Saturday, September 20, 2014

Painting Pumpkins and Fall Flowers

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 the inspirations for my art.   Our "heat wave" in Southern California finally broke and we are having lovely Fall like weather and everyone is now in the mood to get an early start  in decorating and planting.

Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is waiting for you so he can show you some of the pumpkins we bought at Roger's Gardens last week.











Our pumpkins decorate the garden until the week before Thanksgiving and then we donate them to the food bank and also use them to decorate our church hall for Thanksgiving dinner for those in need.




I like to add warmth to the kitchen patio in the Fall by changing colors and accessories to yellows, oranges and gold.


The whimsical Owl pillow is co cute that I am thinking about painting a whimsical Owl next week - if I do we can have an art 101 lesson.  Owls are so popular and seems like they are in every store this year.




                              Love - love the colors of the Gerber daisies in the little pot.


I ended up painting little 5x5 canvases to tuck around our garden for a little "Art in the Garden".




Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate  your visits, e-mails, comments and those of you who follow my blog.  I hope to be back next week and we will paint a whimsical Owl together.

Have a lovely week.  Blessings, Erin


                            "The meditation of my heart shall be understanding."  Psalm  49:3

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Let's Go To Rogers Gardens to Look for Pumpkins

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  I am going to Roger's gardens in Newport Beach to look for pumpkins and I would love to take you with me.

Roger's Gardens is a destination home and garden store and nursery and my favorite place to look for autumn pumpkins.  All of their pumpkins  are grown locally on family farms and I want to support our local farmers.

As you can see- they have a large variety of heirloom pumpkins as well as the standard pumpkin.




The garden is very large on several acres  and the sound of water is prevalent everywhere due to the many fountains placed throughout the nursery.


Charming and unusual birdhouses.





Love the adorable mushrooms in  bright colors!






I bought some of the tiny yellow and orange pumpkins as well as  the traditional orange.

















Adorable toparies in the shape of cats and witches!








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

Have a lovely week.   Blessings,  Erin


"They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness."   Psalm 145:7




Sunday, September 7, 2014

Painting the last of the Summer 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 breeze while I share with you the inspirations for my art.  The Zinnias are in their final bloom and I wanted to paint them one last time before they fade.


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












                              Love picking the flowers and arranging them in an old jelly jar!









                         I picked a variety of colors and sizes and put them in a little basket to paint.




This photo is a little blurry as I took it looking through one of the mirrors in the garden.  I planted a large pot of the old fashion tall Zinnias and wanted to show how tall they grew!









                                                             " Tea and Art"




                                                         "Art in the Garden"






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

Have a lovely week.   Blessings,  Erin


                      " I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go."  Psalm  32:8





Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Glimpses of Fall




Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by and so very happy that I am back in my studio painting and able to once again share with you the inspirations for my art.  My garden gate is again open for you to come in and rest and relax with a cup of tea while I share with you a few new glimpses of Fall in my garden.

I planted some Fall colors in containers right before my surgery so they would be in bloom around the time I could go back into the garden.  August and September are usually the hot months in Southern California so I picked Fall colors in hearty plants that would do well in the heat, but feel like Fall.  I am lucky to live near the ocean where we get cool ocean breezes at night and the early mornings are cool enough to sit in the garden with a cup of tea.

Bentley, My Studio Assistant, has been eagerly waiting for me to get back in the studio and garden. This is one of my favorite pictures of him in the garden and wanted to re-share it with you!



I love putting seasonal flowers in the old tin sap buckets and hanging it on the back of one of my Adirondack
 chairs.


I get most of the color in my garden by planting containers that can be moved around to follow the sun.  The old blue tool boxes are  wonderful as containers and are moved from one place to another with seasonal flowers.


I like to paint small seasonal  paintings that I can tuck into the garden -my "art in the Garden"  touches!









The wreath with Fall colors adds another glimpse of Fall to the garden.  I can't wait until the Farmers Market gets pumpkins in so I can use them for decorations in the garden.  They last until Thanksgiving at which time I take them to the food bank to be used in preparing Thanksgiving dinners for those in need.



"Fall Bounty"  was inspired by glimpses of Fall at the Flower Market and Farmers Market.




Thank you for stopping by and for being so patient with me when I re-posted old posts, and for all of your prayers, well wishes, cards, and e-mails. 

Have a lovely week.  Blessings,  Erin

                           "My heart rejoiceth in the Lord."  Hannah's Prayer 1 Samuel 2:1