Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Collage Play by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

I just love paper and have stacks of it. I delight in printing my own with my Gelli plate or using an old book that is ready to recycle and it is always fun to rip and glue my papers into a new design. Here is part of a series that I have made using a limited palette, collage, and a word that came to mind as I created each one.

"Celebrate"  ©2019 Leada Wood

"Shine"  ©2019 Leada Wood

"Balance" ©2019 Leada Wood

"Look at everything as though you are seeing it for the first time, with the eyes of a child fresh with wonder." -----Joesph Cornell

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

“Paper Pears” by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Paper Pears" ©2019 Leada Wood

It's always fun as an artist figuring out how to push the envelope and bend the rules a little. Being an experimental artist makes it more of a challenge! I belong to the West Texas Watercolor Society and they have their prospectus, that I try as I might to abide by when entering their shows. But it isn't easy...as I paint intuitively and things get stuck on there that are laying around my work area just because it pleases me.  Therefore my work doesn't always comply with the rules and I can't enter...but this time I was mindful and hopefully I have met the criteria.  Any how...there are no found papers, no printed papers, only ones I have painted and that's the way I came up with the name, Paper Pears. 

Friday, June 28, 2019

Pen Pal Swap by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Maybe you have heard giddy squeals of laughter in the air...it's the sound of artists getting art mail.
What fun to have art pen pals! Kelly Hoernig arranged for a group of her students to have an art swap in which we send an envelope full of ephemera to our pen pals each month.

But there is a catch! The swap is intended to inspire you to create art with the new materials and not just hoard them.

I have received lovely papers and I am so excited to try them in some new ways! I have had fun so far just looking at them and arranging them in various fashions and letting my imagination run free. Thank you Kelly for always inspiring me and challenging me to come up with something creative and fun!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

“Blooming Melody” by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Blooming Melody" ©2019 Leada Wood

When friends get together to create, there is an electrical current in the air.  On such a day this painting was conceived while digging through my stash of collage papers. Some were Gelli prints I had painted and others I found in my files. Cutting and gluing them into an arrangement of fantasy flowers was music to my heart. Making an intuitive collage is a joyful experience, you never know what you will create!

"Every possibility begins with the courage to imagine."---Mary Anne Radmacher

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Family Fun by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

It's a pleasure to be a part of a family having fun. This group were having a family reunion and asked me to host a paint party for the afternoon. What an honor to share those precious moments with their family.

Grandmothers, Grand-daughter, Sisters, Aunts and cousins came together to create. Some of their family members came from as far away as Chicago IL.

Since a Texas theme was requested by Chris, I gave them a choice of Cacti or Sunflowers. They embraced the white canvas with enthusiasm and created their paintings.

Every good party is a work of heART! I couldn't have done it without the help of my Grand-Daughters! They pitched in and helped me set up and worked all during the festivities. I am so blessed!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

“The Many Faces Of Eve” by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"The Many Faces Of Eve" ©2019 Leada Wood

"Tear off the mask, your face is glorious." ----Rumi

This painting has had many faces. I started it in a figure painting workshop with Liz Hill several years ago but it was tossed in the unfinished painting stack to deal with later, when inspiration arrived. I cropped the finished (is a painting ever finished?) version to give it more mystery.

Inspiration finally did come but in phases, as most paintings do evolve in stages. I thought it might be interesting for you to see the process that Eve has been through.

The original had shorter hair, but I wanted it longer. I also painted over her face and  added crackle paste to give her texture.

This is another version before I decided she needed longer hair and a new face, back in the pile of unfinished paintings she went.

"The Masque" ©2019 Leada Wood

One day I saw a mask that captured my attention and decided to draw it. I really enjoy drawing with graphite and it is very relaxing to me. This one action created a reaction and got me thinking about the "lost girl' painting.  I retrieved Eve and started working on her again.

This is a very rough sketch on velum to see if the mask idea would work on the painting. I decided it would so I added a face and the mask to the girl.

“The Many Faces Of Eve”@2019Leada Wood

One idea usually leads to another and I started thinking of Eve and women in general and how we all hide behind masks at times. We wear many hats or masks throughout life. We are daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, nurse, nanny, cook, housekeeper, and soooo much more! Some have careers added onto all of these titles and change from one role to the next at the drop of a hat.

All of this brainstorming was how I came up with the name, "The Many Faces Of Eve".  In life, just like painting, we undergo so many transitions and they take time. We are all the Daughters of Eve, the mother of humanity, all different but related and we all wear masks at times.

"Behind every mask there is a face, and behind that a story" ----Marty Rubin

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

“A Little Bird Told Me” by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

“A Little Bird Told Me” ©️2019 Leada Wood

“A Little Bird told me that inventing your dream is the first and biggest step toward making it come true. Creativity is a renewable resource. Challenge yourself every day. Be as creative as you like, as often as you want, because you can never run out. Experience and curiosity drive us to make unexpected, offbeat connections. It is these nonlinear steps that often lead to the greatest work.”—-Confessions Of The Creative Mind by Biz Stone

“A Little Bird Told Me” is watercolor stilllife on archival paper. The inspiration came from my studio muse doll  that I created out of clay and a wooden mannequin, painted in vivid colors. It’s fun to use your imagination, you should give it a try.

Friday, May 10, 2019

“Time Traveler” by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

“Time Traveler” ©️2019 Leada Wood

Imagine traveling back in time or into the future, what amazing things we would see or maybe some terrifying ones!

Art is comparative to time travel...it takes you places you normally wouldn’t go. When I am creating a painting I lose track of time and place...it transports me into another realm. A place I create with my imagination.

People ask where my inspiration comes from. It comes from LIFE! I am curious and observe my environment around me. I love nature and the living beauty that surrounds me. Inspiration is everywhere but it better find you working.

“Time Traveler” is a mixed media collage on canvas board.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”.    —-Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Fun In The Studio, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

You never know what the day will bring when creative minds get together. My dear friend Sue and I had a play day planned in my studio. I told her to bring her favorite rusty finds and we would do assemblage on a muffin tin but then we had a better idea, make faces on Matt board. She had done 
these before but I was a total newbie.

This is my first little assemblage. I love his crooked smile! These little guys are so liberating and relaxing to do and they make me giggle with their expressive faces. 

I decided my muffin tin was better suited for holding all my rusty parts. I already had a slight problem with saving old coupons and paper bits for collage, but now I have added a new addiction of saving rusty things. I imagine if you make something out of your found things it's recycling...right?

I recycled pieces of matt board that were too small for most of my paintings and cut them into 5x7 and 6x6 pieces. I used some of my old paper on this one and I like the way it turned out. These are just plain fun and I am using materials that are cast away and recycling them into art pieces. I think it's a wonderful combination! 

Be flexible... be open...be patient. Life has its rhythm and there is nothing you can do but dance with it.

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