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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

 

 

 

 

Day 12 Of 30 in 30 – Pinterest and Your Blog

 

Bloom. 6 x 6 Mixed media. © 2015 Sheila Delgado. #jan30in30, Day 12

Bloom. 6 x 6 Mixed media. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

 

I started this with acrylic on watercolor paper. I dripped a bit of blue acrylic, and then added watercolor washes in shades of orange, red and purple. I thought for a second about starting over, because the red dried in a straight line. But I decided to leave it. This only took a few minutes in the end, and I think it is the first really “loose” piece I have done. I could be wrong. But I am patting myself on the back for resisting the urge to “fix” it.

Bloom, Final. 6 x 6 Mixed media. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Bloom, Final. 6 x 6 Mixed media. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Pinterest Captions

I have noticed that many of us are not using Pinterest pin captions to our best advantage. Maybe it is something you are not really thinking about. But you should be.

I thought I was doing OK with this myself, but if you take a look at my Pinterest Blog Board, you will see I have some major work to do.  Oi vey!

Oops, well I guess you will have to watch the video first to see how to do it correctly.

Next take a look at my pinterest board for Leslie’s challenge event. Look closely at the image descriptions. (I am a couple of days behind.)

Can you see the problem? Do the captions answer:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • Why?
  • And How?

What does IMG_0000_new tell me about the artist, or the artwork? I am not trying to shame anyone. It’s just that in pinning so many each day, it has become very clear to me. Some of us could really use some help. And I am one of the “us”.

My first inclination, is to add the captions myself, but that just isn’t possible.

I did some searching, and I found a few articles that I think will really help. I know you probably don’t have time to read them this month, but you can bookmark them or print them out. The first one includes a short video that is easy to understand. I promise.

Jessica at  Chaos & Love – Thank You! I know you can spare two minutes to watch her video and make your blog and boards better!

For those of you using WordPress, here is some information on using your image settings. Note that the caption box for your wordpress image, is not the “caption” for Pinterest. For those of you on other platforms, I am sure it is much the same.

This post by Nicole at Curio Electro is to the point. She breaks it down really well.

I hope those help, maybe you can let me know in the comments. I still have a TON to learn about blogging and SEO, and social media. If you have anything to add I would love to hear from you! And I am sure others will appreciate it as well!

Treat yourself, visit Leslie’s site for a look at the artwork created today.

Also hop on over to Sea Dean’s blog and vote, each vote is a chance to win prizes!

Over 400 amazing pieces of art so far, on my Pinterest board for this event.

STILL need an art fix?

Visit Cindy Williams and read one of her artist interviews!

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