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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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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Day 31 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

last full day in Hawaii before we take the plane home. 2 minute sketch of the long grass field at dawn. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 31. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Day 30 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

We visited the aquarium today and the kids had a blast. They both kept looking for Dori and Hank. Surprisingly enough they did find several Doris and one Hank.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 30. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Day 29 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

This first time visiting the road to Hana since I was maybe 7 years old. I don't quite remember much, just the long car ride and a black pebbled beach. Going back to it, there were more magical waterfall that I could count and have seen far too many rainbows.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 29. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Day 28 // Making Art Everyday in 2017


oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 28. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Day 27 // Making Art Everyday in 2017



both kids have the flu while on vacation. major bummer... and the neighbors rooster  who has been quite friendly. 5 minute sketch.

oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 27. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Day 26 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

the cloud formations have been pretty epic on this trip.

 oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 26. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Day 25 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

memory from last nights skies. seriously.
 oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 25. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Day 24 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

moments of sunrise. since my children wake up at 430 AM Maui time. 5 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 24. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Day 23 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

getting out of dodge for a few days... ready to be inspired by some warm weather and tropical dreams.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 23. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Day 22 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

these are times of change.  and no prouder to be part of the movement.
oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 22. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Day 21 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

spending a ton of time reflecting in the studio lately. thinking of all that has been going on in the world. It is something when we can come together.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” 
― Fred Rogers


oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 20. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Day 20 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” 
― Barbara KingsolverAnimal Dreams

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 20. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Day 19 // Making Art Everyday in 2017


first a week of snow.. now a week of flooding. ready for summer. a moment this morning looking out.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 19. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Day 18 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

pile of newspaper on a old school chair. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 18. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Day 17 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

mirror mirror.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 17. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Day 16 // Making Art Everyday in 2017


the cold sun shinning over a stack of books.
oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 16. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Day 15 // Making Art Everyday in 2017



thinking about anything but winter. blossoming cactus..

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 15. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Day 14 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

 ship.. 10 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 14. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Day 13 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

vintage clock

oil on wood.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 13. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Day 12 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

Day 2 of being trapped in the house from all the snow. 

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” 
― Edgar Allan PoeEleonora

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 12. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Day 11 // Making Art Everyday in 2017


painting for the upcoming Enormous Tiny Art show at Nahcotta Gallery!

white birds.


oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 11. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Day 10 // Making Art Everyday in 2016

15 minute sketch. morning coffee. spent the whole day running errands preparing for more snow. really over winter right now.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 9. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Day 9 // Making Art Everyday in 2017



this wrinkly old cactus. painting up for the upcoming show at Enormous Tiny Art at the Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth New Hampshire. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 9. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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City Home Giveaway!

Portland friends, I have an awesome giveaway to share with you! To celebrate City Home's newest location in the Pearl District, they are graciously giving away a $200 store credit to one lucky person. For those non-Portland residents, they have an online store too that can ship within the continental U.S.

The best thing about this store is that it carries vintage inspired, reclaimed, and industrial home goods. Being a Portland girl born and raised, I am always looking for special and unique home finds.  I love mixing old treasures with new pieces, and this store has just that. City Home carries some of my favorite brands such as Joy Bird Furniture and Magnolia Home by Joanne Gaines.

Click on the Widget below to enter and for rules. Good Luck! City Home Giveaway
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Day 8 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

raccoon siting. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 8. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Day 7 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

last nights dream. I dreamed I climbed up to the roof of my house and tossed out all of my books.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 7. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Day 6 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

it has blue skies for the past few days but tomorrow the snow comes.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 6. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Day 5 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

So Everett is refusing his nap and sleeping by himself which makes for one tired mama. portrait practice with barely keeping my eyes open.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 5. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Day 4 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


the wind has been howling all day and all night long. vintage emerson electric fan.
oil on wood.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 4. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Day 3 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


since it's the new year. an attempt at a healthy start.

oil on wood.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 3. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Day 2 // Making Art Everyday in 2016


 oh this crinkly cactus. It's been so gray and gloomy here, that all I want is to be were it's warm and hopefully a cactus or two.

oil on wood.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 2. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Day 1 // Making Art Everyday in 2017


It's happening! a little magic to start off the New Year.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 1. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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12 Months of Paint for December!

eva_chatelain // saraharchut.illustration // debmillerart // stitchpixie // leyla_torres-watercolors // masillustra //nini_ninina //corinnehaigdesigns //heyhooraydesign

This is the final month of 12 months of paint. It was pretty awesome project and a year long one. There has been over 12k uses of the hashtag and thats pretty incredible.  To see everyone's art from month to month, and to see the different interpretations of the different themes has been inspiring.  Thank you for participating! 

Now on to new projects! #12monthsofpaint that's a wrap.!

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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Making Art Everyday in 2017.


It's happening!

This is my third year of making art every day and to be honest, I am way more excited than I have ever been. I feel like I have so many more ideas and have so much more to give and grow, that I simply can't wait! I can feel the creative energy in my fingertips and can't wait to start the new year. 

I originally started this project because I gave birth to my second baby and I was battling rounds of creative dry spells. With my first pregnancy, I hated making art. I hated it! I was making art in my kitchen because I couldn't even look or think about being in my studio. When my daughter was born, I cleaned out my studio and started making some art again. But, when I was pregnant with my son, I felt the creativity come back but I felt like making art was slipping away because of the demands of being a mother. Being a mother is a huge, demanding, powerful, and amazing job, but I needed a space and time for myself that I could just be myself.  

It's truly a project that digs deep and it grounds me every day. There are three simple rules and I haven't changed them since the beginning. 

So here are the rules.

1. Make art every day, no matter how big or small. Any medium counts. Even if I draw a stick person or just snap a blurry photo, the point is just to make art.
2.  I am not allowed to give up. This is very important.
3.  I am not allowed to throw away any artwork or rip out any pages in my sketch book. I am allowed to start over. I am not allowed to start painting over canvases or ripping out pages in my sketchbook.

Good Luck and Cheers to 2017- let it be filled with luck (definition: preparation meeting opportunity) abundance, and laughter.  Remember to always, "Stay hungry, Stay foolish." - Steve Jobs.
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