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16th

Springing Up

springing-up-for-dpw

3x3in. Oil on linen/panel (Click to Enlarge)

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Springing Up

“As the sun warms the earth, jolly jump ups gleefully spring to life.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

8th

My New Wheels!!

new-plein-air-cart

On a trip to Halifax over March Break I discovered this cute little cart while buying art supplies. I thought it was the cat’s meow for my plein air painting adventures! Lots of pockets and space inside. Weight limit is 30lbs. so I have to be careful to not load it up too much.

You should have seen my sons’ faces (ages 16 & 24) when I arrived back at the car with this in tow! They really thought I had lost it. lol I told them it would be great to take shopping when we went to the mall. For some reason they didn’t think that was such a great idea.  😀

When assessing the weather today I think I might have to put snow tires on my little cart. It looks more like  Christmas here than Easter. I know the calendar says it is Spring, but mother nature seems to be confused! At any rate I am looking forward to future plein adventures with my new cart! Hopefully, Spring will arrive soon.

Wishing you a Wonderful Easter and a Happy Spring Season!

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. Love to hear from any other plein air painters and your favorite tools etc. If you are a local artist our plein air group will be awakening  soon when some warmer weather arrives. You can visit our “Nova Scotia Plein Air Painters” Website here.

30th

“Baubles and Ribbon” Up For Auction

Baubles and Ribbon

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3x3in. Oil on linen/panel

You can bid on this painting here.

You can also buy prints of this painting here.

I have just added “Baubles and Ribbon  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. 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

22nd

“Summer Sweetness” up for Auction

5x7in. Oil on linen/panel

“Summer shares sweet juicy berries, as one of her special gifts.”

You can bid on this painting here.

I have added “Summer Sweetness” to the Daily Paintworks Auction website. It was painted en plein air on my back doorstep. 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!

 Now that we are having some fine weather, I am having a fun getting back out to do some plein air painting.

Thanks for looking!

Wishing you a Wonderful Day!

Warmly,

Debbie

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16th

“Within the Breeze” Up for Auction

7x5in. Oil on canvas

You can bid on this painting here.

I have just added “Within the Breeze” to the Daily Paintworks Auction website. It was painted en plein air in Big Island, Nova Scotia. You can read my blog post about my experience while painting this one here. 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!

Thanks so much for looking! I’m heading out to scout around my yard for a plein air subject today.

Wishing you a Wonderful Day!

Warmly,

Debbie

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11th

“Harmonic Existence” Up For Auction

6x6in. Oil on canvas

You can bid on this painting here.

I have just added “Harmonic Existence” to the Daily Paintworks Auction website. It was painted en plein air in Powell’s Pt. Park. You can read my previous funny blog post about my experience while painting this one here. 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!

Thanks so much for looking!

Wishing you a Wonderful Day!

Warmly,

Debbie

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3rd

“Notions Ready” Up For Auction

6x6in. Oil on linen/panel

You can bid on this painting here.

Notions Ready

“With notions ready repairs begin.Renewing used items is a ritual often forgotten.Bringing the old to reusable condition sheds new light on a long forgotten treasure.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

I have just added “Notions Ready” to the Daily Paintworks Auction website. This would make a unique gift for the crafter in your life! 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!

Thanks so much for looking!

Wishing you a Wonderful Day!

Warmly,

Debbie

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1st

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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29th

Gifts From Nature up for Auction

6x6in. Oil on linen/panel

You can bid on this painting here.

Gifts From Nature

Gifts from nature drift softly down from the blue above. It is only with stealth awareness that they can be retrieved. Relish in small occurrences for they are what bring  joyful moments.

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

I have just added “Gifts From Nature” to the Daily Paintworks Auction website. 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! You can also read my blog post on this painting here.

Thanks so much for looking!

Wishing you a Wonderful Day!

Warmly,

Debbie

26th

Sunny Disposition up for Auction

3x2in. Oil on linen/panel

You can bid on this painting here.

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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25th

Plein Air Inspirations I

Something New!

I thought it would be fun to post tips, thoughts and inspirational quotes about plein air painting since I will be out in the field more frequently as summer approaches. That is if we ever get summer! Today I thought I was going to have to dig out my winter coat again! I will also post short videos as well featuring my plein air outings.  I hope you enjoy!

 

PLEIN AIR INSPIRATIONS I

(Thoughts, tips and inspirations about plein air painting)

Emily Carr is one of my heroes! I will relay sometime how she became a catalyst for the beginnings of my plein air journey. I love this quote as it depicts that painting a subject without feeling leaves a void in the work produced. Truth comes from a sincere and connected depiction of your subject.

 

“There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness.” (Emily Carr)

More of Emily Carr’s inspirational work can be viewed here. You can also read her biography as well.

Warmly,

Debbie

 

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25th

International Artist Day-Oct.25/10

International Artist Day

In recognition of International Artist Day I would like to honour Eric Carle, a beloved and incredible illustrator and writer of young children’s books. He creates illustrations for his books in his own unique style, where he incorporates collage techniques, creating bright and cheerful pictures. Some of his most familiar and loved books are “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”.

As both an Artist and Grade One Elementary teacher, I love sharing Eric Carle’s books with my young students. We love reading his stories and discussing how he creates his illustrations. With this in mind my students and I embarked on a project where we would employ Carle’s collage techniques creating our own personal illustrations.

We started our journey by reading and observing many of his books. Then over a span of a few weeks groups of students painted large sheets of paper, often adding varying colors and texture. Once we felt we had enough large sheets of painted paper we cut the sheets up into small rectangles so that every student would get a collection of art papers to use in their own creation.

I was amazed at how focused and patient the students were when completing their own personal pages! Many cut small repetitive items such as squares etc. and patiently glued them onto their sheet of heavy card stock. The room was transformed into a wonderful artistic community. Often students shared left over pieces of painted paper or admired their classmates’ creations.

I love viewing children’s artwork!! It is so truthful and free of restrictions. Their work is often bright and cheerful just like Eric Carle’s illustrations. I agree with Eric Carle’s sentiments when he says “I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.” I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project with my young students and was really proud of their efforts and participation. I hope you enjoying viewing their bright and cheerful artwork!

You can visit Eric Carle’s website to learn more about him and his work.

World of Eric Carle


You can find more information about International Artist Day here.