Recent Sketches & News


I hope all is going well in your world. Below you will find a couple of sketches, I drew in late summer/early fall, but didn’t publish. I have also included a couple more photos of my work in progress in my gardens.  I have now brought my set up into my studio to continue working on this large painting. It is a challenging mental shift to move from my gardens to back inside my studio. I will expound on that in another post.

In other news, I am reviving my long lost Ezine. I have fresh plans for it. I will not allow it to feed to my Social Media platforms such as Facebook etc. right away. I am hoping to release new work by the end of November. If you subscribe to my Ezine, you will get to preview my new work first. Also, you will be privy to coupon codes that  I will not be sharing anywhere else. My way of letting my subscribers know how much I value and appreciate them. Soooo if this sounds good to you and you aren’t subscribed to my Ezine ( Newsletter) please click this link. Thanks!

Although I’m not a big fan of having my picture taken, I know it is good to sometimes show up on my social media platforms, rather than always being behind the camera. I sometimes enlist my son to take a few photos. We often have a few good laughs during the whole process with some clowning around.  I didn’t post those ones. lol This was after I believe my fourth session working on this painting.

I really extended the life of my nasturtiums by covering them with sheets every night! Definitely, a labor of love. Some nights I was out in the dark with a flashlight, if I forgot to cover them earlier. I even had my husband out with me holding the flashlight.

One night we had been away and when we got home around 10 pm a light frost had already draped itself on the grass. I swiftly dashed to get the sheets and with the help of Ian, covered my nasturtiums. Some already had a bit of frost on their leaves. Luckily, we saved them from Jack Frost that night!


Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, Sept. 20, 2017

September 20, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Picked fresh from my gardens, this Morning Glory oozed with beauty. However, it didn’t take long for it to begin to shrivel in size after it was picked. I literally could almost see its edges shrinking as I sketched it; accentuating nature’s impermanence and the importance to observe quick glimpses of beauty!

When I planted these seeds this summer, I didn’t expect them to grow into such a robust plant. It has entwined itself on a small obelisk and began reaching out to nearby plants. Before long thin stems twisted and enveloped tall zinnias. There have been moments when I took the time to release these giant zinnias from the grasp of its neighbor. I love how this plant marches to its own beat, growing profusely without a care in the world.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

They don’t last long, but the blossom on a yellow string bean plant is very pretty. They highlight this otherwise large leaf plant with a soft pink-mauve hue. Easily missed amongst large leaves, they beckon close observation. Like a breeze that flutters by, they too arrive and quietly disappear only to be replaced by long strings of beans.

When I told dad my beans had flowers, he said well it won’t be long before the beans arrive. Already tiny beans are beginning to form where blossoms once sang. The nugget in seeing the blossoms disappear is in knowing that soon we will sit down to a plate of fresh string beans with a few pats of butter making their flavor that much richer!




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Wax Begonia Sketch & New Work


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.




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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!


My initial bouquet when I came home from the florist.


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!



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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.


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.



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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.


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.



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!



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