Category Archives: Pastel

Like The Deserts Miss The Rain

10 minutes of Glorious rain.
10 minutes of Glorious rain.

A few blessed minutes. Rain. Needed to help fight the fire that is north of us. We are not in any danger, but the plume of smoke is ominous just the same. The areas around us received more rain, as usual. I read that there were 99 fires in Arizona. Such a high number, and we are not the only state with active fires.

Messy Desk, SMD.
Messy Desk, SMD.

I am finally finished with this trio I started in the Creative Gathering. I switched the colors, wasn’t quite happy with my first choice. As luck would have it, I painted the blooms and sky about three times. Haha.

After my first color layer on the blooms, I used a non permanent pen to add the details back to the purple and pink. I had already painted the sky, having noticed how pale the color was. And that some of the white gesso was showing through in small areas. For some reason, I did not notice the ink had smeared, until I had finished the last panel. ??? Maybe the shine was distracting? Haha. I really have no idea how I did not notice it. The black ink over the sky areas was very light, it just looked slightly dirty.

I began again. Another layer of blue here and there. Two more layers to cover the inky blooms. More sealer. I painted the centers with liquitex acrylic paint pen, two layers of semi-transparent yellow. For a closer look, click the image below.

Oops, I did it again. Thought it would be a quick fix. Ha! I painted these for three little under-age-five sisters. Recycled cradled board equals lots of texture. Here is a look at the original palette. Better, yes?

Day 12, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Cradled Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 12, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Cradled Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Happy week to you!

February 2021 30-Day Creative Gathering Group Collages

Laurelle Cidoncha © 2021
Laurelle Cidoncha © 2021

During the February 2021 30-day challenge, over 700 pieces of art were created in our group. This is our fourth Creative Gathering, and our third year together. We are down about 120 pieces from last year. Several artists were unable to participate. We missed you!

Shown in no particular order. As I received permission, I added to the post. Many of the artists involved have been doing a bi-annual painting challenge for over 8 years. I am thrilled that so many choose to keep the challenge alive!

I am so honored to be among this group of creatives. Your work is amazing! I applaud your learning and experimenting. Your fearlessness. Your desire for growth. Your generosity and graciousness with fellow group members.

Thank you all for granting permission to share your work here and on the group Pinterest board. It is a gorgeous gallery!

Congratulations to all of the amazing artists who took part. Grab a cuppa, sit back, and browse the stunning art that follows. Enjoy!

Laurelle Cidoncha © 2021
Laurelle Cidoncha © 2021
Laurelle Cidoncha © 2021
Laurelle Cidoncha © 2021
Val van der Poel. © 2021
Val van der Poel. © 2021
Val van der Poel. © 2021
Val van der Poel. © 2021
Val van der Poel. © 2021
Val van der Poel. © 2021
Eva Nagy. © 2021
Eva Nagy. © 2021
Eva Nagy. © 2021
Eva Nagy. © 2021
Eva Nagy. © 2021
Eva Nagy. © 2021
Elaine Shunter. © 2021
Elaine Shunter. © 2021
Elaine Shunter. © 2021
Elaine Shunter. © 2021
Lynne Forrester. © 2021
Lynne Forrester. © 2021
Lynne Forrester. © 2021
Lynne Forrester. © 2021
Lynne Forrester. © 2021
Lynne Forrester. © 2021
Johnny Gascan. © 2021
Johnny Gascan. © 2021
Johnny Gascan. © 2021
Johnny Gascan. © 2021
Lori D. Wikdahl. © 2021
Lori D. Wikdahl. © 2021
Lori D. Wikdahl. © 2021
Lori D. Wikdahl. © 2021
Johanne Boisvert. © 2021
Johanne Boisvert. © 2021
Johanne Boisvert. © 2021
Johanne Boisvert. © 2021
Johanne Boisvert. © 2021
Johanne Boisvert. © 2021
Christine Brooks. © 2021
Christine Brooks. © 2021
Christine Brooks. © 2021
Christine Brooks. © 2021
Christine Brooks. © 2021
Christine Brooks. © 2021
Angela Anjy Bonten. © 2021
Angela Anjy Bonten. © 2021
Angela Anjy Bonten. © 2021
Angela Anjy Bonten. © 2021
Angela Anjy Bonten. © 2021
Angela Anjy Bonten. © 2021
Diana Scott Wilde
Diana Scott Wilde
Corinne Bekker. © 2021
Corinne Bekker. © 2021
Corinne Bekker. © 2021
Corinne Bekker. © 2021
Pati Maez. © 2021
Pati Maez. © 2021
Pati Maez. © 2021
Pati Maez. © 2021
Helen Trachy. © 2021
Helen Trachy. © 2021
Helen Trachy. © 2021
Helen Trachy. © 2021
Helen Trachy. © 2021
Helen Trachy. © 2021
Marcela Strasdas. © 2021
Marcela Strasdas. © 2021
Marcela Strasdas. © 2021
Marcela Strasdas. © 2021
Linda Lovisa. © 2021
Linda Lovisa. © 2021
Linda Lovisa. © 2021
Linda Lovisa. © 2021
Cindy Williams. © 2021
Cindy Williams. © 2021
Cindy Williams. © 2021
Cindy Williams. © 2021
Sea Dean. © 2021
Sea Dean. © 2021
Sea Dean. © 2021
Sea Dean. © 2021
Christiane Drieling. © 2021
Christiane Drieling. © 2021
Christiane Drieling. © 2021
Christiane Drieling. © 2021
Jaine Buse. © 2021
Jaine Buse. © 2021
Jaine Buse. © 2021
Jaine Buse. © 2021
Jaine Buse. © 2021
Jaine Buse. © 2021
Lucie Trepanier. © 2021
Lucie Trepanier. © 2021
Jennifer Spray Doering. © 2021
Jennifer Spray Doering. © 2021
Jennifer Spray Doering. © 2021
Jennifer Spray Doering. © 2021
Francine Bennett. © 2021
Francine Bennett. © 2021
Francine Bennett. © 2021
Francine Bennett. © 2021
Nelvia McGrath. © 2021
Nelvia McGrath. © 2021
Nelvia McGrath. © 2021
Nelvia McGrath. © 2021
Nelvia McGrath. © 2021
Nelvia McGrath. © 2021
Jen Beaudet Zondervan. © 2021
Jen Beaudet Zondervan. © 2021

See you all in September!

February – Day 26 W.I.P.

 

Day 26, Aloe, WIP. 8 x 8 Mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Day 26, Aloe, WIP. 8 x 8 Mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Still working on the Aloe. The mid tones are not as dark as they seem here, but I am going to soften those a bit. The first layers, see below, are acrylics. I applied them with a texture sheet, the pattern, and a brayer, and a brush. The turquoise and kiwi with a brayer, for an uneven cover. The clay with a brush, to fill in the white areas that remained uncovered.

I was really tempted to stop right there. Maybe add some line work. Or a messy dab of shariz (merlot). But I knew it wasn’t done.

HA! I just realized it looks like the back-end of a carrot. I painted a carrot butt.

I was going for one of those pots that sits at an angle.

Hmm. So, to do list:

  • Tone down that neon yellow where-did-it-come-from green.
  • Add some life to the washed out, faded, bland background.
  • Maybe add more warmth to the pot.

This is mostly acrylics. The sap green is watercolor. The turquoise outline and the clay crayon marks on the pot are oil pastel.

 

Day 26 First Layers. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Day 26 First Layers. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

 

 

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