A favor of financial healing for Colette

Cherie and Colette

Cherie and Colette

Hello lovelies,

You may recall that I became certified healer last summer and my Master Teacher is the wonderfully fiercely compassionate and infinitely giving woman Colette. After years and years of serving hundreds of others, Colette is in need of our thoughts, prayers and your generosity.

She has a large tumor on her uterus. She is in need of major surgery and cannot work until January. The medical bills will be piling on. If you feel compelled to donate $1 or more to this woman who has always stepped up to heal the world and help others, including myself, regardless of her strife or pain, please do so. I would be sincerely grateful for your assistance and financial healing for Colette. She is an amazing woman and I love her dearly.

http://www.gofundme.com/b7t4hk

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Pets and Energy

Lola during Psychic Awareness and Opening workshop

The wonderful PAO workshop with Cherie took place this past weekend. It was my second time sponsoring in my home and I feel it’s such an honor to facilitate a safe place of healing for people who would like to evolve and ‘step up’ into a higher consciousness.  Just like the first time, Lola took her seat the moment I formed the circle with the chairs.

And while I won’t discuss what took place in the workshop, let me take a moment to honor how animals sometimes help in the healing work.

Rasmus July 2014

Rasmus is my second cat and he is seldom around when I/we have clients/friends over. I’m not sure if he is scared of people, if he just likes to have peace and quiet or plays hard to get… Either way, very few people have had the honor of meeting him in real life.

Lola loves people and is a healer for sure. Throughout the workshop she sat or laid in the middle of the circle, snoozing on the sofa behind Cherie or rubbing up against people when they needed a little bit of love. She even participated in the exercises: when we were looking at auras she took her front row seat and showed us how to do it – easily gazing around the volunteer, moving her head up and down the body and leaning her head to left to right making sure she took it all in and then she turned to us all (who by this time had our jaws dropped) as if to say “see, that’s how easy it is.” That’s my Lola and while I was beaming with pride, it didn’t surprise me.

What surprised me was Rasmus who joined us several times. He just strolled up, trying to get someone to open the patio door for him… even letting one of the students pet him! He felt the energy… Why else pick this time to join lots of strangers? Why for the first time in three years let a stranger pet him? By the second day he joined us just in time for a huge healing and when the energy was up he helped us working through that energy by pacing, rubbing against my legs, Cherie’s legs, the chairs, wanting out on the patio and back in – basically driving me crazy and I just wanted him to be quiet – but because I know how well animals sense energy I knew what was going on. I knew he was feeling the energy and helping us work through it. As soon as the energy dropped after the healing he laid down next to Cherie and just chilled. So strange and amazing at the same time.

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Original Painting: Boomer’s Portrait

Boomer's Portrait, original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter

This piece is a remarkable likeness of our beloved Boomer. The painting truly reflects his playful nature while capturing his serious side as the ruling ‘Alpha’ dog of the family. – J.G. of Virginia

Boomer’s Portrait is the second portrait of three commissioned by a client in Virginia. You can check out the first painting of Lexie here (a lovely birthday gift to his wife).  When looking at photos of all the dogs, I felt it would be nice to create a common thread among the portraits and the green backgrounds serves this purpose.

Boomer's Portrait, original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter, right

Boomer is a mix of Lhasa Apso and Bichon Frise and according to my client he’s the “perfect dog, not too big but sturdy enough to be a fun companion.” He even takes him on 4-5 mile runs which he completes effortlessly. He’s an alpha dog and even has the German Sheperd convinced he is in charge. And can’t you see that on his expression? He’s so in charge. I wonder what Lexie thinks of that…

Boomer's Portrait, original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter, with chair

The painting measures 12 x 12 inches and is painted on a 1.5 inch (4 cm) deep gallery wrapped canvas. All sides are painted with the background color, which is the same blend as Lexie’s Portrait.

View more photos of this painting and other pet portraits in the gallery, and if you’re interested in commissioning your very own pet portrait, please fill out this form to get started.

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Original Painting: Lexie’s Portrait

Lexie's Portrait, original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter

Erica has superbly captured the impish nature of Lexie’s personality.  The life-like appearance of this painting is a great testimonial to Erica’s talent and attention to every detail. – J.G. of Virginia

Lexie’s Portrait is an original painting commissioned by a client in Virginia who wanted to give his wife something special for her birthday. Like so many others, he found me by researching local pet portrait artists around Washington DC. It’s such a cool feeling when they say they liked your work the best out of all the wonderful artists out there. Amazing.

Besides the wonderful birthday painting, he also commissioned portraits of his other two dogs and I decided to paint them all within the same time frame make sure I had a nice unified feel to them all (not that I can’t create that otherwise, it was just easier to work on them together). More about the others to come.

Lexie's Portrait, original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter, left

My client sent several wonderful photos of Lexie for me to work with and a great write up about her character. He shared with me that Lexie was actually a birthday present for his wife 8 years ago – how fitting to give a portrait of her as another birthday gift! Their darling dog is a typical yorkie “very hyper, opinionated, entitled, but absolutely lovable,” traits I’m very familiar with as I grew up with a yorkie. And I agree that when you look at a yorkie’s face you see the wheels are constantly turning. “She is smart, sneaky and completely shameless.” Love it!  I’m grateful that my clients thought I had captured her personality to a tee.

Lexie's Portrait, original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter, with chair

When going over the photos of my clients dogs, I felt they (and their fur) would work really well against a green background color. I’ve painting multiple portraits for clients before and sometimes they work well with the same color and other times you just know each needs their own color.

The painting measures 12 x 12 inches and is painted on a 1.5 inch (4 cm) deep gallery wrapped canvas. All sides are painted with the background color.

View more photos of this painting and other pet portraits in the gallery, and if you’re interested in commissioning your very own pet portrait, please fill out this form to get started.

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Original Painting: Evans Farm

Evans Farm, original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter

Evans Farm is a commissioned piece that a son and his family gave to his father for his 85th birthday. The Father received a gift certificate for the custom order and this past fall we sat down to discuss what they wanted. They decided on a view of Evans Farm – a historic location in McLean, Virginia, which has special meaning to them.

In the process of working out the details of the painting, the client shared with me that many birds like to visit the pond and how his wife likes to come up with stories about them – “so much so that there should be a children’s book about these birds!” Of course, they needed to be part of the painting so I included a blue herring, a mamma duck and her ducklings which brings great life to the piece.

Evans Farm, original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter, with chair

The painting measures 18×24 inches and is painted on a 1.5 inches deep gallery wrapped canvas (46cm x 61cm x 4cm). The sides are left unfinished as the client is framing the piece. It’s signed on the front and signed and dated on the back. This piece is available as limited edition print.

A short history about Evens Farm
Evans Farm and the Evans Mill Pond was part of a large plantation in the 1700′s owned by the Besley family, who most likely received it as a grant issued for settlement in the new country. Before then, the Indians of the Powhatan Nation likely used the land and the woods as hunting ground. Before the outbreak of the Civil War, in 1849, Lewinsville, Virginia, was created largely from land owned by the Besley family, then into their fourth or fifth generation.

By the time the Civil War was over in 1865, there was little left of the farm and the family had to rebuilt it. More than 200 years later, the family sold it and eventually the Evans Family bought the land in 1940′s.  They built an upscale restaurant, the stone mill house that you see in the painting, and other buildings to create the appearance of a Colonial-era farm, with lots of animals for the local community to enjoy. It was very popular local attraction.  What you see in the painting is what is left of the Farm. The stone mill functions now as a historic visitor center and the remaining of the land is all residential property. (see below for sources)

Today is a two-post day so keep scrolling for behind-the-scenes photos from when I was painting this piece.

(Sources: McLean Citizens Association: Anthology of Local Histories and Washington Post)

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The Making of Evans Farm

Evans Farm, original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter

Evans Farm was my first painting and first commission of 2014 and it was a little rough getting back into the studio after a 3-week break. I started out slow before the familiarity took over and I found my self immersed in thousands of tiny brushstrokes and details. I shared a couple of photos from the studio during January when I worked on it here and here. Don’t forget to check out the video since it shows the tiny brushstrokes.

Evans Farm, original acrylic painting by Erica Eriksdotter

Evans Farm, original acrylic painting by Erica Eriksdotter

It had been awhile since I had done a reflection so when my artist friend Gene Gregorio picked up some empty canvases he shared some tricks with me, specifically what brushes works the best.  I also made sure to have my ruler always handy to make sure the proportions were right and the ripples were going the right way!

Tiny paw prints of paint in the studio

And of course! Right when you’re sooo focused on the tiniest detail, Lola walks right over my paint palette and gets paint all over her paw and proceeds to run around the studio while I’m trying to catch her! I guess I needed a break.

Evans Farm, original acrylic painting by Erica Eriksdotter

Evans Farm, original acrylic painting by Erica Eriksdotter

I loved the live streaming of the Olympics and I got to watch hours and hours of cross country skiing while I worked on this piece – my favorite winter sport! Sweden always does so well.

The clients have been traveling alot during the Spring so they finally got to see the finished piece just a few weeks ago. They loved it – “this is exactly what i wanted!” It never gets old to hear how happy my customers are.

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Limited Editions – Unwavering Tulips

Unwavering Tulips - Magenta and Yellow, limited editions by Erica Eriksdotter

New stuff has been added to the shop and I’m thrilled to share these darling limited editions with you! And please ignore the horrible reflections – yikes!  It’s so hard photographing prints behind a glass but I hope you get the idea…

The Unwavering Tulip – Yellow and Unwavering Tulip – Magenta were introduced at the 2 Generations art show and I picked them up at the framer last week to get them photographed and added to the shop. They definitely work hanging solo or together depending what you prefer, just like Yellow June and Red June and Mr. Purple and Mr. Green does.

 

Unwavering Tulips - original paintings by Erica Eriksdotter

The original Unwavering Tulips were created as a custom order last summer and I just love how they turned out.

Unwavering Tulip - Magenta, limited edition by Erica Eriksdotter

The green background has a little bit more yellow in it than what it appears here but like with any painting, the colors and their brightness depends on the light.

Unwavering Tulip - Yellow, limited edition by Erica Eriksdotter

The quality of the limited editions are top notch - professionally photographed, printed on acid free paper with archival inks… and if you buy them already framed (professionally), the matting used is recommended by the Smithsonian Foundation for Art Conservation and the glass is the highest level of UV protection against fading.

I wish you could see these in person – they are just so beautiful. Oh well – next art show!

You can view all the limited editions available in the shop.

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Spring Cleaning Update

Old brochures and envelopes

The spring cleaning continues in our household (see tips below!) and we’re donating and selling stuff we no longer have use for. Neither Casey or I likes to collect stuff and I would consider myself a master declutter (moving from Sweden with only a few precious items helps) but it all adds up after years of living together, like the expensive cooling system Casey used after his surgery or the three guitars he is no longer playing. Not to mention all the old brochures and other marketing material I no longer use for the studio (bye bye hundreds of dollars).

Would you bring this with you if you moved cross-country? That was the question an expert on decluttering suggesting asking when trying to get rid off/sell things. So that’s what we’ve been doing and it really works! It really puts things in perspective.

Spring cleaning

Selling on ebay or craigslist is a lot more work then donating or tossing as you have to take good photos and write good descriptions and research a good price point. I’ve found that it’s worth it for certain items  - especially for old electronics!  I’ve sold off my digital camera lens that was broken ‘for parts or repair,’ the pedometer I’m no longer using, and our old Wii system that we haven’t played for the last 5 years just to name a few things.

Here are some more tips if you are looking to declutter and clean your house of stagnant energy:

  • Work in Reverse: What would you replace if you lost everything?
  • Declutter in small, focused bursts: Make each session a spring, not a marathon
  • Think of your things in terms of utility first, and sentimental value second
  • Use the 4 box method: Keep, Sell/Donate, Store, and Trash
  • Find new ways to keep the things you love, i.e. digitize photos, take a photo of sentimental items and let them go

If you want to go to the extreme and live a very minimalist life, then this 30-day challenge is a great start:

  • Remove one material possession – just one – from your life each day for 30 days. Ask your self, Does this thing add value to my life?

We collect so many things over the years and this is a wonderful way to get rid of stuff and stagnant energy that is bogging us down.

Are you spring cleaning? Leave a comment and share your story or any great tips! I’d love to know what your trick is.

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What’s Going on in the Studio?

Original painting of Daisy

I’m so behind in showing off the beautiful pets I’ve been painting this Spring. I’ll get there eventually!  I wrapped up this darling portrait of Daisy this Memorial weekend. It was a Christmas gift to a wonderful Mother, and the dog was a treat to paint.  Now I’m working on another pet portrait of a dog that looks very much like Bubba!

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TLC-ing

On the patio

Forgive me for totally disappearing on the blog. I’ve focusing on rejuvenating and restoring myself, and saving energy for the paintings I’m currently working on instead of putting it on everything else that goes into running my art studio, including the blog.

One of these TLC moments in between painting was this past Memorial day on the patio. What a luxury to just be still and read a book to the views of a blossoming wisteria, lush greens, and hearing birds song. The Mr. was grilling up such tasty treats all weekend and I was just taking it all in.

Today there are two posts so please keep on scrolling or click here.

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