Ocotillo Sketch

 

Ocotillo Sketch. 2.5 x 3.5 ATC, watercolor on paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado. sheiladelgado.com

Ocotillo Sketch. 2.5 x 3.5 watercolor on paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

 

This quick sketch was done before bed. I hadn’t painted that day, and felt I had to do something. We saw many Ocotillo on the drive to Prescott. Most along the road were obviously, very spindly. Still, they flaunted bright red flowers.  I wasn’t driving, so I was able to take photos. Stopping at times for a closer look.

Ocotillo with a view. April 2016. sheiladelgado.com

Ocotillo with a view.

Roadside Ocotillo. April 2016. sheiladelgado.com

Roadside Ocotillo.

These photos were taken on the 60, between the 10 and Aguila Arizona. In one of the small towns we stopped for these close-ups. What a difference a little water can make.

Ocotillo Bush. April 2016. sheiladelgado.com

Ocotillo bush.

Ocotillo Blooms. April 2016. sheiladelgado.com

Ocotillo Blooms.

According to Wikipedia, fresh flowers can be eaten and have a tangy flavor. The flowers are also collected and used for tea. Ocotillo is not a true cactus. These flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds and native carpenter bees. Here’s a look back at the Carpenter Bee I painted in 2014. And another. And the Bee Exhibit in Germany.

Ocotillo Flame. April 2016. sheiladelgado.com

Ocotillo Flame.

Hope you enjoyed these flowers as much as I did. I already have ideas for repeat patterns using this plant.  Happy creating everyone!

 

 

 

 

Last of L.Y.A.

 

Trees in downtown Prescott AZ. April 2016 Sheila Delgado

Spring in Prescott Arizona. SMD

Back from Arizona. And in the mail, my last two side swap postcards. (No Really, these are the last two.) The gorgeous flower photo below is from Teena Lurlene and came to me from Richmond Virginia. Teena says the photo is untouched by Photoshop. Hard to believe (but I do Teena) because the colors are so lovely! Hard to tell in my photo, but the leaves are a stunning shade of Princely purple. I had to smack my self to stop staring.

The image in the top corner shows how the card arrived, the top layer had been neatly rolled back. No worries, double-sided tape to the rescue. Good as new! Teena said she chose this card for me, because I love flowers. Thank you Teena, I sure do love this one!

L.Y.A. Side swaps. Vibrant Flower by Teena Lurlene and Zentangle Art by Kat van Rooyen.

L.Y.A. Side swaps. Vibrant Flower by Teena Lurlene, Zentangle Art by Kat van Rooyen.

Kat van Rooyen’s card is so fun. That swirl in the middle makes me hungry. Reminds me of a licorice rope. It was fun reading everyone’s take on the L.Y.A. Facebook page. I love these patterns, including the “zingers” on the top. They look like little bee hives. Kat included this on the back of her card:

No one can see through your eyes,
no one can speak your art.
Create!

Thanks for this terrific reminder Kat! You can find more of Teena’s and Kat’s work by clicking on their link. They are both on Facebook as well. Thanks so much to both of you, for sharing these wonderful images with me! Brightened my day!

 

Prescott, Arizona

The trees above surround the Yavapai County Courthouse, in the center of Downtown Prescott. I took the photo from the car, as we were sitting at a light. Looking up. The dark branches, the pale yellow-green leaves, the blue of the sky. Couldn’t resist.

The new house is moving right along. We go back at the end of May for the inspection. They have started to extend our street, so there will be lots of activity. Here is a peek at the view out my “studio” window. The homes across the street are set far apart. So for the most  part, it will remain unobstructed. Knock on wood.

Looking east.

Looking east.

 

Happy Wednesday to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shades Of Blue, And Yellow

 

 

Golden Light. 2.5 x 3.5 ATC. Watercolor on paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Golden Light. 2.5 x 3.5 ATC. Watercolor on paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

I really love how this turned out. It was done on inexpensive paper, with a “canvas” texture.

 

Last of L.Y.A.

Two more L.Y.A. side swaps arrived while I was out-of-town.  The first is a fun photo from Deanie Houghtaling. I love the look of these stained and well used brushes. Old friends. Deanie lives in Phoenix, and we may get the chance to meet after our move. On the back:

I dream of painting and then I paint my dreams.
Vincent Van Gogh

 

Last-but-not-least

 

The colorful, lacy card is from Patsy Lawrence, all the way from Tennessee. I admired this card all through the swap, as it was posted over and over on the Facebook page. The colors, and the stained glass effect. So pretty. Come to find out, Patsy did several different versions of this, all of them lovely! Her message includes this quote:

“I will be an ARTIST or nothing!”
Eugene O’Neill

Patsy continues with this. “I am probably a distant relative of his, considering the stencil was found among the possessions of my grandmother O’Neill!” Fun thought!

Thank you both for sharing your art with me! Brightened my day! My album is officially full. 28 postcards. But I know I have one more card coming.

Have a super week ya’ll!

 

My entry, Pattern design - Kaede Ha (Maple Leaf). Watercolor leaves in shades of orange, red and Merlot on pale yellow green. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

My entry, Pattern design – Kaede Ha (Maple Leaf). Watercolor leaves in shades of orange, red and Merlot on pale yellow-green. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

P.S. Still time to vote in the Spoonflower design challenge. You can only vote once, but you can share the link with friends and family. Voting is open to everyone until 4/27/2016. Thanks so much for taking the time. There are over 700 entries, but it only takes a minute or two.

Thanks so much for voting!

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Spoonflower and Sprout Patterns Design Challenge

 

My entry, Pattern design - Kaede Ha (Maple Leaf). Watercolor leaves in shades of orange, red and Merlot on pale yellow green. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

My entry, Pattern design – Kaede Ha (Maple Leaf). Watercolor leaves in shades of orange, red and Merlot on pale yellow-green. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

 

Spoonflower and Sprouts Patterns are presenting a joint design challenge this month. Designers were asked to submit a Japanese Garden-themed design they thought would look great on Sprout Patterns’ Asaka Kimono by Named Clothing. The winner’s design will be featured in the launch of this new pattern and all top-ten designers will receive great prizes! Click on the image above for a closer look.

I love Japanese maple trees, and that was the first idea that came to mind. My design is very simple, a basic toss pattern. I took leaf shapes, and filled them with watercolor mixes I had painted on paper. For added interest  there are leaf outlines mixed in.  I think it would be great for many applications. Quilting, children’s clothing, gift wrap, a blouse. Spoonflower allows the purchaser to modify the scale for their project needs.

Sprout Patterns is a new service that allows you to combine indie sewing patterns with Spoonflower designs to create customized cut and sew projects. Sprout takes away the work of tracing a sewing pattern onto fabric and lets you truly enjoy the process of making your own garments and accessories.

  • The winner receives $100 in Spoonflower credit and $100 in Sprout credit, has their design shared on Spoonflower, Sprout, and Named Clothing’s social channels. They will also be featured in a Spoonflower press release
  • The rest of the top ten receive $50 in Spoonflower credit and $50 in Sprout credit

Here is a peek at my design on the Sprouts Kimono Pattern.

Kimono Mock-up. Kaede Ha (Maple Leaf). Watercolor leaves in shades of orange, red and Merlot on pale yellow green. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Kimono Mock-up. Kaede Ha (Maple Leaf) © 2016 Sheila Delgado

The winner and the rest of the top ten designs will be selected by community voting. Voting is now open to everyone and I would love to have your vote! Click on the link below to cast your vote. Scroll down to find my design, click on the white box with a circle to select, then scroll to the bottom to submit.

I appreciate your vote!

You can only vote once, but you can share the link with friends and family. Voting is open until 4/27/2016. Thanks so much for taking the time. There are over 700 entries, but it only takes a minute or two. I have already received many “favorite’s” by fellow designers, so I am hopeful.

 

Thanks again for voting – have a super weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunny A.T.C.

Small Sunny One. 2.5 x 3.5 ATC. Watercolor on paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Small Sunny One. 2.5 x 3.5 ATC. Watercolor on paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Art supplies for a road trip. sheiladelgado.com

Packed and Ready to go.

I was getting ready for our trip to Arizona. Cleaning off my desk, packing art supplies. Gathered small scraps of paper and pieces that had gone unused. But before the supplies climbed in my backpack, I had to play. Mostly just for the sake of playing. But also if I did not have time to paint on the trip, I would still have something to post. So it was play, but practical.

You know. Like when you really want to buy something you don’t need. But if you can think of a practical use for it, then it really isn’t just an impulse buy. I know at least a few of you know exactly what I’m talkin’ about. Uh Huh.

Here is another view of this. I painted it from the bottom up, but I think I like it in landscape better. I filled in that white spot in the center after the first scan. Didn’t even notice until I saw it on the screen.

Small Sunny One. 2.5 x 3.5 ATC. Watercolor on paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Small Sunny One. 2.5 x 3.5 ATC. Watercolor on paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

 

Have a sunny one!