Saturday, September 15, 2018

“Cock-A-Doodle-Do”, Mixed Media by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Cock-A-Doodle-Do" ©Leada Wood 2018

Chickens hold a special place in my heart, especially white Leghorn chickens. Growing up my parents gave my brothers and I baby chickens at Easter. One year they gave us 30 chickens hoping they were hens so they would lay eggs. Only turns out we had 30 roosters and they were bound for Sunday dinners.  I made one of them my pet and he followed me everywhere. He would cross the road with me when I ran to the corner grocers. But he didn’t like my mom especially when she was hanging out clothes and would peck and spur her. I don’t think he lasted too long after that. I guess chickens will always bring a smile to my face and hope my painted versions bring a smile to yours.

Friday, July 20, 2018

"Dream Deep" by Leada Wood, Texas Artist


"Dream Deep" ©2018 Leada Wood

"Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul"
Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."
                                ---Pamela Vaull Starr

Anything can be an inspiration and fair game when making art, whether an old dictionary page or a tiny basketful of starfish. What others sometimes see as garbage I see as an opportunity to repurpose and create. Artists look at the world differently than most and that is what feeds the artist's spirit and inspire us to keep making our art, one piece at a time.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Glassblower's Daughter" by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"The Glassblower's Daughter" ©2018 Leada Wood

I love Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures, so colorful and alive. His exhibitions are usually in a garden setting and the beauty of nature and his enormous glass sculptures are incredible. Glassblowing has always intrigued me, the fiery molten blob turned into an object of beauty is amazing and beyond comprehension and I am mesmerized as I watch them work.

"The Glassblower's Daughter" was inspired from attending a Renaissance Faire near Houston. The lady made stunning glass orbs that sparkled in the dazzling November light and I was a captive audience along with many others. It was a day to remember.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"Use Your Wings" by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Use Your Wings" ©2018 Leada Wood

I love to watch the butterflies drifting along in my garden gliding on the summer breeze...going from flower to flower. Whenever I introduce new flowers into the garden I plant perennials that are bee and butterfly friendly and attractive to Hummingbirds. This summer I added Cuphea ignea or firecracker plant and Gregg's Mist Flowers. The butterflies do like them but I think Lantana is still their all time favorite.

I enjoy adding butterflies in my work and have made many paintings with them included. The butterfly is a symbol of transformation representing endurance, change, hope and life. They bring color and joy to our world.

We should be more like the butterfly...after all until we spread our wings we have no idea how far we can fly.

"Use Your Wings" is a Mixed Media Collage with gold leaf. 

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

"You Are My Sunshine" by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Good morning from Dragonfly Farm where the birds are singing, the butterflies are floating, the bees are buzzing and life is good! "You Are My Sunshine" was inspired by the cheerful yellow sunflowers that dance in the wind around the farm. I just love to paint them! I see why Van Gogh painted them often. My friend Linda said if there was one artist that she could go back in time and talk to, it would be Van Gogh...wouldn't that be amazing.
 Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

    "You Are My Sunshine" by Leada Wood ©2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

Happy Summer! By Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"MId Summer's Dream" by Leada Wood©2018

I think the hot weather is affecting my paint palette. We have had 100 degree plus weather since May, unusual heat even for Texas! Thank goodness for central air. I don't see how our ancestors survived without it or maybe we have become sissified in our modern world. 

This is a transparent Watercolor using alcohol and wax resist. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Expressions of Spring; Mixed Media by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"May Flowers" ©2018 Leada Wood

With the warmer weather and flowers blooming my thoughts have turned toward spring. Still using a square format I incorporated bright colors working with green, yellows and orange. Nothing says spring like sunflowers and butterflies! Thanks for stopping by!

"Paradigm", Mixed Media by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Paradigm" by Leada Wood©2018

"Paradigm" is a set of elements arranged in a form based on a square theme. This mixed media collage was created using shapes within shapes working with color and design to give it movement . I created texture in the background using various shades of grey before adding the collage pieces. The medallion is gold leaf. I hope you enjoyed seeing the results of my exploration with design elements. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

"In The Groove", MIxed Media by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

©2018 Leada Wood

"In The Groove" is a mixed media collage using line and color to create movement. I applied layers of paint using various techniques and my favorite colors. I think spring is in the least in my studio. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter! By Leada Wood, Texas Artist

©Leada Wood

I know Easter is really not about the Easter bunny but I just couldn't resist using this painting to wish you a happy Easter. The colors remind me of all those colorful eggs that will be found tomorrow. I enjoyed dyeing eggs with my kids and grandkids except that the dye usually had to wear off. We looked so cute in our Easter bonnets and colorful hands! Folks don't get as dressed up as they once did for church on Easter Sunday. When I was a girl I looked forward to getting a new dress, socks, shoes, hat and gloves for the occasion. That was a long time ago and things are different now. In my opinion I think we may be getting a little too casual about lots of things. Maybe it is time for a change. Happy Easter!