Category Archives: Trees

W.I.P. – Trees Revisited

 

 

Trees revised. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Trees revised. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

When I first posted this painting, Janet gave me some golden nuggets. I know I need practice with my values. I admit, I was not really thinking of values when I did the painting. Janet explained that my yellows and the Shiraz were reading as the same value. Blew my mind. But you can see below, she is absolutely right.

Trees desaturated. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Trees desaturated. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Scroll down further still, and you will see the original painting.

Trees. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Trees. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

To the original I have added digital dark areas. I will tell you, I have struggled with this for weeks. Because I do not know where the dark areas should go. I am not “seeing” them.

I was so… worried about going forward. It finally came to me to play with it in Photoshop. I can try it several ways, and no harm done. Looking at the original, there are “hints of dark”. In the foreground, the trunks, and the base of the tops. I followed those areas, with a deeper, darker shade of the Shiraz. Janet suggested adding another value, and maybe adding some black to the Shiraz for more dark. (Click here to see her comment on the earlier post.)

I am not very good at drawing or painting in Photoshop, I don’t have a tablet and stylus, so I work with the mouse. I am not fond of the result, the jerky lines, but you get the idea. What do you think? Am I on the right track? I do like what is happening in the foreground.

I don’t want to differentiate between the tree tops. But I could. Set a few of them in the back, and their trunks as well. I like though, that they look like a group of friends hanging in the school yard.

Well, still thinking.

Changing subject.

I am really enjoying our summer storms. These photos are ALL about the clouds. Enjoy!

Clouds over Mingus.

Clouds over Mingus.

 

Light up the sky

Light up the sky.

Today I watched a dark grey storm move in from the south (Right). It obliterated the mountains. Seemed like five minutes, but maybe it was ten. And then it was gone. The mountains were visible, and there were bits of blue sky in the clouds. Nice show!

 

More photo album fun.

More photo album fun.

Finally got organized with my Spoonflower color map.  There are about 1500 color chips, printed out on one yard of fabric. This gives us a better idea of what the colors look like on fabric instead of back-lit by the monitor. And the hex codes are there, for easy use in the programs. I cut them into long strips, and had to shuffle through them all when working on a design. Such a mess. Fold and unfold again. Threads falling loose.

 

Don’t know why it took me so long, but the idea finally came. Why not stick them in a book! A mini photo album. Perfect. I mean really, they fit perfect. (Whew! Got lucky there!) Now I have a color chip flip book!

 

Pale-Windscorpion Changing subject again. Had a visitor the other night. On my bed.  It was about an inch and half long. Looks upside down in the photo, but his legs came up over his body when I grabbed him. (With a tissue, no I am not brave around BIG ugly bugs.)

I usually climb into bed in the dark. But for some reason, an angel on my shoulder, I turned on my phone light. And I saw something move. Fast. So quick on with the light. And I swear he came running towards me, which is good. I could have lost him in the corner.

It is a Pale Wind scorpion. Terrific.  But it is actually in the same class as spiders. And it bites, but it is not poisonous. I also read that they are aggressive. Ha ha, he was running towards me!!

That will teach me to clean and organize.

Still checking my bed before I get in it. ;/

 

 

 

 

 

Better

 

Trees. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Trees. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

It’s all about the light. I reclaimed light by dabbing a damp paper towel into the treetops. Also found a bit in the first, large trunk. I dipped my rubber comb into clean water, and scraped the paint in the foreground. I love that those marks remained subtle after drying.

To the treetops I added more yellow, some orange and Shiraz in selective areas. Seeing it here, I feel like I need to add some shadow at the base of the trees. What do you think? Not going for realism, just think a little more contrast would be good.

We had rain for about 20 minutes today. Full sun, windy, light rain. Clear blue sky to the south. I kept hoping the sun would catch and really make this pop. Very dreamlike as it was though.

 

Rainbow

Rainbow

Was inspired by Sandrine Pelissier’s newsletter, as I always am. Dug out my travel Spirograph. Had a bit of a worry when I didn’t find it in the first two looks. The 4 x 6 paper did not fit, so most of my drawings ended up more centered, less random.  I filled the edges with doodles. I am going to try again. But maybe this lends itself to trees better.

Just FYI. If you ever buy a travel Spirograph, post-it notes fit perfectly!

Hot Mess. 4 x 6 mixed media on paper postcard. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Hot Mess. 4 x 6 mixed media on paper postcard. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

 

 

 

Trees W.I.P.

 

 

Trees WIP. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Trees WIP. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

Another attempt to paint a cactus. But From the beginning dripping layers, these trees made themselves known. They remind me of the tall palms that are such an iconic symbol of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

Had the idea to add orange on top. To be a focal point. Or maybe I will add it to all the trees. Thinking of maybe going back in with a damp towel to bring back some of the lights in the first layers. Actually, most of the lights ended up between the trees. That is how I knew they were trees. Ha.

A few of my thoughts. Would love to hear what you think. I used a comb for detail in the foreground, I went back in with color that was not diluted as much as I thought it was. I may go back in and reclaim some of that texture as well.

 

 

 

 

Tree Wannabe

 

 

I want to be a tree. 5 x 5 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

I want to be a tree. 5 x 5 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Stain gessoed paper, drip by drip. White becomes yellow, then Shiraz and rust are added. Finally a dash or two of fuchsia. Let dry. Splatter more of each color. Splatter clean water. Get a wild hair, and scrape the entire piece. Think maybe that was a bad idea, but I continue to scratch into the paint. Let dry.

Add more layers of splattered color and water. Put paint on and take some off. The water allows the colors to mix. Dabbing with a damp paper towel reclaims some of the white. Reveals terrific texture.

My intention was to carve out a “Sunset cactus”. But as soon as I added a bit of white, it was there. A pretty little lolly of a tree.

So a tree it is. Heavy Burridge influence, but nowhere near as wonderful. He would call it  my “practice”. Computer was off for most of the day, and when I turned it on to post, there was a notice that Mr. Burridge added a new video on YouTube. Funny huh?!

 

Blessings-shiraz

 

 

 

 

 

Day 23 – Palms

 

 

Day 23 , Palms. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Day 23 , Palms. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

Sometimes less is more. And sometimes more is what it takes.  This is another of the abstracts I worked on a couple of weeks ago. I started playing, to see if I could create shapes with the palette knife. What the heck right?

Day 23 , Palms, before. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Day 23 , Palms, before. 4 x 4 in. acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

I need the practice if I am ever going to get better. And I can always paint over it, again. You can see how this started. There are two slides.  I liked it with just the slim ground line. Then I didn’t. I added more indigo, and then some white and dusty rose to soften the area. Set it aside.

Purple Cactus Plant. 7 x 10 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Purple Cactus Plant. 7 x 10 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Came back to it, and decided I wanted more color in the sky area. I really like that mix of peachy pink, you might remember from earlier challenges.

I am really happy with how the trunks turned out. Pure luck that!

I am on the road to San Diego today. Posts and art are ready to go, but I will not be visiting blogs or pinning to the board for a week. I will catch up when I return. I am going to miss seeing the artworks!

Have fun everyone, I know you can do it! Thanks so much for following my progress, and for your generous comments. God Bless!

 

 

It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree
it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.
Philip Sidney

 

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