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From Chaos

 

 

Soul Art 2017. 12 x 12 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Soul Art 2017. 12 x 12 mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

Hours filled with blessed creation. International Soul Art Day 2017 proved to be meaningful, mindful,  and mending. This was my fifth year participating. I always find it so hard to put into words.

I was in the moment. No plan. Feels like I have said that before about Laura Hollick’s Soul Art Day. Layer after layer, I continued to paint without a preconceived idea of where I wanted the work to go.

 

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
Deepak Chopra

 

Not sure why the word chaos came to me when thinking of a title for this post. The only chaos was the unrestrained creative activity. The free-flowing mark making.

 

We live in a rainbow of chaos.
Paul Cezanne

 

 

First layers.

First layers.

 

Watercolor dripping and staining the paper. Wine, yellow, orange, fuchsia, rust. Acrylic stamping with wood and rubber. Stenciling gone wrong, paint too wet. Do more “wrong” stenciling in different areas. Use a dropper to add more yellow acrylic. Mist water on top and watch the paint spread in jagged blooming fingers. More yellow marks with a twig.

 

It seems like the chaos of this world is accelerating,
but so is the beauty
in the consciousness of more and more people.
Anthony Kiedis

 

 

Detail 1.

Detail 1.

White acrylic scribbles and swirls. Some of the watercolor mixes in and softens the bright here and there. White repeating texture. Some strong, some fading. Some becomes soft yellow when paint accidentally mixes.

Wine dipped dry brush tapped on the paper. Marks become like feathers. Thinking flight. Freedom. Spirit.  Jagged marks with watercolor pencil. Swirling scribble line to cover the page.

 

 

Detail 2.

Detail 2.

Dark splatters in watercolor and acrylic. Cover almost all with watery white acrylic. Layering in patches. Use the same square brush that made the feather marks.

Outline Seussical shapes with black marker until it runs dry. Continue with thick wine watercolor. Cover black marker with the same. Soft diluted splatters finish it off like sprinkles on frosting.

 

Art is the triumph over chaos.
John Cheever

 

A few tools.

A few tools.

 

When we submit our work to the Soul Art Gallery, Laura asks about our process, what the day means to us, and what insight we gained from taking part. The insight was slow in coming. Maybe I just was not focused on that.

That inner nagging voice told me that this wasn’t about creating a pretty picture. Maybe I took a wrong turn and missed the path to enlightenment. Maybe I was stupid for worrying and being too serious.

Maybe it did not HAVE to be deep, to be meaningful.

It wasn’t until the last layer of whitewash that it came to me. A single, simple thought. I know. Not very original or deep. But a message just the same.

 

Bloom where you are planted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soul Art Invitation

 

 

Mingus Friday May 5, 2017.

Mingus Friday May 5, 2017.

 

Soul Art 2016, watercolor, oil pastel on Yupo.

Soul Art 2016, watercolor, oil pastel on Yupo.

Laura Hollick’s International Soul Art Day takes place on May 25th. This will mark my fifth year participating. It is an all day virtual event. Laura guides you through a thought-provoking journey, to help you connect to spirit and insights.

Ready for a day of fun? Open to everyone, you can join in as your schedule allows. Choose a favorite medium, or try a new one. It is empowering to know that you are connected with so many kindred spirits. Thriving in the energy that is artistic expression.

A couple of days ago I decided to clean out my stored artworks. I am recycling what I can. Six boards of different sizes are gessoed and ready to go. Twenty 6 x 6 pieces of Yupo are washed and standing by.  I even “washed” pieces of Arches. I figure that I can gesso them as well. So I guess I am ready for Soul Art. Don’t you find it interesting that the thought came to me, just before the invitation did?

I hope you will consider taking part in this creative cluster. Visit the link above for a short video introduction. Click on the images for a look back at my Soul Art Experiences.

 

 

 

Soul Art 2015. 9 x 12 watercolor on paper. © Sheila Delgado 2015

Soul Art 2015. 9 x 12 watercolor on paper. © Sheila Delgado 2015

 

Soul Art 2013. Acrylic on paper. Sheila Delgado

Soul Art 2013. Acrylic on paper. Sheila Delgado

 

 

Splatter Stripe. Watercolor/digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Splatter Stripe. Watercolor/digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

Splatter stripe has been “favorited” by many of the designers on Spoonflower. A few that I really admire as well. (Very cool!)  I am going to take that as a good sign. Fingers crossed!  Still a few more days to vote!

 

Happy weekend everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soul Art 2016

 

Soul Art 2016, watercolor, oil pastel on Yupo.

Soul Art 2016, watercolor, oil pastel on Yupo.

This year, my soul art came in pieces. My day was sliced in half. I did the guided journey work in the morning, and returned to paint in the evening. I had a slightly stressful afternoon, and sitting down to paint was such a treat.

I turned on Laura‘s closing hang out, and listened as I worked. These are 6 x 6 inches squares, and the small one is an ATC, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

The first two are pieces I had abandoned months ago. While reaching for a clean sheet of paper, I saw their colorful corners sticking out. Were they calling to me?

I pulled them out of my paper stash, and looked at them for a long time. The top one only had the base colors on it, and some yellow crayon marks. The second, had just the blue.

Soul art, five topic images.

Soul art, five topic images.

My five topics, the things that came to mind first:
Color, ocean, faces, flowers, pattern.
I did not have magazines handy, so I pulled images from Pinterest. The images that called to me are here.

The five descriptions are cheerful, thoughtful, bold, flowing, sensual.

I did not consciously think of these while painting, but you can see that some of them are present in the work.

The two bottom pieces were really all about play. The ATC started as an abstract.

None of these are finished works. I think I may take a cue  from Dotty Seiter, and they may show up as part of a collage!

 

You can read more about my Soul Art experience in Laura Hollick’s Soul Art Gallery. I am still catching up on the Facebook posts and reading about the other artists in the gallery. Several of you mentioned signing up. If you were able to take part, please comment with a link so I can visit!

 

 

 

 

Shout Out For Soul Art

 

Soul Art 2015. 9 x 12 watercolor on paper. © Sheila Delgado 2015

Soul Art 2015. 9 x 12 watercolor on paper. © Sheila Delgado 2015

 

This will be the fourth year I have participated in the Soul Art Celebration. You can click on the image above to read about last years event. I’m inviting you to join us! (I know I am late, but I just received the notice.)

Soul Art day is tomorrow, May 11th,
and you are welcome to join in!

It is a free, on-line event where people gather from around the world to create art together for the day. If you haven’t signed up yet, claim your spot now!

If you are unable to watch the gatherings, and take part throughout the day, you can watch on your own time, as your schedule allows. Those of you who have participated in the 30 in 30 painting challenges, know that there is a powerful energy when creatives come together in a community experience.

From Laura Hollick:

When your Inner Artist calls, it is an unmistakable knowing that your sacred creativity must be honored and must be expressed. International Soul Art Day is an annual global event to honor this call and collectively carve out the space for our Inner Artist to breathe.

Here are some of the luscious, glorious creative spirits gathering for this global event along with me: Flora Bowley, Amanda Sage, Ashley Burnett, Autumn Skye Morrison, Cat Caracelo, Chris Zydel, Melissa D’Antoni, Mia Saenz, Jane Ashley, Jess Johnson, Shiloh Sophia, Cora Flora, Sofiah Thom, Susan Farrell, Jo Westwood, Shereen Sun, Tara Shorey, Tara Preston, Naia Leigh, Tamara Laporte,  Ka Amorastreya, Whitney Freya and there is a special space just for YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Soul Art Day 2015

Soul-Art-studio-shot-2015

Ready to play.

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This is the third year I have participated in Laura Hollick’s International Soul Art Day. The day is so much fun, and it is so inspiring to be part of such a large community of artists. Beginners and professionals come together for this enlightening experience.

I started the morning by going through the worksheets that Laura provides. She guides you through the body mapping, and questions you, for insight into your intentions, and desires. She opens up your creative expression and helps you to deal with creative blocks.  The activities really get you thinking, and lead you to your spirit action – your intentions for your Soul Art journey.

For me, this day was all about breaking through my creative blocks. I have not been painting as much as I would like. And I have neglected my blog as a result.

No paintings = nothing to blog about.

I gathered my supplies, and decided to work with a brush that would not offer me a lot of control. I wanted to stay loose and not focus on details.  You know that is a constant problem I am trying to overcome. I chose an inexpensive sketch paper, so I wouldn’t be thinking I needed to create a masterpiece.

I let the colors choose me. Speak to me. I know that sounds, hippie or foo foo. But I did not start by having a theme, or plan, or result in my mind. I simply started applying paint to paper, and let it unfold. I was just making marks.

These first marks revealed a fish to me. I could see it, even though it was incomplete.  I splattered paint on the clean paper, splattered water to help the paint move on its own. I started with yellow, then pink, some blue along the bottom.

I added marks, not shapes, not formed ideas. Just colorful marks. I let the colors mix into each other. In the end, I added the black pen.

I thought about the ebb and flow of the water. The gentle, soothing sway. The quietness. How even in the darkness, there is light to be found.

You can read more about my piece in the Soul Art Gallery. (Don’t know how I forgot to include my last name.)

Soul Art 2015. 9 x 12 watercolor on paper. © Sheila Delgado 2015

Soul Art 2015. 9 x 12 watercolor on paper. © Sheila Delgado 2015

I love this piece, because of what it represents to me. A break through. A release. Connecting to my inner artist.  Listening to that inner voice, and silencing the noise from the outside world. It is not a fantabulous work by any means. But I share it proudly.

Soul Art Day is open to everyone. If you would like to take part in next years event, you can connect with Laura Hollick for more information.

Happy creating to you!