Category Archives: Mountains

Hello Again, From Mingus And Me

Soft Mingus Sunset. 4 23-19, SMD.
Soft Mingus Sunset. 4 23-19, SMD.
Mingus Missing Again. 2019, SMD.
Mingus Missing Again. 2019, SMD.
Two Of A Kind.  3-12-19, SMD
Two Of A Kind. 3-12-19, SMD

It’s been too long since Mingus made an appearance. I know a few of you will welcome these photos, even if they are slightly dreary. I love watching the sky change.

Yesterday’s high was 93 degrees. Will be again today. The heat has come on quick. We are in our Monsoon season now. Continues through September. I am looking forward to it.

Something New And Blue

I replaced my table. Woo Whoo! I searched the internet for about a month before I found one that was “just right”. It is shorter (length) than what I had before. By about a foot. I really didn’t use the extra space much, except for storing my to-do projects. I always sat to the right, and that extra foot was out of reach. Ha-ha. Now I find myself sitting fairly center, and I can reach just about everything I need to.

This led to relocating my art supplies and do-dads. I have two drawer units on the right side of the table, (3 drawers, the plastic cheapo’s from Walmart). On top of them, I have my printer. So much easier to access, before it was under the table. Now it sits a couple of inches higher than the table top.

The table is from IKEA. Solid pine. The top has a clear lacquer that is “easy to clean, resistant to liquids, food stains, oil, heat, scratches, and bumps”. It is warm and, welcoming. It came with white legs. I painted them Prussian blue. But honestly, they are in shadow and look black to everyone else. Ha-ha.

I ACTUALLY managed to build it myself! HA!! The aprons and legs had to be attached to the top. Here’s an interesting tidbit. Prussian blue is used as a medication to treat radioactive cesium poisoning. Good to know.

New Studio Table.

Was A Bear

I have been in hibernation mode. Two months since my last post. I started writing this one over a month ago. Well, I thought I had started. I really had just prepped the photos, and placed them in the post.

I had three long days chauffeuring my folks around Phoenix at the beginning of my “hibernation”. I knew I would need a few days recovery. But the tired turned into a flare, and that turned into me having cold symptoms. The recovery from that was another two weeks. A month and a half later, and I am still feeling more tired than my Lupus usual.

As a result, I am not creating much. I am managing to stay productive otherwise. I started two pieces about a month ago. Mixed media on panels, they will be gifts. I applied scraps of papers, part of a decorated tissue box, and some leaf skeletons I have had for over ten years.

WIP, starting with scraps.
WIP, starting with scraps.

I used a comb, stencils and various tools to apply paint. That was a week ago. I’ll get back to them later this week. (I had another busy three days in Phoenix, with friends from So. Cal. And of course, that meant recovery time as well.) The pieces are close to being finished, I am hoping to complete them this weekend.

WIP still. Adding layers of paint.
WIP still. Adding layers of paint.

I am still not sure what these two paintings will become. I will keep you posted.

Surprise Spring Snowfall

Late Snow on Mingus. 5-23-19, SMD.
Late Snow on Mingus. 5-23-19, SMD.

On the road at 5:30 am, I saw this. Snow on the hills. On May 23rd! Halfway to Phoenix, it was sunny and warm, and the sky was clear.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Rabbit

Bunny Huddle. 6-10-19. SMD
Bunny Huddle. 6-10-19. SMD

It’s been a long time since I have spotted a rabbit. This little one was tiny. Just before dark, he was hanging out. A couple came walking by, they were on the other side of the street. As soon as he heard them, he crouched down. Like a cat stalking its prey. He tucked in his ears and got as low as he possibly could. He became one with the earth. Ha-ha.

When it was safe, he slowly, very slowly, began to rise. He looked like a balloon that was being inflated. Finally, one ear popped up, then the other. And then he was gone.

All Clear. 6-10-19, SMD
All Clear. 6-10-19, SMD

New Designs Available In My Spoonflower Shop

Thirty of my designs are newly available for purchase. That brings my total offerings to 112 fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap offerings. I am happy with how they all printed. Pardon the wrinkles, I still need to wash the fabric.

Small Spoonflower Fabric Sampling, SMD.
Small Spoonflower Fabric Sampling, SMD.

Blessings And Best Wishes!

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

Snow At Last

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

Cactus one is done. And WOW! The background scanned p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y! Actually, I didn’t make any adjustments with this one. Is it the gesso? Hmm. Usually I have to adjust the colors used in this background to get them true to life. Hooray!


I had a wonderful surprise this weekend. Two of my pieces were included in Janine Vangool’s All About You newsletter. Thank you Janine! Always inspiring. Both Janine and the newsletter. If you love Uppercase magazine, you will love All About You. Sign up for a weekly dose of wonderful – it’s free! Once you do, be sure to submit your recent work for consideration.


We had a lovely snow Sunday night. The roads cleared quickly, but the cold is preserving our delightful winter view.

Mingus February 2019. SMD
Mingus February 2019. SMD

In town running errands, I spotted this view. A fluffy patch of snowfall. Mingus is to the left, just out of view.

Snow south of the 69. SMD
Snow south of the 69. SMD

I had to tread carefully, and when I looked down, I noticed someone else had recently been there. My first thought was roadrunner. But their tracks are more like an “x”. These were about an inch and half long.

Which way do I go?
Which way do I go?

Later in the afternoon, the snow moved in over Mingus. The mountain was soon hidden from view. As you can see, we stayed sunny and dry.

Snow moving in. SMD
Snow moving in. SMD

Storm warnings are predicting a substantial storm starting tomorrow and lasting for two days. Prescott Valley is slated for 14 to 20 inches!! What?

January Semi-Self Challenge

 

4 x 6 in. watercolor & pen on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

4 x 6 in. watercolor & pen on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

Made myself a challenge, knowing full well January might be busy. Not bad, managed to get thirteen paintings done for the month. The first two here, I painted for the Love Notes postcard swap. I forgot to scan the first card. So hey, that makes fourteen paintings! More I am sure, than I would have completed had I not tried for 30.

The table above, scanned much more red than the earth, clay tone that it actually is. I was unable to tweak it in Photoshop.

I apologize for the horrible photo below. This was a fun attempt at being loose after watching a video by Angela Fehr. I embellished with watercolor pencil and splatter.

 

4 x 6 in. watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

4 x 6 in. watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

 

#9, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#9, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Sunset Light, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Sunset Light, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#8, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#8, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#7, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#7, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

The four pieces below are much too tight, and over worked. I tried again, with better results. (See the four above.) I learned that with Quinacridone Gold and Gold Green you have to take care so they do not become dirty and dark. Lesson #1.

Lesson #2 – for either of those colors to be rich and not neon, you must layer at least three washes. Think that qualifies as a conundrum. For me anyhow. Fun in the learning though 😉

I am holding myself to a 30 piece challenge this month as well. It may be several days of painting a series of pieces and not daily painting. I have two gifts to paint. Something different on the way. 😉

If I were to choose favorites, they would be #7 and #8.

 

#6, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#6, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#5, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#5, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#4, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#4, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#3, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#3, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Layers. 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Layers. 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Layers. 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

Yo No Se. 8 x 8 in. mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Yo No Se. 8 x 8 in. mixed media on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

 

 

 

 

 

Woo Whoo!

 

#7, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#7, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

#8, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#8, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

#9, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

#9, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

Sunset Light, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Sunset Light, 4 x 4 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

 

Music is the color of sound.
Unknown

 

I’m in! One of forty artists participating in the 4th Edition of ART ON 45 exhibit and auction in March. I will share more as the event gets closer. Woo Whoo!

 

 

Miss You Much. 7 inches, acrylic and pen on vinyl. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Miss You Much. 7 inches, acrylic and pen on vinyl. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.