Invitation to Wellness

Erica Eriksdotter, healer in Intra-Dimensional Web Working

It has been a long time coming and I’m ready to announce that I’m expanding the studio to include individual healing sessions!

If you’ve followed me for a while it comes as no surprise to you as I’ve shared my studies with Master Healers Colette Chase and Cherie Young on the blog. I talk frequently about connecting with energies and intuition through my art, and how healing and my art is very much one. Art customers have shared how amazing they feel while viewing my art and expressed how healing the paintings have been for them. I now invite you to join me for an individual session and to experience energy healing on a personal level.

Click here for more information about the healing and how to book your session.

Erica Eriksdotter, healer in Intra-Dimensional Web Working

My story

My personal journey began in 2008 when I grabbed Cherie Young‘s card at my acupuncture’s office. I was suffering from migraines almost on a daily basis (hence which is way I was trying acupuncture even though I had a fear of needles!) I was wondering if headaches were a results from not grieving my father enough and that was somehow creating tension headaches. It was the only explanation I could think of because frankly, I didn’t have any of the other typical migraine triggers. Could emotions get stuck in my muscles in my neck and shoulders creating the pain?

I held on to her card for a year until I one day emailed her. I went to see her the following weekend, superearly on a Saturday morning. I was nervous. Really nervous. I had no idea what to expect. What does a healer even do? Was she like John Edward (by the way, love that guy) and was my dad going to come through? I was early and waited in the car. I just wanted to drive back home (c’mon what was I doing?). I was already tearing up for no reason what so ever, and my anxiety was running wild. I said silently “dad, please, i really need you right now.” And in that moment a song came on the radio which is very much ‘dad and my song’. I deeply felt it was his way of saying “sall good, you’ll be OK”.  Then the fire alarm of the building I was parked at went off, and I again wanted to drive back home. I’ve always been scared of house fires – always prepared as a young child what I would take with me (diaries and my dog). I even made sure I knew how to climb down from the second floor if I had to – what do you mean not every 7 year old worry about these things?

Queen Anne's Lace - photo by Casey Collings

The clock hit 8 AM and it was time for my appointment. It felt like I had to walk through quicksand to get to where her studio was. Something inside me told me I needed to do this (I’ve always been very intuitive and I wasn’t going to turn on myself today). I greeted her and we went into her room. One of the first things she said to me was “did you hear that fire alarm? You escaped from a fire in a past life but you don’t need to be afraid anymore.” Ummmm. Okey. How the heck did she know I was so scared of house fires? The session continued and while some of it is a blur other things are still very clear. She mentioned that I was taking on so many other people’s emotions and energies without knowing how to clean myself off. My senses were running on overload causing headaches (one of the reasons). Did I even know what I was feeling was mine or someone else’s? Huh? So much else was said that I prefer to keep to myself, but I left feeling much more like myself. I felt cleaner. I felt more stable and in control. I felt grounded and more connected to the Universe. It was like I had stepped onto the road I knew I had to walk in life.

Before I left Cherie gave me a poster for an upcoming workshop. She said she’d thought I would be very good at it and it would help me learn more about “all this psychic stuff”  and how to process the energies better. The class was Psychic Awareness and Opening Workshop with Colette Chase for $390 (same class I’ve been sponsoring twice this past 6 months in my own home). It was a lot of money for me back then, but it seemed like a good deal for a full weekend. It sure would be better than reading my “how psychic are you?” book for the eleventh time.

I’ve always drawn to stuff like this. Growing up I had deja vu all the time, I believed in past lives, could feel energies and know if a building felt off etc. and if I expressed it in my family it was received as anything else I was saying (luckily for me). But while seeing and feeling things in my family was normal, I didn’t necessarily have a protocol for what I was doing. When you learn a language you have to know grammar and spelling and how to structure a sentence. It’s the same with healing and being psychic. You have to know what you’re doing, and Colette and Cherie created a safe environment for me to hone my discernment skills.

The workshop intrigued me because I could learn more about energies, and at the same time while learning how to do things properly I would could ideally improve my health since I was overwhelming my senses. Before meeting Cherie not only did I have migraines pretty much every day, but I was also exhausted all the time. I didn’t have the energy to do much else but to lay in bed watching old mini-series (North and South anyone?). I hadn’t picked up a paint brush in years. I had so many goals in my life and it felt like they were just passing my by. Here was this workshop that maybe could get me back on track. I just had to do it. What did I have to lose? I could leave any time. I already felt much better after seeing Cherie and I really wanted more.

The first day of the workshop came and my anxiety was running high again. I was excited but I was also freaking out. I felt extremely vulnerable. Again, I just felt I needed to do it.  I learned so much that weekend. Everything made so much sense to me and I learned and healed so much. In a way it felt like coming home for me.

Butterfly - photo by Casey Collings

Six months after seeing Cherie and after participated in the workshop I started StudioEriksdotter.com. I was painting up a storm. Little did I know I would have my art all over the world in just a few years. Little did I know that after a few years, I wouldn’t have migraines (I still get bad headaches when the barometric pressure changes from time to time but that’s pretty much it).

Fast forward several years and I’ve taken many more workshops. Too many to remember actually. I’ve assisted in healing many people, and last year I took the full Intra-Dimensional Web Working course and became a certified healer. I just wanted to become an even better psychic for ME and for my art. I wanted to add more light into my paintings and boost the studio even more. I wanted to heal people through my art – i wanted to make people feel good. That is happening now and I look forward to continuing to spread good mojo through my art.

Now it is clear to me what the next step in my life is: to empower other people towards leading a happier and more fulfilling life. It is my honor to assist people in releasing of patterns and blocks that no longer serve them. This is in my highest good. I want to be a part of healing the world and this is one more way for me to do that.

I will continue my art and will now also offer one-on-one healing sessions. I will continue to offer painting classes, individual and group sessions, do Cocktails & Canvases and art shows (in home and elsewhere) and accept commissions and sell art. My studio will continue to grow and expand as my life grows and expands. I’m always up for an adventure and to walk the path I so came here to walk.

So that is part of my story. Now I invite you to shift into a more powerful you. It will be an honor to assist you!

(photos by Casey Collings)

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Original Painting: Sugar Bear’s Portrait

Sugar Bear's Portrait - original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter

At at 130 lbs, Sugar Bear has been a regal and intimidating personality.  Erica has perfectly reflected the kind and imposing nature of this gentle giant.  This portrait thrones over our family room and brings back fond memories of this departed member of our family. – J.G. of Virginia

Sugar Bear’s Portrait is the third portrait out of three commissions ordered by a client in Virginia.  I’ve already revealed sweet Lexie (a birthday gift for his wife) and Boomer earlier here on the blog and now it’s Sugar Bear’s turn. A special portrait as it also serve as a memorial as this gorgeous Great Pyrenees has passed away.

Sugar Bear's Portrait - original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter

Sugar Bear was rescued at the age of 4 years old by my client – “a gentle and mild mannered dog in her very intimidating huge body” as the client put it. She lived until she was 11 and “exuded an air of confidence and seemed not to be afraid of anything, but at the same time you could definitely detect the goodness in her eyes and a reflection of a kind and gentle soul – and that’s what I think I would love to capture.”

I loved working on this darling. She pops out of the canvas and you can almost touch her. White fur is always a challenge, but blending with gray and a little light brown makes it a true joy. I just want to pet her.

Sugar Bear's Portrait - original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter

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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Calling all swedes abroad

Utlandssvenskar, metro.se

There are so many Swedes living outside of the boarders, 550 000 to be exact – a pretty large number when there are only 9 million in total. I’m one of them, and my family and friends make up a few more.

The Swedish election is approaching and as a Swede abroad you have a right to still vote (clearly), but I’ve felt a little guilty about using my vote for a country I no longer live in. My husband thinks I’m crazy since I absolutely have an interest in the country and will always be Swedish. And I try to stay on top of things happening in the Motherland, however, I felt a renewed commitment after the results of the recent EU elections trickled in – only 48 percent of the Swedes voted! On par with the rest of Europe. And a common theme for many of the parties voted in were anti-religion, anti-immigration and even neo-Nazis (check out Greece’s Golden Dawn’s insane flag).

Who is crazy now?

Erica Eriksdotter Swedish voting card for Swedes outside of Sweden

Time for a change! I’m holding my voting card in the photo above and I can’t wait to send it off. I started the facebook event “Utlandssvenskar: Röstning i Riksdagsvalet” just to help us all ‘Swedes Abroad’ remember to mail in our votes EARLY so all votes get counted. This is where I personally fell short during the EU Elections (yup – i was one of the 52 percent who didn’t vote…).

It’s important to let our voices to be heard, in a democratic way, and take a stance against racism and no better place to start than in the Motherland.

*photo credit metro.se  

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SALE – Studio is turning 5!

50% SALE Studio Eriksdotter

‘Studio Eriksdotter’ is turning 5 years old! Let’s celebrate with a HUGE SALE!

For the first time ever: Original paintings are 50% OFF! Woohooo! It’s first time, first serve so grab ‘em while you can. Also on sale are all the limited editions, unframed and framed prints. Grab your favorites for a steal! Enter HAPPYBDAY at check out!

  • Signed and numbered prints ship within 1-3 days
  • Originals and framed limited editions are pick-up only (contact me for shipping smaller originals).
  • Prefer in-person shopping? Contact me for studio availability.
  • Sale is only valid on already finished original paintings and limited editions. It excludes prints, notecards and commissions.

25% of all proceeds from this sale will go towards the financial healing of Colette Chase’s cancer surgery. She has been a vital part of my art blossoming and one of the main reasons why the studio is turning 5 years old this summer. More here.

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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. In early 2009, I participated in my first workshop with her and it really changed my life. I wasn’t sure what was wrong with me but I didn’t feel like myself. I was used to having so much energy and being creative, but I could barely do anything. I was feeling sad and exhausted but I wasn’t sad or exhausted, if that makes sense. After a one-on-one session with Cherie, and a weekend workshop with Colette, I felt renewed. I couldn’t stop painting and six months later I launched this website to promote my art.

This is what Colette does. She cleans people off and removes things that aren’t necessary to bring you into your most powerful self. And 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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