I’m Curating!!

I’m super excited to start working with La Playa Gallery in La Jolla as the new curator. It’s a rather new, small gallery with a lot of potential. I plan on curating great art shows, showcasing new jewelry and other forms of art. We will be implementing classes that I will be teaching including beginner painting, drawing and jewelry making. I’m super excited to be helping the SD community of artist while also introducing other US artist to the area. Make sure to sign up for the galleries mailing list so you can be in the know with the fun events we will be putting on.  http://www.laplayagallery.com/

La Playa Gallery
La Playa Gallery




I’m super excited to have been juried into the SDCAMA! This is a San Diego art/maker group that show and sell our work at Balboa Park a few times a month. For more info visit: http://www.sdcama.com/

I love old black and white photos and I add a twist to them by drawing them in color, adding or subtracting elements until I am happy with the results. Revisiting the past in a new light is what fuels this art. I normally start out using colored cardstock paper with Prismicolor colored pencils, often using vintage photos as a guideline. I do live drawings while I’m there so be sure to swing by and see what’s new and available for purchase!

Hideaway Hut - Colored Pencil on cardstock 8.5x11
Hideaway Hut – Colored Pencil on cardstock 8.5×11 – SOLD!!

Art Instructor!!

Big news! I have recently become an art instructor for the Grumbacher/Michael’s program at the Michael’s in Point Loma, San Diego!  I’m very excited about this because I will be able to share my knowledge of acrylic painting and pencil drawing to all who sign up.

You can visit the store or call to find out the classes I have scheduled starting in April of 2016. There will be many fun beginner classes that may just spark your creative side!

2740 Midway Dr
San Diego, CA 92110-3203
Phone: (619) 858-0260

So I hope to see some of your pretty faces there! Let your creative beast free!!  🙂


YouTube baby!!!

So this is super exciting…  I started a YouTube channel!  It’s called “Erica Explains” and I will be touching on subjects that I know and love including but not limited to DYI projects, art, cooking, makeup application, crafts and maybe even a science experiment or two!  Tune in to “Erica Explains” to see what inspires me and maybe learn something along the way!

Here is my second episode where I explain how to paint a nebula.  If you like what you see make sure to subscribe!


Etsy Store!!!

I’m super excited to present my Etsy store.  You can buy many select, original, handmade pieces of art, jewelry, etc. easily from this site.  If you are interested in commissioning me for a custom painting feel free to email me at ericaputisart@gmail.com

Here is the Etsy link for your viewing and buying pleasure!


La Bodega – “Perfect 10” Group Art Show!!

La Bodega - Perfect 10
La Bodega – Perfect 10

I’m super excited to be a part of this years annual “Perfect 10” show at La Bodega on August 8th, 2015.

La Bodega Gallery & Studios presents the 3rd Annual “Perfect 10″ Group Art Show. Featuring over 100 talented artists. All working in the medium of their choice with the only rule that the piece they turn in be a perfect square of 10in. x 10in. Participating artists range from High School Students to well established artists.

Live Performance by The Slashes Live Henna by Ilex Monique Food by Anthem Vegan

La Bodega Gallery (2196 Logan Ave., San Diego, CA 92113)

For more info visit:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1602811776666928/

Updated and Organized!

I’ve finally organized my art work into series of 5 or more paintings/drawings which you can easily locate with the drop down menu under the “Portfolio” page.  If you click on the actual Portfolio page you will be able to see some of my one offs that I created for fun or for commission work.

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while so I’m pretty excited about it. I love being organized!  When my space is clean my mind can easily have room for the creativity to take over.

Recently I’ve started playing with oils.  I have used them before but this time I’m trying a very old technique were you use a dry brush with little paint and just continue to go over it until the canvas is covered.  In this style you must have many, many layers which in turn gives it incredible visual depth.  The only thing I’m not used to is that oils take a very long time to dry.  Sure you can put an addition to the paint to make it dry quicker but it still take a day or more for each layer to dry.  But seeing the outcome on this first one I’d have to say it is worth the wait. I can can’t wait to start a new one like this!

Power the Storm - 8x10 - Oil on Canvas
Power the Storm – 8×10 – Oil on Canvas