Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Spring Sprite By Leada Wood, Texas Artist

“Spring Sprite” ©️2019 Leada Wood

Spring, Spring! Glorious Spring. 
Everything blooming and green.
Flowers dancing in the breeze,
Nodding and swaying to the silent music of God.
Glistening leaves of the trees, waiting for the Robin’s song.
Nesting birds twittering to and fro...
Waiting and watching a family to grow.
Wind whispering through the trees...
Swaying and dancing and shaking their leaves.
Spring, Spring! Oh how I love Spring!
                                                            ——Leada Wood

Monday, March 4, 2019

Challenge Yourself by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Life is a challenge, right, I get that, but it’s fun to set up creative challenges for myself. Whether it’s diet, exercise or my art I enjoy the challenge of something new and different. Recently I have started a new way of eating called Keto and believe me it is a challenge! I also completed a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge and was so relieved when I was finished but what a sense of accomplishment to have 30 new paintings that I otherwise would not have done.

"Out of Bali" ©2019 Leada Wood

This is the finished version of the jewelry challenge. I don't use metallic paint for silver or gold, as they look so flat and I don't care for them. Painting is an illusion after all, so it's another challenge to paint metal without using metallic paints. I also used Golden's interference paints, which are utterly luminous and that was a learning curve as well.

Recently at a WTAG meeting we were told to bring a black canvas and a piece of jewelry. In this photo the easel is more colorful than my canvas, but this is only the beginning! I'm not sure the other women at the meeting enjoyed the challenge as much as I did. Oh well, sure beats eating cookies and I thought it was fun!

My personal preference for drawing on a dark surface is white charcoal pencil or some light colored chalk. It rubs away easily and takes the fear of drawing straight on the canvas away. I am still laying in color at this point. I did learn that all black gesso are not created equal and that I have been using one brand that I will not be using again. 

I thought I was finished as I signed my name but with fresh eyes this week, I decided it needed more work. I used Golden's interference colors and they are very hard to photograph but give an iridescence glow to the paint that no other paint can give. I wasn't quite happy with this so I added more highlights, as seen in the first photo, to give it more depth.

You can see the piece of jewelry that was made by M Douglas Walton in the upper right corner that gave me my inspiration for this piece. I may do it again, who knows, only use a square canvas and create it even larger.  It was an entertaining experiment with materials that were new to me and I learned somethings along the way. That's what challenges are learn new things. This is 8x10 in acrylics.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Here’s The Thing, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Being an artist is not all running around the countryside painting idyllic scenery like one might think. Nor living it up with the gang in the studio.  It’s a lot of time spent alone putting in the hours to hone your craft, whether you’re feeling creative or not. Inspiration won’t come knocking if your not working.

One must wear many hats as an artist, taking care of marketing, social media, bookkeeping, shipping, packaging, cleaning the studio, gallery representation, art walks, art shows, doing demos, classes and the list goes on and on. That doesn’t include what I have to do in my other life. So you see it’s a very busy but good life. I am one of the fortunate ones who gets to live this frenzied Artist life that I have
a passion for. It wouldn’t be for everyone but when it chooses you, you are truly blessed.

Just a little bit of the packaging getting ready for an art walk. I matt, wrap and label each painting as well as make labels and signs for them. I also must take good photographs of each drawing, and painting, and catalog them, as well as take all my refrence photos.

Although there is a lot of work besides painting, I really enjoy the work I do. To be able to dream something up and put it on canvas and have it turn out is a wonderful feeing.

I am always thinking of the next painting, how can I do it different, what am I trying to say? What inspires me...everything...the way light hits a flower or the colors of the clouds or shadows. Nature is everywhere and it captures all my senses. I am an observer and curious about every little thing, it's who I am.

I think anyone can be paint if they are willing to put in the time and learn the skills. Most people are creative, maybe they haven’t discovered that about themselves, but when they do, OH what a
journey they are in for!

"I simply do not distinguish between work and play" ----Mary Oliver

"Curiosity about life in all of its aspect, I think, is still the secret of great creative people"
                                                                                                                                   --Leo Burnett

"Creativity is contagious, pass it on" ---Albert Einstein

"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang the best." ----Henry Van Dyke

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Treasures by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Artists are a little different...what others call trash we call treasures! My good friend Penny knew I had been looking for old handwritten letters and documents and ledgers to use in my collage work. She's an artist too so she gets me. When she heard on the radio that our local library was giving away old documents she called me up to see if I would be interested. Silly, silly, silly...of course I was interested! 

I spent the afternoon going through boxes of ancient papers, some went as far back as the 1800s. The librarian was ecstatic that I was interested and even helped me load my suv. It was a win-win for both of us.

This is part of the back room that I went through. There are still a lot of documents that should probably be in our county museum. The librarian said that they had been contacted and nobody came to go through it. Maybe I can preserve a little of the history by using the pages in my collages. The pages are old and yellowed, a nice patina,  just like I like them, but some are becoming brittle. I use archival glues and sealers in my work so maybe they will stay around a little longer, at the very most I have saved them from the dumpster for a while.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Surprises Are Fun! by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Commissions are a little disquieting as I never know how it’s going to turn out or whether the client will like my work. But when they do I am over the moon with gratitude! This young lady's  mama commissioned her a special Valentine that I had the pleasure to create for her. Judging by her reaction she was surprised!

Jalynn loves Minions, I mean who doesn't, they are so amusing! I created her a special Minion with her favorite color, song and she had brown hair and a brown eye. I am so happy that she really loved her Valentine. This is one Valentine she can enjoy for years to come. Thanks Molly!

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.