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This Mingus Moment



Mingus Morning May 9 2017.

Mingus Morning May 9, 2017.

This first photo reveals topography not often seen. The lighter area to the right. Nice surprise on a grey day. In fact, the day was pleasant. Light rain off and on. Changing light. Mingus on display.

Mingus Morning #2, May 9 2017.

Mingus Morning #2, May 9, 2017.


Mingus Morning #3, May 9 2017.

Mingus Morning #3, May 9, 2017.


Mingus Morning #4, May 9 2017.

Mingus Morning #4, May 9, 2017.


Mingus Morning Impression, May 9, 2017.

Mingus Morning Impression, May 9 2017.

Note to self. Don’t want to be the crazy mountain lady. Must put phone down. Get some work done. Think productive. Attack the list.

Mingus sunset, May 9, 2017.

Mingus sunset, May 9, 2017.

OK, I mean really. You would have grabbed your camera too. Admit it.

Sunset to the North. May 9, 2017.

Sunset to the North. May 9, 2017.





Mingus Mail Art Museum



PJ Lawrence, acrylic and oil pastel. LYA side swap 2017.

PJ Lawrence, acrylic and oil pastel. LYA side swap 2017.

Seven postcards arrived today. Nine pieces of art in total.WOW, lucky day ‘ey? This first card is from PJ Lawrence in Tennessee. She tells me it is in an altered photography book. Oh my, that sounds like fun! The back of her card has some really cool graphics and a wish,


Just love your card PJ! Gorgeous colors, shapes and textures! Thanks so much!! A reminder for me to mix my media and experiment more in my own abstracts!

Sherry Harmes, LYA side swap 2017

Sherry Harmes, LYA side swap 2017

Sherry and I began talking about LYA months before it started. She didn’t say, but this piece almost looks like it is painted on wood. So much wonderful texture! I always look forward to Sherry’s cards, She often takes the most basic elements, and turns them into wonderful works of art. Never fails to surprise!

Conceive, Believe, Achieve!

Sherry’s message, she includes the date sent, current Larsen Bay Alaska temperature, Winds calm, and Seas at 4 feet. There is a sparkly family of Polar bear stickers. I can’t help but smile, thinking of them animated and perhaps enjoying an icy cold Coke! She also sends her trademark “Hugs!”

Love  your card Sherry! The rustic, nautical, majestic feel. Thanks so much for always swapping with me!

Christine Brooks, San Francisco Mountains, Flagstaff. Watercolor. LYA side swap 2017

Christine Brooks, San Francisco Mountains, Flagstaff. Watercolor. LYA side swap 2017

Christine Brooks shared her wonderful watercolor this year. Aren’t these mountains gorgeous?! On the back was a personal message, and a simple wish:


So love the simplified, loose look of this piece. Inspiring Christine! You are right – this is a fun swap! I am so glad to have met you, and I am sure we will meet in person one day soon!

Funny connection side note, my mothers maiden name is Francisco, and her name is Kristina.

Thanks Christine for sharing your lovely, wonderful art with me!

In the Thicket of Things, Suzette Rothlisberger. Side swap 2017

In the Thicket of Things, Suzette Rothlisberger. Side swap 2017

This soft photo is so lovely! Makes me think of fine Victorian women in all their splendor. Delicate, precious, regal. This thought came to mind. Even as beauty fades, strength endures. On the back Suzette included this sweetness:

Surely a star danced in Heaven on the day you were born

Suzette included a link for flicker, but sadly I can not read enough of it to share. Suzette, if you read this, please share it in a comment so we can see more of your gorgeous work! Suzette was so creative with her post card displays this year. Very entertaining!

Thank you Suzette for sharing your work with me! And thank you for making the arrivals so much fun to see!

Houston Skyline, Lisa Comperry. LYA side swap 2017

Houston Skyline, Lisa Comperry. LYA side swap 2017

Look at those clouds! Look closer and you can see that lightning is striking. This is a low res image, Lisa’s photo is so much better. I know Lisa is a true photographer. She tells me she took this from the parking garage at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Even Lisa’s stamp is stunning!

Historic Galveston Pleasure Pier. Lisa Comperry

Historic Galveston Pleasure Pier. Lisa Comperry

She mentioned that it was 80 degrees. I suppose that is on the cool side for Houston. Lisa, we will be in the mid 70’s this week! Lisa is from Riverside California, a hop, skip and a jump from where I lived. Follow the links to see more of Lisa’s terrific work. This image is for sale in her Etsy Shop. You will also find her stunning work on Flicker. Got lost there for a bit. Stunning work Lisa! Those Texas sunsets are divine! Love the duckling photos too!

Thanks so much Lisa for sharing your vision with the world, and with me! Your work is filled with JOY!

Kate Lehman, LYA side swap 2017

Kate Lehman, LYA side swap 2017



Kate Lehman sent this wonderful image. Just love the textured, weathered, aged look. Her Flickr stream is filled with gorgeous images. Love the monkey shots Kate! (Yes, the little human monkeys too! So Sweet!) And Oh those flowers!

Thanks Kate for the swap and encouragement! Such a treasure!


Rooftops. Montreal Canada. Louise Mamet, LYA side swap 2017

Rooftops. Montreal Canada. Louise Mamet, LYA side swap 2017

This colorful card is from Louise Mamet and came all the way from Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, France. I didn’t notice in the Facebook group, how blue the tiles are. And that green just pops. So lovely, notice the pattern on the brick wall. All rooftops should  look like this!

Louise sent a very encouraging message – thank you for that my friend. You can find Louise on Facebook, and at her website.

Louise Mamet

Louise Mamet

Louise also shared this ATC sized, business card photo. So wonderful, it even inspired some terrific sketching by one of the LYA participants. Wouldn’t I love to have that little room in the tower!

Thanks so much Louise for sharing your photos with me again this year! Treasures!


Hope you enjoyed this tour of the Mingus Mail Art Museum!









More LYA Goodness



Mingus in March.

Mingus in March.


This view of Mingus was taken a few days ago. I looked up, and was blown away at the sight of that humongous cloud crowning the mountains. Glorious!

One side swap card, and one regular LYA postcard arrived. I love them both! Kat Sloma suggested we get creative with our postcard placement, when showing them in the Facebook group. My placement isn’t grand, but it is very fitting for both postcards.

The first arrival is a sweet and sparkly sea scene. This side swap is handmade by Trang Kang in Texas. I know you can’t see the pearlescent glitter, but it looks as if the water is glistening.  magical! When Trang and I agreed to side swap, she asked me what sorts of things I like. I had no idea that I was going to get a hand-made card.  I have another shell to add to my collection Trang! Thank you!


LYA #3, Black and White Meditations #1, David Wolanski. Seashells and Pearls, Trang Kang 2017

LYA #3, Black and White Meditations #1, David Wolanski. Seashells and Pearls, Trang Kang 2017


Trang included this beautiful message, written in sparkling turquoise on the back of the card:

May your spirit always be bathed in oceans of sunshine and may your soul contain treasures of peace, love and joy glimmering brighter than all the seashells and pearls.

Now how can you not smile while reading that! Thank you Trang for this beautiful reminder of why I love San Diego, the sea, the sand, and sea shells! And I love the recycled gift wrap envelope. A present! It looked like spring at first glance to me!

Part of the fun of this postcard swap is finding connections between senders and recipients. My connection with Trang is that I was born in Abilene Texas. I love Texas, even though I have only been there a few times. I lived there until I was 6 months old, but I can’t really tell you too much about it. LOL.

The photo card is from David Wolanksi. This is  #3, and the third card I have received from David during this swap! (You can see the first two here.) It is a signed and numbered, Black and White Meditations #1 Limited Edition Postcard series, 7 of 25. Now I have a Wolanski Trio!

David explains:

” I love this photo! I did down in the Mississippi Delta. In a restaurant that was at least 50 years old! Flaws and all!”

Thank you David for sharing your fabulous photography with me! Again! I can just make out the old dining chairs, trimmed with metal brads. I love old things! Places, buildings, homes, trees, books, history.

Midget Dictionaries, Burgess & Bowes, LTD., London. Printed in Belgium.

Midget Dictionaries, Burgess & Bowes, LTD., London. Printed in Belgium.

This was my inspiration for my postcard placement. Something old. I tried to think of the oldest thing I own. What came to mind was my vanity table. About 50 years old, when I bought it in 1984. And a set of travel translation dictionaries I found in an antique shop in Santa Barbara.

I am a sucker for old books. And these are in prime condition.

I think of someone like rose Dawson (Titanic) carrying them with her as she traveled the world in style.  There is no publish date in the books. But I did find some online that are similar from 1933.  A set in a box close to this is for sale on Ebay for £70!! ( I paid less than $20.)

These little books are roughly the size of an ATC. The pages have decorative edges, resembling cow hide. Each volume has 25,000 to 30,000 words and “dialogues for all occasions.” They also include photographic terms!

Thank you David, for sending me on this short journey to learn more about my books. I confess, I had not looked them up before. Now I have visions of Antique Roadshow running through my head! They might be worth hundreds! But no matter. They are not for sale. I might need them on my next world cruise!



Believe it or not, the second time I opened the book, it was to the page above. “Photography”


As you can see, changes are afoot here on my site. I have put in about 40 hours in the last few days. Long overdue. Seemed like for every item I crossed off the list, I wrote down two more. I added galleries, cleaned up the sidebar. Created widgets. “Freshened” just about everything.

Still a few details to take care of. But Whew! I think I might take a break for today!








Saguaro Save



1st Saguero. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

1st Saguaro. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado


Here is the first, once thought failed, cactus. What do you think? Is this a good save?

The sky started as a solid plane of color. The blue was just dark enough, that I was not sure additional layers would show up. But they do. Whew! It is a little spindly. The rows are a bit uneven. Still, there is nice texture, some mixing of colors, and a few nice blooms. I am very happy with how this turned out!

Wishing you JoY!






Studio 2017



Mingus Mountains. SMD

Mingus Mountains. SMD

Picture perfect day today.  A little warmer too. I spent some time this afternoon organizing my supplies. Started with one small task, and turned into a big to do. You know how that goes. But I have meant to do it for a while. Can check it off the list.

Dotty had asked about my new work space. I love looking at artists work spaces. One of my favorite Pinterest searches. I get kind of nosy too. I want to see what is in the cubbies and drawers. For that reason, I am including way too many photos.

My old work space was in the corner of my bedroom I had shelves on my right, filled with supplies. The black drawers sat on the corner of my desk. Now they are on top of the shelves, so that frees up desk area. I am hoping to move them eventually, and place my scanner where they are. For now, it sits under my desk.

I had to move my desk to make room for the art cart. It had been to the left of the desk, out of reach. Now I can pull it out and have tools close at hand. Moving the desk meant first moving the computer. And THAT meant I had to reorganize the cords. See what I mean.

The ever popular Ikea cart, and Ikea boxes and baskets helped to organize even more. Wood boxes for pens and paper.  Soft woven baskets for alcohol inks and small paint tubes.

Below that is craft paint, colors now clearly visible or labeled. This is what started it all. But hey, I made room for a few more bottles. LOL. On the bottom is cling wrap, crayons, pastels, large bottles.


art cart

Art Cart

The “studio” is still in my bedroom. Now it is along one wall, instead of in a corner.  I do have more storage in the closet. The shelves meant for shoes and purses are filled with supplies instead. Heart of an artist.

The monitor is on a stand, which allows me to tuck my most used paint and pencils underneath. The keyboard and mouse also fit when not in use.  You can see that the pencil holder Mark made, sits just about even with the bottom of the window. Perfect!





Still more to do. I will have an inspiration board on the left, the black drawers will move there as well. They are going to get a fresh coat of paint. Stay tuned.

Hope you enjoyed the five cent tour Dotty! Happy creating everyone!