Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Beach Boyz", Watercolor, Figure Painting by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Our sweet family loves to go to the beach...maybe because we live in dry west Texas and the water beckons to us like sirens of old. You know sirens, the sea nymphs...part woman and part bird who lured mariners by their seductive singing. They were also quite beautiful. Getting a little off track here but the beach does call our name and we do make several trecks  a year to enjoy the sea.

Maybe that is why I enjoy painting the kids doing beach things so I can flash back in my mind to the days we were there and having great fun. Life is slower and a little sweeter there and we play more. Nothing like fun in the sun on any beach.


"Beach Boyz" by Leada Wood ©2017

I have painted this scene twice before but still I am trying to capture the essence of the scene. I think I am getting closer! I loved the light in the photograph and the closeness of the boys sharing an experience they both enjoyed. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

"Midnight Dreams", Mixed Media, Abstract Collage by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

I am honored to be a part of the LHUAC's invitational 20th year celebration. The show opens Friday in Lubbock in conjunction with the First Friday Art Trail and will run thru February. This piece is 12x12 with hand painted papers, found papers and a small clay sculpture and is available through the Art Center.

I hope the weather holds! Winter has arrived in Texas!

"Midnight Dreams" by Leada Wood©2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

"The Flutist" Watercolor, Figure Painting, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist""

"The Flutist" ©2016 Leada Wood

I couldn't let the year end without sharing my gnome that I painted in December. He is a friend of another musician that I painted a few years ago. 

"The Fiddler" © 2013 Leada Wood
I hope your year has been merry and bright and wishing you an even brighter New Year, full of health, happiness, peace and joy! Thank you for reading my blog!

Friday, December 23, 2016

"Child Of Light" Watercolor by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Child Of Light" ©2016 Leada Wood

Angels live among us. Sometimes they hide their wings, but there is no disguising the peace and hope they bring.

Merry Christmas and God's blessings to all!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

"Little Angel", Watercolor, Figure Painting by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Little Angel" by Leada Wood©2016

Tis the season for good cheer, kindness, peace and joy!  Wishing you and yours a warm Christmas season filled with love.

"Paper plain and simple...white as the snow.
A little paint and water and an angel does appear." Leada Wood

Inspired by one of the real, live angels that lives among us.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

"Writing On The Wall", Figure Painting, Angels, Mixed Media by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Writing On The Wall" ©2016 Leada Wood

"Hear The Angels Sing" is my new solo Christmas exhibit of angels I have painted through the years. Created in Watercolor, Acrylic, Mixed Media, Monoprint, and Collage, it makes an interesting and versatile exhibition. The show will run the month of December at First Bank, Colorado City.

"Writing On The Wall" was created for the Lubbock Art League
 show at the Legacy Gallery. It is a mixed media triptych in collage and acrylic with lots of texture and is 30" by 54", this is the middle panel.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Figure Painting, Mixed Media, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Dreaming Of Wonderland" ©Leada Wood 2016

"Dreaming Of Wonderland" won another blue ribbon at the Big Country Regional Art Show.  I had so much fun creating this mixed media painting. I  enjoy doing figure paintings in a way that they might remind you of someone you know. I have so many models that my muses will keep me painting for a lifetime. Thank you Katie for inspiring this painting!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Value Sketches, Watercolor Studies, Figure Painting by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

I saw this young lady blowing bubbles straight from her hand at a Renaissance Faire in Houston. The ambience of the faire was magical as it transported you back into time. Folks were decked out in their finest costumes and everything was decorated for Christmas. The colors, smells, sounds and sights were inspirational for me. 

"Fairy Bubbles" ©Leada Wood 2016

This is a color study of the Fairy in watercolor. Still trying to capture the light and magical feel of the scene.

I thought I would show you a little of what goes on while I am planning a figure painting. When you do small studies you don't have much time invested but it gives you an idea of where the painting could go. I really like the fourth color study the best and already have another one drawn on watercolor paper. It's difficult to capture the light and feeling of a place but that is one part of the challenge of painting that I love.

"Every possibility begins with the courage to imagine"

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Acorns" by Leada Wood©2016

"Acorns" is a tribute to autumn and the bountiful blessings that are bestowed on us daily. I am grateful I can create a feast for the eyes as well as for the soul. I wish you and yours a blessed and
joyful thanksgiving!

"Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk oh Lord in the Light of your countenance...for you are the Glory of their strength." Psalm 89:15&17

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Value Sketches, Color Studies, Watercolor Graphite, by Leada Wood,Texas Artist

"Lilli" by Leada Wood ©2016

I recently attended a watercolor figure workshop with Peggi Habets. She is an amazing instructor and artist. Peggi says to achieve a likeness in a painting, the values have to be accurate and that is the tricky part. The values are perceived in relationship to the other values surrounding it. Very difficult to take a piece of white paper and sculpt it into a 3D representation of a person. We did thumbnails sketches, value studies and color studies before we ever started our subject. It was interesting and a little addictive.

The top painting was my first attempt, next is my value sketch, and color study. I still haven't captured my subject to my satisifaction but I can see growth along the way. After I got home I wanted to try something new. The bottom value sketch was done with watercolor graphite and was really a learning curve to sketch with a brush. One of the things I learned along the way is that I need to use watercolor paper instead of drawing paper. I think I will try the water soluble graphite on hot pressed paper next time.
The class stirred up memories of why I wanted to paint when I first began. I always loved Mary Cassatt, Norman Rockwell and John Singer Sargent's work. The way they captured a likeness of everyday life and recorded it. I know I have a long way to go but the fun is in the trying.