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Tulip Sketch & Notebooks

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 28, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 28, 2017.

January 29, 2017

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It is always  wonderful to see tulips return to the supermarket. I like to think it really is a sign that Spring is not too far away. Tulips are such an interesting flower as they move through  various stages. I actually like when they are just beginning to open. There are hints of ruffled edges and the promise of full blooms.

I started the weekend with fresh tulips and three sweet notebooks I had ordered. The notebooks are just the right size for jotting down inspirational thoughts or ideas. I like that they are not too thick and have wider spaced lines.

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Since my younger days,  I have always been a lover of paper and pens. I remember when the first scribblers came out with colored pages. Oh I was in heaven! In those days, I took such care and time copying my notes from school into these beautiful scribblers. I have to admit, at one point I was probably a bit obsessed about keeping them neat!

To this day I still love beautiful stationary, notebooks etc. anything that is lovely and fresh. With the written word, I can document those elusive ideas that float away if not anchored down.

How about you? Do you love beautiful stationary or notebooks?

Warmly,

Debbie

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Simple Sketch: Campanula

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 25, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 25, 2017.

January 25, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I recently purchased a miniature copper pot of  Campanula. The shiny pot, with its lacy blooms and foliage looked so sweet and charming.I fell in love with these little blooms and knew they just had to come home with me. I placed them on an inspirational table I like to set up in our kitchen.  They require frequent watering due to their miniature pot size.

This was a very intricate drawing, as all of the plant parts are so small. The blooms have many layers of tiny petals. They are most interesting to observe closely.  Really tiny buds adorn the plant, which are encased in the tiniest leaves.

It is so delicate and beautiful, it makes me smile everyday.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Dusty Miller

 

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Today’s Simple Sketch, NFS, January 25, 2017.

 

 

January 25, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

In the fall,  I leave parts of my gardens intact to enjoy during the winter months. I love the architectural look of the plants’ structure; frozen in place as if time stood still. Thin stems, ruffled leaves all devoid of colorful blooms take on an organic beauty and come to life in their own quiet way.

A dusting of white snow adds sparkle, causing one to believe pixie fairies sprinkled their glitter in the wee hours of the morning. I remember as a child marvelling at those tiny flakes on tall grasses.  I remember the grasses rustling in the frosty air and how beautiful they looked in their frozen state.

Beauty can be subtle, one just has to be awake to enjoy it!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. This is a little late getting to you, as I thought I had published it already.  Lots happening as I get my new studio set up. Thanks for sticking with me!


 

An update on my orange rose painting. We finally had a sunny day and I was able to put the finishing touches on my painting I was working on in our kitchen. I set the orange rose on my windowsill which receives late afternoon light. I love how plants are illuminated in this light! Here are a few shots I took during my session.

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My rose floated in space for awhile until I anchored it with a stem and leaves.

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And finally the star of the show takes a bow literally. In an earlier post I mentioned that I had to purchase another stalk of orange spray roses, as this one went to rose heaven. Here is my subject when it was bursting with energy!

When I get a good photo of my painting, I will post it for you.

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Thanks for looking! Wishing you a wonderful day! xx

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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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