…it would be lovely to sleep in a wild cherry tree all white with bloom in the moonshine, don’t you think?

Anne from Anne of Green Gables

Yes Anne I do think that would be lovely. This month our Virtual Book Club read “Anne of Green Gables” and what a delight it was. I read the entire series when I was a young teenager and loved them. Anne and I see the natural world in a similar way – all wistful and dreamy. The moment Anne arrived on the train, she spied a beautiful cherry tree in full blossom and throughout the book she brought blooming branches inside to be closer to nature. Anne’s love of cherry blossoms has inspired me to create a cherry blossom painting with a bit of a twist and what perfect timing because it is cherry blossom season! Come along with me as I show you how.

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Anne of Green Gables

Set in Prince Edward Island in my beloved country of Canada, this book was a pleasure to read now and when I first read it as a young girl. It tells the story of 11 year old Anne Shirley, an orphan, who is mistakenly adopted by unmarried siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. They intended to adopt a boy who could help out on their farm, but the message was improperly conveyed to the orphanage and Anne was sent instead.

Anne of Green Gables vintage book from the 1940s

The author, Lucy M. Montgomery, has an extraordinary way with words and conveying Anne’s personality so vividly, along with the scenery in Avonlea. I remember as a young girl being fascinated with the series of books due to the beauty conveyed. Reading them again has brought back such fond memories.

Anne

The book follows Anne’s life as she grows up in the beautiful small town of Avonlea. Anne is highly intelligent and imaginative, is very talkative and extremely positive. Even thought life has not been easy for her (loosing her parents at a young age, having bright red hair which causes many to make fun of her, and suffering terrible treatment by many families that she was placed with) she still sees the best in everyone and everything. It would do so many people such a world of good to see the world as Anne does.

While Marilla wanted to return Anne to the orphanage, Anne’s wonderful presence breaks down Marilla’s frosty exterior. She comes to enjoy Anne and all the joy she brings to their home. Without giving too much away, Anne’s luck really turns around after meeting Matthew and Marilla and that is the beginning of a wonderful series of books as we watch Anne grow into a beautiful and bring young woman.

The Home

Green Gables is the name of the Matthew and Marilla’s home and this is due to the green trim and high pitched roof lines. Here is a photo of the real Green Gables.

Green Gables home - white house with green trim and shutters

In real life, Lucy Montgomery’s relatives actually owned the home and land that was the setting for her books. When the book became so popular, the Canadian government bought the property when it came up for sale and it became a national historical site. The government even went so far to remodel and furnish the home to resemble the home depicted in the novels.

Below is a photo of Anne’s bedroom. I adore the bed frame and wallpaper and could only imagine how wonderful it would be for an orphan to grow up in such a pretty room, home and property.

Anne's room from Anne of Green Gables has a small twin bed with metal head board and foot board, floral wall paper, green curtains, hardwood floors with a runner beside the bed.

Anne’s beauty-loving eyes lingered on it all, taking everything greedily in. She had looked on so many unlovely places in her life, poor child; but this was as lovely as anything she had ever dreamed.

Anne of Green Gables

The Setting

The yard is absolutely heavenly! I can see why Lucy chose this home and property as the setting for her books and why the main character loved it so much as well! Anne settled in well here with a cherry tree outside her window, green pastures, a large barn, the Lake of Shining Waters nearby and so much more.

Green Gables yard - white wood fence surround blossoming trees with a white and green house in the background

Inspiration galore

These books are filled with uplifting quotes, so I have decided to share them with you and have interspersed them throughout. I hope you enjoy them.


“I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does.”

Anne of Green Gables

If you haven’t read the series of books, I would highly suggest that you do, especially if you enjoy wholesome literature with inspiring dialogue.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry trees, when in blossom, are dreamy and I can see why Anne was so taken with them. Did you know that cherry blossoms represent a time of renewal and optimism. The soft petals of pink and white, mark the ending of winter and the beginning of spring. Truly a time of renewal and hope!

Given the significance and meaning behind cherry blossoms, it made me wonder if Lucy specifically picked them for Anne because Anne was so optimistic and the original book was all about Anne getting to start her life all over again?

Anne’s love of cherry blossoms, is what inspired me to create a cherry blossom painting. I wanted to bring it to life, so I added something a little extra to the painting.

This acrylic painting technique I used is so simple. I hope you will give it a try.

Materials for a cherry blossom painting:

  • Canvas
  • Brown, tan, pink and white acrylic paint
  • Faux cherry blossom flowers
  • Paint brushes, sponge brush, wire cutters, glue gun
  • Optional: If you wish to make your own cherry blossom branches, you will also need bare branches
Materials to make cherry blossom painting - framed canvas, branch, faux cherry blossoms, white, pink, brown and tan paint

Step 1: Painting the background

For this painting, I wanted a soft background that picked up on the pink and white in cherry blossoms. So I created a mottled, very delicate background in soft pink.

The pink I had was far to bright pink and I wanted something more subtle so I mixed the pink with white to tone it down.

Next water down the paint quite a bit and with a sponge brush drip the paint onto the canvas and then swish it around so that there are areas with more saturated paint and others that are not.

Painting a soft pink background
Pink background on canvas


The world looks like something God had just imaged for his own pleasure, doesn’t it?

Anne of Green Gables

Step 2 – Painting the branches

With a medium brown paint, gently paint on the tree branches. They don’t need to be solid. These branches are actually going to be branches in the background so that is why they are so faint.

Canvas with pink background and brown tree branches

Step 3 – Painting the blossoms

As these flowers are also in the background, they also will not have a lot of detail. Simply use white paint and a small round brush to dab on four white petals. Let dry completely.

White painted petal of a cherry blossom

Next using tan, paint very thin lines in the middle of the petals to represent the stamen.

Close up of cherry blossom painting showing stamen

If you would like a very simple, delicate painting, you could leave it just like this. The dark wooden frame did not suit this light and airy painting so I painted it white and it looks fantastic.

Cherry blossom painting in a white frame

I wanted to take it a bit further, so I added additional branches as you will see below.

Step 4: Painting branches in the foreground

For these branches, you will paint the brown more opaque.

Cherry blossom painting with foreground branches

You should also add highlights on the top of the branches. I always choose that the sun is coming from the right, so if the branch is hanging vertically, add a highlight along the right hand side of the branch. Adding highlights, is done by mixing the original brown paint with white to make it a shade or two lighter. As this is not a very in-depth painting, I just did the branches and their highlights very roughly.

Brown branches painted for a cherry tree

Listen to the trees talking in their sleep,’ she whispered, as he lifted her to the ground. ‘What nice dreams they must have!

Anne of Green Gables

Step 5: The Twist!

Were you wondering what the twist was in my title? Well it was the addition of faux cherry blossoms to give the painting dimension and bring it more to life.

For this, I purchased a garland of cherry blossoms and cut each bloom off. With hot glue, attach the blossoms here and there on each cherry blossom branch. I studied cherry trees and found that the ends of the branches were often heavy with blossom. Then the rest of the blossoms were scattered up the branches.

Cherry blossom painting with faux cherry blossoms glued on

If you have ever walked under a cherry blossom tree, you will know that tiny petals fall off all the time. So I incorporated this into the painting, by clipping a few blossoms off of the faux cherry blossoms and glued them on to look as if they were falling. Then I scattered a few blossoms along the table runner under the painting to complete the look.

Faux cherry blossom on a painting with petals falling off
Faux cherry blossom on a painting

This cherry blossom painting was such an easy art project. I hope you will give it a try!

Step 6 – Styling around a cherry blossom painting

I chose to place the painting on the top of my china cabinet so it was fitting that I created some faux cherry branches and placed them in a garden trug as seen below. Creating the branches was so easy, just glue on individual faux cherry blossoms to a real branch.

Cherry blossom painting with a garden trug filled with cherry blossom branches

Keep the theme going and add some height by placing some of the branches in a large mason jar vase.

Vase with faux cherry blossom branches in it

Here is the entire look of the china cabinet.

Cherry blossom branches and a painting on top of a china cabinet


Do you know what I think Mayflowers are, Marilla? I think they must be the souls of the flowers that died last summer, and this is their heaven.

Anne of Green Gables

Now let’s have a tea party with Anne

Of course, I couldn’t just decorate the top of the china cabinet. I thought it would be fun to set the whole dining room up as an ode to cherry blossoms and Anne of Green Gables.

Dining room set with many cherry blossom branches.  Table is set with a rose table cloth, green vintage china, and cherry blossoms in the chandelier

I had this lovely soft green and pink tablecloth which I thought was perfect for the occasion. While it is roses and not cherry blossoms, it is close enough.

White charger with green vintage china and white napkin with a faux cherry blossom. All set on a pink and green rose tablecloth

I also used a white charger layered with vintage china from my grandma in a soft green and white china. Topped with a vintage linen napkin and a couple of cherry blossoms. Taking center stage is a white milk glass vase from my mom filled with faux cherry blossoms.

I hope you enjoyed learning about the novel and the tutorial of cherry blossom painting! Also, if you have never had the opportunity for cherry blossom viewing, I encourage you to make a point of getting to see them some time in your life. Once you see spring cherry blossoms, you will want to experience them every year. They are magical!

Remember to pin it for later

Pinterest pin with a photo of the cherry blossom painting

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Time to check out the rest of the Virtual Book Club members

Virtual book club bloggers

Make sure to check out all the fantastic home decor that Lynn, Cindy and Erin were inspired to create by clicking the titles of their projects under the photos.

Lynn, Living Large in a Small House

Cindy, Reinvented Delaware

Erin, Erin Evolving

Cottage garden - yellow flowers in front of a white picket fence
Blue antique washstand  with silver handles and a lamp, book and flowers on top
Green jelly cupboard with floral china in it

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17 Comments
  • Cindy
    April 27, 2023

    Omgoodness Crystal, I loved everything about this post! the quotes, the book, and especially your gorgeous cherry blossom artwork! I think I could even paint this! Thanks for the inspiration! Pinned 🙂

    • Crystal
      April 27, 2023

      Thank you so very much Cindy. Your comment means the world to me. I think anyone could paint this as I chose very simple techniques. I loved this book and all the wonderfully inspiring quotes. So fun to be in this book club with you!

  • Lynn
    April 28, 2023

    You are so talented. Your painting is gorgeous. I, like you, loved this book. It’s probably my favorite so far. I didn’t realize that there was an actual home that the book was based on. It’s now on my bucket list.

    • Crystal
      April 28, 2023

      Thank you so very much Lynn. It is my favorite too! Anne’s outlook on life is heartwarming and I feel I need that right now. Maybe you and I could go visit it together. PEI is supposed to be gorgeous!

  • Erin
    April 29, 2023

    Your cherry blossom painting is so creative, Crystal! I love how you styled it in your beautiful dining room. The tablecloth is perfect, and your vintage china is so pretty! The perfect ode to Anne!

    • Crystal
      May 2, 2023

      Thanks so much Erin – I would love to actually have tea with Anne – I think it would be a very interesting conversation!

  • Liberty
    April 29, 2023

    I love Anne of Green Gables! What a beautiful painting and table setting and dishes…. I love it all! I wanted cherry blossoms in my logo and then ended up without them bc of having someone else design it… maybe one day I will upgrade it!!

    • Crystal
      May 2, 2023

      Oh that is so sad that you didn’t get what you wanted. I truly hope one day you get them incorporated into your logo. They are one of my favorite flowers.

  • Thomas
    May 3, 2023

    Wow, I wish I had pictures like that in my living room. So pretty.

    • Crystal
      May 3, 2023

      Thank you so very much! You should give it a try, it is actually super easy!

  • Teresa Delaney
    May 9, 2023

    I joined because I too love Anne and read the books a couple times when I was younger. The movie is wonderfully done! If you haven’t seen it, oh my.. you must. Looking forward to keeping in touch via your Blog. I have worked on my Blog, but it seems it gets put on the back burner too much! Giggles Thank you for sharing! Teresa ♥️

    • Crystal
      May 9, 2023

      Thank you so very much Teresa! Anne and the whole book series is so dear to my heart. I wish there were more Anne’s in this world. Sounds like you are one too! Let me know what the name of your blog is as I would love to see it! I hear you about things getting put on the back burner – they do for me too!

  • Karen
    May 13, 2023

    Can’t wait to get started
    Thanks

    • Crystal
      May 15, 2023

      Thanks so much Karen!

  • Brenda
    June 9, 2023

    I absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing the quotes from “Anne of Green Gables”! I have to go back and read now. ☺️ The cherry blossom painting “ with a twist” is stunning and magical, for sure! Thank you!

  • Brenda
    June 9, 2023

    I absolutely love this! Thank you for the quotes from “Anne of Green Gables”! I have to go back and read now.☺️The cherry blossom painting “with a twist” is stunning and magical, for sure. Thank you!

    • Crystal
      June 9, 2023

      Thank you so very much Brenda! I truly appreciate your message!