Category Archives: Daily Painting

This, That, And The Other

 

Storm lifting, Mingus. SMD

Storm lifting, Mingus. SMD

Gray skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face
Brush off the clouds and cheer up
Put on a happy face
Spread sunshine all over the place
Oh put on a happy face

 

Last Light, Mingus. SMD

Last Light, Mingus. SMD

 

Both taken on the same day. Late afternoon and early evening. Loving the Arizona rain!

 

Work In Progress

 

Detail, WIP

Detail, WIP

 

Kids Art Week

Carla Sonheim hosted Kids Art Week 2017, for the young folks. She invited big kids to take part as well. It is a free class, and you can still sign up the kiddos!

Early Bird. Watercolor Pencil on paper. SMD

Early Bird. Watercolor Pencil on paper. SMD

The week started with “Blob Hunting”. Her video showed the kids running around looking for blob shapes, or cracks in cement. After drawing the shapes, the next step was to try to create creatures from them.

I found cracks in the sidewalk, that formed a triangle. The cracks became a bird with a worm.

 

 

Albrecht Dürer Bunny. oil pastels on paper. SMD

Albrecht Dürer Bunny. oil pastels on paper. SMD

Next was a fun attempt to duplicate “Young Hare” by Albrecht Dürer. This started with another blob shape, the outline of the rabbit. The entire shape was filled in with white oil pastel. We added light, and then mid tones. Next the darkest values.

The final touch was to scratch through the pastel, to create the illusion of fur. Fun!

 

 

 

Cubist Cat, marker and watercolor on paper. SMD

Cubist Cat, marker and watercolor on paper. SMD

A lesson from Picasso followed. Cubist cat. We drew an eye, then rotated the paper 90 degrees. Drew a larger eye, and rotated the paper again.

Draw and rotate. An ear. Whiskers. A tail. A paw. Nose and mouth.

The video’s were entertaining. The lessons, fun.

These were quick, late night activities for me. Led me to begin 12 x 12 piece. Larger than my usual.

Thank you Carla for the invite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 30 Paintings In 30 Days

 

 

Sheila M. Delgado, Jan 2017 30 in 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the start of the challenge, I had a “grand plan”. I recently discovered a new technique. At least, new to me. Laly Mille has an encaustic inspired method. I have long been wanting to work in encaustic, so I was really excited when I read her post.

I worked to get ahead on the challenge. I started with five small canvases. Mini Mingus views. And guess what. I bombed. That’s what I get for getting too ambitious. And for not practicing on just one first. One failure would have been easier to take!

From day one, I felt behind schedule. And slightly dissappointed. I hoped to post the January pieces for sale.  I will try the technique again. I think I can salvage the duds.

If you have been reading my posts, you know I have had a lot of duds this month. Many “do-over’s”. The big surprise is. I am happy with everything I have worked on this month. Somehow, it all worked out.

Here are my favorites.

Sheila M. Delgado, Jan 2017 favorites

 

The days with the most page views were: 3, 4, 7, 13, 17, 20, 21. Day 21 was the highest by far.  What was your favorite?

I am so grateful to all of you who followed along with me this month. Your observations and comments helped to carry me through the difficult days. Such a blessing to wake up and be greeted by friends!  (Made new friends too!) Thank you for taking the time.

I have gone way over my data limit, so I will not be commenting on the collages until I return home. I will catch up though! No posts until then as well. I did bring a few supplies with me, and I will be painting when I can.

Happy resting if you are going to rest! Joyful creating to you always! Blessed 2017 to all!

 

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Day 30 Of 30 Paintings In 30 Days

 

 

Day 30. 4.25 x 8 in. acrylic on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Day 30. 4.25 x 8 in. acrylic on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

I have noticed a pattern here. The canvas I posted yesterday, was the first in the batch of 4 x 4’s. I thought it was the best of those. This was the first of four, and again, I feel it is the best.

I need to stop trying so hard. I think that is the lesson. I think on these first attempts, I was just doing, and not thinking. Or maybe I was trying  too hard on those that followed, to recreate the “magic” somehow. Which is impossible.

So happy to end on a positive note. January has been a productive month. Thank you Leslie Saeta! Tomorrow I will be posting a collage of my favorites. The artists who took part will also be posting their collage of 30 paintings.

Happy day thirty and happy Monday!

 

 

 

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Day 29 Of 30

 

 

Day 29, Dreaming of Sand and Chili. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Day 29, Dreaming of Sand and Chili. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

Struggled with these abstracts in the beginning. In fact I posted a couple of them. They were not feeling right to me. So I painted over them with a warm sand color. That made all the difference.

The next session went more smoothly.  I had five pieces that I was happy with. Only minor tweaks and adjustments needed, if any. This was the first one I completed, and I was happy with it.  I still feel it is one of the best. The success of this canvas helped me work through the problem solving on the others. I actually put my hands in the air and did a little happy dance.

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We can all do the happy dance, another 30 in 30 challenge has been won! Congratulations to the artists!

 

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Day 28 Of 30

 

 

Day 28, Soul's Heart. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Day 28, Soul’s Heart. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

Color has everything to do with why I like this. Different application, another pour. Softer hues. I love intense color, bold, highly pigmented. This is a breath of fresh air.  Very welcome at the end of this hectic month. Another lucky creation. A blessing!

 

Sometimes it’s O.K. if the only thing
you did today was breathe.

 

When I admire the wonders of a sunset
or the beauty of the moon,
my soul expands
in the worship of the creator.
Mahatma Gandhi

 

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