Day 18 Of 30

 

 

Day 18. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Day 18. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

I thought I was done, turns out I wasn’t. Below you can see the first two sessions. A short GIF. The colors in this were difficult to show true. It is not pink, but mauve. And the mauve is evenly distributed from left to right, (you can see below, but it is showing darker than it is) Also, the streaking is not as prominent in person.

First two sessions.

First two sessions.

In the second session, I noticed I had some “holes”. Bare spots. I added more white. Something was still off so next I added sand. And finally more of the clay color. Better.

The soft tones are very calming to me. The darks add a nice pop of contrast. I love that the texture of the canvas is showing. It catches the paint off the palette knife in a nice pattern.

This isn’t the painting I intended to post today. At the top of my blog page I tell you that I will even share my failures here. I will share the fiasco I worked on today. I am going to try again tomorrow. Hoping that I will have a good painting to show along with the ugly.

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Day 17 Of 30

 

 

White Mountains. 4 x 8 in. watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

White Mountains. 4 x 8 in. watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Today Mingus could not be ignored. I have an abstract at the ready, But the hills, the sky, they were calling me. So here you have it.

The clouds were dreary most of the day. Solid and slow-moving. They hung over the mountains. While overhead there was sun and puffy, cotton clouds.

Mingus 1-16-17 midday. SMD

Mingus 1-16-17 midday. SMD

About an hour before sunset , it was partly cloudy, and most were bright white. Those are the clouds I tried to capture in the painting. As the sun was setting, the blue hills took on a deep red glow. Might have to paint that for tomorrow.

 

Even if you’re on the right track,
you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Will Rogers

 

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Day 16 Of 30

 

 

Day 16. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Day 16. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

My first inclination is that this needs something more. It came together quickly.  A surprise because I was using a palette knife. I was happy with it when I set it aside to dry.  It feels restful to me.

So am I equating struggle with success? I don’t think so. The great thing is, I can live with this for a while, and still add to it later.

 

If you truly love nature,
you will find beauty everywhere.
Van Gogh

 

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Day 15 Of 30

 

 

Day 15. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Day 15. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

I should have done one more landscape to split the month down the middle. Those hills will pop up again I am sure. Still more I want to try.

Had a hard time today getting the colors to show true in Photoshop. Usually I add a bit of light and vibrance. But I had to “dull” this down by going into the negatives on both of those settings.  Clay, sand, white, desert rose, indigo. Warm, soft, calm.

This is a new piece, not one of the abstracts I struggled with. I worked on four today. The others need more work, and I needed to step away and let them breathe.

I did some cropping, just playing in Photoshop, pulling out my favorite parts. Wonder how many interesting images I could get from this one small painting.

 

Cropped images, Day 15. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Cropped images, Day 15. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

I am so in awe of the great work the artists are creating this month. I really hope you have a chance to take a look.  Enjoy!

 

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Day 14 Of 30

 

 

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

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

 

Another glorious sunset. And my attempt to capture it.  I can say I had fun working on this. And it came quickly.  Still, there are several things I’d change if I could.

The wash in the sky is far too light, and the clouds far too dark. The wash actually looks deeper in person, and the moon does stand out a bit more. When I started with the clouds, the colors were much too light, and I just overcompensated.

The pink on the top cloud was drying too dark, I added more white gouache to the mix, and you can see the result.

My first photo of the sun setting, I thought “WOW! Look at that!”

Sunset-Moon--1

Moon rise over Mingus. SMD

And then it got better!

Sunset-Moon

Moon rise over Mingus #2. SMD

Any wonder ancient Egyptians worshipped the sun?

 

 

Moon rise over Mingus #3. SMD

Moon rise over Mingus #3. SMD

Wishing you all a super weekend! Thanks so much for visiting, always great to hear from you!

 

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