Category Archives: Abstract

Day 24, 25 And 26 Of 30

Day 26. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 26. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

I goofed. I forgot to add the purple pears. I had already painted most of the pads before I noticed. There was only a small area of clean paper left. And so, only one pear.

If I were to name this, it would be the loneliest number. Haha. I also just noticed, I did not outline this in pen. Hmm. Should I or shouldn’t I?

Day 25. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 25. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Inspired again by Carla’s wacky florals. Haha. I found the tutorial after I did the painting. The point, for me, is to loosen up. To not be so tight, so literal. I admire Carla’s playfulness.

I used a stencil with Inktense pencil. Painted with thinned acrylic. Then I used the stencil to outline some of the shapes, again with Inktense. The shadow areas this created are more viable in person. I added the vase, collage, and painted it with watercolor.

I scribbled the blooms with Caran d’Ache crayons. Wet some areas. Added pen details to the purple, and used watercolor pencils on the orange blooms. (Thanks Nelvia!) I added the green, (leaves) which turned out to be too light. So I added scribbles to that. I wasn’t really happy with this. But I added splatter, and now I feel it is not a total loss. Haha.

Day 24. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 24. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Trying to be a little wacky and loose. Maybe I shouldn’t have made the Crysanthmums perfectly round. And the green line on the top flower is too light and too close in value to the rest of the bloom. I really like this color combination. I’ll have to use it again 🙂

Days 21 & 22 Of The 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 21. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 21. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Ranunculus and Carnations. At least that is what I have been told. While I was painting, I was hoping that the magenta blooms would vaguely resemble something that was real. Haha. Gotta have friends to tell you what kind of real. Thank you Nelvia and Katie! Whew! I was inspired in part by Laurelle Cidoncha, Karin Naylor, and Carla Sonheim. Thank you all for always inspiring creativity!

I had fun painting the whatever-they-are Carnations. I painted the background first, so I had to add a layer of white for the blooms to sit on. I didn’t think to do that for the yellow. Next time.

I was really in the zone. I didn’t realize I was painting the pointy shapes. I got lost in the repetition, and before I knew it, they were done. I mixed areas of thick paint and thinned color. I’m really happy with them.

Day 22. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 22. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

This painting was a disaster. The original is a mess. Thank goodness for Photoshop! Haha. I have noticed on several sheets of the paper, that there are score marks. Or slices on the front of the sheet. So far it had not been a problem, the color and placement hid it from view.

But on this piece, there were three distinct marks in the sky. I also slipped while doing the umber splatter, and a few huge spots landed in the sky area. (Yeah, you are right. I should mask it off with paper.) Easy to remove with the Clone tool.

I had fun with this. And while I think it could be better, I am happy with the result. I keep trying to get back to the looseness of the first I did of these “wildflower fields”. This one is much closer, and I think it is the best of those I have done this month. I saved the light areas, and I just love the glow of the Green Gold here.

We are winding down the challenge. I am amazed I have been able to stick with it.
Wooo Whoo!
Grateful for your cheerful support 🙂

Day 15 Of The 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 15, 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 15, 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

We’re here! The halfway point. I have to say, I’m feeling very accomplished. After months of not painting. I now have a nice little collection. A collection I am happy with.

Out of the fifteen, there are only two that I wanted to make changes to. And I did. Day 3 and day 6. In challenges past, I would have felt I had more”bad” paintings at this point. I have noticed that I am stressing less over the outcome.

This next week is when it usually gets difficult for me. I am interested to see if that will be true again. Or if the last half will pass as quickly as the first.

Day 3, 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, acrylic & pen on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 3, 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, acrylic & pen on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 3, Rev. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 3, Rev. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 6, 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 6, 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 6, rev. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Day 6, rev. 2019 C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.


You can always find a solution if you try hard enough.
– Lori Greiner

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”
– Marc Chagall

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant,
there is no such thing.
Making your unknown known is the important thing.”
– Georgia O’Keeffe