One of my first visits to Phoenix, we saw a haboob. It was incredible. We were inside the hotel room, on the second or third floor. Day turned to night. It passed quickly, and by morning, the weather was calm.
It’s a huge sand storm. HUGE. Basically, winds from a storm shoot straight down towards the ground. That stirs up a huge wall of dust which is carried on those winds for miles.
Here’s a look:
Today’s painting reminded me of one of these storms. We have had a couple of mini’s behind the house. When it was still just a field. A sunny day quickly became grey and dark. They are stunning to watch. I hope I am never out and about when one hits. Certainly not driving.
Pour 1 detail 1. Acrylic on paper. 2017 Sheila Delgado
Poured paint on paper has a will of its own. Hoping for interesting, organic shapes. Instead I produced runs and drips. The details might be useful as part of a collage. Or maybe I can continue with more paint and marks. The colors show as intense, but in person they are soft, warm and subtle.
Pour 1 detail 2. Acrylic on paper. 2017 Sheila Delgado
Pour 1. 6 x 6 Acrylic on paper. 2017 Sheila Delgado
We had rain last night, and clouds today. Made for interesting Mingus views.
I have noticed a pattern here. The canvas I posted yesterday, was the first in the batch of 4 x 4’s. I thought it was the best of those. This was the first of four, and again, I feel it is the best.
I need to stop trying so hard. I think that is the lesson. I think on these first attempts, I was just doing, and not thinking. Or maybe I was trying too hard on those that followed, to recreate the “magic” somehow. Which is impossible.
So happy to end on a positive note. January has been a productive month. Thank you Leslie Saeta! Tomorrow I will be posting a collage of my favorites. The artists who took part will also be posting their collage of 30 paintings.