Tree Blossoms & Backyard Video

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, June 9, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, June 9, 2016

June 9, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I have been admiring these sweet blossoms on my recent walks. The way in which they cluster together remind me of miniature lilac groupings. When viewed closely, each little flower has many tiny stamens. I loved drawing this section of the flower.

The small petals are beginning to drift into the air. They resemble confetti and have festively decorated the earth below them. Millions of tiny little specks of white cover the ground, creating  a soft white blanket. Soon the blossoms will disappear. Their beauty will be just a memory, with the promise of their return next spring.

I made this short little video on my third painting session of apple blossoms in my backyard. I wanted to share the beauty of my subject with you and show you why I was so inspired to paint them. Hope you enjoy it!

I am away with my dad for an appointment tomorrow, so I won’t be able to do my sketch. Back on schedule Saturday I hope. Wishing you a relaxing and wonderful weekend!



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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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Visual Storytelling and Daily Sketch


Visual Storytelling: Painting of tulip painted from life on arches oil paper. NFS

An area I have been exploring recently is Visual Storytelling.  I will probably be discussing this topic in more depth in my upcoming Ezine. The other day I had fun experimenting with this concept and created the image above. It is a flat lay in photography terms.

As a starting point, I used the painting I made of a tulip on arches oil paper. Then I added live props, tulips, ribbon and stones. It was  fun designing it and I am excited about using this type of display to showcase more of my work in the future. Stay tuned!


Today’s Simple Sketch, NFS, March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016

Today’s Simple Sketch

Remember the little raccoon button I sketched about a week ago? Well he also had some “Backyard Buddies” that accompanied him. Raccoon enjoyed his modelling session so much that Little Skunk decided he would like a turn as well.

All the other buttons were a little nervous that Skunk was getting excited. After all there is only so much room to move around in that small cellophane button bag. Now we all know what happens when skunks get too excited, so I promised his buddies that he would definitely be next on my list. With this assurance everyone was quite appreciative and I must say Skunk really made an adorable model!

What do you think?


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