Sunday, May 3, 2015

Flea Market Tour

Welcome.  I am so happy that you topped by.  I took  a little break from painting  yesterday to go to Behind the Picket Flea Market Place with my friend Marilyn and wanted to share a few photos with you.  My new friends and the fabulous Mother and Daughter team who own the charming sign shop, Far Away Hood, made me an adorable new sign for my garden and I picked it up at the flea market.

I wanted a bright green that would go with my outdoor accent pillows.  Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is in the kitchen garden eating Parsley and Mint because he has a stomach ache from eating something yucky that he found on our walk and  will not be able to join us today to show you the new sign!!!
The sign is mounted on old barn wood and is presently being worn by Blossom my vintage dress form.

Far Away  Hood always have lots of new signs and some charming new designs just in time for the  summer weddings,  They can be reached at 760-644-7343 or you can find them on Face Book under Far Away Hood.  

We meet a delightful and very talented doll maker who has been featured in Stamptington's PRIMS magazine.  I lost her card and am sorry I can not give you her name or information on how to contact her. , however, you  can call Behind the Picket fence at 714  486-8049 if you are interested in her work and they will be able to put you in touch with her.
She gave me permission to share her work with you.

Marilyn and I fell in love with her dolls.

With our California drought there were lots of charming Succulents planted in vintage containers.

Linda Bucci is an amazing artist, jewelry designer and metal smith and her work has been published in Stampington magazines and can be seen on her blog 

Linda is the visionary who started our Eastside Art Group and she  and I will both be at the Balboa Island Art Walk on May 17th - she will be in space 9 and I will be in space 11.

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those following my blog.  I will be back after the art show on May 17th.  

                        "May he grant you your heat's desire, and fulfill all your plans".  Psalm  20:4

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Painting Flower Shops

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax for a few minutes while I share with you the inspirations for my art. I am popping in from my blog break to say hello and share a new painting.  Southern California is under the worst drought conditions in decades and everyone has been asked to save on water.  Our city has been very good in educating us about saving water and so far we have been able to cut back enough in reducing our household use  that we can still water the garden.

Let's join Bentley,  my Studio Assistant, in the kitchen garden to look for inspiration for a flower shop painting.

I love adding items with patina and rust to the painting and want to use the old rusty watering can in a flower shop painting.

The Zinnias are blooming early this year due our unusually sunny Spring weather.

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those following my blog.  I  apologize for not staying with my regular weekly posts, however, I am still taking breaks to work on my big art show in May and will pop in to say hello as time allows.
Have a lovely week.  Blessings,  Erin

                           "This is the day the Lord has made.  Rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24

Sunday, April 12, 2015

RE - Posted Flea Market Gardens Magazine

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.  I am still on a blog break and painting like crazy getting ready for the big art show in May.  I am re-posting one of mymost popular blog posts that featured my garden in  Flea Market Gardens. All of the beautiful photographs on this post  were taken by the fabulous photographer Michael Garland, my garden was styled by the Divine Sunday Hendrickson, and the article was written by Debra Steilen.  Thank you Michael, Sunday and Debra for the stunning photos, beautiful styling and heartfelt article that captured my colorful garden and love for vintage finds that inspire my art.  Please do not post the photos to Pinterest as they were not taken by me.  Thank you.

The adorable garden shed on the magazine cover was built by one of my blogger friends - Mary Mirabal of

My garden was photographed in July 2011 just after my annual Fourth of July garden tour when it was decorated with some of my vintage wooden flags and tin stars and the article is titled Americana Charm.


                                              Pillows made from old and worn vintage table cloths.

Fourth of July Garden Party

When the weather is nice I like to use old rugs in the seating  portions of my garden  to give the feeling of an outdoor room.

Thank you for stopping by.  I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your comments, e-mails, visits and those who follow my blog. I AM STILL ON A BLOG BREAK AND HOPE TO BE BACK TO MY NORMAL WEEKLY POSTINGS SOON. Thank you for understanding the re-posts.


Have a lovely week.  Blessings,  Erin

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

Friday, April 3, 2015

More Balboa Island Cottage Inspiratons

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  I have been on a blog break working on more Coastal Cottage paintings for the Balboa Island Art Walk in May and today I am going to take you with me back to the island to look for new inspiration and updating one of my previous posts with new photos. I was so honored when the editor of Romantic Homes contacted me to ask if she could feature one of my favorite Coastal Cottage painting with Roses in this months  Romantic Homes Rose issue magazine. The above painting was inspired by my love for Balboa Island and can be found in my ETSY shop.

 Bentley, my Studio Assistant, loves riding in the car so we will take him with us. 

                                        Let's take the ferry across the bay since it is such a pretty day.

This is a shot of the sidewalk that runs along the bay.  Local artists decorated  the flower pots beside the benches - the pots are part of the City's "Adopt A Pot" beautification program and anyone can adopt a pot and plant it with flowers and maintain the pot - there are approximately 65 pots and currently there are no open pots up for adoption. 

Flags are flying and the sky is blue.  The building across the bay is the 100 year old iconic Balboa Pavilion  - sometimes I paint the building in the background on my Beach Cottage Style paintings.

The paintings below have the Balboa Pavilion in the background.

View from the windows of one of the cottages.

I loved painting windows looking out on the beautiful Newport Bay.

This adorable cottage with the white Wicker chairs with red cushions was the inspiration for the porch  painting below.

                                   Finding inspiration - here - there - everywhere on the island.

I love the way the cottages plant flowers along the sidewalks since front yards are so small.

The Nasturtiums are in full bloom all over the island. 

More Nasturtiums in bloom.

Sorry for the quality of the photos - I am in my car and can not get the best shots.

The blue fence gate has now been painted white so I am posting an old photo.

Love the pops of colors from the  sun loving Zinnias

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those of you following my blog.  Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.  I have not been able to answer your lovely comments or visit your blogs while I am so busy getting ready for my only art show of the year.  I will visit you again soon. I will post as often as I can for the next month or may have to re-post some old favorites.  This is an older post that I updated with new photos so some of the comments are from the original post.

Have a lovely week.  Blessings, Erin

                        "He hath made every thing beautiful in His time."   Ecclesiastes  3:41