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Wonky Little Watercolor Cactus

Desert Bloom 2. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on  paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.
Desert Bloom 2. 4 x 6 in. watercolor & gesso on paper. © 2019 Sheila Delgado.

Last of the bunch. I have a couple others, but I think they are paint-overs. This card was sent out in the Pals-Poist exchange. It traveled a whole hour and a half up the road to Flagstaff, to my good friend Christine Brooks. Christine and I still have not met. Mostly due to busy schedules. But one day soon, right Christine? 🙂

In return, I received this lovely card. Even in winter, beauty is all around. Christine sent it in a protective sleeve, the marks rub right off. I love how the leaves look like a frilly, royal collar (a ruff). And the snow cap looks like a Beret. Ok, I know I am mixing my styles there. And centuries. 😉

I love it Christine! I hope you had a hot cup of cocoa waiting after your walk in the cold. Burr!

Pals Poist Postcard by Christine Brooks.

I re-discovered a long lost favorite artist. Birgit O’Connor. Her watercolors are jaw-dropping! I love her flowers. And her stones look like a photograph. Her paintings are huge! Treat yourself to some of her videos on YouTube.


Some times good things come in the mail. Unexpected, good things.

Unexpected. Multiple good things.

Nelvia McGrath and I were having a conversation about watercolor paper. If you follow her blog, you know she has been experimenting with watercolors in a class she is taking. If you don’t follow her, you can take a peek. A link to her blog is to the right, in the blogs I follow. Well, we decided to share some paper with each other. And I sent off some Bee paper, some Arches. And some of the cheap postcards I thought were such a great deal. I wanted her to see the difference between good and bad paper. Salvaged the cards though, used gesso to cover the paper. The wonky cactus is an example.

Papers to play with. Yupo, Artagain, Duralar, watercolor paper.

Well, a couple of weeks passed, and I had just about forgotten. I knew Nelvia was busy. (You know how forgetful I am. Ughh.) And what do ya’ know! A BIG box came, with my name on it. Not only were there papers in it, but sharpies, colored pencils, pencils, erasers, a paint marker, a mechanical pencil, a brush pen, and some command strips. WOW! Mixed media here I come!

It’s my party and I’ll draw if I want to!
Draw if I want to, draw if I want to!

I am so blessed to have made so many terrific friends online!

You know who you are. 😉 I see you every day, and I feel grateful. Thank you, Christine, for sharing your art and photography with me!

Thank you Nelvia for the fabulous art loot!

Time Passages


Mingus Sketch. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

Mingus Sketch. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado


Small Stones. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

Small Stones. 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado


Postcard. 4 x 6 acrylic on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado

Postcard. 4 x 6 acrylic on paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado


Sketch book is starting to fill up. I love the sound and feel of the wrinkly, crinkly paper. Each time I flip for a new page, I am reminded of these small accomplishments. For some reason, the small white pages are less intimidating. The book is a place for fun.

So, busy sketching, just not getting as far as posting them. More on the way.

This last piece was palette knife practice. It started as an abstract. I have five nearly empty bottles of paint on my desk. Trying to use them up before next month.

Next Month!! Next week!!

Better get to it!


Happy weekend everyone!








Kat Sloma’s Liberate Your Art Swap

It’s begun! Woo who! For the next few weeks I will be sharing the postcards as they arrive. Can’t wait! Kat and her crew of volunteers have sorted and stamped, and the first batch is on it’s way.

As in years past, many of the participants have agreed to extra swaps, or “side” swaps. I have already received these amazing cards – YAY!

Postcard treasures

Postcard treasures

The Zentangle leaf is from Kat in the Appalachians. How did she know I have a thing for leaves? “Wonder” is from Sherry in Alaska. The wing is part of a map of Sherry’s city, how clever is that!

The snow filled trees, a photo taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, was sent by Sarah in Atlanta. I grew up in Colorado – Hello Rockies! The crane flew to me all the way from Montana. A really stunning piece of art from Amy. (I may be moving to Montana.)

Teena sent the graphic tree. It reads, ” Words are like the wind, some, stronger and more damaging than others.” Those words really resonate with me.

Amy in Montana created the wonderful crane collage. It is really super in person. You might remember I caught sight of a Heron in our backyard a few months ago.

I am amazed, how each of these cards has a special connection to me. Or I guess, I with them. Some of them I was able to choose, bet even so.

Thanks ladies – for sharing your wonderful art with me! So excited to take part in this years swap!


“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

~Henry Ward Beecher