Heron

While baking cookies, I turned just in time to glimpse a huge dark something fall into the backyard.  When I walked over to the window, I saw this slowly strolling on the grass. I reached for my phone, too late. It had perched on the fence.

It hung out there for a few minutes. Carefully strolled from one side to the other. I hurried to get the camera for a decent shot, but I was too late. Again.

So these are as good as they get. From my brief research, I am speculating that this is a heron.

Dark, dusty-looking feathers. Dusty or steely blue. Solitary. Likes to roost in trees. Dark stripe above the eye. Flies with neck curved like an “s”.

Heron, so. cal. bird sighting

Is it a Heron, and Egret or a Crane?

 

Hope your holiday preparations and plans are pleasantly proceeding!

 

 

Gift Wrap Commission

 

Teepee gift wrap, surface design, fabric, repeating pattern

This design was requested by a friend. I think it is a cute idea. The red and white for Christmas, and everyday use. The pink, blue and multi she will be using for upcoming births in the family.

The teepees are adorned with symbols for bear tracks, horse and rider, mountains, and crosses. All representing pieces of her history. Most importantly, her family’s church that has been on the Rincon Reservation for over forty years.

These designs are all available in my Spoonflower shop.

 

Hope your Holiday season is joyously jingling along!

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Remembrance

I have been busy making gifts for the Rincon Faith Chapel Women’s Prayer Group. They have prayed for my father Pete for over a year, during his recovery from Guillain- Barre. We are forever grateful.

Now that Pete has started working again, we wanted the women to know how much their prayers have meant to our family. It was a long hard year for all of us, not sure if he would walk again. Before the final diagnosis, we were told it may have been one of several things, including muscular dystrophy.

These are just small tokens of our appreciation. Mom is baking cookies to add to the gift bags. I found tissue paper decorated with crosses and inspirational words.

Tea Caddies

Tea Caddies

I copied a gift a friend made for me last year. I loved it, Thanks Pauline! It is a little tea pouch. It holds four tea bags inside, we included four different flavors. I used colorful paper and dimensional stickers, each one is different. The three on the left have a wood grain design.

I made inspirational cards with watercolor and wax resist. Yellow crayon. I added acrylics, pen, and rubber stamping. I laminated the cards, and decorated the envelopes.

The bookmarks are watercolor on the front, skyscapes, and stamping on the back. I added tassels and cross beads.

 

Prayer-Gifts

 

“They all joined together constantly in prayer.” –Acts 1:14

“Pray continually.” -1 Thessalonians 5:17

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! -Psalm 106:1

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! -Psalm 100:4

 

 

The Votes Are In

Here are your top four favorite postcards. I tallied all the likes, shares and comments. Thanks so much everyone for sharing your thoughts!

Red will be in the outgoing mail tomorrow, bound for The Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York city for the Visual Aids 17th ANNUAL POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE. All proceeds support the work of Visual AIDS. Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy – because AIDS IS NOT OVER. Each card  in the show will be priced at $85.

This card looks the most “New York” to me. That put it on my list of favorites, but I prefer the second and third choice. The benefit is not until February, but I will let you know as soon as I find out if it has sold.  (Both of my earlier cards did sell.) Here it is signed:

Red. Abstract Acrylics on 140 lb Arches cold pressed paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Red. Abstract Acrylics on 140 lb Arches cold pressed paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Second favorite.

Abstract postcard, Kat's Forest. Acrylic on 140 lb. Arches cold pressed paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Kat’s Forest. Acrylic on 140 lb. Arches cold pressed paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Third favorite.

Bloomers. Watercolor and acrylic on 140 lb. Arches cold pressed paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Bloomers. Watercolor and acrylic on 140 lb. Arches cold pressed paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Fourth favorite.

Tulips. Watercolor and Acrylic on 140 lb. Arches cold pressed paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Tulips. Watercolor and Acrylic on 140 lb. Arches cold pressed paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

 

Thanks again everyone! It means so much to me that you take the time to comment on my posts, or like them on Facebook. I love hearing from you!

 

Postcard Preference

Time for me to decide which postcard I will send to the Visual Aids 17th ANNUAL POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE exhibition.  I need your help, because I have six favorites and I can only send one card.

I just finished these two. They may seem totally unrelated. I have wanted to paint a tree in our neighbors back yard. It just glows all day long. It is taller than the rest of the trees, and it even seems to glow when the sky is grey and the sun is hidden.

Fall. 4 x 6 Mixed media postcard. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Fall. 4 x 6 Mixed media postcard. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

I spoke with a friend in Montana the same day I painted this tree. It was snowing sideways, the winds were so strong. I started this next one as an abstract, trying to use some leftover paint. Obviously blustery was on my mind.

Winter. 4 x 6 Mixed media postcard. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Winter. 4 x 6 Mixed media postcard. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

I actually think I like it better upside down. What do you think? I can see a hint of tall mountains, maybe a lake in the distance.

Winter. (Upside Down) 4 x 6 Mixed media postcard. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Winter. (Upside Down) 4 x 6 Mixed media postcard. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Here they all are together. No particular order.

Postcards  2014 © Sheila Delgado

Postcards 2014 © Sheila Delgado

If you have time, let me know in the comments which you like best.

There is so much for me to be thankful for. I hope for you as well. I know I am thankful for all of you who follow my blog, and who take the time to comment. Your participation is a true blessing!

Happy Thanksgiving!

God Bless!