UPPERCASE and Artistic Whispers

 

 

Sunflowers Postcard. Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Sunflowers Postcard. Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

 

Here I go again!

Sonya Versluys invited me to take part in her annual Artistic Whispers postcard exchange. We have exchanged cards in the L.Y.A. swap for a few years now. Sonya is a wonderfully talented Photographer and writer.

Sonya mentioned that the exchange has mostly photographers. This made me want to do something extra special. So I tried a new for me technique. And I really enjoyed the process. Working wet on wet. Really wet. I soaked the paper front and back. Then patted the front surface to remove excess water.

The really cool part is that as this was a small piece, 4 x 6, the water acted like glue. The paper stuck to the small OLFA cutting mat I sometimes use to paint on.  Worked as well as taping! Which I rarely do by the way. The paper stayed wet throughout.

I was happy with this painting. But as it was the “first”, I thought I would try again. The colors faded a bit, and I did not think to go back in with more layers before the paper had dried.

Sunflowers 2. Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Sunflowers 2. Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Well, I succeeded on getting stronger colors. But turns out, I like the first one better. Feels less contrived. I do like parts of this second piece, so as a learning experience it gets an A.

Signed and sealed. Artistic Whispers, Sheila Delgado, sheiladelgado.com

Signed and sealed.

This time I was smart. I printed my greeting on the cards instead of hand writing it.

My cards are printed and trimmed, and the envelope is ready to go. Two weeks before the deadline, don’t know how I managed that!

 

UPPERCASE Newsletter

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All About YOU: the Super Bowl of Surface Pattern.

Thrilled to announce that I am included in this weekend’s UPPERCASE newsletter All About YOU on Pattern Designers and Surtex. The Surtex convention starts tomorrow in New York City. My design, A midsummer’s night, is on the left. You can take a look at all the terrific designers in the newsletter.

Thank you Janine!

 

Congratulations and best wishes to all the artists attending Surtex!

Happy weekend everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soul Art 2016

 

Soul Art 2016, watercolor, oil pastel on Yupo.

Soul Art 2016, watercolor, oil pastel on Yupo.

This year, my soul art came in pieces. My day was sliced in half. I did the guided journey work in the morning, and returned to paint in the evening. I had a slightly stressful afternoon, and sitting down to paint was such a treat.

I turned on Laura‘s closing hang out, and listened as I worked. These are 6 x 6 inches squares, and the small one is an ATC, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

The first two are pieces I had abandoned months ago. While reaching for a clean sheet of paper, I saw their colorful corners sticking out. Were they calling to me?

I pulled them out of my paper stash, and looked at them for a long time. The top one only had the base colors on it, and some yellow crayon marks. The second, had just the blue.

Soul art, five topic images.

Soul art, five topic images.

My five topics, the things that came to mind first:
Color, ocean, faces, flowers, pattern.
I did not have magazines handy, so I pulled images from Pinterest. The images that called to me are here.

The five descriptions are cheerful, thoughtful, bold, flowing, sensual.

I did not consciously think of these while painting, but you can see that some of them are present in the work.

The two bottom pieces were really all about play. The ATC started as an abstract.

None of these are finished works. I think I may take a cue  from Dotty Seiter, and they may show up as part of a collage!

 

You can read more about my Soul Art experience in Laura Hollick’s Soul Art Gallery. I am still catching up on the Facebook posts and reading about the other artists in the gallery. Several of you mentioned signing up. If you were able to take part, please comment with a link so I can visit!

 

 

 

 

Shout Out For Soul Art

 

Soul Art 2015. 9 x 12 watercolor on paper. © Sheila Delgado 2015

Soul Art 2015. 9 x 12 watercolor on paper. © Sheila Delgado 2015

 

This will be the fourth year I have participated in the Soul Art Celebration. You can click on the image above to read about last years event. I’m inviting you to join us! (I know I am late, but I just received the notice.)

Soul Art day is tomorrow, May 11th,
and you are welcome to join in!

It is a free, on-line event where people gather from around the world to create art together for the day. If you haven’t signed up yet, claim your spot now!

If you are unable to watch the gatherings, and take part throughout the day, you can watch on your own time, as your schedule allows. Those of you who have participated in the 30 in 30 painting challenges, know that there is a powerful energy when creatives come together in a community experience.

From Laura Hollick:

When your Inner Artist calls, it is an unmistakable knowing that your sacred creativity must be honored and must be expressed. International Soul Art Day is an annual global event to honor this call and collectively carve out the space for our Inner Artist to breathe.

Here are some of the luscious, glorious creative spirits gathering for this global event along with me: Flora Bowley, Amanda Sage, Ashley Burnett, Autumn Skye Morrison, Cat Caracelo, Chris Zydel, Melissa D’Antoni, Mia Saenz, Jane Ashley, Jess Johnson, Shiloh Sophia, Cora Flora, Sofiah Thom, Susan Farrell, Jo Westwood, Shereen Sun, Tara Shorey, Tara Preston, Naia Leigh, Tamara Laporte,  Ka Amorastreya, Whitney Freya and there is a special space just for YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late Night Sketches

 

 

Tulip. 4 x 6 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Tulip. 4 x 6 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

A quick exercise before bed a few nights ago. After two uglies, I managed this tulip. The next night, last thing before the lights went out. I found a scrap, and painted more Ocotillo. No time for painting. Just to keep my sanity, I try to find a few minutes before bed to play with color, and water. Put brush to paper.

Desert 2. 1.5 x 6, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Desert 2. 1.5 x 6, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

 

Happy, Joyous Mother’s day to you!