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February 2022 30-Day Creative Gathering Collage

FEB 22 30-Day Collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

No surprises here. Flowers and Cacti. Cacti and flowers. I have a tiny sliver of Sap green left in my palette. Made it to the end, by the hair on my chinny, chin chin. 🙂 I am very happy with the work I produced. Hallelujah!

I’ve been hoping and praying for precipitation all month. You would never know it by looking at these sunny settings. The influence of the warm desert air no doubt.

Challenges make you discover things about yourself
that you never really knew.
Cicely Tyson

This event kicked off our fourth year of the gathering. We welcomed many new members, a great way to begin! There were over 665 works of art created in our international group this month. An abundance of light being sent out into the world! We have members in England, Canada, Spain, Hungary, Australia, France, and Scotland. And of course from all over the US.

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden

I worked in several small series this month. Cacti, wildflowers, abstracted flowers, potted plants, and my simplified floral still life. Each day what I sat down to paint was posted for viewing. Only one early painting failed so badly that I had to start over. There are two that made me cringe when I posted them. A few others I thought were mistakes, but they received the most comments. Proving again, I am not always a reliable judge of my work. 🙂

Below are my favorites. You can clearly see why my sap green is depleted. Haha. I always love hearing what your favorites are. One reason I number my collage.
Which did you like best, and why?

FEB 22 30-Day Favorites Collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I am so grateful to have you follow along this month. Your encouragement and considerate critiquing will stay with me long after the challenge has ended. I pushed myself, because I did not want to let myself down. I did not want to miss participating. But I confess, I was reminded each day how many of you prayed for me (are praying). I did not want to let you down either.

You are the wind beneath my wings! Thank you, my friends!

In a few days, I will share art and collages from the many who took part in this round of the Creative Gathering. We are fortunate to have so many gifted artists, who work in a variety of mediums and styles. I am so honored to have the opportunity to see their work each day. And learn from their strengths.

You will love a virtual stroll through the Gathering’s Gallery!

Day 22 February 2022

Day 22, 3 x 4.25 in.  mixed media on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 22, 3 x 4.25 in. mixed media on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I still think of it as “cheating”. When I use digital tools to alter something I have painted by hand. Maybe it is the stigma from the over and incorrect use of Photoshop in social media.

Most often, if I use Photoshop with my artwork, it is only to make the painting look online, the way it does in person. To alter colors that have scanned flat, or too saturated.

For this piece I used Photoshop as a save. I attempted to paint dark, stormy clouds. And failed. Big time failed. Haha. I let the paint dry, and tried to rework what I had done. But they just got worse. I tried several times. Finally, I rewet the sky, and washed off all the paint. Arches is great like that. You can scrub and start over.

I had used a cheap paint, and that is probably why the clouds did not work the way I thought they would. The darker color also left some blotchy, uneven stains. Just enough to make the sky look dirty. Can’t have that. Haha.

Dirty Sky, Clean patch Marked.
Dirty Sky, Clean patch Marked.

It took more time to fix the sky, than it had taken for me to ruin it. Digital isn’t always a quick fix. I played with adding puffy white clouds. Changed the blue. But nothing was working. So I used the clone stamp to “copy and paste” clean sky, to areas of dirty sky.

Using this technique is great, when you are trying to hide a speck of dirt that got on the scanner bed. But using it to fill the whole sky can be a challenge, when there is very little “clean” sky to copy. The texture from the paper ends up being repeated so often, that it creates a pixilated pattern. Not good. I only had two small areas of clean sky to work with.

You might not be able to see the pattern without zooming in. I only highlighted a few. But this should help to show what the problem is.

Repeating patterns.

Next I had to copy and paste some more, to camouflage the pattern. And to be sure, I used the blur tool, to soften areas. To “mask” the pixel edges.

After all this work. A couple of hours at least. I realized, and laughed at myself, that it wasn’t really necessary. (And for such a small piece!) I always save my blog images for the web. Which means that it is a small file size, and much of the details are lost. It is a low resolution image. So if someone tries to steal my work, to reproduce it, all they will get is a blurry mess.

So when I read Hockney’s quote, I laughed. Lordy! Haha. I know he meant something else. But it fit my silly situation just as well.

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty,
you know you’re an artist.
David Hockney

The importance of art is in the process of doing it,
in the learning experience where
the artist interacts with whatever is being made.
Roy Lichtenstein

Day 21 of February’s 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 21, 3 x 4.25 in.  watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 21, 3 x 4.25 in. watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

The roots of all things are holding hands.
When they cut down a tree in the jungle,
a star falls from the sky.
— Lacandón proverb

Love what you do and do what you love.
Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it.
You do what you want, what you love.
Imagination should be the center of your life.
Ray Bradbury.

I have spread my dreams beneath your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
William Butler Yeats