #tamcoc #vietnam #abstractart #abstractpainting #landscapepainting #abstractlandscape #contemporarypainting #contemporaryart #mountainscape #londonartist #bristolart #londonart #artnews