“I love it” - my client. #keeganspetportrait is officially finished ❤️🙏🏻
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Born and raised in Sweden, I sold my first painting at the age of 10. I remember getting my first easel at seven and finishing watercolor landscapes while on the phone with my girlfriends in my teens. "Painting has always been a part of my life. There was never a start or a beginning; it has just always been there." Today, I live outside of Washington DC with my husband and our two cats who spend time with me in the studio.
I love highlighting a certain part of a flower or paint it from an unexpected perspective. I enjoy creating statement pieces that people find uplifting and get a deep nurturing joy from. Swing by the studio at www.StudioEriksdotter.com.
“I love it” - my client. #keeganspetportrait is officially finished ❤️🙏🏻
NEW! How to Paint Thin Lines
Join me for this new tutorial as I share my tips and tricks on how to make those brushstrokes extra thin. In this video I'm showing you while adding Corky's many darling whiskers.
Share with a friend and subscribe if you want to see more - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afhV5tyag8g
Join me for this 18 minute tutorial about how to paint those thin lines. I teach this while painting the whiskers on a pet memorial. I've received several re...
I THINK this gentle giant is finished but I’m waiting on my client. I love the collaboration and welcome their input. It’s one of the ways this experience is special. ❤️ What do you think? Did you like following along #keeganspetportrait ?
Ready, set and PAINT! Will I finish #keeganspetportrait today?
I’ve had several comment on how you have fallen for this gentleman. I don’t blame you. I have too.
We’re in the last phase now and I’m loving every tiny brushstroke I get to apply to his gentle face.
I just sent off an update to my client and hopefully he’s happy. He has been so far 🤞🏻. This is his gift to his wife who now follow along the process here (👋🏻). Such a deeply thoughtful gift. ❤️
So much to celebrate as a small business owner! Views, likes, more subscriptions and my FIRST REVIEW! Help me toast with your best emoji 🥳
“Amazing how this comes to life”... on so many levels! ❤️🙏🏻
We did it! The first free tutorial is officially up on my YouTube channel. 👉🏻 https://youtu.be/1RXWQ_dFthk
This first video is all about how to fluff that fur! Hopefully by showing you how I paint and sharing some of my tips and techniques you’ll come away inspired and ready to play!
This is made out of love. I’m learning as I’m going. Please subscribe if you like it and would like to see more.
These videos are for you and were created as a response to your loving suggestions. Let me know what else you’d want to see. Happy to do as many as time allows if you find value in them.
We photographed #corkyspetportrait and #emilyspetportrait today. Then we shot some video for what will become the opening for the tutorials on my YouTube channel. I also managed to film a few intros as well. All in good time, and all while wrangling the kids per usual.
Here we go!
Maybe we’re about mid-way right now because we’re thinking about the background color. It’s one of these. I didn’t tell them my favorite but my client picked it. What are you feeling for Mr Keegan? 1, 2 or 3?
Stillness in the morning light. 💕 A deep breath and moment of meditation with #keeganspetportrait
This was last night after the house fell silent and the moon was awake. 🙏🏻
"It looks fantastic. I love it!" - J.P. of Texas
I finished adorable Bailey before Christmas. View all photos here 👉🏻#baileyspetportrait or in the highlights. ❤️ (swipe for a cute surprise!)
Bailey's mom reached out and said her sweet darling had had another seizure that morning and she was breathless from worry.
A black pomeranian weighing in at only 6 pounds (3kg), my client first met Bailey through a photo posted in her local bakery in Seattle. His owner was sick and needed to give him away. She arranged to meet up and the owner showed up with Bailey on a rope. No records, no supplies, just a little dog smelling like cigarette smoke with leaves in his tangled mane. He was one year old at the time and they’ve been together ever since.
You guys helped us pick between turquoise and ruby red - I think we all loved this warm embrace of the jeweled red.
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This is like QVC with amazing one-of-a-kind pottery mugs! My friend DD does an amazing job showcasing every pottery maker’s mugs, techniques and adds interesting stories. This is fun and interesting to watch and I hope you too find that perfect mug to show off on your next video call.
Grab your mug: https://libertytownarts.com/product-category/virtual-shopping/
Disclaimer: My beautiful friends DD and Ken (Ken’s behind the camera here) run an art gallery with lots of fantastic pottery and art. They care deeply for their artists and employees. Normally, they have packed classes and customers shopping in-person or attending fun events, but LibertyTown isn’t classified as essential (though many in Fredericksburg, VA probably disagree), so it’s currently closed. DD and Kenneth are doing everything they can to continue doing this - for their artists, their employees and for the love of Fredericksburg in this crazy time.
Welcome to our FIRST Live Shop of LibertyTown! Today we focused on mugs but if you see anything else you like shout it out in the comments and we’ll try and grab it for you!
Time to slow down for a moment and only focus on #keeganspetportrait and not all the million other things. It’s just me and the brushstrokes.
Laying the foundation on this handsome boy. #keeganspetportrait
Say 👋🏻 to sweet Keegan everyone. This darling Akita is my next portrait and it’s a surprise from my client to his wife as a memorial to their companion who past away last year. ❤️
And she is ONE. 🥳🌟 Our darling Elise.
🥰 Our winner for March is Sevana! Congrats! || If you want a chance to win $100 towards a pet portrait, click my bio link the bio link to enter. ❤️
Details! I’m going over every section of #emilyspetportrait and making sure all the lowlights and highlights are where I want them, finetuning ever fur hair with a 2 milimeter flat brush. 💕
“One day, I will definitely paint Lucas, and he will have a place in my home on a big canvas,” she said. “But not yet. For now, it’s still too heartbreaking.” Washington Post Aug. 5, 2019
Happy birthday Lucas! We hope you’re enjoying your cake!
Me (middle) with my sisters and Lucas circa 1989.
Dinner is on me tomorrow, Saturday. If you’re out of work and live in the U.S. please share in the comments. I’ll chose you and two more from there (instagram and facebook) by Noon ET tomorrow. Love you.
❤️ He sat as still as he possibly could for as long as he wanted.
Finding our rhythm in our new normal. Thanking my lucky star I can be in my sanctuary and just do what comes so naturally to me. #emilyspetportrait
And some days calls for a ponytail! 🤗 While I wear one every day, I think this may be my first I’ve painted on a pet. 🧐
I’m on to the second layer on #emilyspetportrait but have only painted her forehead so far. It’s coming along nicely.
#bennyspetportrait is finally home ❤️
Besides varnishing the painting to protect it from UV, smoke, dust and some water, I also wire every painting and it comes with a painting hook, a thank you note and these days a piece of the pallet I used when painting their sweet pet.
I’ve added three layers to #emilyspetportrait and the client and I are both happy. This bold yet soft orange is a blend of cadmium orange, unbleached white and a red that I don’t remember the name of 😂. The blend is a symbolic homage to the ribbons she used to wear to keep the hair out of her eyes 💕
What color mix do you like the most!? Zoom in to see 1-5 and let me know👇🏻
We’re paying homage to one of the many ribbons Emily used to wear with the background color so I blended these together for the client. 🎨
A new journey begins. 🙏🏻❤️#emilyspetportrait
Maya’s mom and dad stopped by the studio a few weeks ago to pick up their painting. Rarely do I get to meet my absolutely amazing clients in person since they are all over the U.S. it’s very special when I do.
It was the loveliest meeting and I even got to meet MAYA! Here she was - the dog I had spent 60-80 hours with just starring at the details on her face - alive in-front of me. It was moving to say the least and I had tears in my eyes the whole time.
Here’s what the client said: “It was wonderful meeting you Erica! Visiting your studio and meeting you in person complete the total experience! Thank you for your passion, amazing skills, ability to connect with clients, and your valuable time. You paint with your heart, and your paintings not only reflect the souls of those lovely animals, but also the feelings of their owners and how they see their pets. We are so lucky to get on your schedule first thing this year. It’s been such a great journey together for the past few weeks, while I’m excited that the painting is completed and can be hung at home, I will also be missing you and missing working with you.”
I truly have the best clients. ❤️ 👉🏻#mayaspetportrait for all the photos
And he’s all done. Another meaningful, heartfelt portrait and collaboration comes to an end. Corky would have turned 15 on April 28 but sadly passed away a few weeks ago.
My clients have been wonderful to work with and we’ve exchanged closer to 60 emails over the last couple of weeks sharing updates, memories and thoughts.
Here’s what they said when I shared the final photo with them: “❤️ Thank you so much. We absolutely love Corky’s portrait. It will be a lasting reminder of happy times and unconditional love for us. Forever grateful!”
#corkyspetportrait has gotten some new colors! Swipe to see the before.
👋🏻 hi! #corkyspetportrait and I are sending you joy and gratitude. ❤️
Laying the foundation of some fluffy hair! I know some of you want to see a more educational aspect of this so I’ll see if I can film something for you. .
#corkyspetportrait is coming along well with both his ears and his body getting a second layer. 💃🏼 .
Today we’re photographing the recent two portraits in the studio and I’ll see if I can do another timelapse video. 🤣 Question is: will my kids photobomb again?
Corky loved running around on the grass or enjoying the breeze through his fur, so his devoted parents decided on green.
They saw #beaglebaileyspetportrait and fell in love with that vibrant green so we went for that. 💚
This is four layers and a little scrub with a towel at the top to create a bit more texture. Something different for Corky.
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