Saturday, February 14, 2009

Pink Inspirations


Finding Inspiration . . . . . .

We have been having much needed rain in Southern California. Today is the first day all week that we have seen blue skies and a perfect day to get out in my garden to see what is starting to bloom before our official Spring.


Here . . . . . .


Pink Ranuculus are starting to bloom.


There . . . . .


Pink Primroses



Everywhere . . . . .

It's beginning to look like everything in early bloom is pink! I am beginning to think PINK inspiration.


I bought these pink roses last week at the Farmers Market and they are still beautiful after a week. I keep cutting the stems shorter and shorter and it has really prolonged their life.

I used one of my favorite blue and white pitchers to arrange the pink roses and picked a few pink geranium buds for the small blue and white pitcher. I collect blue and white china and use it often in my paintings - one of my artist friends calls blue and white "my signature" in my art.
I use a lot of Naples yellow as a background color on my canvas as it is very neutral and goes well with almost any color.

Close up of the little pink geranium petals in the painting.



I like to put the completed painting beside the set up to compare colors and form. I decided to paint the roses a little more open than the ones in the pitcher to look more like cabbage roses.

Completed painting.

Wishing everyone a beautiful and creative week. Thank you for your comments and visits to my blog. It means so much to me that you have taken time to leave a comment and to follow my blog.




13 comments:

Ruth Welter said...

Just such a beautiful painting Erin, I love it. Love the beautiful colors. Wow, your garden is looking beautiful. I'll have to wait till March and April to see any life in my perennial garden...lucky you for being able to have all that beautiful color at this time of the year.

Ruth

once in a blue moon... said...

everything is adorable, i enjoy your artwork and creative touches. vibrant and fun~

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Your painting is just beautiful and your flowers are so pretty. Have you ever been to the Cottage Nursery Garden in Westminster? Here is the web page.The name changed over the years because of a new owner. http://www.cottagenurserygardens.com/ It is one of my favorite nursery to visit. I like it just as much as I like Rodgers Gardens. Thank-you for showing us your pretty flowers and beautiful painting.

Have a beautiful weekend,

Ginger

GeorgiaPeachez said...

What a lovely post! I am sooo ready for spring to come to my garden. The daffodils are blooming and the daylilys are erupting from the ground so it is on it's way, yeah! The roses in the pitcher are so pretty! xo, suzy

Phyllis said...

I love your painted roses; I've never been able to get them right.

nikkicrumpet said...

God blessed you soooo much with such a great gift. How lovely

Carolyn said...

Exciting to have spring flowers starting to bloom.I will enjoy your garden as spring is still a long way of for us here in P.E.I. Canada.
Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.
Carolyn

Lavender Dreamer said...

I can't imagine being able to capture what I see in a painting! You are so amazing and your art is fabulous! I always feel so uplifted when I see your new posts...all the beautiful colors and wonderful images!

bj said...

Oh, I do love your paintings so much, Erin. I am so glad I found your blog. I love coming over and looking at all the beautiful things you offer.
xo bj

Donna said...

Beautiful new painting, Erin! I love it. I can't believe you have all those flowers blooming already. How pretty. I am SO ready for spring!

Hugs,
Donna

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Everthing is so beautiful! I loved the pink tulips in the blue bucket! Your painting turned out fabulous!
xo
Penny

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I can't believe how much is blooming already. I am so ready for spring. Your painting just took me away to spring days. Lovely. laurie

Gail McCormack said...

Your lovely painting would put a little Spring in anyone's step

Your garden is looking just beautiful, mine is burnt from the scorching sun, so thankyou for sharing yours with me