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Daily Sketch: Beach Wormwood

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, September 30, 2016.

September 30, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

It was a beautiful autumn day, so I went for a stroll on the beach. Along the way I found this plant that reminded me of dusty miller. It was growing within the dune grass, adding an appealing contrast with its grey-green hue.

I liked how it crept along on the sandy floor, playfully weaving in and out of small open areas. As I sketched, waves gently lapped to shore, adding calm to a peaceful moment.

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. After a bit of research via google I discovered this plant is called beach wormwood. Wishing you a wonderful weekend filled with small quiet pauses.

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Daily Sketch: Bluebead Lily

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, September 28, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, September 28, 2016.

September 28, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my daily walk I pass a pond where these bluebead lilies grow. The area is shaded by tall trees, allowing a filtered light to shine upon them. In summer, the leaves are tall and green while the berries are a gorgeous navy blue.

As autumn moves along, their leaves are beginning to lose their vibrancy, showing patches of brown and yellow. The berries that are left intact are still a deep blue. They sit on top of tall stems overseeing the changes occurring on the earthy floor.  Soon the small berries will return to the earth, promising to return once again when spring arrives.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Maple Leaf

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, September 26, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, September 26, 2016.

September 26, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Autumn has arrived and the leaves are beginning to show their true colors. Vibrant colors that lay hidden beneath summer greens are announcing their arrival.  Soon the land will be aglow with a parade of brilliant reds and golds. Nature’s last symphony will play out before the land becomes dormant and the leaves return to the earth.

Years ago I planted a dwarf maple tree. It has weathered the storms of winter and managed to stay strong. I love its miniature size and the little helicopter seeds that adorn it in Spring. It is beginning to show signs of autumn as a crimson hue appears on its small leaves. Soon it will sing with color and glow in the evening light. I wish my little tree well, as it prepares for the long winter months ahead.

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S.  On Saturday I continued working on my nasturtium painting in my gardens. I am just about finished and only have a few finishing touches left. By the time I was calling it a day, the light changed and I didn’t get a photo during my session this time. However, the finished painting will be coming to your inbox soon!

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Nasturiums in my garden. Work in progress. 8x10in. Oil on linen/panel.

Nasturtiums!

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, September 22, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, September 22, 2016.

September 22, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Buds are such a special gift of nature. They present hope, promising to reveal nature’s wonder. Tiny bits of color hint at the beauty that lies beneath. Excitement builds knowing that soon nature’s beauty will unfold.

I have come to the realization that I definitely have a love affair with buds;  especially flower buds. I could admire nasturtium buds all day with their interesting cone shape and curving spurs. Their tiny bits of visible color are gorgeous against their light-colored  sepals.

Taking the time to slow down and admire nature’s subtle gifts is what brings joy to our regular routine.


 The sun was shining the other day so off I went to my gardens to work on my painting of nasturtiums. I even rigged up a set up for my umbrella to stay cool.  Looking forward to finishing this one.

Nasturtiums in my garden. Work in progress. 8x10in. Oil on linen/panel.

nasturtiums in my garden. Work in progress. 8x10in. Oil on linen/panel.

Set up for my umbrella --worked great!

Set up for my umbrella –worked great!

Wishing you a Wonderful Weekend!  Thanks so much for joining me here!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Nasturtiums & Maiden Pink

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, September 20, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, September 20, 2016.

September 20, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my daily walk I saw these tiny pink flowers peeking up from the ditch.  When they greeted me with their bright pink hue, I knew they were meant to be my subject today.  They are  named maiden pink, a wild dianthus that likes to grow in fields and ditches. I think they really add to the beauty of open areas where other wild flowers play!


The other day I took advantage of a beautiful sunny day and the nasturtiums blooming in my gardens. I painted one more day for a bit before the light changed and am now waiting for another sunny day to work on their playful leaves.

Here are a few pics I took of my first session.

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Naturtiums in my garden.

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First block in after deciding on placement etc. of my subject

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Moving along with block in.

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A visitor to my gardens while I was painting.

I’m looking forward to resuming my painting session in my garden in the near future. Stay tuned!

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Warmly,

Debbie

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