Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Painting Fuchsias

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My studio is always open fore 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 teaching two Fuchsia painting classes at the beautiful Sherman Library and Gardens in Newport Beach, Ca and have been taking photos of many varieties of the Fuchsia plants to paint.The classes are part of their 5th Annual Fuchsia Celebration and are  for all levels. I keep the paintings very basic, whimsical and easy so everyone will have fun painting.  The setting where we paint is lovely - under the ancient peeper tree in the beautiful gardens - information about my art classes and all of the amazing classes taught at the gardens can be found at under classes and events.

Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is out playing in  the garden looking for the squirrel who comes over every morning to play.

There are so many different varieties and each bloom is different. I decided to use the one above with the purple and fuchsia bloom and use a variety of colors on the little "blossom tags" we will paint.

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those following my blog.

Have a lovely week.  Blessings,  Erin

                             "It will be healing for your flesh and a refreshment for you body."  Proverbs 3:8

Friday, April 15, 2016

Eastside Art Paint Palooza

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  You are invited into my art studio today where I will share with you some of the fun and whimsical  art created by our Eastside Art Group.  We meet once a month and take turns teaching an art project and April was my turn to teach.  I thought it would be fun to celebrate Linda's mile-stone birthday with a "paint palooza" and paint fun and whimsical art on various materials.  We painted on canvas shoulder bags to use to store art supplies, cork trivets and coasters, paper, and tea bags.

We started the morning with a brunch and lots of birthday  toasts with mimosas . Linda is the visionary who started  our art group and gathered together an amazing, talented and diverse group of artists - featuring painters, photographers,digital artists,  mosaic and graphic artists, jewelry design ,metal smiting,  gourd art and jewelry, clay and ceramics, art dolls, fabric, fiber and rope art.

Photos of our amazing group courtesy of Jacki Long - you can see more photos on her blog

Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, to show you some of the fun and colorful art creations.

The artists got to choose from a variety of paints, materials, stamps and stencils to use to create whimsical art.

All of the artists have their own styles - most of my creations have flowers.  I painted the pink bicycle on a cork trivet and the garden girl wearing red boots on a cork trivet.

Libby painted a colorful feather and adorable tiny art on tea bags.

Tea bag art.

Marilyn painted a colorful abstract designs.
Linda painted an Eastside art bag to use to store her art supplies in, a whimsical bird inspired by her birthday card, and a colorful face.

A rose petal from my rose bush landed on her bird's head when she put her bag outside to dry which was magical as it was her birthday and several of the artists brought her roses for her birthday.

Jacki is an amazing collage artist and teacher and created a whimsical collage for Linda's birthday - Linda is a jewelry designer and metal artist and the name of her business is Ms Gotrocks!  She also created on paper and colorful art bags.

Jody painted the Eiffel tower and a pretty rose on cork that I did not get a photo of.

Diane painted a piece of coral on her art bag.
Norma loves Native American art and her creations reflect her love.
Her pot was painted on a cork trivet.

My camera battery  gave out as I was taking photos of Sherrill's charming pink bicycle painted on cork and her art bag with turquoise ball jar and paint brushes - sorry Sherrill. - I did get  a photo of her creating her pink bicycle - she is smiling  artist in the yellow apron!

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciated you visits, e-mails, comments and those following my blog.

Have a lovely week.  Blessings,  Erin

                               "For we walk by faith, not by sight."  2 Corinthians 57

Friday, April 8, 2016

More Pansies - Here - There - Everywhere

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.  Our Pansies are loving the recent rains.

Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is waiting in the garden to show you some of our new Pansies that are blooming

Back in my studio - I picked a few Pansy blossoms and arranged them in a circle to practice painting them on a little canvas shoulder bag that I am teaching to my Eastside Art Group next week.  I stenciled words on the canvas bag to give it a little extra touch of Spring.

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments, and those following my blog

Have a lovely week.  Blessings, Erin

                               "Let your good spirit lead me on a level path."  Psalm  143:10.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Art With a View

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  Today we are leaving my garden and I am taking you on a little road trip with my Eastside Art Group to visit our friend Jeri's charming pink cottage and amazing art studio.  We will travel up the beautiful central California coast and drive past farms and vineyards where the leaves have turned yellow, gold and orange and up the hill to Jeri's.

Up the hill to Jeri's.

Past the vintage swing.

Past the vintage farm equipment that Jeri and her husband collect.

Around the road to her garden and studio.

Past Lolita and DC waiting on the porch for us.

Past the concrete mixer - the star of the retreat!

Some of the glass Jeri made for us to use to make jewelry in her new concrete mixer by tumbling glass bottles and china that was broken in an earthquake . She also taught us to cut glass and about dichoric glass.

Finally, we have arrived at her amazing studio.

Frankie, the Studio Assistant, was waiting to welcome us at the door.

Black cat was lounging on the studio sofa.

Finally into her studio where magic happens.

We created in her magical studio for 3 days!

Carolyn taught us about ribbon embroidery and we created pretty flowers with tiny silk ribbons - the beautiful flowers were samples she made to demonstrate.

Frankie helped Jeri with her ribbon embroidery . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . .  . . . and continued to help her.

Made jewelry using the glass Jeri made for us in her concrete mixer and created ice resin jewelry and drank a little wine.

The tumbled glass ended up looking like polished stones and we fell in love with the beautiful glass.

Linda taught us how to make bezels and solder them and then we filled them with broken glass and poured resin to hold the glass in place - I added a little cross to complete mine.
I used a tiny photo copy of one of my Rose paintings inside the other one -added glitter and then poured the resin to create the small piece of jewelry.

Decorated bottles and learned to use solder  to hold decorations in place. I used star fish to decorate my bottles and love the way they turned.

I taught a simple class on stamping, stenciling and painting on canvas bags and everyone  painted adorable whimsical canvas bags to use as gift bags, pencil bags, etc.  

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those following my blog.

Thank you to Jeri and her loving husband Jerry for a magical and fabulous art retreat at your beautiful home and amazing art studio. 
 Blessings,  Erin

"Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." Colossians 3:14