Hints of Fall/ Daily Sketch

Hints of Fall, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board.

Hints of Fall, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Painted En Plein Air in MacLellan’s Brook, N.S. Available

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Hints of Fall

“With subtle hues of red emerging within bright greens, hints of fall prevail”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald ©

This is one of my favorite places to paint! I love looking into this wooded area. The lighting is always captivating with areas brightly lit and others in shadow. Often when I am painting here, I will see deer or other wild life. It is super peaceful and what makes it even more enjoyable is that it borders on a babbling brook. Between the nature and melodic brook sounds, one would think they were listening to a meditative recording.

February 29, 2016

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 29,2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 29,2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Dry grasses waver in warm breezes.  Their light weight enhances their movement, allowing them to flutter and flow freely. They possess a ribbon like quality in both appearance and movement. Mother nature has faded their hue, adding to the their lightness.

A rustling can be heard as one walks past. It is crisp and soft all at the same time. It won’t be long before a burst of color will once again fill the space  they occupy. Sandy colored grasses will be replaced by bright greens. Their flattened state will once again stand tall, greeting those who pass by.

How about you? Do you like the sound of rustling grasses?

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Lamb’s Ear

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 28, 2016

 

February 28, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Upon returning from my walk today, I noticed that the lamb’s ear in my gardens had still maintained it color.  I  was amazed that it did not completely die off over the winter months. A sure sign that we have been experiencing a milder winter than usual.

I love lamb’s ear in gardens. It adds a freshness with its light silvery color. and provides a nice  contrast to other plants.  Not only is it appealing to view, but it is also fun to feel its velvety textured leaves.  Lamb’s ear is  a really hardy perennial, making it a great addition to any flower garden!

Do you like planting lamb’s ear?

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Spray Rose

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 27, 2016

February 27, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I swear I had no intention of picking up fresh flowers the other day when I visited my local supermarket. While I casually passed by the florist area, all my intentions quickly faded away. There before me were the most beautiful little grouping of Spray Roses. They were tantalizing with their array of bright colors and petiteness.

I had been waiting for months for their appearance again. Now how could one resist?! Of course a little bundle were destined to journey home with me. I love how one long stem separates into smaller ones to create a mini bouquet of tiny roses. They have happily found a home in my living room and are enjoying the morning sunlight as it streams into the space.

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Spray Roses up close and personal.

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Spray Roses captured in evening light.

How about you? Do you enjoy Spray Roses?

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Blue Jay Feather

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 25, 2016

February 25, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

In keeping with my feather theme from yesterday, I decided to sketch this blue jay feather.  I found this one awhile ago and placed it with my found objects.  I like to keep a little collection available for still life subject matter.

It is such a treat to discover blue jay feathers with their intense blue color and stripe like markings. When seen in nature, their beauty is fully evident. Their intense coloring matches their robust personalities! A highly intelligent bird, they have been known to mimic the calls of other species of birds.  Certainly an interesting and beautiful species to observe!

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How about you? Do you have blue jays in your area?

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. ( I changed the word blue jay to two words in my sketchbook, but when I tried to take a photo of my sketch again, the feather divisions had changed….soooo posting my first one. 😀 )

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Daily Sketch: Found Feather

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 24, 16

 

February 24, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Although it is winter, I recently took a small segment of  time to browse my gardens.  A bird feeder that hangs above one of them receives many visitors.  I noticed this feather below the feeder. It appeared fresh and shone a bit in the sunlight.

I find the discovery of feathers somewhat mysterious.  They make it known that a feathered friend had come before me and left a small gift behind. The trick of course, is to discover nature’s gift before the wind sends it sailing back into the bright blue above.

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Here is another daily sketch I drew in the past of feathers I found on my doorstep. A slight presence of dew encouraged them to stay put and not blow away. They were really small and very, very light!

How about you? Do you like making feather discoveries?

Warmly,

Debbie

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