Snow At Last

Thorny. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on  paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Thorny. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Cactus one is done. And WOW! The background scanned p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y! Actually, I didn’t make any adjustments with this one. Is it the gesso? Hmm. Usually I have to adjust the colors used in this background to get them true to life. Hooray!


I had a wonderful surprise this weekend. Two of my pieces were included in Janine Vangool’s All About You newsletter. Thank you Janine! Always inspiring. Both Janine and the newsletter. If you love Uppercase magazine, you will love All About You. Sign up for a weekly dose of wonderful – it’s free! Once you do, be sure to submit your recent work for consideration.


We had a lovely snow Sunday night. The roads cleared quickly, but the cold is preserving our delightful winter view.

Mingus February 2019. SMD
Mingus February 2019. SMD

In town running errands, I spotted this view. A fluffy patch of snowfall. Mingus is to the left, just out of view.

Snow south of the 69. SMD
Snow south of the 69. SMD

I had to tread carefully, and when I looked down, I noticed someone else had recently been there. My first thought was roadrunner. But their tracks are more like an “x”. These were about an inch and half long.

Which way do I go?
Which way do I go?

Later in the afternoon, the snow moved in over Mingus. The mountain was soon hidden from view. As you can see, we stayed sunny and dry.

Snow moving in. SMD
Snow moving in. SMD

Storm warnings are predicting a substantial storm starting tomorrow and lasting for two days. Prescott Valley is slated for 14 to 20 inches!! What?

Cacti Cards

 

Watercolor postcards in progress. SMD

Watercolor postcards in progress. SMD

 

Texture Detail. SMD

Texture Detail. SMD

 

Here are more of the gesso prepped postcards. I received a newsletter from the Desert Botanical gardens in Phoenix, and it put me in the mood to paint cacti. Warm thoughts on a chilly day. Mingus saw rain a few times. We had minuscule hail for about two minutes. :o/ Fingers crossed for rain showers tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postcard Progress

 

Two Suns. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Two Suns. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

I just love the way paint puddles and highlights the texture of the gesso.  I have inspirational stickers I am thinking of adding to these. Mmm… maybe I will add them to the back instead. Ha ha ha. Five more started last night. Hope you are enjoying some creative time as well!

 

Sunny Smile. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Sunny Smile. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

Ranunculus. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Ranunculus. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

One Sun. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

One Sun. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

Hey There Red. 4 x 6 in. watercolor, gesso & pen on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Hey There Red. 4 x 6 in. watercolor, gesso & pen on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In The Works

 

WIP. 4 x 6 postcards. Watercolor and gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

WIP. 4 x 6 postcards. Watercolor and gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

Why is it so easy for me to forget how fun it is to use watercolor with gesso? Messy, uncontrollable… fun! I have about 18 of these started, making ready for two different swaps. The Global heART Exchange, and Pals Poist, with Jacinta Moore.  Maybe I will see you there.

Pals Poist was created by Jacinta. If you are interested, check her out on Instagram. Each artist connects with individuals they would like to swap with. The swap begins in March. There is no theme, and you can choose how many you would like to swap with. If you are not on Instagram, but want to swap, let me know in a comment.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January Semi-Self Challenge

 

4 x 6 in. watercolor & pen on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

4 x 6 in. watercolor & pen on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

Made myself a challenge, knowing full well January might be busy. Not bad, managed to get thirteen paintings done for the month. The first two here, I painted for the Love Notes postcard swap. I forgot to scan the first card. So hey, that makes fourteen paintings! More I am sure, than I would have completed had I not tried for 30.

The table above, scanned much more red than the earth, clay tone that it actually is. I was unable to tweak it in Photoshop.

I apologize for the horrible photo below. This was a fun attempt at being loose after watching a video by Angela Fehr. I embellished with watercolor pencil and splatter.

 

4 x 6 in. watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

4 x 6 in. watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

 

#9, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#9, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Sunset Light, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Sunset Light, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#8, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#8, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#7, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#7, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

The four pieces below are much too tight, and over worked. I tried again, with better results. (See the four above.) I learned that with Quinacridone Gold and Gold Green you have to take care so they do not become dirty and dark. Lesson #1.

Lesson #2 – for either of those colors to be rich and not neon, you must layer at least three washes. Think that qualifies as a conundrum. For me anyhow. Fun in the learning though 😉

I am holding myself to a 30 piece challenge this month as well. It may be several days of painting a series of pieces and not daily painting. I have two gifts to paint. Something different on the way. 😉

If I were to choose favorites, they would be #7 and #8.

 

#6, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#6, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#5, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#5, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#4, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#4, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#3, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#3, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Layers. 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Layers. 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Layers. 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

Yo No Se. 8 x 8 in. mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Yo No Se. 8 x 8 in. mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.