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Earth Angel



Earth Angel. 9 x 12 in. in. watercolor on poster board. 2016 Sheila Delgado

Earth Angel. 9 x 12 in. in. watercolor on poster board. 2016 Sheila Delgado

Took part in Pauline Agnew’s Christmas Open Studio. These free two-day events a meant to awaken and rejuvenate. Video instruction, student art showcase, and the Facebook group offer inspiration and feedback. Pauline often offers prize drawings to participants. This year she is going all out and offering 12 free spots in her e-courses!! Follow the link to find out more, and be sure to subscribe to receive information about future Open Studios.

Pauline worked in inks. She started by laying down the large shapes with tinted water, and then continued, working quickly with very wet media. I worked in watercolor. This is larger than I usually work. I was standing, and held my brush differently. I used a reference photo and tried to see shapes, and not a praying angel. A quick sketch, a liberating exercise and the opportunity to learn from Pauline Agnew! Great way to spend the day!

The first Open Studio I participated in produced one of my best pieces. Pauline has a way of doing that! Each event is a wealth of information!

Sapphire Seafront.
Texture tutoring.
Open Studio landscape.


Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12




Tackling Texture And Magenta Mail Art



Texture Boards, 2016 sheiladelgado.com


Working through Pauline Agnew’s Artbyte One. First lesson, texture. Pauline prompts us with multiple tools, and encourages experimentation. My boards are larger than she suggested, they were scraps I had on my desk.

1) I used torn paper to build up layers. I painted over some of the layers, and continued adding more with matte medium.
2) Beginning to build layers of color.
3) Pauline suggests using joint filler, which looks really fun. Not having any, I used some gloopy (old) gesso and built layers of that. There was a thick blob that made me think of a sun, even though this was meant as an exercise and not concerned with composition.
4) Building layers of color. Adding and then removing, adding more again.
5) Using an old ATM card to spread paint. The translucent blue settled in the hollows, revealing the texture of the paper, very nice!
6) Layers of wash acrylics.
7) Layers of thick impasto.
8) Continuation of impasto.

I can see all of these boards becoming finished works. Ideas are forming. Now it is on to Lesson two!


Mail Art

Received these two beauties today. The first is from Lisa Comperry in Texas. The card reads “LOVE”. This lovely poem was included on the back:

One day is spun in gold
another day seems red hot or icy cold.
Passing storms clear the air
and change the tide.
Each day a new sun.

Lisa Powell Comperry

LYA #2 and side swap #4. Lisa Comperry, "LOVE". Mary Underwood.

LYA #2 and side swap #4. Lisa Comperry, “LOVE”. Mary Underwood.

Mary Underwood from Michigan included this encouraging reminder on the back of her beautiful card.

Be Happy
Be Bright
Be You

Visit the links, their photography is awesome! I am so glad these artists included their address on the card! There is a wonderful video on Lisa’s blog about rescued baby animals as well as her wonderful sunsets. Mary has wonderful sunflowers on her page, and her abstract daisy is gorgeous.

Thank you both so much for sharing your gorgeous art with me! Love flowers!




Postcard Art Arrives and I Won A Free Class!


LYA 2016 Postcard #1, Mixed Media, Tina Walker.

LYA 2016 Postcard #1, Mixed Media, Tina Walker.

I hope you can see the stitching on this card I received from Tina Walker. Brown, outlining the leaf, and green cross stitch around the edges of the card. There is wonderful texture, but I am not sure what techniques were used. Hoping to find out more on the LYA Facebook group page. I have a fondness for leaves, and I love the “made by hand” stitching! Beautiful!

Tina included this quote by Amit Ray:

In every change,
in every falling leaf,
there is some pain,
some beauty.
And that’s the way
new leaves grow.

This message coming to me at the perfect time. The move to Arizona is still ahead. Thank you Tina for sharing these inspiring words! I love this card!

LYA 2016 side swap #3, Strawberries in coloured pencil, Diane McWhirter.

LYA 2016 side swap #3, Strawberries in coloured pencil, Diane McWhirter.

I had to look at this closely, to try and figure out if it was a photograph, or a drawing. The details on these strawberries are unbelievable. Right down to the veins on the leaves, the shine on the skin, and even the tiny drop of water. This card came to me from Australia.

If you love these strawberries as much as I do, they are now available on RedBubble! Hop on over and look at Diane’s wonderful cats, and flowers, and birds! Thanks Diane for sharing your wonderful art with me! (And I love the stamp celebrating Queen Elizabeth II!)


Pauline Agnew – Artbytes One

In honor of St. Patrick’s day week, and in celebration of the fact that she is a proud Irish woman, Pauline Agnew gifted 10 lucky participants with a free download of her Artbytes One – A Tapestry of Texture. Lucky me to be one of them!

Pauline is an awesome teacher! Her Ecourse ‘Pathways to Abstraction’ starts Monday. If you want to check out her teaching style, you can access a free lesson.  Pauline often offers free open studio weekends, with inspiring lessons. I first participated in 2013, and I still consider the result of that, one of my best works. You can read about it here.

I will share my work from the Artbytes lesson with you. Can’t wait to get started!