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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Painting Winter Pansies

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.  We have have had rain, cold and now our beautiful California sunshine - perfect weather for our Winter Pansies to thrive in.  

Every year during the first few weeks in January I like to pick a word that describes the coming year.  Last year it was BLOOM as I was recovering from an illness that forced me to retire a few years early from my full time job in the corporate world as Vice President of Human Resources .I was adjusting to not working full time as well as looking at ways to start my own business in the art world.  It was an exciting year for me and I felt like a flower that was just starting to bud and almost ready to  bloom. I redesigned my blog, created lots of original art for the Heart of The Island Gallery and opened an ETSY shop.  This year my word is BLOSSOM as I plan to continue to grow and  create even more flowers in my world until  I am in full BLOOM -just like one of the flowering plants in my garden. I have learned that we never know where  our journey in life will take us and if for some reason it takes us on another path the best thing to do is to adjust our compass and welcome the new direction.

Enough of my rambling - let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, in the garden to see which Pansey plants are blooming.

I love the little yellow birdhouse -it seems to always end up in my Pansey paintings. The purple Pansies and the yellow bird house are complimentary colors.

My favorite quote for the year:

"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to BLOSSOM."   Anais Nin

The white cloche with bird on top also ends up in lots of my paintings.  I like to put a small pot of Pansey flowers under it .

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

                                "They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness."  Psalm  145:7


Susan said...

Oh, such beautiful photos and paintings. They pop with color and with life! Great job.

Do you think an Etsy shop is better than selling on eBay? Just curious.

Your work is a total delight to see. You are SO TALENTED! Susan

Heirloom treasures said...

As usual Erin your post is so pretty. I love the little smiley faces of pansies. Purple and yellow is so summery together. Happy New Year to you and Bentley xx

Unknown said...

How lovely! You are a delight and an inspiration. I also love that Anais Nin quote, and I'm going to write it down.

Thank you for sharing your talent and your beauty!

Happy New Year, and kisses to Bentley!


Terri Morse said...

Seeing a post from you, Erin, is like seeing a burst of sunshine. It makes my heart glad. Your pansies are beautiful - purple is my favorite color. Happy New Year to you and adorable Bentley. I'm so glad you are thriving in this new direction in your life. Hugs, Terri

a shade fancier said...

Love it!! Such uplifting colors.

a shade fancier said...

Love it!! The colors are uplifting and puts one in such a good mood. I think I'm in the right frame of mind now to tackle my chores.
missy m

Red Rose Alley said...

I love the painting of the bright flowers with the bird house. You are very talented. I hope the new year is kind to you, Erin, and that all the beauty that you give everyday returns to you in the coming year.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, I have a self portrait with a story if you want to stop by. I think you may appreciate it since you are an artist yourself.
Much love,

janice15 said...

I love all the pretty pansy's they are one of my favorite flowers..last year I had a inky dinky one so tiny..i couldn't believe..you painting is wonderful. Happy New years with love Janice

Anonymous said...

Really love the paintings and the beautiful flowers. I enjoy the beauty of your blog and hope you find more time to update, of course still with plenty of painting time. I do adore your sweet dog.

Vicki Boster said...

Erin- I love pansies too- their little faces are always so cheerful! Your photos capture them beautifully! Your paintings are pure magic--