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Daily Sketch: Pansy

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

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 26, 2016

October 26, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

The days and nights have become colder. A sure sign that we are marching further into autumn. Several of my pansies are still hanging onto life. They have persisted in showing their happy faces and friendly colors.

It is like they are trying to beat the odds, determined to live out the season with joy and pride. Sometimes I think nature teaches us such beautiful lessons. We just have to pay attention in order to benefit from her truths.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Rose Hips

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 24, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 24, 2016.

October 24, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Although the wild roses have disappeared since early summer, balls of color have appeared to take their place. Red-orange rose hips scatter themselves where layers of pink petals resided. Their hue mimics the autumn season. Even the rose-bush leaves are beginning to turn a deep red.

On my daily walk, I pass by large patches of rosebushes. In early summer, I am in heaven as I view their gorgeous color and soft petals. They are a major distraction and often interrupt my steady walking pace.

Today when I passed by, a sea of tiny balls swayed in the autumn breeze. They glistened in the late afternoon sun, making them even more appealing. Gingerly I picked my subject,  being careful of the tiny thorns that still existed. Tucked between my fingers, I daydreamed about the sea of pink that would once again take over the space next summer.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Virginia Creeper

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

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

October 18, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Years ago my sister-in-law gave us a few pieces of a Virginia Creeper she had growing on an arbor. We placed the pieces around our deck by merely sticking them into the ground. Anne had assured us that they would take root. Well amazingly they did!

As time passed the vine continued to grow abundantly, entwining itself around our deck and trailing wherever it pleased. In the summer it becomes a beautiful green living wall, offering shade to birds and our cat Marlee. This time of year it transforms into a brilliant glowing red.

With the autumn winds and rain, the leaves are quickly sailing to the ground. Many of our winged friends love to perch on the skeletal vine, seeking shelter during late autumn and winter. In winter the woody vine that is left, looks especially beautiful as ice and snow encase it. In Spring the vine will burst into life and begin its journey into the seasons once again.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Altoid mint tin with the painting I completed on a tiny wood panel.

Blue Berries & Mint Tin Paintbox

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 18, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 18, 2016.

October 18, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

One of our neighbours has a steep bank for a front lawn. At one point a previous owner decided to solve their laborious lawn mowing chore, by putting up a stone wall. To soften the wall, a variety of plants were added. This virginia creeper vine became one of the chosen vines.

Today, as I walked past the wall, red stems and dark blue berries caught my eye. The brightness of the stems moved my eye towards the berries. Such an interesting navy blue added beautiful contrast to the deep red stems. Down the ditch I ventured, avoiding pools of water and soggy grasses.  After gingerly picking my subject, it was time to head home to share it with  the world.


 I saw this idea on Instagram where a couple of artists used an Altoid Mint Can as a mini pochade box. I have seen them used for watercolors before, but never for oil paints. The two artists’ work I saw was in oils. It is such a portable idea, I thought it would be really cool to try it out.

Altoid mint tin with the painting I completed on a tiny wood panel.

Altoid mint tin with the painting I completed on a tiny wood panel.

Sooooo off I went to Grant’s Lake to test it out. This was definitely fun, but I almost froze to death. lol Hence the gloves and clothing layers. By the time I finished I was more than ready to jump into my warm car!

Holding the mint tin in my hand while I painted.

Holding the mint tin in my hand while I painted.

I painted on a 2x3in. flat wood panel and primed it with a bit of gesso first. The little frame I had for it was a bit too small, but I think I may have figured out another solution. I’m going to experiment with it and will post a photo if it works out.  We took a photo of me holding the can so you could get an idea of scale. I held the can while I painted. I’m looking forward to painting more of these in the near future.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Red Berries

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 17, 2016.

October 17, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my  walk today, my eye was drawn to these tiny red berries. They were intertwined with a small tree that grew close-by. Most of the leaves had  fallen away, leaving the berries visible as they clung to thin branches.

Time passes so swiftly. It seems like ages ago I was dreaming of summer greens and yearning for a plethora of floral color. As autumn moves on, colors fade and a crunching occurs beneath my feet. Before long a white dusting of snow will transform the weathered vegetation, allowing it to sparkle in delight.

Warmly,

Debbie

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