Monday, October 29, 2012

Some Like It Hot! by Leada Wood, Contemporary Artist Of Texas

Some Like It Hot! by Leada Wood©

I am so excited! October has been an awesome month for me! Besides celebrating 41 wonderful years with Bootman and going to Santa Fe I was one of the featured artists in two books and two magazines! I was published in Art Tells The Story, The Colors Of Texas, Southwest Art and in Visual Lanuage. I just had to crow! Pardon the pun :0)

This painting was juried into the Artists Of Texas Annual show at the Dutch Art Gallery, in Dallas Texas. The show opens November 3rd, with a reception from 11 to 3. I would love to see you there!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cosmic Connection by Leada Wood, Contemporay Artist Of Texas

Cosmic Connection by Leada Wood©

This mixed media acrylic abstract is 18x24 on illustration board. I incorporated lots of textures and rich colors to this one. I enjoy the freedom of painting allows my creative child a chance to come out and play! I usually start with abandonment and then try to bring a little control to the painting in order to give the design a cohesive look. This one has lots of energy and movement to it. This painting is available!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Colors Of Autumn by Leada Wood, Contemporary Artist Of Texas

Bootman and I took an anniversary trip to Santa Fe to enjoy the autumn splendor of the mountains.

The mountains were ablaze in all God's glory. Beautiful golden aspen everywhere you looked.

I know I took a lot of tree pictures! But they were so gorgeous I couldn't resist! It is not every day a flat land girl sees the trees at their peak of autumn splendor.

Last tree picture...I promise. I am a genuine leaf looker.

Not only are the trees a sight to behold but the sage was blooming everywhere! Beauty surrounded us.

I love Santa Fe in the Autumn! The light is different up there...the colors are vibrant. I am not normally a landscape painter but I am having thoughts about some of these photos! They would make lovely paintings...don't you think?

This was a friendly fellow and was the greeter at the entrance to the Santuario De Chimayo. A nice lady kept feeding him carrots so he didn't mind posing at all.

This is a very special church, the Santuario De Chimayo. People consider it very holy and make pilgrimages here. It is very old and beautiful.

No trip to Santa Fe would be complete without a stroll up Canyon Road. Art is everywhere! Fabulous galleries and art abound! An artists Mecca.

I loved the light shining through the colorful umbrellas...don't you?

Santa Fe is always delightful, any time of year. The colors of the flowers are vibrant, the turquoise skies and purple mountains...sigh. I am ready to return, maybe in the spring. I hope you enjoyed seeing a little of my trip and if you have never been to Santa Fe, it is time to go!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Red And Black Squared by Leada Wood, Contemporary Artist Of Texas

Red And Black Squared by Leada Wood©

This Little Jewel is 6x6 and has lots of texture. I used a triad of red, black and grey, layer by layer. I am enjoying using a limited palette and exploring color fields a little more. There has been lots of stamping, scrapping and paint application going on in Studio Twenty! I turn up the music and create!
 This jewel is on paper with acrylic paint and I have adhered it to an 8x8 black canvas so all you have to do is hang it on the wall or place in a small easel. This one is available!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Color Fields by Leada Wood, Contemporary Artist Of Texas

I have been exploring color fields...doing series of them...lots and lots of them. I thought I would show you some of the more successful ones. As color field suggests, the color is the dominant element of the painting. It is the subject of the painting. You don't have to "get it" just enjoy the colors! It's all about the impact of color on your senses and emotions. So relax and enjoy the colors.
I used a triad of three colors. A green, red and yellow.
In this one I did a series exploring the triad of orange, gold and green.

Same triad as above. Love these warm, earthy, autumn colors!
I explored the triad of three different greens. A light, medium and dark.
Had to shake thing up a bit and get some brighter colors. This triad is red, magenta and orange.
Still enjoying those brights! This triad is two shades of violet and lime green.  I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have been up to. I know what you are thinking that anybody can just lay down color...go ahead...I dare you! I always thought that until I tried it...much harder than you think! At least to do it right. Some people spend their whole lives just doing color fields...exploring color. WOW! Imagine that. Mark Rothko was one of the masters of color fields. I will leave you with a quote from his book The Artist's Reality: Philosophies of Art, page 80:

"...abstract art does not employ subject matter that is obvious as either the anecdote or familiar objects, yet it must appeal to our experience in some way. Instead of appealing to our sense of the familiar, it simply functions in another category."
                                                                                         Mark Rothko

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my color field explorations. Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Changes by Leada Wood, Contemporary Artist Of Texas

Changes by Leada Wood©

October! Where has the year gone? I love warm colors... crisp mornings...pumpkins...the feeling of change in the air. I enjoy using the rich warm color in my art as well. Nature inspires me...the shapes, colors and beauty.

This is a mixed media painting, 5x7, on illustration board using layers to give texture and depth.
 It is available!