Thursday, October 20, 2016

New Gallery Show! Nov 11, 2016 (5 – 8 pm)

I’m super excited to be showing my “Leaf Peepers” series in La Playa Gallery’s next show! Hope to see all you lovely people there for the opening!!


Flora Imagery in Art (Nov 11 – Dec 30, 2016)

La Playa Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition entitled “Flora Imagery in Art.” Because flora and floral imagery is an essential component of our very sense of health, we encourage you to treat yourself and a loved one to this unique show. A wine and cheese reception will introduce our featured San Diego artists: Hill&Stump, Kay Kaplan and Erica Putis.
 Join us Friday, November 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm as we present a unique set of artworks sure to inspire and invigorate fresh introspection.

Does the very depiction of flora imagery enhance our human capacities to sense qualitative human characteristics such as grace and beauty? Or are colors, shape and shade more important stimuli?

Join us as we explore our common human thirst for the natural environment and its imagery. Our opening reception Friday, November 11, 2016 is from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at La Playa Gallery, which is in the heart of the Merchant District of La Jolla Shores. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. For additional information, please call (858) 454-6903.

Monday, August 08, 2016

An Extraordinary Life

I have been consumed with thoughts of an extraordinary life lately. What makes an extraordinary life and how does one accomplish this huge task?

For a few years now I have been contemplating how to incorporate more magic into my life. I even wrote a young adult book about it which is now in the process of being illustrated and narrated. I am very proud of this book because it's the first book I have ever written but by no means does it make my life extraordinary.

I recently started watching Sherlock and of course started getting a nerd crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. I looked at his Wikipedia page and there was something on it about him saying he wanted to live an extraordinary life. For some reason it really hit me. Of course he does. Don't we all?

For the next few days I spent hours thinking about this term, "Extraordinary Life." I'm pretty sure it's a grown up way of saying you want more magic in your life. I'm not Harry Potter and I don't have a magic wand but there must be someway to incorporate this magic into our real lives. But the question I kept coming to is, what is my idea of extraordinary and how does it differ from others?

So in reality I know that Sherlock is a fictional character and Benedict (we are on a first name basis now) is just a normal actor with a wife and child. But what if his "extraordinary" is being a father and husband? Maybe it's all the charity work he does. Maybe it's the money he is making in order to support his family and his charities. Maybe it is not obvious and it's something only he and his wife know about. But the question that keeps tapping on my brain is, how do I find my extraordinary life? Am I living it right now and just not paying attention?

I find myself in this state of limbo where I am very happy with all of the things I have accomplished in life but also finding that I have soooooo many things I want to cross off my bucket list before I die. Perhaps my extraordinary life hasn't even begun?

So where do we start? Where do we start saying, "yes, this is extraordinary?" Many of the things I want to personally accomplish requires money. But as an artists, I don't care much for money. Money is fleeting but if it can bring experiences then maybe it's a key in unlocking this mysterious door of extraordinary. Perhaps it is creating. But I already do that with art, music and writing and I don't feel my life is all that special. When I asked my Mom what in her life was extraordinary, she said having my brother and I. She feels it's what we leave behind. We could leave behind an amazing child, an amazing creation or an amazing garden. But what if we are just average and we don't leave anything behind?

Even the most average person leaves behind something. Humans are social being so if you have ever talked to anyone, you have left something behind. Something you have said or done has changed another person even in it's smallest amount. Ultimately, I think the answer comes down to what makes us happy. Our lives are so short and if we can find some happiness and feel we did something good and worthwhile than I suppose that IS magic. That IS extraordinary. That IS life.

So those are my philosophical musings lately... Sometimes I'm deep. So deep man. Like really freakin' deep. Haha... Also someone please sprinkle some magic dust on Benedict so he will realize that I'm what he's missing in his extraordinary life. ;)

To all you extraordinary beings<3 p="">... Good night.
- Erica
















Tuesday, June 07, 2016

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/


SDCAMA

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!

Friday, March 18, 2016

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!

Michaels
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!!  :)

Erica

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Episode 3 Baby!! How to make simple earrings!!

It's jewelry time!! Hell yeah!!

Here is my third episode of "Erica Explains" where I explain how to make a simple pair of earrings.  Fun and cute!  If you are a dude you can buy them for the love in your life whether it be your mom, wife or girlfriend.  Watch and subscribe!!


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Erica explains how to paint a nebula!!

My second episode of my new YouTube channel has me explaining how to paint a nebula!  Hell yeah, space!!