At Last Apple Blossoms!

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

May 26, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

At last they have arrived! Apple blossoms are one of my favorite spring blooms. I simply adore them, especially when their buds are just beginning to form. A gorgeous pink hue stands out on newly formed buds. This is the stage I love the most!

Today, I strolled down to the apple trees that stand on the perimeter of our yard. They look so elegant with their bounty of blooms. One tree is lagging behind in fully blossoming. Surely, a wonderful sign that it has waited for my arrival. Its bounty has frequently been a subject for my creative projects. This year will be no different.

Hold on spring! You need to slow down so one can savor your beauty!

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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Iceland Poppy Sketch

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 18, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 18, 2017.

 

May 18, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my way into my home today, I noticed the flowing gesture of this Iceland Poppy. I have always been attracted to curves and sweeping lines. These shapes often attract my attention when observing floral subjects and tree branches.  The shape is a gentle sweeping motion that exudes a sense of freedom.  A carefree feeling, that reminds me of when we were children dancing about in nature, in awe of her beauty.

I think poppies aptly depict this shape and emotion. They flow gracefully in gentle breezes, dipping and diving wherever they please. Their  hue alone grabs ones attention, while their curving stems take the eye on a meandering pathway into the space they inhabit.

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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Featuring the Iris!

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 31, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 31, 2017.

March 31, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I think Irises present an elegant presence with their stately appearance. They demand attention with their intense rainbow colors and sword-shaped leaves. Both their height and leaves, add to their attractive structural appearance.

An interesting tidbit I came upon, is that they were believed to be named after “Iris”, the Greek goddess of the rainbow.  She personified the rainbow and was also a messenger to the Olympian Gods.

I think Irises serve as a wonderful addition to springtime blooms! They happily join an array of  blooms, rejoicing in the rebirth of the land.

How about you? Do you like Irises?


The iris above and a couple more flowers are part of my newest painting in progress. I just couldn’t resist taking these beauties home when I saw them in the flower shop. I initially purchased one iris, but went back for two more. I will need replacements as I work along on the painting. The thing about working from life is you can bank on the flowers always changing, both in shape and blooming stages. Always  a happy challenge!

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My initial bouquet when I came home from the florist.

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The set up I decided upon, although the flowers shifted here–there will be more overlapping than shown in my set up.

I love when buds are unfurling! I find the whole process magical and fascinating to watch.  Especially in a time-lapse video. Here are a couple of close up photos of my iris and a time-lapse video of an iris opening. Enjoy!

Side view of iris bud

Side view of iris bud

Close up of petals beginning to unfurl.

Close up of petals beginning to unfurl.

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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