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September 2022, 30-Day Creative Gathering Collage

9.22, 30 Day Creative Gathering Collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Over 700 artworks were created in the group this month! 713, approximately. What a spectacular beginning for our fourth year of the The Gathering! Four years! I am so thrilled that the artists are still enjoying 30 days of creatively challenging themselves. We are still going strong! And the group has grown, with over a dozen new members this month. Welcome!

Personally, I think this was my best challenge ever. I am very happy with my results. There are only two that I wish had turned out better. Not a bad average! I shared two surface design starts. Funny, I did not use either of them in my final patterns. It’s very likely they will make an appearance somewhere down the road. 😉

I am always interested to know which, if any were your favorites. Some of you have already shared them with me in the group. 😄 You know me so well!

Here are my favorites. And I am grateful to say, it was hard for me to choose. I could have added most of the landscapes as well. I had the most fun those. With watercolor. I have missed painting with watercolor. And I really had fun with the abstracts in the last week.

9.22, 30 Day Creative Gathering Favorites Collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I started experimenting with digital collage on day 3. But I remember that one being more of a struggle. From day 20 on, I was really having fun playing with pattern. I think the pinks, the final week, were so fun because I started loose and fast, and without intention. I painted eight pieces, but only four were interesting at first.

Funny to think that only 3 of my favorites are actual, in real life paintings.

I was blessed this month. Blessed to have the energy to participate, to create. Blessed with restored health. Blessed to have so many friends & family follow along here, and in the group. And so very blessed to be in such fine company, in The Gathering. I learn so much from everyone. Something new each day. And I am consistently inspired and amazed.

In the next couple of days, I will share the group gallery with you.
It will be awe-inspiring. Every one really had a superb month!

Next week I will post a health update. I still am catching up on getting my annual postcards out. And I want to send a special “thank you” to all of you who kept me in your prayers, and sent well wishes while I was ill. Will you please leave a comment with your mailing address. I have to approve each comment, so they will not be posted for others to see. You can also email, or message me.

I have many already, but I’d like to be sure I include everyone. I am eternally grateful. My brain was so muddled, I’m fearful that I might forget. And I believe in my heart, the power of your prayers are what healed me. 🙏🙏🙏

Wishing you JOY!

When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive,
to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Marcus Aurelius

Reflect upon your present blessings,
of which every man has many.
Not on your past misfortunes,
of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens

You have to participate relentlessly
in the manifestation of your own blessings.
Elizabeth Gilbert

Feeling Fika Fine – Spoonflower Design Challenge

Fika Fine Tablecloth. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Fika Fine Tablecloth. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

The design theme this week is Swedish Fika. Fika is a coffee and cake break, but is much more than that. Fika is a state of mind. An attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. It is considered almost essential to make time for fika every day. And often, several times a day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.

This design came together fairly quickly. A nice surprise. I delayed starting, sure that I could not pull it off. Doubting myself.

Fika Fine Pattern Sample. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Fika Fine Pattern Sample. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I had fun creating the treats and Latte. For the dishware I used a pattern I created a few years ago. It has the colors of the Swedish flag and seemed a perfect fit.

I added shadows and highlights to add dimension to the treats, and china. That took some finagling, but was fun to do.

Voting is open now through the 27th. Thanks so much for taking a look. 🙂

Fika Fine Close Up. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Fika Fine Close Up. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Desert Dune Buds, Sample, SMDelgado
Desert Dune Buds, Sample, SMDelgado

Desert Dune Buds placed at 811 of 1177 with 21 votes. I appreciate you taking the time to vote for me. Thanks a bunch! 🙂

I am so grateful I have had the energy to take part in the design challenges while also painting each day for the 30-Day Creative Gathering. I’ve had to sneak in a nap a few times, but I am managing. 😉😉🙏

Days 15 Through 20 Of the September 30-Day Gathering

Day 20, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 20, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I’m having fun with these. The first four were painted in acrylic or watercolor. And the patterns were added digitally in Photoshop. Not as easy as it might sound. On the vase above it took three times longer to add the collage and effects, than it did to paint it.

Day 19, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 19, CG 9 22. 4 x 6 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 18, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 18, CG 9 22. 4 x 6 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 17, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 17, CG 9 22. 4 x 6 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

For day 16, I shared a work in progress. I will be sharing the final pattern soon. Here I created a plaid, which will act as the background for the rest of the design. The theme is Fika, Swedish coffee break. But it is so much more than that. Fika is all about bonding with friends and family. It can take place several times a day.

I knew that many would use the colors of the Swedish flag, And I wanted to do something different. I tried adding a weave texture, but as you can see, it darkens the colors too much.

Day 16, CG 9 22. Surface pattern © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 16, CG 9 22. Surface pattern © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

This landscape is watercolor, acrylics and collage. And splatter of course. 😆

Day 15, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Mixed media, collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 15, CG 9 22. 4 x 6 inch. Mixed media, collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Here in the valley we are enjoying a rainy, dark day. It’s been raining off and on since about 11 pm. It is cool, and the rain is not evaporating. This is a good long soak.

Creativity is
inventing,
experimenting,
growing,
taking risks,
breaking rules,
making mistakes,
and having fun.
Mary Lou Cook