Studio Work

23rd

Adrift Within

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16x20in. (Click to Enlarge)

Oil on linen/panel.

Reserved for a Show in 2013/Spring

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Adrift Within

 A spring breeze whisks about within gnarled limbs; seducing feather blossoms to drift within airy pockets. Old apple trees reign over the space as their blossoms relish in their glory. Bees perform their duties carrying golden pollen from branch to branch.

Soon delicate blossoms will be carried on gentle breezes to add richness to mother earth. A pink hue will blanket the grasses below. Nature has once again out done herself as she displays her beauty for all to enjoy.

It is these moments of quiet elegance we must become conscience of during our daily haste, only a stillness can rejuvenate our spirit as nature gently delivers her gifts.

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

MacLellan’s Mountain, Nova Scotia

This location is in my brother’s backyard. We were so lucky to experience a beautiful spring which enabled plants to flourish. The apple blossoms this year were amazing and so abundant! It was magical viewing them and watching them drift softly in the Spring breeze.

To complete this piece I used my plein air study as well as color notes and memory. I also referred to digitals I took that day, but only for specific information regarding placement of trees etc.  in my brother’s yard. My most important information was derived from my study, color notes, my vision and emotional response to my subject.  You can read my earlier blog post on this piece and view my study here.

During the creation of this piece I realized how much it reminded me of a sense of freedom I seem to be in continual pursuit of over the last number of years. “Freedom” seems to be my anchor word and painting on location gives this feeling of freedom and happiness I pursue on an ongoing basis. I think it is really important to feel a sense of freedom, if only for a short while in this fast paced and busy world we live in. For me this often occurs when I am quiet inside and listen to an inner voice. Unfortunately one’s “voice of wisdom” can get drowned out from the demands of life, if one is not  in full awareness. Do you have an anchor word?

Hoping you find small moments of freedom and relaxation!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. I have been working like a little trooper on my New Online Fine Art Shop. Many hours later it is getting close to being launched. I am so excited to share it with you soon! Stay posted!

30th

Studio Notes #1 Apple Blossoms

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(My Subject)

September, 2012

I have decided to paint a larger piece of work (16x20in.)from a plein air study I completed in my brother’s backyard this past Spring. Due to an earlier Spring and warmer than usual temperatures there has been an abundance of apple blossoms and apples this year.

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(Study done in my brother’s backyard)

 I also painted another study earlier in Spring of apple blossoms and am using  my color notes from that experience as a  reference as well.

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(Study done in MacLellan’s Brook earlier in the Spring)

I seem to be on an apple theme–totally enchanted with all the blooms and later abundance of perky red globes.

The apple trees looked magical the day I painted the study in my brother’s yard. It reminded me of a fairytale land with their gorgeous blooms. A light breeze sent some floating gently to the ground below. Nature once again displayed her joyous nature–I was grateful to witness her beauty.

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(Stage One)

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(Stage Two)

I will post my journey with this painting in stages so you can travel along with me. Hopefully, I can capture some of the magic of that morning.

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. I scared my sister-in-law out of her wits when she  stepped out to the clothesline and saw me. lol I didn’t have time to warn her that I was coming and had to set up quickly so I wouldn’t lose my light. We had a wonderful visit after I finished my study–definitely a memorable day!

22nd

Crossing Over

Crossing Over

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4x4in.

Oil on linen/panel

Crossing Over

“Crossing Over to the land of simple play and laughter.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

Working on this miniature painting  brought back fond childhood memories. I loved coloring and remember the joy I had when my mom would come home with a new box of 64 crayola crayons! Oh the joy and thrill of scanning all those colors and imagining the creations I would make with them. With such an array of  colors I was thrilled to discover that I could use varied shades of one color to create depth even in my coloring books.

Marbles also helped my friends and I while away the time. We loved twirling round and round to make earth pots to shoot them in. Playing marbles was an art that our youth today seem to have missed. Not only were they fun to play with, but they were delightful to study as well. Looking into the depths of those glassy balls caused our imaginations to soar.

I hope my new painting “Crossing Over” brings back fond memories and makes you smile today! Here is a quote I found I thought you would enjoy!

“We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box.”
Robert Fulghum

“Crossing Over” sold quickly (before I could post it online), to a friend and loyal collector who purchased it as a gift. Miniatures make unique and wonderfully personalized gifts. Better than buying at big box stores!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. I will be sending out my Ezine soon. You can sign up for it on the side panel or by clicking here.

15th

Standing Tall Over Time

Standing Tall Over Time

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16x20in. Oil on linen/panel

Standing Tall Over Time

Summer has arrived late to the park this year. Rainy cold weather has taken precedence. Today the sun has won and illuminates all with its cheery presence.

It brings with it flicks of dappled light that dances about on foliage and change houses. Interesting patterns sway across the building as the breeze stirs the foliage above. They have stood the test of time, standing tall and steady throughout the seasons.

Visitors come and go frequently in warmer days, then become scattered as the weather becomes colder. I imagine how lonely the building is as winter takes hold and engulfs it in a coat of white. Doors nailed shut, wait patiently for the return of warmer days.

Finally when winter relents doors will be opened wide and a new perspective revealed.  As time passes it is a healthy practice to challenge old beliefs and gratefully accept new perspectives.

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

Powell’s Point Park, Nova Scotia

Plein Air Set up for study

Plein Air Set Up

Plein Air Study completed

Plein Air Study 8x10in. Oil on linen/panel

“Standing Tall Over Time” was painted from a plein air study I did in Powell’s Point Park last summer. Above I posted a photo of  my painting set up and my plein air study. It took two sessions to complete my study, as the light had changed the first time I started it. I find my studies and written color notes invaluable when I paint larger works.  They help me with accuracy of color and mood.

When my husband and I visited the park recently, these change houses were gone! We are not sure if they are away for repairs or were damaged over the winter. It seemed so strange to see the space empty where they sat. I am so glad I painted my study last summer, since I am doing a series on the park. Not painting these would have been a missed opportunity!

You can also watch a video I made last summer when I was painting my study.

I am really looking forward to painting in the park again, especially with my new wheels!

Wishing you many sunny days ahead!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Final Debut

Final Debut

4x4in. Oil on linen/panel

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Final Debut

“With its intricate layers and vibrant hue, a crimson rose makes its final debut.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

Just before Valentine’s Day, my husband came home with a few red roses; knowing that they are my favorite flower. I rescued this one just before its demise and decided to paint it from life.

Off I went to my studio, rose in hand, to immortalize it in paint. I carefully positioned it at my still life station turned on a spotlight and voila it made its final debut!

I loved painting this velvety rose from life. I always find them quite fascinating with all their intricate layers. Life is about seizing the moment before it slips away.

Soon we will see more vibrant blooms as Spring arrives. On my walk today I saw the first sign of Spring–Pussy  Willows–another one of my favorite Spring arrivals. What is your favorite flower? I would love to know. Do you have a special memory relating to flowers?

Wishing you blooms of happiness this new season!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. I apologize for my absence from my blog. About a month ago I developed eye floaters quite suddenly in my left eye. I was relieved to hear it wasn’t anything serious and the health of my eye was fine. However, they definitely threw me out of my game for awhile. Although I have a pretty healthy lifestyle, I began to research how to eliminate my floaters and add more healthy regimens. I found some great information and am now enjoying green smoothies due to my research. I may write a blog post in the future about the homeopathic remedies and other things I am trying to diminish them. Maybe the information will help someone else . My floaters are fading and I hope they will be completely eliminated soon. Keep your fingers crossed! Definitely a wake up call —our vision is soooo precious and being an artist this was an experience that left an impression!

27th

Newest Miniature & News about Ezine

Still Life set up for Last One

Last One

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Last One

“Savoring a citrus moment with one last segment.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

“Last one” is my newest miniature painting. I have also included the still life set up , so you can get an idea of how I painted it from life. It was a fun little painting to do. My subject was left over clementines from the holiday season. It sure did make my studio smell nice when I peeled this one for my set up. Nothing like the smell of citrus to perk up the senses!

I am presently, working on a larger painting of change houses in Powell’s Point Park. My panel is a 16x20in. and I am enjoying working large again! Hopefully, it will be finished soon and I will be able to post it for you to view.

I’m really excited about my New Online Shop my son and I are working on. In my upcoming Ezine I discuss  the philosophy behind my shop.  My Ezine will be going out by the end of the month. I would love to have you join me there! You may sign up for it here.

Wishing you a Wonderful Day!

Warmly,

Debbie

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29th

Christmas Spirit–Newest Miniature

Christmas Spirit,

3x3in. Oil on linen/panel

Christmas Spirit

“The joy of Christmas fills the air, with simple pleasures of baubles and fir.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

You can bid on this painting here.

I have just added “Christmas Spirit”  to the Daily Paintworks Auction website. It was painted from life in my studio. I love painting these little miniatures, especially these shiny festive baubles. This would make a unique Christmas gift for someone special. The above written reflection is attached to the back of the painting on laminated card stock. Please click on the link above if you are interested in bidding on this painting. I would be grateful if you could click the Like button on the auction page. Thanks!

Thanks so much for looking!

Wishing you a Wonderful Day!

Warmly,

Debbie

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3rd

“Sweeping Arcs” Up for Auction!

5x7in. Oil on stretch canvas

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I have added “Sweeping Arcs” to the Daily Paintworks Auction website. It was painted from a plein air  study I did at Big Island, Nova Scotia. Please click on the link above if you are interested in this painting. Feel free to click the Like button on the auction page. Thanks!

Looking forward to a Family Adventure and Picnic tomorrow at Tor Bay Provincial Park! A full day out in nature–what could be better?!

Thanks for looking!

Wishing you a Wonderful  Weekend!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Commission for “Repairs IV”

3x3in. Oil on linen/panel, Commissioned

Repairs IV

“With its rosy hue visions of a soft femininity prevail.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

“Repairs IV” was a special commission to paint. A friend asked me to paint another friends pink thread unbeknownst to her. We even had her husband pick out the pink thread on the sly! The painting was going to be a retirement gift. I thought it was a very thoughtful and unique retirement gift to give.

The friend who received this gift is a quilter, so it held special meaning for her. I have since heard from both parties: my friend who commissioned the work and the one who received it. I was thrilled to know that they were both very happy with their purchase and gift. I truly loved painting this one due to it being one of my favorite colors and because I was friends with both women. Fun little project!

Wishing you a Wonderful Day!

Warmly,

Debbie

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26th

Sunny Disposition up for Auction

3x2in. Oil on linen/panel

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Sunny Disposition

“With their sunny disposition dandelions scatter gleefully about, dotting the countryside with cheer.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

Dandelions are often considered such a nuisance popping up all over one’s lawn. However, I love their sunny disposition and their carefree nature. They just make me smile. You can bid for this painting by clicking the link above.

Thanks!

Warmly,

Debbie

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12th

Spring Dance

Spring Dance

The garden centers have opened and an array of color notes strum through the aisles. After a long winter, bursting blooms tantalize one, begging to be brought home. They sing of long summer days and gardens dancing with color.

Although it is a cold rainy day, they imbue my studio with cheer as they smile back. I promise to give them eternal life as they become immortalized in paint. Their lighthearted nature reminds me of children absorbed in play; where only the present moment bears meaning.

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

It was a cold and rainy spring day when I decided to take things into my own hands and bring spring cheer into my studio. So off I went to the garden centers on  a treasure hunt for brilliant color and smiling blooms. As I shivered picking out my subjects, I smiled at the thought of being in my nice warm studio painting these cheerful blooms. I was on a mission to ignore this cold spring and make my own music!

What a joy it was to share a space with these special blooms. I love pansies. They have such smiling sweet faces and immediately make me happy. As music surrounded my studio and rain fell outside, I travelled to a joyful place while paint flowed.

I hope you also get to experience some quiet times surrounded by the cheerfulness of Spring blooms! Do you find pleasure in new blooms? What are some of your favorite flowers?

Happy Spring Everyone!

Warmly,

Debbie

 

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3rd

Welcoming Spring!

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Welcoming Spring!

With its softness and gentle nature a lone tulip welcomes Spring!

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

When I spotted these pretty and delicate pink tulips in the grocery store, they made me smile. It has been a long winter and they seemed to sing a song of Spring’s return. I loved both their color and layers. When examined closely, it is amazing to see all the subtle color that exists in their petals. Sometimes, it is easy to overlook small details that may bring pleasure in our fast paced world! Cheers to Spring’s return and days of  painting outside again!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S.  Photography by my son Brett. I love his artistic interpretation of my set up!