30 In 30, Day Twenty

Watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. 2.5 x 3.5, © 2013 Sheila Delgado

Watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. 2.5 x 3.5, © 2013 Sheila Delgado

I did a half dozen of these. Trying to get better. Turns out the first one is the best. Some days you just need a KISS. Keep it simple stupid.

Wishing you all a joyous weekend. Hope you have time to notice a flower or two. The bark of a tree, a fallen leaf, the gentle whisper of the breeze.

Treat your soul to some art today! 


“Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste it’s fragrance on the desert air.”

– Jane Austen, Emma

The Gentle Gardener

I’d like to leave but daffodils to mark my little way,
To leave but tulips red and white behind me as I stray;
I’d like to pass away from earth and feel I’d left behind
But roses and forget-me-nots for all who come to find.

I’d like to sow the barren spots with all the flowers of earth,
To leave a path where those who come should find but gentle mirth;
And when at last I’m called upon to join the heavenly throng
I’d like to feel along my way I’d left no sign of wrong.

And yet the cares are many and the hours of toil are few;
There is not time enough on earth for all I’d like to do;
But, having lived and having toiled, I’d like the world to find
Some little touch of beauty that my soul had left behind.” 
― Edward Guest

4 thoughts on “30 In 30, Day Twenty

    1. Sheila Post author

      I think you are right Lucy. I think on the rest of them, i was trying to hard to recapture what I had already done.

  1. Joan

    You say keep it simple…however, this does not look like it was simple to achieve. The colors and design are so soft and gentle. I think a whole field of these would look delicate, poetic as well as relaxing – very soothing to the eye. Very, very pretty painting. I like the calmness of this painting, too.

    Have a super weekend! Good luck with Day #21.


    P.S. My daughter LOVES Jane Austen!! Huge fan of her writing. My daughter is an English major pursuing her graduate degree. She also named her pug: “Jane Austen Eyre”…her favorite book is Jane Eyre! Her favorite author: Jane Austen! (However, we call her “Jane Monster Puggie – she is just like the energizer bunny:o)

    1. Sheila Post author

      Joan, Thank You. I was hoping to do about five or six of these, all in a row as one painting. After “practicing”, I knew that was going to be a major undertaking.

      Oh I envy your daughter! All that study! FUN! I have to admit, I know the movies better than I do the books. There are a couple I have yet to read. But oh the movies, I have seen them too many times to count! Oh and Jane Eyre, with Orson Wells and Joan Fontaine!!!
      I love the story of the pug! My friend has one, and she is like a little Tasmanian Devil!


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