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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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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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