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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, September 30, 2017

Floral study

Quick floral sketch in the darkness of the morning.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 270 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Portrait Practice- Tales from the Bus stop

Its funny watching the bus stop in the rain. The young people starting their day. The innocence and looking to make their mark on the world. Having a daughter in kindergarten and being the parent has definitely opened my eyes to a new side of things. Watching her become a part of a bigger community and wanting to protect her.. Portrait Practice a slouchy gloomy teenager from the bus stop.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 269 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bottles.

Cleaning out old treasures today and lined up old glass bottles.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 268 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Eastern Oregon

We are in full swing of fall and I am already day dreaming of the hot rock formations of eastern Oregon. The sun relfecting off the rocks showing the different layers of colors.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 267 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kitty in the Garden

 The neighbors cat has been sleeping in our garden in the mornings sandwiched between the tomato plants.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 266 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Color Blocking

2 minute morning sketch. was up so early running errands and forgot how pretty and quiet the highway can be at 6 a.m. quick color blocking sketch,


oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 265. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Maui Family Vacation.






I have been so behind sharing my life beyond just art, which is important. I truly find inspiration in my every day moments and adventures. I am out of practice from using my big camera and because I've been looking through the photos, it's almost as if I am slowing down time. I love sharing my life on my blog and social media, but sometimes I feel like it's over so quickly once it's shared. The whole point of me even starting this blog was to share my journey with art, creativity and my favorite moments of my life.

We went to Hawaii this past winter and it came when Portland was covered in a blanket of snow and ice. We stayed up in Up Country on Maui, and it was the perfect quiet relaxing vacation that we wanted. This winter in Portland was a cold and brutal one, accumulating the most snow that Portland has seen in a long time and Maui was the perfect escape.

We went to the baby beach nearly every day and the baby beach is a beach protected by a reef, so it's perfect for little babes to go swimming. All the kids wanted to do was float in the water and dig in the sand. Since we were staying in up country, it was very close to the road to Hana and we took the drive and visited quite a few waterfalls. It was pretty rainy during the trip, and several water falls were closed, but we were still able to enjoy the lush rain forests and hidden beaches.

Towards the end of the trip we took the kids to the aquarium. The best part about the aquarium is that it's on the smaller side but very interactive. They had a whole section that the kids could put their hands in the water and touch a few sea creatures like star fish and different shells. The aquarium has huge glass tanks and the kids pressed their faces and peered inside almost as if they wanted to go in for a swim.

Now thinking back, I can still taste the fresh mango fruit smoothies, and the warm croissant from the bakery down the street from our AirBNB. Everett was always the first one up in the morning and cuddling in our bed before the sun came up. Nora already in her swim suit waiting to head to the beach. I can't wait to go back.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

A-HA!

lightbulb sketch. for all my bright ideas. ha!

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 264. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mobile

Saw this hanging in a shop window last night. old keys, paper plane, vintage lock and polaroid photos. 2 minute memory sketch.


oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 263. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Floral Friday

Yay! It's Friday!. More experiments in florals.


oil on wood.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 262. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Barn at Dawn.

neighbors barn at dawn. the beginnings of fall doesn't get any better then this.

oil on wood.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 261. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rain

Just like that, it has turned to fall. The rain has been pouring the last few days. Quick 5 minute sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 260. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Portrait Practice.

weekly portrait practice. more teenagers from the neighborhood. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 259. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Love Cherries.

Love shaped cherries.



oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 258 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ocean

Dreams of being in an ocean the last few nights.



oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 257 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Gorilla

The weight of a 800 pound gorilla

oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 256 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, September 15, 2017

around the world.

Just another turn around the world.

oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 255 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cherries!

After I painted this, I realized that the cherries are smiling.

oil on wood.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 254 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Portland

10 minute quick plein air sketch this morning. north portland.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 253 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Portrait Practice

 Everett started preschool today and it was a totally different experience then when Nora started school. Everett is more of an observer, quiet and shy with out his sister.  He misses her, but this change is good for him. We went to the donut shop after preschool and he picked out sprinkle one. This is the cashier from the donut shop.

oil on board

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 252 To read more about this awesome project click here

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Pricked

Happy Monday! A lovely cactus for your day, with all the things going on in the world. Something to brighten the day.


oil on board

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 251 To read more about this awesome project click here


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Cloud Formations

Most of the smoke has cleared by our house and now we can see bright blue sky. My dreams last night have been of all of the natural disasters going on around the country between the fires and the hurricanes. I hope everyone is staying safe.

oil on board

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 250 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomatoes from the farmers market.



oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 249 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Oceans to ocean.

“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” ― Werner Herzog

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 248 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

portrait practice.

sulky teen ager at the bus stop. perfect subject for portrait practice.

oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 247 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Broken Tea Cup


Today is the day and Nora started Kindergarten. She woke up at around 5 AM in anticipation. I really can't believe it, it's a marker in life.


oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 246 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Oregon Wild Fires

Oregon is in cased of wild fires because of some kids throwing fireworks off a cliff. The gorge and now Multnomah Falls is engulfed in flames and major land marks are now in danger.The city has been raining in ash and the smoke is sticking to my lungs. Being a native Portlander, I grew up hiking and exploring through these forests, lakes, and looking for dragons behind each waterfall. It's going to be hot this week and hopefully it will all stop soon. 5 minute sketch capturing this point in time.

oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 245 To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, September 4, 2017

Cat in the bag

neighbors cat in the bag.


oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 244. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Morning moment

Morning moment when my banana plant catches the light. 1 minute sketch.

oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 243. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Dishes

2 minute sketch of color block and never ending dishes. they don't really stop. do they?

oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 243. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, September 1, 2017

a love note

so someone has been leaving little love notes on my porch. it first started as rocks with hearts drawn on them and now I got a flower in an envelope.

oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 242. To read more about this awesome project click here
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