Torenia: Daily Sketch

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, July 29, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, July 29, 2016.

July 29, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Torenia are such an interesting annual.  I love their unique physical appearance with their tubular shape and fascinating insides.  They have been given several common names: clown flower, wishbone flower and blue wings due to their various physical qualities.

I bought this torenia after one of  my containers had been upset by our late night visitors. I’m loving its rich violet color and the way it spills over its container. Its profusion of blooms brighten up the space it inhabits, adding cheer to all who pass by.

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. (I’m continuing to make slow, but steady progress with my climbing rosebush painting. The last couple of days I have become a brick layer! lol There are a lot of bricks in this painting! )

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Balloon Flower

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS. July 26, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS. July 26, 2016.

July 26, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

This balloon flower plant is just about ready to burst into bloom. My sketch depicts the first bloom to appear. They make me smile when I observe them ; reminding me of the Jiffy Popcorn containers we used as children. It was always mesmerizing watching them swell into rounded tinfoil bowls. The best part was when we opened them up and saw all those kernels popped!

I think this plant is from the land of fairies. It’s cupped flowers possess a magical quality when they are preparing to bloom. They swell and round out until suddenly they begin to open to reveal what lies inside. I imagine the fairies have wonderful tea parties with these blooms or great fun playing hide and seek!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Climbing Rosebush & Delphinium

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, July 25, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, July 25, 2016.

July 25, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature  Sketch

This little delphinium popped up in one of my gardens unexpectedly. These are self seeders and I am pretty sure this one arrived in that manner. It is smaller than the traditional delphinium and grows in a bushy mound.

I love its lacy leaves and incredible deep blue blooms.  It’s spurred ends make it even more interesting to view.

The arrival of this plant, added a  lovely contrast to the variety of pink flowers already present in the garden. Once again nature delivered a wise and unexpected surprise!


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Work in progress–climbing rosebush in one of my gardens.

Sharing a progress shot of my climbing rosebush project. I’m painting it from life and the window of when the light is optimum is short. Therefore, I’m making slow but steady progress. Now that I have lots of information from working on it, I can work on it a bit without the exact lighting in front of me. Crossing my fingers for more sunny days so I can get quite a bit more completed.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Hollyhock

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, July 22, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, July 22, 2016.

July 22, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

It is that time of year when my hollyhocks are beginning to bloom. Tall stalks tower over all garden life, making them queen of the castle. Large leaves add to their demanding presence. It reminds me of childhood tales of giants and the sense of looking upwards from a lower viewpoint.

 Beginning blooms are just as beautiful as their full blooms. Thin layers of petals peek over the top, hinting at what lies beneath. Then the unfurling begins and large red flowers begin to sway in the breezes. Their color and size beckon one to come closer to view their beauty; admiring the space they reign over.

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Pockets of Sunlight and Sedum

Pockets of Sunlight, 4x4 in. Oil on linen/board. Available

Pockets of Sunlight, 4×4 in. Oil on linen/board. Available

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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  ©

I painted this miniature on location in Tor Bay, Nova Scotia. This is one of my favorite areas to visit and paint. Wide open ocean spaces, wild flowers …nature in its purest form! The day I was painting this miniature, pockets of sunlight popped in and out of a rolling fog cover. Later, when I was almost finished the sun came out in full force. Capturing a moment in time is what makes plein air painting so meaningful and exciting!

Here is a photo of my painting in a garden setting.

Pockets of Sunlight, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Available

Pockets of Sunlight, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Available

 

 


 

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, July 21, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, July 21, 2016.

July 21, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

This low-lying sedum brightens any garden with its lime green foliage and bright yellow flowers. I love how it creeps around on the garden floor, adding color and cheer. This little patch sits in a flower bed behind my house. This year a little grouping of pansies keep it company.

It was a fun subject to draw, especially the flowers. It is amazing how many tiny parts are on this small flower. Nature is really quite interesting if we take the time to observe and enjoy all her subtle offerings.

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. I didn’t forget about future posts about my year of drawing daily. Things have been so busy between working on my rose painting and gardening, plus domestic duties–think I need to clone myself. wink, wink
Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

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