Tag Archives: #desertart

December In The High Desert

Christine's Cactus #2. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Christine’s Cactus #2. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
Yet I find it so delightful
And since I’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

My friend up north, Christine Brooks, sent me a postcard with her gorgeous photo of a Prickly Pear. In October! WOW, didn’t realize it has been that long. I asked her if I could paint it. The second attempt is so much better (above). I am out of practice with Yupo, and ended up with muddy ponds the first go-round. Haha. I was feeling relaxed with the brush in my hand, I continued until I had a real mess going. That was about two weeks ago.

Christine Brooks, Photographer & Artist.
Christine Brooks, Photographer & Artist.
Christine's Cactus #1. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on Yupo. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Christine’s Cactus #1. 4 x 6 watercolor & pen on Yupo. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

Last night I started again, and everything fell into place easily. What a surprise and JOY! I noticed in my sketch, that I made the pads too large, and left very little room for the tuna’s. (Dad taught me they are called that in Mexico.) Turned out to be a happy accident. I like the composition.

It is cold, and dark, and dreary today. HOORAY! A gentle rain fell from 1 am until about 11 am. The clouds are playing hide and seek with Mingus. And we might get some snow this evening. Fingers crossed.

Wishing you JOY and wellness, PEACE and warmth!

“Let us have music for Christmas…
Sound the trumpet of joy and rebirth;
Let each of us try, with a song in our hearts,
To bring peace to men on earth.”
Mildred L. Jarrell

Day 22 Of 30

Day 22, 5 x 5 Acrylic on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 22, 5 x 5 Acrylic on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

The same palette I used yesterday. Different placement and proportions. I used a brayer to apply the base coat of Tawny. Hints of it are still visible under the turquoise.

Two busy days forced me to keep things simple. Not easy. Just simple. Grateful for a few moments of peace and quiet. And color!

I found I could say things with color
and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way.
Georgia O’Keeffe

Color!
What a deep and mysterious language,
the language of dreams.
Paul Gauguin

Day 21 Of 30

Day 21, Acrylic, 5 x 5 on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.
Day 21, Acrylic, 5 x 5 on paper. © 2020 Sheila Delgado.

This feels familiar to me. I’ve seen it somewhere before. New Mexico. Buried in my memories. Hoping it will come back to me.

I was looking at blankets yesterday. The nights are growing chilly. Easy to justify a pretty new blanket, right? Even though I have enough. Haha. I think this would make a great coverlet or throw. Maybe that thought will do for now. 😉

The top color is Natural Buff. The bottom is Tawny medium. It is more in the earthy spectrum, but here is it showing very mauve. And that is reflecting in the Buff.

I wish you could see what I see out the window,
the earth pink and yellow cliffs to the north,
the full pale moon about to go down in an early morning
lavender sky . . .
pink and purple hills in front
and the scrubby fine dull green cedars,
and a feeling of much space—It is a very beautiful world.
Georgia O’Keeffe

With Dad in New Mexico. (High School). Road Trip. SMD
With Dad in New Mexico. (High School). Road Trip. SMD