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Babe Spray Roses: Sketch & Painting

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 17, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 17, 2017.

January 17, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

A couple of weeks ago, I visited my local florist and spotted the most gorgeous orange spray roses. Interestingly, they are named  “Babe”. I thought their name was most fitting, considering their flashy appearance.

I began to paint one of them from life. Now sometimes life gets busy and schedules get interrupted! Before, I could finish my painting, my subject  began to dry and lose its vitality. So today, I visited my florist again to purchase one more branch of Babe spray roses.

In the meantime, I was struck by the delicate organic beauty of the remaining dried roses. They stood quietly like tiny statues, frozen in time; reminiscing about their day in the sun.


I am almost finished my miniature painting of this orange rose. Now that I have fresh subjects, I will be able to put the finishing touches on it. Here are a few in progress shots of my work and subject I thought you might enjoy.

Happily, if this painting turns out, it has been spoken for already!

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I placed my fresh roses in the fridge along with a couple of other flowers I purchased. My son opened the fridge door and said, “Umm, mom there are flowers in our fridge! ” lol The joys of living with an artist!! Never a dull moment!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 11, 2017.

Simple Nature Sketch: Philodendron

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 11, 2017.

 

January 11, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

As I was putting things back in place after the holidays, I realized my Philodendron was in dire need of  a clipping. So out came my scissors and before you know it, I had lots of clippings scattered about. Why waste fresh clippings, when you can start new plants!

So a collection of small, soon to be philodendron plants, found a home in a mason jar. They are sitting happily on my windowsill as I await the miracle of new growth. I even promised my son, who lives in the city, that if they began to grow I would create a “plant to go” for him.

How about you? Do you like to grow plants from slips?

Warmly,

Debbie

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Simple Nature Sketch: Peruvian Lily

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 10, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 10, 2017.

January 10, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

The Peruvian Lily is another plant I like to purchase in winter. It is quite long lasting and has an exotic feel, much like an azalea. It comes in quite a variety of colors. I love its translucent and soft flowing petals. Broken lines of contrasting color  on select petals add interest as well.

The meaning attached to this flower is friendship and devotion. It just seems like a happy flower, making it a good choice as a special gift to someone!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. Thought I published this last night and just realized I didn’t. lol The holidays were too good to me. wink, wink.

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Seeded Eucalyptus Sketch & New Studio Space

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 8, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 8, 2017.

January 8, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

When I visited my florist recently, I purchased a branch of seeded eucalyptus left over from the holiday season.  I loved how it flowed and the seeds looked like tiny acorns when viewed closely. There is still a faint scent from the leaves as well.

It was fun sketching all the tiny branches that were attached to these small seeds. I added bits of the branches to a grouping of orange spray roses. They paired nicely adding interest and had  a more pleasant scent than the usually inclusion of baby’s breath.


I am continuing my move and set up in a new studio space upstairs instead of the basement.  At the moment the walls are turquoise! lol It is my son’s old room and the one he uses when he visits. While I wait to decide on my paint color and painter, I decided to test out a few set ups in the room. Here is a photo I took of the seeded eucalyptus as the morning light was shining in the window of my soon to be full functioning studio space!

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I really loved how the shadows draped against the wall and will definitely utilize this idea when I have my walls painted etc. Oddly, I actually loved the color in this situation with my subject.

Stay tuned for more of my studio set up adventures!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Simple Nature Sketch: Carnation

Today's Simple Nature Sektch, NFS. Jan 5, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS. Jan 5, 2017

January 6, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I purchased a bundle of carnations half price at the super market the other day. In winter, this is one of my favorite flowers to buy. They add charm and happiness to spaces, making the sparseness of winter less apparent.

I love the tiny ruffled edges of each petal. They remind me of frilly little girl dresses. This bloom was especially beautiful with its deep rich color.  An added bonus is that carnations last for quite a while before they lose their vibrancy!

Warmly,
Debbie

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