Koinobori

 

"Fish Kites". Watercolor and pen on paper. 2010 Sheila Delgado

“Fish Kites”. Watercolor and pen on paper. 2010 Sheila Delgado

 

Out of sight, out of mind. I opened my art portfolios, and what a surprise. I time warped back to college. Only a few pieces survived from then. Most of what I found was from 2010 forward. Still wonderful to see again. I would call these “early works”, ha ha. Early, from the time I decided to focus on art.

I thought I had given these away. I remember taking a stab at making a repeat design out of them. Pretty sure those files were on the laptop that died. Koinobori have a long tradition. Don’t ask me how I feel about the fact that they were originally meant to celebrate boys only. Times have changed, and now they are part of Children’s Day celebrations in Japan.

Also found some not-so-successful watercolor abstract attempts. Gorgeous colors though, and I am thinking I can use them for collage. A la Dotty, and Laly, and Bob.

Just a few weeks until the 30 in 30, hands up if you are planning to take the challenge! I am looking forward to it. I know, nuts!

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

16 thoughts on “Koinobori

  1. Nelvia

    How fun is this Sheila. Such brightness and color. Was a big step going to instagram for me, but wow is it ever fast. Hashtags are the key and am sure there are lots of design sites that get watched. If I can be of any help let me know, I don’t know much but like to research or have folks who know. Don’t think I will challenge this time but will look forward to seeing you post.

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Thanks for that Nelvia, I will definitely keep you in mind 🙂 Sorry to hear you will not be in the challenge. I think you are the fourth person to tell me that. It will be great to hear from you though… helps to keep me going. LOL There is a really good teacher for Instagram, but for the life of me I can not find her. I will keep looking and let you know. She is back east, has blond hair she wears in a shoulder length bob. I took a free class from her a couple years ago, and she gave tons of info and tips.
      Whew, found her… was bugging me. https://www.instagram.com/theinstagramexpert/?hl=en

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  2. laurelle

    I loved this post. I’ve seen the fish kites all my life and it’s interesting to know the tradition behind them. Yours are so cheery. Great colors. Oh, yes, September challenge is coming up. I am going to try to do it because I really got a lot out of last September’s, my first and only one. I might do portraits for a month; something I really want to work on and the challenge (pressure) to create so much work might release some of my trepidation at doing them.

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Yay 🙂 So glad to hear it Laurel. Portraits is a great idea. I have been thinking of theme ideas, but I probably won’t decide until day one. LOL. So glad i will see you in the challenge 🙂 Happy creating to you 🙂

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  3. Val van der Poel

    What super little fish – so much colour and fun! It isn’t often that I go back to an older piece and think -“I can use that’ – good for you!. I won’t be doing the September 30/30 challenge as it is a busy month for me but I look forward to seeing what others come up with. Have a great day Sheila!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Thanks Val. Thought a bit of fun was worth posting. 🙂 I have heard from a few already who are not participating. As for me, I always seem to have a painting lull mid year. Not sure why that is. But the 30 will be a much needed kick start. Busy is always a good thing, and you have been! Enjoy Val, and I hope you weekend is busy in the best way – SALES!

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  4. Dave

    Seeing those made me flash back to living in Japan half a century ago (How’s that even possible??). I remember the flags like this fling everywhere as a child. As I recall, they have different things they do for “girls” day in Japan. One of my treasured possessions is a book of origami instructions I got from my second grade teacher in Japan. I just looked at the inscription to me from her the other night as I was moving some stuff around to paint my office.
    Nice memories. Thanks!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Yeah! How is that possible. Figured out that I have owned these portfolios for 30 years… WHAT??!! Isn’t it wonderful, how our early teachers stay in our memories. I have fond memories of many. What an adventure Dave! I bet you have great stories to tell 🙂

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  5. dotty seiter

    Sheila, fun to read your post today. Hard to imagine a time when you DIDN’T focus on art since I’ve only known you as an artist since ‘meeting’ you online two (can it really only be TWO???) years ago. What art did you study in college? Love your bright cheery koinoboro! Speaking of college, and koinoboro, I think I had a blue and white paper fish kite in college; I have no memory of how or when it came my way, I only remember its being part of my wall decor every year.

    Oh my gosh, the September 30-in-30. I don’t plan on participating this time around.

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Two years??? Seems shorter, and longer both. Your work is such a part of my day, seems like I have known you forever Dotty! So gonna miss you in the 30. But you post daily as it is, so… what am I thinking. LOL. Happy creating fearless one!

      OOPS… I studied Graphic design, but back then they still called it commercial art. LOL. Then I went to a design school and studied More graphic design, and computer graphics. But that was in the dark ages. So amazed at how programs have changed and improved since!!!

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