Category Archives: Postcards

Happy Sunny Saturday!

Sunny Blooms, watercolor on gessoed paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Sunny Blooms, watercolor on gessoed paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

I read an article on van Gogh, and enjoyed the thoughts he shared with his brother.
I think you will enjoy them as well.

“If only we try to live sincerely,” he told Theo in 1878,
“it will go well with us,
even though we are certain to experience real sorrow, and great disappointments, and also will probably commit great faults and do wrong things, but it certainly is true, that it is better to be
high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes than to be
narrow-minded and all too prudent. It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much and can accomplish much,
and what is done in love, is well done.”

This grateful heart is wishing you JOY!

Day 12

Day 12, 4 x 6, watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 12, 4 x 6, watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

A perfectly ordinary watercolor sketch. There are some surprising things going on in the sky. Interesting enough to make this redeemable. I would feel comfortable sending this as a postcard. Haha.

Today I started three small canvas pieces, and 3 small watercolors. N-o-t-h-i-n-g is working. I’ve been tired all day. Unable to focus. Easily distracted. Not giving up though. Dang it. I started this at 10 pm. Better late than never ‘ey. Haha.

The desert is a natural extension
of the inner silence of the body.
Jean Baudrillard

Deserts are full of sand and winds are full of air,
both are full of something but both look quite empty
and when they get to pair it’s easy to see they are almighty.
Alain Bremond-Torrent, Running is flying intermittently

Getting Crowded

Adding Layers
Adding Layers

Today I am adding layers to the postcards. Pencil marks and scratches. I had a burst of energy at about 9:30 last night. It didn’t last long, but I did get quite a bit done. Some cleaning and what you see here.

Layer of Light
Layer of Light

I found a great discounted frame at Hobby Lobby. Solid wood. Just over six bucks! A steal. I think it may have been rejected because a couple of the corners don’t match up well. I used a black nail file and fixed that right quick. Haha.

I had no idea if it was a standard size. I knew I could find something to fit. I worked in framing years ago, and I can’t resist a great deal on a frame. Luck was on my side! It is standard, 8 x 10. Woo Whoo!

I knew I would paint it. Of course. You know me. It had a red undertone, and I wasn’t keen on it. I will add several layers. It will be darker and look slightly aged. I’m hopin’. Stay tuned.

Frame Update
Frame Update

I finally made a start on the Sandy Sandy class I won on Instagram. She will be doing more giveaways, follow her if you are interested. Her work is stunning and she is a wonderful teacher. (Thank you Sandy! And thanks to Christine B. or Kat V.R.! One of you tagged me for this.)

I have started on the videos that are included. And I have some sketches ready for painting. I don’t have a lightbox, so I use my computer screen to transfer the reference images.

Sketching Sunflowers on Yupo and Paper with Sandy Sandy
Sketching Sunflowers on Yupo and Paper with Sandy Sandy

“I am working with the enthusiasm
of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse,
which shouldn’t come as a surprise to you
because I am busy painting huge sunflowers.”
Vincent Van Gogh