Spray Rose and other Sketches

Hello! My newest sketch  is posted below and I attached a couple of others I hadn’t posted here yet. oops Fell behind in some of my posting, due to working on my latest painting. If you subscribe to my Newsletter, it was just sent out today!.Hard to believe how quickly February flew by! I hope you are having a lovely week. Thanks for following along with my sporadic posts.

February 28, 2018

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I was in need of fresh blooms. While visiting the supermarket, I noticed they were just receiving a fresh supply of lovely florals. Then came the decision of picking which ones I would tote home. Hmmm well an array of pink blooms were just too tempting. I love the color pink in general, but in florals, it exudes a gentle uplifting beauty.

After a lovely chat with the florist, my package was happily wrapped in pretty paper. Blush tulips and these deep pink spray roses were transported to their new home. They are adding a spark of joy on days when the sun refuses to shine. Their presence creates dreams of spring, where birds rejoice and new growth takes over! It’s a waiting game, but fresh blooms always ease impatience.

 


January 28, 2018

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

As I mulled through the discount bin, these blooms caught my eye. I loved their antique pink hue and clusters of tiny blooms. Spray roses have always been one of my favorites; holding their own special charm.

These didn’t last long, but they remained appealing even as their petals began to dry. Their color deepened and was paired with foliage that crumbled to the touch. Leaves were whisked away leaving just stems and dried blooms that continued to exude an aged beauty. Imperfection holds a special kind of beauty and surrounds us daily. We just have to make time to observe its existence.


January 26, 2018

 

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

They have been taped to my studio wall this past month, others have been stored in our cold room and they continually scatter themselves on the studio floor.  Ilex berries are such a vibrant addition to floral arrangements as their brightly colored berries add that extra pop of color. I especially love seeing them paired with dark greenery and white flowers.

I recently discovered these berries during the festive season at my local florist. I have always loved red berries and these have suddenly become one of my favorite kinds. In my sketch they have begun to dry out, but still hold onto that beautiful red hue. You can be assured, that I will be looking for them next year as well, during the Christmas season!

Warmly,

Debbie

 

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Wax Flowers Sketch & WIP

Hello!

I can’t believe we are almost nearing the end of January! It seems like just the other day we were celebrating the beginning of 2018. Things have been busy in my studio as I work on a painting I began to conceptualize before the holidays. I even purchased flowers for it and started setting it up, but Christmas preps took priority soooo it turned out to be the first project for 2018.

I am going to go into more depth regarding my process for this one in another post, but for now, am including a few pics of my set up and work in progress. I braided and twisted dogwood branches I foraged. Purchased white roses, ilex berries, myrrh, and ruscus which I am adding at different time points as I go. That way I can work from life and keep my subjects fresh. Although it is very thought provoking, I am enjoying this approach and process.

Thank goodness for painter’s tape and florist tubes. My studio wall has amassed quite a collection! More to come about my journey with this painting!


Today, I returned to my much loved nature sketches.  Not only are they great drawing practice, they act like small meditations for me.  I love the calmness and centeredness I feel while working on these. Only the present moment counts—all else falls away into the distance of my mind. I hope they bring a sense of peace to you as well. xx

January 19, 2018

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Purchased before the holidays, these unassuming little wax flowers continue to live on. I have always loved their tiny clusters of waxy petals. There is something so charming about their size and tints of pink in their petals and buds. These romantic blooms are often used in wedding bouquets as a sign of lasting love and patience serving as a symbol of lasting happiness in marriage.

I love setting them out in small vases, scattering little bits of happiness throughout our home. Who wouldn’t smile when you look closely at these special little blooms?

Warmly,

Debbie

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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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Wax Begonia Sketch & New Work

Hello!

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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