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.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Mixed Media Gals, Contemporary Figure Art by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Fun Weekend at Studio 20. Busy week so I decided it was play time! It is always a pleasure to just play with paint and not have an go with the flow and see where the painting takes you.

What a wonderful diversion to smear paint around and make a color field painting...sometimes they turn out and sometimes they don't.  It's only paper and you can always use it for collage or gesso over it. I am a big believer in repurposing.

I decided to take it to the next level, so I drew free hand with gesso and a brush trying to keep it transparent enough so that the under painting would show through. I could have stopped there but nooooo.....I was having too much fun!

I brought her to completion with pan pastels, chalk paint pen, black fine tip pen, Tombow pens and a water brush. She is really a mixed media gal! It was a fun experiment and I want to do some more. Why don't you give it a try?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Artist Of Texas Show, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Happy Fall Y'all !  I am so excited to have three of my paintings juried into the annual Artist of Texas fall show, "Open Spaces".  Living in the Wild West I enjoy observing all God' s creatures big and small and that inspires me to capture them in my paintings.

"A Good Scratch" ©Leada Wood 2016

Some critters we don't see as much as we use too, like the Jack Rabbit. They use to roam the range everywhere, maybe it's getting too crowded and they have moved on. Whatever the reason I still love to paint them and get really excited when I spot one of the long eared fellows!
 "A Good Scratch" is watercolor on archival paper and won an honorable mention in the Art League of West Texas Foundation's Spring show this year.

"Mama's Lillies" ©Leada Wood 2016

We have Hummers darting around our yard from early spring to October when they make their long journey to warmer climates. They especially love the Red Salvia bushes and the Canna Lillies in the garden. Inspiration is all around when you can "see" and look with "artists eyes".

"Bird On A Wire"  ©Leada Wood 2016

Seeing a Scissored Tailed Flycatcher is a sure sign of spring in West Texas. I try to hold off planting my garden until I see they are back and the mesquites are out. They are quite aggressive and sometimes you will see two of them picking on a hawk or bigger big bird,  maybe their idea of fun. 

They like to spend their winters in Mexico along with the Hummingbirds and a lot of other birds. Who wouldn't love a nice tropical climate while the cold north winds blow.

The "Open Spaces" exhibition will run from September 13th until October 22nd. The Breckenridge Fine Arts Center is a beautiful gallery and the drive is certainly worth doing to see all the exceptional art. The reception is Setember 17th and I plan on being there so stop by and say howdy!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Parrot Of The Caribbean, Contemporary Bird Art by Leada Wood,Texas Artist

Parrot Of The Caribbean is painted in acrylic paints and is on the cover of my new travel sketchbook. He was such a fun and lively looking little fellow that I thought he might bring a smile your way today. Now to start on the inside! Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Let The Good Times Roll, Mixed Media, Original, Contemporary Art, byLeada Wood, Texas Artist

"Let The Good Times Roll" ©2016 Leada Wood

Pink flamingos are always fun to paint and always remind me of Alice and her adventures...kind of like Leada Land where nothing is as it seems. We have been on a great adventure here at Dragonfly Farm...called remodeling. What stared out as a 3 week job has now turned into 6. Do you remember the movie The Money you have the picture! Oh my!

It's always a good feeling to fill up a sketchbook and start a new one. The covers must be designed first, so no plain black sketchbooks for me. Bootman is a pilot so I get all the outdated maps for collage papers. I really like painting over maps of all kinds, letting the paint be transparent in places so that the map peeks through. "Let The Good Times Roll" is mixed media using acrylic paint, stablio pencil and collage.

"I knew who I was this morning but I have changed a few times since then"