Sunday, December 28, 2008

Six Cats

I think Edgar Degas has a pastel drawing titled six friends. Or maybe it's four friends, I forget. Either way, it is in storage at the RISD Museum. They rarely take it out due to it's delicate nature. This one would be titled six cats, in honor of Kristin's bf Paul :)

Abstract in Acrylics

I was trying to create a foreground and a background with warm and cool colors. I apologize for the poor photograph, it was taken quickly with my webcam.


I painted this as a Christmas present to match the colors of my friends bedroom. I have been experimenting with more geometric styles.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Oldie But Goodie

Here is a small painting I created about three years ago.  I am bringing it out of storage to see the light of day again!  I started the piece by collaging pieces of magazine and then simply painting over them.  This way I had more of a solid composition to start with.

Sized just Right

Most of my paintings are very small in size, about seven inches tall.  Look for this work among others next First Friday at City of the World Gallery!


Here is a piece done with a similar pallate as the painting I posted about earlier.  Look for it this First Friday at City of the World Gallery!


Here is my first attempt at some embroidery.  It is for a friend's bridal shower.  A word to the wise?  Invest in some embroidery thread :)  That is, of course, if you like the look of tiny stitching and the feeling of working endlessly.  

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Dream a little dream

I painted this painting to hang over my bed.  Hopefully the colors will inspire my subconscious to stew up some good dreams.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Paper Flowers

I have been playing with tissue paper lately.  I have been caught gluing it on glass, cardboard, and now this!  Actually the first few flowers were made using coffee filters and food coloring.  Being an art teacher for elementary students re-introduces you to geeky crafting and it can be quite inspirational.  The purple background is really just my bedspread haha.


I decided to spend a few "time-out" days at my Mom's house in California.  I realized that I had a ton of paints there hiding in the room off of the garage.  Let's call it my artist in residency, ha.  Here is a painting from the vacation.

sketchbook explorations

For the Record

The music teacher at my school came across dozens of old records of elementary school music.  So don't worry, all of you music buffs, half of these records did not make much music anymore.  And if they did, it wasn't something I think we would listen to.

Saturday, April 5, 2008


This is a painting of the music teacher's mother's house in the Dominican Republic.  I guess you could call it a house portrait :)

House...almost done!

watercolor lillies

Thursday, April 3, 2008

New Project...halfway done

Newest portriature...halfway done

Horse #2- final stage :)

Horse is finished! Yay!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Horse painting update

So.....I have to admit that I was using the excuse of having the flu to keep me from finishing this painting.  Maybe because if I don't finish it, then I never have to dislike the way it turns out?  Tisk Tisk, Erica!  The painting has since changed and I have to say, I do like it.  I will update later.

Pencil Portrait from a photo

Alright, here is a portrait in pencil that I have been working on.  I am shying away from finishing the face because....I am overly critical of my art and it is hard to get a likeness!  Maybe I should have a glass of wine before I draw or something to calm my nerves...?  Then again knowing me I would spill it on the paper.

House painting

Wow it's been awhile since I have written.  My latest finished commission has been a house painting for my friend Joanna.  I do have to admit that painting pictures that are mostly about inanimate objects are a lot easier.  Here is the painting in the beginning stages.  Of course I always forget to take a picture after it's done.  

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Horse Portrait

Here is my second horse portrait in the beginning phase.  I added in a different background than what was in the original photo.  The horse has such beautiful straight hair, almost like golden straw!  The background is mostly green, hence the red underpainting.  The horse has orange and red tones, hence the green underpainting.   I just took a quick picture with my webcam, so the image is actually the reverse of what the painting is.  This is a commission from my friend Justin for his mom.  Hope you like it! ( The yellow light in the upper right hand corner is from my window, not a part of the painting.)

Friday, January 4, 2008

Thursday, January 3, 2008


Well in between finishing up the calendar year, holiday week at school, and gift shopping, I finished!  I am mostly pleased with the results, but as a self critical artist I will hold my thoughts to myself :)

Animal Portriature-Almost finished!

As much as I would have loved to just keep the sketch painting the way it was, I had to finish it (sigh).  So I went in with  some darks to bring out the contrast in the horse, first with the snout (is that what it's called?)  I finished the background, I like how that came out.

Animal Portraiture - underpainting

I use acrylic paint due to quick drying time and the fact that the smelly oil paint materials give me a headache....  I do miss the color and luminosity of oil.