Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happy New Year! by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Little Friar ©2018Leada Wood

I have been trying to do a drawing a day in my sketchbook but sometimes life happens and I don't get it done. I thought I would let you peek at my sketchbook and see the fun objects I have been drawing from around my home. This little fellow has such a lively face and makes me smile when I look at him. The little Friar creamer was rescued from an antique store in San Angelo before he became mine. 

Sorry I am late wishing you a happy new year, and if this first 9 days is any indication, it is going to be a very busy 2018! I am taking not one but two online classes and they both are for the whole year. I am a member of Wanderlust 2018 and Art Studio and they both promise to be amazing! I hope your new year is exciting and you are learning new things. 

This is a little acrostic poem about the new year.

H appiness depends upon your outlook on life. - Find the good in all situations
A ttitude is just as important as ability.- Keep your attitude positive
P assion find yours this year! - Do what you love and you will never work
P ositive thoughts make everything easier.- Stay focused and stay positive
Y ou are unique, with special gifts, use them. - Never forget you have talent

ew beginnings with a new year.
nthusiasm a true secret of success.
ishes may they turn into goals.

ears go by to quickly, enjoy them.- Wisdom from your elders, listen
nergy may you have lots of it. - Take care of yourself
A ppreciation of life, don't take it for granted. - Live each day
R elax take the time to relax in this coming year.- Keep a balance in your life

Sunday, December 31, 2017

"Just Elfin' Around", by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Jingles" ©2017Leada Wood

This is Jingles my last little elf in the series "Just Elfin' Around" at least for 2017.  I had fun creating this series and hope they brought a little happy to your heart.

Wishing you a beautiful new year filled with love,  laughter, new dreams, new experiences and abundant joy. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas! By Leada Wood, Texas Artist


"Hear The Angels Sing" ©2017 Leada Wood

Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new-born king. Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled. Joyful, all ye nations, rise. Join the triump of the skies, with angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem. Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the new-born King.
 Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

"All Is Calm" by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Oh the weather in Texas is delightful, and the air is so alluring, especially for the middle of December! A pleasant 68 degrees and sunshine beckon me to go outdoors and explore. There is always something in nature to see when I am hiking and I always carry my camera to capture my moments in time. Do you see what I see...thought I would share my adventures.
Thanks for stopping by!

Four llamas looking

One Roadrunner Running

Three cows a mooing

Friday, December 15, 2017

"Just Elfin' Around" by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Johnny Winter" ©2017 Leada Wood

"Johhny Winter" loves to play his guitar on a cold, grey day. It warms up his heart and lifts his spirits as well as the hearts of the other elves. Maybe he is playing Silent Night, one of my favorite Christmas carols. Hope he brought a little happy to your heart! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"Just Elfin' Around" by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"The Flutist" ©2017 Leada Wood

You just never know what you are going to get in life... always full of surprises...some good and some not so good. I always wanted to play the flute but when it came time to pick out an instrument for band my parents selected a school owned instrument for me. I became a French horn player instead. I did like playing my horn for the next 6 years but did not enjoy marching with it.

Friday, December 8, 2017

"Just Elfin' Around, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"It's All About da Bass" ©2017 Leada Wood

"It's All About da Bass" was inspired by my fondness of the bass fiddle. My dad was a musician and I grew up around various instruments and musicians, most were family and friends. They would jam when together and the bass was the heartbeat of the band. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"Just Elfin' Around" by Leada Wood Texas Artist

"Special Delivery" ©2017 Leada Wood


"Just Elfin' Around"  is a new series I have been working on for years. I started it in 1998 when my dad passed away and I have been painting Christmas scenes every year since. This year I completed eight new ones inspired by my childhood when Christmas was filled with wonder.  I know I am so blessed to be able to do what I love and I enjoy sharing my paintings with you. I hope my little elves bring a smile to your face and give you a little of the spirit of Christmas.

Friday, December 1, 2017

"Just Elfin' Around" by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

    "The Fiddler"©2017Leada Wood

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I have a passion for Christmas and the love and the magical feelings that abound during the season. It’s a family tradition in our home and I wish that we could keep the incredible kindness and good cheer that abounds alive the rest of the year!

My parents did Christmas amazingly well, not quite a page out of Norman Rockwell’s paintings but close. My daddy especially loved Christmas and was the Spirit of Christmas to me. We celebrated both the religious and secular nature of Christmas and observed the holidays from Thanksgiving until New Years Day. Don and I continue the festive traditions today and have a wonderful legacy to celebrate.

Growing up in a musical family was very special as our family band would get together and play nearly every Sunday in someone’s home. My daddy could play almost any instrument and play it well. During Christmas the carols played and were sung and got everyone in the spirit of the season. Those times are fondly etched in my memory still today.

After my daddy passed away in 1998, I started painting at least one Christmas painting every year and sometimes several. My collection has grown over the years and I enjoy sharing them with you.

Nearly twenty years later my muse was not to be contained so I embraced it and have a new series called “Just Elfin’ Around”. I hope my paintings bring happiness to you and put a little wonder back in the season.

                                                                                                               ---Gloria a Dios


"The Fiddler" was the first in the series created in 2013 when Don and I  lived in Houston for a few months while he received treatments.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

iHannas Postcard Swap by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

It was an exciting year for the iHannas postcard swap. The cards came from everywhere and were all original in design and this year I received a bonus card for 11 total! They came from Israel, Kodak Island Alaska, Jacksonville Florida, Shoreline Washington, 2 from Phoenix Arizona,  Redwood City California,  2 from Sweden, one I couldn't read the postmark, and last but not least Texas.

The top one with the pretty zinnias was from Alaska and she put a treasure of a cute ladybug pin on the top that was from the 1940s. The one below, in the spirit of autum colors had leaves that were made from paper that had flower seeds in them and it was from Texas.

Such fun making new friends all over the world! Creativity is putting your imagination to work!

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Creativity takes courage and  I thank all of these creative souls for sharing their art with me and Hanna for hosting the swap.