Saturday, February 7, 2009

Rose Inspirations

A trip to our local Farmer's Market was the inspiration for my "Roses By The Sea" painting.


Finding inspiration . . . . . .



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Recently I "re-purposed" one of my bedrooms and used rose floral accent pillows that were in another bedroom to give the room a fresh new garden- inspired look. I wanted to incorporate the roses in the pillows and shams into a large painting for the room. The fabric is a Ralph Lauren print and is paired with red and white check.

The fabric has red roses, blues, greens and a touch of yellow and those are the colors I want to use in my painting.



I used my garden wicker chair in the painting and changed the cushions to match the bedroom cushions.



I painted a similar floral throw pillow on the white wicker chair and picked up the blues in the two vases. Now I am bringing in some yellow by adding yellow flowers in the pots. Notice I am bouncing the reds around the entire painting to bring harmony. This will look nice with the red and white check bed skirt and the red roses in the floral shams and throw pillows.



Finished painting with little white daisies in the blue vase and daffodils in the clay pot.
"The skies can't keep their secret! They tell it to the hills - the hills just tell the orchards - and they the daffodils"! Emily Dickinson.

I planned to do a "how to" post for Valentines Day and show you how to paint a vintage style Whitman's Sampler candy box heart with an adorable needlepoint basket of flowers on the box. . . well things do not always go as planned . . . .as my Studio Assistant, Bentley was a little too enthusiastic about "assisting"!


Hmm - I better check out the boxes to make sure everything is in order for the painting project! I hope no one notices that I ripped the boxes open!
I just wanted to inspect the boxes to make sure there was no candy left in them!




Inspector Bentley just could not resist "inspecting" the vintage style box before the art project got started!


Wishing everyone a happy and creative week and a very special Valentines Day.

25 comments:

Lavender Dreamer said...

Your painting is lovely! I love the vibrant colors you use! Very beautiful! I'm afraid you would need to come to my house to help me with a tutorial! heehee! You are so talented!

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

I'm so happy I found your blog! I don't get to look for new blogs very often so thank-you for putting a smile on my face. Of course I had to share your blog with all of my blogging friends so they wont miss out on your blog.
Have a beautiful day.
Ginger

Joanne said...

I just found your blog via Ginger of Enchanting Cottage. Oh, I love it. As I scrolled down, there was the cutest baby -- of course, I mean your soft-coated Wheaten Terrier! I said to myself, "he looks just like my Bentley." I can't believe that we both have Wheaten's and they're both named Bentley. Aren't they the best? I can't wait to see the rest of your blog. Wish you lived closer so we could get the two of them together. Joanne (NY) ~~ glamourgirljoanne@yahoo.com

bj said...

Hi, I am bj and came over from the Enchanting Cottage...and I am thrilled to death that I did. I have enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your lovely photos so much.
Your talent just is awesome. What a precious gift. I would LOVE to be able to paint a picture in the colors of my room...that is awesome!
Pls. come see me and I will surely be back by to see what you have going on!
xo bj

bj said...

It's just me..bj, again. i had to come back and look at your blog some more. I LOVE your home...
Is it ok if I have some of my readers to come over to see you? I know they will love you just like I do....
Just let me know..
bj

Ruthie said...

What a lovely blog. Came by from Ginger's. It really brightens up our Colorado winter to see all the bright flowers etc.
Smiles.

nikkicrumpet said...

Well now I know why Crumpet gets into so much mischief...he's been taking lessons from Bentley!! I love the painting...it is unbelievably beautiful! It's the kind of painting that just makes you happy looking at it. But then I am a sucker for anything floral!

Carolyn said...

So glad Ginger sent me over to visit.You are a talented artist-I would love to be able to paint like that.I will watch for the magazine to come out-congratulations!
Carolyn

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

Your painting turned out so beautiful! Bently is so adorable, you just can't get mad at him for his curiousity...I love him!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Oh what a beautiful post!! Your talents are amazing and what inspirational colors and so full of life! I adore your garden setting! I wish I was there right now, it looks like the perfect spot! Thank you for bring beauty to us all!

Hugs, Cynthia

Ruth Welter said...

Love the painting Erin...I love paintings with water in the background...it is such a beautiful backdrop for florals and gardens... love the boats too. Beautiful work.

Ruth

char72 said...

Ginger at Enchanting Cottage recommended your blog so I thought I would come check it out. I was not disappointed. I'm putting it on my blog roll. What a wonderful talent you have.
Charlotte

Donna said...

Hi Erin,
I love the painting! The colors are so vibrant and beautiful. I adore your work!

Silly Bentley! He's so cute. Happy Valentine's Day!

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Donna

Kathryn Bechen said...

Inspector Bentley is a hoot! I LOVE the new painting!

Kathryn :)

KarenHarveyCox said...

I found your blog through Donna, and I am so glad. Your blog is beautiful, and that painting is awesome. Karen

Phyllis said...

Hi Erin,

I just discovered your blog by visiting Ginger at Enchanging Cottage and am in love with your art. I paint too but am an amatuer. I really admire your work. I'll be back!

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

This is my first time visiting your blog, and I enjoy it very much. Your a special lady with great talent! From what I can see at a quick notice, your home is filled with fantastic vibrant colors. Done very well with good taste. I'm sure I'll be back to visit again with more time to look thru your post. Have a creative day!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I just came over from "Crumbs of Happiness". I am SO glad she told me about your blog. I have just scrolled through all of your recent postings, and I love your style! I will certainly be adding your blog to my blog list, and I will be back often. Thanks for all of this beautiful inspiration. laurie

Daisy Cottage said...

Oh look at cute Bentley!!
Your painting dances beautifully in gorgeous color! Love it - ONE day I WILL have one of your paintings in my home...
P.S.
Thank you for emailing me about our features! So happy for you! ;-)
xo,
Kim

Jill said...

What a beautiful blog you have...I am so happy to have found you! Your paintings are so gorgeous and I love your delightful pictures!

Yummy place to visit, I'll be back soon!
~Jill

Musings From A French Cottage said...

Wow!! What a gorgeous painting. The colors are so beautiful and vibrant. Bentley is so sweet and how funny that his curiosity got the better of him! Great photos!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Hugs,
Kathleen

debbie said...

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO YOU AND BENTLEY.
YOUR PAINTINGS ARE BEAUTIFUL.
I BET YOUR HOUSE IS JUST GORGEOUS.
BLESSINGS
debbie

nikkicrumpet said...

Happy Birthday to Bentley and his family...everytime I come here I get such a yearning for SPRING!

The Country Nest said...

What a great blog, I love it! You have beautiful flowers and paintings, love your signs and of course the pooh!
Donna

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