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I Hope…

10 31 2020, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
10 31 2020, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

… You never get tired of my yellow flowers.

I goofed. I painted a clear vase filled with water, stems showing. But I took the “water” all the way to the top of the vase. DUH. Haha. Easy fix. Yet another deep blue vase. My favorite choice I know.

This quick little bouquet was a late night session. Ahhh. Relax.

The cold has found us. Brrrr. Forecast says mid 70’s all week, but the nights are mid forties. We have a small chance of rain later this week. Wouldn’t that be grand!

I’m always saying there is so much I want to learn. So much to learn. Always. Well, I learned I’m allergic to amoxicillin. FUN! Not quite.

I have a Plantar’s wart that I have been treating for almost 3 months. The doctor says it is a slow process, but the least painful. Haha. All was well, until a couple of weeks ago. I developed an infection. There was swelling, which equals pain. It was two days before my scheduled appointment, so I just stayed off it best I could. Every now and then there was shooting nerve pain, just to keep me on my toes. Haha.

She numbed my foot, and started to scrape, and open up the “cyst”, and let me tell you THAT was really fun! The numbing was not working, and she had to do what she had to do. I had to sit there and try not to jump out of the seat.

She told me she had never seen this happen before, and I mentioned that it was likely another Lupus anomaly. She agreed.

So I was left with an open wound. Small, but open. I had to change the wrap each day. And take an antibiotic. Ok, done deal.

Ha-Haa! The wound heals fast, no more pain. Last day of the antibiotic and I start itching. The 25th, (brother’s birthday), I just thought it is my clothes scratching. The next day I wake up, red and bumpy, and ITCHY. Chest, neck, cheeks, ears, a 1 by 2-inch patch on one wrist. Took me another day to figure out why. We thought maybe it was the seafood, but that has never happened before. Still, the Lupus factor.

The itch traveled to my back, and my scalp. I could see red patches on my fingers and hands, but they did not itch as much. Eight days later, most of the itching is gone. Thank goodness for Cortisone 10 and a cold compress!

Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.
Ogden Nash

Cool Cactus Hues

Cactus, 5.5 x 8.5, watercolor on paper, © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Cactus, 5.5 x 8.5, watercolor on paper, © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

I received a SuPeR AwEsOmE surprise in the mail yesterday. Christine Brooks sent me an Arteza watercolor sketchpad. WOW! Thank you, Christine!

There is a wonderful texture to the paper. Different from the Artist’s Touch I mentioned last month. Different, but similar. I like it. I lifted the cloud on the left. With a damp brush. Good to know that is possible on this paper.

Close-Up
Sunset 3-25-20
Sunset 3-25-20

The light on the clouds was so brilliant, it lit up the room. The clouds were actually “dripping down” like thick, wet paint. I am going to try and paint it. Not sure I know how. It will be fun trying though.

I did manage something like it years ago, but don’t ask me what I did. LOL.

Drippy Clouds
Drippy Clouds

“Piglet noticed that even though he had
a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
A.A. Milne

Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos into order,
confusion into clarity.
It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie

“‘Enough’ is a feast.”
Buddhist Proverb

The February 2020 30-Day Creative Gathering, Day 27

Day 27, FEB C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 27, FEB C.G., 8 x 8, watercolor on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

I had fun with this piece. I’ll be honest and tell you, the cliff was a complete accident. After the first drip, I just went with it. I used Yellow ochre at the top, and it is very sedimentary. I went over it with some Burnt sienna, that is why it appears more orange than ochre.

The cacti I painted with gouache. I did enjoy the fact that I did not need to plan their location first. It gave me the opportunity to place them, so they did not hide the best parts of the rough stone.

The slideshow below shows some of the Saguaro cacti that can be seen while driving south on the 17. The images are borrowed from Google Maps. Thank you, Google! They really are more noticeable as you are driving. It’s hard to miss them, there are so many! Zoom in to see them better.

The barrel cactus is a friend for lost travelers in the desert. It grows tilted to the southwest. One type of barrel is in fact named Compass Barrel Cactus! Here are some photos I took at the Mayo’s Cacti garden while Pete was having his treatments.

Red Barrel
Red Barrel
Barrel Cactus
Barrel Cactus
Barrel-Assortment
Barrel-Assortment

In the desert a fountain is springing,
In the wide waste there still is a tree,
And a bird in the solitude singing,
Which speaks to my spirit of thee.
LORD BYRON