Category Archives: Cacti&Succulents

Wonky Little Watercolor Cactus

Desert Bloom 2. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on  paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Desert Bloom 2. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Last of the bunch. I have a couple others, but I think they are paint-overs. This card was sent out in the Pals-Poist exchange. It traveled a whole hour and a half up the road to Flagstaff, to my good friend Christine Brooks. Christine and I still have not met. Mostly due to busy schedules. But one day soon, right Christine? 🙂

In return, I received this lovely card. Even in winter, beauty is all around. Christine sent it in a protective sleeve, the marks rub right off. I love how the leaves look like a frilly, royal collar (a ruff). And the snow cap looks like a Beret. Ok, I know I am mixing my styles there. And centuries. 😉

I love it Christine! I hope you had a hot cup of cocoa waiting after your walk in the cold. Burr!

Pals Poist Postcard by Christine Brooks.

I re-discovered a long lost favorite artist. Birgit O’Connor. Her watercolors are jaw-dropping! I love her flowers. And her stones look like a photograph. Her paintings are huge! Treat yourself to some of her videos on YouTube.

Surprise!

Some times good things come in the mail. Unexpected, good things.

Unexpected. Multiple good things.

Nelvia McGrath and I were having a conversation about watercolor paper. If you follow her blog, you know she has been experimenting with watercolors in a class she is taking. If you don’t follow her, you can take a peek. A link to her blog is to the right, in the blogs I follow. Well, we decided to share some paper with each other. And I sent off some Bee paper, some Arches. And some of the cheap postcards I thought were such a great deal. I wanted her to see the difference between good and bad paper. Salvaged the cards though, used gesso to cover the paper. The wonky cactus is an example.

Papers to play with. Yupo, Artagain, Duralar, watercolor paper.

Well, a couple of weeks passed, and I had just about forgotten. I knew Nelvia was busy. (You know how forgetful I am. Ughh.) And what do ya’ know! A BIG box came, with my name on it. Not only were there papers in it, but sharpies, colored pencils, pencils, erasers, a paint marker, a mechanical pencil, a brush pen, and some command strips. WOW! Mixed media here I come!

It’s my party and I’ll draw if I want to!
Draw if I want to, draw if I want to!

I am so blessed to have made so many terrific friends online!

You know who you are. 😉 I see you every day, and I feel grateful. Thank you, Christine, for sharing your art and photography with me!

Thank you Nelvia for the fabulous art loot!

Cacti Postcards

Cacti, 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Cacti, 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

These cards are on their way to my Pals Poist postcard partners. One is headed to Ireland, one to Norway and one to California. I meant to add a flower to the middle card. But dork forgot until just as I was putting it in the envelope. Three layers of paint and then the pen work, and do you think I would remember??

Pals Poist is Jacinta Moore‘s idea for a postcard exchange. In an attempt to fill the huge gap left by the cancelation of Kat Sloma’s LYA. Jacinta even created a cool little logo for the event. Check it out!

I have already received Jacinta’s wonderful card. She calls it digital art. It is a compilation.

Very intriguing.

Jacinta Moore, Pals Poist exchange. Digital art. 3 2019
Jacinta Moore, Pals Poist exchange. Digital art. 3 2019

Isn’t that a mind bender? Or is it just my mind that is bent? This is a photo of her photo. Not doing it justice. I apologize Jacinta. So glad you had the idea to do a swap!

Pile It On

Desert Bloom. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on  paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Desert Bloom. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

I’ll share more of these tomorrow. I’ve finished this batch, and I’m in the mood to do some abstracts. Some collage maybe.

Put him in a pot. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Put him in a pot. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

The storm came as promised. Roads were closed, and offices shut down. Here at home, it was a gentle snow. I think it snowed for a day and a half. Big fluffy flakes. The next two photos are early in.

Piling up. 2.20.19, SMD
Piling up. 2.20.19, SMD
Let it snow. 2.20.19, SMD
Let it snow. 2.20.19, SMD

When the sun came up yesterday, Mingus was hiding in the mist.

Lost in the mist. 2.23.19, SMD
Lost in the mist. 2.23.19, SMD

It reappeared later.

Mist in the lowlands. 2.23.19, SMD
Mist in the lowlands. 2.23.19, SMD
Frosty. 2.23.19, SMD
Frosty. 2.23.19, SMD
Wascally Wabbit 2.23.19, SMD
Wascally Wabbit 2.23.19, SMD
Long way around. 2.23.19, SMD
Long way around. 2.23.19, SMD

They plowed our road today. But the cold means our view will remain white for a few more days at least. I’m going to enjoy every minute.

Winter blanket. 2.23.19, SMD
Winter blanket. 2.23.19, SMD

Cacti Cards

 

Watercolor postcards in progress. SMD

Watercolor postcards in progress. SMD

 

Texture Detail. SMD

Texture Detail. SMD

 

Here are more of the gesso prepped postcards. I received a newsletter from the Desert Botanical gardens in Phoenix, and it put me in the mood to paint cacti. Warm thoughts on a chilly day. Mingus saw rain a few times. We had minuscule hail for about two minutes. :o/ Fingers crossed for rain showers tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loving La Jolla

 

Looking out to Sea. SMD 2018

Looking out to Sea. SMD 2018

 

Watchful. SMD 2018

Watchful. SMD 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More to see from our quick trip to SoCal. It’s a chilly 35 degrees as I write. Making these photos a welcome respite. I’ve struggled for two days, attempting to share a coastal video with you. How do you do that? Ha ha. I’ve watched YouTube tutorials, uploaded a WordPress plugin, tried to save it as a GIF. And nothing worked. Ugh. More learning ahead!

 

Rocky Shore. SMD 2018

Rocky Shore. SMD 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toward the Children's Pool. SMD 2018

Toward the Children’s Pool. SMD 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resting. SMD 2018

Resting. SMD 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birds in the Pool. SMD 2018

Birds in the Pool. SMD 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remnants. SMD 2018

Remnants. SMD 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent time researching, to find out what this huge round cement structure is. My first guess was that it had to do with the military and war efforts. Well, that would be the historic version. It might just be some sort of drainage outlet, or something less refined. I did find good articles on the history of the military in and around San Diego. And there were many bunkers built in La Jolla. I just did not find evidence of this do-hickie.

 

Catching some rays. SMD 2018

Catching some rays. SMD 2018

 

Down to the Park. SMD 2018

Down to the Park. SMD 2018

 

Years ago, I worked in La Jolla for a short time. At the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I often would walk to the park at lunch. Awesome fringe benefit!

This trip I wasn’t able to walk to the end of the wall at the Children’s Pool. It was wet from the tide. A bummer, but water and an o2 machine, UH-UH. Fun to watch people reacting when they were surprised by a large wave though. I borrowed these images from Google, to share the experience with you. Surprised that they actually show this on the street view!

 

Wall 1, Google image.

Wall 2, Google image.

Wall 3, Google image.

Wall 4, Google image.

 

The Sea Lions are a natural attraction in La Jolla. This short video is more about them than the cove. The second video is longer, and shows seals sunning at the pool. Enjoy!