Category Archives: Society 6

Angels Take Flight , Tree Spirit Dances

 

 

Acrylic Pour. 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Acrylic Pour. 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

I posted last week that these small works were for a project. I wasn’t sure they would work. Well, two of them do. My hope was to create abstract angels. This first one was a complete success. When I first showed this to you, it was “upside down”. After the canvas dried, I looked at it and rotated it around, to see if anything would reveal itself to me.

Here is another look before any additions (#2):

Angels begin. Poured acrylic paint on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas

Angels begin. Poured acrylic paint on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. Sheila Delgado 2017

You can see that the body was already there. I just needed to “bring out” the wing on the right side. I may have missed the target, but I am really happy with this one. Angel #2 is a different story. Not as sure about this one.

There wasn’t as much there for me to work with. I saw a head, and a very slim, soft skirt shape. Unfortunately it does not show well in the photo. Also, the arm was there. But my logical brain could not wrap itself around painting an angel that was basically cut in half. Even if I WAS going for abstract. So I tried to think, illogically. In my mind’s eye, the angel is facing forward, one wing is coming around in front, wind is blowing her hair. Not sure if the swirls on the bottom look like flowing gown, or part of the second wing. Would love to know what you see. If anything.

 

Acrylic Pour #2. 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

Acrylic Pour #2. 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvas. 2017 Sheila Delgado

I worked to add as little as possible, to what the pour had created. But I did add metallic paint to each of these, to help the figures stand out. And to give a somewhat more, spiritual quality. You can see on the angled views below. These are both going to be for children, and the second one looks like a child figure to me. But I may end up painting over this.

 

Angel-2-shine

 

Angel-1-shine

 

I did begin to paint over the two blue paintings. Totally botched the first one, and ran out of paint. So tomorrow is a trip to Michaels and a try again. I will explain more in the next post.

 

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Monday, 4/17, ends @ 11:59pm PT

 

LYA Side Swap

Tree Spirit, Teresa Harrington Hazelbaker. LYA 2017

Tree Spirit, Teresa Harrington Hazelbaker. LYA 2017

I confess, I cleaned up this image in Photoshop. The postal mark ran along the full right side, and the date was on the lower left. It is just so wonderful, I wanted to show it at it’s best. Teresa and I have swapped for many years. Once she even sent a gift package filled with several treats that I have hung on to.

Teresa lives in Powder Springs Georgia. She was so excited for the swap, she even had her address labels and stamps printed with this image on them. How fun is that!!

On the back she included lyrics from a James Brown song. Sort of a tough love inspiration. I included a video below, you can listen to a few bars if you are not familiar with it. Believe me, it will rev your engines!

Get Up Offa That Thing
James Brown

Get up offa that thing,
And dance ’till you feel better,
Get up offa that thing,
And shake ’till you feel better,
Get up offa that thing,
And twist ’till you feel better!
Get up offa that thing,
And try to release that pressure!
Get Funky!
Feels good!

 

 

Thanks so much Teresa, for sharing your terrific art with me again! I really love this delicate reminder to let my little light shine! And I will admit to “gettin’ funky” for a few minutes with Mr. Brown!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Layers

 

Bright Vase re-do. 5 x 5 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Bright Vase re-do. 5 x 5 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

This was built a layer at a time. I used stencils, pattern sheets, and thought more about how I applied the paint. I spent a good chunk of time, enjoyed the process and I am happy with the result.

I have been so inspired by texture, and the many ways artists have found to create it. This might look very much like other paintings I have done. I might be fooling myself. But it feels different to me.

I really love the table. I forced myself to scrub into and remove some of the indigo. Sacrilege to this indigo lover. The lavender spots on top were not visible until they dried. I thought, “O.K., that was a fail, but no one will see it.” They appeared a minute later like magic.

The original painting is below. I didn’t notice until I saw it on the monitor, my arrangement was top-heavy. So I Photoshopped some of that weight off. (Yeah, you’re right, I made that side to straight up and down.)

Bright Vase. 5 x 5 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Bright Vase. 5 x 5 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

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Liberate Your Art 2017

 

LYA 2017 envelope. watercolor. SMD

LYA 2017 envelope. watercolor. SMD

It’s LYA time again. I always look forward to Kat Sloma’s postcard exchange. This will be the seventh year I have taken part. You can find out more and see the cards I sent out in earlier swaps by clicking on the link in the sidebar. There are also links to Kat’s showcase videos if you need a jolt of artistic inspiration.

This year I took a regular manilla envelope added a layer of gesso, and then watercolor. A quick bit of fun. The envelope is sort of a gift for Kat. For all the hard work she puts in to the event. She posts some of them on her blog, so we can all see the fabulous artwork. I don’t remember who started it, but now it is  a swap tradition. Postcards are ordered and on the way.  Can’t wait to see them!

 

 

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