Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fourth of July In My Garden

Welcome. I am so glad that you stopped by. My garden gate is always open for you to come in, sit and relax and have a cold glass of lemonade. Can you believe that the Fourth of July is almost here? Seems like I just finished my Spring planting and now I am in my garden adding festive touches to celebrate our Nation's Birth Day!  I decided to share with you this blog post from 2010 as it is one of my most viewed posts and my blue vintage bicycle seems to be very popular on Pinterest.  I have added a few new photos.

Let's join my helpful studio assistant, Bentley, and I will share with you some of my festive touches and a few more new flea market and "thrifty" finds.









The old wicker shopping cart gets moved around a lot with seasonal items - flags for memorial Day and Fourth of July.



 The large red tray cost $2.00 and set on top of the old red wagon makes a great little serving table





Another old tool box in my favorite color - blue - makes a darling little planter.


The adorable little blue bird house with painted flags is  another flea market find. Anything old and weathered has a special place in my heart and in my garden.


I bought the paper umbrellas last year at the end of the season for a few dollars - opps - turns out the were on sale for a reason as they do not open all the way. They were so cute I opened them as much as I could and used them anyway.




I thought the funny one that did not open looked like the perfect fit for the little girl to sit under - the shape reminds me of a fairy house.
I bought the red, white and blue bucket from Wallmart for $9.95 and it is just the right size to fill with ice and cold drinks or beer. The red and white check chair covers ( I showed them to you a few posts back) were 2 for $10.00 and they are made from outdoor fabric The are also from Wallmart.



The white wicker vase is actually a candle holder and is perfect for flowers when not being used for a candle.



The vintage picnic basket was a "free to you" find.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those who are following my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.



"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity."   Psalm 133:1

Sending you and your family Blessings and Best Wishes for a lovely Fourth of July.


Thank you to our Service Men and Women and their Families on this special holiday for giving up so much to protect our freedoms both here and abroad. God Bless you.


I will be participating  on July 14th in the  Where Bloggers Create blog party and will share with you my art studio.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

White Wicker Inspirations

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.  Even though today is the first day of summer, we are still having beautiful cool weather here in Southern California near the coast. I get so many e-mails asking where I find the inspiration for the white wicker that I paint  -- well - first of all I am from North Carolina and grew up with lots of white wicker on our front porch as well as the front yard.  I have always loved wicker - especially white - and now  collect it.  I have two wicker  chairs on the patio off my kitchen and a vintage rocker and two wicker chairs inside my home as well as a coffee table and three side tables.  I keep the vintage wicker inside and use the newer wicker outside.

Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, in the garden to show you the outdoor wicker that appears in so many of my paintings.

                                                             Finding Inspiration . . . . .


                                               Here . . . . There . . . . . Everywhere . . . .









Indoor vintage wicker chair that I also use in my paintings.




I used my white wicker chairs and changed the pillow colors around  a bit and added my vintage round table and a few more flowers and created a new painting "Relaxing By The Sea".  The painting can be seen at The Heart of the Island Gallery on Balboa Island.




"Therefore I tell you, do not worry."  Matthew 6:25

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

HAPPY SUMMER



Friday, June 15, 2012

Painting A Pink Bicycle

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 am a member of a wonderful group of creative women called W.H.O.A. - Women Helping One Another.  The group volunteered to teach art to the Rowdy Ridge Gang Camp that is part of the Scott Newman Center.  The mission statement of the camp is to provide a life-affirming program for families recovering from drug addiction or are survivors of spousal abuse.  The group also volunteered to decorate the Mom's cabin and provide them with a welcome gift bag.  I volunteered to decorate the Mom's cabin with some of my art and paint a Welcome sign for their cabin door..

                 I am participating with Pink Saturday to share my pink post.  You can visit            www.howsweetthesound.typepad.com to visit lots of wonderful pink posts as well as celebrate Father's Day.


                         Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, in the garden to look for inspiration for the Moms.



I bought some beautiful pink and rose Peony flowers at my favorite flower shop - Trader Joe's.


Finding inspiration . . . .
Love the way the pink and rose flowers look with the green birdcage.

                                                                            Here . . . .

I decided to paint a pink bicycle with a green background Welcome sign.  Since my vintage bicycle is blue I used photos of my Friend, Cathy's, pink bicycle for the painting.


There . . . . Everywhere . . . . .
I wanted the bicycle to be very pretty  for the Moms, but a little bit rustic since it will be on the door of their cabin in the mountains in California.   I added burlap ribbon to add a touch of rustic.


I also tried a little "mixed-media" and glued words on that say "journey" "joy" and "laugh".

The  note on back of the painting to the Moms  reads:

 "Be filled with joy and laughter . . . life is a beautiful ride".


"May the God of steadfastness . . .grant you to live in harmony with one another." Romans 15:5



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

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Painting My Blue Vintage Bicycle


Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by. My garden gate is always open for yor to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea while I share with you the inspirations for my art. Let's join Bentley, My Studio Assistant, to look for inspirations in the garden to paint.






Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers to paint and are in most of my garden paintings.








My 1958 Rocket vintage bicycle is so special - it is not in condition to ride anymore so I gave it a new home parked in my garden.  I am often asked to sell it for parts and I can  not bear to see it torn  up -  it is now resting comfortably and happily among the flowers in my garden and is frequently the inspiration for my garden paintings.

I plant the basket with seasonal  flowers - this Spring the basket is planted with red geraniums and a few Nasturtium.









This year I am documenting my garden by painting some of my favorite things and wanted to paint my dear old vintage bicycle resting among the flowers.





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 taking a little blog break and will be back on June 18th.

Have a lovely day.  Blessings, Erin


The  Geraniums are in full bloom and I wanted to share them with you before I take a blog break.









"May the God of steadfastness . . . grant you to live in harmony with one another."  Romans 15:5