Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. ----- Ernest Hemingway

Touches of Yellow and Red

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 hot tea while I share with you the inspirations behind my art. Last year I decided to add touches of yellow and red to my garden for a little more punch and loved the new colors. I have been experimenting using yellow and red on some small paintings of my vintage bicycle that can be attached to gift baskets for a Spring fundraiser for one of our local charities that my son and I support. The little paintings make charming additions to hang on a picket fence or front door of a cottage and are good size (8X10) to attach to the raffle gift baskets.

Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is exploring the garden looking for Winter touches of yellow and red to show you.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the new issue of the fabulous Flea Market Gardens magazine . . . . only to find . . . . a photo of my vintage bicycle taken last year after I added the touches of yellow and red. Just the inspiration I was looking for.

I was so honored that the magazine also featured my garden in a delightful article called "Cottage Style" that was beautifully written by Deb Wiley and photographed by Mark Lohman. Deb gives lots of great tips in her article about creating a cottage style garden with flowers and color and tells how to get the look. The magazine is filled with ideas on creating gardens with flea market finds, bargain ideas, garden re-dos, cottage whimsy and lighting up shade areas in your garden. I hope the magazine is the first of many issues as it is filled with great ideas for those of us who love rust, re purposing, recycling, and reusing flea market finds.

The photo below of my old blue bird house was also taken last year when I added yellow and
red (it was not in the magazine).

Even though my garden is in the "winter stage" I have yellow and red primroses and
yellow pansies.

Winter color can also be added to your garden with a colorful garden sign.

Color can also be added with the addition of a little red chair planter.

More bunches of yellow Sunflowers from Trader Joe's at $3.98 a bunch add much needed Winter color.

My red garden boots always add a punch of red - I leave them in the garden for color when I am not wearing them.

I can't resist hanging a bunch of Sunflowers in an old flea market red tin to add a touch of Winter color to my garden.

"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

Thank you for stopping by and thank you to all of you who sent me e-mails telling me that my vintage bicycle and garden were in the fabulous new Flea Market Gardens magazine. . I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those 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

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