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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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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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A New View

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A New View, 4x4in. oil on linen/board. Painted En Plein Air in Big Island, Nova Scotia. Available

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A New View

“Golden light illuminates a new view, as sea birds noisily feast on the evening’s delights.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald  ©

 I painted this in late autumn in Big Island, Nova Scotia, when the colors were intense. While exploring, I happened to come across a new view I hadn’t seen before. I remember how beautiful it was that evening while the sun was out and how much cooler it became when the sun dipped below the horizon.

It was so peaceful, a light lapping of water could be heard as I painted. A little piece of heaven and a wonderful discovery in an old painting haunt. I will definitely be returning to this spot again.

We have been having a few milder days, which makes it feel like spring is coming!

Warmly,

Debbie

 

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Christmas Spirit, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board. $65

Christmas Spirit & Simple Sketch

December 4, 2016

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Christmas Spirit, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board.

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“Christmas Spirit” speaks of festive baubles and nature’s evergreens. This miniature painting comes with its own miniature easel so that it can be displayed over the festive season.
3x3in. Oil on linen/board. Painted from life.

It is hard to believe the festive season is upon us. Things are getting busier by the day. Shopping and beginning my decorating have been at the top of my list the last few days.  It all gets to be a bit hectic for awhile and then the magic sets in when preparations are completed and the celebrations begin. Spending time with family and friends, while eating delicious food makes this time of year extra special.


Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS. November 28, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Well the Fairy Roses I picked from my gardens are slowly waning. I actually think they look beautiful even as they dry. Their petals scatter to the floor whenever their container gets knocked. I especially love how the petals look with their interesting heart shapes.

It was a pleasure to work on both this sketch and a larger drawing of my Fairy roses. Their many delicate layers demand astute observation. Comparing petals and taking note of where they  touch each other, aids in more accurate drawing.

I will definitely be happy when I see their appearance again next spring. For now, I am enjoying the last few roses nestled against my window outside. Recently, they looked really pretty when tiny crystals of snow lightly caressed the few roses that remained.


I also finished a larger drawing of my Fairy Roses. We were having one of our first snow falls when  I was adding the finishing touches to my drawing. Marlee our sweet Persian, decided she was in need of some affection and decided to take over my drawing quarters. Needless to say, my drawing halted for a short while.

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Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. Good Luck if you are also in the midst of your holiday preparations!

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