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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.

NEWSLETTER

Monday, November 20, 2017

Running.

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. " Steve Jobs

Getting so close to making it another year of this journey.

2 minute sketch

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Everett's First Day of Preschool

A lot of firsts this year, especially with this guy! Everett starting a whole new chapter and missing his big sister terribly. He loves her so much, but this is such a good way for him to make his own friends and grow.  He is most excited to get lots of play ground time and playing with lots of new puzzles. The structure will be good for him and having to learn how to follow directions from a teacher. Can't wait to see what the year has for this guy.
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lady

Bug


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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rose Time


It's never to early to start celebrating the holidays!


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Camomile

a bush of camomile

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Airplane siting.!


5 in the morning. Both kids coming running into the room, to let me know an airplane was flying over the house. :(

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chair vs Laundry

Real Life, when your laundry pile is as big as a chair. Ok! It includes sheets!

oil on paper
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Papaya.

Anyone else sprinkle chili powder on their papaya?

oil on paper
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Zine: A Collection of Portraiture and Botanicals





This year has been my third year of creating an original piece of art every single day and sharing it! Wahoo! I originally started Making Art Everyday because I gave birth to my second child Everett and wanted to find a way to keep creating art on a daily basis. Being a mother is one of the most toughest jobs on the planet. It is way more challenging and harder than I ever thought possible because of the amount love and time that each tiny human really needs. I knew that deep down that I needed this special piece of time dedicated to art, that is meant just for me. I needed it every single day, in order for me to be the best mommy, wife and Erika possible.

On January 1, 2015, I embarked on Making Art Everyday with a 6 week old baby and my two year old daughter Nora. Just typing this post, it sounds crazy that I just dove right in and didn't even look back. At the time, I was just thinking about surviving because of the lack of sleep and then chasing around a two year old. Nora, who lives life with everything and at full force. I realized in these moments especially when I was alone while nursing a baby at 3 in the morning and listening to everyone in the house snore that this was something important. I needed to listen to my gut and I thought, "What was the worst thing that could happen?" The worst thing would be that I would give up and I fail. It couldn't hurt to try and I knew I just needed to take the leap.

So here I am, three years in, and I don't know if I could I ever stop. Now Everett has just turned 3 and Nora is 5 and I am able to have more than 10 - 20 minutes a day, but sometimes it's fun to make things in the most limited amounts of time. I have learned that creating something every day keeps me honest on my journey and keeps me inspired on a daily basis. I'm always looking and searching and finding every day moments, objects and places that spark my creativity.

This is my second installment of creating a Zine. My last zine, 18 mornings, sold out within one hour of posting it online. My new zine is a limited edition called A Collection of Portraiture and Botanicals. Once they are gone, they are gone. I picked two of my favorite subjects portraits and plants and showed what I have been working on this year. I have grown so much over the past three years especially through this work.

So if you would like to purchase a copy just shoot me an email at erikaleesears@gmail.com
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Monday, November 13, 2017

White Moths

oil on paper
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First Day of Kindergarten.

I can not believe that Nora is officially in Kindergarten. She insisted on having her hair curled and styled for the event. She is so super excited to start this new chapter in her life. She took the bus with confidence. After she got on the bus, I saw she was afraid but I knew there are many moments in life that you have to go for it and figure it out. This is probably one of the safest ways for her to learn how to be independent and jump right in. She is curious and ready to climb the biggest mountain.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Portrait Practice.

This weekend, we celebrated Everett's third birthday. Two has been challenging, way more challenging then Nora ever was or at least for what I remember.. Everett loves to dart, escape, and run as fast as he possible can every where he goes. His favorite is still full body hugs, has the most ticklish of tummies and still will never turn down a chocolate chip cookie.  Happiest of Birthdays Ev. 10 minute portrait practice sketch.


oil on paper
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mango La Croix

oil on wood
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Friday, November 10, 2017

Morning Portland.

oil on wood

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

La Croix



oil on wood

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Go by Train

Portland's Train Station

oil on wood

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Argus

oil on wood

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Portland at Sunrise.

 oil on wood

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fan

fans a profile.

 oil on wood

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

morning cake


nothing quite beats a morning cup of hot lemon tea with a pieces of chocolate frosted cake. 5 minute sketch.

 oil on paper

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Powells



powells books.
 oil on wood

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

The moon

last nights dream. starring at the moon and seagulls flying all around it. 5 minute sketch.

 oil on paper 

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Yellow

this yellow typewriter.

 oil on paper 

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!!!

So the last few years, Nora and Everett both want store bought costumes. I'm probably one of the few parents that wants to craft and make a costume from home because they are seriously the best! a kid from the neighborhood in a epic cardboard dinosaur costume- 10 minute sketch.

 oil on paper 

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Monday, October 30, 2017

7 up sign

capturing a piece of Portland that has been long gone. I was flipping through old photos - and I am really old ones from when I was a kid and toted around a hot pick 80's long camera.


 oil on paper




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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Bunny


oil on paper

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Double

A nomad and a tower walked into a bar.... a study of a couple old cameras

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Night lights

this skyline never gets old.


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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mushrooms

mushrooms from my yard. 

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Biggest Fan

a collection of fans.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Motel 6th Ave.

always love this sign.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday

I need all my super powers today. Between being a mom, working artist, and a wife. I am feeling the need to rise through and really give it my all today. Being a mother to a kindergartner has been extremely challenging this year because it's all new. Maybe it's harder on me then it is for my kids, because I just want to protect them and try to help them live the best life.

But I need my super powers today.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Flash



vintage flash camera collection

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Blue Birds

last nights dream. blue birds flying in and out.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Hay

One of Portland's flat iron buildings.

oil on wood.

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Commissions for the Holidays.

Custom commissions are now open for the holidays! I am now taking orders to make a special and unique oil painting just for you or as a gift for a loved one. I work on commissions year-round but this year I only have a few spots available for a custom oil painting before Christmas.  I would be honored to make something for you or your someone special because a painting is one of the best gifts ever! It's thoughtful, meaningful and a gift that you will have forever.

To get more information, just shoot me an email at: erikaleesears@gmail.com


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

What time is it?

oil on wood.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

More of Portland

Can't get enough of Portland's nightly glow.



oil on wood.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Herme


oil on wood.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

portland

portland.

oil on wood.

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Everett Turns 2

My sweet little monster. He is gives the best hugs, has the best laugh and is always trying to escape. He loves pizza, Mickey Mouse and most of all chocolate. We had a joint pizza party with him and one of his best friends. So, 15 screaming kids in one of those twisty tube mazes with ladders and slides. Then, greasy kid-friendly pizza and copious amounts of sugared cupcakes.

I wish I would have been able to take more pictures, but it was so dark in the pizza place. This picture sums him up, waiting for mischief but he is taking it all in. After blowing out his candles, he promptly only ate the frosting from the top.






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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bath



giving my plants their weekly shower.

oil on paper

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

changing of the leaves

working like a crazy person the last few weeks. but i did take a moment to realize the changing of the leaves. 1 minute sketch



oil on paper

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Explorations in portrait


oil on paper

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Imma a blimp!

Life has been getting busy in all the good ways, but its nice to just take a minute to take time for my sketchbook.

oil on paper

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Swimming with the sharks

oil on paper

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pink Velvet Couch

In exciting news the neighbor's kids through a big party when their parents were out of town for the weekend. The next day all of their pink furniture was sprawled out on their yard. They havent brought it back into the house yet, so hopefully it doesn't rain.

oil on paper

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Red- Portrait Practice



quick portrait practice. red.

oil on paper

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Cantaloupe

The moment you realize you cut into a perfect cantaloupe. You know it's going to be a good day. The day mostly consisted of pumpkin carving, 80's music and a long wooded walk.


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