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Wonky Little Watercolor Cactus

Desert Bloom 2. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on  paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Desert Bloom 2. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Last of the bunch. I have a couple others, but I think they are paint-overs. This card was sent out in the Pals-Poist exchange. It traveled a whole hour and a half up the road to Flagstaff, to my good friend Christine Brooks. Christine and I still have not met. Mostly due to busy schedules. But one day soon, right Christine? 🙂

In return, I received this lovely card. Even in winter, beauty is all around. Christine sent it in a protective sleeve, the marks rub right off. I love how the leaves look like a frilly, royal collar (a ruff). And the snow cap looks like a Beret. Ok, I know I am mixing my styles there. And centuries. 😉

I love it Christine! I hope you had a hot cup of cocoa waiting after your walk in the cold. Burr!

Pals Poist Postcard by Christine Brooks.

I re-discovered a long lost favorite artist. Birgit O’Connor. Her watercolors are jaw-dropping! I love her flowers. And her stones look like a photograph. Her paintings are huge! Treat yourself to some of her videos on YouTube.

Surprise!

Some times good things come in the mail. Unexpected, good things.

Unexpected. Multiple good things.

Nelvia McGrath and I were having a conversation about watercolor paper. If you follow her blog, you know she has been experimenting with watercolors in a class she is taking. If you don’t follow her, you can take a peek. A link to her blog is to the right, in the blogs I follow. Well, we decided to share some paper with each other. And I sent off some Bee paper, some Arches. And some of the cheap postcards I thought were such a great deal. I wanted her to see the difference between good and bad paper. Salvaged the cards though, used gesso to cover the paper. The wonky cactus is an example.

Papers to play with. Yupo, Artagain, Duralar, watercolor paper.

Well, a couple of weeks passed, and I had just about forgotten. I knew Nelvia was busy. (You know how forgetful I am. Ughh.) And what do ya’ know! A BIG box came, with my name on it. Not only were there papers in it, but sharpies, colored pencils, pencils, erasers, a paint marker, a mechanical pencil, a brush pen, and some command strips. WOW! Mixed media here I come!

It’s my party and I’ll draw if I want to!
Draw if I want to, draw if I want to!

I am so blessed to have made so many terrific friends online!

You know who you are. 😉 I see you every day, and I feel grateful. Thank you, Christine, for sharing your art and photography with me!

Thank you Nelvia for the fabulous art loot!

Time Passages

 

Mingus Sketch. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

Mingus Sketch. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

 

Small Stones. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

Small Stones. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

 

Postcard. 4 x 6 acrylic on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

Postcard. 4 x 6 acrylic on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

 

Sketch book is starting to fill up. I love the sound and feel of the wrinkly, crinkly paper. Each time I flip for a new page, I am reminded of these small accomplishments. For some reason, the small white pages are less intimidating. The book is a place for fun.

So, busy sketching, just not getting as far as posting them. More on the way.

This last piece was palette knife practice. It started as an abstract. I have five nearly empty bottles of paint on my desk. Trying to use them up before next month.

Next Month!! Next week!!

Better get to it!

 

Happy weekend everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kat Sloma’s Liberate Your Art Swap

It’s begun! Woo who! For the next few weeks I will be sharing the postcards as they arrive. Can’t wait! Kat and her crew of volunteers have sorted and stamped, and the first batch is on it’s way.

As in years past, many of the participants have agreed to extra swaps, or “side” swaps. I have already received these amazing cards – YAY!

Postcard treasures

Postcard treasures

The Zentangle leaf is from Kat in the Appalachians. How did she know I have a thing for leaves? “Wonder” is from Sherry in Alaska. The wing is part of a map of Sherry’s city, how clever is that!

The snow filled trees, a photo taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, was sent by Sarah in Atlanta. I grew up in Colorado – Hello Rockies! The crane flew to me all the way from Montana. A really stunning piece of art from Amy. (I may be moving to Montana.)

Teena sent the graphic tree. It reads, ” Words are like the wind, some, stronger and more damaging than others.” Those words really resonate with me.

Amy in Montana created the wonderful crane collage. It is really super in person. You might remember I caught sight of a Heron in our backyard a few months ago.

I am amazed, how each of these cards has a special connection to me. Or I guess, I with them. Some of them I was able to choose, bet even so.

Thanks ladies – for sharing your wonderful art with me! So excited to take part in this years swap!

 

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

~Henry Ward Beecher

 

 

 

A Day to Give Thanks

 

 

January 2015 Challenge Collage, #jan30in30

 

Thank you Leslie Saeta for bringing us all together. I am in awe not only of your wonderful art, but of how much you accomplish. I really feel I have grown as an artist, with each of your challenges. With this one especially. I am much more at ease with taking risks, and working through difficulties.

Thank you to those who took time to vote in Sea’s Art Party. Have you looked at the prizes in the giveaway? Don’t forget, voters are eligible!

Cindy, thank you for including me in your artist interviews this month. I appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself to your readers. It was such a pleasure to learn about the amazing artists you featured.

Sea Dean, thank you for creating the fun and fabulous Art Party! I really don’t know how you three manage to paint each day, write blog posts, run these huge month-long events, as well as running a business.

Sandy, thank you for nominating me for the 5 Day Art share on Facebook.

And a SUPER MEGA THANK YOU to everyone who followed my progress this month. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really value your opinions! Thanks for the shares, and +1’s, likes and pins! Thanks to my new blog followers!

Thank you to Sea for my special birthday gift. So gorgeous!

And even though they were not birthday presents, thank you to Sandy and Kathy for the chance to have an original piece of your fabulous art! I am blessed!

Hope I am not forgetting anyone. But the way my mind works, and sometimes doesn’t, ya’ never know.

 

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I numbered the paintings in the collage, because I would like your opinion. Do you have a favorite? I am prepping postcards for Kat Sloma’s Liberate your Art swap. Below are some of my favorites, but I’d really love to hear what you think!

 

Friends, Final. 4 x 6 mixed media postcard. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Friends, Final. 4 x 6 mixed media postcard. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Green vase. 4 x 5 acrylic on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Green vase. 4 x 5 acrylic on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Petals and Moonbeams. 5 x 7 acrylic on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Petals and Moonbeams. 5 x 7 acrylic on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Birds and Bees, Final. 4 x 6 mixed media postcard. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Birds and Bees, Final. 4 x 6 mixed media postcard. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Watercolor postcard, final. 4 x 6. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Watercolor postcard, final. 4 x 6. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Bouquet. 4 x 6 acrylic on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado. #jan30in30, day 22

Bouquet. 4 x 6 acrylic on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

 

One last chance to vote at  Sea Dean’s Art Party.
Each vote is a chance to win for the voter, and to votee!

1483 artists completed the challenge!
Find links to their work on Leslie Saeta’s blog.

Treat yourself to Cindy Williams artist interviews!

My Pinterest board for this event has grown to almost 1200 pieces of art.

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Day 30 Of 30 Paintings In 30 days

 

Idle. 4 x 4 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Idle. 4 x 4 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

 

Wind blows cold, alone
they stand, branches reach as if
they are holding hands.
S.M.D.

 

We made it! High fives all around! Yes, that means everyone who took Leslie’s challenge, even if you did not post everyday, or produce a full 30 paintings. Effort counts!

My painting today is another save. Actually I think I started three different times on this canvas. It has been sitting for months in between.

There is a grungy black, mucky mix as the base. I had too much turquoise from a piece I was working on the other day. Can’t waste paint. So I spread it on the canvas with a palette knife. I let it dry a bit, and then made scratch marks. I just now am realizing, I maybe should delineate the trunks that are overlapping.

I started the trunks by dripping paint, for a random placement. Then went back with a brush to add width to them.  The branches and trunks wrap around the sides and top.

 

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Tomorrow all the participants will post a collage of their work. Today, I would like to share the collections I have from this month. There are also some odds and ends, I’ll show those tomorrow in the collage.

 

Flower Fields

Flower Fields

Oh Lolly

Oh Lolly

Flowers and Trees

Flowers and Trees

Fantasia

Fantasia

Feme

Feme

Bloom

Bloom

Friends

Friends

Two more floral pieces have been started, to complete Fantasia. And I have finished pieces for the last three collections, Feme, bloom and friends. I will share those with you soon.

 

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

Visit Leslie’s site for a look at the artwork created today.

Visit Cindy Williams and read one or more of her artist interviews!

My Pinterest board for this event is bursting with over 1200 pieces of art.

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