100 Days Of Mingus In Review


Couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you for your encouragement and support! I am grateful for your suggestions and critiques. Your friendship is a blessing!

I went through the paintings, and found my favorites for each month. A full third of the total made the list. I condensed that list even more, for my top favorites.

I am also sharing the paintings that had the most views. Not a complete list, and I am not sure it is a true representation of viewer favorites. The majority of my Mingus posts, included more than one painting. That makes a true count difficult. I would love to hear your favorites, if there are any that stand out to you. Sea Dean has posted her six favorites on her 100 Days Of Mingus Pinterest board.

I have procrastinated, putting off writing this post. I keep starting projects that have waited while I was painting Mingus. I am not sure what to write, or, if I have anything interesting to say about the project.

Dave asked if I have noticed any changes in my practice as a result of painting daily. My reply was that I am less precious about each piece. I told him that I would talk about it more in this post. But I really don’t have much more to say. This project was a success in that I finished. I kept up. Didn’t give up. But my habit of setting high standards for myself, has me… feeling like I missed the mark. I was looking forward to more experimentation. Creating pieces with more depth and complexity.

I feel like I should have more to say. Maybe it is my “style”. Maybe there is “a style”. But I feel like I just did the same thing over and over (laughing). I wasn’t able to work in different mediums or try as many new techniques as I would have liked. And this is just me, grading myself. My progress. I know it was due to circumstances out of my control. So I am cutting myself some slack. And I did enjoy the process. I am still painting daily.

When I looked at the paintings again, there were a few that jumped out at me as incomplete. Less than half of the 100. And I know I mentioned that a few times as I went along. I am planning on adding to some of them. But that will have to wait until next month.

Some of you have also asked if they are for sale. If you are interested, you can let me know in a comment or through a private message on Facebook. The large, 5.5 x 11.5, are $120. Smaller pieces start at $17 for ATC’s and range from $38 for 3.5 x 5.5 to $70 for 5 x 7.  For U.S. buyers, shipping is free until the end of July.


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100 Mingus paintings, SMD 2018

100 Mingus paintings, SMD 2018

100 Mingus paintings stacked, SMD 2018

100 Mingus paintings stacked, SMD 2018


There was only one painting that I walked away from. Only one lying around. If I mentioned in a post about trashing a ruined painting, you can catch me in a fib. This is from the first week. I honestly can’t remember what I was thinking. Go for it, have a good laugh! Ha ha ha! The sky is watercolor, and I like how it turned out. The hills are acrylic, and there is pen as well. I used a rubber comb while the red paint was wet. I was going to layer more on this. Add texture.


Mingus goof. 11.5 x 5.5 in. Mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Mingus goof. 11.5 x 5.5 in. Mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.


The sky is Windsor Newton, not Inktense. So I would have to seal it to continue. Inktense is permanent once dry. (I don’t have a good sky blue in Inktense.) The sky is what stopped me in my tracks. I won’t take this any further, like I said, the original idea is gone.

I still need to flatten the paintings. I will share that process with you soon.


“No man is a failure who has friends.” 
 It’s a Wonderful Life


“I walk every day, and I look at the mountains
and the fields and the small city, and I say:
‘Oh my God, what a blessing.’
Then you realise it’s important to put it in a context
beyond this woman, this man,
this city, this country, this universe.”
Paulo Coelho


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14 thoughts on “100 Days Of Mingus In Review

  1. dotty seiter

    Sheila, the tall verticals, with drips, are my faves, and the blues and greens in #48 speak to me every time I see them. So much admiration and appreciation for your 100 days of Mingus and for your openness. So much gratitude for YOU.

    1. Sheila Post author

      #48 is so restful isn’t it? When I finished it, I thought maybe it was to muted. Too wishy-washy. LOL. But when I went back to it, I was really happy with how it turned out. And the tall ones. There will be more, because they are so fun to do. 🙂

      Grateful for you Dotty! Thanks for taking the time to comment, and let me know which pieces you like. Thanks for following along 😉 Happy creating my friend 🙂

  2. Sea Dean

    I read your review with interest. Unlike you I have a lot to say and I don’t want to rant on. However, there are a few points I want to make. 1. Perhaps you are just too close to see what you learned and achieved. The last week of paintings were amazing. 2. Your style is unmistakable. Every now and then Pinterest sends me selected pins and yours are often mixed in. They stand out as Sheila Delgado originals and always make me smile. 3. When I first saw your image of the 100 Mingus flat and piled, it made me want to paste them on a huge canvas and see it on show … it would be stunning! I see an exhibition in the making, I wish I lived closer so I could organise it. 4. I love all the paintings you chose as much as my 6 but I couldn’t choose 50 could I? 🙂

    1. Sheila Post author

      LOL, well maybe 34 is excessive. Ha ha ha. Always feel free to rant Sea, LOL 🙂 I think you are right. I am still caught up in the struggle to get things done. Made me look at the last week again. I DID experiment didn’t I!? Nice to hear Mingus pins are showing in your selections. I rarely see them. I see repinned pins from long ago. I wish you lived closer too! LOL. Your knowledge ans expertise would be a blessing 😉 I do love that some of your favorites are pieces that I thought had failed in some way. Looking at them again, I can’t remember what I thought was so wrong. On #95 an #98 I do remember, but they do not seem so bad as before.
      Thanks Sea for your suggestions and critiques, and support. So glad to have you follow along my friend 🙂

  3. simply painting

    I love seeing all these Mingus paintings together, especially month by month. Congratulations on finishing, Sheila. They are lovely! I think Day 20 and Day 87 are my favorites out of these.

    1. Sheila Post author

      Thanks Karin 🙂 #20 is a favorite for me because I played with texture and layers. I love the sky in #87, and the mellow palette. So glad you like them as well.

  4. carol edan

    What a beautiful summary! WOW!!! I see a great difference in your painting! To the better! Not only the part of them being “less precious” but being bolder, freer, more open, fresh! A lesson we all can learn. Kol Ha Kavod!!!

    1. Sheila Post author

      Thank you Carol for letting me see them through your eyes 🙂 So glad you were with me on the journey 😉


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