* mid summer paintings

an update on paintings of the week . . we’re about halfway through summer and i’ve posted here some of the highlights (chosen word of the week underneath!):

“tip” – – i also created a skillshare class using this one as an example! the class is free, but if you click the link above you can also get 3 months of skillshare for 99¢!



“spark” (for independence day week !)






also, a few pieces just for fun (sketches, travel paintings, etc.) :

(for national icecream day !)

happy summer !

* one year of a painting a week !

above is my 52nd painting a week! we picked “one” for this word. some other recent best-ofs below !







we’re still pressing on – hope to see another year of paintings-a-week !

* 2015 painting a week update

the painting a week is still going strong! here are a few of my favorites from the past few months & the words that go along with them —












& a knitted galaxy for fun !

happy new year !

fawns, flowers, bicycles, gold !

i’ve been keeping up with my painting a week challenge, above is “spring”

& “lock”
i used micron pens & watercolors for these !

& an ultra-simple project — my mom sent me this phone case that she thought i would like & i decided to make it myself since it seemed so simple! this martha stewart gold paint is really pigmented & not too expensive

i’ve also sped through my cancun lacy top! one of the pieces is blocking & one is just at the cast off edge. i’m totally in love with the yarn i’m using: blue heron rayon metallic. i bought it at vogue knitting live a few years ago, the little specks of gold are perfect !

painting a week

a friend & i started a “painting a week” challenge — we pick a word each week & use whatever medium we like to portray it & post the result on sundays !
if you’re following my instagram, this will be old news but here are the past few weeks work:

“citrus” — grapefruit in ink & watercolors

“flight” — gold tipped wings in pen

“wave” in watercolors

“break” — daybreak in oils on canvas

“starlight” — snowy mountains in watercolors

“sleep” — coffee & reading in bed

if you’re interested in the other half of the challenge, check out claireisaherman on instagram !

diy : en plein air watercolor kit

image by --erin kate
image, a photo by –erin kate on Flickr.

I’m currently studying in Barcelona & I’ve really gotten into travel drawing/painting using this little “kit” . . .

I started with this $1 eyeshadow palette

– sanded off the label

– scraped out the eyeshadow

– painted the lid white to make a clean surface to mix colors on

-spray painted the outside (gold is best !)

– squeezed in my favorite watercolors (these are Koi brand)

& that’s it! Some things I’ve done with it . .

[p.s. I’m still updating my travel blog if you’re interested !]