Flowers, Gardening and Painting: 100 Flowers # 11

Flowers, gardening and painting…

Prismacolor pencil on paper

© Holly Herick

Where has my passion for painting flowers come from? I grew up in Arizona where flowers were maybe not as big, beautiful and bright as they are in Oregon. After having children, I became more interested in nurturing things. Whether it be a child, flowers, or creativity; I knew it was important to nurture. In Scottsdale, Arizona the weather was often hot—too hot to weed a garden. I did not like taking care of the yard when I was young. It seemed like a chore, using too much water—a precious resource. Now that I have lived in a more temperate climate in Southern Oregon, with more rain, I feel more inclined to the use of water, the climate and nurturing flowers. Painting flowers has been a life long study of nature beginning in the Arizona dessert with California Poppies on the Four Peaks of Scottsdale, AZ and concluding with the flowers native to Southern Oregon. Most of these images come from my memory. Whether it be the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona, Oahu, Hawaii or Portland, Oregon; it is all committed to memory. Somewhere from my mind, come the images in these floral paintings. Favorite flowers of mine include multi-petaled flowers including Hydrangeas, Gerber Daisies, Peonies, Austin Roses, Poppies, Ranunculuses and more.

Look at my paintings and guess what flowers may have influenced my paintings. Sometimes I don’t even know…

Above is the next one, what kind of flower is this? Prismacolor pencil on paper.

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Random painting session at 2:30am. Can’t sleep!

© Holly Herick

© Holly Herick

Late night abstract painting session:

© Holly Herick

© Holly Herick


© Holly Herick, vignette.


© Holly Herick, vignette.


© Holly Herick, vignette.


© Holly Herick, vignette.


© Holly Herick, vignette.

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #19, #20 and #21 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces: Here is “What’s Her Name?” #19, #20, and #21

I am running way behind in posting so this is a catch up post. Thus the many faces.


"Camille" © Holly Herick

“Camille” © Holly Herick



 "Jerria"© Holly Herick

“Jerria”© Holly Herick



“MAYLIN”  © Holly Herick

“MAYLIN” © Holly Herick


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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #17 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?” #17


"Vivida" © Holly Herick

“Vivida” © Holly Herick


Thank you  Prima Lemons Bohall. If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #16 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?” #16


watercolor, Yupo, Sharpie, doc Matin's , mixed media, Prismacolor

“Mirela” © Holly Herick

Thanks you Susan Butterfly-Ebert. If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #15 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?” #15

Introducing “Portencia”

"Portencia" © Holly Herick

“Portencia” © Holly Herick


Recently I have received bad news that has made my heart ache. Without going into detail, let’s just say, two people I know have received an unfavorable diagnosis within the last week. This face has been named Portencia in honor of someone I love.

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My Day Job

My Day Job:

I get to work with the most
amazing artists each day.

The Artist at the Studio at Living Opportunities may have disabilities, but all I see is the ability to enjoy the present. I see creativity and the ability to share love. I am a lucky person to get to share my time with these people.


© Living Opportunities by Mieke Ryneal.

This month I would like to share about one of our most well-known artists: Mieke Ryneal. Mieke has been painting at the Studio at Living Opportunities for about 7 years. Everyday I watch Mieke paint in her own individual and unique style—all while happily listening and signing songs of joy on her iPod. Mieke’s ability to paint in a pointillism style is only rivaled by the masters of art history. As Mieke paints with her one-of-a-kind wooden tool she does not even touch the surface and her paint magically dances onto the canvas. It is a miracle to witness.

Working backward in time from December 2012;  I want to share with you some of her artwork. It takes Mieke three to four months at eight hours a week to complete a painting. Here is the current piece she is working on (with details) plus a couple of past pieces.





Third Annual FurnARTure Auction for the Studio at Living Opportunities

Once again this year I will be donating a piece of furniture or “FurARTure” to the Studio at Living Opportunities. On October 7, 2012 at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville, Oregon from 2-5 pm, the Studio at Living Opportunities will hold the Third Annual FurARTure Auction. Artist from around the Rogue Valley will gather together and donate their art to benefit the Studio at Living Opportunities. This year the auction will include a raffle for a fabulous wine rack painting by Gabriel Lipper—including almost $2000 of wine. Anything Gabriel paints is worth tens of thousands so these raffle tickets will go fast. Raffle tickets can be purchased from me for $50 each—what a steal! (winner does not need to be present to win). Last year I painted a pre-set table which you can see below and read more about here.

© Holly Herick. FurnARTure piece 2011.

This year I am also painting a table and I am super excited about it.

© Holly Herick. In process: the paint is visibly wet in this photo.

My table design is loosely based on a zinnia flower. I have been working on it over the past month. If you are interested in bidding on this table you will have to attend the fabulously fun and feel-good event that is the Third Annual FurnARTure Auction to benefit the Studio at Living Opportunities. Tickets are $25 per person and include a bidding number, live music, appetizers, beer and wine. You can contact me for tickets or call Living Opportunities at 541.772.1503.

Poster design by Snapshot Group

During the Third Friday Artwalk in Medford on September 21, 2012 Terra Firma Home will be hosting a sneak preview of the furnARTure that will be auctioned this year.  The Third Friday Artwalk event will be from 5-7 pm at 309 East Main Street,
Medford, Oregon. Thanks Terra Firma for your support! Did you see all the other wonderful sponsors we have on the poster? Thank you Snapshot Group, Valley Immediate Care, Southern Oregon Endodontics, Cutler Investment Group LLC, Newswatch 12Fox 26 and again, Terrra Firma.

© Holly Herick. After about seven coats of paint.

After about seven coats of paint—I think it still needs something to make it pop. It needs a little bit of the unexpected. Maybe…a little bit of purple. Did I mention that I want to keep this table? You will be prying it from my paint stained fingers at the auction. No—but really—the funds could not go to a better cause.

© Holly Herick

© Holly Herick

© Holly Herick



This is the most up-to-date photo of my table that I am going to show you. Did I change it up a little or not? Come to the event to find out…

I have mentioned the event—all the great art, music, food, beer, wine, and great people in a beautiful historic setting in Jacksonville, but the best reason to attend this event is to support the artists of the Studio at Living Opportunities I would love to tell you all about each one of them because each artist is so special to me. To learn more about some of the artists that attend the studio workshops weekly between 2-4pm click here. Check it out—you will be amazed. And the Studio has a facebook page so like us on facebook.

ABC Extreme Home Makeover: Jackson County, Medford Oregon. My experience helping with Extrmeme Makeover Home Edition

My experience with ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

I struggle where to start (and end) with this blog. Do I describe the process we used to paint the room, or how tired I was by the end of my shift, or describe the feeling of being on common ground with hundreds if not thousands of others just helping one another out of the goodness of their hearts? I don’t know. The experience as a whole was amazing! I am so happy that I chose to be a part of it.

The Hype:

Excitement in the Rogue Valley soared as we waited to hear which family would be the recipient of the Extreme Makeover. A website was set up and volunteers were gathered to help with skills, talents and time. Many small businesses in the valley were the major contributors in the build. I was so impressed, our Medford valley area people are so generous, even in a very tough economy.

As time to build (and surprise the family) neared, sightings of the Extreme Makeover bus became frequent. One of my friends (who will remain anonymous) even stalked the bus to try to find out where the build would take place. Many rumors flew as people anticipated this big event for our small valley. On Wednesday morning the family was announced: the McPhail family would be receiving a new home. McPhail? It sounded familiar, but I didn’t really know them. Then it occur too me, I had been following a local blog, “Earth Monkeys” and one of the bloggers was Lindsay McPhail. I had made a few comments on her blog and we have happen to have quite a few facebook friends in common, so I was excited to be helping out even though I really didn’t know her or her family. Along with many others, I wondered, why the McPhail family—why were they picked?

The McPhail family has three children, two with special needs. Despite the daily needs of their own children, Lindsay and CJ McPhail head up the Southern Oregon Sparrow Clubs. They have started many new Sparrow clubs at our local schools. Read more about Sparrow Clubs USA here. They were not chosen just because their home was not safe or because they have kids with special needs. They were chosen because of just HOW much they have done in the community for others with special needs. Watch this video interview with the McPhail Parents.

The Work:

So I was recruited by a friend to help paint a mural. I like to paint so of course I said “I’m in,” not knowing it would be an all night shift. There was a little confusion with our shift day (probably because our shift spanned to dates) so we arrived a night early and our room was not ready for us yet. It was a blessing to be able to look around and get a feel for what we would be doing the following night. We were on team “Yogi” and would be helping with a mural of a Barn Storming theme, designed by Travis Yogi. The room was for Thatcher, a young boy with Autism.

“Team Yogi” Melody, Holly and Cheryl. We are each small business owners based in Jacksonville, OR. Melody owns a “French BouTEAque” (clothing and accessories), I own Holly Herick Design (graphic design, web/blog and small business consulting), and Cheryl owns Cheryl Von Tres Design (interior design).

Checking out Thatcher’s room for the first time.

So after arrival on the correct night, we ran into some old friends who were hanging the wallpaper part of the mural.

Cheryl,  Jerry,  Melody,  Holly, and Jeff working on Yogi’s Team

Yogi’s design had been turned into a huge digital print that would “wallpaper” everything except the trim and parts of the doors and windowsill—that would be our job, to extend the mural. Sounds fairly easy right? WRONG. Why, you are probably wondering—what is so hard about painting little bit of trim?

Working on Thatcher’s room

Well first of all, we were not supplied with matching paint colors. We are not sure what happened, but the paint in our closet did not match the mural, nor was there enough paint to mix all the colors that we needed. So at a time I would usually be asleep 2:00am Cheryl ran to Lowe’s and picked up the paint colors that we were unable to match by mixing with what we had. Issue number one tackled.

“Team Yogi” with Travis Yogi our designer

At one point Yogi came by and made us take a break. He was always there checking on us, making sure we had what we needed, encouraging us and telling us what he knew about Thatcher and Autism. We wondered when Yogi crashed took his breaks.

Issue number two came about because of a combination of things. First of all, it was roasting quite hot so we kept the windows open for fresh air. Secondly, it was well after 2:00am and we were all brain dead very tired and losing any creative brain power we normally pridefully brag about. Take a look at the photo below. See how the wallpaper covers the window panes also…well with the windows open it is darn near impossible to match up the stripes. I guess we just didn’t think about that. I personally have never covered every square inch of a room with a mural. Apparently kids with Autism like to sort of cocoon themselves in order to feel safe. Thus, our job was to make the doors and windows disappear. (I hope little Thatcher doesn’t get lost in his own room) When we finally shut the windows the image did not match up. Cheryl stayed and sanded down the windowsill and repainted it. Thanks Cheryl—you are amazing!

Working on the window
The smoke trail from Grandpa’s plane.

We heard that Thatcher loves to look down on Medford from his Grandpa’s old plane. So a model of Grandpa’s plane and a structural barn that Thatcher can climb on will be added to the room after we finish. The barn will have a “perch” for Thatcher, another safe haven place that many Autistic children like.

The Memory:

It had been a very long time since I had pulled my hair out an all-niter. Yes, I was exhausted, sore and laughing at nothing and everything. Stronger than that, I knew I had just been used by the Lord. I could feel it. Everyone there could feel it. There was no way anyone could have been on that site and not felt the Lord’s presence! It was wonderful. So many people gathered in one place in support of another was magical. Yes, I’m sure most people helped because they wanted to meet Ty or another star they wanted to make the world a better place. We did not meet anyone famous, but the people we did met will all be stars in my heart forever.

We wrote some scripture under the paint and prayed for Thatcher the whole night through. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Taking a break to observe the glorious sunrise, a reminder that the Lord’s hand was in this miracle I witnessed.

Time to head home, sun is coming up and moon is going down.

Two-hour Special, air date: Friday, October 28, 2011. Please watch to learn more about Autism and Sparrow Clubs.

P.S. Melody did get to meet Ty Pennington a couple of days after our shift at our local Good Bean coffee shop here in Jacksonville. Lucky girl! Ty in Jacksonville

Dogs for the Deaf: Scooter

Not even artist get it right the first time. Just know that whatsoever you do, you should not expect perfection. Perfection is overrated. Seriously, nobody likes to be around someone who is always perfect—it makes people nervous. Or at least it makes me personally nervous—I like to be able to make a few mistakes in the process of getting something done. That is how I learn.  Thomas Edison said, “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” So as I paint, I usually create some versions that involve discontent. It is all part of the process though. That’s how one figures it out. Or as I said before, “I like to be able to make a few mistakes in the process.” “Don’t give up when at first you don’t succeed.” Here is some of my “process” for “Scooter,” a Dogs for the Deaf dog in training.

First Painting:








This is just  study of depth of color, shape and composition. This painting took about 15 minutes.

Second Painting:







Still not successful. I tried to work in orange, yellow, red combo, but it didn’t work. At least I like the composition. Many people think an artist just whips out a sketch or painting, but it is not true for me. Most artists have to practice many hours to create what pleases the eye. I personally have to work for what I want. I am almost embarrassed to post my mistakes, but I want to encourage people to try. Discontent creates progress.

Third Painting:






Finally, I am liking Scooter. The third time is a charm. Well at least I am happy with the third try. Scooter is a “Dogs for the Deaf” dog in training. Check out Dogs for the Deaf. It is a great non-profit that trains Dogs for the Deaf and rescues dogs from around the Northwest and California. Dogs for the Deaf resides in Central Point, Oregon. Central Point, Oregon is about 5 miles away from Jacksonville where I live. Dogs for the Deaf is one of my favorite local charities (along with Habitat for Humanity). Recently, I answered a call for local artists to donate to their cause. I am blessed to be able to donate two paintings so far. “Topher” and “Scooter” will be donated to Dogs for the Deaf for their promotional use. You may also purchase prints of these two dogs on my Zazzle website: (prints coming soon) But, if you purchase the cards (eventually—there will be a set of three to five cards) through Dogs for the Deaf, the proceeds will go towards a great cause—Dogs for the Deaf.

Here is the process of “Scooter.”






After I got a composition that I liked, I used my art table like a light box to trace the layout. I actually put my light under my sketch—under the glass table so I could sketch (like using a light box). Maybe this shows in the photo.




Then I started to under paint the tones of blue.






A little more tone and shadow.







Looking at my computer and watercolor.







Almost final painting. “Scooter”

I hope this maybe encourages someone to try. Try something even if maybe you are not sure of what the process is. Especially if you can help someone else, or some organization in the process. It will make you feel good, even if you fail the first couple of times…Or maybe even more if you fail at first…