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World Watercolor Month, Days 5 Through 9.

Day 5, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 5, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

These tiny 2 x 2’s are fun to paint. A nice change. I think my favorite size hovers around 8 x 8 inches. Or 10 x 10. This weekend I will be continuing work on the bear. And I have started two other canvas pieces. One is 4 x 4, and the other is 12 x 12 I think.

The skyscape below was inspired by a real sunset. When I stepped away to get my phone, the light changed, and I missed getting the shot. The clouds were all shades of pink and orange, The sky was blue and lavender grey. Storm clouds moving through.

Day 6, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 6, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 7, WWM, Ranunculus, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 7, WWM, Ranunculus, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 8, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 8, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 9, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 9, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

I first learned about the color Green Gold from Angela Fehr. She is one of the artist ambassadors for World Watercolor Month. Laurie Mueller uses it often in her work also. Or maybe it is her own blend, but it has the same jaw-dropping effect. Diluted, it is almost blindingly neon. But you can get a deeper, rich hue as well. It’s a favorite in my palette.

I am sharing two revisions with you. The scans came out too dark, and I was not happy with the “black” band at the bottom. I was behind, so I went ahead and posted them. In reality, The indigo was softer, and blended to a rich, dark green. The color bled into the wet areas above, and there are some soft “finger” like details. But I needed to blend the dark with the rest of the foreground.

I added a few more blades of grass, and I think they work much better now. What do you think? The revised scans are true to life, not as vivid as the first scans. The setting wasn’t right. I like them better now. To me, I think the green gold stands out more. The oranges are not overpowering. Do you like the first version better?

Stay firmly in your path and dare.
Be wild two hours a day!
Paul Gauguin

When art critics get together they talk about
Form and Structure and Meaning.
When artists get together
they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.
Pablo Picasso

Welcome World Watercolor Month

Day 3, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 3, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

July is World Watercolor Month, founded by Doodlewash. I participated a few years ago, and thought it would be fun to join in again. Prompts are provided. This round, instead of objects, the prompts are moods, and descriptive suggestions.

The painting above was inspired by a gorgeous, gloomy twilight. The photo below does not do it justice. The colors and light were incredible.

Stormy Sky, 7-2-21. SMDelgado
Stormy Sky, 7-2-21. SMDelgado

My belated beginning is due to a day in Phoenix. An appointment, and then some window shopping. And shopping shopping. A trip to the city is never complete without visiting favorite shops or restaurants that we do not have here in town. As usual, a day filled with activity (and driving to boot) meant a day, or more of “recovery”. Rest, and low energy.

On my way down, I saw smoke over the Bradshaw Mountains. Just southwest of the Sunset Point Rest Stop on I-17.

Fire on Bradshaw, mid morning.7-1-21, SMDelgado.
Fire on Bradshaw, mid morning.7-1-21, SMDelgado.

Leaving Phoenix at days end, there was smoke over the city, from several fires.

Smoke Over Phoenix, 7-1-21. SMDelgado
Smoke Over Phoenix, 7-1-21. SMDelgado

Thirty minutes later I reached the Bradshaw area.The fire was still going, and I could easily see flames against the dark of the hills. It did not seem to have grown much. Thank goodness. Fire travels more quickly uphill.

Fire over Bradshaw, dusk. 7-1-21, SMDelgado.
Fire over Bradshaw, dusk. 7-1-21, SMDelgado.
Fire over Bradshaw, dusk. Close up. 7-1-21, SMDelgado.
Fire over Bradshaw, dusk. Close up. 7-1-21, SMDelgado.

This video shows how much has burned since Thursday. WOW!

Later today I will paint days 5 and 6. I will not post on the blog each day, but you can follow me on Instagram for daily updates. Here are days 1, 2, & 4.

Day 1, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 1, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 2, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 2, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 4, WWM, Sunny Delights, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 4, WWM, Sunny Delights, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Happy week to you!

February 2021 30-Day Creative Gathering Group Collages

Laurelle Cidoncha © 2021
Laurelle Cidoncha © 2021

During the February 2021 30-day challenge, over 700 pieces of art were created in our group. This is our fourth Creative Gathering, and our third year together. We are down about 120 pieces from last year. Several artists were unable to participate. We missed you!

Shown in no particular order. As I received permission, I added to the post. Many of the artists involved have been doing a bi-annual painting challenge for over 8 years. I am thrilled that so many choose to keep the challenge alive!

I am so honored to be among this group of creatives. Your work is amazing! I applaud your learning and experimenting. Your fearlessness. Your desire for growth. Your generosity and graciousness with fellow group members.

Thank you all for granting permission to share your work here and on the group Pinterest board. It is a gorgeous gallery!

Congratulations to all of the amazing artists who took part. Grab a cuppa, sit back, and browse the stunning art that follows. Enjoy!

Laurelle Cidoncha © 2021
Laurelle Cidoncha © 2021
Laurelle Cidoncha © 2021
Laurelle Cidoncha © 2021
Val van der Poel. © 2021
Val van der Poel. © 2021
Val van der Poel. © 2021
Val van der Poel. © 2021
Val van der Poel. © 2021
Val van der Poel. © 2021
Eva Nagy. © 2021
Eva Nagy. © 2021
Eva Nagy. © 2021
Eva Nagy. © 2021
Eva Nagy. © 2021
Eva Nagy. © 2021
Elaine Shunter. © 2021
Elaine Shunter. © 2021
Elaine Shunter. © 2021
Elaine Shunter. © 2021
Lynne Forrester. © 2021
Lynne Forrester. © 2021
Lynne Forrester. © 2021
Lynne Forrester. © 2021
Lynne Forrester. © 2021
Lynne Forrester. © 2021
Johnny Gascan. © 2021
Johnny Gascan. © 2021
Johnny Gascan. © 2021
Johnny Gascan. © 2021
Lori D. Wikdahl. © 2021
Lori D. Wikdahl. © 2021
Lori D. Wikdahl. © 2021
Lori D. Wikdahl. © 2021
Johanne Boisvert. © 2021
Johanne Boisvert. © 2021
Johanne Boisvert. © 2021
Johanne Boisvert. © 2021
Johanne Boisvert. © 2021
Johanne Boisvert. © 2021
Christine Brooks. © 2021
Christine Brooks. © 2021
Christine Brooks. © 2021
Christine Brooks. © 2021
Christine Brooks. © 2021
Christine Brooks. © 2021
Angela Anjy Bonten. © 2021
Angela Anjy Bonten. © 2021
Angela Anjy Bonten. © 2021
Angela Anjy Bonten. © 2021
Angela Anjy Bonten. © 2021
Angela Anjy Bonten. © 2021
Diana Scott Wilde
Diana Scott Wilde
Corinne Bekker. © 2021
Corinne Bekker. © 2021
Corinne Bekker. © 2021
Corinne Bekker. © 2021
Pati Maez. © 2021
Pati Maez. © 2021
Pati Maez. © 2021
Pati Maez. © 2021
Helen Trachy. © 2021
Helen Trachy. © 2021
Helen Trachy. © 2021
Helen Trachy. © 2021
Helen Trachy. © 2021
Helen Trachy. © 2021
Marcela Strasdas. © 2021
Marcela Strasdas. © 2021
Marcela Strasdas. © 2021
Marcela Strasdas. © 2021
Linda Lovisa. © 2021
Linda Lovisa. © 2021
Linda Lovisa. © 2021
Linda Lovisa. © 2021
Cindy Williams. © 2021
Cindy Williams. © 2021
Cindy Williams. © 2021
Cindy Williams. © 2021
Sea Dean. © 2021
Sea Dean. © 2021
Sea Dean. © 2021
Sea Dean. © 2021
Christiane Drieling. © 2021
Christiane Drieling. © 2021
Christiane Drieling. © 2021
Christiane Drieling. © 2021
Jaine Buse. © 2021
Jaine Buse. © 2021
Jaine Buse. © 2021
Jaine Buse. © 2021
Jaine Buse. © 2021
Jaine Buse. © 2021
Lucie Trepanier. © 2021
Lucie Trepanier. © 2021
Jennifer Spray Doering. © 2021
Jennifer Spray Doering. © 2021
Jennifer Spray Doering. © 2021
Jennifer Spray Doering. © 2021
Francine Bennett. © 2021
Francine Bennett. © 2021
Francine Bennett. © 2021
Francine Bennett. © 2021
Nelvia McGrath. © 2021
Nelvia McGrath. © 2021
Nelvia McGrath. © 2021
Nelvia McGrath. © 2021
Nelvia McGrath. © 2021
Nelvia McGrath. © 2021
Jen Beaudet Zondervan. © 2021
Jen Beaudet Zondervan. © 2021

See you all in September!