Friday, October 20, 2017

A Different View, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"A Different View"  ©2017 Leada Wood

What to do with those paint blobs that dry and stack up on your palette...turn them into paintings of course! This cocky little rooster came to life as I began adding layers of dried acrylic skins."A Different View" was a fun experiment in my recent workshop with Bob Burridge. Thanks to Anna Lee and Jane for the skins as I had already used my extra paint on paper. There was an orange underpainting on the paper to begin and I used a greyish background to make my little feathered friend pop. What a fun and educational week...such a wonderful group of artists and friends!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thank you Lubbock! By Leada Wood, Texas Artist

A perfect fall evening to be out, looking at art and having fun, and that is what you did by the hundreds. What pleasure it gives me to be able to participate in Lubbock's First Friday Art Trail again. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing up and being so friendly and interested in my art.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fun In The Studio by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Today's watercolor class was a combination of leaning to draw an elephant by recognizing shapes. They learned about crayon resist and how to add texture by adding salt. They also learned how to paint wet into wet and wet on dry watercolor paper. Lots of techniques in one lesson. Most of all I am trying to teach them to relax and enjoy their painting's only paper and the fun is in the process! Of course it is nice when your painting turns out like you want it too, which is evident by all their big smiles. Each painting seemed to have a different personality...just like children.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Drawing With Graphite, Dog Portraits by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Petunia P. Pugpants" ©2017Leada Wood

Doesn't "Petunia P. Pugpants" just make you smile? Thought it was time for a little happy in this world so I am posting Petunia. Pugs are happy, affectionate, loyal, charming, playful, mischievous and intelligent. Sounds like the right mix to make a wonderful companion.

Do you have a special fur baby in your life that you would like me to draw? Just contact me and we can work something out. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fun In The Studio By Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Summers seem to get shorter and shorter, or maybe time is speeding up! Either way, can you believe the summer has passed and school is grearing up again? We didn't get to do many art classes this summer as my girls helped me clean out the studio, which was long over do. It is amazing at the art magazines I had collected, now to go through them, cull out and find others who would enjoy them. We did manage to have a couple of days painting and they tried their hand at mixed media. They made some interesting paintings but the main thing...girls just wanna have fun! And so we did.

Sprinkling and Dribbling Paint

Another fun day with this little cutie. She took a coffee filter and sprayed and sprinkled it with watercolors. After it dried she hot glued the dress onto a ballerina that she had painted on Watercolor paper.

I think it turned out pretty amazing! Now to try it with all the girls!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"Ronny Rooster", Watercolor by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Ronny Rooster" ©2017 Leada Wood

One spring my parents brought home 24 fuzzy, yellow baby chicks to my brothers and I. They were such fun! I had one chicken that followed me everywhere, even to the corner grocery store. He waited by the door until I came out and then we walked home. Like all babies those cute little chicks grew up and it turned out they were all roosters. My special rooster did not like my mother and would spur her every time she went out side. He was a big ole boy too! Needless to say those roosters soon disappeared and we suddenly began having a lot of chicken dishes but I had lost my appetite for chicken. I think of those times every time I paint a rooster.

Painting and drawing animals seems to be my passion lately. Trying to capture their personalities in watercolor is challenging and I enjoy pushing my abilities to see if I can create a likeness. I hope you enjoy seeing them! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"Percy Peacock", Watercolor by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Percy Peacock" ©2017 Leada Wood

Percy is one of my new watercolors that will be at the First Friday Art Trail in Lubbock, Texas this Friday August 4th, from 6-9. I will be at the Clay House adjacent to the Louise Underwood Center for the Arts. Please stop by and say hello!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Drawing With Graphite, Dog Portraits by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Bob" ©2017 Leada Wood

Labradors are kind, pleasant and outgoing. Their keen sense of smell allow them to track any scent and follow the path of its origin. They are used in the military, police force and for service dogs. Labs have a soft, gentle mouth which allows them to be good hunting dogs for retrieving game birds. They are gentle with children and make excellent pets.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Drawing With Graphite, Dog Portraits, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Mollie Is Ready To Play" ©2017 Leada Wood

Mollie is such a bouncy girl...always ready to play. So much so that every time I sit down she thinks it is playtime! Did I mention she is smart too? I can tell her which toy to get and she will bring me the one I ask for. She especially likes to play hide the toy and always hunts it down. I may have let her down by not training her more. Mollie might have been movie worthy with the right trainer or the circus! I can just imagine her in a little clown outfit.  I guess everyone thinks their pets are the cutest, smartest and the best but there is only one Mollie and she is mine.
Have a great week!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Watercolor, Mixed Media, Sunflowers by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

The hot days of July are upon us with their fluffy white clouds floating in the turquoise blue sky...ahhhh summer! The prickly pear cactus are bearing fruit and the sunflowers are abundant, life in west Texas is good!

July is also World of Watercolor month, in order to celebrate I have been doing a few watercolors, mostly in my sketchbook and as cards for friends, in other words just for fun! That is what art should be... enjoyable, to celebrate the moments of my life and to share them with you!

"Sun Seekers" ©2017 Leada Wood

"Sun Seekers" is 11x15 on Archival paper, painted with transparent watercolors using mixed media to give drama and mystery.

Friday, June 30, 2017

"Poire", Watercolor by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Poire" ©2017 Leada Wood

It must be the heat, keeping me indoors making me restless,so I headed to my studio to try some new techniques in watercolor. I used Arches 140# and drew a simple composition. I then decided to add Unyru paper bits here and there to give some texture and interest to the composition. When the collage was dry I painted the pears transparently with watercolor. Then I divided up the background and went in with dark complimentary colors, wet on wet. While this was still damp I used a stencil and sanded a watercolor pencil over it, misting it to activate the specks of color. It was a fun experiment mixing media in watercolor and I am pleased with the mystery and drama it gives to the painting. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cool In The Pool, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Cool In The Pool" ©2017 Leada Wood

It's officially summer and the temperatures in Texas have been heating up. It is usually July before it is over 100 degrees but this year the heat arrived early.  The pool looks inviting so I decided to do a little watercolor of a girl floating in the pool trying to stay cool. This was actually a card to my daughters family, I thought the kids would get a giggle from it.

Do you remember the endless summer days when you were a kid? I would walk to Ruddick park, where our town's swimming pool was and spend the afternoon. Swimming in the cool water, giggling with my friends, and jumping off the high board. Smelling of chlorine eating laffy taffy or a Chico sticks as a treat on the walk home. Hearing locust singing their songs in the trees and the smell of freshly mowed grass wafting in the air... in the good old summertime of my childhood.

Hope this brings a few sweet summer memories to your mind and you are staying cool somewhere!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Peek In My Sketchbook, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Purple Beauties" ©2017 Leada Wood

Eggplant is such a wonderful veggie and I have only discovered it in the last few years. I bake it in the oven to make a little Eggplant Parmesan or sauté it with a little garlic and add to my spaghetti sauce. Mostly I love the color and the shape and it beckons me to paint it. These beauties were growing in our garden as I searched for one big enough for dinner. As always I had my iPhone with me to capture the moment so I can paint it when I have time.  Have a great week!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Roadrunner,  by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Mr. Roadrunner ©2017 Leada Wood
He's back! Mr Roadrunner has come visiting again leaving his sticks on the porch as a calling card. Here on the ranch we have lots of wildlife visitors to entertain us. Life on the ranch is never dull and something always needs attention. Living in rural west Texas has drawbacks but it is also the sweet life.

The Roadrunner is a member of the Cuckoo family and is amusing to watch. Born to run they can outrun a human, kill rattlesnakes and survive in the harshish enviroments. They hold a special place in Native American legends and are revered for their courage, strength, speed and endurance. Although agile on the ground, Roadrunners don't fly well. Gliding from a perch to the ground for short distances or a short burst of flight to seek a hiding place is the extent of their ability.

Long live La Dolce Vita and the Roadrunner!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Peek In My Sketchbook, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"A Peek In My Sketchbook" ©2017 Leada Wood
Ahhh...vine ripened tomatoes, warm from the sun just waiting for you to pop in your mouth...pure bliss. In all our years of organic gardening we have never grown cluster tomatoes and didn't know we were this year. What a nice surprise! Bootman came in dangling this dazzling little cluster of porters and I knew I had to paint them before they were eaten. Adorable and delectable...a feast for the eyes and the tummy.

Funny how a mix up from the garden center can make your day. We haven't had much luck with tomatoes in recent years so this year we decided to take a different approach, after trying many other approaches in previous years. We planted our little beauties straight into our compost piles and they seem to be loving their environment. We are off to a good start and hopefully will have enough tomatoes to share. Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Drawing With Graphite, Dog Portraits by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Baxter"  ©2017 Leada Wood 

Baxter was such a joy to draw. He was a rescue dog, well loved by his owners. No longer with them the daughter commissioned a portrait for her mom in memory of her beloved companion. I hope she likes it!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

"Country Church" Watercolor by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Country Church" is a transparent watercolor honoring small community churches. This old church is over 100 years old and still in operation every Sunday. The faithful continue to enter the doors and rejoice with singing.

This painting was a gift for my Mother in law whose family helped establish the church and worshiped there.

I am grateful to all the men and women who have served our country so that we can keep our freedoms. Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

"Country Church" by Leada Wood ©2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Holi Elephant" By Leada Wood, Texas Artist

I have been watching a series called Indian Summer and the beginning of every show begins with colored powders being tossed into the air. Indians celebrate  a Holi festival throwing perfumed, colored powder into the air and everyone and anything is fair game. The powders signify the coming of spring and the new colors it brings to nature.

All the vivid colors excites my senses and of course I had to try it with paint! Yes there has been some paint slinging going on in the studio lately and maybe more to come.

"Holi Elephant" ©2017 Leada Wood

In my minds eye I could see an elephant emerging through the brilliant colors so that is what I portrayed onto the canvas.  My mom collected elephants and I have a fond attachment to the amusing creatures myself. In the Hindu way of thought, the elephant symbolizes fortune, protection and is a blessing upon all new projects. They are also known for their strength, honor, stability and focus on family.  Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"Yellow Rose of Texas" by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

The Yellow Rose of Texas is what I call prickly pear cactus blooms. They are blooming now and are gorgeous! Prickly Pear are plentiful in West Texas along with different varieties of cactus.

There has been medical interest in the plant lately and studies show the pectin contained in the pulp lowers the levels of bad cholesterol. Another study found that the fibrous pectin in the fruit and pads may lower diabetics need for insulin. I guess the saying let food be your medicine rings true! From Prickly Pear Margaritas to Prickly Pear jelly to grilled Nopales, the humble cactus offers it fruit as well as beauty.

 "The Yellow Rose of Texas" is a traditional folk song in the southwest. The original version was associated with the legend of how an indentured servant named Emily West, unwittingly aided the Texans in winning the Battle of San Jacinto, the decisive battle in the War of Independence from Mexico.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little about the Prickly Pear, or as I like to call it The Yellow Rose of Texas. Thanks for stopping by!

"Yellow Rose of Texas" ©2017 Leada Wood 

"Yellow Rose of Texas" ©2017 Leada Wood

Monday, May 1, 2017

Happy May Day! Watercolor by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

The earliest May Day celebrations were held during the Roman Republic and appeared with Floralia, the Godess of flowers. As Europe became Christenized it became known for traditions of dancing around a maypole and crowing the Queen of May. Since the 18th century the Roman Catholics observe it with adorning the Virgin Mary with a crown of flowers and a two day feast. Fast forward to the 20th century and the  giving of small baskets of flowers or a paper cone with a small bouquet hung on a doorknob marked the first day of May.

Isn't it a shame that some traditions fall by the wayside in our fast paced world? I couldn't let the day pass without wishing you a happy May Day and sharing my little hummingbird and May flower with you!

Copyright 2017 Leada Wood

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Drawing With Graphite, Dog Portraits by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Maxine" ©2017 Leada Wood
Maxine is a Labradoodle and my brother belongs to her, or at least that is how Maxine sees it. She is friendly and outgoing and can put her paws on my shoulders, but thinks she is a lapdog. She has never met a stranger and loves to gaze adoringly with her pretty brown eyes into mine. I just love Maxine!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Air Mail",Watercolor by Leada Wood, Texas Artist 

"Air Mail" ©2017 Leada Wood

"Air Mail" was inspired by a birds's nest in an abandoned rural mail box. I started looking for a grouping of old rusted mailboxes and sketched them. Then I thought about the play on words airmail and how fun that would be.

Crows are a lot like people in that they are intelligent and adapt to their environment. They are sociable and sometimes live in communal roosts.

I combined the two concepts and came up with the painting "Air Mail" which show the crows borrowing from humans a nice nesting place in the country. A condo ready made for them to occupy. Looks like they are moving in!
"Air Mail" is on exhibit at the Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, Texas with the ALWT spring show "The Borrowers" from April 7th to May 21st. Stop by and see how a group of painters interpret the theme of The Borrowers.                                                                            

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"The Girl Has Style" Mixed Media by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"The Girl Has Style" ©2017 Leada Wood

We all know one or have one in the family…a borrower. She promises to put back that dress she
borrowed or not to lose your favorite earrings. Constantly borrowing what you have, trying your patience when you must hunt down the object of her desire.

 Creating mixed media with collage is a little like borrowing only I like to refer to it as upscaling, recycling or, green art. Whatever you call it, the idea is the same. Taking bits and pieces of found papers, hand painted papers or objects and giving it new life. I delight in combining different medias to create my work.

"The Girl Has Style" is on exhibit at the ALWT spring show, "The Borrowers" at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, April 7th - May 21st. Stop by and see the show, I think you will enjoy seeing how a group of painters interpret the theme.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"Borrowed Time", Mixed Media, by Leada Wood, TexasArtist

"Borrowed Time" ©2017 Leada Wood

All artists are borrowers...borrowing ideas, borrowing color palettes, borrowing techniques using them to spark our imaginations. We are inspired by the genius of generations of creative minds.

It always seems like the 11th hour...borrowing time from the busyness of each day to get into the studio. There is never enough time to complete the daily task list, I take a few hours here and there and make the most of it. Chiseling away...working...trying to make my creative concept a reality before the inspiration fades or writing down my intentions for another day. On and on it goes...borrowing time.

My dad was a watch and clock repairman and the bits and pieces fascinated me. It was amazing to see him take the springs and gears out of a watch and replace them again. I have been surrounded by watches and clocks my whole life. "Borrowed Time" was inspired by thinking about time and how I use my time. Time runs out and we are never promised tomorrow...we only have today.

I am intrigued by ravens...I don't know why but I paint them a lot. Ravens are intelligent, mischievous, playful birds and can live to be 70 years old. They are empathetic and adaptable. Some cultures consider them messengers from the gods. The Native Americans considered them sly tricksters.

The combination of elements in my painting just came together while I was thinking about the theme for our show. I considered Time and how deceptive it is...tricking you into thinking you have more of it. Time is elusive and I endeavored to show a spatial quality in my painting.

 I enjoy themed shows although they stretch me and cause growing pains. They also make me think outside the box to find solutions that will work and grow as an artist. I hope you have as much fun viewing my painting "Borrowed Time" as I did in creating it!

                                                                                                                          Leada Wood 1/17

"Borrowed Time" was created for the Art League of West Texas Spring show at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas. The shows theme is "The Borrowers" and it will be interesting to see how a group of artist interupt the meaning. Please come see the show, I think you will like it. The show opens April 7th during First Friday Art Trail And runs until May 21st, 2017.

Thanks for stopping  by!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Drawing With Graphite, Dog Portraits, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Mollie" ç2017 Leada Wood

It's true what they say about doing a portrait of someone you"s always the hardest. This is Mollie and she is some D O G, fearless, energetic, friendly with a mind of her own. She is a small Yorkshire Terrier with the attitude of a Great Dane. I keep her hair shorter because living in rural West Texas everything sticks to her hair, not that she is outside that much but she does like to romp when I let her. April 15th is her birthday and she will be 9...oh my how time flies!
Happy Birthday Mollie!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tulip Time, Watercolor by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Happy Spring! It's Tulip Time in Texas. Don't you just love springtime? It's like the earth is bursting forth with blooms and buds everywhere...and the lovely spring green of the trees glistening in the sun absolutely takes your breath away. Not to mention the gorgeous, delicate fushia blooms of the fruit trees and redbuds. Inspiration is all around!

 As an artist it is hard to focus, so much beauty around me. I want to paint it all and share with you, my world as I see it. The baby lambs, calves and llamas in the green chicks, ducks and birds, flowers blooming. Beauty is all around us, we just have to look around and observe it and take the time to be grateful for all that we have.

 I think Claude Monet said it best, "I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."

"Tulip Time" ©2017 Leada Wood


Friday, March 17, 2017

Drawing With Graphite, Dog Portraits, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Known as the country gentleman because of his black and white tuxedo markings, the Boston Terrier is lively, smart and affectionate with a gentle and even temperament. Who wouldn't love those big, dark, sad eyes? Happy ST Patricks Day!

"Pepper" ©2017 Leada Wood

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Drawing With Graphite, Dog Portraits, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Foxxy Jewel" ©Leada Wood2017

Foxxy Jewel is my grand dog and she is some dog. She enjoys swimming in the family pool and dressing up in costumes. You will see her adorned for every holiday. This Corogi even has her own Facebook page...she might be one spoiled d o g.

Corogi are playful, outgoing, and friendly. They are small dogs with a big dog's heart and attitude. Originally breeded for herding cattle they are now family companions and are very trustworthy and loyal. The queen of England is quite fond of them and has several, I guess you could say they are royal dogs.

One cool dog!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Drawing With Graphite, Dog Portraits by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Precious" by Leada Wood©2017

Didn't you just love Disney's Lady and the Tramp? It was just the cutest movie ever! This is my fourth drawing in my "Drawing With Graphite" series. Spaniels are quite a challenge to draw...all of that hair! I sure hope it is a little easier if I decide to paint it.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Drawing With Graphite, Dog Portraits by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Rascal" by Leada Wood©2017

This is the third dog in my series " Drawing With Graphite". This little dog nearly whipped me! As of now I think it is more difficult to draw a short haired dog versus longer hair but that opinion could change with the next portrait.

 My grandmother had a little chihuahua named Rascal and he was very fierce and protective of her. That little dog scared me as he was a friend to no one but my cousin and my grandmother. Funny thing...when my cousin would get asthma my grandmother would put him in bed with her and the next morning her asthma would be gone but the dog would be wheezy. Go figure...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Drawing With Graphite, Dog Portraits, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Huckleberry Hound" by Leada Wood©2017

This is the second dog in my series "Drawing Dogs With Graphite". I am not sure which is more difficult to draw...the long haired  variety or short haired. There are also a lot of angles in their faces that catch the light and make it a challenge to capture. I start by sketching in the figure and go immediately to the eyes and develop them. I feel that the eyes are what bring life into the drawing and if I can't get those correct the rest doesn't matter so I begin again. I endeavor to capture the personality of the pup.

 We had a Dachshund when our children were small. His name was Huckleberry Hound and he loved to hunt rabbits here on the farm. One day we could hear him barking and investigated and found him stuck in an irrigation pipe. He had followed a rabbit I suppose and we had to rescue him. He never did that again. Our daughter loved to put him in the basket on the front of her tricycle and drive him around. He was such a good dog and enjoyed playing with the kids. We loved our Huckleberry!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Drawing With Graphite, Dog Portraits, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Ok, ok, it's official! I have gone to the least that is what I have been drawing lately. I thought I would share a few of these doggie delights with you during the next few post.

Kris Kringle by Leada Wood©2017

  It's rather difficult to take a pencil and paper and create something much less try to make it recognizeable. I love to draw and have been doing it for years and it is still a challenge which I embrace with enthusiasm. I can tell my hand muscles are a bit out of shape as my right hand is getting sore. It is a lot of repeated motion.

  I use a mechanical pencil, vellum, stump and kneaded eraser when I draw. I like the mechanical pencil because I don't have to sharpen it and it makes a fine line. The vellum is a smooth surface paper and has no tooth so I can push the Graphite around with my stump or use my eraser to lift it. The vellum also doesn't turn yellow like a lot of drawing paper. Do you have a favorite drawing paper that is acid free? Please share the brand in the comments.

 This little pup reminded me of my parents miniature schnauzer Kris Kringle which we gave them one Christmas. He was a comical dog and loved to take naps with my dad. He wasn't allowed on the bed but mom could see the imprint of his head on her pillow. He was a good companion and they sure loved that rascal. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Okay, okay it's not like I am short of brushes! We all have our the ones Bootman gave me for Christmas...pure sable...very exquisite. Some gals want Sable coats I longed for Sable brushes.    I guess he must have heard the yearning in my voice and decided that would make my dreams come true. They handle differently from the synthetic brushes I am use to and it is a learning curve but I can already tell they are special and will enjoy using them.

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This brush is also a favorite, a shape maker and the pointed end had sat curved in my brush container for a while. Long enough to ruin it or so I thought. It was frozen into a J shape and no matter what I did I could not make it return to its original shape. I tried everything and finally googled how to save a brush. Who knew! I placed it in boiling water, like the article said and pounced it around and voila it bounced back into it original form. Don't you just love Google?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mixed Media, Working In A Series, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Love" by Leada Wood©2017

Working in a series

Happy Valentines Day! What better way to make Valentines than with Mixed Media. I like working in a series and with Mixed Media so it is a win-win situation. They may not all turn out exactly as you would like but working in a series makes them not as precious so you are free to play. I am working small and have started with a lot of cards. Incorporating collage, stamping, water soluble crayons, acrylics, intense pencils and stencils so far. These are still in process and the more layers the better! I also clean my brushes and stamps on extra paper or in a sketchbook so that I have collage material or a background for my art journal. Repurposing is always better than creating more garbage.

 "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage".

Saturday, February 11, 2017

"Averi's Favorite Hat", Watercolor Figure Painting, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Averi's Favorite Hat" ©2017 Leada Wood
Averi's is a beautiful and vivavacious young lady who is fond of going to the beach and she loves dots. This is her favorite blue hat with dots and she wears it quite often. It is always a challenge to keep your hat on at the beach as the gulf winds are gusting constantly. I enjoyed painting Miss Averi from a photo I had taken of her.

The painting was done with watercolor on clay board and I  like the way the surface takes paint. It is totally different from painting on paper with watercolor. You also can seal the surface and frame without glass.

This is the second painting I have done of Averi at the beach. The first piece was "Shell Seeker", transparent watercolor on paper.  I am ready to go back to the beach and get more reference photos!  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Forsythia, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

The Forsythia is always blooms in February...sometimes in the snow and it reminds me of Mama. She loved the color yellow and its bright cheery hue is a pleasant respite from the grey of winter, a promise that Spring isn't far away. Today there are bees buzzing and drinking the sweet nectar that it offers and two yellow butterflies floating around the fragrant bush. It is a beautiful day for soaking in the sunshine. I have had these bushes for a long time. Mama dug them up with my Dad and brother in the woods in Virginia and brought them home to Texas. She loved her Forsythia and looked forward to its bright blooms every February.  I now continue the cycle, happy to see its blooms and remember  Mama.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Thank You Lubbock! by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

First Friday Art Trails are always such an event in Lubbock. These people know how to support the Arts! The weather was chilly and still the art lovers came in waves. It makes me grateful to be able to participate in this amazing celebration of the Arts. Lots of lovely galleries line the Arts District with Trolleys and Buses to take you around. I throughly enjoyed myself and plan to participate every chance I get.

Took a moment while it wasn't so busy to snap a photo. I am so happy to be a member of the Art League of West Texas Foundation such an active and fun group!

Another shot of The Clay House on FFAT adjacent to the Louise Underwood Center For The Arts.

Yours truly thanking you from the bottom of my heart for a night to remember!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

First Friday Art Trail by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Original Art by Leada Wood©2017

It's that time again! Don't the months seem to zip by  faster and faster? Whoever said time flies was spot on.
February is the month of love and what better way to say "I love you" than  a romantic evening in the art district in Lubbock, Texas. First Friday will be happening February 3rd from 5pm until 10pm. I will be selling my original art at the Louise Underwood Center For The Arts, if you are in the area please stop by and say hi.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Beach Boyz", Watercolor, Figure Painting by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Our sweet family loves to go to the beach...maybe because we live in dry west Texas and the water beckons to us like sirens of old. You know sirens, the sea nymphs...part woman and part bird who lured mariners by their seductive singing. They were also quite beautiful. Getting a little off track here but the beach does call our name and we do make several trecks  a year to enjoy the sea.

Maybe that is why I enjoy painting the kids doing beach things so I can flash back in my mind to the days we were there and having great fun. Life is slower and a little sweeter there and we play more. Nothing like fun in the sun on any beach.


"Beach Boyz" by Leada Wood ©2017

I have painted this scene twice before but still I am trying to capture the essence of the scene. I think I am getting closer! I loved the light in the photograph and the closeness of the boys sharing an experience they both enjoyed. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

"Midnight Dreams", Mixed Media, Abstract Collage by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

I am honored to be a part of the LHUAC's invitational 20th year celebration. The show opens Friday in Lubbock in conjunction with the First Friday Art Trail and will run thru February. This piece is 12x12 with hand painted papers, found papers and a small clay sculpture and is available through the Art Center.

I hope the weather holds! Winter has arrived in Texas!

"Midnight Dreams" by Leada Wood©2016