Category Archives: Photos

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

W.I.P. – Trees Revisited

 

 

Trees revised. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Trees revised. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

When I first posted this painting, Janet gave me some golden nuggets. I know I need practice with my values. I admit, I was not really thinking of values when I did the painting. Janet explained that my yellows and the Shiraz were reading as the same value. Blew my mind. But you can see below, she is absolutely right.

Trees desaturated. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Trees desaturated. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Scroll down further still, and you will see the original painting.

Trees. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Trees. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

To the original I have added digital dark areas. I will tell you, I have struggled with this for weeks. Because I do not know where the dark areas should go. I am not “seeing” them.

I was so… worried about going forward. It finally came to me to play with it in Photoshop. I can try it several ways, and no harm done. Looking at the original, there are “hints of dark”. In the foreground, the trunks, and the base of the tops. I followed those areas, with a deeper, darker shade of the Shiraz. Janet suggested adding another value, and maybe adding some black to the Shiraz for more dark. (Click here to see her comment on the earlier post.)

I am not very good at drawing or painting in Photoshop, I don’t have a tablet and stylus, so I work with the mouse. I am not fond of the result, the jerky lines, but you get the idea. What do you think? Am I on the right track? I do like what is happening in the foreground.

I don’t want to differentiate between the tree tops. But I could. Set a few of them in the back, and their trunks as well. I like though, that they look like a group of friends hanging in the school yard.

Well, still thinking.

Changing subject.

I am really enjoying our summer storms. These photos are ALL about the clouds. Enjoy!

Clouds over Mingus.

Clouds over Mingus.

 

Light up the sky

Light up the sky.

Today I watched a dark grey storm move in from the south (Right). It obliterated the mountains. Seemed like five minutes, but maybe it was ten. And then it was gone. The mountains were visible, and there were bits of blue sky in the clouds. Nice show!

 

More photo album fun.

More photo album fun.

Finally got organized with my Spoonflower color map.  There are about 1500 color chips, printed out on one yard of fabric. This gives us a better idea of what the colors look like on fabric instead of back-lit by the monitor. And the hex codes are there, for easy use in the programs. I cut them into long strips, and had to shuffle through them all when working on a design. Such a mess. Fold and unfold again. Threads falling loose.

 

Don’t know why it took me so long, but the idea finally came. Why not stick them in a book! A mini photo album. Perfect. I mean really, they fit perfect. (Whew! Got lucky there!) Now I have a color chip flip book!

 

Pale-Windscorpion Changing subject again. Had a visitor the other night. On my bed.  It was about an inch and half long. Looks upside down in the photo, but his legs came up over his body when I grabbed him. (With a tissue, no I am not brave around BIG ugly bugs.)

I usually climb into bed in the dark. But for some reason, an angel on my shoulder, I turned on my phone light. And I saw something move. Fast. So quick on with the light. And I swear he came running towards me, which is good. I could have lost him in the corner.

It is a Pale Wind scorpion. Terrific.  But it is actually in the same class as spiders. And it bites, but it is not poisonous. I also read that they are aggressive. Ha ha, he was running towards me!!

That will teach me to clean and organize.

Still checking my bed before I get in it. ;/

 

 

 

 

 

Mingus Landscape

 

 

Mingus-Grey

Looked like we were going to get some rain today. It just stayed hot, and grey and windy.  I ran errands, and took a detour.  Checked out the new houses going up behind us. We only see two, but there are five so far. Drove past them a bit, and pulled over to snap photos of the hills.  Click on the image below for a larger view. This is looking east.

Mingus Landscape

 

 

Scale

In my last post I mentioned not being happy with the scale of some of my items on Roostery. This image will help explain. On the right is how they appear on the site. The left is closer to what I have in mind.

On Spoonflower, for many of my designs, I let the customer know that the scale can be altered at their request. That option is not available on Roostery as of yet.

The check chair is showing at a decent scale. I think the boat pattern should be reversed. Large on the pillow, small on the napkin. The Kenya black and white pattern is far too large, just doesn’t make sense.

 

 

Some of my patterns do not work at all for the Items on the site. I wish I had the option of not including them.

 

Sprout Worked with the Sprout site as well today. Here the process is:
1. Choose a sewing pattern.
2. Pick a design.
3. Customize your project.
4. Project is printed for you.
5. Cut and sew at home, or Sprout will sew it for you.

The site is very easy to use, and you have many options. You can have  a dress made in just the pattern. Or you can mix and match with solids pulled from the pattern.

Creating projects, gets them listed on my Sprout shop page, the main site gallery, and  Spoonflower’s design page. So it doubles the exposure.

 

 

 

I spent most of the weekend adding new items to Zazzle. They are not visible yet. The site offers a quick create option, allowing you to create many items at the same time. It is quicker in some respects. But each item still needs to be scaled, and the printing placement needs to be double checked. To make sure the design completely covers the item.

More work behind the scenes. Hoping to finish by the end of the week. It has been far too long since I picked up a brush. And I have new surface patterns swirling thru my head. Crazy but I sometimes dream them. Might be a sign I need a break huh?

 

Wishing-you-JOY

 

 

 

 

 

Little By Little

 

 

Mingus Mountains June

Mingus Mountains June

Just another pretty day in Prescott Valley. Hot too.Triple digits.

 

Little by little...

Little by little…

Little by little we are losing the view in back. Goodbye Granite Mountain. I think we will just see the top edge when they are done. A before shot from February, below.

 

Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain

Shadow Play, Mingus

Shadow Play, Mingus

I shared this view recently (below) and here it is again in different light. Usually this bit is just one solid mass of color. I just find the shapes interesting.

Hillside shadows

Hillside shadows

Still busy creating digitally. Created new banners for my shops. Revamping my site shop page. (Need to do that over again) Uploading the new patterns, and creating collections.

Didn’t even know I had to do that. But apparently it helps your old items remain visible, instead of getting buried by newer posts. Must be a good idea, because everyone has them now.

So. Busy updating. Zazzle, Spoonflower, Society6, Sprout, and Roostery. Whew! Even worked a bit getting things ready for Etsy.

Debating about showing on Roostery at all. Spoonflower offers the option to automatically populate your shop with the items you have on Spoonflower. But they do not have adjustment tools as of yet. And the scale that works for clothing, quilting etc., does not necessarily work for upholstery or wall paper.

It’s an all or nothing deal. So is it better to get exposure, and forget about perfection? Or wait until I can show my designs as I want them?

 

Wishing-You-Joy-Orange