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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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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