Fifty Fifty

 

 

Cyclamen. 6.25 x 9 in. watercolor Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Cyclamen. 6.25 x 9 in. watercolor Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Sometimes you win. Sometimes you don’t. Both of these paintings are blasts from the past. I wasn’t happy with them. At least, I didn’t think they were finished.

watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © Sheila Delgado 2013

Cyclamen, watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © Sheila Delgado 2013

Here is a look at where I left off. In the original post, I mentioned that I was happy with the painting, and that it came together quickly. This was Day 22 of September challenge 2013. 2013!

The background on the bottom half is a washed out green, showing almost white here. Very washed out as a whole. This sat on my desk for a week. I had to think about where to take it.

Finally jumped in, by adding dark to the bottom right corner. I worked piece by piece, covering the areas between the stems. Looking at the results, I think that I probably could have gone a little darker still. It’s a done deal though. Sealed in an envelope ready to fly to a friend.

I am happy with how the greens and blues mixed on the paper. Happy with the whites I left. Happy with the jewel-toned sky. I really like this piece now.

I wish the same were true for Bloom. I like the wonky shape. I could not find the original image post, but the petals were solid yellow, and the leaves were not as defined.

I tried to improve this, adding a warm rusty Neocolor. I kept adding, and adding. To the center around the head. Three or four colors. And you know what’s wrong. I know you know. Value.

Think I botched it even more that it was to begin with.

I was trying for depth at the base of the petals. Didn’t achieve that. I don’t think you can see it here as well as in person, but the head almost looks 3-D.  It looks really cool. Seems to bulge. That was a nice surprise.

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

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

 

Oh well, can’t win them all. It was good to take a blah and make it a thumbs up. Good to challenge myself, even if it did not pay off.  Good to have a brush in my hand!

 

Wishing-you-JOY

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Fifty Fifty

  1. dotty seiter

    Sheila, I always enjoy seeing what you’ve been up to when you have a brush in hand. Thanks for sharing these pieces and reporting on process.

    Every time I look at CYCLAMEN, my eye is drawn to the vertical turquoise drips/lines that tease me—are they ghost stems of other blooms in the background? Runnels of sky nourishing the plant life? Magical either way.

    The seed head in BLOOM is like a pop-up feature with its spectacular dimensionality. I think if it landed in front of me, I’d grab a pen and take it in a graphic direction, outlining petals with intentional wonky imprecision. I’ll be eager to see BLOOM again if you play with it further.

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Hi Dotty!
      I thought about taking a pen to both of them 🙂 I always love your touches of graphic black.
      So glad you can see the dimension. I didn’t at first, and then it wowed me.
      The drips were ghost stems I think, and then became sky runs. I like them either way as well.
      Happy exploring to you Dotty!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Laurie coming from you that is really something 🙂 LOL I so don’t feel like I have a style yet, but it is awesome to hear… that maybe I do 🙂 Have fun with the furry ones!

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  2. Christine Brooks

    Such a beautiful post. I love all the water colors, they look great, keep up the great work

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  3. Val van der Poel

    I really like the adjusted cyclamen piece Sheila – great changes! For ‘Bloom’ why not try some lifting instead of adding more colour? Decide where your light source is then lift to make some highlights – won’t hurt and it could help. Have a great day!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Thank you Val! 🙂 Great idea Val. I thought about that, after I saw it on the screen. Enjoy your day 🙂 I hope your weekend events are going well 🙂

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    1. Sheila Post author

      I added a wash, yellow with just a touch of green. Think it helped to unify the colors that were there already. So glad you like them Carol 🙂 Happy creating to you 🙂

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  4. laurelle

    I think both are complete now with the richness of the added washes of paint. That is the beauty of watercolor! Hope you are having a wonderful summer, Sheila! Here it is mid 90s and going up…

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Nice to hear laurelle, thank you 🙂 True, wonderful that you can come back and add more… even after so long! LOL 🙂 We are enjoying rainy afternoons The “monsoon” season. We will have more rain today and tomorrow. And then I think it is sunny and HOT for a few weeks. (maybe months) I am still learning the season here. I thought the rains lasted longer last year, but maybe that is just because we were so enamored with them. Still are.
      Hope you have a shady spot to stay cool in, Yikes!

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