Category Archives: Portraits

L.Y.A. Postcard #4

 

L.Y.A. 2016 #4, "Beth" Digital sketch by Michelle Swetnam.

L.Y.A. 2016 #4, “Beth” Digital sketch by Michelle Swetnam.

Yikes, #4 already! Only two more too go. So thankful that I have more side swaps to look forward to as well. This magical card came to me from Alexandria, VA. Which is just outside Washington, D.C..

Michelle Swetnam is a writer as well as an artist, and the back of her card is proof of it. Fourteen lines of tidy penmanship! I can only ever fit four or five in my messy writing. Michelle tells me that she finds drawing on her tablet frustrating. But from where I am sitting, it looks like she has mastered it. Beth has plenty of personality.

Michelle writes Zines on many topics including positivity (love that word) and creativity. She even trades them, and you can contact her if you would like to be part of one of her future projects. Which I am going to do. Sounds fun!

If you send her something beautiful, like a postcard, she will post it on her site and send you something back. How fun is that! You can find Michelle on Instagram and Etsy. I have so got to get on Instagram.

Michelle’s honesty motivated me to take pen to paper and do a quick sketch simply because I have not sketched in a while. I need to add to my faces, that told myself I would try to do more often. Months ago. I am laughing at the cowboy hat. A cross between The Flying Nun and Fire hat I think. It is better than the watercolor I tried today. So I am happy with it!

Thanks Michelle for the inspiration! I love pondering Beth!

 

Cowboy, 3 x 3 pen on Mineral paper, © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Cowboy, 3 x 3 pen on Mineral paper, © 2016 Sheila Delgado

 

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Sunny Warmth

Sunny warmth. 8 x 8 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Sunny warmth. 8 x 8 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

I am really happy with how this turned out. Again, the colors on the vase itself are not showing well. There is some contouring, and the shadows are deeper.  While working on this, I thought I may have botched the greenery. But having come back to it after a few days, it works.

I have still been working on faces….

Quick sketch

Quick sketch

 

I am also working on pattern designs as well.

 

Kelp sketch, for pattern design.

Kelp sketch, for pattern design.

 

Heading home tomorrow, I have been in Prescott Arizona for a few days.  So pretty here, and the weather has been cloudy and raining on and off. Perfecto!

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend in your neck of the woods!

 

 

 

 

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!