Days 16 & 17 Of 30

Day 16, Mixed Media on 5 x 7 Canvas Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 16, Mixed Media on 5 x 7 Canvas Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 17, Mixed Media on 5 x 7 Canvas Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 17, Mixed Media on 5 x 7 Canvas Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Everything that could go wrong, did. Haha. I worked all night trying to fix this and that. And just when I thought I was done. Another problem. I picked a white, that turned out to be a satin. Nope. Looked sticky. Sticky paint? Haha. Well, no worries. Decided white wasn’t right. OK. Time for bed.

Starting today, right after breakfast no less! (First for the month.) I mixed a buff and sand color for the background. Yes, that will work. Changed the terra cotta pots to a desert rose. Added a glaze to the leaves. This helped to tone down the mess of a yellow paint pen that I had used to outline the forms. DIdn’t realize that was glossy paint.

I left the yellow on the snake plant, top. Felt it worked as the golden stripes some of the leaves have. Added a subtle pattern. Bubble wrap. Too subtle. May go back in and bring it out just a bit more. But that means repainting the entire background and then applying the pattern.

Had added texture and scratch marks, hoping to add the aged effect I had in the Blue vase pieces. There is a dark blue base and I tried sanding some top layer away to reveal it. Just didn’t work. I revealed the white gesso instead. Haha.

Happy enough with them now. That Kiwi green is a little too neon. But it keeps them from being too muted. The board lent itself to a postcard layout. So I thought I would create something clean and graphic, for just that.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me here, and to let me know you stopped by. Happy creating to you!

You don’t drown by falling in the water.
You drown by staying there.
Robert G. Allen

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes,
but quickly to see how to make them good.
Bertolt Brecht

What we call experience is
often a dreadful list of ghastly mistakes.
J. Chalmers da Costa

4 thoughts on “Days 16 & 17 Of 30

  1. Val van der Poel

    I rather like both of these but that may just be the colours you used. I don’t think that your background should be too busy as the colour in the plants give the pieces the pop that they need. Nice work Sheila!

    1. Sheila Post author

      OK, good to know, thank you Val! 🙂 I just wanted the hint of pattern to be lightly stronger… but not overbearing.
      I am so enjoying your watercolors this month! As always! 🙂

  2. Dotty Seiter

    Sheila, your posts always lift my spirits.

    • They arrive in my inbox precisely at the point when I’ve run out of steam at the end of the day, and the colors and images revitalize me.
    • I very much enjoy your descriptions of process, success, and foibles.
    • Love the quotations.

    Thank you!

    1. Sheila Post author

      You are welcome Dotty. 🙂
      Thank you for your inspiration and support. 🙂
      Rest well Dotty. So you can FACE the world tomorrow! 🙂 Haha!


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