Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hydrangea Inspirations


Welcome. I am so happy you stopped by - my garden gate is always open for you to come in and relax and have a cup of tea while I share with you the inspirations for my art. Bentley is already in the garden looking for inspiration.





Finding Inspiration . . . . . . .





The hydrangeas are starting to bloom and I am looking for inspiration for a new painting.





Here . . . .





This year I added touches of red to my garden to add a little brightness to my traditional English Cottage Garden colors.


There . . . .





My garden is small and I am constantly rearranging it by moving the garden signs and plants in containers around for a different look.




I received this beautiful lavender hydrangea when recovering from surgery and wanted to paint it before planting it.

Everywhere . . . . .




Here is a little painting of the lovely lavender hydrangea.




Bentley seems to favor the blue hydrangeas.










I love mixing colors together - seems like they are different every year depending on the type of fertilizer I use.



My new garden look- mixing colors.


I am constantly changing the colors in the basket of my vintage bicycle basket - what a great container for plants it makes.




I decided to paint the blue hydrangeas and add a touch of pink with Iceberg roses along with the white Iceberg roses in a blue and white vase to tie the painting together.


The completed painting.





Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those who follow my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special. I have requests to paint lilacs and an English cottage with pink roses spilling over a picket fence and will paint them soon. Lilacs are easy to paint and I thought it would be fun to have a simple lesson for you on painting lilacs. I do not have a Lilac bush and will paint them next time I find some at the Flower Market.



Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin

13 comments:

Michelle Palmer said...

So very beautiful! Your painting and your garden!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend~
Michelle

Terra said...

I love your painting and your garden and your assistant, Bentley. Hydrangeas are so pretty, and lilacs are another flower I admire.

Tracy said...

Your garden is so pretty, as are your paintings! :)

Createology said...

You had me at the blue and white set up on the table. Bentley and I are in agreeance about the blue hydrangeas being the most spectacular. Thank you for sharing your lovely garden and paintings as they really brighten my day. Happy creating...

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Erin! Oh I'm so excited about your painting lesson on lilacs. I bought a small canvas and a few acrylic paints but I don't know where to start! This little lesson you give us will be SO helpful to get me started. You have such a lovely garden to keep you inspired and I LOVE hydrangeas. I planted 6 Annebelle I think they're called..white balls..along the front of the house. One day we'll have our screened porch built and a picket fence up around it ..then I'll have fun planting my English garden. Have a wonderful weekend....Maura:)

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Your garden was a wonderful inspiration for your gorgeous painting. Great job! I really like it. Love & blessings from NC!

Becca said...

Oh be still my heart! I absolutely adore "blue" hydrangeas! I'm not sure where this came from, because sadly, I cannot grow them here in Las Vegas. The lavender hydrangeas mixed in with the blue are simply stunning! Your paintings are so lovely, and Bentley is so sweet! Have a great weekend!
Becca

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

How talented you are! I have a small garden as well. I'll be coming back to check in on you.
Brenda

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

I would love to have a lilac painting lesson! I can't wait! I am so in awe of your amazing talent. Your paintings and your garden are just beautiful!
xo
Penny

deborahspalette said...

Love your hydrangas and your beautiful garden. I am a new follower via www.artnsoulbydeborah.com Hope you'll stop by for a visit and get to know me and my art a little. I would love you to follow, many Blessing, Deborah

Julie said...

Oh your garden is just lovely and Bentley looks like he sure enjoys all the flowers.

I would love a lesson!!!

Diane said...

Oh, the blue ones! My very favorites!
Everything looks so cheerful, Erin!
Diane

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Erin and Bentley! We seem to have lost our way to your lovely cottage, but have found the path to visit you again. Thankfully this happened because you have added so many wonderful posts since we last chatted! I love your very sweet garden and your Bentley has such a good garden sense!! Stop by and visit us whenever you have a chance, the cottage gate is always open!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo