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 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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A Surprise & Blackberries are out!

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 21, 2017

August 22, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I am sure the neighbors heard me squeal yesterday afternoon, when I made this discovery!  I planted this vine about 4 years ago and each year an abundance of greenery would grow, but not a bloom would arrive. I had almost given up hope, thinking I should just plant it somewhere else for greenery.

Well mother nature is often full of surprises. While cleaning up my flower beds I caught a glimpse of these bright orange blooms close to the ground. I pulled out a long vine and there at the end was a cluster of these trumpet flowers. I was in total disbelief and delighted all at the same time.

It reminded me of life; sometimes patience is required for dreams to bloom into fruition.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


 

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 17, 2017

August 17, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Signs of autumn have been creeping forth. I am in complete denial that summer is drawing to a close. I will be hanging on to every last bit of summer and her beautiful bounty.

I found these tiny black berries in a wooded area in our backyard. They are wildly growing in a random way; reaching for pockets of light. Most of the day they receive only glimpses of sunlight, as a tree cover shadows their growth. Just the same, they are determined to produce a small sampling of deep colored fruit.

I love how small bits of sunlight twinkle on these shiny skinned berries; brightening the ground around them with color and cheer.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Maple Samara

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 11, 2017.

August 13, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I have a miniature maple tree I planted years ago. At the moment it is filled with these samaras. When we were younger we called them helicopters. When the wind sweeps them from their branches they whirl and twirl like helicopter wings before landing on the earth below.

I love how they become tinged with a red-pink hue this time of year. They look especially attractive as they group together on tree branches. Dangling precariously, I imagine they are wondering which group will be the first to take flight!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. If you would like to learn more about these samaras, just click this link. 

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New Sketches & Hello Again!

Hello Again! Well I certainly got side tracked with life. I couldn’t believe how long it had been since my last post. In the spring I got quite busy with my new blog about my dad and his greenhouse. If you are unfamiliar with my new blog Steve’s Greenhouse, you can have a look. Then my own gardening took over, as well as painting new work.

Soooo today I am sharing my newest sketches, some I shared on my social media channels already. I hope all is well with you and if you are in a summer season, I hope you are enjoying all the warmth and blooms. I know I sure am!

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 7, 2017.

August 7, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I purchased a Night Sky Petunia this year at a local nursery. I totally fell in love with its cosmic appearance. Not only is it a fun plant to view, it reproduces quite readily. Mine is flourishing in a tall planter with a few other trailing plants.

Today, I decided to draw a piece of this plant that would follow along with my recent sketch along a wabi-sabi theme.  Although this little sprig was tattered and filled with holes, it still exhibited a sense of beauty with its graceful stems and lines. Beauty is not always a demonstration of perfection; nature displays this fact everyday. However, it is up to us to make this discovery as we quietly observe our natural surroundings.

 


 

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 2, 2017.

August 6, 2017

While browsing around my gardens, I discovered this tattered clematis. It had most likely been feasted upon by some small insect. On the surface it paled in beauty, compared to its companions. However, during closer observation its nooks and crannies became quite interesting.
I’m calling it my wabi-sabi flower; imperfect, but still beautiful in its own right. It speaks of beauty and impermanence: acknowledging the natural cycles of life.

 


 

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, sketched July 26, 2017.

July 31, 2017

 

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I recently escaped to a peaceful location by a lake.  I often went for walks down the long lane leading into the cottage. Along the way, it was fun to observe many forms of plant life. Blueberry bushes were exhibiting small green berries, preparing to ripen in the coming weeks. I loved seeing the variety of green and blue berries. Always a fun berry to sketch!

Warmly,

Debbie

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