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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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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Seeds from Floret Flower Farm

Sketch: Tulip and Seeds

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 20, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 20, 2017.

 

February 20, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Although it is still snowy outside, we are getting closer to spring. The days are starting to get longer,  giving more daylight hours. It will be so wonderful to see green and a rainbow of colors  when the earth comes to life again.

In the meantime, we are fortunate to have springtime flowers in shops and supermarkets. I don’t think I could survive the winter without surrounding my space with fresh blooms. They brighten the gray days of winter and bring hope that spring is indeed coming.

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”

~Doug Larson

How about you? Do you enjoy fresh flowers during the winter season?


I recently ordered a few seed packets from Floret Flower Farm in Washington, USA. I follow Erin Benzakein on Instagram and Facebook.  She and her team are amazing, creating so much beauty that is quite breathtaking!

I am so excited to have just received my seeds and will be sharing a few packets with my dad, who is still gardening at 85 yrs. old.  Shhhh dad doesn’t know that I will be sharing these with him yet.

I would have loved to order some bulbs as well, but because of regulations, they are not able to ship them to Canada.  Erin also has a book coming out really soon. I am just getting ready to place my order for one before the publishing date. The book looks absolutely beautiful and filled with practical gardening tips.

I’m really looking forward to reading  Erin’s new book and to see what our seeds will produce this summer! Okay, if you haven’t guessed, I’m definitely ready for the growing season to appear! lol

Warmly,

Debbie

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My  miniature rose plant in afternoon sunlight.

Sketch: Miniature Rose & Small Pauses

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 16, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 16, 2017.

February 16, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I picked this miniature rose plant up just before Valentine’s Day.  I loved its tiny hits of red and diminutive size. It has to be watered frequently, due to its small container.

Today when I was about to water my tiny plant, I noticed a stem that was partially detached.  Nutrients to the bloom were limited, causing the bloom to display petals that had completely dried out, while others still thrived.

I thought the contrast was interesting, making this little bloom a good drawing subject.  Such interesting lines and shapes were observed. I especially loved the small curves at the tips of leaves and petals. They softened the subject, creating a sense of elegance.

My miniature rose plant in afternoon sunlight.

My miniature rose plant in afternoon sunlight.

Observing the smallest of subjects, fine-tunes ones awareness of their surroundings. It creates a sensitivity that would otherwise be lost, if time had not been taken to sit still and observe. Pauses are so important in life to settle our minds and center our emotions. They present those quiet gaps that allow one to slow down life, if only for a few moments in the day.

Wishing you small pauses throughout the upcoming weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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