Category Archives: Art Exchange

Wonky Little Watercolor Cactus

Desert Bloom 2. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on  paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Desert Bloom 2. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Last of the bunch. I have a couple others, but I think they are paint-overs. This card was sent out in the Pals-Poist exchange. It traveled a whole hour and a half up the road to Flagstaff, to my good friend Christine Brooks. Christine and I still have not met. Mostly due to busy schedules. But one day soon, right Christine? 🙂

In return, I received this lovely card. Even in winter, beauty is all around. Christine sent it in a protective sleeve, the marks rub right off. I love how the leaves look like a frilly, royal collar (a ruff). And the snow cap looks like a Beret. Ok, I know I am mixing my styles there. And centuries. 😉

I love it Christine! I hope you had a hot cup of cocoa waiting after your walk in the cold. Burr!

Pals Poist Postcard by Christine Brooks.

I re-discovered a long lost favorite artist. Birgit O’Connor. Her watercolors are jaw-dropping! I love her flowers. And her stones look like a photograph. Her paintings are huge! Treat yourself to some of her videos on YouTube.

Surprise!

Some times good things come in the mail. Unexpected, good things.

Unexpected. Multiple good things.

Nelvia McGrath and I were having a conversation about watercolor paper. If you follow her blog, you know she has been experimenting with watercolors in a class she is taking. If you don’t follow her, you can take a peek. A link to her blog is to the right, in the blogs I follow. Well, we decided to share some paper with each other. And I sent off some Bee paper, some Arches. And some of the cheap postcards I thought were such a great deal. I wanted her to see the difference between good and bad paper. Salvaged the cards though, used gesso to cover the paper. The wonky cactus is an example.

Papers to play with. Yupo, Artagain, Duralar, watercolor paper.

Well, a couple of weeks passed, and I had just about forgotten. I knew Nelvia was busy. (You know how forgetful I am. Ughh.) And what do ya’ know! A BIG box came, with my name on it. Not only were there papers in it, but sharpies, colored pencils, pencils, erasers, a paint marker, a mechanical pencil, a brush pen, and some command strips. WOW! Mixed media here I come!

It’s my party and I’ll draw if I want to!
Draw if I want to, draw if I want to!

I am so blessed to have made so many terrific friends online!

You know who you are. 😉 I see you every day, and I feel grateful. Thank you, Christine, for sharing your art and photography with me!

Thank you Nelvia for the fabulous art loot!

Cacti Postcards

Cacti, 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Cacti, 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

These cards are on their way to my Pals Poist postcard partners. One is headed to Ireland, one to Norway and one to California. I meant to add a flower to the middle card. But dork forgot until just as I was putting it in the envelope. Three layers of paint and then the pen work, and do you think I would remember??

Pals Poist is Jacinta Moore‘s idea for a postcard exchange. In an attempt to fill the huge gap left by the cancelation of Kat Sloma’s LYA. Jacinta even created a cool little logo for the event. Check it out!

I have already received Jacinta’s wonderful card. She calls it digital art. It is a compilation.

Very intriguing.

Jacinta Moore, Pals Poist exchange. Digital art. 3 2019
Jacinta Moore, Pals Poist exchange. Digital art. 3 2019

Isn’t that a mind bender? Or is it just my mind that is bent? This is a photo of her photo. Not doing it justice. I apologize Jacinta. So glad you had the idea to do a swap!

2018 LYA Side Swap Treasure Trove

 

 

Green Tree Sketch. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

Green Tree Sketch. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

 

Green Tree.

I made a quick stop on the way home from Phoenix yesterday. Parked to enjoy a Mickey D’s ice cream cone. It was 96 degrees. Ice cream was prescribed. I also had good news from the Doctor. Well, not news really. He is ordering three more tests. I left his office confident that we will soon have answers. And hopefully, and end to this chronic cough.  So it was a bit of a celebration as well.

My view was of this brilliant, lime green tree trunk. There was also the beautiful cactus, four different birds and a tiny chipmunk I think. he was busy scarfing down on the bush in front of the tree. I took photos of him too, but all I got was a fuzzy grey blob.

I love these trees in Phoenix. They do not grow up here. They have lovely, graceful shapes, and the gorgeous color. There are also some with deep, almost black trunks. I am guessing those are older trees, but I have yet to confirm that.

LYA SIDE SWAPS

Suzette Rothlisberger, Grantsville Utah

 

Suzette did an oversized card this year, 5 x 7. Perfect for framing. It is gorgeous! “Singing to the moon”. Lots going on here, layers of awesomeness. You might not be able to see, but there are hand written messages in there too.

 

Lynne Foerster, Orefield, Pennsylvania

 

This is a view from Lynne’s favorite walking trail. Isn’t it lovely? What a peaceful, joyful walk that would be. I can hear the birds chirping, and feel the breeze on my arms. The message on the front:

And suddenly you know:
It’s time to start something new
and trust the magic of beginning.
Meister Eckahart

 

 

Kelly Warren, Tallahassee Florida

 

This sweet face belongs to “Denver”. Kelly donates her time, taking photos of shelter dogs, to help them find a good home. Awww! She also make fabulous jewelry and does mixed media art as well.

 

Val van der Poel, Wynndel, BC, Canada

 

This wonderful scene is a perfect example of Val’s amazing trees. Val is great at a lot of things. She teaches, so naturally.  “Winter Sunset”, is a watercolor. Just look at that cheerful sky. On the back:

Art needn’t be “meaningful,
but it should make the artist
and the viewer feel something!!

 

 

Christine Brooks, Flagstaff Arizona

 

Isn’t this big bug beautiful?  I think it would be fun to paint. (Hint, hint.) Those sparkly wings! Christine still had some extras, so I got lucky and received a second one. Thanks Christine! WOO WHOO!

Thanks so much – Christine, Kelly, Lynne, Suzette, and Val!! So blessed to have your art in my LYA collection 🙂

If you haven’t already, I hope you will visit the links, and take a look at more of the work these talented women create!

 

 

 

 

 

A Visit With Natasha

 

Yellow Tree Sketch. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

Yellow Tree Sketch. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

 

This super sunny yellow tree was in front of me when I parked at Hobby Lobby. Such a pretty shape. Like a Japanese dancer. I didn’t get it right. I’d love to do a full painting of it though.

 

Yellow tree.

 

Yesterday was a busy day. Capped off by a visit with Natasha Papousek.  A longtime LYA friend. In fact I have her 2013 post card on my inspiration wall. Natasha was on her way to a class in Sedona.

She arrived later than she had planned, so we had a short time to see the sights. After a quick bite, we headed to Prescott. We caught the sunset view from the Prescott Casino and Resort on top of the hill. Thumb Butte is left of center.

 

Prescott sunset, April 19, 2018.

 

Prescott Sunset close up. April 19, 2018. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Prescott Sunset close up. April 19, 2018. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

 

Next we went to Watson Lake. In fading light, we hurried to snap some shots. Thank goodness for Photoshop and the ability to brighten things up!

 

Watson Lake, Prescott AZ. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Watson Lake, Prescott AZ. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

 

Watson Lake, Prescott AZ. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Watson Lake, Prescott AZ. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

 

Watson Lake, Prescott AZ. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Watson Lake, Prescott AZ. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

 

Natasha in the landscape.

 

There was so much more I would have liked to show her. She mentioned coming back again soon for a longer stay to explore the area more. With hiking, galleries, museums… plenty to do!

Natasha is a henna artist and she is blessed with the privilege of working in gorgeous downtown San Diego at Seaport Village. She is also well-traveled, well-educated, and even lived in Hawaii for a time. You can see the photos on her blog. Gorgeous! She is truly one of the most interesting women I have ever met!

LYA Side Swaps

Three more LYA side swaps arrived yesterday. One of them Natasha’s! From Lemon Grove, CA. I love this card, so pretty 🙂 On the back:

Creativity is inventing experimenting, growing, taking risks,
breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.
~ Mary Lou Cook

 

"Peony Party", Natasha Papousek. Handkerchief, Terry Owenby. Watercolor, Christine Brooks

“Peony Party”, Natasha Papousek. Handkerchief, Terry Owenby. Watercolor, Christine Brooks

Terry’s card is so lovely! It is an in progress “slow stitch” project. All done by hand. She has attached a worn, paper-thin vintage handkerchief to a sturdier fabric. A pink linen tablecloth. She is still creating this new piece but thought is was pretty enough to use for LYA. I agree! Very sweet and delicate, the details. From Gresham Oregon.

The birds is a wonderful watercolor from Christine Brooks in Flagstaff AZ.  I love Christine’s work ! An addition to my growing Christine collection!

Thank you my friends for sharing your wonderful work with me! I love them all!

And an extra special thank you to Natasha for including me in her busy, artistic road trip! Such a pleasure to meet again after so many years!

 

Two Mingus starts on the table, plus the one that is bothersome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liberate Your Art Blog Hop 2018

 

L.Y.A. 2018 Postcards. SMD

L.Y.A. 2018 Postcards. SMD

 

No! No! Say it isn’t so! The 2018 Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap can’t be over! Well, it isn’t really. The official swap has concluded, but NOW the side swapping begins. Well, truth be told some of the artists sent out their sides a month ago. Yes, YOU know WHO your are 🙂

This is my 8th LYA event. If you would like to see Kat’s videos from previous years, click the Liberate Your Art link under the gallery tab at the top of this page. I am pretty sure I forgot to post my cards in the LYA Facebook group. Only did two this year. A couple of my favorites from the 30 in 30 challenge.

Here are this year’s stats, from Kat:

804 pieces of art liberated
134 artists
10 countries
31 US states

Way to go Kat!
High five LYA artists!

 

My first arrival came from Sue Brinner in Springfield VA. You know, it actually has a few chunks missing, but I didn’t even notice. I guess love is in the eye of the beholder. Her photo features Chihuly glass on display at the New York Botanical Gardens. I LOVE his work. Aren’t these beautiful?

 

LYA #1 Sue Brinner

 

Karen Koch’s card came next. Karen is in Hudson Ohio and you can find her at LifeNeedsArt.com. I love map art. If you do as well, check out my Pinterest board. I also have a board on postcards, naturally. Nature and nostalgia inspire Karen. She uses modern and vintage paper, book pages, paint, and thread to create her awesome art. Her work is rich in texture and meaning. Karen’s message:

Believe in  your creativity!
Let it shine!

So glad you followed your own advice Karen, and joined in the swap!

 

LYA #2 Karen Koch

 

The next two postcards arrived on the same day.

 

“Serene Poppies” by Fran Stamper, and “Angel Of Courage” by Cathy Clement.

 

Fran Stamper lives in Little River South Carolina. Her poppies are alcohol inks. I love the loose,  simplified forms! Gorgeous! Fran’s Message:

An artist has to be a little like Lewis & Clark,
Always exploring in new, uncharted directions.
C.W. Mundy

 

Cathy Clement’s greeting came from the beautiful icy shores of Lake Superior. The message around the angel, “Step into the light and trust, trust, trust.” How wonderful is that!

On the back:

An angel told me you want to Liberate Your Art!
Today… Liberate your inner awesome!

 

 

LYA #5 Chrisann Risser

 

My fifth card is from Chrisann Risser. You can see more of her terrific photos at the link. Her image is so peaceful and quiet. I Love Chrisann’s message:

Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy!
Liz Gilbert, Big Magic

 

 

Anomalous, Kat Sloma

 

Kat’s coveted card closes out the correspondence. Isn’t this awesome! Kat’s message:

Creativity takes courage.
Henri Matisse

You have proved yourself courageous!

 

You can see more of Kat’s amazing work at Kat Eye Studio. If you would like to take part in next years LYA, sign up for her newsletter. Do be sure to visit Kat’s post on the swap. Her awesome, art filled video is there, and news of her swap giveaways. More enticement for you to consider signing up!

As always, each card I received reinforces my believe that we are all connected. Common interests with each of these. Trees, maps, Chihuly, mixed media, alcohol inks, photography, ocean appreciation.

HUGE thanks Kat, for another awesome Swap! For the terrific video, and most of all, for all your time and efforts! Thanks to the LYA helpers! Thanks to all the L.Y.A. swappers! I love each card I have received, and I am grateful you have shared your fabulous art with me!

 

I will be sharing the side swaps as they come in. They are really too wonderful to keep to myself 😉 Follow the links below to see more wonderful postcard art.

 

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