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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Heart of the Island Gallery

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  Today we are going to leave my garden and take a little tour of one of my favorite places - Balboa Island - a charming island located on the Newport Bay and home of The Heart of the Island Gallery.  I am so lucky that the gallery carries my art and am so honored to be there with so many local and talented artists.  We will be doing a "drive by tour" as I am not walking too much while waiting for knee surgery and Bentley, my Studio Assistant will be riding in the car with me.  I will share with you some of the art I  created just for the gallery and some of the inspirations on the island for my art.  We will take the ferry ride across the bay as it is so much fun.

Flags blowing in the wind  and sail boats usually end up somewhere in my paintings.

The island photos may be a little blurry as they were taken from my car with Bentley hanging his head out to get a better look at other dogs!!!  We will take a peek at some of the adorable cottages on the island that inspire my art.

I love that the cottages have flowers planted right along the sidewalks.  Maybe that is one of the reasons I love to add so many flower to my paintings.

The porch with the yellow umbrella was the inspiration for these paintings.

The cottages and porches with wicker furniture as well a my personal wicker furniture inspire my porch paintings.

                                  Heart of the Island Gallery located on the only main street in town.

Thank you for stopping by.  I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those who follow my blog.  I am doing my best to post weekly, but may get a little behind due to my pending knee surgery as I am having some difficult walking and am not getting around as fast as normal.

Have a lovely week.  Blessings, Erin

" Let brotherly love continue."  Hebrews 13:1
Main Street on the Island 


Unknown said...

I love your inspiration and your paintings! Balboa is absolutely beautiful.

Mary said...

Dearest Erin, so sorry to learn of your upcoming surgery, however am sure you will feel 100% better after it's over. I have several friends who've had it done and are fine now, and my cousin in the UK just had hers done 6 weeks ago, just got the all clear and is driving already. I'm sure Bentley will assist you and not expect long walks for a while - and the two of you will be resting, and hopefully painting, even more in your pretty garden.

Enjoyed seeing Balboa - lovely there.

Good luck dear - I hope to keep up with you but may be missing for 3+ weeks as I leave for Japan and Russia in a couple of days - heading to SF tomorrow to meet up with Paula.

Big hugs - take care and get well.
Mary X

Susan said...

Erin, that looks like an absolutely charming, endearing and enchanting place. Oh my oh my oh my.

And your paintings reflect the light, color and beauty sooooo well.

Good luck on the upcoming surgery. God bless you. Susan

Stacey said...

Erin, you make me want to pack my bags and book an airline ticket! The colors are so beautiful there. Thanks for sharing.

Terra said...

Your paintings capture the spirit of the colorful porches and sea and flowers and I like the Scripture you quote.

Anonymous said...

Erin, It is one of your most beautiful post and your new paintings are stunning. So bright, cheerful and giving sense of a beautiful day. I love them all.
I am sure they will not last long in the gallery. They will make happy their new owners.

you offset your lack of mobility by an active and successful creation.
I wish you bon courage for the pending surgery.

Keep painting.

Unknown said...

Erin, I really enjoyed this post! The photos are fabulous. I especially like the sailboat! Your paintings are beautiful. They make me feel as though I am there!

Finding Pam said...

Balboa Island is a lovely inspiration for your paintings. I adore all of the photos with the flower gardens. Your paintings are so beautiful and make me happy.

Good luck with your surgery.

Unknown said...

Hi Erin,
I wish you all the very best and a speedy recovery from your upcoming knee surgery. You are such an inspiration, as your health issues do not seem to be slowing you down a bit. These paintings and pictures of yours are just glorious! Some of your most beautiful! The colors are stunning, and the joy and exuberance you have captured are truly magnificent. It is a joy to receive your newsletter and to see your work and read your inspiring words of wisdom. Thank you with all my heart for sharing your beauty and your gift. Hugs to Bentley!

Mary said...

You inspire us all! Praying that your surgery goes well!

Jeanie said...

This is delightful and so are the paintings -- it puts me in a very summer state of mind!

Rhondi said...

What a colorful place! I can see how it provides lists of inspiration for your paintings. Hope your knee surgery goes well. Some my friends have had it and it has been very worthwhile.

Rhondi said...

What a colorful place! I can see how it provides lots of inspiration for your paintings. Hope your knee surgery goes well. Some my friends have had it and it has been very worthwhile.

Unknown said...

Wow! So beautiful place this is. i like the way you expressed entire pictures and useful information on this post. Keep it up.
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Vicki Boster said...

Oh Erin- what a lovely little town-- such a pretty little place to walk around. Your paintings are just meant to be there in that quaint little shop on Main Street-- they are beautiful! Thank you for such a lovely tour---

I hope your knee surgery goes well and you recover quickly--xoxo