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Daily Sketch: Blackberries

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 24, 2016.

August 29. 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I found these blackberries on a dirt road, during our vacation in Larry’s River last week. They were growing wildly and were just beginning to ripen. Their sweetness was a wonderful treat during our morning walk.

We also found more blackberries nestled upon soft mounds of moss. The soft green background really made the berries standout. Such a treat to view!

How about you? Do you love blackberries?

Warmly,

Debbie

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Anticipation, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Available $75

Peony Bud Captured in Paint!

Anticipation, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Available $75

Anticipation, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Available $75

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Anticipation

“Soft and plump, a rounded peony bud prepares for its long-awaited debut.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

This is a peony bud I painted in my backyard this summer. I absolutely loved painting it and can’t believe I have to wait until next summer to paint one again! The summer is feeling like a blur –honestly, where did the time go?

It was so wonderful to observe all the stages of my peony bush.  Besides the beauty of their buds and flowers,  I also discovered that there is beauty in the remnants of the flower when all the petals have mostly fallen off. Hopefully, I will be able to catch that next year as well!
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“Anticipation” enjoying a garden setting.

Here are some photos of my painting session outside.
My subject

My subject

Work in progress --Stage 1

Work in progress –Stage 1

Work in progess --Stage 2

Work in progress –Stage 2

I hope these give you an idea of how I work when painting from life on site. It was a warm afternoon when I painted “Anticipation” but I managed to find a shady spot under our oak tree while my subject stayed out in the sunshine.

Just a little note to let you know I will be heading out on a mini vacation for a week with my husband, brother and sister-in-law. We are staying in one of my favorite places, Tor Bay, Nova Scotia. I’m not sure how many sketches or painting I will get done or how often I will be able to post to my blog.  At any rate I hope to resume my regular programming when I return!

I may be doing more painting than sketching when I return, as we move into the last of our warmer weather. Hopefully, the autumn will be warm and sunny! Thanks so much for following along on this art journey with me. Wishing you a smooth sailing and enjoyable week ahead!

Warmly,
Debbie

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Blueberry Bush: Daily Sketch

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, August 16, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, August 16, 2016.

August 16, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

A few years ago I planted this blueberry bush. It is not very large, but each year it produces plump juicy berries. Throughout the season It moves through various stages of growth, from white blossoms, to multi colored unripened fruit to fully ripened blueberries.

I love seeing bits of deep blue peeking out amongst shiny green leaves. The berries make a nice treat when visiting my flower beds. The trick is to get ahead of our winged friends as they also enjoy these tasty berries.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Charlotte’s Web & Milkweed

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, August 15, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, August 15, 2016.

August 15, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I have a little milkweed plant beside my walkway. I love watching its metamorphosis from tiny buds, clustered blooms and then to seed pods. The enjoyable part is watching the seed pods open up revealing seeds with fluffy hair tufts. Then the fun begins as they release and begin to parachute into the air. Wispy whirls of white, float aimlessly on gentle breezes drifting far and wide.

For some reason the whole event reminds me of the book “Charlotte’s Web” when Charlotte’s baby spiders hatched early one spring morning. They set off like balloons in the air,  leaving poor Wilbur  devastated. After crying himself to sleep, he awoke that afternoon to make a wonderful discovery! Three of Charlotte’s aeronauts were staying to keep Wilbur company.  He was in a complete state of bliss!

Here is one of my favorite parts in this beloved book.

“The baby spiders felt the warm updraft. One spider climbed to the top of the fence. Then it did something that came as a great surprise to Wilbur. The spider stood on its head, pointed its spinnerets in the air, and let loose a cloud of fine silk. The silk formed a balloon. As Wilbur watched, the spider let go of the fence and rose into the air…

The air was now so full of balloonists that the barn cellar looked almost as though a mist had gathered. Balloons by the dozen were rising, circling, and drifting away through the door, sailing off on the gentle wind. Cries of “Good-bye, good-bye, good-bye!” came weakly to Wilbur’s ears. He couldn’t bear to watch any more. In sorrow he sank to the ground and closed his eyes. This seemed like the end of the world, to be deserted by Charlotte’s children. Wilbur cried himself to sleep…

He was standing there, thinking of her, when he heard a small voice. “Salutations!” it said. “I’m up here.” “So am I,” said another tiny voice. “So am I,” said a third voice. “Three of us are staying. We like this place, and we like you.” Wilbur looked up. At the top of the door.”

“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White is near and dear to my heart. For many years I read this book with great animation to my grade two students and my two sons. I never tired of it and am still in love with it!

How about you? Do you love this book? Love to hear your memories of it.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Begonia

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, August 13, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, August 13, 2016.

August 13, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Wax begonias add lovely color to summer gardens. I love how their waxy leaves shine and sparkle in the sunlight. The flowers have interesting layers and lovely colors.

I planted a few begonias in the front of my gardens this year for a splash of color. They mingle nicely with all the other blooms and are cheerful to view.

Warmly,

Debbie

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