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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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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Simple Nature Sketch: Begonia

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

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

November  17, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Although it is mid November, this odd-shaped begonia has bloomed. It’s inner section has not fully developed into ruffled layers. However, its simplicity and bright hue make it beautiful just the same.

I didn’t have the heart to empty this flowering container when life still existed. I will let nature take its course; allowing it to naturally wane. Frosty nights and future colder days will gently put these little beauties to sleep. Visions of their beauty will then live on in my mind during the long winter months.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Daily Sketch: Snapdragons

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 15, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 15, 2016.

November  15, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

These snapdragons are nestled beside our foundation. Their sunny presence is a welcome sight this late in the season. This cheerful clump of sunshine makes me smile as I pass by.

I find it amazing how some plants continue to thrive despite the arrival of a few frosty nights. The  intermittent milder days seem to give them a burst of energy, causing them to thrive once again.  I admire their ability to flourish when they should be slowing down. Defying all odds, just like some individuals we meet in life.

Warmly,

Debbie

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Altoid Tin Paintbox, Sketch & Remembering

2x3in. oil painting completed in my Altoid Tin Paintbox on location in Powell's Pt. Park, N.S.

2x3in. oil painting on wood panel– completed in my Altoid Tin Paintbox in Powell’s Pt. Park, N.S.

November  10, 2016

The beauty of nature never disappoints. It is a place where one can seek peace and calm when the world gets noisy. On Wednesday, I sought out the beauty of nature on a gorgeous November day. I returned to one of my favorite nature retreats; Powell’s Point Park.

My subject–I have painted this little piece of land many times. It still inspires me regardless of the season.

The park gate is closed, but that didn’t deter me. My kitty cart came to the rescue! With my painting gear enclosed and my tea thermos tucked inside, I trekked into nature’s sanctuary. The day was calm; nature strummed on around me.

My little painting corner in nature.

My little painting corner in nature.

Once finished, I left with a smile on my face and nature’s gentle embrace.  I hope you have  a chance to seek a quiet moment today as well.


Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 10, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 10, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On my daily walk today I noticed these small balls of white. They were illuminated in the late afternoon sunlight. Many of the dandelions are actually still blooming.  As a child, I always loved when they turned to seed. It was so much fun blowing  the seeds into the air and watching them sail away.

After I had drawn my subject,  I had a serendipitous moment occur. In my facebook memories a drawing of the same subject popped up in my feed. I had drawn a dandelion for my simple sketch exactly one year ago. Last year I drew the yellow dandelion flower and this year I drew the white dandelion seeds.

What a fun coincidence! It made me smile.


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Today I would like to take a moment to remember all the men and women who fought for our freedom. Their courage and sacrifice will be forever remembered!

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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