Musings…

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Found a bunch of unused canvases in my storage and got a bit of a #muse today🥰 #paintpouringart #acrylicfluidart #traditionalart #mixedmediaartists #carlaerkdesign might layer them for texture a bit still, but I’ll repost when they’re finally up for sale!

Check out the preview on my FB page!

New to the shop!

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Another original work to add to my Musings ❤..

Mountain Landscape – 2.5 inch canvas panels. Available for sale for $20 CAD.

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/905295797/mountain-landscape-mixed-media-collage

CharityAuctionsToday, Live Silent Auctions and Mobile Auctions

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Only one day left for bids! This piece was created exclusively for submitting to the Pacific Wild auction. Only one print will be made for my own personal collection. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to help support the 2021 campaigns of #pacificwild for our #greatbearrainforest by purchasing an original work of art! ❤

https://m.charityauctionstoday.com/m/auctions/wild-auction-2020-14029/items/spawningsockeyeintherapidspro-278398

New shop!

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I’ve closed my digital image shop on Etsy, and reopened it with Redbubble.

You can find all my digital art now on some cool merch at, https://www.redbubble.com/people/CarlaErk/shop

Feel free to check it out!

New workshop coming up!

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At a temporarily discounted price of $15 for a 30 day pass, and $5 for a single workshop day pass!

Options available on Eventbrite at, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/117095302201https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/117095302201

I look forward to creating with you!

Treasures at the river.

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Down at our favourite little river spot I’m always finding these beautiful deposits of minerals in all different colors.

Figured I would collect some today for crushing into pigments.

Most of them are already so crumbly it wouldn’t take much effort.

A bit of black, red, and yellow hues. All so natural and earthy.

Even found some gold flakes that probably aren’t gold, but they sure shimmer when you spread them out.

Might use them to for gold leaf highlights if I can get enough of it.

My mind is racing with ideas…

I wonder what I’ll end up making with it :)…

I’m totally obsessed!

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Rawwwrrr!

Just means, I love you – in dinosaur :P..

Haha.. I love these little guys. I could draw them so many ways and never get bored.

Here’s another one to add to the collection.

The first of a set, and it’s so cute!

As soon as it’s dry I’m going mixed media all over that watercolor.

Sea foam and salty air.

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I miss the sea.

Doing this workshop today was a bit nostalgic as I blended away thinking of my time in Sinope, Turkey.

The Black Sea, and the local food. All the artisans that came to the docks every evening. I definitely miss it.

Sinope has my heart for sure.

It was nice to do something that brought those memories to mind.

Hosting workshops each week has been a lot of fun, and the finished works are always so pretty.

Gives my family a chance to head out without me, and a chance for me to zen in peace with a little art.

Next week zines! I think I may do something nautical to flow with this theme.

Seaside Blends Workshop on Carla Erk Design.

No words to express.

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I never talk about it… cause really.. who can honestly do anything.. or even wants to.

All there is to do is talk. Nothing changes. You still end up feeling the same in the end, and the things that bring it on always spiral back around to remind you of how miserable you really are, and how hard it is to bottle it up.

…but you keep smiling. Not for yourself, but so you simply don’t inconvenience others by making them feel what you feel, cause that only makes you feel worse.

Its a struggle, and no amount of, “What you need to do is…” or “You need to look at it this way…” will ever help.

It always makes me feel more vulnerable to admit it. I have had depression for over 20 years.

I never talk about it… my social media is always full of all the good things in life.. but some days make me scream inside. #smilingdepression it’s real.

Go with the flow…

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Oh, the joys of painting with a toddler. As I finish one part, and get ready to move to the next like a blink of the eye… tiny little 3 inch hands squishing paint in the middle of it all!

Yay!

So.. ok.. looks like I’m doing another layer!

..but as she starts to emerge I’m kind of happy with how she looks. She’s really starting to get that “head above the water” feel to her.

Can’t wait to see how she decides to end up. My paintings always seem to have a plan of their own.