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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Toasting you and Planting Panseys

Welcome. I am so glad that you stopped by. Please join me for a cup of tea so we can toast the New Year together and look for inspiration for a pansy painting.

" Here's to the bright New Year, and a fond farewell to the old: here's to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold"

We have had very cold weather in Southern California and most of the flowers in my garden have gone to sleep for the winter and the roses have been cut back. The bright spots in our California gardens are our pansies. They do not mind frost and cold nights and their cheerful happy faces always make me smile.

Let's take Bentley, my helpful studio assistant into the garden and look for pansy inspirations.

Finding Inspiration . . . . .

"A New Year is unfolding - like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within". Anonymous.

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There . . . . .

Everywhere . . . .

Looks like Bentley found our inspiration.

The pots of pansies, seed packets and bulbs on my potting bench are just waiting for me to paint.

The completed painting inspired by my day in the garden planting "winter pansies".

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate all of you who visit , leave me comments and follow my blog. Please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.

Sending you warm wishes for a Joyful New Year and a lovely week. Blessings, Erin


Stacey said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! Your posts always make me smile. :)

Ruth Welter said...

Love your pansies Erin , the painting is lovely. I like your mosaic pot as well. Happy new year to you.


Sandra Lee said...

Happy New Year Erin! Your little painting is so sweet...I love pansies with their happy little faces and the scent of them is so nice. I love your garden, thank you for always sharing it with me and your tea was delicious!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Erin,
I like the way you and Bentley did the walking, talking tour of your garden for inspiration.
Ah, I must get out my new camera and do the same with my Butch boy.
Happy Painting for 2010

*Ulrike* said...

Pansies were my mother-in-laws favorite, and I like them too. I still have a few to put out if the rain will ever let up!
I hope that you and Bentley have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Take Care

Phyllis said...

Hey Erin,

I wanted to stop by and wish you and Bentley and Happy New Year!!!

The pansies and violas are so very pretty. Mine are currently frozen :(

Julie said...

Pansies are one of my most favorite flowers. My grandmother would always plant them along her walk way. So I always have some planted somewhere in my garden to remember her by. I also have one that I have dried and put behind glass in my bathroom!

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Erin!

I just love all your pansies! The pot and painting are favs!

Happy New Year!

love, kelee

Marilyn Miller said...

Beautiful panseys! Love the little ones called johnny jump ups.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy New Year! I love stopping by to see all of your beautiful flowers and cheery colors! Enjoy your weekend!

Donna said...

Bentley did a great job finding you your inspiration. Love the painting!

Wishing you a Happy New Year!!


Lallee said...

Happy New Year, Erin. Looking forward to another beautiful year of inspiration with you and Bentley.

La Petite Gallery said...

It is such a pleasure when your posts comes up with all the flowers. We in Maine and New England are up to our knees in snow. Your garden is beautiful.


Rhondi said...

Hi Erin
I love pansies and your painting is just lovely. You captured the colors so well!
Hugs, Rhondi