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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Iceland Poppy Sketch

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 18, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, May 18, 2017.

 

May 18, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my way into my home today, I noticed the flowing gesture of this Iceland Poppy. I have always been attracted to curves and sweeping lines. These shapes often attract my attention when observing floral subjects and tree branches.  The shape is a gentle sweeping motion that exudes a sense of freedom.  A carefree feeling, that reminds me of when we were children dancing about in nature, in awe of her beauty.

I think poppies aptly depict this shape and emotion. They flow gracefully in gentle breezes, dipping and diving wherever they please. Their  hue alone grabs ones attention, while their curving stems take the eye on a meandering pathway into the space they inhabit.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Simple Sketch: Red Berries

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 24, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 24, 2016.

November  17, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Today I stepped out into the chilly air and went foraging for subject matter.  A vision for a small festive painting was playing in my mind. Red berries would be one of the players.

On my daily walks this past autumn, I had spotted a bush with an abundance of small red berries. They were solid ones that  would last for a while. So with scissors in hand I made my way down a steep ditch and trekked over to retrieve my berries.

I am sure cars passing by were wondering what on earth I was doing as I popped up from the bank with berries in hand.  An artist has to do what is necessary sometimes in order to make their vision a reality.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Maple Leaf with bite!

 Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 3, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, October 3, 2016.

October 3, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my daily walk,  I spotted a small maple tree aglow.  It was dressed in a  brilliant red coat. Nature’s change of season could not be denied.

Down the ditch I ventured, to get a personal view of my soon to be subject. As I gently lowered a branch, a beautiful selection of leaves lay before me.  All had their own unique markings and subtle differences in color.

One small leaf caught my eye with its interesting shape. I believe it had become a snack for some small critter with its missing bite sized shape.  With it tucked between my fingers, I strolled home with the hopes of capturing its individuality in graphite.

How about you? Do you enjoy all the varied leaf shapes and colors this time of year?


Saturday was a beautiful autumn day with warmer temperatures, so I ventured back out to my gardens to finish my painting of nasturtiums. After I posted the photo on Facebook, I had a purchase inquiry. So it is on reserve until it can be viewed by my possible collector.  It still needs to be signed and I will look at it with fresh eyes after it sits for a few days to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I really loved working on this one!

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Nasturtiums painted from life in my gardens. 8x10in. Oil on linen/panel.

Wishing you a smooth sailing week ahead with a few quiet pauses!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Nasturtium

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, September 7, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, September 7, 2016.

September 7, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Nasturtiums are fast becoming one of my favorite flowers. I love their cheery colors and bright greenery. Their leaf shape reminds me of lily pads and seem to float on air in garden beds.

This year I planted a variety of nasturtiums. One type produces variegated leaf colors of green with splashes of cream speckled upon its surface. Both the blooms and leaves seems to add their own sunshine to the gardens.

Nasturtiums remind me of my dad, who as many of you know, is an avid gardener. He has been planting them in large tubs for years. He simply pops the seeds in the bins and within no time they are bursting with color.  Viewing them always makes me smile!

How about you? Do you like nasturtiums?

Warmly,

Debbie

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