Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Painting Blue and White Inspirations

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax and enjoy a cup of tea in the cool mornings.  I have been busy painting the last of the blue Hydrangeas before I dry them for Fall arrangements. I collect blue and white china and love to paint blue and white china combined with blue hydrangeas.



















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Have a lovely week.   Blessings,  Erin


                                   "Always be full of joy in the Lord."  Philippians 4.4


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Looking for Rose Inspirations

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  Today we are going have a quick cup of tea and  leave the garden and take a little trip a few miles down the Pacific Coast Highway to the beautiful Sherman Library and Gardens to look for Rose inspirations.  I am so blessed to be teaching art classes there as part of their "Art in the Garden series" and will be teaching how to paint a simple Rose in September.

The gardens are located a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean on 2 and 1/2 acres filled with glorious seasonal plants and flowers, a greenhouse with tropical plants and Orchids, a library , charming gift shop, tea garden and fabulous cafe.

                     Our classes are usually held around the fountain in the beautiful tea gardens.




                The beautiful surroundings are inspirational  for our art in the garden classes.

                                            The Rose gardens are lovely this time of the year.







                       
                              The turtle pond is one of my favorite places - the Otter is adorable.



                                                                   The shade garden.


                           After I returned to my garden I found more Rose inspirations.









                           The classes are open to all levels so I decided to teach how to paint a simple Rose bloom .


                   
                   "It is possible, so far it depends on you, live peaceably with all."  Romans 12:18





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Have a lovely week.  Blessings,  Erin



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Painting Zinnias



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 in the cool morning.  I planted Zinnias early this year and they were in full bloom by March - now they are all bloomed out for the year so I picked the last of them to make bouquets to share with friends and also paint.

Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, to pick the last of the Zinnias.
















                                  I picked a big bouquet  and arranged them in various containers.




                                I decided to paint the Zinnias in the vintage Ball jar as I loved the contrast.





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Have a lovely week.  Blessings,  Erin

                                 "May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance."  Jude 1:2






Sunday, July 24, 2016

Favorite Summer Time Places In My Garden

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit with a glass of lemonade while I share with you some of my favorite places in the garden.  We are in the midst of a heat wave and the perfect time to cool off in the garden shade.

The sap bucket makes a fun container to hang on the back of an Adirondack chair. I change the look from time to time by adding different flowers and paint colors to the bucket.











                                         Perfect spot for morning tea before it gets too hot.








The Sunflowers planted in pots are in full bloom. 
                           The little path behind my house leads to the kitchen garden.



                                                     The umbrella creates a nice shady spot to sit.


We have very little rain in the summer months and I like to use old thread bare rugs in the garden to add a little color.  The pillows are all indoor/outdoor fabric and also add much needed color


             The Nasturtiums are in their final bloom stage as they do not like the heat. I will be sorry to see them go as they put on such a show!



                                                         Bentley's favorite spot to hang out!









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"It will be healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body."  Proverbs 3:8