Day 26 Of 30



Day 26, Far. 4.25 x 8 in. acrylic on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Day 26, Far. 4.25 x 8 in. acrylic on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

I was in a hurry and discombobulated the day this was created. I thought I was ahead, and had my last week complete. But when I counted again, I was three short! What? How?  So I started on four pieces, and this is one of them.

I had some interesting drips as the first layer on this. But then I over poured onto another piece, and had to redistribute the color. That color, clay, obliterated the drips. OK, so what now?

With the palette knife I spread paint, made lines going this way and that. Spread more paint. Made a mess in my opinion. Trying not to panic, I made more lines with an indigo, white mix. Bummed when huge blobs occurred.

I digitally cropped from all sides, and felt better, less mess. Almost cropped out the blue on the bottom, but testing in increments, I saw that a shoreline was there. And then a map. Then a starting point and destination. All righty then. Named it far for the lines leading into the distance.

So not me, this composition. Major step out of the comfort zone!



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12 thoughts on “Day 26 Of 30

  1. Janet Bradish

    This is great. Again you are out of your comfort zone – but you seem to be dealing with it! The lines remind me of grid lines on a map and the indigo marks at the top give a great dark value and helps to draw and hold your eye. Love the energy in this piece. Do another!!

    1. Sheila Post author

      LOL. Thank you Janet. I would like to explore more with lines, and making marks with the palette knife. On the list for next month 🙂

  2. Val van der Poel

    I thought Map right away so you met success even though it was a tough road – lol. A very interesting painting, Sheila. BTW isn’t it an awkward feeling when you think you are ahead and realize that you are not – ‘what happened, where did those paintings go, what am I going to do?’

    1. Sheila Post author

      I didn’t start out to make a map, but I was so happy when it came to mind, and the piece was not just a mess. LOL It is not a good feeling that is for sure. And I even had a “spare” ready. But I was still short. LOL. Enjoy your creative time today Val. Thanks for following along this month. 🙂

  3. corinnebekker

    Hi Sheila, I’m so in awe with you for doing another 30 paintings in 30 days challenge – not just beginning but sticking with it. Go girl!
    Personally I wouldn’t be able to do it right now. I am doing regular art work, keeping at it – so I’m happy all the same. No worries.

    1. Sheila Post author

      I am sort of in awe too Corinne. LOL. This is my 8th! So hard to believe. So glad you are posting again. And so glad you are keeping your art up. happy is a very good thing. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  4. Dotty Seiter

    Sheila, love that you posted this so-not-me-composition-major-step-out-of-the-comfort-zone piece, along with your here’s-how-it-came-to-be story. You invited me into your studio, right into the creative process. And that is a gift for which I am grateful.

    I’m intrigued by this piece. It isn’t a piece that I “like,” per se, but it fascinates me. It confronts me. It has strong harsh energy. No, saying that isn’t accurate—I think what I mean to say is that when I look at it, it brings out an immediate strong visceral response. I feel harsh energy awakened in me. I perceive anger. I see a fence, a divide. I am surprised by the forcefulness of my reaction. This painting, and the feelings it stirs up, feels like a safe, contained, 4×8″ way to take a little time to see what might be going on inside me. Pretty cool, don’t you think?


    [I’m feeling somewhat tongue-tied as I write, and don’t know that I’m being clear. If you have questions, give a holler!]

    1. Sheila Post author

      I understand Dotty. I am A) honored that something I created could affect such a strong emotional response, B) Shocked that it is on the negative end of the sprctrum. I understand that it is an internal response. I am not hurt or offended or anything like that. C) honored that you would share something so personal with me. (And we can always carry on this conversation in private)

      When I was creating it, Well I am trying to remember if I was feeling negative at the time. I may have been frustrated, but I was not forcing the work, or angry or feeling negative feelings, that I could have somehow transferred into the work.
      I see the fence now too. And I am intrigued by your response, and what may be the reason for it.
      Yeah, I do think it is pretty cool.

      Honestly. I don’t like this piece either. I would never have posted it, had it not been to fill my quota and meet my personal goal of completing this 30 in 30. I don’t feel any connection to it.

      I love that you are interested and open and questioning why you feel what you do and where it comes from. And that you shared that openly. Love that art can do that. Has the POWER! Thanks for the reminder Dotty. Thanks for sharing! Thanks for visiting me today!
      ( So bummed I may not have time to visit your blog today)

  5. carol edan

    Yes you certainly have stepped way out of your comfort zone this month and have produced some amazing work. Wish I could zoom in to see all the wonderful textures in this piece!!!


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