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Sunflowers On The Side


Sunflowers on the side. 6 x 8 1/2 watercolor and ink. 2015 Sheila Delgado

This was a struggle. It was going smoothly, until the last step. And from there, I just could not get it right. I had planned on a background that would suggest foliage behind the stems. Something soft and lacking detail. Below is the first attempt. It looked a lot better in person, but still was not… pleasing. (Clicking on the image description will take you to an attachment page if the image is not loading here.)

For some reason, none of the scans were working for me. Usually I have to make minimal adjustments in Photoshop, to get the scanned image to look like the original. Even in the final image above, the colors are not a true representation.

The sky is richer, I used a glaze of ultramarine to add some variation and depth. The yellows look flat and cold, and in reality there are three different tones, and overall the blooms are much warmer. Only the leaves and stems look like the original.

First try

First try

Sure I had destroyed this piece, I decided to go dark, and just cover up all that awfulness. Hide the evidence, right.  I even considered covering the sky in darkness. Going straight for graphic. I wasn’t happy with the result, and thought about ripping it up.

2nd try

2nd try

Next I washed off most of the Indigo.I didn’t have a clue what to do. But I realized I really liked the contrast of the blue with the blooms, and leaves. So I tried again with the indigo. But instead of adding the color to dry paper, I wet each section first, and dropped in color from a wet brush.

3rd try

3rd try

Actually there at least three other attempts in between. The paper really got a work out. Still unhappy with my results, I digitally remove the cloud. I also digitally cropped almost an inch off the left side, and the top. I think that made all the difference. ( I have since edited the original.) So the name, Sunflowers On The Side no longer fits. Maybe I should name it Survivors.


Wishing you great success in your creative efforts!





Happy Giveaway Day!

It’s time to make some lemonade. I guess this is not really a lemon. A minor disappointment maybe.  But I am not crushed.


The postcard I created for this years Postcards from the Edge benefit did not sell. The gallery sent it back to me. And I am going to set it free. Again.

Red. Abstract Acrylics on 140 lb Arches cold pressed paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Red. 4 x 6 Abstract Acrylics on 140 lb Arches cold pressed paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

I have not done a giveaway before. I should probably be scientific about it. But I am thinking. K.I.S.S. So leave me a comment.

Tell me why you like Red.
Will you frame it?
Will you gift it to a friend?
Do you have a spot in your home that you know it will be perfect in?

It doesn’t have to be a long comment. I haven’t really decided, should I choose the best comment, or put names in a hat. You can give me you opinion on that too if you want.
(Probably names in a hat.)

Along with the postcard, I will include the pamphlet from the event and the collectors copy with a statement from me. The back of the postcard is stamped and numbered from the event as well.

acrylics, 4 x 6 postcard abstract

Red, Benefit pamphlet, Collector’s Copy


You can read more about Red here, and here.

I will make the announcement on Friday.

Happy day to ya’!