Category Archives: Mixed Media

Day 24 February 2021 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 24, 8 x 8 Mixed Media. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 24, 8 x 8 Mixed Media. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Just a few more days now. Time passes so quickly, but the challenge month seems like a blink of the eye. Speaking of eyes, next month I am having cataract surgeries. “Yay”, she says, with an OMG look on her face.

I knew I have floaters. Annoying. The doctor is not worried about those though. He did not see cataracts in my first visit. Six weeks later they were there. He was astounded. He could not believe his notes had no mention. And I told him that he did not say anything about them. He said it rarely happens, that they develop so quickly. I reminded him I have Lupus, and he did say that could be a factor.

I have pre-op on the 3rd and surgery on the 8th and 15th. I will likely be digitally silent for most of the month. Bright light and all. Their website mentions that color vision may be improved. Hmm. “Interesting”, she says, eyebrow raised.

I have to be honest and say, I am mildly freaking out at the thought of someone slicing my eye open. While I am awake. Everyone I have talked to says it is a breeze. I will be thrilled to have them both behind me.

Day 24, green, 8 x 8 Mixed Media. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Day 24, green, 8 x 8 Mixed Media. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

I used a digital repeat pattern on the vase. For Nelvia: The lines were black but I removed most of that color and altered it with selective color. Just as printers do, you can get thousands of variations by adding more or less cyan, magenta, and yellow.

Which vase do you like best?

Day 24, clay, 8 x 8 Mixed Media. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Day 24, clay, 8 x 8 Mixed Media. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

February 2021 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 23, 8 x 8 Watercolor. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 23, 8 x 8 Watercolor. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

The butterfly is a flying flower,
the flower a tethered butterfly.
Ecouchard Le Brun

Thoughts & Color For Days 20 & 21 of 30.

Day 20, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Watercolor Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 20, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Watercolor Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

This quote has been in the back of my mind for weeks. I did multiple “faux” mono prints today, tried a shoelace and stencils for some pattern. No success. There was paint left on the palette, so I thought to do some simple color blocks, and use them as backgrounds.

Day 21, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Watercolor Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 21, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Watercolor Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

I scanned the art, and the colors were true to life. I rotated each piece, and enlarged it to fill the design canvas in Photoshop in a pleasing manner. Below are the originals. I am sharing the technical process for Nelvia McGrath, who is learning Photoshop.

I really wasn’t happy with them, so I “cropped” quite a bit. Not much of interest here. I could have painted on top of the original, added to it that way. A tree, shapes. But I guess I am tired today, nothing came to mind.

I added the short quotes, chose a fill color and font. I worked with word placement and alignment. On the first one, I used a “stroke” or outline to the lettering for added definition. You can see it where the white letters meet with the white of the background. In the second quote, the dark color made a stroke unnecessary.

The blocks of color made me think of Rothko. I had eliminated so much of the actual art from view, that this quote of his seemed to fit perfectly.

I have managed to make progress on revisions to a few of the pieces I have done this month. Nice, I don’t feel completely unproductive. Haha. I added a coat of Gel Matte Medium to the succulents, and I really love them now. It toned down the shine of the yellow pen.

Matte Gel Medium