Pockets of Sunlight & Daily Sketch

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Pockets of Sunlight, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Painted En Plein Air in Tor Bay, Nova Scotia. $75

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Pockets of Sunlight

“The land changes continuously as pockets of sunlight and wispy fog spread across its surface. Details appear then suddenly disappear as nature plays a game of hide and seek.  

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald ©

Tor Bay is a provincial park in Nova Scotia. I have been visiting this area since I was a child. It is such a mesmerizing area where nature reigns free and wild. This past summer my husband, brother, sister-in-law and I stayed at a cottage close to this park  for a week. We had a wonderful time in nature and enjoyed unplugging from the world!

I painted this miniature while my husband kept me company. The light was so changeable as sunlight and fog took turns in making their appearance.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

February 23, 2016

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 23, 2016

Much of the snow on the ground has disappeared, so I decided to take a stroll around to observe my gardens. Amazingly, some vegetation was still green and I even found new buds on some bushes.

However, most plants had succumbed to winter’s cold clutches.  I often leave many of my tall plants in the ground to add structure to the gardens during the winter months. Hollyhocks are one plant that offer both height and structure. Although they were well past their prime, I thought these hollyhocks still maintained an organic beauty. Their shadows on the house siding was especially beautiful. A subtle beauty, but ever-present if one takes the time to observe.

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Winter Hollyhocks and Shadows

How about you?  What beauty do you enjoy in winter gardens?

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Wooden Cat

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Today’s Simple Sketch, NFS, February 22, 2016

 

February 22, 2016

Today’s Simple Sketch

When my son moved to the city, he left a few ornaments from childhood in his room. This little wooden cat was always one of my favorites. He sat on a ledge for a long time, surrounded by other charming ornaments.

Just by his appearance, I suspect he is fun-loving by nature. He has another feline buddy that sits beside him. I can just imagine them frolicking about like my son when he was very young.  They represented his joyful and free-spirited nature. I love how unencumbered children are in play. Their spirit and joyful presence in the moment is so inspiring.  A state of being we sometimes forget to acknowledge as adults.

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Feline buddies for life!

Do you have any trinkets from your childhood or your children’s that just make you smile?

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. When my son was young, he also use to sculpt small clay figures. They  sat on the ledge with these little feline characters. Special memories!

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Daily Sketch: Pink Tulip

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 21, 2016

February 21, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I think there is something really beautiful and gentle about tulips before they are fully open.  Their leaves seem to hug their long stems. They flow fluidly cradling both stem and tulip. Blushed pink petals add to the delicacy of their graceful appearance.

I bought these tulips in my local grocery store.  Tulips have always been one of my favorite  subjects to draw or paint. They just sing of Spring and warmer days to come!

 

Memory Lane: A couple of miniature paintings I have done using tulips as my subjects. 

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Welcoming Spring! 4x4in. Oil on linen/board

 

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A Burst of Cheer, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Floating Glass Dolphin

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Today’s Simple Sketch, NFS, February 19, 2016

February 19, 2016

Today’s Simple Sketch

When my sons were young, like many others, we bought bright colored goldfish. Unfortunately, they often didn’t last long in their little fish bowl and went off to goldfish heaven. My mom came up with the perfect solution and thought ornamental fish would brighten up their rooms. I thought these glass fish were so charming that I saved them, thinking that they would make good still life subjects. I adore the glass bobbin which reminds me of bubbles. There are several other relatives in the collection. They just make me smile with their bright colors and charm! How about you? Do you have any goldfish stories?

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch– Red Rose

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

As the sun streamed into our living room this morning, I sat with my furry friend Marlee. This would be the perfect location to work on my daily sketch. My subject arrived from a secret admirer on Valentine’s Day! A small bundle of roses, one of my favorite flowers. They now liven up our living room with their charm. I continue to have a love affair with roses. They conjure up feelings of romance and nostalgia. Yes, I am a hopeless romantic at heart.

Today a larger sketch book was brought out to accompany the size of this gorgeous red rose. I loved drawing the leaves and layers of petals. Bright sunlight made its appearance even more appealing, especially with its soft gray shadows. I thought it was fun to see the shadow of the rose-leaf, but not the actually leaf in the photograph. A bit of mystery;  in keeping with the theme of romance.

How about you? Do you love roses?

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. Here is a photo of my furry friend.

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Marlee out Persian Cat sunning herself.

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