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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Getting Ready for Fall with a Scare Crow Painting

Welcome. I am so happy that you stopped by. My garden gate is always open for you to come in, sit and relax and sip a cup of tea while I share inspirations for my painting. Would you like to paint a fall Welcome Scare Crow painting with me?

Bentley, my helpful Studio Assistant, is already in the garden looking for fall inspirations. It is a little early in Southern California for our change of season, even though Fall is right around the corner. I was able to find some "faux fall inspirations, stored away from last year. I call my stash "early fall gatherings"

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Finding inspiration . . . . . .
Early Fall Gatherings

Here . . . . There . . . . .

I like to start my early Fall decorating in my garden.

The little welcome scare crow has been around for several years and I like to find a new place for him every year. The little garden grouping will be the inspiration for our Welcome painting.

Everywhere . . . . .

You are welcome to copy my drawing if you would like to paint along with me.

I have red and blue accents in my garden and decided to use blues and red in my painting. I always paint the entire painting with a light coat of paint to get the feel of the colors before I start darkening up the painting. That way, if you do not like the colors, it is easy to change your color direction.

I paint with water based acrylic paints as they are non toxic. I like to use Liquitex paints. I base coated the entire canvas before I sketched the painting. Once you have decided on your colors paint in your darks first and then high light the lights. I use two screw eye hooks on the back of the canvas and tie a coordinating ribbon to use as a hanger. I also put on 3 coats of a matt - non yellowing varnish on the canvas to protect it from the sun. You can paint on a board, piece of slate or purchase a canvas or wooden plaque from your local craft store. Michael's and Joanne Fabrics carries wooden plaques.

The completed painting.

I call these little paintings "Door Hangers" as they are perfect to hang on your door or garden gate. They also look adorable on a picket fence.

Have fun and enjoy your Fall "Door Hanger".

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 for Fall.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin


Sniffles and Smiles said...

Erin!!! This is absolutely delightful!!! And so inspiring!!! I also adore Bentley!!! Love it!!! You've got me in the mood for fall...I'd better go break out the fall wreaths, etc. Thanks for the BIG smiles!!! Have a great week!! ~Janine XO

ShirleyC said...

I love your little scarecrow. I love fall, but I just can't get in the mood since the temps went back up this week.
I've always wanted to be able to paint, but the only thing I can is "paint objects", like furniture, walls, ets. LOL

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a sweety pie that scarecrow is! I have been thinking about fall decor...just need a little cooler temps.

Susan Freeman said...

What a cute scarecrow. Thanks for the inspiration! I always leave your blog with a big smile on my face!!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

Anonymous said...


Thank you for fun lesson.

Vicki Boster said...

Mr. Scarecrow is adorable - I think Bently likes him too! What an adorable little table setting - perfect for fall weather! More lovliness here at your place~~


*Ulrike* said...

I am going to try to paint that as soon as I get a few other things done. I'm not the greatest at drawing, but I think that one is very cute! Thanks for sharing.
Take Care,