Day 28. 6 x 6 in. watercolor on Yupo. © 2015 Sheila Delgado
This is one of my favorites. Even with a goofy stem. I tried three times, and I still don’t think I have it right. Or maybe I should say, I think I can do better. I thought about placing this so the head was facing the top. I would have done the stem differently for that (straight down). But I really like this orientation. Looks as if it is reaching for the sun.
Somehow feels hopeful to me.
The challenge is almost complete. In a few days the artists will share a collage of their work this month. If you have not taken the time to visit Leslie’s site, collage day is a good time to do it. Today I am sharing a collage of my favorites from this month.
Favorites, September 2015 30 In 30 Challenge. Sheila Delgado.
1) Day 3. I wasn’t happy with this at first. I wanted the colors to be more vivid. But as the month went on, I liked it more and more. And I tried many, many, many times to recreate the accidental feel of this abstract flower. A perfect example of “being in the zone”. I know this came together quickly, and I have no idea how I did it. Sad but true.
2) Day 11. I almost had that loose, watery feel I was after. This might be the perfect combination, loose, but it is still obviously a flower. Many tries for another like it.
3) Day 7. This by far received the most views. There is a lot of work in this one but it came together without a struggle. I like it for being more realistic. It just makes me happy!
4) Day 16. I just love the colors and warmth in this and the jagged edges add a natural quality.
5) Day 1. I love the colors, and the pen work was perfect. All of the pieces I painted in advance were flowers in a vase. So funny how I veered off on a tangent.
6) Day 28. One of these things is not like the others… I love this pose. Makes me think of angel wings, or a fun, frilly frock!
7) Day 13. This is not one of the best, but I love the center of this. I love it so much I shared it three times as an abstract.
8) Day 26. I love the warm background on this, the chunky petals, and the deep indigo center. Almost looks like a big belt buckle for a southwestern outfit.
9) Day 22. A happy accident, loose, and unplanned. A new technique gone right. I used a spray bottle, aimed more at the edges, from about a foot above the paper. The spots of water got the color moving, and created frilly edges. I will share this in more detail in a future post.
10) Day 23. A mistake that turned out being not so bad. I wiped this one out. I added too much water and thought I had ruined it. I don’t think it is one of the best by any means, but it really grew on me. So lesson learned: Don’t be so quick to erase my mistakes.
This is the first time I have worked in a theme for the entire month. I don’t think if I had planned to do thirty days of sunflowers, that it would have happened. I painted ten pieces before the challenge started, all floral arrangements.
I don’t know what set me off in this direction. Large close-ups. I do know I wanted, still want, to be better at working loose. Less detailed. Going close-up eliminates the need for a detailed background. Or for me to feel the need for more details.
Cropping them in half, lends to a more abstracted view. Less worry about creating a perfect round bloom. Or a perfectly realistic representation. And I have mentioned before, that I really love creating the centers. Why not make those as big as possible?
Honestly, I was trying to recreate those pieces I like best. I filled a month with “failures” from those attempts. And I am not saying that I think I failed, or that most of my paintings are junk. I am happy with them all.
High five to the failures, huh?!
I haven’t grown tired of painting these flowers. I am shocked and surprised that you all have not grown tired of seeing them each day. I am still having fun with them! And I am still going to try to figure out what it was, that I did so right, so few times. But first I need to hit the art store and load up on yellows!
Time for the second-to-the-last bookmark giveaway. I will choose a name from all who comment today. Thanks so much, for joining me on this journey. Especially all of you busy 30 In 30 challengers! Good luck everyone!
Bookmark, 2.25 x 5.5 in. watercolor on paper.
Happy painting to you, we are almost there!