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, July 29, 2011

The ocean and the canon.

Happy Friday! This week went by so fast!- I think in the summer, time just goes by so much faster then any other time of year.. maybe it has something to do with the sunshine..  This weekend we might go to the coast for a day or two and get some ocean, sand, and maybe some chowder.. or should I say chowda! I am going to do some outdoor oil painting and see how it goes- and hopefully it won't be too cold or windy.
Here is a little painting I did this week of Canon Beach in Oregon- I mostly wanted to paint it for the little people :) and the rock is called Hay Stack Rock.. You guessed it- it's shaped just like hay stack lol.  I wanted to do something a little more impressionistic and playing with the shapes and light.- especially in the water.  Oil on wood- 8X8

What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

a little bit of magic and dust.

I can't really describe why I love painting so much.  I think it's the making of something out of nothing.  I love getting up close to a painting and maybe being able to take a glimpse inside the mind of the artist.. seeing how they were able to put a little piece of magic inside that work of art.  I think maybe that is what I a chase by making art and trying to find that little speck of everything and put it inside a painting.
I remember the first time I saw a Jackson Pollock painting (the splatter guy-the picture below), I always thought that's not art- how easy is it to splat some paint on a painting? Well I can go on an tell you a ton of facts but none of it matters unless you go and see it.  I can't even describe the moment that I walked into the Museum and saw one of his larger works and it was almost like everything was sucked out of the room.  His work is about the energy that was put into the painting. That is all that really matters even though I have often wondered if there is a hidden aquatic scene underneath the splatter.
I love being an artist but I didn't even step foot into an art museum until I was over 18 and that was because my family growing up really wasn't into art.  I painted all in my tweens and teens and used my allowance to buy canvas and art supplies, but never really thought about it. I just made it.
I think out of all the years of me showing my art work, my parents have only been to only 1 art show. I'm a grown up (I am I promise lol) and I understand that my parents won't ever really understand what I do.  They are great parents but they just don't understand.  I often think about how I felt when I did that first painting a really connected with.  I think about the paintings and special moments that I can see the little hint of sparkle- and I love looking for that possibility.
photos courtesy of pinterest
PS I'll show you tomorrow some sneak peaks of some of the paintings I have been working on.  I would show you more often but a lot of the work I am working on is under top secret orders. :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lost in the woods.

I wanted to show you some of my photos from my woodland adventure.  In the summer I just love piling in the car with the hubs and the pups for a road trip and stay out the woods.  I just think there is something just so special about rolling down the window, putting on the shades, cranking up the tunes and hitting the road. 
We sat in the sun and lounged with the little pug monsters.  The pups left no tree, grass, and bush untouched. lol  There are lots of forest creatures that have left their finger prints all over the yard.  So the pups think it's their responsibility to reclaim their turf- I know they are very rough and tough. they wear spiked collars.. shh don't tell them otherwise- they are both very sensitive bad boys and have been to known to cry if they don't get enough cuddling.
We played some summer games (bean bag toss), BBQed, and watched old movies.  We stayed up late and laughed until our sides ached. The puggers were so exhausted  from running the yard and chasing after bugs, they slept the whole car ride home.
So many amazing summer memories for this summer :) I think it's all about the little amazing moments that make this summer so memorable.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Life in an Instant!

I really want some type of new instant camera for my upcoming bday and I am trying to figure out which one I want... it seems like there are so many choices. I love the idea of having a camera that you have a real life photo instantly! I have a couple oldie Polaroid cameras but they don't make the film anymore and I could splurge and get film with the impossible project... then I have to wait in the mail for the film. I know I am such a big baby :) !

I really want an instant camera that I can just go and drive and get the film and have it be for a good price. Is that so much to ask? So I need your help in picking the perfect instant camera. I have it down to 4... unless you think I should go with one I don't have on my list.

Fujifilm Instax 210 - LCD control panel displaying focal distance and film count. Programmed electronic shutter, 1/64-1/200 sec. Automatic flash for low-light shooting. Two-range selectable shooting options: 0.9-3m and 3m-Infinity.

Polaroid 300 in Red-. Takes business card size flash.electronic shutter 1/60 second. manual exposure compensation.

Fujifilm Instax MINI 7s White Instant Film Camera. Fujinon Lens - f=60mm. Electronic Shutter 1/60 sec. Auto Flash in low light, auto adjust. Manual exposure compensation. Image Size: 2.13" x 3.4".

Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Film Camera Piano Black. Instax Mini Brand new series!! Credit Card Size Photo. Operate with Fujifilm [instax mini] film only. Intelligent Flash for Brighter Backgrounds. 2-shutter for Easy Landscape or Portrait Photos Shooting mode. Automatic Built-in Flash

What do you think? It's so hard to choose!
PS Pictures courtsey of Pininterst

Monday, July 25, 2011

My regular

Happy Monday! I totally did not want this weekend to end.  We escaped into the woods for the weekend and had such a great time enjoying the sunshine.  It was so great to unplug for a few days and really unwind.
Getting out of town always let's me think about my focus with my art and reground myself with what's important.  I know deciding to be an artist full time was one of the hardest decisions of my life because I would be giving up a steady pay check, the 401k, and I knew it would be hard.   I realized that don't I deserve happiness? I know everyone has their own set of circumstances but guess what? you deserve happiness. 
I have been thinking a lot about when you are a kid and you get asked the question - What do you want to be when you grow up?  I always said that I wanted to be an artist and looking back I thought it was more of a wish.  I mean my parents have regular jobs and we lived in a regular house and I know I was supposed to be and want to be regular but over the last few years I realized that I needed to figure out what my regular is.   When I say regular I just mean the middle of what happiness is as an individual- not anything boring but everything extra-ordinary.  

Creative thoughts your way this week :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Bugs.

I am so glad it's Friday! This week has just flown by with my artwork and the summer is just zipping by.  I think the hubs and I are going on a little road trip over the weekend.  We plan on finding some sunshine, playing some outdoor games, and  doing some outside painting. :)
My little bugs had their beauty treatments this week which included a bubble bath, and a little mani/pedi.  They love every second of the attention and can't wait for their next day at the spa. The spa being the bathtub. They insisted on doing a photo shoot to show off how gorgeous they look.   The bugs favorite thing in the whole wide world other then eat/sleep/poo is going outside! It's like Christmas and the greatest thing ever!  They wouldn't sit still until we went inside! I think the best advice someone gave me when shooting photos of pets- is get on their level and be patient.  I am still working on my action packed photography skills. :)
What are you up to this weekend?!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

It's official! Beep Beep

It's official! Well I don't want to get too excited but I think it might be possible.. and I don't know if I should say this out loud but I think I might have unstuck my little artist block.  I would start working on something and would erase it over and over and it seemed like a ton of overs.  I am going to be honest it was driving me a little crazy.  I woke up or should I say jumped up yesterday morning and had the urge to get some real work done! I have to get real work done everyday but I was going to deal with my block head on and crack some skulls. Well not really crack some skulls because I can barely kill a spider and when I say barely...  I find a shoe and run at it, hopping I give it a whack. ugh spiders.  So maybe I wanted to just take no prisoners! How about that? 
Here is my latest painting of a NYC subway scene and I wanted to use some abstract shapes for the movement through the window.  
PS I was feeling like my hair was very Audry Hepburn  .   Happy Thursday! :)


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

J'aime Paris

This time last year I was in Paris.. sighs.  strolling the little streets. eating as many croissants and macaroons as I could possible hold, drinking endless amounts of fluffy Cafe Au Lait , and gazing at gorgeous paintings.  I wish I could just transport myself there right now.  When are they going to make tele-porters? 
It was gorgeous when we were there and I just love flipping through my photos of our week there. This is just right outside of the La Louvre, the home of the Mona Lisa.  We went on the free day and it was so crowded! and the lines were long but I was astounded by the amount of artwork jam packed in the buildings and under ground. (35,000 pieces + 1 McDonalds).  I wonder if the fry smell gets into the paintings.
I think out of every place I have ever been in the world- Paris hands down has the best paintings.   There is an even an art supply store where you can buy art supplies that sold supplies to Picasso and Rodin.. crazy huh?
Here is one of my favs- by Claude Monet called Lunch on the Grass. The one thing about Paris is that you see people lounging in the parks and the bridges with their delicious gourmet picnics with wine or champagne.  So divine!
What where you doing this time last year? Ever been to Paris? If you haven't you would love... magic around every corner.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Few things inspiring me this week... some fine art - get your art goggles on.
Amazing what people can do with a little paint, isn't it? :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Week/New Goals!

This weekend was filled with adventures with old friends, going to the movies, and tasting beer. The movie we saw was Horrible Bosses, which totally brought me back to the cubicle days.  I have had quite a few completely horrible bosses and I knew I was in trouble if they invited me into their office and told me to close the door behind me.  The movie was so hilarious and would recommend it for the perfect date night movie.  I am still dieing to see the new HP (Harry Potter duh) but the movie was sold out all over the place here! Don't spoil it!   
 This week I have to really buckle down and take care all of my goals.  I totally got behind last week and really need to be motivated all week long.
1.  88 Strong Show- I am participating in the 88 Strong Show at the Goodfoot.  I have to complete 8 paintings for the show and haven't started yet.  The show is the Last Thursday in September.  I am still working on what sort of theme I want for my paintings for the show.
2.  List a few etsy prints.  I have been hard at work making the perfect prints of some of my artwork and will have them listed on etsy this week.  I am so excited to re-open my etsy shop and have so many plans for the shop to come.
3.  I am working on curating the Siren Nation Show Paint Your Art Out,This is only my 2nd time organizing anything like this and I am so greatfull to be apart of this event. We have the venue booked for August 18th and have an open call to artists still open and the artists that want to participate are really amazing. 
4.  I recently bought a juicer and promised myself I am going to juice for breakfast for 30 days.  It's like eating a salad for breakfast in a cup.   Anyone juice? Doesn't juicing sound horrible? Almost like a drug.
5.  Bug the hubs to update my website.  My hubs is the brain behind my website and usually requires heavy bribes in order to do anything for my website.  Maybe I will make him his favorite dinner- clams and fresh pasta :) gets him every time.!
6.  Give the puggers a bath and beauty treatments. It's there favorite thing ever.  They get so excited for their beauty time- they squeal and twirl in excitement.  I am going to attempt to take pictures but they are so quick.  I am slow photographer! I have also thinking about painting their puppy nails- I don't know if they would sit still long enough for me to do it.
7.  Paint as much as I can!
Happy Monday! Hopefully the production and motivation fairy will be on my side this week! What are your goals this week?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Paint and Beer

Is it Friday already?  What are you up to this weekend? I do have a few business meetings this weekend but I think the hubs might be taking me to a movie and maybe some beer tasting.  Not sure which movie.  The international beer fest is in town for the weekend- and if your in Portland it's really the best one. It's pretty amazing- because the crowds aren't too crazy and the beer is delicious.  Oregon is the number 1 micro brew per capita in the world- and we do have a special place in the beer world.  Oregon has to be known for something other than Nike right?
Here is a little peak of what I have been working on- portraits! so tough!. So I am going to keep working at it- and hopefully I wont get mad at myself and keep erasing it.
I think my little puggers thinks he is part human- he was trying to give me a kiss.  Have a super weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Summer Sports

I have had one of those weeks where everything I've been working isn't turning out- lots of starting over.  Do you ever have one of those weeks? I think I have started over on the same canvas about 20 times!  and as I write this I am still thinking about wiping over what I started. Maybe I just need to move on and paint something else? I will show you what I am working on tomorrow whether it's good or a complete disaster.. I am guessing serious disaster!  While being stuck, I have been doing some thinking about taking up a new summer sport.  Let's just say I am not the most graceful person, I am pretty clumsy and often run into things.  In fact if the hubs hears a thud in the house the first thing he yells is Are you ok or is that you running into something? :) Here is my summer sport possibilities that there is a good chance I won't hurt myself.
Croquet- I have been thinking about getting a set.  This is a ladies sport- ahem I will have to do my best. :)
Synchronized Swimming- I could totally do this right? I took swimming lessons when I was 5 and I would look amazing in one of those swim hats.  I also have some swimmy blogger friends who could maybe be apart of the team.  Some swimmy friends- Noodles and Waffles and The Lazy Designer.
Badminton- looks a little dangerous but I think I could do it! This little feather balls can't do that much damage. right?
Pie eating contest- this may not be a traditional sport but I could totally win at this one.  There is only 1 draw back to this sport.  Have you ever seen that movie Stand By Me? Well they had a pie eating contest scene in the movie and the pie eating contest does not end well. yuck.  youtube it- but be warned!
 Minigolf-  which I am an expert at. Isn't this set super cute it's a 1950's set.  All pics courtesy of pininterest except the top one.   What's your favorite summer sport? I did consider lounging in the sun with a fruity drink with an umbrella but that isn't sport!
© Erika Lee Sears