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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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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