Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Garden Gates

Welcome. I am so happy that you stopped by. My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea while I share with you the inspirations for my art. I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my photos of garden gates and show you the gate that was the inspiration for my painting "The Girl on the Blue Bicycle."

Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, to look at some garden gates.

This is my side garden gate and you can see my blue vintage Rocket bicycle that has been "retired" to the garden. The bicycle has appeared in many of my paintings.

Let's take a look at some charming gates that I have photographed over the past few years. Do you have a favorite gate?

Finding inspiration . . . . .

The blue gate is my favorite gate. It is in front of a charming cottage on Balboa Island and is a popular gate for visitors to photograph.

Here . . . . .

There . . . .

Everywhere . . . . .This is the gate that was the inspiration for my painting "The Girl on the Blue Bicycle".

The gate is located in a charming neighborhood in Old Town Orange in Southern California.

Some of you may recognize the painting as I use it on my Google Account - The Painted Garden.

I fancy that the girl is me wearing a garden hat riding my vintage bicycle many years ago in 1958 when the Rocket bicycle was new.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you." Matthew 7:7

Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments, 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.

I will be on a little blog break and will be back on June First.

Have a lovely day. Blessings, Erin


Inspiration from Nature said...

This is a lovely post Erin.
First, I love the photo with the blue china and the beautiful roses and your garden looks so beautiful with all those bright colors.

Now, for my favorite gates. Of course, I love the blue one, but I also love the one with the long white fence with old roses (house N°380).

All these beautiful gates, houses and gardens make my day and make me dream.
I wish you a beautiful weekend

wildflower said...

Beautiful painting and I love garden gates!

Ruth Welter said...

Love this painting Erin and I love looking at people's garden gates as well. Such a pretty subject. Have a creative weekend.


Diane said...

Erin, what a sweet tour! I wish I could have been walking with you!
XO Diane

GardenofDaisies said...

I love picket fences and garden gates too! Always make me want to peek inside and see what is beyond.

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

What wonderful gates!! Your picture is lovely Erin. Have a great blog break.

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Erin,
So excited to find your blog through my dear friend Ruth. Love the first pic with the blue and white dishes. I have my mother and grandma's old blue willow and love it in my tuscan kitchen.

The garden gates are delightful and such inspiration for the cottage.
So enjoyed my visit here. Your blog is lovely and you are so talented.

Hope you enjoy a great weekend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi again Erin, forgot to say, Bently is a doll.
My Miss Beazy is my studio assistant too.
Isn't is a great day creating with them?
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Rebecca said...

Just recently found your blog and love it! The gardening season is so short in MN and I treasure every moment of it. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration. I've enjoyed looking at your pictures and paintings. I'll be back often.

TheEccentricLady said...

The gates and little cottages are beautiful! So uplifting on a dark and stormy day here in Ohio. Glad to have found your blog. Looking forward to seeing more paintings.

Becca said...

Hi Erin, I love this post! Those are some lovely, lovely garden gates...great photos. I have a gate that leads into my courtyard, my gate is not that special though, but this has inspired me to maybe get creative!

vicki said...

Hi Erin- I love all the gate photos- they really are great for inspiration. Your favorites are mine as well. The painting with the blue bicycle and that beautiful gate is one of my favorites--