Category Archives: Abstract

Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Dreamer Too!

 

 

Dreamer. Janice Darby. LYA Side Swap 2017

Dreamer. Janice Darby. LYA Side Swap 2017

Don’t know why, but the Dr. Pepper song popped into my head, and the words morphed into the post title. In trying to get it out of my head, I watched the original commercial. I did not need to realize that it is nearly forty years old!

Janice Darby’s Dreamer opens the 2017 LYA video (by Kat Sloma). Each time I saw this image on the Facebook group page, I crossed my fingers that one would come my way. Love the layers in this! Janice and I have swapped before, I always look forward to her card. She lives in Santa Maria, California. Very inspiring city I think!

On the back:

Never let it be said that to DREAM is a waste of one’s time,
for DREAMS are our realities in waiting.
In dreams we plant the seeds of our future.  

Love that thought Janice! So glad you agreed to a side swap. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome art with me!

 

Coneflower. Chandra Lynn. LYA Side Swap 2017

Coneflower. Chandra Lynn. LYA Side Swap 2017

Chandra sent this digitally enhanced photo. She shared her enhancement experiments in a recent blog post. Looks like fun to me! I need to find some fun photo apps. I really love the colors in this. Makes me think of watercolors flowing together. Beautiful! She included this:

We do not escape into philosophy, psychology, and art
–we go there to restore our shattered selves into whole ones.
Anais Nin

 

Pink Flamingo, colored pencil. Diane McWhirter. Australia.

Pink Flamingo, colored pencil. Diane McWhirter. Australia.

Diane’s work is always stunning. Take a look at her pet portraits. She also works in ink, and I just love her vivid, lively colors. Lot’s of happy in her work! Her floral pillows are gorgeous. So honored that you would swap with me Diane – had no idea your postcard postage is $2.95! If it helps, I think your work is priceless.

So blessed to count these talented women among my LYA friends! I find their work delightful and inspiring! Hope you enjoyed these cards as well.

 

 

 

 

 

What Was I Doing?

 

 

Abstract, Terry Owenby. LYA 2017 Side Swap.

Abstract, Terry Owenby. LYA 2017 Side Swap.

Received this wonderful side swap. Terry tells me this is an unfinished painting that she cropped digitally. She took a Jesse Reno class last year (Portland, OR), but was unable to finish during the class. She took the paintings home and they were forgotten.

In the swap we are always looking for the interesting cosmic connections, between the sender and the receiver. There is always something that binds us. Silly, but still.

I forgot to post Terry’s card. I even emailed to let her know I received it, and that I would be posting. DUH!  It would still be forgotten, if Terry had not replied to my email. I’m trying to retrace my steps, useless I know. I put her card in the scanner, was interrupted, and that was that. The whole time I was writing yesterday’s post, I knew there was something I was forgetting.

I love this card. Love the colors, the wonky shapes and scratches. And the “stitch” stems. The deep blue-black is welcoming to me. And the bright berry reds are pure fun. I also really love the fact that Terry rescued an unfinished and forgotten piece.

Thanks so much Terry for sharing your art with me! Made my day!

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Angel

 

 

Pour #1, acrylic on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pour #1, acrylic on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pour #2, acrylic on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pour #2, acrylic on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pour #3, acrylic on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pour #3, acrylic on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

These have me thinking cosmos. Or satellite views of the earth. Not angels. The microscopic cells did not survive drying. They collapsed, leaving broken shards of color. I was surprised that the thick paint dried overnight. On pour three, the white paint was thick, but somehow the texture of the canvas is visible. There are little concave dimples. Weird and interesting.

The canvas sides are eye-catching. Maybe even more so that the fronts.

 

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Sides-2 Sides-1

 

Sides-shine

shine

Tried to show the shine of the metallic in the last two images. But you know how difficult it is to capture. So, out of 7 attempts, I ended up with one angel. I am going to try once more with the lavender canvas tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes. Be seeing you!

 

 

 

 

 

Pouring and Postcards

 

 

Pour #1, acrylic on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pour #1, acrylic on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Previews of the pours I worked on today. Planned on doing only two in blue, but had enough paint to try a third. In this first pour, I did get some interesting cells. Microscopic, but they do look good in person.

Fingers crossed they survive the drying time. I used thicker paint this time, mixed with water and a few sprays of silicone (WD-40). I did not want huge cells, but I am guessing I could have made them larger by using more silicone. Perhaps the paint needs to be thinned more as well.

The experimenting is fun. I pour the paint from individual containers, and the “dirty pour” technique creates larger cells. I may try that next time. I used my heat gun to bring out the cells. Maybe could have done that longer. So many variables.

Pour #2, acrylic on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pour #2, acrylic on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

None of these from today resemble Angels. Still interesting, and I think I can make them work, with a slight change in focus. I will share them again after they have dried, and let you know what I come up with.

Pour #3, acrylic on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pour #3, acrylic on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

LYA SIDE SWAPS

 

With Butter and Syrup, Nan Johnson.

With Butter and Syrup, Nan Johnson.

Doesn’t this card from Nan Johnson make your mouth water?! Nan’s work is amazing. She does fantastic, detailed “home” portraits, beautiful landscapes, and wonderful pet portraits.

Art – Food for the Soul!

I think so as well, and I very much enjoyed the visual feast on Nan’s site. Thanks so much Nan for sharing your art with me, so glad you participated in LYA this year!  You are right, it is a fun swap!

 

Gems, Kat van Rooyen, CZT.

Gems, Kat van Rooyen, CZT.

My good friend Kat surprised me with her Gems. I received her card as an official LYA postcard. Didn’t think I would get another as a side swap. This LYA has been full of surprises! Kat is a Certified Zentangle Teacher.  She tells me these look better in person, but I think they look pretty real on the card. Lots of depth in the colors! Thanks Kat for surprising me with your colorful, wonderful art!

I just love that the LYA art swap is still going strong!

 

Birds and Flowers. Mixed media digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Birds and Flowers. Mixed media digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

Voting continues in the Spoonflower design challenge. Wanna help me make the top ten? You can only vote once, but you can share the link with friends.

Read more about how this design was created, in yesterday’s post. Thanks for taking the time to vote!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy JOYFUL weekend to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Daffy About A New Fabric Design

 

 

Fancy Free. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper postcard. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Fancy Free. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper postcard. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

Daffodowndilly

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”

A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

 

A set of quick postcards. Needed to paint. And use up some of that yellow still in the bowl. Thought it would be done for, but there is still enough for another painting or two. (Thanks Christine for the postcard paper!)

Breezy. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper postcard. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Breezy. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper postcard. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

Over A Barrel, digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Over A Barrel, digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Thanks to everyone who voted for my design! I ended up in the top third! #102 of 354, with 79 votes. To get into the top ten I would have needed 165 votes. That figure is different for each challenge. You can see the winners here. It received many “favorites” from other designers, I was glad for that.

This weeks design challenge theme is “Birds and Blooms”. There are even MORE entries than last week. Spoonflower holds these challenges as part of their “overarching goal: to inspire you, our design community and continue to challenge you to keep creating and growing.”

I neglected to include the prize scale, and a few of you were curious. This is how it works:

One popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly voted designs (provided the designers are already verified sellers) will be automatically made available for sale in the Marketplace where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5.00 swatch required! In addition to cash prizes, the top 10 will receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

Spoonflower has recently changed this. Before, only the number one design received a cash prize.

Birds and Flowers. Mixed media digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Birds and Flowers. Mixed media digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

In reading the challenge instructions, I found out I goofed. I thought I had read this was a watercolor design. OOPS! Oh well. All of the May themes are to be watercolor, I just got a head start. (Some of the designers made the same mistake.) But no worries. Watercolor is not against the rules. All is well.

Indigo swatches

Indigo swatches

I started my design by painting indigo swatches. You can see a few of them here. I added drops of water to the drying paint to create blooms for texture. In some of the swatches I used a clean, damp brush to lift some of the pigment in a swirl pattern.

In watercolor, a “bloom” happens when wetter paint is placed in dryer paint. The liquid forces the original pigment out, creating irregular shaped splotches.

 

In Photoshop, I “pasted” these swatches to the flower shapes by creating a clipping mask.  My first round, I had just indigo and white flowers. I added a soft blue, a color sample taken from the watercolor. I decided I needed a pop of color, and added orange centers to some of the blooms. Finally I added a lighter shade of that orange to a few of the larger flowers. While I liked the design with all blues and white, the minute I added the warmth it felt finished.

Wanna help me win? I have already received some favorites. Always a nice feeling when fellow designers give you a thumbs up. You have five days to vote. As always, you can only vote once, but you can share the link with friends.

Have a super weekend!