Sunday, July 5, 2009

Our Bluebirds are Back


For a while the Southern California Blue Birds seemed to almost disappear. I was so excited to see a Blue Bird in my garden the other day. This called for a little celebration and inspiration for a new painting. Lets take Bentley ,my studio assistant, and look around my little garden for inspiration for a garden painting with a blue bird.


I find inspiration for my art in every day life and in the every day objects in my surroundings. I love old fabrics and can't bear to get rid of throw pillows - they usually end up on the chairs in my garden. We have very little rain this time of the year in Southern California and I am able to leave old pilllows out during the summer and fall.

Finding inspiration . . . .




I liked the fact that one of the pillows is blue and white stripe and decided to use the pillows in my painting . . . the blue pillow will add a touch of blue to my composition to compliment the bluebirds.


Here . . . .







I also wanted to add pink roses in the background to pick up the pinks in the fabric on the floral pillows.



There . . . . .





I like to repeat colors and adding the blue Hydrangeas will add more blue and bring harmony to the painting.

Everywhere . . . . .

And of course we need to add a garden hat to our garden painting.



Now that we found the inspiration for the garden painting, let's get started.






I have lots of birds in my garden and love to put them in my paintings . . . I feel they bring life and interest . . . next - I decided with so many birds in the painting that they need to have a bird house suitable for multiple birds and added the "birdhouse condo" with a red roof for a pop of color.



The finished painting named "Welcome Back Bluebirds".


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Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin

11 comments:

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Hi Erin, what a pretty composition! Your porch pillows look really comfy too! xo, suzy

*Ulrike* said...

We love bluebirds too. Each year we have some nest here in some houses that we have for them. I loved how you pulled everything together for your painting. I always enjoy looking at them.

Phyllis said...

It's beautiful, as usual!

Don't you love the little bluebirds? I have several of the Eastern Bluebirds on my property and really enjoy watching them. They stay all year around, so I'm thankful for that.

Have a great week!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

It's always such a thrill to see a new post & this one is a doozy! I just loved the painting & all pictures of how you pulled it together. ☺ Diane

Patty's Stitches said...

I love your blog. Oh how I wish I could do those wonderful paintings!
Blessings,
Patty

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love bluebirds and hydrangeas! Your painting is lovely...just like you!

Ruth Welter said...

Just gorgeous Erin, I love this new painting.

Ruth

KarenHarveyCox said...

Bluebirds are my fascination. So glad that they are back. I love your inspiration and your painting is gorgeous as always.

Have a lovely day filled with inspiration.

Karen

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

So pretty, as always, and it is amazing what a difference the addition of the bird house made. laurie

Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage said...

Oh so pretty! I love how you get your inspiration.

Hugs,
Donna

Sara said...

Hello and greetings from a fellow Southern Californian blogger....I was doing a bit of blog surfing today and thus found yours. Just wanted to say that your paintings are so charming and colorful, and your blog is a joy to peruse.