Apple Blossoms as a Painting/Sketch

Adrift Within, 16x20in. Oil on linen/board. Available

Adrift Within, 16x20in. Oil on linen/board. Available

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Adrift Within

A spring breeze whisks about within gnarled limbs; seducing feather blossoms to drift within airy pockets. Old apple trees reign over the space as their blossoms relish in their glory. Bees perform their duties carrying golden pollen from branch to branch.

Soon delicate blossoms will be carried on gentle breezes to add richness to mother earth. A pink hue will blanket the grasses below. Nature has once again out done herself as she displays her beauty for all to enjoy.

It is these moments of quiet elegance we must become conscience of during our daily haste, only a stillness can rejuvenate our spirit as nature gently delivers her gifts.

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald ©

 McLellan’s Mountain, Nova Scotia

The apple blossoms are beginning to bloom. I have been anxiously waiting for their appearance! I love seeing them in full bloom. When the blooms are preparing to open they are the most beautiful rose color.

Observing the blooms at various stages is so fascinating. They morph from a rose color to white with soft grey shadows. Their petals are so delicate and  gently overlap each other. If it is spring in your area, I hope you get to really observe an apple blossom up close and personal this season!

P.S. I painted the study for this painting in my brother’s backyard. His abundance of old apple trees look stunning this time of year!


 

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

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

May 29, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Two apple trees sit on the perimeter of our property. One is an early bloomer, the other lags behind in its presentation of blooms. It helps prolong our ability to marvel at the beauty of these blossoms. Their arrival is short-lived and only happens once a year.

Viewed closely, small unopened blooms are curled tightly in rose-colored layers. Gently they begin to  loosen, moving from a deep rose color to light pink and then white. Their blossoms are delicate. As bright sunlight shines through them, beautifully lit areas and shadows appear.

Their life span is short, but their beauty vibrant and memorable. Breezes pass through open branches, causing bits of  spring snow to drift quietly to the earth below. Slowly, the ground is covered in layers of white and pink.  Another season has passed; mother nature marches onward at her own beat.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Drawing: Orange Impatien

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 27, 2016

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

May 27, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

The hanging flower basket I received for my birthday is continuing to bloom, despite receiving some colder days. Today, I noticed these brightly colored red-orange impatiens. They had just  bloomed over the last couple of days. Like a cheerful hello, they brightened up the space around them.

I love impatiens! They come in such an amazing array of fun colors and shapes. Their smooth petals make them appear like velvet. Without a doubt, they are a great annual to add to pots or gardens to enliven one’s space.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Makelight Course and Flowering Quince!

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 24, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 24, 2016

May 25, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Many years ago, I planted a flowering quince that I bought in a box at Walmart. I was not familiar  with this plant, but loved how it appeared on the box. It was very small when I planted it. A few years went by and not much happened with it. Then one season several bright orange-red blooms appeared! I was thrilled!

Today, my shrub is really large and an abundance of gorgeous blooms appear every spring.  This year, I think it out did itself. I am amazed at all its vibrant blooms. My only wish is that they would last longer.  Living in the moment takes even greater importance, as I  breathe in their short-lived beauty.

Warmly,

Debbie


I’m so enjoying the Makelight Photography course! Here are a couple more experiments in photographing my miniature work. They were photographed outside on my doorstep in morning light. I like using natural props –seems more organic. It’s fun collecting little bits of nature to style my images!

Makelight--A-burst-of-light,-May-2016

(Painting Available Here)

Makelight---A-Burst-of-light-with-flower-May-2016

(Painting Available Here)

” A Burst of Light”, is 4x4in. oil on linen/board and was painted from life in Powell’s Pt. Park, Nova Scotia. The sky was really dramatic after a day of rain. Sudden bursts of sunlight made the scene appear magical!

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Daily Sketch: Forget-me -nots

Sprinkles of Happiness, 3x2in. Oil on linen/board. Sold

Sprinkles of Happiness, 3x2in. Oil on linen/board. Sold

Sprinkles of Happiness 

“Sprinkling happiness within nature’s playground.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

Sharing a  painting I did of forget-me-nots. It was sold a while ago, but I thought it would be fun to dig it out of my archives since due to our theme today.  I loved capturing this sweet flower in miniature format! Its flowers are so pretty with both pinks and blues being visible. You can’t help but smile when you see this flower in real life–she’s a real charmer!


 

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 22, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 22, 2016

May 22, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Such a happy flower, Forget-me-nots scatter themselves gleefully within the gardens. Their randomness creates visions of fairy dust being blown about, landing wherever it pleases. This year, patches of forget-me-nots have multiplied in my gardens. Sprinkles of blue have even jumped onto the lawn, adding a bit of whimsy.

One thing I have learned about this charming little flower, is it wilts quickly once picked, especially if not placed in water right away. By the time I was photographing this image, the plant was really losing its  vibrancy.

The amazing fact about my forget-me-not patch, is that it began in a very small way. A student had given me a gift with a few seeds taped to a piece of cardboard. I almost forgot to plant them. One day I noticed them and casually placed them in my garden, not really expecting much in return. Now years later, those few sown seeds give me much delight every spring. Small gestures sometimes reap big rewards!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. Special thoughts went to my mother-in-law the day I drew this sketch. She celebrated another birthday in heaven. She would have been 96 years old. These flowers remind me of her pleasant and kind personality. She loved plants. She often had plants nestled on the window ledge of her country store or outside side around her yard.

P.P.S. I got a bit off track with my posts! Between my online course, travelling for appointments and a busy life, my juggling got a bit overloaded. lol Hopefully, regular scheduling will resume after this week. This is my last week for my course. Thanks as always for following along with me!

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Makelight Course and Solomon’s Seal

I am continuing with my online photography course and loving it. Today, I ventured out into my gardens to take photos of my work. Yesterday was more challenging trying to find good natural light inside. But today was so much better! We had beautiful light in the morning and as an added bonus it was much warmer. Aww made me excited for future warmer weather!

Here are a few of the photographs I took. The group online really liked this outdoor setting for my work, which was great to hear as it is much easier than taking photos in the house by a window. But of course I will have to continue to improve at that as well.

Here are a few garden images of my miniatures, out for their debut in the great outdoors!

Adorned, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board. Available

Adorned, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board. Available Here

 

Gardener's-Delight-in-front-garden-2-May-16

Gardener’s Delight, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board. Available Here

 

Golden-Glow-3-in-side-garden-May-2016

Golden Glow, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Available Here

There just aren’t enough hours in the day! I am hoping to get a little painting time in tomorrow. Everything is really starting to bloom and my brushes better get busy or else I will miss all these beautiful short-lived blooms.


 

CT--Solomon's-Seal-smaller-May-18,-2016

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

May 18, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

With beautiful sweeping arcs and dainty little flowers, Solomon’s Seal adds elegance to any garden.  It flows peacefully within gardens, sheltering small creatures and the earth below. Its graceful movement reminds me of ballerinas. I am sure children believe tiny fairies live amongst these green arcs.

Even after its small flowers disappear, it maintains its beauty adding a freshness to the garden. It multiplies yearly, growing in abundant patches. Without a doubt it is a beautiful garden accent!

Warmly,

Debbie

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