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.



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Makelight Course and Flowering Quince!

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 24, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 24, 2016

May 25, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Many years ago, I planted a flowering quince that I bought in a box at Walmart. I was not familiar  with this plant, but loved how it appeared on the box. It was very small when I planted it. A few years went by and not much happened with it. Then one season several bright orange-red blooms appeared! I was thrilled!

Today, my shrub is really large and an abundance of gorgeous blooms appear every spring.  This year, I think it out did itself. I am amazed at all its vibrant blooms. My only wish is that they would last longer.  Living in the moment takes even greater importance, as I  breathe in their short-lived beauty.



I’m so enjoying the Makelight Photography course! Here are a couple more experiments in photographing my miniature work. They were photographed outside on my doorstep in morning light. I like using natural props –seems more organic. It’s fun collecting little bits of nature to style my images!


(Painting Available Here)


(Painting Available Here)

” A Burst of Light”, is 4x4in. oil on linen/board and was painted from life in Powell’s Pt. Park, Nova Scotia. The sky was really dramatic after a day of rain. Sudden bursts of sunlight made the scene appear magical!

Thanks for following along!

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Makelight Course and Solomon’s Seal

I am continuing with my online photography course and loving it. Today, I ventured out into my gardens to take photos of my work. Yesterday was more challenging trying to find good natural light inside. But today was so much better! We had beautiful light in the morning and as an added bonus it was much warmer. Aww made me excited for future warmer weather!

Here are a few of the photographs I took. The group online really liked this outdoor setting for my work, which was great to hear as it is much easier than taking photos in the house by a window. But of course I will have to continue to improve at that as well.

Here are a few garden images of my miniatures, out for their debut in the great outdoors!

Adorned, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board. Available

Adorned, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board. Available Here



Gardener’s Delight, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board. Available Here



Golden Glow, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Available Here

There just aren’t enough hours in the day! I am hoping to get a little painting time in tomorrow. Everything is really starting to bloom and my brushes better get busy or else I will miss all these beautiful short-lived blooms.



Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

With beautiful sweeping arcs and dainty little flowers, Solomon’s Seal adds elegance to any garden.  It flows peacefully within gardens, sheltering small creatures and the earth below. Its graceful movement reminds me of ballerinas. I am sure children believe tiny fairies live amongst these green arcs.

Even after its small flowers disappear, it maintains its beauty adding a freshness to the garden. It multiplies yearly, growing in abundant patches. Without a doubt it is a beautiful garden accent!



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