Wednesday, December 31, 2008

ACEO's from Wetcanvas All Media Art Events

landscape ACEO by Shari Erickson Landscape

seascape ACEO by Shari Erickson Seascape

sunflower field ACEO by Shari Erickson
Sunflower Field

The little paintings above are from the All Media Art Events (aka Weekly Drawing Events) at, which is a very busy online artist's community. Each Friday, an event host posts 16 photos from which to draw inspiration. After two hours or when the piece is finished, whichever comes first, you post your art. If you aren't quite done yet, you post it as a work-in-progress, and post the finished piece later. It is a great deal of fun and inspiring to see all the different interpretations and styles of art. The three paintings are 2.5 x 3.5 inches using Golden open acrylics.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Vaya Con Dios My Friend

Dad and Ray with fish This post is in memory of Ray Butler, family friend and my dad's long-time fishing buddy. Ray worked for a traveling carnival before we knew him and had some pretty interesting stories to tell about that. He enjoyed the outdoors and helped us buck hay for the horses and spent many hours with my dad cutting firewood. He was really good at tying knots. Most of the time Ray looked like in the picture above (he's in the brown shirt, my dad's the other guy), kinda crusty and smelling of fir trees and fish. He would come to Thanksgiving dinner all dressed up in a lemon yellow button up sweater, so neat and clean, we'd hardly recognize him! He was the Rancid Crabtree of my life. We will miss you Ray.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Brown Trout in Gift Shop

brown trout painting by Shari Erickson It is amazing to me how each brown trout has it's own pattern, individual as a snowflake. This particular one is very beautiful, with many spots and lots of blue. This colorful brown trout is now available on t-shirts, mugs, notecards and more in the gift shop

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Window Flowers

wildflowers in little colored bottles
These flowers are from our garden and are displayed in some little bottles that were dug up from where they were buried long ago. Trash then, treasure now! Washing up the pots and pans is much nicer when there are flowers to enjoy - sweet william, campanula, rose, viola, iris, penstemon, ninebark, even some hawkweed. The variety of our Lord's flowers is too awesome to fully comprehend! I keep thinking I will paint some of these bottles with flowers sometime.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Trade with Friend

hand knit lace Lace Knit by Rosemarie

delphinium and butterfly painting by Shari Erickson Delphinium and Sara's Orange Tip Butterfly

Once in a great while I'll do a trade. This trade is dear to me as it was with a very special lady who has the biggest heart I know. She is always encouraging and gives countless hours serving our Church, schools and community. She is a master with a pair of knitting needles. This lace piece is very detailed and will make a great pillow. I've shown only a detail of it as it is too large to scan the whole thing. The gouache/colored pencil painting is of flowers in my garden and one of my favorite butterfly species. It is 5 x 7 inches.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New ACEO Paintings

thayers gull ACEO painting by Shari Erickson Thayer's Gull ACEO

red breasted nuthatch ACEO painting by wildlife artist Shari Erickson Red-breasted Nuthatch ACEO

#1 Songbird Series

These two are both painted with Golden's new Open Acrylics on cold-pressed rag board. They are ACEO sized - 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Please e-mail me at if you are interested in buying an original or a limited edition print. I am very interested in painting ACEO sized art and have plans for several series. If you purchase the first of a series, you will be given first choice to buy further paintings in that series. I have currently started three series: Spanish Horses, Waterfowl, and songbirds. My ACEO sized originals are available for $100.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Cat Herd expands!

black cat cori Corazon "Cori"

tabby cat marbleMarble

Our cat herd now has three new members bringing it up to nine cats! That puts us in the crazy cat people realm for sure! The third new cat, Preacher (black with a vertical white bar on his neck), is still too skittish to have his picture taken. He runs under the nearest furniture when we get too close. (trapping him in the house was a rather tricky venture...) He is getting tamer and tamer though. We are pretty sure these three young cats were abandoned by the people across the road when they moved. By the time they showed up at our place, they were in sorry shape, dehydrated and starving. They are brothers - Preacher and Marble being litter mates and Cori from the next litter, we think. Of course this is a guess on our parts, but looking at them, anyone would come to the same conclusion. It is sad when things like this happen, but these three are luckier than many. Please spread the word about the importance of neutering and spaying!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Andalusian Painting , ACEO Size

andalusian horse ACEO painting by wildlife artist Shari Erickson Andalusian Horse Portrait ACEO
#1 Spanish Horse Series

This little painting is only 2.5 x 3.5 inches, ACEO size, and is done with Golden's new Open Acrylics. As I continue to get to know these new paints, I am more and more convinced they were developed just for me! They are not like traditional acrylics or oils, but have some attributes of both, setting it apart as a distinctive medium in it's own right. I am so lucky to have a model for this painting in my own pasture - my beloved Andalusian gelding Tico.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

First Paintings with Golden's New Open Acrylics

sunset painting by Shari Erickson Driveby Sunset 5x7

cinnamon teal ACEO painting by wildlife artist Shari Erickson
Cinnamon Teal 2.5 x 3.5 ACEO
#1 Waterfowl Series

I've just discovered a wonderful new paint seemingly made just for me! Golden's Open Acrylics are perfect for my way of working and I look forward to finding out just how versatile they are. I've always loved oil painting but the resulting headaches from the fumes have kept me away. Over the years my opaque works have been primarily in acrylic and gouache with a short stint with casein. I can already see that having worked with all these other types of paint has been of benefit in becoming familiar with the open acrylics. They don't really mimic any of the others but have a combination of qualities which remind me of all the others. They dry slowly and are very blendable. The colors are more luminescent than traditional acrylics ( in my opinion of course). They work up for me much faster than gouache, which can be very fussy to work with. The relative transparency of each pigment seems to follow along the lines of the other types of paint.

The top painting was done outdoors on a hot day to see how the paint does for plein aire, although this painting is from a blurry photo taken from a car window. It is 5x7 inches on gesso board. I found the open acrylics to be wonderful for working outdoors. They truly did stay wet and didn't even begin to thicken up over the several hours they were exposed to 90 degree heat. My biggest problem was remembering not to rest my hand on my wet painting!

The bottom painting is of a female Cinnamon Teal. It is 2.5 x 3.5 inches on ragboard. I am interested in painting miniatures and decided to try one. I also wanted to see if I could get a decent amount of detail with the open acrylics. They are very similar to tradional acrylics in this regard. This tiny little painting is ACEO size. I may do a series of miniatures for ACEO collectors. Let me know if you are interested in purchasing an original or perhaps a limited edition print. I would charge around $100 for this size to cover my time and effort.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Art Gift Shop Now Open!

tule chinook salmon painting by wildlife artist Shari Erickson Tule Chinook Salmon Gouache

mountain lion painting by wildlife artist Shari Erickson "Luna Light, Panther Might" Cougar Acrylic

andalusian horse painting by equine artist Shari Erickson "Meadow Dance" Andalusian Horse Gouache

red tailed hawk painting by wildlife artist Shari Erickson

"Broken Feather' Red-Tailed Hawk Casein

spring chinook salmon painting by wildlife artist Shari Erickson

"Alsea Springer" Spring Chinook Salmon Gouache

andalusian horse stallion painting by equine artist Shari Erickson "Baroque" Andalusian Horse Oil

Andalusian horse painting by equine artist Shari Erickson"Fantasma" Andalusian Horse Oil

black tailed deer fawn painting by wildlife artist Shari Erickson Deer Fawn Oil

northern leopard frog painting by wildlife artist Shari Erickson

Northern Leopard Frog Watercolor

I recently opened a Gift shop at All the designs above are available there on mugs, t-shirts, buttons, cards, tile boxes, etc.

Monday, August 11, 2008

White Andalusian Stallion Painting

andalusian horse painting by equine artist Shari Erickson Fuego Acrylic 16 x 20
This is a portrait of the Pura Raza Espanola - Pure Spanish - Stallion Dacio S, sire of my gelding Diplomatico. These horses are commonly known as Andalusians.

This painting is available on giftware at

"Spotted" Bobcat Painting

bobcat painting by wildlife artist Shari Erickson

This painting is available on giftware at

Tuesday, April 1, 2008



My cat herd. Today is the birthday of Tinta (15), Bella and Brave (13). They were born in the wild . Tinta is the mother of Bella and Brave.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Pigeon and Elderberry

band tailed pigeon and elderberry painting by wildlife artist Shari Erickson

Watercolor of a Band-tailed Pigeon for the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

Three Swallows

barn, tree and violet green swallow painting by Shari Erickson

Watercolor Painting of a Violet Green, Tree, and Barn Swallow for the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Available on gifts at

Golden-crowned sparrow

golden crowned sparrow by wildlife artist Shari Erickson
Watercolor painting for the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.