Author Archives: Sheila

December In The High Desert

Christine's Cactus #2. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Christine’s Cactus #2. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
Yet I find it so delightful
And since I’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

My friend up north, Christine Brooks, sent me a postcard with her gorgeous photo of a Prickly Pear. In October! WOW, didn’t realize it has been that long. I asked her if I could paint it. The second attempt is so much better (above). I am out of practice with Yupo, and ended up with muddy ponds the first go-round. Haha. I was feeling relaxed with the brush in my hand, I continued until I had a real mess going. That was about two weeks ago.

Christine Brooks, Photographer & Artist.
Christine Brooks, Photographer & Artist.
Christine's Cactus #1. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on Yupo. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Christine’s Cactus #1. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on Yupo. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

Last night I started again, and everything fell into place easily. What a surprise and JOY! I noticed in my sketch, that I made the pads too large, and left very little room for the tuna’s. (Dad taught me they are called that in Mexico.) Turned out to be a happy accident. I like the composition.

It is cold, and dark, and dreary today. HOORAY! A gentle rain fell from 1 am until about 11 am. The clouds are playing hide and seek with Mingus. And we might get some snow this evening. Fingers crossed.

Wishing you JOY and wellness, PEACE and warmth!

“Let us have music for Christmas…
Sound the trumpet of joy and rebirth;
Let each of us try, with a song in our hearts,
To bring peace to men on earth.”
Mildred L. Jarrell

Paint And Paper

Plethora. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Plethora. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Congregation. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Congregation. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Trio. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Trio. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Caucus. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Caucus. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

Painted postcards for penpals.

Wishing you a
Blessed and Bountiful
Thanksgiving!

I Hope…

10 31 2020, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
10 31 2020, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

… You never get tired of my yellow flowers.

I goofed. I painted a clear vase filled with water, stems showing. But I took the “water” all the way to the top of the vase. DUH. Haha. Easy fix. Yet another deep blue vase. My favorite choice I know.

This quick little bouquet was a late night session. Ahhh. Relax.

The cold has found us. Brrrr. Forecast says mid 70’s all week, but the nights are mid forties. We have a small chance of rain later this week. Wouldn’t that be grand!

I’m always saying there is so much I want to learn. So much to learn. Always. Well, I learned I’m allergic to amoxicillin. FUN! Not quite.

I have a Plantar’s wart that I have been treating for almost 3 months. The doctor says it is a slow process, but the least painful. Haha. All was well, until a couple of weeks ago. I developed an infection. There was swelling, which equals pain. It was two days before my scheduled appointment, so I just stayed off it best I could. Every now and then there was shooting nerve pain, just to keep me on my toes. Haha.

She numbed my foot, and started to scrape, and open up the “cyst”, and let me tell you THAT was really fun! The numbing was not working, and she had to do what she had to do. I had to sit there and try not to jump out of the seat.

She told me she had never seen this happen before, and I mentioned that it was likely another Lupus anomaly. She agreed.

So I was left with an open wound. Small, but open. I had to change the wrap each day. And take an antibiotic. Ok, done deal.

Ha-Haa! The wound heals fast, no more pain. Last day of the antibiotic and I start itching. The 25th, (brother’s birthday), I just thought it is my clothes scratching. The next day I wake up, red and bumpy, and ITCHY. Chest, neck, cheeks, ears, a 1 by 2-inch patch on one wrist. Took me another day to figure out why. We thought maybe it was the seafood, but that has never happened before. Still, the Lupus factor.

The itch traveled to my back, and my scalp. I could see red patches on my fingers and hands, but they did not itch as much. Eight days later, most of the itching is gone. Thank goodness for Cortisone 10 and a cold compress!

Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.
Ogden Nash