Category Archives: Trees

Thinking Of You Dad

Mingus Moonlit Night. SMD 2020
Mingus Moonlit Night. SMD 2020

December 10th. The date of my last post. Ay caramba! Time continues to be a steamroller. Hijole!

The winter weather has given us some beautiful views. We had an afternoon of snow, our first of the year. On December 28th. Haha. Lovely, big fluffy flakes floating down. It was fairly heavy for a while but it did not stick. Mingus disappeared behind a veil of white and reemerged powder-coated. It was heaven while it lasted.

Shrinking Snow Storm. SMD 12.28.20
Shrinking Snow Storm. SMD 12.28.20

We have had gorgeous pink sunsets.

Cotton Candy Clouds. SMD 2020
Cotton Candy Clouds. SMD 2020
Blushing. SMD 2020
Blushing. SMD 2020

My birthday week was filled with appointments. Blood tests, breathing test, bone test. Mostly standard bi-annual stuff, just all happened to land in the same week. Eesh! And here we are, in the middle of the month already. You know what that means. The February 30-Day Creative Gathering will soon be here! Oh my!

After another mini organizing binge, I made three starts. Art supplies and papers are at the ready! Paint pens and pencils. Scribbles to ease the intimidation of a fresh clean sheet of paper. I plan to add a few more layers to these backgrounds. And I hope to have 6 to 12 starts ready before next month. Knock on wood.

Our trees are still holding on to their leaves. I keep meaning to look up the reason why. I am sure it has something to do with how dry the past year has been. This photo is a few weeks old, but the tree looks pretty much the same.

Won’t Let Go.

I ordered a pad of Strathmore watercolor paper after watching an artist use it online. Cold Press, 140 lb., acid-free, 100% cotton. 12 – 8 x 10 sheets. It was about $10 on Amazon. I did see it later at Walmart, for a few dollars more. It has a grey cover. I played just to get a feel for it. This is a tiny sketch. I like the paper, the tooth is nice. I’ll talk more about it in another post.

Green Gold Tree. SMD 2020
Green Gold Tree. SMD 2020

Thinking of my father today. Missing him on his birthday. Truth be told, I think of him every day. We are still in limbo due to COVID. My best friend in high school lost her father the day before mine passed (on July 14th). He was our high school principal.

My dear friend from California lost her dad the Saturday before Christmas. We also lost my Dad’s elder brother Willie, the Sunday before Christmas. Heartbreaking.
Horrible, heartbreaking six months.

Frank Delgado, State Champion.
Frank Delgado, State Champion.
Frank with the "Wailers", October 1965.
Frank with the “Wailers”, October 1965.
Tere & Frank Christmas 2019
Tere & Frank Christmas 2019
Frank, Ray & Willie
Frank, Ray & Willie
Willie, Frankie, Ray
Willie, Frankie, Ray

Looking for quotes brought tears to my eyes, this short one will have to do.

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together,
keep me in your heart.
I’ll stay there forever.”
Winnie the Pooh

Easter Eve

Quick flower from 2016, 4 x 4. © Sheila Delgado.
Quick flower from 2016, 4 x 4. © Sheila Delgado.

Something old (above), and something very new. Green Gold leaves sprouting!

Wishing you a JOY filled, Blessed Easter!
May the Lord lift up your heart, at Easter and always.

Where flowers bloom, so does hope.
Lady Bird Johnson

Let the resurrection JOY lift us
from loneliness and weakness and despair
to strength and beauty and happiness.
Floyd W. Tomkins

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection,
not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
Martin Luther

I still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny,
the Tooth Fairy, and true love.
Don’t even try to tell me different.
Dolly Parton

Day Eleven And A Snowy Drive

Day 11, FEB C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches cold-pressed 140 lb. paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 11, FEB C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on Arches cold-pressed 140 lb. paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

We got snow! Overnight, so I didn’t get to see it falling. I woke up at 6 am, looked outside. It was a winter wonderland. So nice!

I had to go out at about 11 am. The roads were clear thank goodness. On the way, I took photos of all the snow-covered trees. There was no one on the road in our subdivision. My creative for yesterday could technically be all the photo editing I did. It took most of the afternoon and evening. But you know me. I want my collage to have 30 pieces. So I will catch up.

While in Phoenix this weekend, I saw a couple of cacti fences. I love them. I just think they are practical, as well as pretty. Sculpture. Sometimes they are in planters next to a building. Sometimes they act as an actual fence.

This painting was inspired by what I saw. I had fun with this. Building the layers. It looked sort of flat, and I realized I needed to add shadows. But I think I may have botched that. I used a Pitt pen with a brush tip. Thought it was a grey, but OOPS! It was black. I was able to soften it a bit with a damp brush.

“Kindness is like snow—it beautifies everything it covers.”
Kahlil Gibran

6 am
6 am
Mingus Early Morning
Mingus Early Morning
Twins
Twins
Oh Christmas Tree!
Oh Christmas Tree!
Tree on the right
Tree on the right
Tree on the left
Tree on the left
Perfect Pines
Perfect Pines
Snowcaps
Snowcaps
Mingus from the south
Mingus from the south
Let it snow!
Let it snow!
Pretty as a pixie
Pretty as a pixie

So that was Tuesday morning. By 2 pm most of the fields were gold again. The roads were dry and the sky was clear. Perfect.

I tried to capture the snow falling from the tree in our front yard. No such luck. The large pine (Oh, Christmas tree) has a blur in the center, that was falling snow. If you should feel inspired to paint one of these snowy trees, feel free. 🙂