Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Painting Flower Shops

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax for a few minutes while I share with you the inspirations for my art. I am popping in from my blog break to say hello and share a new painting.  Southern California is under the worst drought conditions in decades and everyone has been asked to save on water.  Our city has been very good in educating us about saving water and so far we have been able to cut back enough in reducing our household use  that we can still water the garden.

Let's join Bentley,  my Studio Assistant, in the kitchen garden to look for inspiration for a flower shop painting.

I love adding items with patina and rust to the painting and want to use the old rusty watering can in a flower shop painting.

The Zinnias are blooming early this year due our unusually sunny Spring weather.

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those following my blog.  I  apologize for not staying with my regular weekly posts, however, I am still taking breaks to work on my big art show in May and will pop in to say hello as time allows.
Have a lovely week.  Blessings,  Erin

                           "This is the day the Lord has made.  Rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24

Friday, April 3, 2015

More Balboa Island Cottage Inspiratons

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  I have been on a blog break working on more Coastal Cottage paintings for the Balboa Island Art Walk in May and today I am going to take you with me back to the island to look for new inspiration and updating one of my previous posts with new photos. I was so honored when the editor of Romantic Homes contacted me to ask if she could feature one of my favorite Coastal Cottage painting with Roses in this months  Romantic Homes Rose issue magazine. The above painting was inspired by my love for Balboa Island and can be found in my ETSY shop.

 Bentley, my Studio Assistant, loves riding in the car so we will take him with us. 

                                        Let's take the ferry across the bay since it is such a pretty day.

This is a shot of the sidewalk that runs along the bay.  Local artists decorated  the flower pots beside the benches - the pots are part of the City's "Adopt A Pot" beautification program and anyone can adopt a pot and plant it with flowers and maintain the pot - there are approximately 65 pots and currently there are no open pots up for adoption. 

Flags are flying and the sky is blue.  The building across the bay is the 100 year old iconic Balboa Pavilion  - sometimes I paint the building in the background on my Beach Cottage Style paintings.

The paintings below have the Balboa Pavilion in the background.

View from the windows of one of the cottages.

I loved painting windows looking out on the beautiful Newport Bay.

This adorable cottage with the white Wicker chairs with red cushions was the inspiration for the porch  painting below.

                                   Finding inspiration - here - there - everywhere on the island.

I love the way the cottages plant flowers along the sidewalks since front yards are so small.

The Nasturtiums are in full bloom all over the island. 

More Nasturtiums in bloom.

Sorry for the quality of the photos - I am in my car and can not get the best shots.

The blue fence gate has now been painted white so I am posting an old photo.

Love the pops of colors from the  sun loving Zinnias

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those of you following my blog.  Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.  I have not been able to answer your lovely comments or visit your blogs while I am so busy getting ready for my only art show of the year.  I will visit you again soon. I will post as often as I can for the next month or may have to re-post some old favorites.  This is an older post that I updated with new photos so some of the comments are from the original post.

Have a lovely week.  Blessings, Erin

                        "He hath made every thing beautiful in His time."   Ecclesiastes  3:41