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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2x3in. oil painting completed in my Altoid Tin Paintbox on location in Powell's Pt. Park, N.S.

Altoid Tin Paintbox, Sketch & Remembering

2x3in. oil painting completed in my Altoid Tin Paintbox on location in Powell's Pt. Park, N.S.

2x3in. oil painting on wood panel– completed in my Altoid Tin Paintbox in Powell’s Pt. Park, N.S.

November  10, 2016

The beauty of nature never disappoints. It is a place where one can seek peace and calm when the world gets noisy. On Wednesday, I sought out the beauty of nature on a gorgeous November day. I returned to one of my favorite nature retreats; Powell’s Point Park.

My subject–I have painted this little piece of land many times. It still inspires me regardless of the season.

The park gate is closed, but that didn’t deter me. My kitty cart came to the rescue! With my painting gear enclosed and my tea thermos tucked inside, I trekked into nature’s sanctuary. The day was calm; nature strummed on around me.

My little painting corner in nature.

My little painting corner in nature.

Once finished, I left with a smile on my face and nature’s gentle embrace.  I hope you have  a chance to seek a quiet moment today as well.


Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 10, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 10, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my daily walk today I noticed these small balls of white. They were illuminated in the late afternoon sunlight. Many of the dandelions are actually still blooming.  As a child, I always loved when they turned to seed. It was so much fun blowing  the seeds into the air and watching them sail away.

After I had drawn my subject,  I had a serendipitous moment occur. In my facebook memories a drawing of the same subject popped up in my feed. I had drawn a dandelion for my simple sketch exactly one year ago. Last year I drew the yellow dandelion flower and this year I drew the white dandelion seeds.

What a fun coincidence! It made me smile.


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Today I would like to take a moment to remember all the men and women who fought for our freedom. Their courage and sacrifice will be forever remembered!

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend!

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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Golds of Autumn, 3x3in. OIl on linen/board. Available

Poplar Leaf/Hurricane Matthew

Golds of Autumn, 3x3in. OIl on linen/board. Available

Golds of Autumn, 3x3in. OIl on linen/board. Available

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Golds of Autumn

“Golden leaves flicker against a deep blue sky, as autumn marches on.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald ©


Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 11, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 11, 2016.

 

October 11, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On Thanksgiving Day, mother nature delivered torrential rains and howling winds! We received the tail end of hurricane Matthew. It was a wild day. I watched leaves whip by my windows, darting and diving as the wind tossed them about. Some had not intended to leave their cozy branches so soon, but nature had other plans.

We lost power, but all was well. Everyone was safe and grateful to have weathered the storm unscathed. The day after the storm, I ventured out on my daily walk. Remnants of the blustery day were scattered about. Twigs, branches and shredded leaves were strewn far and wide.

Along the way,  I witnessed a scattering of small tree branches with leaves still intact. I found this little leaf with its strip of green attached to a small branch near my home. It stood out from the others with its unique marking of green. Clasping the small twig in my hands, I strolled home to capture my subject for the day.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Maple Leaf with bite!

 Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 3, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 3, 2016.

October 3, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my daily walk,  I spotted a small maple tree aglow.  It was dressed in a  brilliant red coat. Nature’s change of season could not be denied.

Down the ditch I ventured, to get a personal view of my soon to be subject. As I gently lowered a branch, a beautiful selection of leaves lay before me.  All had their own unique markings and subtle differences in color.

One small leaf caught my eye with its interesting shape. I believe it had become a snack for some small critter with its missing bite sized shape.  With it tucked between my fingers, I strolled home with the hopes of capturing its individuality in graphite.

How about you? Do you enjoy all the varied leaf shapes and colors this time of year?


Saturday was a beautiful autumn day with warmer temperatures, so I ventured back out to my gardens to finish my painting of nasturtiums. After I posted the photo on Facebook, I had a purchase inquiry. So it is on reserve until it can be viewed by my possible collector.  It still needs to be signed and I will look at it with fresh eyes after it sits for a few days to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I really loved working on this one!

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Nasturtiums painted from life in my gardens. 8x10in. Oil on linen/panel.

Wishing you a smooth sailing week ahead with a few quiet pauses!

Warmly,

Debbie

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