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)

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)


the thankful winner

Thank you to everyone who commented on my Thanksgiving day post, sharing what you were thankful for this year. I chose my favorite response from the comments. The winner gets all three of my newest template sets; Hip to Be Square, Vintage Wish, and The Garden!

Vintage Wish, the Garden, Hip to Be Squaresample photos by Beth Jansen, Jonnye Bower, Beth Jansen respectively.


Here is what the winner, Kim Reid wrote:

On Saturday I had the opportunity to go with my entire family to the airport to welcome home my brother-in-law, who has served in Iraq for nearly a year. He left us on January 2nd and my son (his nephew) was born on January 31st. So on Saturday he finally got to meet his nephew…it was such an honor for me. It was a really tough year for my sister and her two kids (3 and 6) to have to live without him. So this Thanksgiving, I’m extra grateful for family. But I’m also very thankful for all the men who have served and are still serving. And I’m very thankful that my brother-in-law has made it home safely and that the rough year for my sister is over!

Kim’s comment really hit home with me. I am so thankful for our military men and women. Welcome home to Kim’s brother in law and all of those who had a joyous homecoming this season. 

Hip to Be Square

Purchase the Hip to Be Square Template Setpurchase Vintage Wish

(8 5 x 5 inch templates for $22)


the Garden template set by Erika Jessop

Purchase the Garden Template SetPurchase the Garden template set

(11 5 x 7 templates for $28)


Purchase Vintage Wish

Purchase the Vintage Wish Template SetPurchase Vintage Wish Template Set

(9 5 x 7 templates for $22)


Also a reminder that you can still order your tee shirts! “My mom shoots people” and “My dad shoots people” shirts are available. Simply click the buy now button below and indicate the size you’d like in your PayPal message.

Sizes: 6 mos, 12 mos, 18 mos, 2T, 3T, 4T


Buy mom tee Mom tee


buy dad tee Dad tee


my mom shoots people & my dad shoots people shirts

That’s all for now, everyone. Thank you for reading.


erika j