Sunflower ATC. Watercolor. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Sunflower ATC. Watercolor. © 2016 Sheila Delgado


Boxes, boxes everywhere,
dust and cobwebs in my hair.
Shelves are empty,
cupboards bare.
Boxes, boxes everywhere.

Looking for the bubble wrap,
searching for the tape.
Looking forward to the nap,
I know I probably won’t take.

Done with project one,
now on to two and three.

That’s as high as I will count today,
to keep my sanity.

Seven more days of messy,
seven more nights of my bed bliss.

Two weeks of hotel limbo,
my bed is what I’ll miss.

(Written seven days ago. Don’t think I quite finished it.)


We are finally moving. After almost a year of keeping immaculate for showings. The house was sold several times, but fell out of escrow when untruths were discovered. In the end, there were three buyers interested at once.

We are off to Arizona. Have to be out of here by the 28th and we won’t get the keys to the new house until the middle of July.

On the ninth, my brothers wedding. Small and fairly casual. Lunch at Buca di Beppo. One of his favorites.

Here’s a peek at the house… from about a week ago.




The truck and moving crew will be here soon!

Happy week to you!





Feelin’ The Blues



Blues. Watercolor on 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Blues. 5 x 5 watercolor on 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

Feeling these blues anyhow. Triple digit heat here… no wonder. No, not sad. Tired yes. Ready for a nap. Yes. These colors were calling to me. Just a messy quick cure. Brush in hand. Next, brush in water, swirling clean. Such a comfort, that sound.







A Little Sunshine On A Cloudy Day



5 Minute ATC. 2.5 x 3.5 watercolor. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

5 Minute ATC. 2.5 x 3.5 watercolor. © 2016 Sheila Delgado






Inspired by Dotty Seiter’s recent posts, and reminded by Val van der Poel that I like yellow, I picked up  a brush and spent five minutes in my happy place.

Hope you get some time to create today!







Floral Pattern Design


Floral repeating pattern. © 2016 Sheila Delgado.

Floral repeating pattern. © 2016 Sheila Delgado.


Design project complete. I am still deciding on colors. The design came together quickly. I divided the “canvas” into quads. (If you look closely you might see the pink lines.) I started by placing the largest bloom, then the medium, then filled holes with the smallest buds.

I used five different blooms, and rotated copies of them for variation.

I played with some mock-ups, the colors may change. They are not showing well here. One has large yellow blooms, another has yellow and green with the white. On top you see it with a few small yellow flowers. I like my first thought best. Just white on blue. (middle photo.)




Funny to me, this simple design that came together easily. I worked on so many complicated designs, some didn’t work, and others I just did not like in the end.

I had to travel that long and winding road to find this. Isn’t that always the way?


Have an awesome weekend!





Paper Roses


Oodles of Doodles. Watercolor on paper.

Oodles of Doodles. Watercolor on paper.


Giving away my age here. I apologize in advance for the song headache this post might cause. Here is the link to the cure, a video of Marie Osmond singing Paper Roses. The minute I saw this pile of doodles, the song came to mind. Didn’t leave until I watched the video.

These are not roses though. I suppose they could be. My take on a Ranunculus.

I have been working on a fabric design. Many designs in fact. The project is for upholstering a chair. I have gone through at least a dozen possibilities. But none of them felt right. I think it has been so difficult, because I am designing this for me. And I have come to realize, it is all about the feeling.

The other night, just as I was falling asleep. I remembered something that helped to explain my color choice. I am set on a navy base, with white accents.

One of my first jobs, was cleaning for a physician and family friend. Perfect for after school and weekends. I cleaned her office, and home. At home, there was a navy corduroy chair next to the fire-place. It had soft looking cushions, perhaps down filled, and a matching ottoman.  Seemed warm and cozy. At the same time, I hated cleaning it. They had a big white dog.

Birth of a Pattern

Step one: draw. With a brush.

Taking inspiration from fabrics I love, I worked to distill the elements that mattered most. Simplicity. Clean lines. A repeat that does not call attention to itself.

Step two: choose elements and prep for placement.

For this design, I want line work. not details.  So I delete the white of the paper, and clean up the rough edges. I am working on a grey background (Photoshop) to highlight the areas of paper (white) I have missed.


Pattern WIP.

Pattern WIP.

The green, white and dark blue on the bottom have a color overlay. As you can see, the original color unevenness isn’t a factor. I thought to use only one element, one bloom. Alternating the size and direction would create variation. As it turns out, I have about fifteen that are good options. I will narrow it down to no more than five, and as few as three.

Continuing with the clean up, and then on to placement.

Have a great one!