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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, July 31, 2017

Day 212 // Making Art Every day in 2017


So happy to be out of town for a few days and headed straight for the woods. Hopefully I will have cell phone service but in a way it might be good if I don't? I brought my plein air kit along with my standard oil painting kit and I can't wait to use it! eek! Recently I got a pochade box, which is box made for easy traveling for making paintings outside. It's designed to hold a panel up while you paint, as well carry additional supplies. I'm looking forward to some traditional style of outdoor painting. 

Here's my 2 minute sketch for today.


oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 212. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Day 211 // Making Art Every day in 2017

utilizing my painting skills. finding the perfect shade of mint.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 211. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Day 210 // Making Art Every day in 2017

Last night's dream. I could hear a pack of white wolves snuffing and pacing under the door. They started whining, panting and more pacing. They wanted to be let in. Reality. Yoda (my pug) got out and wanted a late night snuggle and wasn't giving up until I let him in the bedroom. 5 minute morning sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 210. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Day 209 // Making Art Every day in 2017

Floral Friday!. I am so ready for the weekend and so many fun things planned. My flower practice - hopefully the practice will eventually pay off.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 209. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Day 208 // Making Art Every day in 2017

You know it's a good day, when you cut open a perfect avocado. 


oil on wood


The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 208. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Day 207 // Making Art Every day in 2017

turning sketchbook pages into pages.
oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 207. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Day 206 // Making Art Every day in 2017

summer is meant for pool days.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 206. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Day 205 // Making Art Every day in 2017




oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 205. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Day 204 // Making Art Every day in 2017



oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 203. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Day 203 // Making Art Every day in 2017

picking non stop blue berries from the yard. 5 minute sketch

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 203. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Day 202 // Making Art Every day in 2017

saved olive branch from my dreams.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 202. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Day 201 // Making Art Every day in 2017


oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 201. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Day 200 // Making Art Every day in 2017

oysters and some lemon. kind of a no brainer right? 

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 200. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Day 199 // Making Art Every day in 2017

the morning my tea matched the carpet.

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 199. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Day 198 // Making Art Every day in 2017


one of the quickest portrait studies. 15 minutes of practice- bank teller
oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 198. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Day 197 // Making Art Every day in 2017

the kids spotted this car before i did. a pink car stuffed with balloons. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 197. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Day 196 // Making Art Every day in 2017

flower study, and see ready for the weekend.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 196. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Day 195 // Making Art Every day in 2017


Oh just me and all my feelings.


The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 195. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Portland Art Museum's Third Annual Monster Drawing Rally

Tomorrow night, I am participating in the third annual Portland Art Museum's Monster Drawing Rally.  This year the Portland Art Museum will host 75 artists to make art for charity. Every piece of art will be a flat price of $35 and all proceeds will be going to free school and youth programs through the art museum.  The event starts at 6 pm and there will be 25 artists working simultaneously and the next batch of artists start at 7 pm. I'm in the 8 pm slot!

I have to admit, I am VERY nervous about this event because I suffer from painting in front of others. My stomach is already in knots and have already started to sweat. It's a challenge to make something meaningful and beautiful in front of strangers. I put everything into my work, and having people watch scares me.  Art is something you can't hide from. When I applied, I knew the terms, and knew I would need to make art quickly and in front of strangers.

You would think that I would be a pro, since I make art every day and I share it with basically the world.  I am still scared. This is good for me because I should be facing my fears more often. I should be taking more chances. I should be and need to be brave tomorrow.

So I'll be wearing my lucky necklace tomorrow. It's a necklace that Tim gave me back in college. He was working at Starbucks and saved up 6 months of tips to buy it for me for Christmas.  It was when we first started dating and I was head over heels in love, but was overwhelmed by such an incredibly thoughtful gift. I don't really wear much jewelry, but it makes me feel grateful and safe.

Details are below!


Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park, Portland, OR 97205 

503-226-2811 
Hours: 6-9
Museum Court Yard


The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 194. To read more about this awesome project click here

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Day 193 // Making Art Every day in 2017

Im not sure exactly what is so peaceful about watching fish glide around in a fish bowl. It might be there shimmering scales or their feather like tales.

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 193. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Day 192 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

Nora turns 5 today. 5. She is running fast and ever so passionate about life and building things. She even starts kindergarten this fall.  I feel lucky to be a mommy today, even if I have to go endure and go to Chuck E Cheese tonight.

My portrait practice. swimming under water in last nights dream.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 192. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Let's Celebrate! LA VICTORIA'S 100 Years of Flavor


Attention Portland!

LA VICTORIA is coming to town to celebrate their 100th year anniversary. Wahoo! LA VICTORIA is one of the very first jarred salsas made in the United States starting in 1917. They are known for their sauces and salsas that are made with simple ingredients. Each and every tomato is from California. My confession is that LA VICTORIA is my ultimate favorite taco salsa. In college, it was a staple as I could always find it in any major grocery store.

LA VICTORIA is throwing a huge party right here in the heart of Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square this Thursday evening. Yay! And, guess what else? They are inviting 100 fans and VIPs to have a night of delicious food and culture. Renowned Portland chef Noe Garnica of Verde Cocina will be serving a multiple course menu and Sabroso will be playing live music.

To support the local art community, LA VICTORIA held an art contest; five Portland art finalists will be competing for a prize of $7,500 cash and showing original art based on the theme, "Modern, West Coast Lifestyle."

LA VICTORIA has been around for 100 years now, so it's really great that they are celebrating with art, food and music. What more could you want? Seriously!

Click here To Reserve Your Spot at dinner. There are only 100 spots, so be quick!

This was a paid sponsored post but all the opinions are my own!
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Day 191 // Making Art Every day in 2017

my head is still in the weekend. rose?

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 191. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Day 190 // Making Art Every day in 2017

my morning warm up sketch. my florals need work, but thats the whole fun in it.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 190. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Day 189 // Making Art Every day in 2017

the sprinkling of the clouds over the ocean today. seriously we had the best weather and such a terrific visit with parents. can't wait to go running home to my art studio. it's funny that in the summer months, all i want to be doing is tucked away in my studio making art.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 188. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Day 188 // Making Art Everyday in 2017

oysters. seriously the very best. 2 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 188. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Day 187 // Making Art Every day in 2017

caught the light house today. 1 minute sketch

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 187. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Day 186 // Making Art Every day in 2017

the ocean wave and this weather

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 185. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Day 185 // Making Art Every day in 2017



typical gray morning. 2 minute sketch.


oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 185. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Day 184 // Making Art Every day in 2017

currently out visiting my parents at the coast. so I'm in full on vacation mode and looking forward to it. So the next week just quick sketches while i search for inspiration. and a rainbow because we all need more rainbows in our lives. 2 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 183. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Day 183 // Making Art Every day in 2017

more 2 minute sketches.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 183. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Day 182 // Making Art Every day in 2017

feeling like this today.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 182. To read more about this awesome project click here
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