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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and I have been busy in my kitchen this weekend baking pumpkin bread and cookies for my family and friends. My kitchen smells yummy and I am reminded of how thankful I am for family traditions and how much I treasure my family and friends.

As I look around my kitchen, sipping a cup of tea while waiting for cookies to bake, I am reminded of how much the simple, every day objects in my life serve as inspirations for my paintings. My kitchen is a happy place ;filled with southern light all throughout the day with blue and white check curtains blowing in the breeze and filled with my treasured collections of roosters.

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If you look close, you can see roosters on my chandlier and on plates in the plate rack.

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Bentley, my Studio Assistant, waiting for the cookies to come out of the oven!

With all of the roosters for inspiration, I decided to paint roosters while waiting for the cookies to bake.

I painted two small roosters and added eye hooks so they can be hung with a ribbon on a door nob in my kitchen.

Next I sketched out a "welcome rooster" painting that I will hang outside the French door to my kitchen. I like to sketch with a fabric marker instead of a pencil (pencils tend to smear and I prefer the marker). Next I started filling in the dark feathers on the rooster. I paint the darks first and then paint the lights and finish with highlights.

The cookies are done and I am off to deliver pumpkin bread to friends. I will show you Mr. welcome rooster completed on a later post.

Wishing you and your family blessings during this season of Thanksgiving.


Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you. Love the tiny rooster paintngs - are they for sale? Would love them for my French kitchen.

Donna said...

Love your rooster paintings! And your kitchen looks like such a happy place. I can smell that pumpkin bread now.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Ruth Welter said...

Hi Erin, I really love your rooster paintings...they are wonderful.

I have to say, your kitchen is beautiful and reminds me very much of your artwork. : )

I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday this thursday. Enjoy your day. All the best.


Anonymous said...

Love your happy kitchen and darling studio assistant. Are you the artist who paints the little French bicycles at the Balboa Island Artwalk? I own two of them and absoutley love them. You work is very French and charming.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your roosters are wonderful! I can't imagine having the talent to paint AND cook! Happy Thanksgiving to you! Enjoy the holidays!

Anonymous said...

Hi Erin,

Hope you had a happy turkey day! Kathryn