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Leigh's bridal bouquet painting - original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter of Studio Eriksdotter. A unique way of preserving your wedding bouquet flowers.
BRIDAL BOUQUET2018-08-21T16:40:20+00:00

PRESERVE YOUR WEDDING MEMORIES WITH A BRIDAL BOUQUET PAINTING

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Hi, I’m Erica!

I’m a Swedish-born, Washington D.C.-based painter specializing in pet portraits and bridal bouquet paintings.

Since selling my first painting at the age of 10, I’ve had the honor of helping many customers around the world add more meaning, culture and depth to their homes. They trust me to come back for a second (or fifth!) commission within a couple of years.

Martha Stewart Weddings refers to these bridal bouquet paintings as a “creative option for preserving your posy,” and others say it’s the perfect anniversary gift. Many are moved to tears when they unwrap the paintings, or see their loved ones open their thoughtful gift.

My process is easy as I work off of photos to create detailed paintings. We collaborate throughout the process and you get to see behind-the-scenes photos as your painting comes alive in my studio.

Paintings ship worldwide for free and I offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If you’re interested, let’s connect! Fill out this form for a free consultation.

xo

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“I love your work so much I ordered my best friend one for her wedding, too!” – L.C. of New Jersey
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Paintings start at $885 USD

ORDERING IS EASY

HOW DOES IT WORK?

I paint your bouquet from your photos to create a detailed portrait.

A 50% deposit reserves your spot on my wait list, with the remaining due once it’s finished.

Yes, I ship worldwide, for FREE!

WHAT IF I’M NOT HAPPY?

It’s completely risk free as I offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If you’re not thrilled with your painting, you’ll get a swift and complete refund.

See FAQs for details.

HOW MUCH WILL I BE INVOLVED?

I’m a hopeless romantic and I love hearing your stories about the wedding day as I’ll be spending lots of time with the flowers that meant so much to capture every little detail and personality.

I’ll share the progress via photos and videos for you to enjoy and to share if you’re giving it as a gift.

WHAT ABOUT SHAPE AND BACKGROUND COLOR?

The shape depends on the shape of the bouquet, and the background color should compliment and highlight the flowers and work with your decor. Why not the wedding color as an extra meaningful touch?

We’ll make these decisions together.

Denise's bridal bouquet painting - original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter of Studio Eriksdotter. A unique way of preserving your wedding bouquet flowers.
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WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

“We both had tears in our eyes when I opened it. It’s absolutely stunning! What a huge surprise!”
L.B. of Sweden, surprise recipient of a bouquet painting from her husband on their 5 year anniversary

“I’m so excited to have such a special gift for my daughter-in-law! The painting is AMAZING! I can’t thank you enough!”

J.S. of Virginia, Commissioned a painting for her future daughter-in-law as a bridal shower gift

“My wife was ecstatic and we’re so thrilled we can’t wait to commission another piece.”

E.S. of Washington, surprised his wife with a portrait on their first wedding anniversary

“It brought tears to her eyes. She was blown away by its elegance and beauty. She loved that it was so personal and sentimental. We absolutely love! Thank you for creating such a magical experience for her 70th birthday!”

P.M. of Virginia, who gave this to his mother on her 70th birthday

“Every day when I look at it, it takes me back to one of the happiest days of my life.”

J.D. of Georgia, who commissioned a portrait of her bridal bouquet for her 5th wedding anniversary

“I will never forget her reaction when she opened it – truly magic.”

A.V.P of Sweden, who honored her parents 40th wedding anniversary with a painting of their wedding bouquet

“I have to say I was speechless for a minute.”

D.H. of Northern Ireland, who surprised his wife on their first wedding anniversary

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Erica Eriksdotter fell hard for painting at an early age and sold her first painting as a 10 year old in Sweden where she was born and raised. It was a watercolor piece of a simple landscape with a red balloon floating in the air.

She’s a third-generation fine arts painter and continued to paint throughout her teens, finishing watercolor pieces while on the phone with her girlfriends or while traveling in Europe. To her, painting was an essential way of being.

After years of working with watercolors she applied the technique to acrylics – diluting every brushstroke with water for thin, thin layers, and she had found her style, and a new home outside of Washington D.C. at the age of 20.

She works the same way as the old masters, one brushstroke at a time, without any shortcuts. With their detailed and realistic look, pet portraits take 20-50 hours over a stretch of a few weeks but each finished painting is a culmination of Erica’s 30 years of dedication in the studio and the blend of her two cultures. She brings all this to every brushstroke. More, she brings her whole heart.

She lives in Reston, Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. with her college sweetheart (another creative), their two year old son, Mason, who was born with a brush in his hand, and their two cats, Rasmus and Lola, who often joins her in the studio.

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“Thank you Erica for everything. Your extraordinary talent and your extraordinary heart.”

M.S. of Maryland

“A huge thank you.”

L.B. of Sweden

“I can’t thank Erica enough for the time and effort she invested in this painting. She is an extremely talented artist, and a caring and thoughtful person.”

D.M. of Virginia

“Erica is such a unique artist whose warmth and care goes in every individual project.”

M.S. of Maryland

“You’re first-class all the way!”

P.B. of Indiana

“It looks amazing! I just wanted to say thank you again, you were wonderful to work with and I’m so happy to have this as a reminder of our wedding day.”

J.H. of Kentucky

PAINTING DIMENSIONS

16×16″ / 14×18″

$885 USD

24×24″ / 22×28″

$1,885 USD

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I give a bridal bouquet painting as a gift?2018-05-18T14:42:04+00:00

Yes! Bridal bouquets are popular gifts for the bridal shower, wedding or after as an anniversary gift. Romantic husbands have given these, so has maid-of-honor’s, future mother-in-law’s and grown children of parents whos celebrating a big milestone.

Can I give a bridal bouquet painting before the wedding?2018-05-18T14:55:01+00:00

Yes! In fact, the gift certificate of a bridal bouquet is a meaningful gift for the bridal shower or the wedding and has been given by future mother-in-law’s and wedding guests.

Erica just needs the photos once the wedding photographs come in to get started on the commission.

“The painting is AMAZING! I can’t thank you enough! I know how much love and talent went into this project and I am so excited to have such a special gift for my daughter-in-law! She is going to cherish this, I know!”

Can I give this as a gift?2018-05-18T14:39:20+00:00

Yes, and it’s fun and easy, and superthoughtful! They make for the perfect birthday, anniversary and holiday gift, or just because

You can either give the gift of a finished painting where you’re part of the full process from start to finish (you’ll need high resolution photos, decide on the canvas size and pay down payment to order), OR

You can give a gift certificate and let the recipient be part of the full process. The recipient will be responsible for the high resolution photos, decide on the background color and could also upgrade the size if they wish. You’re responsible for the downpayment and the final payment. The painting can be shipped (free) to either the customer or the recipient.

There is no right or wrong in giving a painting as a gift and it’s very popular among my customers. They often share the overwhelming response the painting receives, both from themselves seeing their loved ones open their surprise gift or the sincere surprise and raw gratitude from the recipient.

When should I commission a painting if I’m giving it as a gift?2018-05-18T14:39:11+00:00

If you want to give the gift of a finished painting, you need to make sure Erica’s calendar and wait list works in your favor. Fill out this form to learn more.

If you’re giving a gift certificate, you can order a commission at any time! The certificate will be emailed to you. Gift certificates are paid in full and based on the size of the canvas you’d like to give. The 100% satisfaction guarantee still applies with gift certificates.

What will I experience when commissioning Erica?2018-05-18T14:56:44+00:00

You’ll experience the unique process and joy of working with a fine arts painter who cares deeply about bringing your painting to life one brushstroke at a time, and who honors the significance of this beautiful and timeless keepsake. You’ll see the painting come alive as Erica shares photos and videos of her working on your painting, and first hand the dedication and love she pours into her work.

You’ll come away with a painting with more meaning, backstory, layers of culture, depth and generational mileage than maybe anything else in your home.

Many are brought to tears when unwrapping their painting or seeing their loved one open their surprise gift.

“I loved being able to see the progress as Erica worked on it and get some insight into the process. But photos don’t do it justice — opening the shipping box and seeing the finished piece in person was incredible.”

Will I work directly with Erica?2018-05-18T14:50:37+00:00

Yes! You’ll work with Erica from start to finish. As a third-generation painter, she’s a proud big-hearted creative and she enjoys communicating directly with her customers.

Can I order a commission outside of the U.S.?2018-05-18T14:48:45+00:00

Absolutely! Erica ships for FREE worldwide. Every painting is carefully wrapped, insured and shipped with U.S. Postal Office with confirmation and tracking number.

There may be a customs fee depending on your country that you’ll be responsible for. It’s your responsibility to understand your country’s customs fees and regulations.

If you want your painting to ship in a different way that exceeds Erica’s average shipping costs, you’ll be responsible for the difference in cost.

“It’s gorgeous! You are an amazing artist. Ordering the painting from Sweden was so easy. I’m in love! I can’t wait to hang it on my wall and look at it all day long!”

How are these paintings different from other portrait paintings?2018-05-18T14:42:21+00:00

Erica’s paintings are handmade and one-of-a-kind original paintings made with acrylics. They are painted the same way the old masters used to paint – one brushstroke at a time – in her home in Reston, Virginia. Modern and realistic, they take up to 50 hours to create.

Many customers comment on her extraordinary heart and how they can feel the love that went into the painting, and how amazing they feel when viewing their pieces.

Erica is a third-generation, self-taught painter, who was born and raised in Sweden before moving to the U.S. at age 20. She sold her first painting at age 10 and to say she’s passionate about her art is an understatement. To paint is to breath for her.

Her paintings have been mentioned in national press such as Martha Stewart Weddings, StyleMePretty, Bridal Guide and IHAVECAT. 

What do I need to order a commission?2018-05-18T14:41:36+00:00

You need to have good photos, preferably high resolution digital photos, and decide on the size of the canvas you want. You also need to pay the down-payment to book your painting.

What’s Erica’s painting process like?2018-05-18T14:50:32+00:00

Erica fell hard for painting at an early age and sold her first painting at the age of 10. It was a small watercolor piece of a delicate landscape with a red balloon floating in the air.

She later applied what she’d learned from working with watercolors for many years to acrylic, diluting every brushstroke with water for thin thin layers, and she had found her style.

Many trials and errors later, failures and successes, art shows up and down the East Coast, blending her Swedish and U.S. cultures, 70+ commissions worldwide, and many tears and lots of joy – she brings all this to every brushstroke. She brings all her experience and dedication to her art. More, she brings her whole heart.

Each painting starts with a pencil sketch directly on the canvas before each thin layer is applied. Typically, she paints the eyes of a pet first to bring the pet to life to keep her company while the rest is unveiled. For bridal bouquets she starts with one kind of flower first.

“Thank you Erica for everything. Your extraordinary talent and your extraordinary heart. It’s been so amazing working with you and we look forward to [commissioning our 4th painting with you]”

Where does Erica paint?2018-05-18T14:50:24+00:00

Erica works out of her studio in Reston, Virginia which is located outside of Washington, D.C., USA. She loves being able to pop into the studio at any hour of the day. Her two cats, Rasmus and Lola, often keeps her company, and her 2 year old son has been playing with her brushes since the day he was born.

What materials does Erica use?2018-05-18T14:50:17+00:00

All canvases are cotton duck of archival quality, primed with acid-free titanium acrylic gesso, and gallery wrapped 1,5 inch deep wood frame. She paints with heavy and light body acrylic paint and uses Golden and Liquitex brands.

Her brushes are selected by ‘feel,’ not after brand and she has mason jars full of short brushes. She sketches with either her Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 pencil she bought over 20 years ago in Sweden, or a simple No. 2 pen.

When she uses watercolors, she still paints with her first Winsor & Newton paint box from 30 years ago.

How long does a painting take?2018-05-18T14:50:10+00:00

Depending on the quality of the photos and the size of the canvas, paintings range from 20 to 50 hours.

However, each finished painting is a culmination of the 30 years of dedication in the studio, of never giving up, trial and errors, failures and successes, tears and lots of joy, conversations with customers all over the world, the blend of Swedish and U.S. cultures, the passion to create art and the practice of letting the art flow from her heart.

Where else can I learn about Erica’s creative process?2018-05-18T15:02:09+00:00

Erica loves bringing you inside the studio with her inspiring monthly newsletter. Sign up below.

Where can I see more behind-the-scenes of the painting process?2018-05-18T15:06:54+00:00

Don’t leave before joining the studio tribe and receive Erica’s monthly inspiration! Sign up below.

When you commission Erica she’ll share photos and videos along the process with you via email, and every commission has its own hashtag on her instagram account. You can view older blog posts as well.

What types of payment do you accept?2018-05-18T14:42:29+00:00

Erica uses Paypal to invoice you via email the down-payment and the final payment. You can pay via Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card or a debit card that displays the Visa or MasterCard logo.

Please contact Erica to discuss paying with a check.

What’s the investment?2018-05-18T15:08:37+00:00

The investment depends on the size of your painting, not the difficulty or amount of hours it takes Erica to paint it. Commissions are notoriously difficult for free-spirited painters and most won’t do them at all.

Erica’s pet portraits start at $585 and her bridal bouquets at $885. A downpayment of 50% is due to book Erica, then the remaining about is due when the painting is finished. Depending on the waitlist, sometimes there can be several months between those payments.  A Virginia Sales Tax is added for sales in Virginia.

Here are a few words from customers:

“Oh my goodness! You have completely captured his happy-go-lucky personality! I’m blown away. It’s funny when you see other’s beautiful paintings of their pets — but when it’s your’s it’s just remarkable how you capture the personality on canvas!”

“The pet portrait is even more gorgeous in person. The depth, clarity and subtle traits that you captured are truly outstanding. I absolutely adore it. You are first-class all the way!”

Here’s what another customer said:

“I always dreamed of walking down the aisle with a huge bouquet of blood red roses.  I adored my bridal bouquet and long searched for special way to memorialize it. I commissioned Erica for our fifth anniversary.  My painting surpassed all expectations. Erica captured my bouquet down to every last petal and matched the brilliant red I remembered.  She even incorporated my wedding colors when we chose the background. Every day when I look at it, it takes me back to one of the happiest days of my life.”

You can read reviews from all of 70+ commissions Erica has finished over the years here.

Do you offer discount?2018-05-18T15:10:14+00:00

Erica’s commissions are never discounted, however, join the studio tribe below for surprises and specials on her modern art

Do you offer a guarantee?2018-05-18T14:48:54+00:00

Yes! Erica offers a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. Here’s how it works:

  • Be an active collaborator during the process regarding shape of canvas, pose of the animal, fur color, flower colors and position, background color and provide feedback on the photos Erica shares with you of the painting during the process.
  • If you are not happy with the final painting, Erica will work together to see if she can revise the portrait. If you’re still not happy after the changes, there will be a swift and complete refund.
  • The deadline to receive 100% money-back is the day of your final payment. This deadline exists because Erica wants you to have a full chance to be involved in the process and see the finished painting before you change your mind. She devotes hours and hours of time and effort into your painting and she wants to make sure you’re happy, but that you’re also committed to your commission.
  • After the refund, the original painting and any photos of it (finished or unfinished) belongs to Studio Eriksdotter, LLC.

NOTE: An original acrylic painting is not meant to be an exact replica of the animal. While I do my best during the up to 40 hours of painting to create a close likeness to the animal and capture its personality, a painting is not a photograph and does include some creative licenses by the artist.

Who is right for Erica’s commissions?2018-05-18T15:22:02+00:00

Erica’s art is for those who wants to be part of a unique and meaningful experience that will be treasured for a lifetime. With nearly 100 commissions, many of her customers return for more art pieces for themselves or to give as a gift.

It’s for extremely thoughtful husbands and wives, sisters, daughters, in-laws, future brides, best friends, boyfriends and girlfriends, children and parents who wants to give a unique and meaningful to a special someone. These make for the perfect birthday, anniversary and holiday gifts. Many speak of the overwhelming emotions of receiving or giving a painting.

Who is not right for Erica’s commissions?2018-05-18T15:30:25+00:00

Erica always has a wait list so her commissions are not for those who need a finished painting right away. Erica takes a lot of care into her paintings and each takes 20-50 hours over a stretch of a couple of weeks to paint. That said, she does have gift certificate available for those who love Erica’s work and need a great gift.

Erica’s work is also not right for those who prefer mass-produced products and don’t value the handmade process or the unique experience of creating something with a fine arts painter. 

Ordering a commission from Erica is also not right if you don’t enjoy her style. 

Do I need to know anything about art to work with Erica?2018-05-18T15:32:27+00:00

All you need to know is your desire to create something special and have some faith. Commissioning art takes guts, especially since you can’t point at a finished painting and say “that’s the one I want.” As long as you’ve looked at the finished pieces of works I already have of pet portraits and bridal bouquet, you see what you like and you have great photos of your pet or wedding bouquet – you’re all set. Remember, fill out this form to get a free consultation, and there’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee. What do you have to lose? 

Is Erica’s commissions just for women?2018-05-18T15:33:26+00:00

No, not at all. Both men and women pretty equally commission Erica to be part of their special memories, either as a gift or to keep for themselves. 

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