Sunny Warmth

Sunny warmth. 8 x 8 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Sunny warmth. 8 x 8 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

I am really happy with how this turned out. Again, the colors on the vase itself are not showing well. There is some contouring, and the shadows are deeper.  While working on this, I thought I may have botched the greenery. But having come back to it after a few days, it works.

I have still been working on faces….

Quick sketch

Quick sketch

 

I am also working on pattern designs as well.

 

Kelp sketch, for pattern design.

Kelp sketch, for pattern design.

 

Heading home tomorrow, I have been in Prescott Arizona for a few days.  So pretty here, and the weather has been cloudy and raining on and off. Perfecto!

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend in your neck of the woods!

 

 

 

 

Sunny Bouquet

Sunflowers in a white vase. 6 x 9 watercolor on 140 lb. Arches cold pressed paper. © Sheila Delgado

Sunflowers in a white vase. 6 x 9 watercolor on 140 lb. Arches cold pressed paper. © Sheila Delgado

I am having too much fun with these simple little flowers. And by that I mean, I am having fun keeping it simple while I paint these flowers. I completed another bouquet today that I will share with you soon. The vase looks better in person. There is a hint of light blue for shaping, and the yellow reflection does not look so choppy. I used some indigo (watery) for shadow under the petals, but here it looks green, I suppose that works too.

I am thinking I may crop this just a bit on the left and top, but that can be done with matting. I am very tempted to go back in and even out the background, The pink is dark in just that one area. But maybe this is a wall in an old Mexican cantina…  and that stain is from someone throwing their beer against the wall on a rowdy Cinco De Mayo night!

 

Have a happy Friday muchachos!

 

 

Simple Sunday Study

4.5 x 6 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

4.5 x 6 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

 

Trying to keep it loose. Thought maybe I should add some depth to the clouds, a bit of grayish brown along the bottoms. It wasn’t showing well in the scan. Well, not much better here but you can get an idea.

 

Simple study, revised

Simple study, revised

 

Wishing you a peaceful evening.

 

 

 

Yupo Play

Sunflowers In A Blue Vase. 4.5 x 6 watercolor on Yupo. 2015 Sheila Delgado

Sunflowers In A Blue Vase. 4.5 x 6 watercolor on Yupo. 2015 Sheila Delgado

Two quick studies, trying to use paint still left in my palette. Paint is a terrible thing to waste. Amazingly, I did not have to make any adjustments in Photoshop, this is exactly how the original looks. Yay Yupo!

The combination of blue and white is an old favorite of mine. Blue and anything. Just blue alone. That sounds like a title for a poem. Here is one for the tree.

Alone with myself
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart.
~Candy Polgar

Leaning Tree. 3 x 4 watercolor on Yupo. 2015 Sheila Delgado

Leaning Tree. 3 x 4 watercolor on Yupo. 2015 Sheila Delgado

 

As if to whisper
perhaps listen to my thoughts,
my friend the sentry.
~SMD

 

 

Sunflowers On The Side

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Sunflowers on the side. 6 x 8 1/2 watercolor and ink. 2015 Sheila Delgado

This was a struggle. It was going smoothly, until the last step. And from there, I just could not get it right. I had planned on a background that would suggest foliage behind the stems. Something soft and lacking detail. Below is the first attempt. It looked a lot better in person, but still was not… pleasing. (Clicking on the image description will take you to an attachment page if the image is not loading here.)

For some reason, none of the scans were working for me. Usually I have to make minimal adjustments in Photoshop, to get the scanned image to look like the original. Even in the final image above, the colors are not a true representation.

The sky is richer, I used a glaze of ultramarine to add some variation and depth. The yellows look flat and cold, and in reality there are three different tones, and overall the blooms are much warmer. Only the leaves and stems look like the original.

First try

First try

Sure I had destroyed this piece, I decided to go dark, and just cover up all that awfulness. Hide the evidence, right.  I even considered covering the sky in darkness. Going straight for graphic. I wasn’t happy with the result, and thought about ripping it up.

2nd try

2nd try

Next I washed off most of the Indigo.I didn’t have a clue what to do. But I realized I really liked the contrast of the blue with the blooms, and leaves. So I tried again with the indigo. But instead of adding the color to dry paper, I wet each section first, and dropped in color from a wet brush.

3rd try

3rd try

Actually there at least three other attempts in between. The paper really got a work out. Still unhappy with my results, I digitally remove the cloud. I also digitally cropped almost an inch off the left side, and the top. I think that made all the difference. ( I have since edited the original.) So the name, Sunflowers On The Side no longer fits. Maybe I should name it Survivors.

 

Wishing you great success in your creative efforts!