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Trees. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Trees. 6 x 6 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

It’s all about the light. I reclaimed light by dabbing a damp paper towel into the treetops. Also found a bit in the first, large trunk. I dipped my rubber comb into clean water, and scraped the paint in the foreground. I love that those marks remained subtle after drying.

To the treetops I added more yellow, some orange and Shiraz in selective areas. Seeing it here, I feel like I need to add some shadow at the base of the trees. What do you think? Not going for realism, just think a little more contrast would be good.

We had rain for about 20 minutes today. Full sun, windy, light rain. Clear blue sky to the south. I kept hoping the sun would catch and really make this pop. Very dreamlike as it was though.

 

Rainbow

Rainbow

Was inspired by Sandrine Pelissier’s newsletter, as I always am. Dug out my travel Spirograph. Had a bit of a worry when I didn’t find it in the first two looks. The 4 x 6 paper did not fit, so most of my drawings ended up more centered, less random.  I filled the edges with doodles. I am going to try again. But maybe this lends itself to trees better.

Just FYI. If you ever buy a travel Spirograph, post-it notes fit perfectly!

Hot Mess. 4 x 6 mixed media on paper postcard. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Hot Mess. 4 x 6 mixed media on paper postcard. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

 

 

 

Vote Request And Two LYA Sides

 

 

Over A Barrel, digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Over A Barrel, digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

I created this as an entry in the Spoonflower limited color palette succulents design challenge. The instructions were to use at least 2 of the five colors given. It was optional to use black or white as well. I used the five colors. Dark Green, Sage, Blush, Terracotta and Rhubarb.

My idea was for a simplified, or slightly abstract design, that focused on the “pattern” of the cactus itself. I usually find the limited palette challenges difficult. But these colors are close to the favorites I so often paint with!

Your vote would be awesome! You can only vote once, but you can help me spread the word, or share this post with friends. Follow the link above, click to select the design, and then scroll to the bottom and click to submit your vote. Thanks so much for taking the time!

I have two more designs completed and am working on a fourth to round out the collection. I will share those with you soon.

 

LYA Side Swaps

Both of the cards I received look like they are made from fabric. I could be wrong. The first is from Michele Matucheski in Oshkosh. We have swapped before. Michele is a busy creative, lots of interesting things happening on her blog. Not only is she a fabulous photographer, she works with fabrics, and weaving, even surface design!

This bit of inspiration was on the back:

“To practice any art, no matter how well or how badly,
is a way to make your soul grow. So DO it!”
Kurt Vonnegut

 

Michele Matucheski, Orange Blossom Breeze Star. LYA 2017

Michele Matucheski, Orange Blossom Breeze Star. LYA 2017 side swap

As you would guess, I love the colors in this card. The center star looks  shiny and soft. Silk maybe? Michele also included the temperature, 53 degrees, her city, and the date. A neat little fact sticker, I wish I had thought of! Michele’s card is HUGE! 5 x 7, I didn’t realize you could go that big with a postcard. It sure does make an impression!

 

Patricia Mark, mixed media. LYA 2017 side swap

Patricia Mark, mixed media. LYA 2017 side swap

The second arrival has got me thoroughly intrigued. It looks like velvet on velvet, but I really have no idea. Wonderful textures. And such lively “fire”. Hoping Pat will tell me. She labeled this mixed media. Either way, I love this brilliant bloom! Patricia Mark is from Portland. Visit her site to see more of her wonderful photos.

Pat’s special message:

 “To be an artist is to believe in life.”
Henry Moore

So fun to be intrigued by artwork! So fun to be surprised by color and texture and pattern! Thank you both so much, Patricia and Michele! Such a joy to swap art with you again!

 

Thanks so much for taking a look at the Spoonflower limited color palette succulents design challenge. Your support is so appreciated!

 

Wishing-You-Joy-Orange

 

 

 

 

 

L.Y.A. #2 And A Sunny Saguaro

 

 

Saguero. 6 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Saguaro. 6 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

This was my second attempt. I am happy with the result. Managed to loosen up. Also, I did not kill the light with too many layers. There are things I will do different the next time. Learned from this, so all is well.

Painting a Saguero, SMDelgado

Painting a Saguaro, SMDelgado

The first painting was solid areas of flat color. My white pen gave out, so I switched to paint and a brush. Wasn’t liking it, so I stopped and set it aside. Today it does not look as bad to me, I plan on going back to finish that one.

 

L.Y.A. Postcard #2

I was late in posting card #1. I did not receive these back to back. This fun Zentangle art is from my good friend Kat van Rooyen. We have swapped for several years. Kat lives in Tazewell Virginia. In years past, she has shared her wonderful photos of the Appalachian Mountains.

L.Y.A #2 2017 Kat van Rooyen. Tazewell VA

L.Y.A #2 2017 Kat van Rooyen. Tazewell VA

Kat is a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Her classes are popular and she often gets requests to add more. She is inspiring. Health issues could have stopped her in her tracks. But she keeps on going!

Kat’s message on the back:

Encouraging your inner Artist to surface, polish and SHINE!

And this reminder:

It’s all possible one stroke at a time!

Thanks so much Kat for this awesome card. I love  your work! My collection just keeps growing! It arrived in pristine condition! You can see more of Kat’s cool tangles at heartsuntangled.com. Her gorgeous photos are there as well. Be sure to visit!

 

 

 

 

 

Society6 Home Decor Weekend Sale

 

Sunflower. 4 x 4 Alcohol Ink on Mineral paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

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Purple Cactus Plant. 7 x 10 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

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Tulips. 6 x 6 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

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Purple Play. 6 x 6 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

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