Flowering Quince Sketch

 

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 22, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 22, 2017.

May 24, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Clusters of cup-shaped blooms are clinging to branches. Small coral colored flowers run rampantly from branch to branch. They provide much-needed nectar for the newly returned hummingbirds.

My son was the first one to notice their arrival as this bush is directly outside his bedroom window. He gets to observe this explosion of color daily. Not only did he witness the return of our much-loved hummingbirds, but also when our flowering quince burst into bloom!

How fun it is to witness the treasures spring brings after a long winter! An awakening world brings new hope and joy in small everyday moments. I hope you get to witness the beauty that surrounds you everyday!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Lungwort Sketches One Year Apart

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS. May 17, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS. May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Spring has finally arrived with new growth making its appearance daily. Once the plants start growing, spring seems to march along quickly. On one of my recent garden walks around our yard, I noticed my lungwort had an abundance of buds on it. Now many of the blooms have begun to burst open.

I love this peculiar plant with its tiny pink and blue flowers and unusual leaves. It has slowly increased in size over the last few years. It is always such a pleasure to see it come to life every spring.

Coincidentally, I noticed that I had sketched this plant exactly one year ago. When I began drawing it today, I was totally unaware of this fact! I thought it was such a neat discovery and it made me realize the cyclical nature of the seasons.

Lungwort sketch completed exactly one year ago!

Lungwort sketch completed exactly one year ago!


 

I have a couple more sketches to post on my blog that I completed a bit ago. Life has been busy! As mentioned in my last post, I have started a gardening project with my dad. You can now sign up to have blog posts delivered via email if interested. Just press this link to subscribe.

Plus I have been taking another course with Makelight and I’m working on a behind the scenes project as well. (More on that project at a later date. ) The larger spring painting is almost finished, but I had to set it aside while I work on other work.

Work in progress in my studio.

Work in progress in my studio.

I am loving my new studio space that I set up this past winter. Recently, we had our windows replaced in our house and I was able to add a deeper window in my studio! So thrilled to now have more natural light flooding into my studio. I did a little happy dance!

I have used mostly natural light when painting the above picture. As well I am replenishing flowers and painting everything from life as per my working process. In this photo I was working on tulip leaves so I had the live models before me.  Although sometimes challenging, due to the life span of flowers, you just can’t beat working from life!

If you are experiencing spring right now, I hope you are enjoying all the new plant growth and colors!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Exciting Project & Snapdragon Sketch

Sorry for my absence, things have been busy behind the scenes! I have been taking an online course this month which took a fair amount of time. I have also been working on a larger painting that has been a bit of trial and error. I’ll write a post on that sometime in the near future.  This month I will be taking a course on blogging, which is super timely as you will read below.

I have a special project I just began with my 85 year old father. I am excited to reveal that I will be documenting his gardening journey this year in the form of a blog and on instagram.

Dad and my husband in his greenhouse last year.

Dad and my husband in his greenhouse last year.

My dad is an avid gardener, who continues to find joy in gardening. I will be sharing his gardening adventures, tips and greenhouse happenings. If you are on instagram we would love to have you follow us there . I have also decided to dedicate this project “Steve’s Greenhouse” to a new blog, separate from this one. I will be publishing my new blog very soon and will let you know when it is up and running.

Hope to see you on my new blog and instagram if you are on that platform!

Here is a  drawing I completed and realized I didn’t publish it here. Even though I am not doing these everyday, I still really love sketching them.  Now that  the spring blooms are arriving, I will have more subject matter available to sketch as well.

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, April 12, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, April 12, 2017.

April 12, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

It is so rejuvenating to finally receive some warmer days, making one feel spring really is on its way! After a busy day, I decided to slow things down and sit on my back doorstep for a few minutes. It was the perfect time and place to sketch a tiny piece of nature!

A bloom from a snapdragon I recently purchased was a fun subject to sketch. It is such an interesting bloom with all its curves and unusual shapes. I loved being able to sit outside to draw listening as nature sang its happy tune. Dried leaves rustled as they awakened from their frozen state, while song birds sang joyfully once again.

I am grateful to have nature as my muse. I am also grateful that these small sketches act as a meditative source. They slow down time and draw one into a present state. It is a small pause I have come to welcome, appreciating  the centering effect it brings.

I hope you are able to take small pauses in your day that bring you into the present. A space we tend to spend less time enjoying, due to our busy lives.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Featuring the Iris!

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 31, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 31, 2017.

March 31, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I think Irises present an elegant presence with their stately appearance. They demand attention with their intense rainbow colors and sword-shaped leaves. Both their height and leaves, add to their attractive structural appearance.

An interesting tidbit I came upon, is that they were believed to be named after “Iris”, the Greek goddess of the rainbow.  She personified the rainbow and was also a messenger to the Olympian Gods.

I think Irises serve as a wonderful addition to springtime blooms! They happily join an array of  blooms, rejoicing in the rebirth of the land.

How about you? Do you like Irises?


The iris above and a couple more flowers are part of my newest painting in progress. I just couldn’t resist taking these beauties home when I saw them in the flower shop. I initially purchased one iris, but went back for two more. I will need replacements as I work along on the painting. The thing about working from life is you can bank on the flowers always changing, both in shape and blooming stages. Always  a happy challenge!

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My initial bouquet when I came home from the florist.

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The set up I decided upon, although the flowers shifted here–there will be more overlapping than shown in my set up.

I love when buds are unfurling! I find the whole process magical and fascinating to watch.  Especially in a time-lapse video. Here are a couple of close up photos of my iris and a time-lapse video of an iris opening. Enjoy!

Side view of iris bud

Side view of iris bud

Close up of petals beginning to unfurl.

Close up of petals beginning to unfurl.

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Amaryllis: A Journey

Amaryllis Sketch with my last amaryllis and new book Botany for the Artist.

Amaryllis Sketch with my last amaryllis and new book Botany for the Artist.

 

For the past several years, I have been planting Amaryllis in the winter after Christmas. This year I was a little late planting three of them. My plants really weren’t doing much in the beginning , making me think they were duds. Then suddenly they began to grow; thus, the wondrous journey of viewing their various stages of growth began.

One plant was a late bloomer, deciding to bloom after the other two plants. I was actually quite delighted about this, as I could then enjoy more beautiful blooms for a while longer.  I  was also  happy to have one last chance to sketch these blooms before they all fully opened.

I recently purchased the gorgeous book in the above photo, with a gift card from my sons. It makes a beautiful coffee table book with its large size and glossy pages. The title is “Botany for the Artist” by Sarah Simblet. It’s a joy to peruse!

Over the course of several weeks, I took photographs of my Amaryllis plants both in my studio and kitchen. Here are a few to brighten your day!

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Beginnings!

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Proudly bloomed –such a dramatic flower!

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One bloom lags behind

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Another plant–all red. I love the reflections it makes on our window as well.

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Blooms just beginning to unfurl in morning light in my studio.

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A fun photo to show the structure of all four blooms.

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The grand finale! My last plant in full bloom in morning studio light.

I hope you enjoyed  browsing through this presentation of Amaryllis in various stages and lighting. Now I will have to wait patiently for next year to grow them once again.

I hope your week is rolling along smoothly. We have a blizzard warning in place for tonight and tomorrow. Honestly, I think I will go into hibernation for a while and wake up when  spring blooms finally arrive. lol

Warmly,

Debbie

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