Daily Sketch: Siberian Squill

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

April 29, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

While on a walk today with my  good friend Marion, I spotted these sweet blue flowers. They were scattered in a shady area along the trail. I immediately pounced on them, thinking they would be perfect for my daily sketch.

They  were unknown to me. Marion thought they came from a bulb and were probably transplants from someone’s spring garden. They are just so adorable with their miniature size and tiny petals. The most alluring trait about them is their blue pollen. I thought it was so cool to view when you looked at it up close. Imagine what the bees think when they come upon this unusual colored pollen.

After some research, I discovered they are called Siberian Squill. Apparently, they are a great food source for honeybees. They are definitely one of my new favorites! I’m already thinking about planting them, so I will have the joy of viewing them in my own gardens next spring.

How about you? Do you have experience with the Siberian Squill?

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. During my research, I found this really wonderful blog post by a biologist named Anita Deeley. She is a bee keeper. There were lots of great photos of the bees gathering the blue pollen.

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Daily Sketch: Flowering Maple Plant Leaf

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

April 28, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

A few flowers continue to bloom on my  Flowering Maple plant that I saved from the frost last fall.  As the weather gets warmer, it will bloom more frequently. I love that this one presents both pale yellow and bright red flowers. The contrast is really appealing.

The leaves are a bright green when they first appear and then darken as they mature. A free flow is created by this light and airy leaf. Its thin stems give the plant a vine like appearance. It seems to possess an easy-going personality, bringing joy to any space it inhabits.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Carnation & Stem

Finding-a-Home

Finding a Home, 5x4in. oil on linen/board. Sold

Today the theme is Carnations. I thought I would share a couple of past paintings I did of carnations.  The bottle in “Finding a Home” was given to me by my mom, who found it at a flea market. I really loved its shape and size! It was perfect for one of my miniature paintings.

Charming in Pink

Charming in Pink, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board. Sold

I loved painting “Charming in Pink”! It was intriguing observing all the variations of pink in this one flower. Carnations are one of my go to flowers due to their longevity. I am always grateful and amazed how long they stay fresh looking once placed in a vase.


 

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

April 27, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

While arranging a fresh bouquet of carnations, this flower broke off. I just couldn’t throw it away.  I thought I would seize the moment and use it for my daily sketch.  I broke off a small stem and bud, to give it a bit of company,

I could get lost in the many ruffled layers of carnations. When drawing them, it’s all about judging how they connect to each other. It is helpful to observe angles and where they overlap. Like a sea of petals; they eventually come together as one beautiful presentation.

Warmly,

Debbie

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“Cheerful” and Daily Sketch: First Viola

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Cheerful, 2x3in. Oil on linen/board, Sold

I thought it would be fun to share an older miniature painting I did of a Viola, since my daily sketch was of the same subject. I had picked this one and placed it on a sheet of glass to create nice reflections. The tiny viola was placed in a tube with water, so it would stay fresh while I painted it.

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Cheerful on display with real violas.


 

 

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

This is the very first viola I laid my eyes on yesterday.  Once spotted, I vowed it would be today’s daily sketch. I adore pansies and these little miniature looking pansies always bring a smile to my face. Some people like to call them Johnny Jump Ups, which suits their personality perfectly. They are so carefree and pop up in gardens wherever they please.

They are a sure sign that life is happening down under the earth. They seem to be saying, “It won’t be long now…be patient, more blooms are on their way! “

How about you? Do you like these miniature pansy faces?

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Coltsfoot

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April 24, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

They’re here! I saw their buds the other day on my walk , then the day after they were showing their sunny faces.  Coltsfoot is often mistaken for dandelions due to their shape and color. However, this weed appears before their would be twin. Early spring bloomers, they are one of the first weeds to appear.

They decorate the ditches and roadside with clusters of yellow flowers, brightening up their  surroundings. After a long winter, it really is wonderful to view their cheery faces. Their appearance signifies that nature is awakening.  Soon we will be admiring a mass of blooms and vivid greens!

Warmly,

Debbie

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