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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Roams Freely & Croton Sketch

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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Sketch: Miniature Rose & Small Pauses

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 16, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, February 16, 2017.

February 16, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I picked this miniature rose plant up just before Valentine’s Day.  I loved its tiny hits of red and diminutive size. It has to be watered frequently, due to its small container.

Today when I was about to water my tiny plant, I noticed a stem that was partially detached.  Nutrients to the bloom were limited, causing the bloom to display petals that had completely dried out, while others still thrived.

I thought the contrast was interesting, making this little bloom a good drawing subject.  Such interesting lines and shapes were observed. I especially loved the small curves at the tips of leaves and petals. They softened the subject, creating a sense of elegance.

My miniature rose plant in afternoon sunlight.

My miniature rose plant in afternoon sunlight.

Observing the smallest of subjects, fine-tunes ones awareness of their surroundings. It creates a sensitivity that would otherwise be lost, if time had not been taken to sit still and observe. Pauses are so important in life to settle our minds and center our emotions. They present those quiet gaps that allow one to slow down life, if only for a few moments in the day.

Wishing you small pauses throughout the upcoming weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Simple Sketch: Campanula

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 25, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 25, 2017.

January 25, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

I recently purchased a miniature copper pot of  Campanula. The shiny pot, with its lacy blooms and foliage looked so sweet and charming.I fell in love with these little blooms and knew they just had to come home with me. I placed them on an inspirational table I like to set up in our kitchen.  They require frequent watering due to their miniature pot size.

This was a very intricate drawing, as all of the plant parts are so small. The blooms have many layers of tiny petals. They are most interesting to observe closely.  Really tiny buds adorn the plant, which are encased in the tiniest leaves.

It is so delicate and beautiful, it makes me smile everyday.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Poplar Leaf/Hurricane Matthew

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“Golden leaves flicker against a deep blue sky, as autumn marches on.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald ©


Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 11, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 11, 2016.

 

October 11, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On Thanksgiving Day, mother nature delivered torrential rains and howling winds! We received the tail end of hurricane Matthew. It was a wild day. I watched leaves whip by my windows, darting and diving as the wind tossed them about. Some had not intended to leave their cozy branches so soon, but nature had other plans.

We lost power, but all was well. Everyone was safe and grateful to have weathered the storm unscathed. The day after the storm, I ventured out on my daily walk. Remnants of the blustery day were scattered about. Twigs, branches and shredded leaves were strewn far and wide.

Along the way,  I witnessed a scattering of small tree branches with leaves still intact. I found this little leaf with its strip of green attached to a small branch near my home. It stood out from the others with its unique marking of green. Clasping the small twig in my hands, I strolled home to capture my subject for the day.

Warmly,

Debbie

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