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World Watercolor Month 2023

Day 3, WWM 2023. Prickly Pear, © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Day 3, WWM 2023. Prickly Pear, © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

I am taking part in World Watercolor Month. I was tempted not to, there is already so much on my to do list. I know you know exactly what I mean. 😄

But I missed my colors. And brushes. And I am so enjoying my “new” desk. I have two other large projects going, and I am squeezing out a tiny little spot to paint these tiny little pieces. Even still, the work area feels so much more spacious. Ahhhh.

I think a little bit of the Feng Shui, rejuvenate the chi flow has made a difference as well. Isn’t that part of why we do our spring cleaning?

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Thanks so much for stopping by.
Wishing you an awesome week! Enjoy!

Day 6, Bougainvillea, WWM 2023, © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Day 6, Bougainvillea, WWM 2023, © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

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February 2022 30-Day Creative Gathering Collage

FEB 22 30-Day Collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

No surprises here. Flowers and Cacti. Cacti and flowers. I have a tiny sliver of Sap green left in my palette. Made it to the end, by the hair on my chinny, chin chin. 🙂 I am very happy with the work I produced. Hallelujah!

I’ve been hoping and praying for precipitation all month. You would never know it by looking at these sunny settings. The influence of the warm desert air no doubt.

Challenges make you discover things about yourself
that you never really knew.
Cicely Tyson

This event kicked off our fourth year of the gathering. We welcomed many new members, a great way to begin! There were over 665 works of art created in our international group this month. An abundance of light being sent out into the world! We have members in England, Canada, Spain, Hungary, Australia, France, and Scotland. And of course from all over the US.

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden

I worked in several small series this month. Cacti, wildflowers, abstracted flowers, potted plants, and my simplified floral still life. Each day what I sat down to paint was posted for viewing. Only one early painting failed so badly that I had to start over. There are two that made me cringe when I posted them. A few others I thought were mistakes, but they received the most comments. Proving again, I am not always a reliable judge of my work. 🙂

Below are my favorites. You can clearly see why my sap green is depleted. Haha. I always love hearing what your favorites are. One reason I number my collage.
Which did you like best, and why?

FEB 22 30-Day Favorites Collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I am so grateful to have you follow along this month. Your encouragement and considerate critiquing will stay with me long after the challenge has ended. I pushed myself, because I did not want to let myself down. I did not want to miss participating. But I confess, I was reminded each day how many of you prayed for me (are praying). I did not want to let you down either.

You are the wind beneath my wings! Thank you, my friends!

In a few days, I will share art and collages from the many who took part in this round of the Creative Gathering. We are fortunate to have so many gifted artists, who work in a variety of mediums and styles. I am so honored to have the opportunity to see their work each day. And learn from their strengths.

You will love a virtual stroll through the Gathering’s Gallery!

Faux Mono – Day 19

Rhythm of the Falling Rain, Day 19, Mixed Media on 6 x 7 Watercolor Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Rhythm of the Falling Rain, Day 19, Mixed Media on 6 x 7 Watercolor Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Inspiration from a book shared with me by Natasha Papousek. And a video from Barb Mowry that landed in my box today. Wanting to try mono printing, but not having any of the “proper” supplies. I picked up my dollar store glass trivet and my Fiskers brayer, which I am sure is meant for something else. Cheap Master’s Touch 6 x 6 paper. Four puddles in a square ceramic dish. Ready.

I did five prints very quickly. Scanned to edit. While adjusting to get the colors true to life, these songs popped into my head. Thought to add sheet music. Hey now!

Thank you for the sheet music, Christiane! And thank you all for the inspiration!

With The Sound Of Music, Day 19 #2, Mixed Media on 6 x 7 Watercolor Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
With The Sound Of Music, Day 19 #2, Mixed Media on 6 x 7 Watercolor Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Months ago, saw an artist who watercolors on wet paper, taped to a glass trivet. I have seen this technique before, but the video reminded me. Searched and searched. For one 12 x 12. Amazon has a set of three. Didn’t want three, and not at that price. Searched some more.

Watched a crafters video, making decorative trivets on the cheap. Fabric and modge podge. And, Ta-Da, a Dollar Store glass trivet. Round and square. slightly smaller than 8 x 8. Woo Whoo!

I went to the largest Dollar Tree around, and noticed that they have expanded their craft offerings. Great! I found small rubber jars, meant to hold salad dressing, that I think might work with alcohol painting supplies. A short bulb I needed that was more expensive at Walmart. And a small cutting mat. WOW! For a buck?

Dollar Tree Haul
Dollar Tree Haul

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
Chinese proverb

Music is the color of sound.