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Iceland Poppy Sketch

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 18, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 18, 2017.

 

May 18, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my way into my home today, I noticed the flowing gesture of this Iceland Poppy. I have always been attracted to curves and sweeping lines. These shapes often attract my attention when observing floral subjects and tree branches.  The shape is a gentle sweeping motion that exudes a sense of freedom.  A carefree feeling, that reminds me of when we were children dancing about in nature, in awe of her beauty.

I think poppies aptly depict this shape and emotion. They flow gracefully in gentle breezes, dipping and diving wherever they please. Their  hue alone grabs ones attention, while their curving stems take the eye on a meandering pathway into the space they inhabit.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Work in progress in my studio.

Lungwort Sketches One Year Apart

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS. May 17, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS. May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Spring has finally arrived with new growth making its appearance daily. Once the plants start growing, spring seems to march along quickly. On one of my recent garden walks around our yard, I noticed my lungwort had an abundance of buds on it. Now many of the blooms have begun to burst open.

I love this peculiar plant with its tiny pink and blue flowers and unusual leaves. It has slowly increased in size over the last few years. It is always such a pleasure to see it come to life every spring.

Coincidentally, I noticed that I had sketched this plant exactly one year ago. When I began drawing it today, I was totally unaware of this fact! I thought it was such a neat discovery and it made me realize the cyclical nature of the seasons.

Lungwort sketch completed exactly one year ago!

Lungwort sketch completed exactly one year ago!


 

I have a couple more sketches to post on my blog that I completed a bit ago. Life has been busy! As mentioned in my last post, I have started a gardening project with my dad. You can now sign up to have blog posts delivered via email if interested. Just press this link to subscribe.

Plus I have been taking another course with Makelight and I’m working on a behind the scenes project as well. (More on that project at a later date. ) The larger spring painting is almost finished, but I had to set it aside while I work on other work.

Work in progress in my studio.

Work in progress in my studio.

I am loving my new studio space that I set up this past winter. Recently, we had our windows replaced in our house and I was able to add a deeper window in my studio! So thrilled to now have more natural light flooding into my studio. I did a little happy dance!

I have used mostly natural light when painting the above picture. As well I am replenishing flowers and painting everything from life as per my working process. In this photo I was working on tulip leaves so I had the live models before me.  Although sometimes challenging, due to the life span of flowers, you just can’t beat working from life!

If you are experiencing spring right now, I hope you are enjoying all the new plant growth and colors!

Warmly,

Debbie

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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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Oxalis Sketch, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 17, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 17, 2017.

March 17, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I picked this plant up the other day, thinking it would make a great St. Patrick’s Day sketch. My dad has been planting oxalis for years. He often plants them in large containers and sets them on his deck.

They create a restful area when set amongst brightly colored containers of flowers. I love when all the little white flowers bloom. This one only had one bloom on it when I bought it, so I picked it just for my sketch today!

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A small pause in my day.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Where I left off last spring

Rose Sketch & Update

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 13, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 13, 2017.

March 13, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

While at the supermarket last week, the florist mentioned that they had a sale on single roses. Well what is a girl to do with that news, but buy two pretty roses. Off I went with one cream and one coral colored roses.

They don’t last long, however, it was really nice having their presence in my studio. They felt fresh, adding a splash of color with the hopes I would soon be cutting them from my gardens.

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

~Luther Burbank


It has been a span of time since my last post. Things have been busy. I’m working on finishing a painting I began outside last spring of apple blossoms. I completed most of the main work from life on location. Now I’m just tweaking, adding centers to the blossoms, adding a few more leaves, painting little finishing touches and the background. I’m almost finished–here are a few work in progress shots along with where I left off last spring.

Where I left off last spring

Where I left off last spring—11x14in. Oil on linen/panel.

 

Work in progress now

Work in progress now

 

A little further along --work in progress.

A little further along –work in progress.

Some of the tweaks are subtle, but do make a difference in the overall presentation of the subject. I’ll post the painting again when it is completely finished.


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On another note, I am taking a Branding Course through an online business called Makelight , where I have subscribed as a member. I really love Makelight and have more than gained my value from the subscription.

I know branding can sound commercial, but that isn’t the objective of this course. It is to find our unique voice and present it clearly. I always want my brand to be totally authentic and this is their philosophy as well.

I would love if you have time, to reply to this blog post sending me a few of your thoughts on any of the following. You can keep it really brief with just a few words –you don’t even have to say hello. lol

What comes to mind when you think or view my art/writing. What words, emotions, messages come to mind. Does it make you think of any other brands, artists etc. Why did you or why would you collect my work. What environments do you think it is best suited for?

Thanks so much–this will really help me get another view-point about how my work is interpreted and will help me in this course.

Warmly,

Debbie

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