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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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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Making Art Everyday in 2016

So today is the very last day of my project Making Art Everyday in 2016. I did it! It's crazy to think that I made art and was creative every single day for a whole year and it's my second year. This year wasn't short of it's challenges, but I knew what to expect. I knew that if myself or one my kids were sick, I would still need to show up for art. I knew that on the days that I didn't want to make art, I had to. I knew that on days when I was uninspired, and would rather be sleeping, rather be doing about anything else but be in the studio, I had to show up and make something.

At the start of this project two years ago, I did this project entirely for myself. I just had my son, Everett. and I was a working artist before I had my kids, but making art was turning less and less into a priority. I also want to be an awesome mom, and be hands on with their learning, laughter and life. I could feel art slipping away from me. When I had my son, I knew that I needed an art project that would force me to show up every day. I would have to share it online, to hold myself accountable, because if I didn't share it I wouldn't even get past the first week.

I am extremely grateful to choose art every single day even if it's just for ten minutes. Its my time, to just be me, and I try to be as authentic as possible. It's my time to shed away all of the layers of everything else going on in my life, and to just be myself. Granted, there are plenty of days in this art project that this is the last place I want to be, but overall I am very grateful. I am grateful for nourishing my spirit and soul. I am grateful for all of the emails, notes and messages that people send me about how much my little spot on the web means to them. I think what warms my heart the most is that I started this project because I wanted to save my creativity and my passion for making art, and it means even more that I have met and touched so many other people. I am truly grateful.

Originally, I wanted my year-end blog post to be about tips on completing and starting a year-long project. I think if I were to give you advice on starting a year-long project, I would first say that it's hard and there are going to be days that you won't want to show up and there are days that you will hate what you make. You will hate everything about the project and give yourself every excuse to just quit and might even trick yourself into thinking you can quit. I'm not going to embellish the part about it not being a difficult project, because it is hard. If you're ready to take on this sort of project, you need to do it for your authentic self. This is soul work. The best part is that you will feel yourself grow in ways that you can't possibly imagine. Every day is a new day, and you have the luxury of starting over.  Sometimes even the terrible days bring all sorts of surprises. I can't even tell you how fortunate and lucky I have been this year. I have sold more artwork this year than I ever did even before I had kids. It's been my best year to date. All I can say is that I promise myself that I will show up for art every day and try to make my best possible work. I am still growing and evolving as an artist, but this project makes me excited to go further than I ever thought I could.

So if you are thinking of starting any sort of project, I would love to hear about it.  If you are thinking about wanting to make art every day in 2017, Here are the rules that I followed the last 2 years. You can do it, and there is no giving up, and all you need to do is jump in.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Day 365 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



this rose-y cheeked cockatiel. EEK one more day until my project is complete.!

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 365. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Day 364 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

my night stand. my dream journal for jotting down notes in the middle of the night. an old chewed up pencil and a crystal.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 364. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Day 363 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

thinking about new years goals today.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 363. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Day 362 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

The best thing about a 10 minute sketch- is not being able to make a ton choices and just having to create as quickly as possible. The rain and wind shook the whole house last night and this morning.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 362. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, December 26, 2016

Day 361 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


 10 minute sketch. one of my favorites for the year. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 361. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Day 360 // 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 360. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Day 359 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

It's Christmas Eve! A mistletoe wreath.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 358. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, December 23, 2016

Day 358 // 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 358. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Day 357 //Making Art Everyday in 2016

acorns and pine cones.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 357. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Day 356 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

We went to one of Portland's oldest Christmas time traditions Peacock Lane! It's a street that has old historic homes and every single house is bursting with Christmas lights. I particularly like it for my little kiddos because it's a good short street but they have carolers and a necessary hot coco stand. It was also a place that I used to visit when I was a kid and it brings me a lot of joy knowing I can share a memory with my kiddos.  

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 356. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Day 355 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

baby its cold outside. oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 355. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Day 354 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


since the whole city is covered in crystals and ice.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 354. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Day 353 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

My children have removed all of the ornaments that they can reach on the Christmas tree. The tree is half covered in ornaments. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 353. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Day 352 // Making Art Everyday in 2016




“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”
― Helen Keller

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 352. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Day 351 // Making Art Everyday in 2016



Snowed in Day 2- Christmas music on repeat in my house.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 351. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Day 350 // Making Art Everyday in 2016




day one of being snowed in.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 350. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Day 349 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

snowing today... but a lovely botanical to think of the warm summer sunshine

oil on wood.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 349. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Day 348 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

I had a dream last night that I had x-ray vision. so an inside out house.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 348. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Day 347 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

portrait practice.went thrifting over the weekend. and love looking through old photos. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 347. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Day 346 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

rainbow siting. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 346. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Day 345 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

feeling the Christmas spirit 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 345. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, December 9, 2016

The Big 500!


The ninth Annual Big 500 opens tomorrow night at the Ford Gallery. There are over 500 artists that participate and all artwork is the same size on 8 inch by 8 inch wood panels. I have fifteen pieces in the show but there are over 4000 pieces total available for sale! The show is hung saloon style and it's a cash and carry show. What that means is that you can literally take the art off the wall and buy it. Every piece of art is the same price at only $40. The one tip I have for this show is to go early! The best thing about the show is seeing all of the beautiful work hung together and seeing all the different types of art. The line is very long to get in and a mad house, but it is oh so worth it.

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

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Day 344 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


oh you know just a couple of cockatoos in a christmas tree.


oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 344. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Day 343 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


Neighbors christmas tree.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 343. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Day 342 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

sunshine has been on point today. streaming through all the windows. supposed to be a big snow storm in the morning. I have thought about preparing for the snow storm but I know I can always order a pizza or order Prime Now if I am in a pinch for food to come to my door way.


10 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 341. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Day 341 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

spent the whole day adulting. but had the furnace fixed. check. took the kids to their pediatrician. check. took the kids to swim and gymnastics. check. ate two donuts. double check. 

10 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 341. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Day 340 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

a collection

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 340. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Day 339 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

oranges.

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 339. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Day 338 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

current mantle situation. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 338. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Day 337 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


portrait practice a quick one. or i should say portrait experiments.
oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 337. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Day 336 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

turning sketchbook pages into a painting.

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

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 336. To read more about this awesome project click here
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12 Months of Paint for December


petit_papillon_art //jaquifalkenheim // lucindawei //lisaeks //rainyarmstrom //loveluckbliss //corinnehaigdesigns //experrinment //basakillustrates

This is the very last month of #12months of paint and the theme for December is Winter! I really can't believe this project has been happening for this whole year and this month is the last month to participate. There has been over 12000 uses of the hashtag #12monthsofpaint. That's pretty incredible and there has been some beautiful art.

Link below to learn more! Here are some of my favorites for November.


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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