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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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Monday, October 31, 2016

Day 305 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


view of the city. Painting for upcoming Big 500!

Want to see more artwork from the previous years? Big 500 //Big 400 // Big 300 // Big 200 // Big 100

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 305. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Nora and Everett dressed up in their costumes, just makes my heart melt. I just want to freeze time right about now.
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Day 304 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



minty vintage remington.

Want to see more artwork from the previous years? Big 500 //Big 400 // Big 300 // Big 200 // Big 100

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 301. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Day 303 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

pink royal typewriter. always love the order of a typewriter and always imagining the stories they have told.

Want to see more artwork from the previous years? Big 500 //Big 400 // Big 300 // Big 200 // Big 100

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 301. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, October 28, 2016

Day 302 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

running out of time.. just a bunch of months

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 300. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Day 301 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

Here is a bit of Portland, that has been around for a long time. The Bagdad Theatre on Hawthorne. Painting for the upcoming show The Big 500 at the Ford Gallery

Want to see more artwork from the previous years? Big 500 //Big 400 // Big 300 // Big 200 // Big 100

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 301. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Day 300 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

Last night's dream, I caught the white rabbit. 20 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 300. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Day 299 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

Not a fan. Next one for the upcoming show the Big 500 at the Ford Gallery! Taking a break from landscapes for some found objects.


Want to see more artwork from the previous years? Big 500 //Big 400 // Big 300 // Big 200 // Big 100

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 299. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Day 298 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



The neighbor's dog has been known to escape his yard, and got loose today. He was found hanging out on my porch in a Christmas sweater.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 298. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Day 297 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

Caught the sunrise this morning and it was a sight. This is for the art show the Big 500 at the Ford Gallery on December 13th.

Want to see more artwork from the previous years? Big 500 //Big 400 // Big 300 // Big 200 // Big 100

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 297. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Day 296 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

I had to paint at least one day of trying to capture portland's fall. the leaves are changing into beautiful orange and yellow. 15 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 296. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Day 295 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



caught the last little bit of sunshine. and I could just read a book in this window all day.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 295. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Day 294 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

rosey cheeked and red lipped neighbor. it was sure cold out this morning.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 294. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Nora's First Day of Pre-K




Nora recently had her first day of pre-kindergarden! I still can't believe how fast time is going by. Nora is my first child and sending her off to school reminds me of my first days of school, picking out the new backpack, getting the perfect outfit and in Nora's case, picking out her favorite hair bow.  

One thing that I really want Nora to get out of school and even in life, is a love for learning.  Learning from me and from others is extremely important and it makes my heart so happy how much she loves school. She wasn't nervous at all for her first day. As soon as we walked into the classroom, she gave me the all-too-familiar look that says, "Mom, what are you still doing here?" She is completely fearless when it comes to trying new things and has no hesitation in conquering the playground.

I wish I could admit that I loved school when I was little, but I had a pretty hard time as a tween and teenager. School was the last place that I wanted to be. I was that typical teenager, sneaking out to clubs at all hours, dying my hair every shade of pink, crashing one or two cars, and getting into more trouble than I would want to admit especially as now that I am a mother. But in my defense, I was craving life's experiences and everything outside of structure and my typical day to day.  I didn't really fit-in at my school and got bullied and left out a lot. I didn't figure out who I was and what I wanted out of life until much much later after school. I had to rebel and drive myself and my parents insane in order to find who I was.

School scares me, because I know there are so many unsure things. Is she going to find her life long friends? Is she going to discover what she is truly passionate about. Is she going to be inspired and become the best person she can possibly be? Is she going to love to learn? Is she going to flourish? School is going to change her and help her grow in more ways than I can give her.

I'm excited because she is excited. I'm going to hold as her as much as she wants me to or when I know she really needs it. 
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Day 293 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


drying the last of the herbs in my kitchen.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 293. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Day 292 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


caught sleep walking.

“Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” 
― W.B. YeatsThe Wind Among the Reeds

oil on wood
The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 292. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Day 291 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

thinking about making a few paintings for Everett's room. starting out with a giraffe.  30 minute sketch

 oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 291. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Day 290 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

Another piece for the upcoming show the Big 500 at the Ford Gallery. Portland survived another day.

Want to see more artwork from the previous years? Big 500 //Big 400 // Big 300 // Big 200 // Big 100

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 290. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Day 289 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

a water spout aka water tornado. spotted up and down the coast. the for real big storm is supposed to be tonight.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 289. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Day 288 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

storms brewing..

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 288. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Making Art Everyday in 2016 // Day 287

banana leaves.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 286. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Day 286 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

the wind has been howling, since i live a top a hill.. portrait practice.

A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. e. e. cummings


oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 286. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Day 285 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

Portland skyline.. always the best first thing in the morning. A part of the small Portland series for the Big 500 art show in December.

Want to see more artwork from the previous years? Big 500 //Big 400 // Big 300 // Big 200 // Big 100

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 285. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, October 10, 2016

Day 284 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



a cozy cup of tea

oil on cavas

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 284. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Day 283 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

quick sunday morning kitchen sketch. 20 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 283. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Day 282 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 282. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, October 7, 2016

Day 281 // Making Art Everyday in 201



Since I became a mother, I really can't remember when I got a good nights rest. This morning woke to the sounds of humming.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 281. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Day 280 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

sometimes I think I forget to paint simply and focus on the paint.  I caught the light today.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 280. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Day 279 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

both kids fell asleep in the car and I took a little detour to paint while they slept. One of my goals for the new year is to get out of my studio and make art more. be a little braver and being myself and creating. 

are you already thinking of new goals for the next year?

oil on paperThe art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 279. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Day 278 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



“When the star dies, 
Its eye closes; tired of watching, 
It flies back to its first bright dream.” 
― Dejan StojanovicCircling: 1978-1987

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 278. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, October 3, 2016

Day 277 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

The iconic Portland sign.. only for the Big 500.. More details below.


Want to see more artwork from the previous years? Big 500 //Big 400 // Big 300 // Big 200 // Big 100

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 277. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Day 276 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

always say yes to cotton candy

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 276. To read more about this awesome project click here
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12 Months of Paint October!


leyla_torres_watercolores //alto1mezzo //gracerajendran //kristenafionis //lisadoherty03 //kristenafiones // seedandstar//soymariaca//heikekuzminski

September's theme for 12 months of paint was lettering and I loved seeing all the beautiful letters.  To celebrate #inktober this month's theme is black and white!

There is only a few months left for this challenge and it's never too later to participate.  To learn more click on the link below.

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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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Day 275 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

thinking about blur on this one. and a school of fish.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 275. To read more about this awesome project click here
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