Woo Whoo! Super 70’s Score!

Detail, Dark Plaid Uniform, Spoonflower. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Detail, Dark Plaid Uniform, Spoonflower. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I placed at 369 of 1425 entries in last weeks 70’s Pillow Challenge. WOW! I received 64 votes! Thanks everybody! I’m stoked. LOL. 😊

This weeks design is already receiving lots of “favorites”, and I am excited. I thought I might have gone too plain with this one. The theme was dark academia. Think Harry Potter. Not my interest at all. But I did the research, and gathered ideas. I just couldn’t get excited about candlesticks and creepy owls. Haha. So I made the call and turned in my unembellished plaid. There are only about ten other plaid entries.

You can see the detail, a twill weave, in the image above. I tried several different variations. And there are a couple more I am going to make available in my shop. In one, the yellow stands out more. The other has less burgundy, and is darker. I used Indigo, Juan yellow and deep burgundy. It’s so fun to see how the pattern process yields different tones.

Dark Plaid Variations, Spoonflower. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Dark Plaid Variations, Spoonflower. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

This turned out to be an awesome challenge. I learned how to make a plaid easily. I can make a regular, a twill and a flannel from one design. How awesome it that? Gotta love learning!

Dark Plaid Uniform, Spoonflower. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Dark Plaid Uniform, Spoonflower. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

This is how it looks in the voting panel. Thanks so much to all of you who take the time. I know it is a chore. Spoonflower is working to make it easier.

World Watercolor Month

It’s hard to believe that WWM is wrapping up. I have posted some of these before, But here they are as a series. I had so much fun, and I can’t wait to do more collage. They are doing another round next month if you are interested. I will be prepping for the 30-Day Creative Gathering in September. Can you believe it is already here?

The first series was inspired by Cat Rains and her 5 Day Collage Kickstart. Cat is so enthusiastic and has so many super ideas. Be sure to check out her Tune In Tuesdays on Instagram! So much fun!

I also participated in Laly Mille’s Soulful Abstracts Retreat. A teaser for her full length course. Laly has such a calming, peaceful presence.

I love both of these fabulously talented, generous women!

I wasn’t happy with how the first two collages turned out. The sky is an off color. I am more happy with it in the second set. I made a lot of mistakes in both series. Learned from them though. And I learned that making papers is so much fun. 😉

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Monsoon Skies

  • Sunset 1. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
  • Sunset 2. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
  • Close Up. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I was talking on the phone with a friend, and the sky was quickly changing. I put her on speaker, and while we continued the conversation, I tried to catch a shot of the lightning. It was striking just to the right of Mingus.

Surprise! What a treat! I had a visitor come right up to the window. And she hung right in front of me for a second or two, as if to say, “Hello”. The photos are blurry. Maybe that is what makes them so magical. Like little fairies.

  • Hummer 3. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
  • Hummer 1. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
  • Hummer 2. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I turned back to the sky, and there was a wall of rain. Then the light show started. I took too many photos to count. And I didn’t think I had caught the lightning. Woo Whoo! Look closely at slide four, there is lightning behind the tree on the right.

  • Lightning over Mingus. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
  • Lightning over Mingus. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
  • Lightning over Mingus. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
  • Lightning over Mingus. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
  • Lightning over Mingus. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
  • Lightning over Mingus. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

The following day, we had a bit more rain. And more glorious skies.
First a double rainbow.

Double Rainbow. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Double Rainbow. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I captured a lightning bolt in video, and was so excited to share it with you. I’ve been trying for two days to get the video to play. I wanted to edit it, the window frame was visible, and the end was choppy as I lowered the phone. But I couldn’t get it saved right. And I have done this before? 🤣 Ugghh! Well, learn something new everyday. I edited it my phone. DUH. I didn’t know you could do that. 🤣🤣🤣

I had already saved these frames to share so here they are. The strike takes 12 frames. But here are just a few.

  • Lightning 2. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
  • Lightning 1. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
  • Lightning 3. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
  • Lightning 4. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Later, over Mingus, a beautiful cloudscape.

Mingus 7/23/22. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Mingus 7/23/22. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

And to the right…

Clouds. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Clouds. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

How sweet to be a cloud. Floating in the blue!    

– A. A. Milne

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