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Erika Hastings

 

Art and Inspiration

Art Show in Squamish, BC

Please join me for an art show in beautiful Squamish, BC, just 1 hour outside of Vancouver and 45 minutes from Whistler! October 22 - November 4, 2017 All of the art in the show is inspired by Bahá'u'lláh's words, "Ye are the leaves of one tree" and "Let your vision...

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Art Show Today in North Vancouver!

Please join me today in North Vancouver for an art show on "Reflections on God's Creation." The artist reception will be from 4-6pm. Hope to see you there! The art show will be held in the Rose Room at the Gardens of Park and Tilford Mall, 333 Brooksbank Ave, North...

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How to Step Out of Time and Space

Stepping out of time and space may sound like science fiction, but it is something that everyone already knows how to do. The trick is to figure out what you are doing so that you can do more of it.  Whenever you engage in an activity that takes you out of time and...

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I’m so excited to share my new website with you!

I invite you all to visit my new website: www.erikahastings.com. I wish that I could visit with each and everyone of you to re-connect and to show you my latest collection of acrylic paintings! They are inspired by capturing the spirit of nature. The vibrant colors...

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Salt Spring Island Retreat

I woke up yesterday to this visitor outside my window and thought, I could get used to this. I'm on my second annual retreat right now. Last year I went to Bowen Island, a small, artistic community just a 20 minute ferry ride from Vancouver. This year I'm on Salt...

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Peace in the Family – Painting

Peace in the world begins with peace in the family. This is one of the fundamental principles of the Baha'i Faith, and yet how difficult it is to do! HOW DO WE STICK THROUGH THE HARD TIMES? We are given a clear blueprint on how to end a relationship through every...

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Courage

Courage means to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. - Brene...

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Outdoor Lending Library

A few blocks from my home someone set up an outdoor Lending Library in front of their house. Such a great way to de-clutter your own house and pick up some new books. And who doesn't love free...

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We’ve Got It All Wrong

Somewhere along the way we forgot what nature has always known. It's not the female's job to primp and preen - just look at nature - that is supposed to be the male's job. Take the peacock for instance. We saw a fine example of this at Maplewood Farm today. First a...

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Full Circle

Life has a funny way of repeating itself on you when you least expect it. A broken record looping itself over and over until we finally get the message that we need to move forward in life. I woke up one day feeling a little sorry for myself and to get out of my funk...

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Nurturing Creativity – Painting for an e-book by FIMBY

I am so excited to announce a new e-book written by Renee Tougas of FIMBY - Fun in My Back Yard. This is the painting that I made for the cover of her book entitled: "Nurturing Creativity: A Guide for Busy Moms." Finding time for creativity in my new life as a busy...

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10 Hands, 50 Fingers

One thumb, one thumb, banging on a drum. Dum ditty dum ditty dum dum dum. Millions of fingers, millions of drums. Millions of fingers banging on a drums. Dum ditty dum ditty dum dum dumm. -Dr. Seuss...

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Virtues Tree

It is that wonderful time of year again for the Baha'is, a time called Ayyam-i-Ha (pronounced: Ah-YAHM-ee-hah). It is a time for celebration, service, gift giving, generosity and fellowship. This year we added a new tradition to our Ayyam-i-Ha celebrations: a Virtues...

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BIG NEWS! I’m selling my art now!

I am so excited to share that I am now selling my art as prints, posters, greeting cards, postcards, t-shirts, hoodies (sweatshirts), stickers and iPod cases! http://www.redbubble.com/people/erikahastings I have set up sales through an online company called Red...

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If My House Were a Bathtub – Painting

If my house were a bathtub it would always be filled to the brim with deliciously hot water. Warm and relaxed, I would float on my back and look up at the stars. My ears would fill with water, dulling out the sharp sounds. Calm. Quiet. Silence. If my house were a...

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If My House Were a Couch – Painting

If my house were a couch it would beckon those from far and near to lay down their troubles and their fears  for here was a place of rest. It would call out like a sparrow’s song, Come, come. The night is long. Be a candle and melt in to me.   If my house were a...

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Painted Ceiling

Oh, how I love that color. This is from a monument at the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, one of my favorite photography spots in...

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Mama Bear – Painting

When I was in university, I spent my summers in giant clearcuts in the middle of nowhere planting trees. It was grueling work because we were paid per tree, so the more trees we planted, the more money we made. Some days it snowed and it felt like a thousand knives...

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12 Years

Thirteen years ago, at a barbecue, Chris and I first met. And the rest is history. 13 years later 4380 days...

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Grandma and Baby – Painting

As I painted this, it was springtime and I was marveling in the beauty that bursts out of the ground after a long winter. Newborns are like spring, so full of life and color, just screaming with potential. Grandparents and like autumn. They have lived a full,...

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Sleeping Cat and Baby – Painting

My youngest daughter, Fiona, has a sweet spot for cats and babies. She can sit for hours with a baby, holding and caressing the baby. She can crouch down so calmly and patiently while she waits for the neighborhood cats to come up to her. Before Fiona was born, I...

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Pregnantly Waiting – Painting

The week before my sister gave birth, she reminded me of a flower in spring, ready to bloom but waiting patiently for the weather and timing to be just right. Our daffodils just happened to be blooming and it seemed to be a most appropriate chair for a highly pregnant...

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The Artificial Womb: Newborn Intensive Care – Painting

Two weeks ago was my first time ever in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital in Vancouver. Shortly after we visited my sister in the hospital, Baby Muffin had difficulty breathing and was quickly whisked away to the N.I.C.U. where she spent the...

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Breastfeeding a Toddler – Painting

I made this painting, "Breastfeeding a Toddler," last fall, right around the time when Fiona turned two. You might notice that it is similar to the painting I did when she was three months old, "Breastfeeding," except that she has aged by two years and grown hair. I...

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Ayyam-i-Ha Activities

We are in full swing Ayyam-i-Ha countdown mode. Ayyam-i-Ha (pronounced uh-YAW-mee-ha) is the Baha'i time of gift giving, celebration and service from February 26 - March 1. Since the Baha'i Faith is such a new religion, 167 years old to be exact, we do not have the...

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It’s Snowing! – Painting

I actually sketched this painting out two years ago, back when Fiona was much shorter and used to wear that ridiculously cute snow suit with the ears on top. I saw it again recently and decided to paint it. We've had two great snow days so far this year. A big...

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Homeschooling – Painting

Homeschooling. Yep. Never something I thought I would be doing and look, here I am on top of my roof with three kids homeschooling. Now how did that happen? And would you take a look a my yard. What a yard! The wonderfully fun part about painting is that I can make my...

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How to Create Bokeh With Your Camera

In photography, bokeh is technically the blurry part of a photo - not blurry because you made a mistake, but blurry because it helps one thing to stand out while the rest is out of focus. Bokeh is also often referred to as the soft balls of light that appear in...

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Love Grows Here

Love grows here. In the warm embraces of loved ones come from afar. Grandmas and grandpas. Aunts and uncles. In the sweetness of laughter and gelato. In the stories, swimming, hiking and adventures. In the savory chips shared outside 7-11. In knowing that you are not...

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The Homework Myth

THE HOMEWORK MYTH: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing by Alfie Kohn I just finished reading this book and despite the fact that is a heavy, in depth book (43 pages of end notes should give you the idea) I couldn't put it down. It just blew all of my preconceived...

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Step Outside of Time

The rhythm of the authentic, soul-based, inner-grounded life is slow and unworried. In it we step outside of time, outside of the panicked cravings to achieve, to overcome, and to win, and outside of the desire to control ourselves and others. Here there is time for...

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Displaying Children’s Art

Last year I went through a deep, deep, deep cleanse in our house and got rid of a lot of things (most of our furniture, most of my clothes, a lot of my art, most of our books - and the kids, in following with the trend, purged a lot of their toys as well). It was...

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The Garden of God: A Miscarriage Painting

Last week a very dear one to me had a miscarriage and lost her baby. As it was happening I felt frantic, helpless and worried. I desperately wished that there was something I could do to help, to change it, despite knowing that the majority of miscarriages are due to...

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Beauty on the inside

The petals have fallen letting the inner beauty shine through. A graceful ballerina with a red tutu. As I age I hope that happens to me...

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Sleep, Baby, Sleep – Painting

"Sleep, Baby, Sleep." It could also be read as, "Sleep! Baby. Sleep!" or if it's 4am and I've been up for 2 hours, it could be "SLEEP! SLEEP! SLEEP! Baby. SLEEEEEEEEEP!" My paintings in the last year or two have taken on the form of visual mantras or visual...

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Nose Kiss – Painting

After I did the painting, Mama Hugs, for Isabela, Diego said that he wanted one too. So here is Diego and I giving each other a "nose...

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Baby Wearing – Painting

In celebration of babies being carried. In celebration of wonderful, deliciously comfortable baby carriers. In celebration of the Ergo and how it has changed my life. In celebration of babies feeling secure and attached to their parents. In celebration of cooking...

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Small things. Big changes.

Sometimes the smallest thing, that seems insignificant at the time, can make the biggest change. A small little fly can start an epidemic of cholera. A mosquito can give a week-long itch. An "I love you, sweetheart" can open up the heart. An extra bedtime hug can ease...

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Egg substitutes

If you have an egg allergy or just ran out of eggs in the the middle of baking, here are some things that work as an egg substitute: To replace an egg: 1.5 tsp powdered Egg Replacer (like Ener-G) mixed with 2 TB water = 1 egg 1/4 cup nut butter = 1 egg 1 banana or 1/2...

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New Work

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