Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Art of Flowers at Roge'rs Gardens

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  I took a little break after finishing my 5th Coastal Cottage painting (will share later) to go to The Art of Flowers show at Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach and wanted to take you with me to share their beautiful Spring display of flowers located in their Floral Studio.


































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Thank you for stopping by.  I am still on a blog break working on paintings for the Balboa Island Art Walk and Heart of the Island Gallery and have not been able to visit any of your bogs or answer your lovely comments.  I hope to be back up to speed after Easter.

Wishing you and your family a Joyful and Happy Easter.

Blessings, Erin



                      "And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free"  John 8:32

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Creating Spring Fancies With our Eastside Art Gang

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 with you some fun and fanciful Spring and Easter creations that our Eastside Art Gang created at our monthly gathering.

We spent a lovely day in Jody's beautiful garden learning to make concrete Easter eggs, nests and embellishing flower pots to hold the eggs and nests.

                                    Her walled garden is lovely and the perfect place to create.









                                             Jody demonstrated making concrete Easter eggs . 




                                      We choose to use rapid set concrete rather than plaster.

First we mixed the rapid set concrete with water until it was a thin enough consistency to pour into the emptied eggs and set them aside to harden - about 3 hours.





                               When the concrete was hard we peeled off the shells to reveal the eggs.




Jody shared a number of amazing techniques to use on our pots and taught us how to make nests from grape vines, twigs and various kinds of moss. Some of the artists embellished their pots with plaster and painted and distressed them.  

Libby covered a pine cone with concrete for a very interesting effect and some of us tried making concrete leaves.




                              I borrowed Jacki's photo to show you her lovely turquoise pot.


Jacki also took the photo of  my pot and Linda's - you can see that everyone created something a little different!



Let's leave Jody's garden and head back over to my garden where Bentley, my Studio Assistant is waiting to show you more of the eggs and nests that I created for our garden.



                                                   
                                                           Concrete eggs in a nest. 






                                                                       Nest in distressed pot.



                                                              Concrete eggs in nest!
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Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those of you following my blog - welcome to my new followers.  I will be taking a blog break for a few weeks to work on new art for the Balboa Island Art Walk in May and will be back with a Spring garden tour after Easter.

                            Wishing you and your family Blessings and a very Happy Easter.  Erin





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


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pansies and "Tea Cup Flowers"

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and relax with a cup of tea while I share with you the inspirations for my art. Pansies and Violas are very special to me and remind me of the "tea cup flowers" my sister and I planted as children.  Our Mother  taught us how to plant bulbs and Pansies/ Violas in mismatched or chipped  tea cups that she saved for us to use for planting. Every day we could not wait to stand on a stool to watch them grow on the kitchen window sill.  This year I decided to plant Pansies in old chipped tea cups and try painting them.


Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, in the garden to look for Violas and Pansies.












This year I planted Pansies in the old rusty funnels and love they way they turned out.







Chipped tea cups make wonderful containers for plants and remind me of the "tea cup flowers" my sister and I used to plant when we were children.





                       It makes me happy to see my "tea cup flowers" blooming . 





I am in my studio painting Pansies and Violas and will share some of the finished paintings with you next week.



Thank you for stopping by.  I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those following my blog.

Have  lovely week.   Blessings, Erin

"When they call to me, I will answer them . .. I will rescue them and honor them."  Psalm 91:15