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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Standing Tall and Daily Sketch: Iris

Standing Tall Good One

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Standing Tall

“Standing tall builds character and strength along life’s journey.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald ©

This was a wild iris I painted on a 3x3in linen covered board.
I found it the day I saw a bear in Grant’s Lake, Nova Scotia! My mom loves these colors so I gave it to her as a birthday present. It sits on a small easel in her home.


 

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 28, 2016

 

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

They were selling Spring bouquets at the supermarket.  Within the wrappings were tulips, pussy willows and irises. Who could resist!

It was Easter and I would be creating  cheery bouquets for three special people. Double satin violet ribbon adorned the vases. Their vibrant hues were well received and brought rays of sunshine to all.

I remember a  number of years ago, a clump of large irises had taken over one of my gardens. They were beautiful while in bloom, but having a short blooming season, left a large mass of greenery.

After much digging the irises were placed in tall grasses with all intentions of replanting them. Time moved on and they began to settle into their unintentional setting. The following year, the same plant bloomed once again, despite the fact it had never been planted into the ground.

Nature is always filled with surprises. It has its own rhythm and need to survive. To this day the irises have rooted into their new home;  coming to life every Spring!

Warmly,
Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Daffodil

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Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Spring has arrived taking with it a parade of beautiful blooms. Although, it is still too cold for daffodils to peek up through the earth, you can always depend on their arrival at our local florist.

Their sunny appearance just seem to smile at all who enter the room. I paired this one with one other and a beautiful Iris. The threesome complement each other so well, enhancing each other’s beautiful hues!

Wishing you a Happy Easter Weekend! May you enjoy restful and cheerful moments with family and friends!

Warmly,

Debbie

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