Rose Sketch & Happy Valentine’s Day!

Rose Sketch, 8x10 in. graphite on paper. Available

Rose Sketch, 8×10 in. graphite on paper. Available

Available Here

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

I just added the sketch of spray roses to my website. The roses are from my garden this past autumn. I loved drawing all the layers of petals on each small rose. These roses were from a bush I planted many years ago. Each year it never disappoints, sharing lots of blooms throughout the growing season!

This comes unframed, but you can jazz it up with any size or style of frame, making sure it is protected behind glass.

Here are a few more images of this drawing with some  progress shots.

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Close up

 

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Beginnings

 

Work in progress

Work in progress

 

Although our road still hasn’t been plowed after our big storm, a secret admirer delivered this cheerful bouquet! A little bag of chocolate covered jubes was also attached. I love fresh flowers, especially in the midst of winter!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you had a great day filled with a few sweet goodies and good company!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Sketch: Dried Maple Leaf

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

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

February 13, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my walk yesterday, I was greeted by burnt golds as dry maple leaves swayed gentle on thin stems. Their crumpled, twisty appearance added interest to an otherwise barren tree. They hung on to their springtime home, refusing to let go.

Today, a blizzard is predicted. They will have to hold fast, in order to remain a permanent winter fixture. Eventually, letting go will be necessary, as they return to their earthly presence.


I am getting acquainted with my new studio space. Shifting  my still life set up and work area around as I decide what angles and spots are the best with my new overhead lights. When I had finally got set up in a good spot,  Marlee decided to join me.

As I began to work, I could see her getting ready to jump up on my still life table.  Now this is only a small table. The vase with my tulip was sitting on top of a box–not the most secure set up!

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Amazingly, she bounded on top of the table without toppling anything over. After checking things out a bit, she laid down under the spotlight aimed at the tulip. I think she thought she was on  a sunny window ledge or maybe a hot sunny beach! lol Hmmm now that sounds nice as many tiny snowflakes fall outside!

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If you are in the storm zone, I hope you stay safe and warm. As long as the power stays on, I’m all set. Batten down the hatches!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Tulip Sketch & Notebooks

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 28, 2017.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, January 28, 2017.

January 29, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

It is always  wonderful to see tulips return to the supermarket. I like to think it really is a sign that Spring is not too far away. Tulips are such an interesting flower as they move through  various stages. I actually like when they are just beginning to open. There are hints of ruffled edges and the promise of full blooms.

I started the weekend with fresh tulips and three sweet notebooks I had ordered. The notebooks are just the right size for jotting down inspirational thoughts or ideas. I like that they are not too thick and have wider spaced lines.

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Since my younger days,  I have always been a lover of paper and pens. I remember when the first scribblers came out with colored pages. Oh I was in heaven! In those days, I took such care and time copying my notes from school into these beautiful scribblers. I have to admit, at one point I was probably a bit obsessed about keeping them neat!

To this day I still love beautiful stationary, notebooks etc. anything that is lovely and fresh. With the written word, I can document those elusive ideas that float away if not anchored down.

How about you? Do you love beautiful stationary or notebooks?

Warmly,

Debbie

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Babe Spray Roses: Sketch & Painting

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

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

January 17, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

A couple of weeks ago, I visited my local florist and spotted the most gorgeous orange spray roses. Interestingly, they are named  “Babe”. I thought their name was most fitting, considering their flashy appearance.

I began to paint one of them from life. Now sometimes life gets busy and schedules get interrupted! Before, I could finish my painting, my subject  began to dry and lose its vitality. So today, I visited my florist again to purchase one more branch of Babe spray roses.

In the meantime, I was struck by the delicate organic beauty of the remaining dried roses. They stood quietly like tiny statues, frozen in time; reminiscing about their day in the sun.


I am almost finished my miniature painting of this orange rose. Now that I have fresh subjects, I will be able to put the finishing touches on it. Here are a few in progress shots of my work and subject I thought you might enjoy.

Happily, if this painting turns out, it has been spoken for already!

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I placed my fresh roses in the fridge along with a couple of other flowers I purchased. My son opened the fridge door and said, “Umm, mom there are flowers in our fridge! ” lol The joys of living with an artist!! Never a dull moment!

Warmly,

Debbie

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A Sprig of Holly & Hypericum Berries

A Sprig of Holly, 4x4in. oil on linen/board. $75

A Sprig of Holly, 4x4in. oil on linen/board. $75

 Available Here

Sharing another Festive Miniature painting titled “A Sprig of Holly”. I absolutely love fresh holly. Every year I purchase a bundle of it from McKean’s Flowers Ltd. and place it around our home in small vases. There is something festive and comforting about seeing it sprinkled around the house. Of course anyone who has been following me for awhile knows that red berries are a favorite subject as well.


 

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, December 9, 2016.

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

December 11, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On a recent visit to my local florist I picked up a branch of hypericum berries. It is such a festive plant  this time of year. Every year I place fresh holly in small vases around our home. This year I am going to add hypericum to that collection.

Warmly,

Debbie

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