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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Rose Sketch & Happy Valentine’s Day!

Rose Sketch, 8x10 in. graphite on paper. Available

Rose Sketch, 8×10 in. graphite on paper. Available

Available Here

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

I just added the sketch of spray roses to my website. The roses are from my garden this past autumn. I loved drawing all the layers of petals on each small rose. These roses were from a bush I planted many years ago. Each year it never disappoints, sharing lots of blooms throughout the growing season!

This comes unframed, but you can jazz it up with any size or style of frame, making sure it is protected behind glass.

Here are a few more images of this drawing with some  progress shots.

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Close up

 

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Beginnings

 

Work in progress

Work in progress

 

Although our road still hasn’t been plowed after our big storm, a secret admirer delivered this cheerful bouquet! A little bag of chocolate covered jubes was also attached. I love fresh flowers, especially in the midst of winter!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you had a great day filled with a few sweet goodies and good company!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Simple Nature Sketch: Peruvian Lily

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 10, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 10, 2017.

January 10, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

The Peruvian Lily is another plant I like to purchase in winter. It is quite long lasting and has an exotic feel, much like an azalea. It comes in quite a variety of colors. I love its translucent and soft flowing petals. Broken lines of contrasting color  on select petals add interest as well.

The meaning attached to this flower is friendship and devotion. It just seems like a happy flower, making it a good choice as a special gift to someone!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. Thought I published this last night and just realized I didn’t. lol The holidays were too good to me. wink, wink.

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Simple Nature Sketch: Begonia

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

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

November  17, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Although it is mid November, this odd-shaped begonia has bloomed. It’s inner section has not fully developed into ruffled layers. However, its simplicity and bright hue make it beautiful just the same.

I didn’t have the heart to empty this flowering container when life still existed. I will let nature take its course; allowing it to naturally wane. Frosty nights and future colder days will gently put these little beauties to sleep. Visions of their beauty will then live on in my mind during the long winter months.

Warmly,

Debbie

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