Category Archives: pastel

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soul Art Invitation

 

 

Mingus Friday May 5, 2017.

Mingus Friday May 5, 2017.

 

Soul Art 2016, watercolor, oil pastel on Yupo.

Soul Art 2016, watercolor, oil pastel on Yupo.

Laura Hollick’s International Soul Art Day takes place on May 25th. This will mark my fifth year participating. It is an all day virtual event. Laura guides you through a thought-provoking journey, to help you connect to spirit and insights.

Ready for a day of fun? Open to everyone, you can join in as your schedule allows. Choose a favorite medium, or try a new one. It is empowering to know that you are connected with so many kindred spirits. Thriving in the energy that is artistic expression.

A couple of days ago I decided to clean out my stored artworks. I am recycling what I can. Six boards of different sizes are gessoed and ready to go. Twenty 6 x 6 pieces of Yupo are washed and standing by.  I even “washed” pieces of Arches. I figure that I can gesso them as well. So I guess I am ready for Soul Art. Don’t you find it interesting that the thought came to me, just before the invitation did?

I hope you will consider taking part in this creative cluster. Visit the link above for a short video introduction. Click on the images for a look back at my Soul Art Experiences.

 

 

 

Soul Art 2015. 9 x 12 watercolor on paper. © Sheila Delgado 2015

Soul Art 2015. 9 x 12 watercolor on paper. © Sheila Delgado 2015

 

Soul Art 2013. Acrylic on paper. Sheila Delgado

Soul Art 2013. Acrylic on paper. Sheila Delgado

 

 

Splatter Stripe. Watercolor/digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Splatter Stripe. Watercolor/digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

Splatter stripe has been “favorited” by many of the designers on Spoonflower. A few that I really admire as well. (Very cool!)  I am going to take that as a good sign. Fingers crossed!  Still a few more days to vote!

 

Happy weekend everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

O Holy Night

Oh-Holy-Night

Wishing you a JOY filled and Merry Christmas. 
May your New Year be BLESSED!

My most sincere thanks to all of you who follow my artistic journey.
I treasure your friendship, and the conversations we share.

 

Sheila Marie

 

Mouse2

I collect mice. Childhood nickname is mouse… because I chose a slice of cheese over cookies and pie when I was small. I have them displayed for the first time in years. Here is a peek at a few of them for you.

Mouse-1

 

 

 

 

Sunflowers

2 x 4 Ink and watercolor mini bookmark.  2015 Sheila Delgado

2 x 4 Ink and watercolor mini bookmark. 2015 Sheila Delgado

4 x 6 Ink and watercolor postcard. 2015 Sheila Delgado

4 x 6 Ink and watercolor postcard. 2015 Sheila Delgado

I painted the bookmark first, and I like it better. The arrangement has a looser feel to it. But I am happy with both of these.

I have also been doing more faces, this first one was done in oil pastels, student quality. And I have to say I do not like them much.  I had a hard time with blending, I need to read up on how to do it better.

Girl. 9 x 12 Oil Pastel on paper. 2015 Sheila Delgado

Girl. 9 x 12 Oil Pastel on paper. 2015 Sheila Delgado

Below is pen and watercolor, in my sketch book. I can see lots of errors, but I like her.

Paige. 5 x 7 watercolor and Ink. 2015 Sheila Delgado

Paige. 5 x 7 watercolor and Ink. 2015 Sheila Delgado

I also did a quick poppy sketch, not terrific, but I like it.

4.5 x 6 Poppy Postcard. Ink and Inktense pencils. 2015 Sheila Delgado

4.5 x 6 Poppy Postcard. Ink and Inktense pencils. 2015 Sheila Delgado

So keeping busy here the last few days. Hope you are feeling the joy and enjoying some creative time as well.

 

 

Doing the work.

2 x 2 inch watercolor sketch. 2015 Sheila Delgado

2 x 2 inch watercolor sketch. 2015 Sheila Delgado

 

9 x 12 Mixed media. 2015 Sheila Delgado

9 x 12 Mixed media. 2015 Sheila Delgado

Busy all week with decorations for a friends bridal shower. Still more to do. Sneaked in some painting. Just playing really and quick bits of time.  But I did take a while with this larger image.  I cropped it close. For some reason while painting, I kept circling her face with color. Closing in. Not sure what that was about.

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Happy weekend to you!