Category Archives: Flowers

Leftovers

4 x 4, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
4 x 4, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

WOWzers this month is flying by. Two days finishing the challenge. Four working on the group Pinterest board. Five days of cleaning my digital files. Three days on a deep “Spring” studio cleaning. Hmm. Still a few days I can’t account for. I must have spent them working on the files. And I probably have another five days of work there. Still, they were not as disheveled as I imagined.

Meanwhile. I want to paint! So I reached for my scrap stack and my watercolors. I used the last of the colors on my palette. It’s not much. A little 4 x 4. Calling it play. It served the purpose. Relaxation. Meditation. Fun.

When I saw the scan, I decided it needed some warmth. I found an old painting, digitally cropped a flower and pasted it onto this. I added some color to the center, it was white before.

I am working on a larger piece. The rooster I didn’t get to last month. Or the month before that. Yeah, yeah. Big time procrastination. I have never painted a rooster. Don’t know how. But thanks to Youtube, I am learning.

Wishing you good health, peace, and JOY!

Let kindness lead the way.

You can accomplish by kindness
what you cannot by force.
Publilius Syrus

There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
Scott Adams

Politeness is the flower of humanity.
Joseph Joubert

Day 26 Of The 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 26, FEB C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 26, FEB C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches 140lb. cold-pressed paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

For the flowers I used gouache. I haven’t worked with gouache much. I need to play with it more. Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint. Transparent watercolor allows you to see the “white” of the paper through the paint. Gouache paint can be applied in solid colors. This allows artists to paint in layers from dark to light.

The flowers of the Prickly Pear look waxy and are translucent. So gouache was not the right medium for them. Lesson learned. I was hoping to capture the vivid colors. I will try again. Won’t that be fun! Here is a terrific video showing different cacti flowers. If you watch to the end, it gives the names of each.

Floral Fun

Nevaeh, 8 x 8, mixed media on wood panel. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Nevaeh, 8 x 8, mixed media on wood panel. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Emory, 8 x 8, mixed media on wood panel. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Emory, 8 x 8, mixed media on wood panel. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Ta-da. Ta-done. The two paintings above started as playful florals for two toddlers. Then Nana Noni requested having their birth stats added. There are layers of paper and paint, leaf skeletons. Unfortunately, most of that texture is not showing well.

This next one is for the newest addition, Abigail. It’s tiny, ‘cuz she’s teeny. I will do her birth stats soon. She was given her great-grandmother’s name, Viola. So I used violet hues.

For Abigail, 4 x 4, Acrylic on canvas. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
For Abigail, 4 x 4, Acrylic on canvas. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Trio, 6 x 6, Acrylic on canvas. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Trio, 6 x 6, Acrylic on canvas. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

This last one is a gift as well. Sort of a house warming.

Three Faces of Mingus

One setting sun. Five minutes. Three moods.

Setting Sun Bright Hills. 12-15-19
Setting Sun Bright Hills. 12-15-19
Setting Sun on Mingus. 12-15-19
Setting Sun on Mingus. 12-15-19
Setting Sun Bright Sky. 12-15-19
Setting Sun Bright Sky. 12-15-19

Now it’s time to go finish the last of my Christmas cards. Meant to send them out Friday. Haha.

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six.
Mother took me to see him in a department store,
and he asked for my autograph.”
Shirley Temple