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World Watercolor Month, Days 10 – 17

Day 13, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 13, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

I am having so much fun with these. I hope you find this dainty display delightful.

Enjoy!

Day 10, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 10, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 11, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 11, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Even the tiniest of flowers can have the toughest roots.
– Shannon Mullen

Day 12, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 12, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 14, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 14, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 15, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 15, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

I must have flowers, always and always.
– Claude Monet.

Day 16, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 16, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 17, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 17, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

A painting is not a picture of an experience,
but is the experience.
― Mark Rothko

Welcome World Watercolor Month

Day 3, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 3, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

July is World Watercolor Month, founded by Doodlewash. I participated a few years ago, and thought it would be fun to join in again. Prompts are provided. This round, instead of objects, the prompts are moods, and descriptive suggestions.

The painting above was inspired by a gorgeous, gloomy twilight. The photo below does not do it justice. The colors and light were incredible.

Stormy Sky, 7-2-21. SMDelgado
Stormy Sky, 7-2-21. SMDelgado

My belated beginning is due to a day in Phoenix. An appointment, and then some window shopping. And shopping shopping. A trip to the city is never complete without visiting favorite shops or restaurants that we do not have here in town. As usual, a day filled with activity (and driving to boot) meant a day, or more of “recovery”. Rest, and low energy.

On my way down, I saw smoke over the Bradshaw Mountains. Just southwest of the Sunset Point Rest Stop on I-17.

Fire on Bradshaw, mid morning.7-1-21, SMDelgado.
Fire on Bradshaw, mid morning.7-1-21, SMDelgado.

Leaving Phoenix at days end, there was smoke over the city, from several fires.

Smoke Over Phoenix, 7-1-21. SMDelgado
Smoke Over Phoenix, 7-1-21. SMDelgado

Thirty minutes later I reached the Bradshaw area.The fire was still going, and I could easily see flames against the dark of the hills. It did not seem to have grown much. Thank goodness. Fire travels more quickly uphill.

Fire over Bradshaw, dusk. 7-1-21, SMDelgado.
Fire over Bradshaw, dusk. 7-1-21, SMDelgado.
Fire over Bradshaw, dusk. Close up. 7-1-21, SMDelgado.
Fire over Bradshaw, dusk. Close up. 7-1-21, SMDelgado.

This video shows how much has burned since Thursday. WOW!

Later today I will paint days 5 and 6. I will not post on the blog each day, but you can follow me on Instagram for daily updates. Here are days 1, 2, & 4.

Day 1, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 1, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 2, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 2, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 4, WWM, Sunny Delights, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 4, WWM, Sunny Delights, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Happy week to you!

Beary Hazy Days

Sunset, Mingus 6.23.21
Sunset, Mingus 6.23.21

I have started working on a small gift for a young gentleman. Acrylic on canvas, 4 x 4 inches. Honestly, I am very intimidated at the thought of painting fur. I found a very good Youtube video. Fingers crossed.

Beary Beginning
Beary Beginning
First Layers.
First Layers.

There are fires to the north of us, near Flagstaff. And fires to the east. Far enough away that we are not in the path. But the smoke has been visible all weekend. Today the view was a white wall. No sign of the mountain or hills.

Early Afternoon, 6.27.21
Early Afternoon, 6.27.21
6 pm, 6.27.21
6 pm, 6.27.21

We had a nice spot of rain on Friday.

Rain Over Mingus. 6.25.21
Rain Over Mingus. 6.25.21

Clouds are forecast for next week. A chance of some thunderstorms, but only slight hope for rain. Clouds are always welcome. Dry lightning. Not so much.

The sky and the sun are always there.
It’s the clouds that come and go.
Rachel Joyce

How sweet to be a cloud. Floating in the blue!
A. A. Milne