Day 21 – 30 In 30

 

Reef from above.   Watercolor, gouache on Yupo. 6 x 4.5. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Reef from above. Watercolor, gouache on Yupo. 6 x 4.5. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

If you look closely, you can see the current flowing in this. While it was drying, I thought it was probably going to be a do over. I thought the colors would merge and just be blah. Yupo is such a surprise!

Looking at it now, reminds me of Chihuly.

Sea Dean invited me to a blog hop. She is a fabulous artist who is taking Leslie Saeta’s 30 paintings in 30 days challenge with me.  I have been an admirer of hers for a while and I am so honored that she thought of me. I hope you will take a look at her blog post here.  I will continue the hop next week, stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 20 – Leslie Saeta’s September 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Billowing Blue. Watercolor and gouache on Yupo. 4.5 x 6 © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Billowing Blue. Watercolor and gouache on Yupo. 4.5 x 6 © 2014 Sheila Delgado

I hope you are not getting tired of these experiments. I seriously think, I could paint with just these two colors for a year, and not get bored. Prussian blue gouache, and Sap green watercolor.

This makes me think of deep-sea diving. On my bucket list. You know, the part where you are falling through the water, surrounded by bubbles and ripples. Or maybe you are swimming through an algae patch.

Seaweed is an algae. Did you know that? I didn’t. I always loved playing with the rubbery seaweed on the beach. Sturdy stems, textured “leaves” and interesting “grapes”. Just looked it up, the leaves are blades, and the grapes are bladders, or gas bladders. Sounds a lot less interesting now.

My dad and brother and I once ate seaweed soup at a Chinese restaurant. In Colorado. It was my idea, and it was horrible. I am guessing it was because the seaweed was not fresh. I eat sushi, and the seaweed on the rolls is always good. Maybe it just needs to be eaten cold.

I am really enjoying Leslie’s challenge this time. I don’t know why, but I am less stressed. Except for staring at a couple of blank canvases, the ideas have flowed much more easily. I am going to count that as an improvement. Loosening up, and going with the flow more.

I hope everyone taking part in the challenge is enjoying it just as much. Looking at all the amazing work being produced, my guess is that they are.

Happy day and Happy creating to you!

 

 

Day 19 – 30 in 30

I have tried for a week, to get ahead. I stayed up later than I should have last night. Painting and playing with color. I am actually ahead a couple of days now. That has never happened before. I was so tempted to show you all the paintings today.

I really like this piece. So much so, that I am going to show it to you two ways. Let me know which is your favorite.

This is how I painted it, using gravity as a tool.

The Sky is Crying. Watercolor and gouache on Yupo. 4.5 x 6 in. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

The Sky is Crying. Watercolor and gouache on Yupo. 4.5 x 6 in. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

I left it to dry upside down, when I came back to it, this is what I saw.

Blue Seaweed. Watercolor and gouache on Yupo. 4.5 x 6 in. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Blue Seaweed. Watercolor and gouache on Yupo. 4.5 x 6 in. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

I was trying for more of those little “explosions”. When that didn’t work, I added more blue and let it work its way down.

 

I also went back and added more of a shadow to yesterdays heart. It is not showing as well in the scan. It shows as a thin line, but the color blends out into the surrounding area nicely.

Heart on Blue revised. Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 4 x 4 in. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Heart on Blue revised. Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 4 x 4 in. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Heart on Blue. Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 4 x 4 in. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Heart on Blue. Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 4 x 4 in. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy weekend everyone! Don’t forget to check out todays artwork gallery!

 

 

 

 

Day 18 – 30 In 30

 

 

Heart on Blue. Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 4 x 4 in. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Heart on Blue. Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 4 x 4 in. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

 

Another painting on the love theme, a possible candidate for, “LOVE SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of romance, courtship, and marriage”. There are about six to eight layers of paint on this. All the detail, and the heart wrap around the sides. There is bronze paint running through the heart, it never scans well.  You can see it better in the photo below.

Heart on Blue. Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 4 x 4 in. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Bronze metallic paint catches the light.

I am thinking I need to add the word “Love” or “Joy” in the bottom left hand corner.  I’d love to hear your opinion.

Happy day to you, and happy painting! Be sure to check out todays galley here.

 

 

Day 17 – 30 In 30

This is a do over. Good practice though. I did The main trees and foreground with a palette knife. I don’t have much practice in with that. The distant tree trunks were with the knife as well, and then I brushed on the branches. My strokes are clumpy and heavy.

I started this just before 11 pm, and by 11:30 I was done. So Just under the wire. I intended to paint a flower, but the blank, bright yellow canvas was a little intimidating. It was so pretty just plain! This idea popped into my head, and I started by adding some bronze metallic paint with my fingers. I did the large trunks first.

I will paint over it and try again. I do like it. But I will try to do better.

Trees. Acrylic, 4 x 4. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Trees. Acrylic, 4 x 4. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Happy Day 18, and Happy Thursday!

~~~~~~~~~Update~~~~~~~~~~~

This is on its way to Colorado. My cousin told me it reminds her of a story she loves. I am a book lover too, so I could not resist gifting it to her.