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.

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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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Wax Begonia Sketch & New Work

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Somehow,  I have been remiss in posting my latest sketches. Between trying to capture summer blooms in paint and graphite, gardening and keeping up with my blog on my dad, life has been busy! lol  Over the next week or so I will be adding a few of my latest sketches I did not add here earlier. Please forgive my indulgence, as I really want to archive them on my blog.

Most recently, I have been working on a large painting of nasturtiums in my gardens. I feel so grateful to mother nature for providing unseasonably warm temperatures. We have only had a few nights of frost. I have been coddling my nasturtiums, blanketing them every night with sheets! This afforded me the luxury of working from life on my garden painting for as long as I could.

I believe I probably had my last session painting with them in my gardens on Wednesday. I will now move into my studio and continue to work on them there. I have taken digitals for reference, as well as dug some of my nasturtiums up so I could take them inside for a while. They are nestled in trays of earth and a few jars. Hopefully, they will enjoy their new home for a while!

Here are a few pics of my work in progress.

This was as far as I got after a couple of painting sessions. I was working slowly as I studied each flower I painted, capturing its own unique personality. Often, I would walk right up to the flower to study what was happening in its structure.
I had to prepare this large board before I even began my painting–that is another story! It was a bit of a process!

 My subjects basking in the sunshine!

Wednesday’s session outside. It was a beautiful autumn day!

 A close up of how far I was able to get at the end of this session.  I will now continue to work on this piece in my studio.


 

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

 

Nov. 2, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

The weather is getting colder at nights and frost has been nipping tender plants.  These wax begonias have managed to survive a few nights of frost with only a few blemishes. Their rose-colored blooms are beginning to fade, but still, add a beautiful contrast to their shiny green leaves.

I have rescued a few from my gardens before the frost completely renders them lifeless. Gently, they were placed in a single pot, huddling together.  Their cheery blooms and greenery now brighten my living room. They have escaped a timely fate, as jack frost stealthily moves over the land in the depths of the night.

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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