Recent Sketches & News

Hello,

I hope all is going well in your world. Below you will find a couple of sketches, I drew in late summer/early fall, but didn’t publish. I have also included a couple more photos of my work in progress in my gardens.  I have now brought my set up into my studio to continue working on this large painting. It is a challenging mental shift to move from my gardens to back inside my studio. I will expound on that in another post.

In other news, I am reviving my long lost Ezine. I have fresh plans for it. I will not allow it to feed to my Social Media platforms such as Facebook etc. right away. I am hoping to release new work by the end of November. If you subscribe to my Ezine, you will get to preview my new work first. Also, you will be privy to coupon codes that  I will not be sharing anywhere else. My way of letting my subscribers know how much I value and appreciate them. Soooo if this sounds good to you and you aren’t subscribed to my Ezine ( Newsletter) please click this link. Thanks!

Although I’m not a big fan of having my picture taken, I know it is good to sometimes show up on my social media platforms, rather than always being behind the camera. I sometimes enlist my son to take a few photos. We often have a few good laughs during the whole process with some clowning around.  I didn’t post those ones. lol This was after I believe my fourth session working on this painting.

I really extended the life of my nasturtiums by covering them with sheets every night! Definitely, a labor of love. Some nights I was out in the dark with a flashlight, if I forgot to cover them earlier. I even had my husband out with me holding the flashlight.

One night we had been away and when we got home around 10 pm a light frost had already draped itself on the grass. I swiftly dashed to get the sheets and with the help of Ian, covered my nasturtiums. Some already had a bit of frost on their leaves. Luckily, we saved them from Jack Frost that night!


 

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, Sept. 20, 2017

September 20, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Picked fresh from my gardens, this Morning Glory oozed with beauty. However, it didn’t take long for it to begin to shrivel in size after it was picked. I literally could almost see its edges shrinking as I sketched it; accentuating nature’s impermanence and the importance to observe quick glimpses of beauty!

When I planted these seeds this summer, I didn’t expect them to grow into such a robust plant. It has entwined itself on a small obelisk and began reaching out to nearby plants. Before long thin stems twisted and enveloped tall zinnias. There have been moments when I took the time to release these giant zinnias from the grasp of its neighbor. I love how this plant marches to its own beat, growing profusely without a care in the world.


Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

They don’t last long, but the blossom on a yellow string bean plant is very pretty. They highlight this otherwise large leaf plant with a soft pink-mauve hue. Easily missed amongst large leaves, they beckon close observation. Like a breeze that flutters by, they too arrive and quietly disappear only to be replaced by long strings of beans.

When I told dad my beans had flowers, he said well it won’t be long before the beans arrive. Already tiny beans are beginning to form where blossoms once sang. The nugget in seeing the blossoms disappear is in knowing that soon we will sit down to a plate of fresh string beans with a few pats of butter making their flavor that much richer!

Warmly,

Debbie

 

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A Surprise & Blackberries are out!

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 21, 2017

August 22, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I am sure the neighbors heard me squeal yesterday afternoon, when I made this discovery!  I planted this vine about 4 years ago and each year an abundance of greenery would grow, but not a bloom would arrive. I had almost given up hope, thinking I should just plant it somewhere else for greenery.

Well mother nature is often full of surprises. While cleaning up my flower beds I caught a glimpse of these bright orange blooms close to the ground. I pulled out a long vine and there at the end was a cluster of these trumpet flowers. I was in total disbelief and delighted all at the same time.

It reminded me of life; sometimes patience is required for dreams to bloom into fruition.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


 

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 17, 2017

August 17, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Signs of autumn have been creeping forth. I am in complete denial that summer is drawing to a close. I will be hanging on to every last bit of summer and her beautiful bounty.

I found these tiny black berries in a wooded area in our backyard. They are wildly growing in a random way; reaching for pockets of light. Most of the day they receive only glimpses of sunlight, as a tree cover shadows their growth. Just the same, they are determined to produce a small sampling of deep colored fruit.

I love how small bits of sunlight twinkle on these shiny skinned berries; brightening the ground around them with color and cheer.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Maple Samara

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 11, 2017.

August 13, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I have a miniature maple tree I planted years ago. At the moment it is filled with these samaras. When we were younger we called them helicopters. When the wind sweeps them from their branches they whirl and twirl like helicopter wings before landing on the earth below.

I love how they become tinged with a red-pink hue this time of year. They look especially attractive as they group together on tree branches. Dangling precariously, I imagine they are wondering which group will be the first to take flight!

Warmly,

Debbie

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New Sketches & Hello Again!

Hello Again! Well I certainly got side tracked with life. I couldn’t believe how long it had been since my last post. In the spring I got quite busy with my new blog about my dad and his greenhouse. If you are unfamiliar with my new blog Steve’s Greenhouse, you can have a look. Then my own gardening took over, as well as painting new work.

Soooo today I am sharing my newest sketches, some I shared on my social media channels already. I hope all is well with you and if you are in a summer season, I hope you are enjoying all the warmth and blooms. I know I sure am!

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 7, 2017.

August 7, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I purchased a Night Sky Petunia this year at a local nursery. I totally fell in love with its cosmic appearance. Not only is it a fun plant to view, it reproduces quite readily. Mine is flourishing in a tall planter with a few other trailing plants.

Today, I decided to draw a piece of this plant that would follow along with my recent sketch along a wabi-sabi theme.  Although this little sprig was tattered and filled with holes, it still exhibited a sense of beauty with its graceful stems and lines. Beauty is not always a demonstration of perfection; nature displays this fact everyday. However, it is up to us to make this discovery as we quietly observe our natural surroundings.

 


 

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 2, 2017.

August 6, 2017

While browsing around my gardens, I discovered this tattered clematis. It had most likely been feasted upon by some small insect. On the surface it paled in beauty, compared to its companions. However, during closer observation its nooks and crannies became quite interesting.
I’m calling it my wabi-sabi flower; imperfect, but still beautiful in its own right. It speaks of beauty and impermanence: acknowledging the natural cycles of life.

 


 

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, sketched July 26, 2017.

July 31, 2017

 

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I recently escaped to a peaceful location by a lake.  I often went for walks down the long lane leading into the cottage. Along the way, it was fun to observe many forms of plant life. Blueberry bushes were exhibiting small green berries, preparing to ripen in the coming weeks. I loved seeing the variety of green and blue berries. Always a fun berry to sketch!

Warmly,

Debbie

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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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