Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wild Fires

view from son's backyard

view of son's house

view from son's backyard

Low humidity, high winds and no rain are West Texas worst nightmare! We are a tinderbox just waiting for the next wild fire to strike.  God is good and many homes were spared last night as the wind whipped the fires from one pasture to the next. Our son and his family live on what use to be the 96 Ranch, one of the oldest ranches in the county. The fire raged all around his home and for several hours we were very concerned that they might be burned out. I called my daughter and mom and emailed some friends to start a prayer chain...this circle can't be broken, as the fire raged all around their place and they are still standing! Praise God!
Now I wish he would hear our prayers for rain. Keep praying!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011



This was a fun little painting, only 5X7, a watercolor on top of a section of Texas map. I copied the map, collaged it onto a piece of matt board then put a layer of 1/2 gesso, 1/2 water over the map, drew my little longhorn onto the map and painted with watercolors. I made sure Austin was showing as this little gem is going to Austin for the 5X7 ART SPLURGE at the Arthouse. The show opens May 12th.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Leada Wood Mixed Media Demo

I had the honor of doing a mixed media demo for the Odessa Art Association at the Ellen Noel Art Museum. It was fun to see old friends and make new ones. It takes lots of supplies to do mixed media but a lot of them  are found items and I can repurpose things others consider trash! I guess you could say I am a green artist.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fun Furniture

Not only do I enjoy painting on paper and canvas, I also enjoy painting furniture. Bright happy colors are all over my studio. When you walk in the door it brightens you day no matter your mood! A cheerful heart does good like medicine, and I do strive to be cheerful. Enjoy the journey!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Caboose Watercolor Society Gals

This is a group of my friends that I have the pleasure to be with and paint and do themed art shows with. We call ourselves the Caboose Watercolor Society. There are six of us total, not pictured is Carole Berry. Back row l to r...Linda Rupard, Kay Smith, Sue Bagwell, front row Leada Wood and Estelle Howard. We have paint outs, Fun Friday, at my studio once a month. The West Texas Art Guild also meets at Studio Twenty the last Saturday of the month. I am so thankful I have a nice studio to share with my friends and loved ones!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Texas Longhorn

I had the pleasure of visiting a longhorn ranch where heirloom registered longhorn lived. We wandered in among them and took hundreds of pictures. Longhorn are a very hardy breed and very well adapted to the climate here in Texas. There numbers were endangered at one time but thanks to ranchers who are helping to repopulate they are increasing.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mollie and Me

Well Mollie and me have been busy at my studio, she keeps my chair warm while I scurry around from one painting to the next. We have been helping the littles get ready for the children's art show coming up in a week or so. They have been painting their hearts out trying to get their best work finished. They are all done now and framed and ready to hang, so sweet and already wonderful artists. I will post pictures of them later with their new works.