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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pink Roses and a Little Cottage

Welcome. I am so glad that you stopped by. My garden gate is always open for you to come in, relax and have a cup of tea. Today we are going to paint a little cottage with a picket fence and pink roses. First, let's leave my garden and take my studio assistant, Bentley, for a walk looking for inspiration.

Finding Inspiration . . . . . .

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I loved the blue windows and door on this cottage and decided to paint the door and shutters on my cottage blue.

This large cottage reminds me of a real English Cottage. Note the green bushes and hedges around the cottage.

We will paint lots of green bushes around our cottage.

I like the brick sidewalk and will paint one leading to our little cottage.

Now that we have seen lots of cottages and climbing pink roses, let's go back to my studio and paint a cottage together. We will paint a small cottage to make it easy for beginners. I sketched out a little cottage with my paints (I use Liquitex acrylic) on a 9X12 canvas. You are welcome to copy my painted sketch. Note I put lots of green bushes around the cottage similar to the ones we saw in the above photographs.

Sky is painted with Prussian blue mixed with lots of white. I base coated the door and shutters with darker Prussian blue and painted a brick sidewalk. I paint in the French Impressionist style and do not paint a lot of detail. I added lots of colors to the roof and painted a lighter color where the sun is hitting the roof.

Next I painted a vine around the fence and base coated the roses with red. Always paint dark to light and put in your darks first. I also added roses around the door and on the roof. I started putting a lighter color over the dark red roses on the roof so you can see how to build up the color. Add some dark green under the roses on the fence and house - this will create the depth. Put different shades of green around the cottage for your bushes - then add touches of lighter green on top of the bushes where the sun light is hitting the bushes. Add darker blue to the top of the door and shutters - this will create the look of a shadow as the roof and roses will cast a shadow on the areas right underneath them.

The completed painting - notice I went back and added some white highlights to some of the roses where the sunlight is hitting them. The painting is so small it does not have a lot of detail on the roses - the Impressionist style gives the impression of roses without the detail. You can paint with a small brush and add as much detail as you want to - it is just a matter of the style you like. For me, light, soft edges and loose edges are my style.

Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those who are following my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special. As soon as I find Lilacs at the flower market we will paint them.
Next week we are going to Florida to visit "The Children's Garden" that my sister is bringing back to life after the big freeze in Florida this past winter.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Erin, thank you so much for giving me a lesson. But, if I came to stay with you for a 100 years and you gave me a lesson every day, I know I would never be able to paint as charmingly as you do!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

The houses are just my style and the painting is darling. I might have to have you do my cottage at some point.

Rhondi said...

Hi Erin
I love it when you take us on your inspiration walks. Your cottage painting is wonderful as usual. Thanks for the lesson!
Hugs, Rhondi

Tracy said...

Beautiful photos & I love your artwork!

Unknown said...

Marvelous, Your pictures are beautiful. I could smell the roses from here. Thank you for sharing your process, I truly enjoyed it, many Blessing, Deborah

Anonymous said...

Erin, I LOVE IT!!!

Susan Freeman said...

I so enjoyed your tour today, and yes I did find lots of inspiration!! Your cottage painting is charming and sweet. Give your Bentley a hug for me!!

Susan and Bentley

Donna said...

Erin, thank you for showing us how to paint a cottage. It turned out beautiful! I love all of the inspiration that led up to the cottage painting too! What beautiful houses.


Sue said...

I love taking little tours with you, Erin. The inspiration you glean from these homes and their gardens is magnificent. I just love your style!

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Oh how beautiful Erin! Thank you for explaining and showing us how to layer colors...I LOVE this picture. I need to buy more paint colors now! I'm looking forward to giving this a try. Have a wonderful Friday! Maura :)

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful photos. love them. First time visiting your blog, and what is the first thing I see? A Wheatie! I have one too, so I love it when I see them!

Mary said...

Hello Erin! Yes I'm back from my African safari and catching up with everyone as best I can.

This was certainly the most exciting and amazing trip of my entire life.......far removed from English cottages as you've depicted in this adorable painting........but I did get to sleep under thatched roofs!

Hope you have time to stop by and view my photos when you return from Florida. I have so much to show and tell about.

Hugs to you and Bentley.