Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Blessings




Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea.  Our Roses are in their first bloom of the year and I thought you may enjoy a little peek at them in my front yard while you sip your tea.

Bentley, my Studio Assistant, wanted to wear his rabbit ears to set the tone for Easter Roses  in our garden.  







The Roses are all in the front yard as that is where the sun is!





We lost a lot of our Inpatients to the horrible airborne virus last year; however, some of them were spared and we are hoping the ones in bloom this year will make it.





My favorite Roses are the Our Lady of Guadalupe - they are the old fashion fragrant  Roses and seem to last longer than the newer ones.





My Eastside Art Group decorated Easter eggs yesterday by using old silk men's ties and transferring the colors onto the eggs.  The colors were amazing.  








Thank  you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those who follow my blog.


Wishing you and your family a Joyful and Happy Easter filled with Blessings.   Erin

                             "This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Art In The Garden - Pansy Love

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea while I share the inspirations for my art with you. We recently had some much needed rain in Southern California and our Pansies have never looked better.  They are at their peak bloom in  early Spring when the weather is cooler.

Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, in the garden to look for Pansy inspirations for a little painting. I receive so many e-mails asking about Bentley smelling the flowers.  He is a very curious Wheaten Terrier and his favorite thing to do in the garden is to  "sniff" everything -  especially the flowers!!!   I walk him every day and he pulls on his leash to sniff the neighborhood  flowers - one neighbor said " I think Bentley is stopping to smell the Roses."

I plant my Pansies in pots so I can move them around the garden to sunny areas.







I also like to plant them in the basket of my vintage bicycle and other unusual containers.



























                "Art In the Garden" - With so much inspiration I decided to paint 3 little pots of Pansies and add a bird nest.


Thank you for visiting me.  I sincerely appreciate your e-mails, visits, comments and those of you who follow my blog.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I will be on a short blog break working on some large coastal cottage paintings for the gallery and will be back Easter week.

Have a lovely week.  Blessings,  Erin


                                                    "The Lord is my strength."  Psalm 28:7

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Garden Spruce Up Painting Faux Flagstones


Welcome.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax for a few minutes with a cup of tea. I have been working in the garden and sprucing things up for Spring this week, and  have been thinking about painting some faux flagstones on the concrete patio floor off my kitchen and on the path behind my house where my kitchen herbs grow. 

 My blog friend Carol Cook, www.artandsand.blogspot.com  posted about her charming patio makeover a few months ago - she had real flagstones and had them dug up and re-set in concrete.  I loved the look and started thinking about painting flagstones on my concrete kitchen patio floor !!!!!!

The patio is in a sunny location and Bentley, my Studio Assistant, loves to spend time lying on the warm concrete and  I love to sit there and have my morning tea. 



I drew large flagstones with chalk and painted them with several colors of patio paint and painted a shadow along the edge. I painted a red stripe on the step and a little border of brick to match the real brick on the rest of my patio.








The path behind my house is  long and the perfect sunny place for kitchen herbs.  I call it the "green house" as I also start seedlings there and nurse sick plants back to health in the California sun.













The patio paint is very easy to use and has a built in sealer. 









Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your comments, e-mails and those following my blog.  Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see my paint something special.  The Pansies are glorious and are calling me to paint them!

Have a lovely week.  Blessings,   Erin


"He made the earth by His power; He founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding."  Jeremiah 51:15 




Saturday, March 22, 2014

Celebrating Spring with Pansies Here .There.Everywhere

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea.  Today we are celebrating the arrival of Spring with a little tour of the glorious Pansies in bloom in my garden.

                          It looks like Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is already out smelling the Pansies.

















When the Pansies start "trailing" I like to put them on the old ladder so they can cascade down the ladder.















                So much fun painting the Pansies on blocks of wood and using them as "art in the garden".







Thank you for stopping by.  I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and my blog followers.  Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.  Next week I will be back painting Pansies on canvas rather than wood blocks.

Have a lovely week.  Blessings,   Erin


                                 Hannah's Prayer -  "My heart rejoiceth in the Lord".   l Samel 2:1