Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happy Spring Winner and Painting Zinnias

Welcome and Happy Spring. I am happy to announce that the winner of my Thank You Spring Giveaway is: Kathi. Congratulations and please send me an e-mail with your address so I can mail you your present. Thank you to everyone who entered. I only wish that I could have given all of you a present.


Thank you for stopping by. My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with cup of tea while I share the inspirations for my art. We have had lots of rain in Southern California this past week and everything in the garden is starting to bloom. I was so excited to see the Zinnias with buds and little flowers. I could not wait to pick a little bouquet to paint as they are one of my favorite "happy" flowers.


Lets join Bentley, My Studio Assistant in the garden to see what we can pick to paint.

Finding Inspiration . . . . . .



















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The orange Zinnias seem to be growing faster than the other colors.






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My old vintage wagon is the perfect container for pots of blooming plants. I am very careful not to let water stand in the bottom of it so it will not rust out.








I love the little garden Bumble Bee signs and have them tucked here and there.




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I painted the little bouquet on a small canvas and "faked" the lavender Zinnias as I do not have any in bloom yet, but thought the painting needed some lavender. The two orange Zinnias look more yellow in the photograph of the painting .




Happy Spring


" See the winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land". Song of Songs 2:11-12


Thank you for visiting and for entering my giveaway. I only wish that I had a gift for everyone who left a comment. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate and cherish your visits, comments and e-mails and those who follow 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

11 comments:

GardenofDaisies said...

I just happened to stumble onto your blog ... and there was a gorgeous painting of zinnias! Folks who know me know that I adore zinnias! :-) Just lovely!
Spring has just barely arrived here, but I'm looking forward to the summer flowers.

Faythe said...

Congratulations Kathi...lucky you...

The zinnias are so pretty ,,its also amazing that you can paint glass..seems really hard to be able to get that effect..you are so talented..

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

HAPPY SPRING TO YOU DEAR ERIN AND BENTLY,HERE I AM SEATTING IN YOUR GARDEN YOU LEFT THE DOOR OPEN I AM HAPPY TO SEE THE ZINNIAS BLOOMING WITH HAPPY LITTLE FACES,YOUR ZINNIAS BOUQUET CAME OUT SO BEAUTIFUL,IS SO NICE THAT YOU CAN PAINT ANY FLOWER NOT JUST ROSES ERIN.YOU MAKE MY DAY WITH YOUR LOVELY POST..HUGS AND BLESSINGS

Vickie said...

I love all your inspirational photos and your paintings are beautiful. Your blog site is warm and welcoming.

Diane said...

Thank you, Erin, for this beautifully colorful post! I needed that! Outside my windows it's all white! ;-)
Hugs, Diane

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Erin, so sorry I missed your give away...I feel a little behind these days.

Love your zinnia painting, so pretty with a breath of spring to it. Enjoy your garden. I have to get out there when our weather warms up and clean mine out, get ready for spring flowers. Take good care...keep a painting'.

Ruth

Tim said...

Nice blog.

Susan S. said...

Beautiful blog....so glad I popped in! I'm going to add myself as a follower. The zinnia's are gorgeous and your studio assistant...PRECIOUS! Happy Spring Ya'll from Houston, TX

Susan S. said...

Beautiful blog....so glad I popped in. The flowers (real and painted) are beautiful. And your studio assistant....PRECIOUS! I'm adding myself as a follower...hope to see you at my blog soon! Happy Spring Ya'll from Houston, TX

vicki said...

Erin- I love the zinnias! That is a beautiful painting. Bentley is such a great studio helper!

Congrats to your winner- I was gone and missed the whole contest :(
Vicki

Kristen said...

Good luck.