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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.

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Painting Portland

I have really enjoyed sharing my sketchbook on this blog and in Instagram. There is something that makes me feel so much more braver as an artist, when I just put it out there. In making just 1 piece of art, there are so many different layers and ugly phases.  The best part of keeping a sketchbook is seeing and revisiting those past phases and layers.

For a long time, I was extremely self conscious about sharing my studies and sketches because the work was just not done yet. It's hard showing your work, that is half finished or just show your imperfections as a maker.  I guess I am realizing, there is something beautiful in seeing the beginnings, the in-betweens, and thoughts of something.

I have been taking a little bit of a break from painting landscapes and to be honest, I was a burnt out by them.  I have been painting them for so long, that it felt like I was struggling to find inspiration. Inspiration is everywhere but I was blocked. When I do a gallery show or get a request from a curator, the most requested paintings are doing some sort of landscape or city-scape.

 I think all I needed was a break because I'm slowly seeing some buildings pop up into my sketchbook again. I have been rediscovering bursts of city inspiration around town and it feels good.  It's the best feeling to rediscover something you love to make or do.

12 comments

http://evaetsandra.com/ said...

Another amazing painting! I love it :)

BKCsquared said...

Your work is amazing!! I'm so happy you're more open to sharing it now!

xo, B
www.BKCsquared.com

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

of course i love this. i <3 pdx 4ever.

and good for you for being brave and going out of my comfort zone. i feel like my efforts to go out of my comfort zone are in these ridiculous baby steps. i need to leap one of these days!

Lauren said...

Love these! I think your work really lends itself to urban landscapes, and these buildings are beautiful.

Lori Plyler said...

I agree on all accounts! LOVE your work, btw.

Erin said...

Absolutely dreamy, Erika. I love the long shadows and that, despite knowing how much work went into this cityscape for you, you make it look effortless. I'm with you, there is nothing better than rediscovering your passion and feeling reinvigorated by it. xoxo

rooth said...

I really love that you're sharing all of your creations with us more and the landscape around PDX is so interesting, more more more!

Tori said...

This is such a beautiful painting Erika! Nobody's perfect, and everyone has those in between stages before they can create a masterpiece. I'm glad your comfortable sharing your work now, I love seeing the amazing paintings you create!

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Your painting of Portland is amazing, I really love it honestly is beautiful

rooth said...

Pretttttyyyy... I miss PDX (and my sis)

Lucy Flint said...

I *love* seeing "the beginnings, the in-betweens, and the thoughts of something." I'm trying to get the courage up to share this kind of thing as well: hard to show what might not be perfect (at least in our own mind!). Thanks for sharing a bit of your process with us. It's a gift. Gorgeous painting, too. :) All around, high fives.

Wasabi Honey Bee said...

Ooo, love this!!!
I'll be sending you the book soon, I'm just waiting on copies to arrive…

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