Category Archives: Fruit

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

 

 

Butterflies, original artwork. 4 x6 approx., pencil, pen and gouache. Carol Edan. 2017

Butterflies, original artwork. 4 x 6 approx., pencil, pen and gouache. Carol Edan. 2017

 

 

That was me when the mail came. I had no idea this sweet card would be there waiting for me. An original piece of art from Carol!! All the way from Israel! Oh JOY!!! I have followed Carol’s Journey for I don’t know how long. LOVE your work Carol! I LOVE this card!!

The image above is a photo, not a scan. Doesn’t do justice. But take a look at all that wonderful texture!! So soft and moody. A little mini-break for my soul. Breathe in, breathe out. Ahhh. This is a just-because card. Not part of LYA, and why it was such a surprise.

I guessed on the materials. You will have to correct me if I am wrong Carol. Your card did find me well. And left me in exaltation! Thank you my friend! You are a treasure!

Oh shoot, now I have done it. Christmas is in my head. But that works too. This IS “An Original Caroled”. Former choir girl here needs a fix.

 

 

I’m a dork, I admit it. I could listen to Christmas music all year long. OK, just one more…. start your day off with a shimmy and a shake!

 

 

But wait, there’s more!

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
John 1:16

Not only was I blessed with Carol’s beautiful card, but I also received a surprise from Kat Sloma. I knew it was coming, but I sort of forgot. Sometimes brain farts aren’t so bad ‘ey?

As part of the LYA 2017 blog hop, Kat had a giveaway for a 6 x 9 print, and 10 packs of postcards. Seems the artists were super generous with their “extras” for Kat’s helpers. I was blessed with a gorgeous group of cards.

Kat's LYA 2017 giveaway gift pack.

Kat’s LYA 2017 giveaway gift pack.

Kat included one of her cards too!

"Imminent Downfall", Kat Sloma, 2014.

“Imminent Downfall”, Kat Sloma, 2014.

Artists included:

PJ Lawrence (TN), Louise Mamet (France), Sea Dean (Canada), Janice Darby (CA), ndvest, Lynda Stone, Linda Ursin (Norway), Therese Misner (OR), Laura Summer, Sarah Robinson, Catie Porter (WA), Ron Leunissen (Netherlands).

Thank you Kat for this wonderful and generous gift! And thank you to all the generous artists who shared their art! Each of these is a treasure! Yay! Thank you!

 

 

Pretty in Pink Pomegranates. Mixed media surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pretty in Pink Pomegranates. Mixed media surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

For my LYA friends who may have missed it:

Spoonflower’s design challenge this week – Whimsical Watercolor Fruit. The top ten winners each week will take home a Spoonflower credit and a Skillshare Premium subscription. All submissions into May’s design challenges are automatically entered to win the grand prize full of design goodies worth over $1000!

A super opportunity to learn and grow my pattern presence on Spoonflower, and why I am so grateful for your vote!

Read more about my entry  here.

 

Wishing-You-Joy-Orange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty In Pink Pomegranates

 

 

Pretty in Pink Pomegranates. Mixed media surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pretty in Pink Pomegranates. Mixed media surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

This design is actually three patterns in one. The background is based on the seed shapes. A touch of texture. This is a simple filter in Photoshop, but getting the seams to match was almost impossible. Pin-wheel leaves are a half-drop pattern, meant to mimic latticework. And the poms are a basic toss. Far more difficult than it seems. I actually was up all night trying to get them to work. More out of stubbornness, and the wish to learn what it is I don’t know.

And on top of all that. There is one GLARING error in my design. I knew it, meant to fix it. And missed it in all the edits. UGHH! But it is OK. I can upload the revision as soon as the contest is over. I am curious to see if any of the designers will even notice. (I am betting not.)

 

Watercolor Pomegranates. © 2012 Sheila Delgado

Watercolor Pomegranates. © 2012 Sheila Delgado

 

Spoonflower’s challenge this week – Whimsical Watercolor Fruit. I painted the pomegranate pieces for an earlier design that was never uploaded to the Spoonflower site. So glad to have the chance to use them.

May design challenges are sponsored by Skillshare.  Skillshare is an amazing an online learning community where anyone can discover, take, or even teach a class.

The top winners each week will take home Spoonflower credit and a Skillshare Premium subscription to start learning everything from how to create a surface design using motifs to “The Basics of Photoshop”, “Hand Lettering” and so much more! All submissions into May’s design challenges are automatically entered to win the grand prize full of design goodies worth over $1000!

A super opportunity, and why I am so grateful for your vote!

I did a few mock-ups just for fun.

 

Pretty Pom mitt mock-up.

Pretty Pom mitt mock-up.

 

Pom-Bed

Pretty Pom Tablecloth mock-up.

Pretty Pom Tablecloth mock-up.

 

Thanks so much for voting!

 

Last week your votes got me to #83, with 83 votes, out of 415 entries!!! Thank you!!! To get into the top ten, I would have needed 171 votes. Number one received 219 votes. Splatter stripe has 38 “favorite’s”, makes it my #1 most favorited design! Want to see the winners?

Share this post with friends! Just one or two will do! Doubling the number of votes would just get me to the top ten. If all my Google+ followers voted, I would easily make it to top ten. This week there are 422 entries.

I so appreciate your help!  Enjoy your day, and thanks for taking a look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

L.Y.A. #5 And A Mingus Moment

 

 

Mingus 4-7-17. 6 x 6 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Mingus 4-7-17. 6 x 6 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

The last LYA postcard arrived today. The last of the official swap that is. Our hostess Kat Sloma has sent her cards out, and that should arrive in the next few days. She will début her video collection, and next weekend is the blog hop.

LYA 2017 #5, Chrisann Risser, Cherries.

LYA 2017 #5, Chrisann Risser, Cherries.

This lovely photo is just one of many that Chrisann Risser has in her portfolio.  Color, black and white, sepia. Clouds, tulips, sunsets. I really enjoyed visiting Chrisann’s part of the world through her photographs. (I am guessing Canada, not sure though.) Cherries are my favorite. Each year for my birthday, we have cherry pie instead of cake. These cherries, with their snow caps on, bring a smile to my face.

Chrisann added on the back:

Great art picks up where nature ends.
Marc Chagall

Thank you Chrisann for sharing your photography with me! I am so happy to have received your postcard! Thanks for including the link so I could see more of your fabulous work!

It was a good day all around. I also received a surprise package from Christine Brooks. Christine is taking part in LYA,  and we have exchanged postcards outside of LYA as well.

Surprise package from Christine Brooks.

Surprise package from Christine Brooks.

Christine gifted me with a fun card I can sign and forward to a friend. There is a yellow flower and butterfly card, hand-made, with a sweet and encouraging message. She wrapped several blank postcards in a ribbon, and included a beautiful original watercolor. On top of all that, she found a sunflower zipper bag. She said it reminded her of my art, and she hopes I can find a use for it.

Of course I can find a use for it! It is small, but large enough for a small sketch pad, pencils and even a travel watercolor palette! Just what I needed! Thank you Christine for thinking of me!! Your surprise brightened my day!

 

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

 

 

 

 

 

Because I Had To

 

Pear. 5 x 7 in. watercolor and pen. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Pear. 5 x 7 in. watercolor and pen. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

A few days ago….

It was late. I was tired. I had the urge to put brush to paper, and color.
Spent the day on ‘tech stuff”, repairs on my site.
Inspired by a stitched work of art. Pear. Bright colors.
Made me want to play.
By the light from my monitor.
A quick sketch. A wash, then another.
Feeling better.
Computer off.
Time to sleep.

 

 

 

 

Day 8

Day 8, Branches. 9 x 9 watercolor and pen on Mineral paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Day 8, Branches. 9 x 9 watercolor and pen on Mineral paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

I learned how to get the pink to read better in Photoshop today. I was trying to “up” the pink. And what I needed to do was enhance the whites. I used the image adjustments selective color to do this.  Man I love it when I learn something new!

There is a lot of texture in this background. Below is a detail shot for you. after painting the area,  I splattered both colors as well as clean water on top. I really like how it turned out.

Detail of Day 8 texture.

Detail of Day 8 texture.

 

Yesterday I was asked to talk more about Mineral paper. I planned on sharing links with the posts I wrote previously. But after searching, I found that they were written at the end of September. My blog is missing September, as many of you know. Really a bummer, as I had also included links to several places mineral paper is available for purchase.

Corinna, give me one more day, and I will share some information with you.

Five minutes to spare before the midnight blast off!

My Pinterest board for this challenge is over 300 strong!

Visit Leslie’s site, where all the daily art is posted.

 

 

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