L.Y.A. Postcard #1

 

LYA #1 2017, Deanie Houghtaling, Phoenix AZ

LYA #1 2017, Deanie Houghtaling, Phoenix AZ

Yay! Postcard art in my mailbox! This card traveled to Oregon and made a round trip back to Arizona. Phoenix is an hour and half down the hill. Deanie and have swapped before, and I am so excited to receive her card again this year.

This is a photo of the Love Locks in Paris France taken in 2016. Isn’t that a great thought?

On the back:

” I take in all the colorful locks that line the bridge. Each one told a story. Each lock represented a relationship that was once special, whether it ended or turned into true happiness. The locks represented a past, present and a possible future.”
Ashley Earley, Alone in Paris

Deanie added:

“I always want to know the story behind the lock!

I want to know the story as well.  Don’t you think it would make a great movie? The story behind the stories? Well guess what, Hallmark has one. Learn about the real Love Locks.

You can find more from Deanie on Instagram, @deanie213 and @focusonphoenix. Check them out!

Thanks Deanie! I love this card. It has me thinking of Paris, happy stories, and you!

 

 

Exploring Pouring

 

Pour 1 detail 1. Acrylic on paper. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pour 1 detail 1. Acrylic on paper. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Poured paint on paper has a will of its own. Hoping for interesting, organic shapes. Instead I produced runs and drips. The details might be useful as part of a collage. Or maybe I can continue with more paint and marks. The colors  show as intense, but in person they are soft, warm and subtle.

Pour 1 detail 2. Acrylic on paper. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pour 1 detail 2. Acrylic on paper. 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

Pour 1. 6 x 6 Acrylic on paper. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pour 1. 6 x 6 Acrylic on paper. 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

We had rain last night, and clouds today. Made for interesting Mingus views.

 

Mingus Glow.

Mingus Glow.

 

Mingus Blush.

Mingus Blush.

 

 

 

 

Creating Bad Art

 

 

Mingus Blue. 6 x 6 in. watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Mingus Blue. 6 x 6 in. watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

I have been painting abstracts. I start out trying for loose and large (ish). Before I know what happened, everything is tiny and tight. Ugh!!  Today I thought I would go to one of my defaults, and try to salvage my bruised ego.

The resulting painting is not great. Not bad either. I am particularly happy with the sky, mostly because I thought I had botched it halfway through.  And there was joy in the creating! That is a win anytime! I will try again with the abstracts tomorrow.

Alicia Tormey posted inspiration yesterday. A perfect reminder at the perfect time. Never ceases to amaze me how the universe works. I had listened to the video clip, gosh, maybe two years ago. I was very glad of the reminder, thought you might appreciate it as well.

Do you see the face in the clouds?  Happy creating to you!

 

 

 

Liberate Your Art 2017

 

 

LYA Postcards 2017, SMDelgado

LYA Postcards 2017, S.M.Delgado

Kat Sloma’s Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap begins tomorrow. I had my cards printed this year, instead of making them myself. I am happy with how they turned out. The card stock is not as heavy as I expected, but they should survive the USPS.

Kat shared my envelope again this year on one of her posts. Such an honor to be included with so many talented, amazing artists. I always feel so uncreative when it comes time to decorate my envelope.  My mind goes blank. LOL.

LYA 2017 Envelope, SMD

LYA 2017 Envelope, SMD

I have already shared a few early side swaps with you. Stay tuned as I share the cards I receive, and hopefully tell more about the artists who have created them. Happy LYA to Kat and all the swappers!

 

 

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Postcard Play, Odds and Ends

 

 

10 minute postcard #1, 4 x 6 watercolor. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

10 minute postcard #1, 4 x 6 watercolor. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Caught my second wind at 11:30 pm. Truth be told it was my first wind. Pulled out the left over paints I have on dishes, and in bowls. I have missed my “colors”. Thought about doing bouquets, but hey, it was almost midnight. So a single bloom on a deep background won out.

Happy little accident in card one. Do you see it? Indigo ran amuck.

 

10 minute postcard #2, 4 x 6 watercolor. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

10 minute postcard #2, 4 x 6 watercolor. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Feel so much better now that I painted. Caught up on some “work” reading today. Found some glitches I had to fix in my Society6 shop.  Still  some to address. Amazing how long the “little” things can take! The server will be down for a few hours tonight. The internet company is upgrading or some such. So my apologies in advance if you had a hard time reaching this site.

I found that I had not posted these photos of our last snow.  About two weeks ago now. Maybe three. I love how you can see the mounds of earth that formed eons ago. Those are not always visible. Both of these were taken on the same day, within a 20 minute time span.

 

Beautiful Mingus.

Beautiful Mingus.

Mingus View

Mingus View

More catching up, I finished this project last week. I have been working on a design assignment, and fell behind on posting. Take a look at my new “Inspiration board”. There will be a larger board on the wall next to this.

Ahhh... art on the wall!

Ahhh… art on the wall!

Remember those cork trivets? Hung them with Command strips.

Inspiration-2

 

It’s here!! The LYA swap begins soon! Kat posted more envelope art. Really cool, what everyone has been up to.  Click the image to visit Kat’s site. Next week art will arrive!

 

Last of the Mail Art