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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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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Day 244 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

tomatoes from the garden. It's pretty much the only thing that survived other than the kale. So i have like 10 tomato plants. need tomatoes?

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 244. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Made in Oregon

I am dropping off this commission and it is really a special piece. It's for a friend's 20 year anniversary and they celebrated with buying a painting. I can't even tell you how humbling and special, it is when people want to share a moment or a big deal event with me.

Oil on Wood.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Day 243 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



started over a ton on this page. the last of the roses before fall.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 243. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Day 242 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

The kids and I, spent the morning floating newspaper boats in the bathtub.  

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 242. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Day 241 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



15 minute sketch.. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 241. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Day 240 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 240. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Day 239 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

Since becoming a parent, I am an avid rule follower. Not saying I wasn't really one before, but now I really am. Surrounded by cops today on my morning drive and even though I did nothing wrong still very scared that I could do something wrong. Even though I didn't

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 239. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Day 238 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

moths and butterflys 

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 238. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Day 237 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 237. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Day 236 // Making Art Everyday in 2016





portrait practice. painting kids from the neighborhood.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 236. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Day 235 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

cactus.

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 235. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Day 234 // Making Art Everyday in 201



when a kitten attacks the city....

oil on paper. 20 minute sketch.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 234. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Day 233 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

flowers in the tub

oil on paper. 20 minute sketch.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 233. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, August 19, 2016

A Natural Adventure with Adams Peanut Butter



I can't believe we are already in August and the summer is nearly over. We are trying to squeeze in every last bit of sunshine and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The sunshine here is precious, so we have to savor every last ray. Tim and I have been able to do quite a few dates just the two of us where we were able to journey on some long hikes. We don't have to go very far to enjoy the mountain views and get lost in the woods. I'm speaking figuratively, of course. We didn't actually get lost! It has been a fun change of pace outside of the typical dinner and a movie (which we still love to do).

I packed our backpack with Adam's Peanut Butter and Jelly sammiches, crunchy chips and lots of cold water. I always love the crunch of regular potato chips that goes with a classic P-B-and-J. It keeps me full and satisfied! Today was a beautiful day for a hike and it wasn't too hot, but the breeze still picked up between the trees.

We headed up to trail close to our house and we are fortunate to live pretty to close to a series of trails that run through the hills of Washington Park. There are a ton to choose from and it's really picking your own adventure because if you have time, you can take a really long hike or just a short little stroll up to picnic spot.

I really do love living in Portland and am so thrilled to help celebrate Adam's Peanut Butter's 100 year anniversary with a peanut butter fueled adventure. Hopefully we can still find a way to get out there a few more times before summer is over! What adventures did you embark on this summer? 


I am a paid contributor for Adam's Peanut Butter. All opinions, photos and art are my own.
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Day 232 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


I was at my local thrift store and I was thumbing through old books and out fell a postcard.

Wish you were here. We are having some warm weather right now. Bill sends you five kisses here they are. XXXXX Hope you are going on allright. Mary.

oil on paper. 20 minute sketch.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 232. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Day 231 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

Lately I have been struggling with wanting to make better work. I practice and share everyday, what I am working on and I love that because it keeps me accountable and honest. I guess it's not about being better but always be learning and growing and seeing what could happen. 

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.” ― E.E. Cummings100 Selected Poemsoil on paper


The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 231. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Day 230 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

It has been the perfect picnic weather outside. My kids couldn't be happier to have snacks or pretty much any meal outside on a checkered blanket watching the clouds drift by.  20 minute sketch of cut up grapefruit and oranges. Everett is the one who prefers the grapefruit, who knew a baby would like tart fruit.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 230. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Day 229 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

Last night Everett, could not sleep at all. He wanted to be held or me standing next to his crib for a good portion of the night. Not sure if it's teething, growing, or just being a babe. I quietly read a few pages of Walden by Thoreau to him while he drank some of his sippy cup and went right to sleep.

“Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.” 
― Henry David ThoreauWalden


oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 229. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Day 228 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 228. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Day 227 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



Since becoming a mother, I don't get the best sleep at night. I am constantly waking up at night thinking that I hear something, and I always listen carefully.  Sometimes I hear the hum of the heater, a random car honking, or the neighbors big fat corgi barking, or the gentle snoring of my own babes.  It's given me the ability to remember more of my dreams. Last night, still dreaming of birds are following me around, this time I had a compass and they were attracted to the compass in my hand.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 226. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Day 226 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



spent the morning lining up Nora's animals for a parade. bear, zebra, snark, dinosaur, turtle and of course unicorn.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 226. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Day 225 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



school of fish.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 225. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Day 224 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



10 minute sketch. portland house. apparently this is the haunted house in my sleepy neighborhood.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 224. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Day 223 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

i dreamed last night of a yellow bird following me around. 20 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 223. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Day 222 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

sun soaked cactus. i am too obsessed with striped and how they can change your line of sight. 

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 222. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Day 221 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



picked the last of the lavender from my yard, and it smells incredible.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 221. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Day 220 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

it always says a lot when you see someones bathroom. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 220. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Day 219 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


priorities 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 219. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, August 5, 2016

Day 218 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” - Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 218. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Day 217 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

Portland Cityscape.. being attacked by a T-Rex.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 217. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Day 216 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

Just trying to blend in.

oil on wood.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 216. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Day 215 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

day dreaming about palm springs today.

oil on wood.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 215. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, August 1, 2016

August // 12 Months of Paint


fzamanart //heyhooraydesign //affragibbs //lisadoherty03

 I can't believe we are already in August and here are a few lovelies from July's theme Fruit. 

August's theme is going to be Water! 

Can't wait to see what you make.

My talented cohosts for this project are : August WrenCourtney Cerruti and Meighan O'Toole
Want to read, learn and participate in #12monthsofpaint more info is here.
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Day 214 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



saw a butter fly float across a couple cars and land on man today. 20 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 214. To read more about this awesome project click here
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