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W.I.P. – Trees Revisited

 

 

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

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

When I first posted this painting, Janet gave me some golden nuggets. I know I need practice with my values. I admit, I was not really thinking of values when I did the painting. Janet explained that my yellows and the Shiraz were reading as the same value. Blew my mind. But you can see below, she is absolutely right.

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

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

Scroll down further still, and you will see the original painting.

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

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

To the original I have added digital dark areas. I will tell you, I have struggled with this for weeks. Because I do not know where the dark areas should go. I am not “seeing” them.

I was so… worried about going forward. It finally came to me to play with it in Photoshop. I can try it several ways, and no harm done. Looking at the original, there are “hints of dark”. In the foreground, the trunks, and the base of the tops. I followed those areas, with a deeper, darker shade of the Shiraz. Janet suggested adding another value, and maybe adding some black to the Shiraz for more dark. (Click here to see her comment on the earlier post.)

I am not very good at drawing or painting in Photoshop, I don’t have a tablet and stylus, so I work with the mouse. I am not fond of the result, the jerky lines, but you get the idea. What do you think? Am I on the right track? I do like what is happening in the foreground.

I don’t want to differentiate between the tree tops. But I could. Set a few of them in the back, and their trunks as well. I like though, that they look like a group of friends hanging in the school yard.

Well, still thinking.

Changing subject.

I am really enjoying our summer storms. These photos are ALL about the clouds. Enjoy!

Clouds over Mingus.

Clouds over Mingus.

 

Light up the sky

Light up the sky.

Today I watched a dark grey storm move in from the south (Right). It obliterated the mountains. Seemed like five minutes, but maybe it was ten. And then it was gone. The mountains were visible, and there were bits of blue sky in the clouds. Nice show!

 

More photo album fun.

More photo album fun.

Finally got organized with my Spoonflower color map.  There are about 1500 color chips, printed out on one yard of fabric. This gives us a better idea of what the colors look like on fabric instead of back-lit by the monitor. And the hex codes are there, for easy use in the programs. I cut them into long strips, and had to shuffle through them all when working on a design. Such a mess. Fold and unfold again. Threads falling loose.

 

Don’t know why it took me so long, but the idea finally came. Why not stick them in a book! A mini photo album. Perfect. I mean really, they fit perfect. (Whew! Got lucky there!) Now I have a color chip flip book!

 

Pale-Windscorpion Changing subject again. Had a visitor the other night. On my bed.  It was about an inch and half long. Looks upside down in the photo, but his legs came up over his body when I grabbed him. (With a tissue, no I am not brave around BIG ugly bugs.)

I usually climb into bed in the dark. But for some reason, an angel on my shoulder, I turned on my phone light. And I saw something move. Fast. So quick on with the light. And I swear he came running towards me, which is good. I could have lost him in the corner.

It is a Pale Wind scorpion. Terrific.  But it is actually in the same class as spiders. And it bites, but it is not poisonous. I also read that they are aggressive. Ha ha, he was running towards me!!

That will teach me to clean and organize.

Still checking my bed before I get in it. ;/

 

 

 

 

 

Better

 

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

 

 

 

 

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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Day 16 – 30 In 30

 

Free Bird. 5 x 5 acrylic on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Free Bird. 5 x 5 acrylic on paper. © 2015 Sheila Delgado

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke

How did it happen that their lips came together?
How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts,
that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind
the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill?
A kiss, and all was said.
Victor Hugo

 

I managed to get two pieces completed today. I am “out of the studio” tomorrow and I won’t have time to paint. On this, I used my fingers to paint, and my paint brush to doodle. The birds were there, the bodies and tails, I didn’t have to add much. Paint drips became trees. Loose and unstructured, that was the only plan. There are things I would change, but I am happy with it. What do you think? See?

 

Treat yourself, visit Leslie’s site for a look at the artwork created today.

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

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

Over 600 phenomenal pieces of art so far, on my Pinterest board for this event.

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