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



take notice! : )

My etsy shop update is going to be Monday this week (March 16). That’s because I’m leaving for a week of fun in Nebraska with my family. I will be in Kearney Saturday, March 21 signing copies of Turner McWerner & Hooch the Pooch, the children’s book I illustrated last summer.

Time for Baby (Kearney, NE) 1-4 pm

Here are a couple illustrations from the book, which will be in stores / online this fall.

book illo


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happy weekending!

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

free template!

With only four days until Valentine’s Day, I’m offering something very sweet. Here is a free 5 x 7 template for you! This card is a completely customizable layered psd file, just like all of the templates I sell. Please use it for whatever you’d like (personal or commercial), and please credit me and my blog.

download by clicking on the image below:

free templatephoto by Jonnye Bower


You can also purchase your choice of my template sets; Vintage Wish, Hip to be Square, and the Garden.


purchase vintage wish

Purchase Vintage Wish – $20

purchase vintage wish


purchase hip to be square

purchase Hip to be Square – $20

purchase Hip to be Square


purchase the Garden

purchase the Garden – $25

purchase the Garden