Category Archives: Watercolor

Crown Of Glory

 

Mingus Light, 2017 SMD

Mingus Light, 2017 SMD

Sharing my fascination with the view again. Started out a sweet, soft pink. Moments later, intense warmth filled the sky. The entire mountain range was capped with a gorgeous golden glow, pristine peachy, pinks, and blinding whites.

Mingus Bright, 2017 SMD

Mingus Bright, 2017 SMD

Flashback

 

Watercolor and pen on paper. SMD

Watercolor and pen on paper. SMD

More work from art school here. Late 80’s vintage. This piece was about 12 x 16 inches. The watercolor was on horribly inexpensive watercolor paper. I remember I painted this at least six times before I was half way happy with the result. I vaguely recall starting with more of a rainbow in the background. There was some yellow in there. The instructor suggested a more monochromatic approach. The letters were printed on a sheet of acetate.

The next few paintings were influenced by 80’s pop artist Patrick Nagel. Though I did not know his name at the time. This style was everywhere. On MTV, on album covers, posters and T-shirts.

It is clear that the paper was not easy to work with. Uneven colors, stains, and bloom edges. Lack of control, and certainly lack of knowledge on my part. All of the women had a skin tone. But the scanner was just not picking it up. The redhead has a vivid green eye shadow. The pencil marks were much stronger as well, and in multiple colors.

SMD, late 80's

SMD, late 80’s

SMD, late 80's

SMD, late 80’s

 

Teacher’s comment: The models are wonderfully painted, the background falls short however – should have been a strong solid color like the heads. (Looks like she crossed out a “B” grade.)

Don’t know why this next one wasn’t turned in. It is unfinished, the eyelashes. I bet it had to do with the drippy, uneven background. Thanks for taking a look – happy day to you!

 

SMD, late 80's

SMD, late 80’s

 

 

 

 

 

Food And Travel

 

 

Sunset over Mingus. SMD

Sunset over Mingus. SMD

A couple of nights ago, we had the view above in front.
And the view below, out back.
Great night!

Sunset before the storm.

Sunset before the storm. KRD

 

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 MAPS AND RECIPES

 

Twenty twelve seems to have been my year of recipes and maps. I hadn’t started blogging yet. In addition to that, I wrote over 30 articles on wellness for Examiner.com. I had hoped it would generate extra income. The site no longer exists, so you can tell how that went. I think I received a small check, once. For each article, I created artwork as well.

I am sure that the experience of writing and posting for Examiner, gave me the courage to create my site. To start writing about my art. Stepping stones.

I’ve spent the last few days cleaning my computer files, and in doing that I revisited the past. You are right, seems to be a theme starting. I realized that I have never posted the maps and recipes here, naturally. And if this blog is a record of my journey, it would be incomplete without them. Adding a new gallery page takes care of that. Take a peek, and visit the site links on the page to see a HUGE view. Thanks for looking!

Roasted Peppers. Mixed media, © 2012 Sheila Delgado

 

 

 

 

Koinobori

 

"Fish Kites". Watercolor and pen on paper. 2010 Sheila Delgado

“Fish Kites”. Watercolor and pen on paper. 2010 Sheila Delgado

 

Out of sight, out of mind. I opened my art portfolios, and what a surprise. I time warped back to college. Only a few pieces survived from then. Most of what I found was from 2010 forward. Still wonderful to see again. I would call these “early works”, ha ha. Early, from the time I decided to focus on art.

I thought I had given these away. I remember taking a stab at making a repeat design out of them. Pretty sure those files were on the laptop that died. Koinobori have a long tradition. Don’t ask me how I feel about the fact that they were originally meant to celebrate boys only. Times have changed, and now they are part of Children’s Day celebrations in Japan.

Also found some not-so-successful watercolor abstract attempts. Gorgeous colors though, and I am thinking I can use them for collage. A la Dotty, and Laly, and Bob.

Just a few weeks until the 30 in 30, hands up if you are planning to take the challenge! I am looking forward to it. I know, nuts!

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

This, That, And The Other

 

Storm lifting, Mingus. SMD

Storm lifting, Mingus. SMD

Gray skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face
Brush off the clouds and cheer up
Put on a happy face
Spread sunshine all over the place
Oh put on a happy face

 

Last Light, Mingus. SMD

Last Light, Mingus. SMD

 

Both taken on the same day. Late afternoon and early evening. Loving the Arizona rain!

 

Work In Progress

 

Detail, WIP

Detail, WIP

 

Kids Art Week

Carla Sonheim hosted Kids Art Week 2017, for the young folks. She invited big kids to take part as well. It is a free class, and you can still sign up the kiddos!

Early Bird. Watercolor Pencil on paper. SMD

Early Bird. Watercolor Pencil on paper. SMD

The week started with “Blob Hunting”. Her video showed the kids running around looking for blob shapes, or cracks in cement. After drawing the shapes, the next step was to try to create creatures from them.

I found cracks in the sidewalk, that formed a triangle. The cracks became a bird with a worm.

 

 

Albrecht Dürer Bunny. oil pastels on paper. SMD

Albrecht Dürer Bunny. oil pastels on paper. SMD

Next was a fun attempt to duplicate “Young Hare” by Albrecht Dürer. This started with another blob shape, the outline of the rabbit. The entire shape was filled in with white oil pastel. We added light, and then mid tones. Next the darkest values.

The final touch was to scratch through the pastel, to create the illusion of fur. Fun!

 

 

 

Cubist Cat, marker and watercolor on paper. SMD

Cubist Cat, marker and watercolor on paper. SMD

A lesson from Picasso followed. Cubist cat. We drew an eye, then rotated the paper 90 degrees. Drew a larger eye, and rotated the paper again.

Draw and rotate. An ear. Whiskers. A tail. A paw. Nose and mouth.

The video’s were entertaining. The lessons, fun.

These were quick, late night activities for me. Led me to begin 12 x 12 piece. Larger than my usual.

Thank you Carla for the invite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifty Fifty

 

 

Cyclamen. 6.25 x 9 in. watercolor Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Cyclamen. 6.25 x 9 in. watercolor Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Sometimes you win. Sometimes you don’t. Both of these paintings are blasts from the past. I wasn’t happy with them. At least, I didn’t think they were finished.

watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © Sheila Delgado 2013

Cyclamen, watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © Sheila Delgado 2013

Here is a look at where I left off. In the original post, I mentioned that I was happy with the painting, and that it came together quickly. This was Day 22 of September challenge 2013. 2013!

The background on the bottom half is a washed out green, showing almost white here. Very washed out as a whole. This sat on my desk for a week. I had to think about where to take it.

Finally jumped in, by adding dark to the bottom right corner. I worked piece by piece, covering the areas between the stems. Looking at the results, I think that I probably could have gone a little darker still. It’s a done deal though. Sealed in an envelope ready to fly to a friend.

I am happy with how the greens and blues mixed on the paper. Happy with the whites I left. Happy with the jewel-toned sky. I really like this piece now.

I wish the same were true for Bloom. I like the wonky shape. I could not find the original image post, but the petals were solid yellow, and the leaves were not as defined.

I tried to improve this, adding a warm rusty Neocolor. I kept adding, and adding. To the center around the head. Three or four colors. And you know what’s wrong. I know you know. Value.

Think I botched it even more that it was to begin with.

I was trying for depth at the base of the petals. Didn’t achieve that. I don’t think you can see it here as well as in person, but the head almost looks 3-D.  It looks really cool. Seems to bulge. That was a nice surprise.

Bloom. 8 x 8 in. watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Bloom. 8 x 8 in. watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

Oh well, can’t win them all. It was good to take a blah and make it a thumbs up. Good to challenge myself, even if it did not pay off.  Good to have a brush in my hand!

 

Wishing-you-JOY