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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, November 30, 2016

Day 335 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

cacti... a big one.

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 335. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Day 334 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” 
― Leonardo da Vinci

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 334. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Bee Paper



I am quickly approaching the completion of my second full year of making art every single day. I can't really believe it! This year has gone by so much faster than the first year. The one question that I get asked the most is what type of sketchbook do you use? Well, turns out I use a Bee Paper Super Deluxe.

I am an oil painter through and through, but traditionally oil painters paint on wood panels or on canvas. I still paint on wood panels, but panels and canvas take up a lot of space, especially if you want to practice or just explore an idea. When I started my project, "Making Art Everyday," I needed something that wouldn't take up a ton of space and that could travel easily as well as be a place that I could paint whatever I wanted.

Before I started my project, I was going through large waves of avoiding the studio, avoiding art and just being terribly uninspired. It may have had something to do with becoming a mother, the hormones involved with that whole process, and transitioning to more of a role that took me away from art. So, why would I throw myself into a year long project with such a huge commitment to face my largest creative challenges head-on?

I discovered Bee Paper sketchbooks several years ago before the beginning of my project and before becoming a mother. Their great products were recommend by my local art supply store. They told me that this sketchbook was of the best quality and that they could handle any medium without the pages wrinkling. I inspected the sketchbook and the pages were thick, like a water paper but the tooth wasn't super grainy, which I liked. When a paper has too much tooth, then you can see the little ridges through the paint. I also liked the fact that the paper can really hold the paint. Oil painting is a painting in layers and this paper can really hold the paint without it wrinkling and all I have to do is leave the sketchbook open and it typically it dries overnight. If I am painting with thick layers it might take a little longer but in my experience it usually only takes a day or less.  It truly has the best paper.

I didn't really get into the sketchbook habit until I decided to embark on my project, "Making Art Every Day." A sketchbook gave me the flexibility to paint virtually anywhere and on the go. Since I have started this project, I have over a dozen sketchbooks filled with practice and all of my ideas. I love that, and I can see how far I have come and how much I have left to go.


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Day 333 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


tea for one.

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 333. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Day 332 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

10 minute sketch

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 331. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Day 331 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

sunrise, before the clouds rolled in. 20 minute sketch.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 331. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Day 330 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

I got totally absorbed into watching the new Gilmore Girls and only ended up having time for a 10 minute sketch. "People can live a 100 years with out really living for a minute." Logan Huntzberger. oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 330. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Day 329 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

in exciting news I survived thanksgiving. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 329. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Day 328 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

my swan song... tomorrow is my very first thanksgiving at our house. I wasn't worried about it at all but everyone keeps asking me if Im ok and that I am going to do great. which makes me terrified.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 329. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Day 327 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

took the kids to the museum, where there was a birds of prey exhibit. and there was a raven, who looked right at me

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 327. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Day 326 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



a early morning moment.

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 326. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Day 325 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

10 minute sketch. it has been so stormy here. the clash of the ocean with the pour of the rain.
oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 325. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Day 324 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

oh the ocean. 10 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 324. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Day 323 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

sardines by the sea

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 323. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Day 322 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

tea

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 322. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Day 321 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



20 minute sketch. portrait practice. 

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.
oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 321. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Day 320 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



The very last painting for the upcoming show- the Big 500! at the Ford Gallery. It's pretty much one of my favorite holiday Portland shows. More City Lights.

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

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 311. To read more about this awesome project click hereThe art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 320. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Day 319 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

spent the whole day driving and did this quick landscape sketch of the bellowing clouds.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 319. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Day 318 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

the moon was pretty fantastic last night. when getting out of my studio, I try to be inspired by what is around me and not think too much about it. Sort of like, letting it happen versus thinking a long time about one idea like I do in my studio.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 318. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Day 317 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

twilight. is kinda the greatest around here. all the twinkling lights hanging over the mountains.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 317. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, November 11, 2016

Day 316 //Making Art Everyday in 2016


a couch that you just want to sink into and read a long book.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 316. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Day 315 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


Out in the woods for the next few days, for a much needed break from suburban city life. Caught the sun this morning and a couple sleepy bears.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 315. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Day 314 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be.” 
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye
oil on paper


The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 314. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Day 313 // Making Art Everyday in 201

city lights, so lovely and bright. painting for the upcoming 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 311. To read more about this awesome project click here
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I made a Zine!

As you may know, I have been working very hard the last two years to bring you my project, Making Art Everyday! I originally started this project because I had just given birth to my second child, and I wanted to make sure that I was able to be creative every single day while trying to be the best mom possible and the best me possible. This was a lot and especially being a mother a second time. Being a mom is one of the toughest jobs ever, and I wanted to keep a little piece of myself that had nothing to do with being a mother or a wife but it was just me, Erika. It was intended to be something special just for me and something that I would accomplish all on my own.

My son, Everett, is about to turn two years old. Just around this time two years ago I was thinking about starting this art project, Make Art Everyday. After careful planning and deliberation, I started it on January 1st 2015 when my newborn son was about six weeks old.

It actually sounds crazy just thinking about it, that I started a year long art project and taking care of a six week old baby while my two-year-old daughter was busy being an adventurous firecracker.  I know what you are probably thinking - When do you sleep? I'm able to give myself more time now for art projects than I was in the beginning, but back then it was only twenty minutes or so of work at a time.

I teamed up with Munbeibi press to make a zine with some of my daily paintings. I usually paint first-thing in the morning and breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. There is something really special about that time of the day where the light is peeking through the windows in a radiant way before everyone wakes up. Before the house really starts to stir is a time where I can really reflect on my vision and my goals and do some incredibly focused work.  It's a special quiet time, which is my own personal time when I can do my best creative thinking. So, here are my 18 mornings.

I am approaching the end of year two of making art everyday, but I am more excited than ever to start year three.

If you want to get your hands on a zine. I am SOLD out.!

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Day 312 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

such a fan.. 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 311. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Day 311 //Making Art Everyday in 2016

Portland for the upcoming Big 500 show 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 311. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Day 310 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



15 minute sketch. spent the day having my son's second birthday. the whole reason I started this art project of making art every was because of my son and keeping art in my life.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 310. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, November 4, 2016

Day 309 // Making Art Everyday in 201



quick 20 minute sketch. a bunch of flowers! 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 309. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Day 308 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


More sleepless nights.

“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.” 
― Sylvia PlathThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 308. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Day 307 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

Just a couple of fans. Painting for the upcoming 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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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Day 306 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



no time for art but did a lot of things on the todo list. 15 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 306. To read more about this awesome project click here
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12 Months of Paint November!


hazeljarvisstudio // lisadoherty03 //lambpocket //basakillustrates //dotsofpaint //andymalpica //loveluckbliss //cindymcd //lisaeks

WoW! New Month which means a new challenge for 12 months of Paint! It has been really fun to see all the different art over the last 10 months and there are only 2 months left. November's theme is Autumn. To read more about the challenge click the link below.

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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The Factory: A Warhol Happening



Tomorrow night, Portland Monthly is hosting their, "Night at the Portland Art Museum," party. Currently on display is the largest Warhol print retrospective ever shown. There will be music, drinks, a photo booth, paint by numbers and, likely in true Warhol style, a few surprises. It's a costume party, which does make me wonder how many people will be dressing up as Andy himself?

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