Day 30 Of 30 Paintings In 30 days

 

Idle. 4 x 4 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Idle. 4 x 4 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

 

Wind blows cold, alone
they stand, branches reach as if
they are holding hands.
S.M.D.

 

We made it! High fives all around! Yes, that means everyone who took Leslie’s challenge, even if you did not post everyday, or produce a full 30 paintings. Effort counts!

My painting today is another save. Actually I think I started three different times on this canvas. It has been sitting for months in between.

There is a grungy black, mucky mix as the base. I had too much turquoise from a piece I was working on the other day. Can’t waste paint. So I spread it on the canvas with a palette knife. I let it dry a bit, and then made scratch marks. I just now am realizing, I maybe should delineate the trunks that are overlapping.

I started the trunks by dripping paint, for a random placement. Then went back with a brush to add width to them.  The branches and trunks wrap around the sides and top.

 

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Tomorrow all the participants will post a collage of their work. Today, I would like to share the collections I have from this month. There are also some odds and ends, I’ll show those tomorrow in the collage.

 

Flower Fields

Flower Fields

Oh Lolly

Oh Lolly

Flowers and Trees

Flowers and Trees

Fantasia

Fantasia

Feme

Feme

Bloom

Bloom

Friends

Friends

Two more floral pieces have been started, to complete Fantasia. And I have finished pieces for the last three collections, Feme, bloom and friends. I will share those with you soon.

 

Hop on over to Sea Dean’s blog and vote, each vote is a chance to win!

Visit Leslie’s site for a look at the artwork created today.

Visit Cindy Williams and read one or more of her artist interviews!

My Pinterest board for this event is bursting with over 1200 pieces of art.

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Day 29 – 30 In 30

 

Perse. 6 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Perse. 6 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

 

Blue Squills – Sara Teasdale

How many million Aprils came
Before I ever knew
How white a cherry bough could be,
A bed of squills, how blue!

And many a dancing April
When life is done with me,
Will lift the blue flame of the flower
And the white flame of the tree.

Oh burn me with your beauty, then,
Oh hurt me, tree and flower,
Lest in the end death try to take
Even this glistening hour.

O shaken flowers, O shimmering trees,
O sunlit white and blue,
Wound me, that I, through endless sleep,
May bear the scar of you.

 

Visual Aids 17th ANNUAL POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE benefit sale is this weekend, hosted by Luhring Augustine, 531 W. 24th Street NYC. Just in case you happen to be in New York, and feel like braving the weather. Follow the link to see photos from last years event. Over 1500 original postcard-size artworks will be available. Do you remember? Your votes helped me to select the card I submitted to the gallery. You can see it here.

Please take a few minutes, and visit the sites below. Cindy’s artist interviews are so interesting! Visit Sea’s site, and vote for me! You can still vote on previous days. (I forgot to post a couple of days.)

 The best part is, VOTERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES TOO!

The more you vote, the better your chance!

Thanks for voting!

Hop on over to Sea Dean’s blog and vote, each vote is a chance to win prizes!

Visit Leslie’s site for a look at the artwork created today.

Visit Cindy Williams and read one or more of her artist interviews!

My Pinterest board for this event is bursting with over 1100 pieces of art.

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Day 28 – 30 Paintings In 30 Days

 

Beryl. 6 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Beryl. 6 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

“As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight.”
James McNeil Whistler

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies true strength,
and whosoever loves much performs much,
and can accomplish much,
and what is done in love is well done.”
Vincent van Gogh

So much for being ahead. I reworked every painting from this weekend. Started some new ones too. For today’s piece the answer was… just add water.

Most of the work I have done this month has been on watercolor paper. I have used scraps, and painted over failures. I haven’t stated what weight, because I just don’t know. I covered the bad pieces by using gesso or acrylic paint. This piece started that way. The lesson I am reminded of is this…

“Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it is not yet the end”
Patel, Hotel Manager, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

It wasn’t all right. I used the wrong brush, and it was looking twiggy. A little water, and a lot of blending saved it.

Work in progress

Work in progress

Please take a few minutes, and visit the sites below. You will be glad you did. And if you visit Sea’s site, and vote for me… I will be glad you did! Shameless plug alert. I am one of the “leaders” In Sea’s Art Party. Here is an excerpt from her blog to explain it to you. I need your votes, and you can still vote on previous days. (I forgot to post a couple of days.)

The best part is, VOTERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES TOO!

The more you vote, the better your chance!

Thanks for voting!

PRIZES
Prizes given to the most active artists and voters that participate throughout the month. Posts, Votes, Comments, Shares etc. There are many prizes. A newcomer can still be a winner. To make it fair for late comers, a prize will be awarded for the highest vote count on one painting during the whole party. So invite all your supporters to visit and click on all the VOTE links below.

It’s going to take me a while to tally so I’m announcing the winners about a week after votes close on January 31st. Click here to see some of the prizes available … more will be added. Top winners pick first and so on till all the prizes have been awarded.

http://blueskyredearth.wix.com/seadeanart-party
On Review there is no clear winner yet. Many days show a draw between two or three artists.  A few votes will really count, so make sure you vote each day using the links below. Vote for your favourite artist and then use your other two votes to select from all the other hard working artists.

Current leaders are, Beverly Shipko – Chey Anne Sexton – Cindy Gillett – Connie Cagley – Corinna Woodard – Donna Munsch – Ginnie Conaway – Marion Hedger – Nancy Romanovsky – Pam Schoessow – Sea Dean – Sheila Delgado – Susan Herbst – Val van der Poel and Wendy Mould.

Hop on over to Sea Dean’s blog and vote, each vote is a chance to win prizes!

Visit Leslie’s site for a look at the artwork created today.

Visit Cindy Williams and read one or more of her artist interviews!

My Pinterest board for this event is bursting with over 1100 pieces of art.

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Day 27 – 30 In 30

Wings. 5 x 5 acrylic on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Wings. 5 x 5 acrylic on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

 

By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are
and what you’ve achieved – and perhaps learned
through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses –
you actually 
can enhance everything about you.
Self-acknowledgment and appreciation
are what give you the insights and awareness
to move forward
toward higher goals and accomplishments.

Jack Canfield

 

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Michelangelo

 

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Pablo Picasso

 

At the start of the challenge, I did not have a theme in mind. I joked about doing a series of “series”. It actually has worked out that way. I have five, possibly six, collections.

Like so many challenge participants, I was beginning to feel producing a painting a day was a daunting task. This weekend, for some reason, I was on a roll. I finished four pieces. I work small, and a couple of them were fairly simple. That helped.

I am still painting each day, to finish up the series I have started. But oh what a relief it is, to have a bit of breathing room. Whew!

 

Visit Leslie’s site for a look at the artwork created today.

Hop on over to Sea Dean’s blog and vote, each vote is a chance to win prizes!

Visit Cindy Williams and read one or more of her artist interviews!

My Pinterest board for this event is bursting with over 1000 pieces of art.

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Day 26 – 30 In 30

 

Green vase. 4 x 5 acrylic on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Green vase. 4 x 5 acrylic on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

 

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”
Gérard de Nerval

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it,
it’s your world for a moment.”
Georgia O’Keeffe

 

For some reason this makes me think of Marge Simpson. The arrangement is awfully square, and rather tall. There are too many flowers. Thinking I might crop the top, add more blue to the background, and make the arrangement more circular.

I am happy with it, just the perfectionist on my shoulder shouting to be heard.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

 

Treat yourself, visit Leslie’s site for a look at the artwork created today.

Also hop on over to Sea Dean’s blog and vote, each vote is a chance to win prizes!

Visit Cindy Williams and read one or more of her artist interviews!

My Pinterest board for this event is bursting with over 1000 pieces of art.

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