30 in 30, Day Nineteen


Acrylic, Gouache on 5 x 7 canvas panel

Acrylic, Gouache, and Pen on 5 x 7 canvas panel. © Sheila Delgado 2013


I always remember this poem wrong. It is one of my favorites, but one word always gets replaced in my mind. Maybe it is all those years in Choir singing “Silent Night”. I was trying to be so sure, I would write the correct word on the canvas. As you can see, I goofed again. I am laughing at myself, I was being so very careful.

I am the quiet type, so it makes perfect sense to me. My apologies  to Lord Byron and to my college Poetry Professor Otto Pfeiff.

I am not entirely happy with this one. Her eyes and lips were there from the start, but her nose never made an appearance. I tried several but nothing worked. Maybe I will give her a nose job in a day or two.

She Walks in Beauty 

She walks in beauty, like the night
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
   Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
   Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
   How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
   So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
   But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
   A heart whose love is innocent!

10 thoughts on “30 in 30, Day Nineteen

  1. Joan

    Not to mention, you captured the last line:

    “A heart whose love is innocent”!

    She has an innocence about her too! Great job, Sheila.

    I think she follows the poem very well.

    1. Sheila Post author

      Thanks so much Joan. I thought of the poem at the end, so that is another happy accident! Have a creative day Joan!

  2. Joan

    Before I read the poem, I was thinking how she looks so magical into the night! Personally, I wouldn’t change a thing! She has her own personality; mystical, as well as magical. I love all the white highlights in this painting. They add beautiful texture as well as depth.

    Have fun with day #20!

  3. Lucy Chen

    I never would have thought a car-loving woman to be a quiet type! But you teach me not to stereotype people, Sheila. LOVE it that you are using non-skin-colours to paint a face.

    1. Sheila Post author

      I am so glad you like it Lucy. This one of the canvas panels that I started the first week of the challenge. When I went back to them, the face was there, so I went with it.


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