Sketch: Dried Hydrangea & Snow Shadows

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 23, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 23, 2017.

February 23, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

There is something both fragile and beautiful about dried hydrangea. The petals’ translucency creates an airy feeling, like sheers blowing in a summer breeze.  Their beauty is delicate, even the slightest touch can disturb their presence.

My hydrangea blooms have been buried after the last snowfalls. I noticed a few peeking through the snow when I was heading out for my walk. What was even more intriguing was their graceful shadows that draped across the  snowbank.

Hydrangea snow shadows

Hydrangea snow shadows

After the warmth of the last couple of days, I am dreaming of seeing my hydrangea blooms bouncing joyfully in the summer breeze once again!

Wishing you a happy and relaxing weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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A New View

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A New View, 4x4in. oil on linen/board. Painted En Plein Air in Big Island, Nova Scotia. Available

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A New View

“Golden light illuminates a new view, as sea birds noisily feast on the evening’s delights.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald  ©

 I painted this in late autumn in Big Island, Nova Scotia, when the colors were intense. While exploring, I happened to come across a new view I hadn’t seen before. I remember how beautiful it was that evening while the sun was out and how much cooler it became when the sun dipped below the horizon.

It was so peaceful, a light lapping of water could be heard as I painted. A little piece of heaven and a wonderful discovery in an old painting haunt. I will definitely be returning to this spot again.

We have been having a few milder days, which makes it feel like spring is coming!

Warmly,

Debbie

 

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Sketch: Tulip and Seeds

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 20, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 20, 2017.

 

February 20, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Although it is still snowy outside, we are getting closer to spring. The days are starting to get longer,  giving more daylight hours. It will be so wonderful to see green and a rainbow of colors  when the earth comes to life again.

In the meantime, we are fortunate to have springtime flowers in shops and supermarkets. I don’t think I could survive the winter without surrounding my space with fresh blooms. They brighten the gray days of winter and bring hope that spring is indeed coming.

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”

~Doug Larson

How about you? Do you enjoy fresh flowers during the winter season?


I recently ordered a few seed packets from Floret Flower Farm in Washington, USA. I follow Erin Benzakein on Instagram and Facebook.  She and her team are amazing, creating so much beauty that is quite breathtaking!

I am so excited to have just received my seeds and will be sharing a few packets with my dad, who is still gardening at 85 yrs. old.  Shhhh dad doesn’t know that I will be sharing these with him yet.

I would have loved to order some bulbs as well, but because of regulations, they are not able to ship them to Canada.  Erin also has a book coming out really soon. I am just getting ready to place my order for one before the publishing date. The book looks absolutely beautiful and filled with practical gardening tips.

I’m really looking forward to reading  Erin’s new book and to see what our seeds will produce this summer! Okay, if you haven’t guessed, I’m definitely ready for the growing season to appear! lol

Warmly,

Debbie

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Sketch: Miniature Rose & Small Pauses

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 16, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 16, 2017.

February 16, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I picked this miniature rose plant up just before Valentine’s Day.  I loved its tiny hits of red and diminutive size. It has to be watered frequently, due to its small container.

Today when I was about to water my tiny plant, I noticed a stem that was partially detached.  Nutrients to the bloom were limited, causing the bloom to display petals that had completely dried out, while others still thrived.

I thought the contrast was interesting, making this little bloom a good drawing subject.  Such interesting lines and shapes were observed. I especially loved the small curves at the tips of leaves and petals. They softened the subject, creating a sense of elegance.

My miniature rose plant in afternoon sunlight.

My miniature rose plant in afternoon sunlight.

Observing the smallest of subjects, fine-tunes ones awareness of their surroundings. It creates a sensitivity that would otherwise be lost, if time had not been taken to sit still and observe. Pauses are so important in life to settle our minds and center our emotions. They present those quiet gaps that allow one to slow down life, if only for a few moments in the day.

Wishing you small pauses throughout the upcoming weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Sketch: Carnation

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 15, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 15, 2017.

February 15, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Carnations are such a dependable flower. Not only are they pretty, but they have lasting power! Their tiny ruffled edges add a feminine touch, making one think of garments edged with lace.

I loved this little carnation with its partially opened bud. It’s coral pink hue is refreshing with bits of white dressing its edges. It is amazing how many layers of petals are nestled together to make up this bloom. If observed closely, their various petal shapes are quite interesting.

Another storm is on the way tonight! As long as the power stays on, I’m planning on adding the finishing touches to the tulip I shared in an earlier post.

Soooo it’s time to batten down the hatches again!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. Sorry this is a bit late today–thought I had already published it!

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