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.


painting, anyone?

my canvas inventory

Brandon and I are spring cleaning this weekend. I got a new shoe organizer for my bedroom closet, so my canvas inventory had to find another corner of the apartment to dwell. I didn’t realize how many I keep on hand until I dragged them out! These are the lovely canvases from DickBlick that I use for my custom canvas commissions.

I offer six sizes on my price menu, but I also order extra sizes for custom requests and originals I create for my etsy shop

price menu

These canvases are fabulous! I have used this brand for almost two years now. The quality has always been super and if there’s a small flaw in the surface, DickBlick is always happy to swap it for a good one. They hand-build each canvas with mitered stretcher bars. The canvas is 7 oz. pre-gessoed, so I can start painting without spending extra time prepping the surface. It’s lovely.

There’s your little glimpse into my studio : ) Happy Easter, everyone!

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed!” –Isaiah 53:5


coming soon…

I have a new little series of paintings coming to Etsy (in the Tuesday update next week). Here is a sneak peek at my favorite so far. Most of them will be small (10 inches or less). I think this one in particular is a perfect little shelf sitter.

solitude painting on woodIt is about 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide.

solitude painting

…I love lavender


solitude painting backI signed it on the back

I also have a brand new etsy banner that I like much better than the previous one, so check it out! 

I also just finished a cute canvas painting for the sweetest little girl! Her mommy, Amanda Westhart, had some amazing ideas for the piece, including Mr. Bunny who sits by the tree. He is Ava’s favorite friend. I even painted the flowers to match the fabrics in her room.

westhart commission18 x 18 inches on canvas


good day!

erika j

digital illos


This week is off to a great start. I can’t believe how quickly January has flown by! Just a short note. I create these before and after composites to demonstrate my digital illustration product. I was really pleased with how my illustration of Will turned out. His dad sent me the photo from his birthday party. I was inspired to do a comic style treatment. Love his dino jammies!

Janette CanareI created this 5 x 7 piece late last year for Janette Canare and her daughter Larissa. Janette emailed me the top photo and I began the transformation process in Photoshop, “painting” over layers and layers until I reached the finished illustration in the “after” frame.

I offer these illustrations as 5 x 7s. My clients can choose to receive the digital file only and print it themselves, or order a high quality print on fine art paper from me.

Email for pricing


and today is very special for a sweet twelve year old girl from our city…


Happy Birthday, Rachel! xo



just a teensy weensy bit annoyed

As many of you know, I launched my commission-based business about two years ago on flickr. I was very inspired by many photographers and painters who showed their work there. There was an immediate response, and in a few months, I began to develop a waiting list of clients interested in my paintings. It was an amazing time.

In 2008, I noticed a steady decline of general activity on flickr. Perhaps we’re all just getting busier. Blame it on whatever you wish. I think people were (and are) growing weary of flickr. I can now add myself to that group. I suppose a healthy dose of ignorance has carried me through thus far, but how long can I edit, watermark, post…only to find my original work proudly displayed on someone’s myspace profile? The client I created it for deserves better. And so do I.

I am dedicating my work back to myself in 2009. I love what I do so very much and my clients make it fulfilling and enjoyable, not flickr. So if I don’t post something there, you can always find the latest here. I can freely promote myself here and that’s no longer an option with flickr. 

Please don’t take this as an insult to anyone on flickr. I treasure the community there, just not the hacks. My plan for this space from now on is to share fun things, freebies, and shop announcements (sans the promotional links). I will use it to stay in touch with the lovely friends I’ve made there. I’m quite unsure of what 2009 has in store for me and my business, but I am going to work harder than ever before. New opportunities will present themselves.

Alright, enough of that! Here are some photos from our Christmas break in Nebraska…

erika 1

erikalearning to make a famous family recipe – Kringler cookies

gmasshowing off our new cold weather gear at grandma’s Christmas Eve party

denver-civic-centerWhen we came back to Denver, we saw the Civic Center downtown, beautifully decorated.

denver-civic-center-2Check out Brandon’s new light-up hat! : )

girl-in-shoes-watermarkI made this illustration a couple of days ago.

little-rockstara similarly cute version for boys : )

yo-yosThen, over the weekend, I grew addicted to making these yo yos. I’ll be sewing them on jewelry and hair accessories soon.

That’s all for now. Thank you for listening to my little vent.


erika j