Monday, July 5, 2010

Finding Inspiration

Welcome. I am so happy that you stopped by. My door is always open for you to come in, sit and relax and enjoy a cup of tea while I share the inspirations for my paintings with you. We have had unusually cool and cloudy weather this summer in Southern California while the rest of the country seems to be unusually hot.

I received so many lovely e-mails form you asking about the Beach Cottage painting with climbing red roses. The most popular question was "can you show us where you hung the painting in your home?" I hung it in my dining room. Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is waiting to show you.



I hung the painting in my dining room to compliment the blue and white theme. I decided to paint another painting to hang by the front door that would also compliment the blue and white.

The complimentary painting.



Come along with me to the flower market and I will share with you the inspirations for the new companion painting.
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I bought red roses and sunflowers. The Foxgloves are from my garden.



I decided to use the little bird in the painting.





Artists get to change their minds - the beautiful blue sky with puffy clouds and the vase of Sunflowers inspired me to change my mind and paint the ocean as a back ground - paint out the little iron bird and paint sea shells instead. I thought this would go better with the Beach Cottage painting.




A few strokes changed the feeling of the painting.
Here is the completed painting that now hangs by my front door.


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.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin

15 comments:

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Your paintings are so pretty!!! I just love the vibrant colors in all your work. Gorgeous!!! Love & blessings from NC!

Terra said...

Your paintings are very bright and cheerful, and I also enjoyed visiting your dining room and seeing your flower models.

Sandy said...

Love your painting as usual! I'm such a flower girl!
Thanks
Sandy from
Love ya to stitches

Createology said...

Your home and your paintings are such a breath of fresh air. Bentley must be a wonderful studio assistant. Thank you for the glimpse of your home inside. Happy creating...

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Erin, what beautiful paintings! I just love the flowers also. What a cute home you have. Thanks for sharing :)

Rhondi said...

Hi Erin
I loved seeing photos of the inside of your home. It is beautiful. I could move in and feel quite at home there! The paintings are great as always. You ae very lucky to have such a wonderful flower market nearby. Send some of that cold air over here to NC. We are sweltering.
Hugs, Rhondi

Tina Eudora said...

Everything is so fresh and inviting at your house. I loved seeing the lovely photos and of course your artwork is just perfect for the setting.
Hugs to the puppy!
Have a great weekend...
Tina xo

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

I love that you take us through your inspiration to final painting. It is so fun to see how an artist's mind works! I love your sweet home.
Hugs,
Penny

AshTreeCottage said...

Erin, I just love your paintings and your sweet cottage too. I envy your dutch door. When I was a little girl my Daddy built an addition to our house complete with a dutch door and I loved it so. I always love to come and visit you because you are an inspiration to me!! Hugs for your Bentley.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

LuvWheaties said...

Erin, I just found your blog. I live in Anaheim, and I have two Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers! Bentley is so cute, and I am sure he is a great assistant. I haunt many of the same places you do--Roger's Gardens, Britta's, and The Vintage Lady. Your paintings are so pretty and happy, and your home is lovely. I am having serious Dutch Door envy right now! Will you be making any personal appearances in Orange County any time soon?

Sandra

dobco said...

What a great place for inspiration! The colors are beautiful as are your paintings!

vicki said...

Erin - Here I am blog surfing and I just stumbled upon your magical and beautiful blog! Oh Happy Day for me! Your artistic talents are just amazing and I love, love, your creations. Love the photos, love your puppy, love just being here! I am so enthralled that I am now your newest follower!

Vicki

Kathryn Bechen said...

Your blog is looking ever so lovely Erin, as is your home! Hope you are having a great summer! :)

sandra lee said...

Your photos and paintings are always so soothing and beautiful. And your home is so cozy, fresh and very inviting. Thank you for sharing!

Diane said...

Erin, your home is so bright and pretty and inviting and it looks HAPPY like you!
Thank you for the peek inside.
XXX OOO
Diane