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Sunset Hues, 3 29 22. SMD
Sunset Hues, 3 29 22. SMD

A gorgeous unexpected rainy day! Hooray! Takes more than a terrific camera to get a great shot. LOL. These are all slightly out of focus, my apologies. The colors were calling me. I guess I wasn’t paying close enough attention. Mingus has a cap of snow, behind the cloud cover.

Golden Light, 3 29 22. SMD
Golden Light, 3 29 22. SMD

I love how everything can be shadowed and gray, and then the sun peeks out and highlights the hills, or electrifies raindrops. Simple treasures.

Dusty Hues and Rainbow, 3 29 22. SMD
Dusty Hues and Rainbow, 3 29 22. SMD

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.
It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.
Vivian Greene.


I am putting some of my scraps to use. The flowers were late night play. I was inspired by our moody clouds today, and had fun trying to capture the moment. I think I know why saguaros are so often painted with curved arms. This one looks like a creature from outer space, or a weird desert cheerleader. Rah, rah, sis, boom, bah.

Postcard #2, 4 x 6 watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Postcard #2, 4 x 6 watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Postcard, 4 x 6 watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Postcard, 4 x 6 watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I’ve learned that no matter what happens,
or how bad it seems today, life does go on,
and it will be better tomorrow.
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person
by the way he/she handles these three things:
a rainy day, lost luggage,
and tangled Christmas tree lights.
Maya Angelou.


March Squall

Mingus Sunset, 3.16.21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Mingus Sunset, 3.16.21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

We have had a terrific week of wintery weather. Yay! A little rain. A little snow. Wind. Mini hail pellets. The snow has been fast, and at times, furious. We had a squall that lasted all of 15 minutes. Then it was dry and calm, and only Mingus had visible snow. Hope you enjoy the views!

Layers, 3-16-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Layers, 3-16-21, morning. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Squall Still, 3-13-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Squall Still, 3-13-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Am I Blue, 3-12-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Am I Blue, 3-12-21, evening. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Am I Blue, close-up, 3-12-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Am I Blue, close-up, 3-12-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Blue Skies 3-12-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Blue Skies 3-12-21, morning. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Pinky Pink, 3-11-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Pinky Pink, 3-11-21, sunset. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

My second eye surgery was rescheduled to the 22nd.
The first eye has healed, and all is well. Amen!

Misty Blue, 3-11-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Misty Blue, 3-11-21, morning. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
Ansel Adams

One moment the world is as it is.
The next, it is something entirely different.
Something it has never been before.
Anne Rice, Pandoras

30-Day Creative Gathering, Day 9

Day 9, Watercolor on 8 x 8 140 lb. Strathmore Cold Pressed Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 9, Watercolor on 8 x 8 140 lb. Strathmore Cold Pressed Paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Botched, befuddled, and blighted. Haha. I was doing well, and then I wasn’t. I completely overworked this. Bad timing. And timing is essential in watercolor.

I was distracted by the light and Mingus. First, the front range was white, and Mingus was dark. Then Mingus was white, and the front range was dark. Then the sky began to change. And well…. distraction. I started painting this before the light caught my eye. And I was thinking I had not seen the hills white, as I was trying to paint them. And then boom. They were. Haha.

My sky was decent. The field was ok. Then I added clouds. and they started out ok, but too light. I went back in with more color, but too much water. Ugh. They bloomed, and I had hard, jagged edges everywhere. I tried to soften them with a damp brush. And then I tried again with a digital brush. The small PPI blurs things a bit more.

Knowing I had already messed the sky up, I played a bit more with the field. Trying to get, you know, a feeling of distance. Bleah!!

OK, enough of that. Now for the real star of the show!

Sunset 2-8-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Sunset 2-8-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

On our neighborhood website, everyone has been sharing their gorgeous sunset photos this week. And why not? Last night I was oo-ing and ah-ing over the sunset out front, looking to the east (below). While at the same time, my folks were hyper about the sun setting in the back, to the west (above). WOWzers!

Oh beautiful, for spacious sky!

Mingus Sunset 2-8-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Mingus Sunset 2-8-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Winter Sunset 2-2-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Winter Sunset 2-2-21. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

This sunset sky is from a week ago. It is subtle, but those colors! I wish I could post it larger. To the left, the pinks in the distance, the soft purples. The undulating cloud shapes. It was delightful. 🙂

When the sun is setting, leave
whatever you are doing and watch it.
Mehmet Murat Ildan

When I admire the wonders of a sunset
or the beauty of the moon,
my soul expands in the
worship of the creator.
Mahatma Gandhi