Solstice Art Challenge! June 20, 2017 17:42

studio drawing table with canvases being prepared
Where most of the work happens--my studio drawing table

Extended art-every-day projects are difficult for me at this time in my life, but I would like to give myself a little Solstice push through the end of the month. So every day for the next 10 days, I'll be creating a new 6 x 6" painting!  When it's done, I'll post it on Instagram for you to purchase for only $50.  If you're not already following me, I am LeaKArts.  

May your Summer be full of Art!

Generations - Mother, Maiden, Crone May 23, 2017 12:14

Mother Maiden Crone Moon Painting by Lea K Tawd
"Generations (Mother, Maiden, Crone), 12 x 12" mixed media on wood by Lea K. Tawd

We hear stories of artists, especially sculptors, looking into their raw material and seeing what it wants to become.  My painting process is also very intuitive. My first step is always painting the wood grain so that it will stand out.  This is a meditative time for me, during which I begin to feel out the image that wants to exist on the wood.  After the wood grain is prepared, I often add collage elements, and then draw out the picture.  After drawing, I add more collage, paint, ink, stamping, and whatever else the piece calls for.  

This painting, however, was calling to me before I even touched it.  The wood grain was shaped in such a way that I could already see these women standing before each other.  Each of their bodies is actually a shape in the grain, just the way it was before I added the smallest drop of paint.  These are generations of women standing before each other in Time.  Grandmother, mother, daughter; daughters all.  They are also the archetypal Women, the Mother, Maiden, and Crone, standing in their feminine power and wisdom before the crescent moon, with a starry compass to guide them.

If this piece is calling to you as loudly as it called to me, you can take a closer look and purchase it HERE.

Exquisite Moon June 20, 2016 17:07


I made this for you! 

I've been learning how to make animated gifs (I know, about a decade or so late..), so I thought it would be fun to show you my latest painting, "Exquisite Moon," in progress. Plus, sparkles in the end!

I am sorry to say that the original painting does not literally sparkle. But the moon is a gorgeous shiny rose-gold (rose-gold, that is an Official Art color for sure!) that I cannot stop looking at, and the little energy-spirit-nebulas around her body were so much fun to make.  

She would really, really like to come live with you!  She will enliven your walls and remind you to be your beautiful self.  You can see more and purchase "Exquisite Moon" right HERE.

Thistle January 27, 2016 14:55

Girl in a blue dress holding a thistle Art by Lea K. Tawd

My first painting of the year, "Thistle," is a small one at 8 x 10 inches.  

I had so much fun being painterly with her blue dress, I think I'll be doing more of that. I have been working with a dry brush technique for so long that I almost forgot what it was like to work into lots of wet paint! 

I rarely consider symbolism before I paint, so it is interesting to go back and wonder what my subconscious was doing while I was working.  To me, it is the same as interpreting my dreams--dreams that I had while I was awake.

I've been playing a lot with white hair on young-looking women.  My 40th birthday is in a couple of weeks, so I think this one is pretty straightforward.  It is a transitional time for me. I am still feeling young but aging , starting to feel time in a bit of a different way.  Plus, I love how elegant and Victorian the white hair looks.  I wish my own hair would skip the salt and pepper and go straight to white! 

Then there is the thistle.  Why a thistle? I've never given them much thought before and I couldn't come up with any particular reason why I would have her hold a thistle--it was just something that came to me while I was working, so I went with it like I normally do when something wants to show its face in one of my paintings.

Since thistles don't mean much to my conscious mind (except yum, artichokes!), I did a little research to see if they have any symbolism.  They are a symbol of protection in Scotland and France, and also represent pain, hardship, perseverance...

Perseverance. That's the one for me.  Finding a way to survive and even flower in hard times. It is so important to me to find a way to follow my passion no matter what else is happening in my life.  

 If you need a reminder of how strong you are even through hard times, you can make this painting your own.  Just click Here.