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Digital Play For Day 6

Trimmed Edge, Day 6, Acrylic on 6 x 6 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Trimmed Edge, Day 6, Acrylic on 6 x 6 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

I worked on days 4, 5, and 6 at the same sitting. It was late, and when I ran out of some of the paint colors on my palette, I made some marks with the knife and left it to dry overnight. The first layers are below.

First Layers, Day 6, Acrylic on 6 x 6 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
First Layers, Day 6, Acrylic on 6 x 6 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Coming back to it, I added more cream and more of the soft earth tone. Again with the knife. I was not successful in creating an interesting texture, so I played, and played, just filling the paper with paint.

I scanned it. and thought about cutting it down. Finding an interesting section, and cropping it into a new piece of art. Or maybe cutting into long strips, and creating a triptych.

Played some more, made moons. There was a round shape on the right that inspired me. The moons are on their own transparent layer. Clipped top and bottom to fit the canvas.

Moons, Digital.
Moons, Digital.

Decided they needed separation from the jumbled background layer. Added shadow shapes. I had to erase part of this shape, the moons are semi-transparent. I left them that way to show some of the texture from underneath.

Moon Shadows, Digital.
Moon Shadows, Digital.

I copied a section from the background layer and pasted it strategically. The moons needed separation from the areas of the same moon color in the painting. I erased as needed so the edges could not be seen, then I blurred the edges, so they were even less noticeable. This is quick and easy, for this piece of “play”. I would do it differently for a more intentional piece of art.

Taupe Warmth, Digital.
Taupe Warmth, Digital.

On the first day of painting, I taped down the papers. The second day on this one, I had already taken the tape off. It left a messy edge, that I kinda like. This all was just for color play after all. Haha.

Finally, I thought why not add some birds to the mix. Another PNG, transparent layer. I added a color overlay to the black birds, it was just too harsh. A deeper shade of the moon shadows was just right.

Rough Edge, Day 6, Acrylic on 6 x 6 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Rough Edge, Day 6, Acrylic on 6 x 6 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

If you have four minutes to kill, there is a video here that talks about working with layers in Photoshop. There are several short videos that break it down. Sort of a digital collage. LOL. Yes, I am thinking of you Nelvia McGrath! And Sea Dean! Haha.

See what you can do with your daring with color
and your ignorance mixed with it.
Charles Webster Hawthorne,
American Painter, 1872-1930

Day 4 & 5 of the 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 4, Acrylic on 6 x 6 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 4, Acrylic on 6 x 6 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Late-night color studies for the large canvas on my wall. Well. the large canvas that is sitting on my floor waiting to be painted. I have already decided that I need muted tones in that area. The corner is dark though, so maybe a lighter canvas would be nice.

Day 4 Reversed, Acrylic on 6 x 6 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 4 Reversed, Acrylic on 6 x 6 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

I used a palette knife and the inexpensive Hobby Lobby Master’s Touch watercolor paper. As I rotated the surface around, I noticed it could work either way.

When I had finished, I wasn’t sure about the linear marks I had made. Didn’t quite work. So I took some cough drop wrappers that were on my desk and used them to move the paint around. Haha.

Day 4 Before
Day 4 Before

Next, I tried the opposite, more mid-tones, and less of the light. I tried to form hills with the knife. I need practice. 🙂 I like how the paper texture shows up here and there.

Day 5, Acrylic on 6 x 6 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 5, Acrylic on 6 x 6 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Color is a power that directly influences the soul.
Wassily Kandinsky
Russian painter, and art theorist.
1866-1944

Color!
What a deep and mysterious language,
the language of dreams.
Paul Gauguin French Post-Impressionist Painter
1848-1903

Day Three, Oh My, Oh Me!

Day 3, Mixed Media on 8 x 8 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 3, Mixed Media on 8 x 8 Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

I plumb forgot the pot. I made a mental note that I needed to add it back in. But I didn’t remember until the final check. Duh. I couldn’t decide on a color to use to fill the pot, so I just left it. I like it. The bump in the pot is a pure mistake. But I decided to leave that in too. Haha.

The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed.
Right at the top, if you make enough of them,
it’s considered to be your style.
Fred Astaire