Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Painting 3D by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Leada Wood, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Collage

There is still time to see the exciting group show at the Heritage Museum where artists have completed unusual works of art in the 3rd dimension.  Thinking outside of the box helps sharpens the edge on creativity and gets your mojo going...and it is a challenge painting on a not so flat surface.

Leada Wood, Copyright 2016

This is a whimsical small table I painted embracing my vivid palette for the exhibit.

I upcycled an old bottomless chair and fashioned it into a plant stand. I used chicken wire and beads I had lying around waiting to be used in this project. The butterfly was rescued from a broken wind chime.

I am a collector of least in the eye of this beholder.  I can usually see the beauty in something broken and think how it might be recreated into something new...repurposed...destined for a new life. Kind of like us humans, isn't it?

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."  ---- Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Love Is, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Leada Wood, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Collage

"Love Is" copyright 2016 Leada Wood

Happy Valentine's Day ! I hope you are having an enchanted day with those you hold dearest. Isn't that what love is spending time with those you hold near and dear to your heart? It's a special day all around for children and grown ups alike. Making hearts and valentines for your beloved...
conversation candy hearts...class parties...chocolates and flowers. I always enjoyed creating my fancy sack to hold all the valentines from my classmates and reading them. I now enjoy spending time with up a special meal I know he will savor. I do adore creating him a special Valentine every year as well. I am just a Romantic at heart.


Love is patient,
Love is kind and envies no one.
Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude.
Never selfish, not quick to take offense.

Love keeps no scores of wrongs,
does not gloat over another's sins,
 but delights in the truth.
There is nothing love cannot face, 
there is no limit to its faith, it's Hope and endurance.

In a word, there are three things that will last forever,
 faith, hope, and love
but the greatest of these is love.

1Corinthians 13

Friday, February 12, 2016

Pink Is My Favorite Color, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Leada Wood, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Collage

Gelli is my new obsession without a question! This is some of my collage paper I am making from my Gelli prints. It is so much fun it could be illegal. I am trying to build a stash, scan it into my computer so I can use them over and over again for cards, backgrounds for art journals or collage. Hopefully I will come up with some more uses along the way as well. Would love to hear what you do with your Gelli prints.

Gelli printing is only the beginning...after slathering layers of paint I stamp it up, stencil, scribble, splatter and color to my hearts content.  I then break them down and reassemble them into something new...kind of like puzzle solving.

This is actually an accumulation of several days work or relaxing and completely takes me away to my happy place. It gives an unique look to my art that is all my own. Immersed in the process I give myself the freedom to create and enjoy the process.

Another Gelli print. You can use them whole or find a small section that floats your boat. The possibilities are endless. It looks pretty busy but as you can see from the one below a small section is nice.

A close up of a happy accident. I impressed my stamp on top of a towel and it picked up the weave in the towel as well...SWEET!

This is my new stamp and you can really see the texture from the towel here. I think they call this magic foam...just heat with a heat gun and impress the design into the foam. MAGIC!

I used my new Derwent Art Bars on this one and love the intense color and creamy texture of them. I have had them for a while but decided it was time to try them out. Do you save your art supplies for special or try them out right away?

Working on a new series is always fun! I started five today...can't wait to get back into the studio and get going on them. I am so grateful for an artist's life and the opportunity to create. 
Have a great weekend!