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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Painting the first Pansies of Spring

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  May 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. My Pansy flowers were late bloomers this year - perhaps because I was a little too enthusiastic about over feeding them with cottonseed meal.

Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, in the garden to show you our Pansies that are now blooming.

My  sister and I used to love going to the feed store/nursery with our Mother in North Carolina to look at the baby chicks and Spring Pansy plants - we called then "Smiling  Faces" because we thought the flowers looked like they were smiling.

Did you know that the name Pansy comes from the French word pensee, meaning "remembrance" or "thought" thus when a bouquet of pansies is given to you, it means, "I'm thinking of you." This was the inspirational thought behind a little bouquet of pansies I painted for my friend who's shop burned down.

"Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have."  1Samuel 25:6

I wanted to paint Pansies that had a Vintage look for my friend Cathy who has a darling shop, The Vintage Lady, newly located at Country Roads Antiques in Orange, CA, so I painted them in in an old vintage Ball jar.

Thank you for stopping by.  I love hearing from you and read and cherish each and every comment and e-mail and  appreciate 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.   I am working on a new painting for my blog banner as after three years I feel it is about time for me to give my blog a new look - nothing drastic - just something new for you to look at and hopefully enjoy.

Have a lovely week.  Blessings, Erin


Sonia said...

Just beautiful images of all those colorful pansies! Don't they just welcome spring in? Your painting is beautiful! Miss Bloomers

Jen said...

such pretty colours :)

Heirloom treasures said...

Your pansies are so sweet. The painting is so real. I have a pansy painting which we had done by a local china painter. I so love it/ We also bought a big collection of different colour pansies today. I especially love the mauve ones.
xx jeanetteann

Anonymous said...

Like always, I am enchanted when I visit your blog.
Hoghart -

Andi's English Attic said...

The colour of spring flowers are so vibrant. I love purple and yellow together especially. xx

Ruth Welter said...

Enjoy your beautiful pansies Erin..Love the new painting.


Susan Freeman said...

I don't just love pansies ~ I adore them! Your pansies in the ball jar painting is just a sweet and precious as it can be. Give your darling studio assistant a pat from me.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Susan Freeman said...

I don't just love pansies ~ I adore them! Your painting of pansies in a vintage blue ball jar is so very sweet and charming. Give that adorable studio assistant a pat from me.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Anonymous said...

i'm newly strolling through your blooming gardens and artwork. really lovely to leave your gate open for me...