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

14 thoughts on “December In The High Desert

    1. Sheila Post author

      The very same to you Laurelle! 🙂
      Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a blessed 2021!
      So glad you liked it 🙂

  1. Dotty Seiter

    Color! Depth! Cheer! Well done, Sheila! The up-close-and-personal orientation/composition is strong and compelling.

    Happy to hear about your rain, and will cross my fingers that you see some snow.

    1. Sheila Post author

      Haha, thank you Dotty for the snow wishes. Haha. So glad you enjoyed the painting! I am loving what you have been working on lately 🙂

  2. Kat Van Rooyen

    I love your prickly pear cactus and Christine’s. And now I’ve got one of my favorite Christmas /winter songs stuck in my head but that’s ok! I love snow, so bring it on! We got about an inch yesterday but it’s all gone today. Hope you get a lot!

    1. Sheila Post author

      Most of the Christmas songs are favorites aren’t they Kat. LOL 🙂
      But I am right there with you, I did it to myself. I keep hearing it over and over. Haha. 🙂
      WOW! I don’t know if we will get that much. No matter what we get, it will likely be melted the next day too.
      At least on the roads. Be nice to have a white Mingus for a while. 🙂

  3. Val van der Poel

    nice work Sheila although I gotta say I like your first one better – isn’t it nice that people like different things?

    1. Sheila Post author

      Thank you Cindy 🙂 Yup, I am sure we will be warm and sunny tomorrow. I have to enjoy it while it lasts. Haha.


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