Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Artists Live Longer by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Estelle Howard

This is what 100 years old looks like if your an artist. I want to be like my dear friend Estelle when I grow up. She is the most amazing person I’ve ever had the privilege to know. Her zest for life and uplifting spirit makes her a joy to be around!

Estelle was recently asked to do the demo for the Big Spring Art Association and without hesitation she agreed. She has taken workshops and classes with many esteemed artists all through her life and has mastered, oils, acrylics and watercolors. She paints with vibrant color and loves to paint flowers and landscapes. She paints impressionistically as did Monet who also happens to be her favorite artist. Her favorite Monet quote is “I must have flowers, always, and always.”

 Estelle participates in art shows and is still winning awards. I think she is amazing! She did her demo in acrylics and started with a toned background and painted  alla prima, which means direct painting, wet on wet in one sitting. There wasn’t a drawing to guide her only a photo reference and a previous painting.

No matter that her body is slowing her down, her mind is as bright and lively as ever! These days she has to rely on a wheelchair to get around but this spunky centenarian doesn’t let that slow her down. Yes when I grow up I want to be like Estelle...still growing...still glowing...still going.

Happy 100th birthday Estelle! Thank you for sharing your light with us and lighting candles along the way. You are an inspiration to so many! 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine!s Day! By Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Valentine’s Day is in the air and that means a lot of folks are thinking about love. What does love mean to you? To me it means putting others before myself, to love them unconditionally, to overlook their wrongs and to be there for is kind.

This "Joyful Heart" series was started when my granddaughter washed her bible with her bedsheets. She thought of me and how I recycle papers into art and gave me the remains. I patiently ironed the delicate sheets flat again and adhered them to small canvases and created a new thing with the pages as the background. The hearts are from my Gelli prints as I put my heart into all my work. While I work I use the time for meditation and prayer, giving glory to God who created everything. Each one is different just as each person is unique. We are created to be this person at this time in history so let your light shine and be joyful for the life you were given!

I think 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says it best.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-8  

Wishing you the all the best that love really is....

Sunday, February 3, 2019

First Friday Art Trail by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Yours Truly

Thanks Lubbock! Don’t you just love University towns?  I am always dumbfounded by the quanity of people who come to the FFAT. Lubbock truly promotes the arts and everyone seems to be having as
much fun as I am! What an honor to get to be one of the artists.



It is crowed the whole time, people come in droves! As I was packing up people were still coming in. Hated for the party to end but it was time to go home.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

January Challenge by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Day 30 of the 30 objects in 30 days challenge!!!! Thought I would go out with Snoopy and the Red Baron.

Hope you have enjoyed this 30 day challenge and my tribute to the Peanut gang as well as the other objects from the playroom. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

January Challenge by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Day 29 of the 30 objects in 30 days challenge. Almost there! Now I can hear the music! Thought today was a good day for a little music especially Beethoven played by the skilled Schroeder on his toy piano.  

Monday, January 28, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

January Challenge by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Day 27 of the 30 objects in 30 days challenge. Marcie was known for her intellect and unassuming sweetness. She was also Peppermint Patty’s best friend and loyal follower even though they were complete opposites.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

January Challenge by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Day 26 of the 30 objects in 30 days challenge. Who doesn’t love Peppermint Patty? She was a fearless leader and a natural athlete. She is always up for any challenge, except studying.

Friday, January 25, 2019

january Challenge by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Day 25 of the 30 objects in 30 days challenge. Don’t you just love Linus?

Happy Birthday to my son, Jeremiah, who always loved his blanket too! Happiness is a warm blanket.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

January Challenge by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Day 24 of the 30 objects in 30 days challenge. I just couldn’t resist painting a few more of the Peanuts gang. Here’s Sally Brown!