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Featuring the Iris!

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 31, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 31, 2017.

March 31, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I think Irises present an elegant presence with their stately appearance. They demand attention with their intense rainbow colors and sword-shaped leaves. Both their height and leaves, add to their attractive structural appearance.

An interesting tidbit I came upon, is that they were believed to be named after “Iris”, the Greek goddess of the rainbow.  She personified the rainbow and was also a messenger to the Olympian Gods.

I think Irises serve as a wonderful addition to springtime blooms! They happily join an array of  blooms, rejoicing in the rebirth of the land.

How about you? Do you like Irises?


The iris above and a couple more flowers are part of my newest painting in progress. I just couldn’t resist taking these beauties home when I saw them in the flower shop. I initially purchased one iris, but went back for two more. I will need replacements as I work along on the painting. The thing about working from life is you can bank on the flowers always changing, both in shape and blooming stages. Always  a happy challenge!

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My initial bouquet when I came home from the florist.

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The set up I decided upon, although the flowers shifted here–there will be more overlapping than shown in my set up.

I love when buds are unfurling! I find the whole process magical and fascinating to watch.  Especially in a time-lapse video. Here are a couple of close up photos of my iris and a time-lapse video of an iris opening. Enjoy!

Side view of iris bud

Side view of iris bud

Close up of petals beginning to unfurl.

Close up of petals beginning to unfurl.

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Amaryllis: A Journey

Amaryllis Sketch with my last amaryllis and new book Botany for the Artist.

Amaryllis Sketch with my last amaryllis and new book Botany for the Artist.

 

For the past several years, I have been planting Amaryllis in the winter after Christmas. This year I was a little late planting three of them. My plants really weren’t doing much in the beginning , making me think they were duds. Then suddenly they began to grow; thus, the wondrous journey of viewing their various stages of growth began.

One plant was a late bloomer, deciding to bloom after the other two plants. I was actually quite delighted about this, as I could then enjoy more beautiful blooms for a while longer.  I  was also  happy to have one last chance to sketch these blooms before they all fully opened.

I recently purchased the gorgeous book in the above photo, with a gift card from my sons. It makes a beautiful coffee table book with its large size and glossy pages. The title is “Botany for the Artist” by Sarah Simblet. It’s a joy to peruse!

Over the course of several weeks, I took photographs of my Amaryllis plants both in my studio and kitchen. Here are a few to brighten your day!

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Beginnings!

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Proudly bloomed –such a dramatic flower!

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One bloom lags behind

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Another plant–all red. I love the reflections it makes on our window as well.

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Blooms just beginning to unfurl in morning light in my studio.

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A fun photo to show the structure of all four blooms.

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The grand finale! My last plant in full bloom in morning studio light.

I hope you enjoyed  browsing through this presentation of Amaryllis in various stages and lighting. Now I will have to wait patiently for next year to grow them once again.

I hope your week is rolling along smoothly. We have a blizzard warning in place for tonight and tomorrow. Honestly, I think I will go into hibernation for a while and wake up when  spring blooms finally arrive. lol

Warmly,

Debbie

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Roams Freely, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Available

Roams Freely & Croton Sketch

Roams Freely, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Available

Roams Freely, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Available

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Roams Freely

“The mind roams freely, as it travels along shorelines and the expanse of distant land.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald ©

It was a beautiful summer morning when I set up in the park to paint this scene. I have painted it many times in the past. Powell’s Pt. Park one of my favorite places to both paint and seek solitude. I have to climb up a high perch to view this scene.

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My studio space in the park!

My studio space in the park!

While I painted, I could look down at the beach below and also allow my eyes to roam freely across the distant view. Such a peaceful place! I’m really looking forward to painting there again this summer.

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Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 5, 2017.

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

March 5, 2017

Today’s Simple Sketch

Croton or Joseph’s Coat is a new plant to my collection of houseplants. I loved how funky looking this plant was when I spotted it.  Tall speckled leaves project upwards, making it a good backdrop for lower plants. It would be a great plant to match with other more common houseplants. Hopefully, it will grow happily in its new home, as I read it can be a tricky plant to grow.

Wishing you a smooth sailing week ahead!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Grace in morning studio light

Happy March and Studio Tulips!

Warning! Fresh paint ...completed today waiting to be signed.

Warning! Fresh paint …completed today waiting to be signed.

I love this time of year when spring flowers arrive in stores, flower shops etc. It makes me feel like spring is on its way. My studio has been adorned with tulips lately, as I tote home bundles in various colors. I have been sketching, photographing and painting them. Needless, to say I am a fan! lol

Here are a few in progress shots of the painting above. I will be adding this painting to my website when I get a good quality photograph of it. Stay tuned!

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My subject standing tall and pretty

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Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

Notice my subject are quickly waning!

Notice my subjects are quickly waning!

And here is a beautiful bouquet of my favorite color of tulips–blush pink. Loved how the morning sunlight seemed to make them glow so gracefully!

Grace in morning studio light

Grace in morning studio light

Tulip Sketch in the morning

Tulip Sketch in the morning

And that is a Tulip Finale!


Hello March!

Hello March!

I have no idea where the last two months went, but what I do know is  that March takes us that much closer to Spring! The days are growing longer giving more daylight hours. When the time changes, it will seem like we have come out of hibernation!

I found this abandoned nest in a fir tree, while I was hunting for interesting nature pieces. I am tinkering with the idea of including it in a painting. Hmmm…we’ll see, my idea is still brewing.

Wishing you a beautiful and inspiring month ahead. May small signs of Spring, bring hope that the world will awaken in all her glory again!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Hydrangea snow shadows

Sketch: Dried Hydrangea & Snow Shadows

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 23, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 23, 2017.

February 23, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

There is something both fragile and beautiful about dried hydrangea. The petals’ translucency creates an airy feeling, like sheers blowing in a summer breeze.  Their beauty is delicate, even the slightest touch can disturb their presence.

My hydrangea blooms have been buried after the last snowfalls. I noticed a few peeking through the snow when I was heading out for my walk. What was even more intriguing was their graceful shadows that draped across the  snowbank.

Hydrangea snow shadows

Hydrangea snow shadows

After the warmth of the last couple of days, I am dreaming of seeing my hydrangea blooms bouncing joyfully in the summer breeze once again!

Wishing you a happy and relaxing weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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