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Days 2, 3, and 4 of 30

Yellow Ranunculus. Day 2, 8 x 8 mixed media on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Yellow Ranunculus. Day 2, 8 x 8 mixed media on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Cha-cha-changes. Haha. Many in this piece. The twigs had green leaves, that disappeared against the background. I outlined them, still no good. So I painted them the same dark as the branch. Much better. The green balls have turquoise spots that show up much better in person. The fact that the image is saved for web, low-res, makes it harder to see them. The greens did not want to work. I added crayon marks to the leaves, they highlighted the stripe texture. Maybe if I add another layer of that, get those leaves darker, or brighter. Hmm.

I used orange crayon for the swirls, it wasn’t as dark as I had hoped. I used a peachy-pink paint pen, and that looks great in person as well. Here, not so much. I outlined some of the spots on the vase, then decided to darken some of the spots. While doing that, my Posca burped all over the bottom of tha vase. HUGE black yuck. LOL. I mopped it up with a paper towel, and there was so much paint, I stamped it on the vase as a repair. I desaturated the image in Photoshop, and the details pop, as you can see below.

Day 2, desaturated, 8 x 8 mixed media on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 2, desaturated, 8 x 8 mixed media on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

On day three I worked too far ahead of myself. After laying down the loose lacey shapes, I planned to place some leaves, and secondary flowers. Oops! Haha. I went straight to the main attraction. There is a warm white pattern on the background. I wanted subtle, well. It’s almost invisible.

Day 3 texture close-up
Day 3 texture close-up

When I thought I was done, something just didn’t feel right. I thought the bouquet was already messy, and adding splatter would junk it up. I looked. Looked some more. Hmm.

Then I showed it to Christine Brooks. Voila! She kindly suggested that maybe I needed a table. DUH! Then she suggested it be green. I wasn’t sure about the green. After my day 2 green flubs. But I went with it. I think I like that green tablecloth best in this piece. Thanks Christine! You saved my bee-hind! 

Day 3, 8 x 8 mixed media on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 3, 8 x 8 mixed media on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

I had planned to stop this series at 3. Well. Maybe one more. After cutting a wonky vase, (the top is angled too), I had petal shaped scrapes. Ah-ha! I have really been flying by the set of my pants with all of these. Just making it up as I go. I really should do some preliminaries.

The stamped flowers were done in yellow. I added a bit of green to the white blooms, an attempt at depth. Oh, and the white was applied with a bunch of Q-tips banded together. That was fun. I added splatter at the end. Yellow. Using up the paint in my palette. Well that was a yucky mistake. DUH, yellow and blue make green. Yeah.

Day 4, Leopard Spotted Lily. 8 x 8 mixed media on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 4, Leopard Spotted Lily. 8 x 8 mixed media on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Photoshop to the rescue again. I changed the yellow to a whitish-yellowish pale. Not great. But better. I selected only the background areas, so the yellow splatters remain on the vase and blooms. And yes, I went a bit too heavy. FIrst too light, and then. Bam. Too much.

I used saran wrap to get the texture on the background. So fun. I used my heat gun to quicken the drying. That may be why there is a sandy texture on the piece. Or maybe that happens , or maybe it is the paint. No matter. I think it is great. I’ll see if I can manage to do it again.

Day 4 texture close-up
Day 4 texture close-up

Wow… even Gauguin!

What still concerns me the most is:
am I on the right track, am I making progress,
am I making mistakes in art? 
Paul Gauguin

Day 10, 11 & 12 Of February’s 30

Day 10, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Cradled Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 10, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Cradled Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 11, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Cradled Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 11, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Cradled Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 12, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Cradled Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 12, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Cradled Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Trio, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Cradled Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Trio, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Cradled Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Paper, matte medium, board. Paint, grass, stems, sky, flowers. Details, pen, puffy paint, watercolor crayon, more paint.

I was not planning for them to be hung side by side. I did not plan ahead. Haha. The grass and stems are crinkled paper, I added dry watercolor crayon to add interest there.

I went too dark with the teal, a new brand of paint for me. When it dried I sanded some of it off. The lettering was still hidden, so I used a pen to accent it. I decided to do the orange flowers as well, even though it was showing through a bit better. The white centers and some of the black dots are puffy paint.

I am calling them done for now. I need to move on. But they look too flat to me. I should add some texture or smudging to the sky. And a few leaves would help as well. There is a texture from previous layers, these are recycled boards. Thought about adding puffy swirls to the sky, haha. Not quite sure I could pull it off. Stressed big time over the teeny tiny birds. Hahaha. Open to suggestions. 🙂

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.
Al Hirschfeld

Let’s Get Together, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

Easter Eggs, 8 x 8. Watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Easter Eggs, 8 x 8. Watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

Today I am joining Kim Smith for her EGGSTRAVAGANZA Painting Party on Instagram! #kimsmithfriends if you would like to see more. If you haven’t seen Kims work before, treat yourself to a few minutes on her site. I love her flowers, her birds… everything!

Last night we had a spectacular sunset. We ooo’d and aww’d. Haha.

Mingus Sunset 3-21-20
Mingus Sunset 3-21-20

There is one case of the virus in Prescott, our neighbor city. Two reported in Sedona, an hour east of Mingus. Just over 100 in Arizona. Our county had been virus-free. Stay safe! 🙏

Keep On The Sunny Side

Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Though the moments be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Savior always
To keep us, everyone, in His care

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life