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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Finding Inspiration

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax while I share with you the inspirations for my art.  We have had an unusually cold winter in Southern California - even though today it is in the 70's - over the weekend it was very cold with rain and wind.  I love "using what I have and not what I don't have" in decorating my home.  Recently I moved the yellow and red vintage Ralph Lauren pillows from my living room to my office. I love the bright colors and felt that they addded warmth to my office - especially on such a cold day - and they were calling for a new painting to go with them.

The day was so cold that Bentley, my Studio Assistant, sat in the living room by the window where the sun was barely streaming in to try and keep warm.

The inspirational pillow.

Since I don't have any flowers growing in my garden I looked through my photographs to find inspiration for the painting that would go with the colors in my office.  I have a day bed in my office with old Ralph Lauren fabrics - blue denim - red check and red stripe and  the repurposed yellow pillows with a blue stripe and red and blue flowers.

My blog is The Painted Garden and I wanted the painting to represent all things that I love - Sunflowers, purple and red flowers, my garden hat, and my love of blue and white china, and of course my favorite tea set in blue and white.

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I used my phoptographs for inspiration for the painting with all of my favorite colors and objects.

The completed painting in my office.

Thank you for stopping by.  I  love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits,  comments,
 e-mails, and those of you 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

"Sing to him a new song." Psalm 33.3


Sonia said...

Those floral pillows are beautiful! Love all your flowers and paintings! You have such a great cottagey style. Love it all!
Miss Bloomers

Susan said...

Oh, I LOVE your art work. It's so colorful and cheerful. "Bee-u-tee-ful!" Thanks for sharing. That would definitely cheer me up on a cold day. Susan

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your paintings are wonderful! And your home is lovely and I can see why you turn to your immediate surroundings when you need inspiration to paint.

Anonymous said...

It is really a beautiful painting Erin. I love it and so your beautiful photos. It is a success.

Keep painting and nice weekend to you and the cute Bentley

Esther said...

Inspiration is a magical word. To explore, search and contemplate this mystical state which absolutely has no limitations.
It sounds a little short of miraculous, but when you have it and constantly work on that inspiration and achieve success through that inspiration, miracles really can happen.
Inspiration can come from your own unconscious mind, the part of you that sends you signals, images and dreams.
Everyone see themselves as undervalued. Overcome that laziness and your unconscious mind will spark and ignite this magical inspiration and make you a success.
I love your pictures.

Sunny Simple Life said...

The package came. Thank you again. I only was able to skim the book but can't wait to get into it deeper. I love organizing magazines and books and am so happy to add this one to my shelf. The gift card is such a treat and really useful too. With four kids I am in there every week. Thanks again.

★Carol★ said...

Hi! I just discovered your blog, and it's positively dreamy! I love your paintings, and I can't wait to see what's blooming in your garden this Spring!

Lady Jane said...

Bentley is so lucky to have such cozy surroundings to cuddle up in. Hugs. LJ

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Erin,

Thank you for your kind wishes regarding the licensing, it is something I'm very excited about. Happy new year to you...I look forward to seeing all your new work this year, always so beautiful.


Anonymous said...

Love all the beautiful flowers and the china.


Maki said...

Your painting is beautiful!

Hugs, Maki of Maki's Little Red House