30-Day Creative Gathering, Day 9

Day 9, Watercolor on 8 x 8 140 lb. Strathmore Cold Pressed Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 9, Watercolor on 8 x 8 140 lb. Strathmore Cold Pressed Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Botched, befuddled, and blighted. Haha. I was doing well, and then I wasn’t. I completely overworked this. Bad timing. And timing is essential in watercolor.

I was distracted by the light and Mingus. First, the front range was white, and Mingus was dark. Then Mingus was white, and the front range was dark. Then the sky began to change. And well…. distraction. I started painting this before the light caught my eye. And I was thinking I had not seen the hills white, as I was trying to paint them. And then boom. They were. Haha.

My sky was decent. The field was ok. Then I added clouds. and they started out ok, but too light. I went back in with more color, but too much water. Ugh. They bloomed, and I had hard, jagged edges everywhere. I tried to soften them with a damp brush. And then I tried again with a digital brush. The small PPI blurs things a bit more.

Knowing I had already messed the sky up, I played a bit more with the field. Trying to get, you know, a feeling of distance. Bleah!!

OK, enough of that. Now for the real star of the show!

Sunset 2-8-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Sunset 2-8-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

On our neighborhood website, everyone has been sharing their gorgeous sunset photos this week. And why not? Last night I was oo-ing and ah-ing over the sunset out front, looking to the east (below). While at the same time, my folks were hyper about the sun setting in the back, to the west (above). WOWzers!

Oh beautiful, for spacious sky!

Mingus Sunset 2-8-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Mingus Sunset 2-8-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Winter Sunset 2-2-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Winter Sunset 2-2-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

This sunset sky is from a week ago. It is subtle, but those colors! I wish I could post it larger. To the left, the pinks in the distance, the soft purples. The undulating cloud shapes. It was delightful. 🙂

When the sun is setting, leave
whatever you are doing and watch it.
Mehmet Murat Ildan

When I admire the wonders of a sunset
or the beauty of the moon,
my soul expands in the
worship of the creator.
Mahatma Gandhi

6 thoughts on “30-Day Creative Gathering, Day 9

  1. Val van der Poel

    If at first you don’t succeed…. etc. My grandmother always used to say that and I wanted to smack her upside the head (not really) This sky is not that bad and I think if you wet it down and then added some touches of blue on the sides at the cloud level and below it might be more cohesive. If you have a good look at your photos you will notice that there is blue close to the horizon – it helps tie things together. = Have fun!

    1. Sheila Post author

      Haha! I used to want to smack mine too sometimes. (Not really.) Thanks for your suggestions, Val. I will go back in and try it. 🙂
      Thank you 🙂

  2. Dotty Seiter

    Say what you want about botched this and blooming that, I’m resting on those clouds you’ve painted, Sheila, happy as can be : )


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