W.I.P. – Trees Revisited

 

 

Trees revised. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Trees revised. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

When I first posted this painting, Janet gave me some golden nuggets. I know I need practice with my values. I admit, I was not really thinking of values when I did the painting. Janet explained that my yellows and the Shiraz were reading as the same value. Blew my mind. But you can see below, she is absolutely right.

Trees desaturated. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Trees desaturated. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Scroll down further still, and you will see the original painting.

Trees. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Trees. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

To the original I have added digital dark areas. I will tell you, I have struggled with this for weeks. Because I do not know where the dark areas should go. I am not “seeing” them.

I was so… worried about going forward. It finally came to me to play with it in Photoshop. I can try it several ways, and no harm done. Looking at the original, there are “hints of dark”. In the foreground, the trunks, and the base of the tops. I followed those areas, with a deeper, darker shade of the Shiraz. Janet suggested adding another value, and maybe adding some black to the Shiraz for more dark. (Click here to see her comment on the earlier post.)

I am not very good at drawing or painting in Photoshop, I don’t have a tablet and stylus, so I work with the mouse. I am not fond of the result, the jerky lines, but you get the idea. What do you think? Am I on the right track? I do like what is happening in the foreground.

I don’t want to differentiate between the tree tops. But I could. Set a few of them in the back, and their trunks as well. I like though, that they look like a group of friends hanging in the school yard.

Well, still thinking.

Changing subject.

I am really enjoying our summer storms. These photos are ALL about the clouds. Enjoy!

Clouds over Mingus.

Clouds over Mingus.

 

Light up the sky

Light up the sky.

Today I watched a dark grey storm move in from the south (Right). It obliterated the mountains. Seemed like five minutes, but maybe it was ten. And then it was gone. The mountains were visible, and there were bits of blue sky in the clouds. Nice show!

 

More photo album fun.

More photo album fun.

Finally got organized with my Spoonflower color map.  There are about 1500 color chips, printed out on one yard of fabric. This gives us a better idea of what the colors look like on fabric instead of back-lit by the monitor. And the hex codes are there, for easy use in the programs. I cut them into long strips, and had to shuffle through them all when working on a design. Such a mess. Fold and unfold again. Threads falling loose.

 

Don’t know why it took me so long, but the idea finally came. Why not stick them in a book! A mini photo album. Perfect. I mean really, they fit perfect. (Whew! Got lucky there!) Now I have a color chip flip book!

 

Pale-WindscorpionChanging subject again. Had a visitor the other night. On my bed.  It was about an inch and half long. Looks upside down in the photo, but his legs came up over his body when I grabbed him. (With a tissue, no I am not brave around BIG ugly bugs.)

I usually climb into bed in the dark. But for some reason, an angel on my shoulder, I turned on my phone light. And I saw something move. Fast. So quick on with the light. And I swear he came running towards me, which is good. I could have lost him in the corner.

It is a Pale Wind scorpion. Terrific.  But it is actually in the same class as spiders. And it bites, but it is not poisonous. I also read that they are aggressive. Ha ha, he was running towards me!!

That will teach me to clean and organize.

Still checking my bed before I get in it. ;/

 

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “W.I.P. – Trees Revisited

    1. Sheila Post author

      That was the second big bug I have found in a week… waiting for the third to show up. We never have bugs in the house. Don’t know why I am the lucky one to find them. ewww!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Good idea Dave!! And this was supposedly a medium sized one. Yuck. I do not ever need to find one bigger!

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  1. dotty seiter

    Sheila, so happy to have you posting again (Pale Wind notwithstanding!), to see what you have been up to in your studio. You’ve been up to a lot! Hats off to you for diving into reseeing and tweaking Trees, exploring the nuances of color value. I’m going to let Janet stay as your primary mentor here, but I will say I think you’re on the right track. You might want to play with hints of even darker, almost black, shiraz to further develop contrast, perhaps with some hints of light light shiraz in a few places, again to further develop contrast. I’m guessing this particular painting presents a number of mindset challenges, i.e. it’s one thing to replicate a stand of trees offering themselves up as a reference, but it’s a whole different thing to work with an abstract found composition, yes? Happy adventuring! Keep us posted!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Yes. You are right Dotty. And feel free to mentor away! What a blessing! You don’t think I read your posts every day just for fun do you? 😉 LOL. I noticed while working on this… the darks scare me. Maybe it is just this piece, and the fact I did not put them in from the beginning. But I was afraid to go “too” dark. On the next one, I will be sure to add a darker value. It’s hard though, the Shiraz is so dark when wet. i wish it would dry that tone.

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  2. Val van der Poel

    Yuck – I hate bugs and am so glad we don’t have anything like that here. I like the changes to your trees. You could move some back but I like the idea of them being friends chatting in the school yard. Nice work Sheila!

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