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

Painting a Garden Bridhouse

> Welcome. I am so glad that you stopped by. My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit down and relax with a cup of tea while I share with you the inspirations for a birdhouse painting that we can paint together.

Bentley, my helpful Studio Assistant, is already in the garden looking for inspirations.

One of my birdhouses and Welcome signs was shown in this month's Romantic country magazine in a delightful article on "Divine Birdhouses" The photo was taken by Mark Lohman and styled by the Divine Sunday Hendrickson. The article states "The notion of a cozy house is as appealing to finches, robins and wrens as it is to you and your family. And birdhouses, whether designed to blend into their natural surroundings or provide a lively spot of color, double as decorative accents even indoors- with faux birds." The article rang so true with me as you can see from the photo above that I incorporated birdhouses and a faux bird as part of my potting bench.

Earler this year I painted my blue church birdhouse, shown in the article, red and have now decided to repaint it back blue.

I did not realize how many birdhouses I have in my garden until I read the article and realized that I use them to add spots of interest and color.

This is actually a bird feeder that I added two little faux birds for a touch of whimsy.

Let's take a look around my garden and look for a birdhouse to paint together.

I bought this flower shaped birdhouse at Joanne's at the end of the season clearance for $7.95 and love it.

Finding inspiration . . . . . .

This birdhouse is in my Art Studio and would be a fun one to paint.

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This was another find at Joanne's clearance for $7.95.

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This is one of my favorite birdhouses as I like the different levels. I painted the roof red for more interest, and of course, you can paint your roof any color you like.

Here is a rough sketch of the birdhouse I painted. You are welcome to use it to paint.

I am painting my birdhouse beside and Adirondack chair. The chair may be a little hard for beginners so I will not show it and will focus on the birdhouse. Note I am painting a vine around the birdhouse to add interest.

After you pant the vine - add some darks first and then add some greens as leaves.

When you finish the leaves, add some color for flowers on the vine. I used white for my flowers. Add some shadows under the roof and along the sides of the birdhouse.

After you paint the vine, add some flowers around the base and a little garden path. I added a little chimney to give more interest.

Recently someone asked me for some of my favorite garden quotes about birds and flowers and it brought to mind:
"The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches" Psalm 104:12

"God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and when the voice of God is heard it is in the twittering of the birds."

"Where flowers bloom - so does hope." Lady Bird Johnson

Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those who are following my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special. With fall just around the corner I thought it would be fun for us to paint a Fall Welcome sign together as well as a Rooster in future posts.

Even though we are not having fall weather yet in Southern California, I will be taking a little blog break to do some fall decorating and looking for Fall inspirations for us to paint together.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin

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