Thursday, November 11, 2010

horsing around...

hello friends!
well, here it is....
my newest painting.
see what can happen if i focus more on
and less on blogging.
i missed you!
art happens!
and when art is happening, well, i have to go with it.........
cuz it's not always there.
this horse painting is big. 3'x4'
here it is hanging above my couch to show scale.....

oh, my...
here is another horse painting i did this week.....

i sure hope you like these horsey paintings.
cuz, i am liking them.
i can't say that about a lot of my paintings and i must admit these recent paintings need some tweaking,
but i was excited to show them off right now, before the paint is even dry.
i feel like my bloggy is a safe place to share part of myself.
and my
is part of me.........

i thought i'd show you some more of this room in my house.........
you know, since i had the camera out.
and since i am sharing and all...

i have a pretty neutral palette in here,
with lots of textures and natural elements.
that is an old Christmas tree stand holding those drieds.

a cement bowl i made with a leaf mold.

gotta have fluffy pillows!

an old hospital cart as a side table.

driftwood topped with a discarded stem braid
from a deceased ficus tree.

wet paint...

i love this little lamb,
he reminds me of my beloved bichon frise who lived for 17 1/2 years.

i sure hope you enjoyed seeing my latest paintings and little snippets of my home.......
things will soon be changing in the house with the holidays coming.
i start some Christmas decorating for one of my clients next week,
in her 10,000 sq. foot home (yikes!).
this will be my seventh year decorating for her
and i still get pretty darn nervous about it.
really nervous...truth be told.
here is wishing you a fabulous weekend.....
i hope you can take the time to find some inspiration in your life........
and thanks so much for visiting me!!


Kerry said...

Erin, those paintings are stunning and sit so beautifully in your home, which is also beautiful :)

tracy mooney said...

Hi Erin, I love your horse paintings there beautiful and I love your living room it's so clam and cozy looking. Just what I love. T

PK Studios said...

OMG! These are your paintings???? I LOVE them : )
... your home is lovely too. Neutrals are always so calming.

marcia said...

I love your photos and LOVE LOVE LOVE your horse painting.

I can envision a painting like that of one (or both!) of my Haflingers !

happy day!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Really like the paintings and they go great with all the whites and neutrals in the room.
Hope you are enjoying your evening.

oldgreymare said...

grey're killing me kid!

Oh we are kindred. I have that exact tree stand. I have Polka dot glassware, I have my Dad's metal jigsaw stand as an island in my kitchen.....

the paintings..oh my, well of course they're wonderful, it is no surprise I would covet the heck out of them.


Razmataz said...

Erin. I have a list.

The eyes on the horse are hauntingly beautiful.

The lashes are so realistic I wait for them to flutter.

I feel like I could touch the mane. Truly a gifted work of appling those layers in threads like hair.

The hospital card is fun,

Your use of elements of nature...wonderful

The textures on the sofa....the quilt, the popcorn blanket...lovely.

The enamel top table is a great choice.

Your camera work...:) :)

That row of three pillows is perfectly shot. Amazing use of repetition.

Have I covered everything I love about this post?

KarenB said...

There aren't enough adjectives in my vocabulary to adequately describe your beautiful paintings. I love the composition of them. Your photos are similar, such great angles! I KNEW that was a tree stand before I read it. I've never seen one like that before. Well, how long do you want me to go on? Really. You just have a gift!

kayce hughes said...

Beautiful paintings! Keep us in the loop. I love Christmas decorations.

Don said...

You are too much times two! Your art is bewitching and your home is divine.

Georgianna said...

Sigh. I hope that someday you can see how brilliant your paintings are. (But maybe not before I get to buy up a bunch of them, ha ha.) Seriously, Erin, they are fabulous. I have collected art for many years. I am very selective. I really love and want some of your work. I will be patient... Now, stop reading this and get back to painting! :) xo – g

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Erin, your paintings are absolutely gorgeous and fit so perfectly in your home. I love all the natural elements and the soothing tones you decorate with. I don't know why are nervous about decorating someone's home. If this is the 7th year, you are obviously doing something so very right! Best wishes, Tammy

It's me said...

Wowwww Erin your paintings are amazing !!! wowwwww!! my compliments !!! ....and your house is os os os relaxt !! cool !! and ik like it !! all the naturals in it !! lovely done........have a nice weekend darling.......and... i have two you paint dogs also ????? hahahhahhhah!! love you....Ria...

Jayne said...

Those paintings are amazing Erin! I love all the neat touches in your home.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...


Truly beautiful. The horses...the home...the everything.


Antique ART Garden said...

Good gracious golly woman, if you can paint that well, stop blogging and get to it ! Still, between you and Jerry Flanders...I feel less adequate after reading both your blogs. I may have to just not read how talented you are for a while. A sabbatical. take care, Gina

Brenda Pruitt said...

I just found your blog. I love your style. Your paintings are serene and quite lovely!

The Boston Lady said...

I feel relaxed just looking at the pictures of your lovely home. Your paintings are superb, in fact at first glance I thought it was a photo. I love your neutral look and how the textures you add stand out. Thanks for the peek and I sure hope we get to see this 10,000 sq ft house! Decorated! I feel small. Ann

From the Old InkWell said...

oh Erin, your art is beautiful and so realistic. The horse looks fantastic over the couch in your room and I'm stopping here because I just know you are getting the BIG Head after reading all the compliments your friends have bestowed on you. {just kidding}

Ottilias Veranda said...

Love the paintings! You're can get caught in blogland, not to mention facebook land! I need to take some time off too from the online life.
You look awsome in your profile pic!
happy weekend!


koralee said...

Oh my talented talented friend...your work is stunning.

How do you do that? I am in love with these horse paintings...and sooooo magical in your lovely home.

One day I would love to have one of your paintings...really you are one of the most talented people I know. xoxoxo


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

ERIN!!!! WAIT, I am too excited to type here.......O.K., whew, let me catch my breath! YOU VISITED ME LAST NIGHT and left me the sweetest message and I want to thank you for coming by; however, I am swept away and I almost feel as if it was a miracle reason that you came to me so I could find you.....your world is stunning, magical, perfectly WHITE as I love, but the PIÈCE DE RESISTANCE is YOUR HORSE MOTIF!!! I am crazy and madly head over heels in love with horses, especially white ones! teehee! Before I continued to read on, I thought that horsey above your sofa was A PHOTOGRAPH! Yikes, there are some awesome artists out there, and you are ONE OF THEM! Your décor is magnificent and you really have a great talent here. Thank you so much for visiting me and you will be seeing me around!

Do come again; I post regularly every week. Ciao and thank you so much! Anita

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Well Erin, these are stunning. Altho we have horses, I don't normally like horse paintings that much, but these two canvasses are beautiful and they look perfect in your lovely home.
Have a great weekend
My French Country Home

Yvonne - Frl. Klein said...

I love your photos and your style. Your home looks so beautiful! And the picture is gorgeous!!!!!!
Have a wonderful sunday and a wonderful new week

Anonymous said...

Your paintings are so beautiful, Erin. I would love to see the steps in your process. Gorgeous, gorgeous work! And your home is also lovely!

You asked me if I listen to music. I was a serious classical music student (clarinet) growing up and had the opportunity to audition for a full scholarship @ the Curtis Institute of Music when I was 17 - but I didn't go. After much thought I decided that I didn't want a career in music. And although I prefer to listen to the quiet at home, going to a live performance of most any type of music is pure joy.

Wishing you a lovely Sunday,

Custom Comforts said...

Are you going to sell your horse photos or copies of them? I just love them!!!!!

nat said...

OMG!! I am obsessed with these paintings! You are incredibly talented! And your house is adorable too!

Unknown said...

Even though I told you I like the first horse painting best---seeing them both today --- the second one really speaks to me too. I'm not proud of this, but I do like animals better than most people. They are closer to God than we are. And your horses tap into the tender and deep place in my heart that people can't get to.

Love the series with the begonias---your photos really celebrate their delicacy.

I mentioned to you I collect quotes, here's one that seems to fit after enjoying your recent posts:

"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience."
--Emily Dickinson

Erin, to borrow from the lyrics from one of the songs on your blog.... " thanks for changing the world "... one brushstroke and one camera click at a time.

maría cecilia said...

oh my god!!! your paintings are truely wonderful, I´m completely in love with them as well as with all your creative decor you have created at your home!!! Really in love not only with your photograph skills which I heart so much, but with all you share!!! A great source of inspiration you are my sweet Erin!!!
maria cecilia

Unknown said...

I am SO glad you found me, so I could find you! I just adore your photos!! And you PAINTED the horses??? OH MY they are gorgeous! I can't tell you all I love here on your blog, too much to say... the tree stand, cart, pillows, colors... all total BLISS. Your photography amazes me, oh to be like you one day :)
I'm off to look at the rest of your good stuff!
Becky C
Buckets of Burlap

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh your horse paintings are AMAZING! Your talent blows me away, seriously:)

Seawashed said...

I just found you via Anita...and Oh how happy I am to find you. Your paintings are breathtaking. I have always had a love for horses and the colors you chose are also my heartbeat. I am finding my way back to my Art this year. You are so inspiring. And your kindness touches my heart. ox~ kerrie

Low Tide High Style said...

I found you through Anita's blog and have to say that your home, photos and artwork are all breathtaking! So glad I found your lovely blog!

Kat :)

Drawn to The Sea said...

In my fumbling around the net, I found you again! I cannot begin to tell you how inspiring this post is to me. I can't think of a word to describe how your beyond gorgeous paintings make me feel...

Bohemian said...

Your paintings are just beautiful! What a Gift you have... for Painting, Gardening and Photography!!!

Dawn... The Bohemian