My  miniature rose plant in afternoon sunlight.

Sketch: Miniature Rose & Small Pauses

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 16, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 16, 2017.

February 16, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I picked this miniature rose plant up just before Valentine’s Day.  I loved its tiny hits of red and diminutive size. It has to be watered frequently, due to its small container.

Today when I was about to water my tiny plant, I noticed a stem that was partially detached.  Nutrients to the bloom were limited, causing the bloom to display petals that had completely dried out, while others still thrived.

I thought the contrast was interesting, making this little bloom a good drawing subject.  Such interesting lines and shapes were observed. I especially loved the small curves at the tips of leaves and petals. They softened the subject, creating a sense of elegance.

My miniature rose plant in afternoon sunlight.

My miniature rose plant in afternoon sunlight.

Observing the smallest of subjects, fine-tunes ones awareness of their surroundings. It creates a sensitivity that would otherwise be lost, if time had not been taken to sit still and observe. Pauses are so important in life to settle our minds and center our emotions. They present those quiet gaps that allow one to slow down life, if only for a few moments in the day.

Wishing you small pauses throughout the upcoming weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Charming in Pink

Sketch: Carnation

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 15, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 15, 2017.

February 15, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Carnations are such a dependable flower. Not only are they pretty, but they have lasting power! Their tiny ruffled edges add a feminine touch, making one think of garments edged with lace.

I loved this little carnation with its partially opened bud. It’s coral pink hue is refreshing with bits of white dressing its edges. It is amazing how many layers of petals are nestled together to make up this bloom. If observed closely, their various petal shapes are quite interesting.

Another storm is on the way tonight! As long as the power stays on, I’m planning on adding the finishing touches to the tulip I shared in an earlier post.

Soooo it’s time to batten down the hatches again!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. Sorry this is a bit late today–thought I had already published it!

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Rose Sketch, 8x10 in. graphite on paper. Available

Rose Sketch & Happy Valentine’s Day!

Rose Sketch, 8x10 in. graphite on paper. Available

Rose Sketch, 8×10 in. graphite on paper. Available

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Happy Valentine’s Day! 

I just added the sketch of spray roses to my website. The roses are from my garden this past autumn. I loved drawing all the layers of petals on each small rose. These roses were from a bush I planted many years ago. Each year it never disappoints, sharing lots of blooms throughout the growing season!

This comes unframed, but you can jazz it up with any size or style of frame, making sure it is protected behind glass.

Here are a few more images of this drawing with some  progress shots.

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Close up

 

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Beginnings

 

Work in progress

Work in progress

 

Although our road still hasn’t been plowed after our big storm, a secret admirer delivered this cheerful bouquet! A little bag of chocolate covered jubes was also attached. I love fresh flowers, especially in the midst of winter!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you had a great day filled with a few sweet goodies and good company!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Sketch: Dried Maple Leaf

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 13, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 13, 2017.

February 13, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my walk yesterday, I was greeted by burnt golds as dry maple leaves swayed gentle on thin stems. Their crumpled, twisty appearance added interest to an otherwise barren tree. They hung on to their springtime home, refusing to let go.

Today, a blizzard is predicted. They will have to hold fast, in order to remain a permanent winter fixture. Eventually, letting go will be necessary, as they return to their earthly presence.


I am getting acquainted with my new studio space. Shifting  my still life set up and work area around as I decide what angles and spots are the best with my new overhead lights. When I had finally got set up in a good spot,  Marlee decided to join me.

As I began to work, I could see her getting ready to jump up on my still life table.  Now this is only a small table. The vase with my tulip was sitting on top of a box–not the most secure set up!

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Amazingly, she bounded on top of the table without toppling anything over. After checking things out a bit, she laid down under the spotlight aimed at the tulip. I think she thought she was on  a sunny window ledge or maybe a hot sunny beach! lol Hmmm now that sounds nice as many tiny snowflakes fall outside!

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If you are in the storm zone, I hope you stay safe and warm. As long as the power stays on, I’m all set. Batten down the hatches!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Sketch Alder Branch & New Studio

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 9, 2017.

February 9, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

A major winter storm is on its way tonight, so I wanted to enjoy a walk without large amounts of snow.  By the time I finished my errands and other chores the sun had disappeared and a cloud cover rolled in. Even so, it was refreshing to breathe in the fresh air, while listening to nature sounds.

On my walk, I pass by a pond that has many small Alder trees growing in and around it. In the winter I like how their small cones drape gracefully from slim branches. They add interest and movement to this otherwise barren season.

I am sure people in cars passing by, were wondering what I was doing in the ditch. Collecting bits of nature sometimes requires acrobatic skills! lol


So the painters came and went in one day! After much fretting and nail-biting, I finally decided on the color Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore. I absolutely love the color!! It is a mix between gray and beige, known as greige by decorators. It is very soothing and light and because of its neutral nature will be great as a studio color.

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The above photo is a small corner in my new studio. I repurposed the stand, which was my son’s for storing DVD’s etc. It’s small size is great for some of my miniature panels. paints, thinner etc. without looking messy. The ivy was newly potted and the little wooden cats were my son’s. They are really cute and are a nice reminder of him when he was younger.

Knowing a storm is on the way tonight, I picked up some fresh tulips just in case I needed subject matter tomorrow. Now that things are organized, my brushes and pencils are breaking out! It’s time to get this show on the road!

Warmly,

Debbie

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