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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Debra's Cottage

Debra's Cottage

Finding inspiration . . .here. . .there. . everywhere.

"Rose Garden" painting

Welcome and join me for a little stroll through Debra's Cottage where I paint and meet customers on the first Saturday of the month. Debra's is a fabulous cottage style shop located in Costa Mesa, CA where I sell my art and home to over 100 talented vendors and artisans specializing in Cottage, Shabby Chic Style and Garden furnishings to romance your home.

The beautiful home decor and accessories at Debra's Cottage serve as many of the inspirations behind my Shabby Chic Style and Garden paintings which are shown on my blog post today.

"The Boudoir" painting

Inspiration for the "Tea Time" painting

"Tea Time" painting

"Garden Day in the Rose Garden" painting

"Flower Shop" painting

I will be painting at Debra's Saturday, November 1st and Saturday November 8th which is the day of our Winter Open House.

Debra's Cottage will be featured in the December issue of Romantic Homes Magazine and is located at:

2777 S. Bristol, Costa Mesa, CA - 714 662-5828 -http://debrascottage.com/

There is lots more to see at the Debra's charming cottage store and I hope you will join me next time when we will continue our tour.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Welcome. Autum is in the air in Southern California and my garden has taken on the look of fall. Today I picked the last of my lavender and fragrant sage to dry. I love the tangy smell of sage and the lavender flowers remind me of the fragrent lavender fields in Provence in the South of France. I was inspired to post about lavender by a visit to Ruth Welter's beautiful blog, artful-creations.blog.spot.com, and was struck by the fact that no matter what part of the world you visit, the colors of mother nature are the same and how similiar the colors in her photographs of Zion National Park in Utah were with my photographs of the lavender fields in Provence. Both of our photograhs show soft greens and shades of umber, ocher and lavender - the colors of nature and the inspirations for our photographs. You must visit her blog to see her georgous photographs of nature taken in Utah.

I am very new at blogging (this is my 3rd post) and still learning to use my new scanner to scan some of my "nondigital" photos to share with you. After many tries I was able to scan one lavender field only to find that I was unable to enlarge it to show you.

I decided to post without showing the inspiration photos of lavender fields in France and show you other photos of inspirations.

Sage flowers drying in the sun

Paintings inspired by a trip to Provence in the South of France where the skies are blue, the hills are carpeted with sunflowers and lavender and the air is filled with the heady scent of lavender
Sunflowers and lavender fields

"The Lavender Harvest" - insiration by lavender fields.

"Blue Shutters"

"Sunflowers and Lavender"
"The Girl on the Red Bicycle"

A yummy receipe for lavender sugar brought home from Provence.

Bentley ( my studio assistant) waiting to get his taste of rasein bread with lavender sugar.

Lavender Sugar
Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup fresh organic or cullinary lavender heads. Place the mixture in a sealed container for about one week. When ready to use, sift the sugar to separate it from the lavender. . The sugar can be sprinkled on sugar cookies, ceral or toast or used to flavor your tea and lemonade

Lavender sugar sprinkled on rasein toast.

A friend gave me the web address of a beautiful farm in Sequim, Washington that grows organic lavender. You may want to check out:http://purplehazelavender.com/ for their "cooking with lavender guide" as well as their blog.

Finding Inspiration

Happy Fall

Hello and welcome to my 2nd blog post. I am delighted that you stopped by. This is where I create and share my art and the inspirations and sense of joy behind my work.

Finding inspiration. . . .here . . . .there. . . .everywhere.

A trip to the garden shop was the inspiration for the Garden Shop painting. Beautiful blue hydrangeas tinged with lavender and these beautiful sunflowers were just waiting for me to pick up my paint brush and transfer them onto my canvas. The red geraniums were in full bloom and the perfect compliment to the lavender and yellow flowers.

I added a little red birdhouse and white daisys to bring harmony and balance to the painting.

The finished painting - " The Garden Shop".

Finding inspiration. . . . .here . . . there. . .everywhere.

You will probably recognize the same sunflowers and blue/purple hydrangeas that were in the previous painting. I painted this the next day and added white iceberg roses from my garden and the white cloche with bird on top. You can't see it, but there is a chair next to the table with a straw hat. I added garden gloves instead of the little bird (we artists get to change our minds a lot!). I repeated a color throughout the painting - this time I used blue starting with the ribbon on the garden hat, blue and white vintage table cloth as well as blue and white bowls with flowers. I feel repeating one color throughout the painting brings harmony and carries your eye over the entire paitning. This artistic principal also works well in decorating your home or in your flower garden.

Later, I decided to paint out the garden chair and add this lovely climbing Iceber Rose from my garden.

Inspiration to change the painting

The finished painting " Garden Day".

COLOR TIP - All colors are made up of three primaries - red - blue and yellow. When you combine the primaries, you get the three secondary colors - orange - green - and purple. You can use colors next to each other on the color wheel - for example red would be orange and violet, or you can use the natural compliments on the opposite side of the color wheel - for example red and green. These are complimentary colors - warm colors have cool compliments and cool colors have warm compliments. Think about colors in nature and you won't go wrong in picking out colors for your fall garden or in your fall decorating.