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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Daily Sketch: Snapdragon

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, August 1, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, August 1, 2016.

August 1, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

This cheerful snapdragon was another surprise arrival in my gardens this year. One day I saw a glimpse of yellow as I walked past one of my gardens. A sunny little bundle was nestled up against our foundation.

Autumn breezes must have scattered last year’s seeds, allowing new growth to pop up this year. I was happy to see its appearance. Their unusual shapes always add interest and color to summer gardens.

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. I have been a bit off schedule with my drawings. Things have been busy between working on my  rosebush painting and moving my son from one apartment to another. I really did enjoy working on this little sketch today after missing a couple of days.

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