My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.


Friday, December 31, 2010

Last day of 2010 and memories...

Happy New Years!   I have so many exciting art projects for the new year that I am so excited to talk about but I am under strict orders to wait to tell the world about it until the video is complete.  YES! a video! That's all I can say!  Here is a pic of me at the shoot today.  :)  I have so many exciting things planned.
This year has been a truly exciting and life changing year for me.  I quit my cubicle job and decided to paint full time.
I had all kinds of adventures all over Europe and different parts of the United States.  I really saw some amazing things that changed my life.
Made some amazing paintings and opened a small shop on etsy.  Been in some great art shows.
This year I also really committed to my tiny blog and make new friends.   I am great-full for all of the little things in my life, the people, and little animals.
Cheers! Happy New Year!  Toast to much luck and happiness in the new year. :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I want to make a public apology

First of all I am the worst secret Santa of all time.  I completed a secret Santa with a blog exchange on Elfster and I missed the dead line... in fact it missed Christmas... because the paint was drying and I wanted to make it extra special.  It's the thought that counts.. and a present still gets to happen.  right?
I painted a little ballerina.  Have you seen the movie Black Swan? It reminded me of when I took ballet when I was little and the ballet teacher stuck me in the back of the class because I was bad and had no turn out.  My ballerina career was over at 7 years old.

Oil on Canvas- Painting being shipped to Texas!  Yoda double checked the painting and ready to go!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Talented Mr. Elephant

My friend is having a baby :) and decided to make a little art for her baby's room. 

I thought this elephant had a quizzical yet studious face when I saw him at the zoo.  Perfect for a baby's room!
I wonder what he was thinking about.  Maybe peanuts? I don't think elephants even really eat peanuts. :) He was a funny elephant, and not shy at all. ...

Oil on canvas

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas Gift Guide

Did you already return some of your gifts and looking for presents for yourself? I certainly am! It's kind of funny I got an art kit for Christmas last year from my mother- and it was a children's art kit.  It's the thought that counts :) and I returned it.  What's funny is my husband's mother got me the EXACT same art kit this year.  I wonder who is going to get it for me next year.  lol

After Christmas Gift Guide!

I am loving this bright yellow and the stripes.  Perfect for a sketchpad and art supplies.
by Ikabags

Don't you just love his face?  My dogs might get jealous.  My mother gave me a gift bag with a pug face on it and my dogs could not stop barking at it. 

by Siblinglvalrie

I love this print- and the control of realism with the unpredictable drips.  :) kinda fantastical!

by Windylanestudio

Since I belong to an apple house, I was thinking about getting a a little iphone case so that my screen won't get scratched.  Pretty Cute!
by Shibangdesigns

I desperately need this for my  couch.

by Blueterracotta
Happy Shopping!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Motivation Monday- 5 Tips in Discovering Happiness

I still can not believe it's already 2011- I have been thinking about all of the accomplishments, lessons learned, and my direction.  Ultimately am I happier? I am! In discussing happiness and pursuing it, the moral of the story is that I had it all along.  
5 easy things that you can do to be happier!
1.  Make your bed.  Sounds easy right? Isn't it the greatest to sleep in a made bed?  Why not treat yourself and make your bed and have a cozy nights sleep? You deserve it.  Over Christmas we treated ourselves to new pillows for our bed and granted it was only $10, but it felt like sleeping on a cloud.  Sleeping is your time to recharge your batteries and to have a fresh start the next day.
2.  Do something nice for a stranger.  One of my favorite things to do when I am in the city or in a new city, is to offer and take a picture for someone so that their whole group can be in the picture.  I can't tell you how many times I offered to do this for random strangers in Europe and all over the United States.  Number 1 it gives you that fuzzy feeling you are doing something nice and they are going to have that  snapshot forever and you did that!
3.  Pencil in a date for yourself.  Get out of the house and do something with you and your thoughts.   I go to the free day at the art museum and I go by myself so that I can really just enjoy and go at my own pace and mingle with the paintings.  :) Then I treat myself to a delicious coffee and maybe roam around a large book store.  I love a big bookstore because you can just get lost.  Allow yourself to enjoy your own company.
4.  Send a piece of snail mail.  I can't tell you how gratifying it feels to send a funny postcard or card to a friend/family/client with just checking in to see how they are doing.  I send out a card every few weeks to someone that I haven't talked to in awhile and am wanting to catch up with.  Snail mail makes that person feel like you went out of your way to do something nice for them and if your limited on time- its a quick way to check in.
5.  Smile!  Going in having a good attitude, can turn around most situations and make something even enjoyable.  It's the power of positive thinking. 
To Read Part 1 and Part 2 on discovering happiness!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has a happy creative holiday. 


Thursday, December 23, 2010

New Orleans!

Our trip to the Big Easy!
We went to Bourbon St, the French Quarter,  Uptown, Downtown, the Warehouse district and went up and down Magazine St.  We have never been to New Orleans and we walked, ate, and explored.   I was amazed by the architecture and how much art was all over the city.
I love the aqua on the doors.  Well what girl doesn't love Tiffany's blue.  :)
It was blue skies but freezing cold! It was in the 40's which was colder then Portland.
 Antique Shops.. Vintage Shops.. Every where! :)
All the old houses were just gorgeous.  The homes really had history- made me want to drink sweet tea and sit on porch and watch the world go by.

New Orleans was a great visit :)

PS If you want to see what we ate and drank in New Orleans- go to my food blog.  I discovered what a Muffuleta sandwich was and it was incredible!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Love and the i-Phone

Typically I talk about art and things that inspire me and I sometimes mention my husband. My husband inspires me everyday and consider myself lucky. Meet Tim. :)
Tim is a musician and a big geek. (I do have a thing for geeks) Over the past few years Tim has been making iphone apps on the side from his regular job. Some of his previous apps include Robotvision and Future Checkin. I am so proud of my husband and he has teamed up with a graphic designer and made his first iphone game. It launched yesterday and wanted to share it with you. Ramps

PS Tim if you are actually reading this post. Love you and lots of luck- you have worked so hard and am so proud.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Artty Gift Guide

I am a huge fan of giving the gift of art.  Not just because I am an artist but I also love to collect art.  I also know that art is something that you can have for a long time, its unique, and pretty special heartfelt gift.

Kinda amazing? Don't you think?
by Kenjio

This water color piece has such a simple beauty quality and would be elegant in any space.
by The Night Jar

This artist uses recycled scraps of wood and puts it together in such a careful way and deliberate way.  The geometry of it- is gorgeous.
by Paint Square

I love a classic painter and this artist uses such soft and delicate technique and you can see the care in each brush stroke.  very Snow White.. don't let a good apple fool you!

by Greenlight Goods

The colors on the piece are so striking and the gestural approach is heavy and light in different parts.  Beautiful- I could see this painting in my kitchen.
by Paintbox

Happy Shopping!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Motivation Monday- Happiness- Part 2

To read part one click here.
I think one of the best pieces of advice that I received was - "When you are 90 years old, you aren't going to say I wish I would have worked harder."
Are you afraid of life passing you by? as much as I am?  What is the world going to say about you after you're gone?

Hard work does lead to happiness but it's about where you put your energy and how you want to spend your life.  Have you thought about your goals for 2011?  I have to admit my 2010 was pretty terrific and I saw and did a lot of amazing things that I will remember for the rest of my life.

I am  a little intimidated by 2011 because I want a few small goals but I have some really large goals and I want to make them come true.  I have to live life, take chances.

PS Next week Happiness Part 3- the goals.  Have you written out your goals yet?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Top 5 Favorite Christmas Movies of ALL TIME!

In the spirit of Christmas- top 5 Christmas movies of all time.   I could never get enough of the Christmas movies and still love them.

1.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 version)
You're a mean one... Mr Grinch... you're a nasty..... Mr... Grinch.  I totally have this song stuck in my head.  :)
2.  A Charlie Brown Christmas  (1965)- I was so relieved when Charlie Brown discovers the real meaning of Christmas. and finds his perfect Christmas tree.
3.   A Christmas Story - 1983 - Why did Charlie need the BB Gun? I knew he would shoot his eye out.  Was I the only one who really wanted the bunny suit?

4.  Elf -2003- those tights kill me every time.  I think Will Ferrell is missing more cowbell.

5.  Nightmare before Christmas - 1993.  This movie took my favorite holidays and mushed them together.  I heart Tim Burton :)

Now I just want to snuggle up and start watching movies with a nice big coffee and popcorn.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh my

We went to the New Orleans Zoo and it was well worth the visit.  I don't think I have been to the zoo since I was maybe like 10 years old, and it made me wish I wouldn't have waited so long.
It was also really cold, so we saw maybe about 20 people in the entire Zoo.  It was our own private zoo and the way the exhibits are set up it feels like you get really close to the animals.
Think he is looking at me?
I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the animals because you could see all the wrinkles and spots.  :)

Happy Friday!
© Erika Lee Sears