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September 2017 30 Paintings In 30 Days Review



I had fun with this month’s challenge. Had a rocky start with site crashes, comments going down, and then a road trip interruption. All of that seemed to make the month fly by. I never felt that third week are-we-there-yet dread kick in. Blessings in disguise. Seems to me the start of January’s challenge was rocky too. Maybe I should just expect rocky,

I botched Day 2. I was happy with it. Then the last step. Wreck. It was late, and I needed a replacement to post PDQ. And that is how the first abstract came about. Simple as that. I didn’t plan to do others, but the colors called me.

Most popular days by views: 8, 11, 6, 16, 30, 5, 20, 14, 13,  and 12. In that order. Only three of those are on my favorites list. What do I know?



Big thank you to Leslie Saeta for hosting yet another fantastic event! My heartfelt thanks to each of you who took the time to visit me here. Who follow my artistic journey. Our conversations mean the world to me. I am so grateful to have found this community, and I cherish every one of you! For your encouragement, your guidance, your inspiration,


Thank You!

Giveaway alert! I would love to send out 10 bookmarks. Random drawing from your comments. I am going to have a friend choose 10 numbers between 1 and 30. The names from those days will go into a bowl, and the recipients selected from there.

I am going to cut the bookmarks from these paintings:



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Palm – Day 23 of 30 in 30

Palm. 4 x 5 watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Palm. 4 x 5 watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

My painting for today counts as a good save. I wasn’t happy with the washed in sky and ocean. I didn’t think to take a photo, but the colors were just too soft. Wishy washy.

I decided I could not possibly make it any worse, and I laid in colors that were left on my palette. It still wasn’t quite right.

Before digital rendering.

Before digital rendering.

I was careful not to wash out the palm fronds, but that left too much “white” area. So I went in digitally and tightened that up.

Much better don’t you think? I love how the background turned out. The tree is iffy. Maybe if I go back in with more color, I can make that better. Over all, I am happy with how this turned out.

Leslie reminded us that this challenge is not about creating perfection every day. It is about developing the habit of painting everyday, getting in the “zone” and learning from our experiences. It is a reminder I needed. Looking at all the amazing art that is being created, I start to feel like I need to be amazing every day too.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Enjoy your day!