I’m back

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I’m typing this as another lazy Sunday afternoon turns to evening. Seems like as good a time as any to announce my return to my site/blog.

I’m sure all artists experience creative blockages, dry spells…even artistic frustration. The last three weeks of my journey have been extremely challenging. Of course it’s difficult to come home from a busy workday and pick up a paintbrush. But unless you’re the fortunate heir to a trust fund–and I can assume that not many artists are–you work, just like I do. So I don’t use my banking career as an excuse.

I am consistently called on the productivity carpet when I visit museums and galleries. Today’s artists catalog thousands of works in their careers. Not unlike the Old Masters who literally skipped sleeping and eating to paint, sacrifice pays off in the art world now more than ever.

The Warhol quote above resurfaced this week as I was reconsidering my direction. For me, the word creative does not conjure up an image of restriction, calmness, control. Instead, I envision chaos, energy, even abandon.

With new resolve, I am committed to that brand of creativity. The one that just keeps moving while the rest of the world is merely thinking about it.

Thoughts? Please leave me a comment.


wet noses and fuzzy tails…it’s all about pets this week!

This week, I’m working on a companion painting to the one above. I painted it in 2007 for Melissa Connolly and her three pets. Since then, Melissa has added two cats and a dog to the family. When the new piece is completed, she’ll hang them side by side in her home. I really love painting for repeat clients! The coolest part of this is seeing my maiden name signature (“erika jessop”) in the corner.

All of this talk about the furry members of our families has inspired me to have a big sale on pet paintings. You can commission a canvas painting (any size below) of your pet(s) alone, or have me paint your whole family. As long as there’s a creature in there, it’s 30% off!

Sizes on sale:

  • 12 x 16 inch canvas | regularly $200 | sale price $140
  • 16 x 20 inch canvas | regularly $280 | sale price $196
  • 18 x 18 inch canvas | regularly $280 | sale price $196
  • 24 x 24 inch canvas | regularly $360 | sale price $252

Here are some other favorites to get you thinking creatively!

To book, you can email me at erikaj[dot]art[at]gmail[dot]com

I hope to hear from you soon!

(gratuitous photo of Rooney)

end of season custom painting sale

Erika Jessop Studios is offering 20% off on select custom painting sizes now until Labor Day (September 6, 2010). Book a canvas painting during this time and receive this incredible discount on the following canvas painting sizes:

  • 11 x 14 (regularly $160) SALE PRICE $128
  • 12 x 12 (regularly $160) SALE PRICE $128
  • 16 x 20 (regularly $280) SALE PRICE $224
  • 18 x 18 (regularly $280) SALE PRICE $224

This offer is limited to my canvas supply. Please send me an email if you’re interested in booking. 50% deposit due at booking. Visit Erika Jessop Studios for more examples of my work.


I recently had the pleasure of taking photos of one of my favorite families…in an absolutely incredible mountain locale. And my subject even snapped this little instant photo of me in action. I love it! Please stay tuned for photos from the session.

And a quick announcement: please visit my new photo blog for my recent adventures and portfolio work.

do you live with a creative genius?

Sometimes it can be a challenge. After all, we creative types can be very demanding and fickle…”Fetch me my paints! No, my watercolors! Now bring out the crayons and markers!” 

I had the young art prodigy in mind when I created this new tee shirt, printed with the words creative genius.

creative genius shirt

My original illustration is on a white cotton tee. They’re available in two styles and nine sizes. 

purchase the creative genius tee

$25 (U.S. shipping included)

100% cotton
The image is not printed on the surface. It is dyed into the fibers of cotton, so it feels nice (not stiff).

baby & toddler sizes: 
6 mos, 12 mos, 18 mos, 2T, 3T, and 4T

kids sizes: 
Small 27″ (chest) 18″ (length)
Medium 31″ (chest) 20.5″ (length)
Large 34″ (chest) 23 (length)