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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Amaryllis: A Journey

Amaryllis Sketch with my last amaryllis and new book Botany for the Artist.

Amaryllis Sketch with my last amaryllis and new book Botany for the Artist.

 

For the past several years, I have been planting Amaryllis in the winter after Christmas. This year I was a little late planting three of them. My plants really weren’t doing much in the beginning , making me think they were duds. Then suddenly they began to grow; thus, the wondrous journey of viewing their various stages of growth began.

One plant was a late bloomer, deciding to bloom after the other two plants. I was actually quite delighted about this, as I could then enjoy more beautiful blooms for a while longer.  I  was also  happy to have one last chance to sketch these blooms before they all fully opened.

I recently purchased the gorgeous book in the above photo, with a gift card from my sons. It makes a beautiful coffee table book with its large size and glossy pages. The title is “Botany for the Artist” by Sarah Simblet. It’s a joy to peruse!

Over the course of several weeks, I took photographs of my Amaryllis plants both in my studio and kitchen. Here are a few to brighten your day!

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Beginnings!

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Proudly bloomed –such a dramatic flower!

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One bloom lags behind

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Another plant–all red. I love the reflections it makes on our window as well.

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Blooms just beginning to unfurl in morning light in my studio.

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A fun photo to show the structure of all four blooms.

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The grand finale! My last plant in full bloom in morning studio light.

I hope you enjoyed  browsing through this presentation of Amaryllis in various stages and lighting. Now I will have to wait patiently for next year to grow them once again.

I hope your week is rolling along smoothly. We have a blizzard warning in place for tonight and tomorrow. Honestly, I think I will go into hibernation for a while and wake up when  spring blooms finally arrive. lol

Warmly,

Debbie

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Oxalis Sketch, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 17, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 17, 2017.

March 17, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I picked this plant up the other day, thinking it would make a great St. Patrick’s Day sketch. My dad has been planting oxalis for years. He often plants them in large containers and sets them on his deck.

They create a restful area when set amongst brightly colored containers of flowers. I love when all the little white flowers bloom. This one only had one bloom on it when I bought it, so I picked it just for my sketch today!

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A small pause in my day.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Rose Sketch & Update

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 13, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 13, 2017.

March 13, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

While at the supermarket last week, the florist mentioned that they had a sale on single roses. Well what is a girl to do with that news, but buy two pretty roses. Off I went with one cream and one coral colored roses.

They don’t last long, however, it was really nice having their presence in my studio. They felt fresh, adding a splash of color with the hopes I would soon be cutting them from my gardens.

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

~Luther Burbank


It has been a span of time since my last post. Things have been busy. I’m working on finishing a painting I began outside last spring of apple blossoms. I completed most of the main work from life on location. Now I’m just tweaking, adding centers to the blossoms, adding a few more leaves, painting little finishing touches and the background. I’m almost finished–here are a few work in progress shots along with where I left off last spring.

Where I left off last spring

Where I left off last spring—11x14in. Oil on linen/panel.

 

Work in progress now

Work in progress now

 

A little further along --work in progress.

A little further along –work in progress.

Some of the tweaks are subtle, but do make a difference in the overall presentation of the subject. I’ll post the painting again when it is completely finished.


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On another note, I am taking a Branding Course through an online business called Makelight , where I have subscribed as a member. I really love Makelight and have more than gained my value from the subscription.

I know branding can sound commercial, but that isn’t the objective of this course. It is to find our unique voice and present it clearly. I always want my brand to be totally authentic and this is their philosophy as well.

I would love if you have time, to reply to this blog post sending me a few of your thoughts on any of the following. You can keep it really brief with just a few words –you don’t even have to say hello. lol

What comes to mind when you think or view my art/writing. What words, emotions, messages come to mind. Does it make you think of any other brands, artists etc. Why did you or why would you collect my work. What environments do you think it is best suited for?

Thanks so much–this will really help me get another view-point about how my work is interpreted and will help me in this course.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Roams Freely & Croton Sketch

Roams Freely, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Available

Roams Freely, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board. Available

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Roams Freely

“The mind roams freely, as it travels along shorelines and the expanse of distant land.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald ©

It was a beautiful summer morning when I set up in the park to paint this scene. I have painted it many times in the past. Powell’s Pt. Park one of my favorite places to both paint and seek solitude. I have to climb up a high perch to view this scene.

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My studio space in the park!

My studio space in the park!

While I painted, I could look down at the beach below and also allow my eyes to roam freely across the distant view. Such a peaceful place! I’m really looking forward to painting there again this summer.

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Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 5, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 5, 2017.

March 5, 2017

Today’s Simple Sketch

Croton or Joseph’s Coat is a new plant to my collection of houseplants. I loved how funky looking this plant was when I spotted it.  Tall speckled leaves project upwards, making it a good backdrop for lower plants. It would be a great plant to match with other more common houseplants. Hopefully, it will grow happily in its new home, as I read it can be a tricky plant to grow.

Wishing you a smooth sailing week ahead!

Warmly,

Debbie

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