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Just a few fairy tales..

By erin the great, Jun 20 2017 03:00PM

I can't believe my book is finally here! A shiny box was left on my doorstep and it was filled with this magical tiny book! I am so happy with it! 84 pages of my beloved Mr. Mailbox Man.

Mr. Mailbox Man Goes to Work, front cover
Mr. Mailbox Man Goes to Work, front cover

This book was inspired by many things and very dear to my heart. My love for letter writing, my niece, Piper Jane, and my love for Mr. Mailbox Man (who I've been painting for years). My hope is that this book will inspire letter writing, storytelling and responsibility in all of you!

Pre-orders are available on Amazon. The books won't be charged* or shipped until the release date of September 21st, but you will get the lowest price listed when they ship. 5% of book profit is donated to drawchange, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to aid global change by supplying the world’s children with empowering art experiences.

You can also buy hardcovers, signed by yours truly in my shop, right now! I'm still waiting on my paperbacks.

Mr. Mailbox Man Goes to Work, back cover
Mr. Mailbox Man Goes to Work, back cover

By erin the great, May 21 2017 01:12PM

Hooray! Remember that bike mural I did for the city last year? The whole project won an award of excellence from the city of Atlanta's Urban Design Commission for "public works of art"!

I was very excited to go to an awards ceremony (am I an award winning artist?!) and see all the creative new designs and building restorations that received awards. It made me feel like I was an important contributor to my city and proud to live here. I guess after 11 years, I should consider myself an Atlantan.

I recently visited my bike with some out of town family. It is located outside of The Varsity on North Avenue. Boy, was it exciting to see my bike in public! I feel very fortunate to be one of the 18 artists chosen for this project. Lucky me.

"Integration, Thank You" by erin the great
"Integration, Thank You" by erin the great

"Integration, Thank You" by erin the great located outside The Varsity
"Integration, Thank You" by erin the great located outside The Varsity

To read about my process and involvement with this project, please visit here.

By erin the great, Dec 5 2016 02:00PM

I just wanted to share these really fun paintings I got to do this past month.

It's a Liger
It's a Liger

Little Basement Bar
Little Basement Bar

These paintings were so much fun! I love to collaborate with my customers. They inspire me and together, we come up with something really special.

"The Little Basement Bar" was a gift for a family from a magical little customer. I was given photos and stories/personality trates of each family member. All the information I gathered helped me to decide the spirit animals of each member. The piece is filled with inside jokes, favorite stories etc. I'm happy to report that the family was very happy with their portrait!

"It's a Liger" was a piece commemorating a friend-cation. My magical litte customer gave me all the instructions of what they wanted in the picture and pictures/descriptions for each animal.

I believe in affordable art and try to price my paintings as reasonably as I can. If you are interested in ordering a custom piece from me, please email me at and we can figure out your unique work of art together!

Would you rather get something ready now? Browse my shop and find something whimsical!

By erin the great, Nov 28 2016 11:00AM

Atlanta Bike Mural Program | Integration, Thank You | Atlanta Artist, erin
Atlanta Bike Mural Program | Integration, Thank You | Atlanta Artist, erin

This year, I had the pleasure to work on a mural for the city of Atlanta. The city of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs is hosting a Dedication for the 18 bike rack murals on December 3, 2016 from 2-3pm. Details here

A little about my piece: Integration, Thank You

“Integration, Thank You” is an affirmative mural that illustrates the harmony of city life and nature. It reminds participants of the benefits their healthy choices create: cleaner air and a healthier, happy city.

On side A) Pine trees and a Dogwood tree create the outline of Atlanta’s city scape against a blue sky. The portrayal of the trees creating the Atlanta Skyline emphasizes the integration of nature and city life.

On side B) an animated squirrel rides on a typical Atlantan bike path. The gray squirrel, dandelions, Dogwood and Pine trees are all regional and help to further reiterate the integration in this piece. A heart felt “Thank You” is painted on the seat of the bicycle rack.

By using my “Integration, Thank you” bicycle rack, I hope the offered “thank you” will bring a smile to the participant, reminding them they did their part. They have just contributed to less traffic, cleaner air, a healthier body and the Atlanta trees and animals thank them for it! My intention with this piece is to encourage more cycling by illustrating the benefits and thanking the individual for their participation.

Here is a slideshow of my experience. I LOVED working on this project, as you can see from all the pictures I took!

I primarily work in watercolor, so, working in oil was a real treat. During the process, I had the pleasure of meeting the photographer, Artem Nazarov for a studio visit. He was interested in the project so I invited him over. He is very talented and I love the pictures he took!

Artem Nazarov
Artem Nazarov

Dear Atlanta,

You made me feel like I was invited to the prom by the coolest kid in school. Thank you for choosing me to be a part of this project! Hooray!

yours truly,

erin the great

By erin the great, Oct 6 2016 09:00AM

As you may know by now, I host a plethora of gnomes in my home. While this is probably one of the more joyous roles in my life, it comes with its own difficulties. For instance, gnomes aren’t always good listeners. They tend to “fly by the seat of their pants” if you know what I mean.

Several of my gnomes are hitch-hikers. I have to check and re-check my pockets and purse to make sure there are no stowaways but gnomes are so sneaky. They usually don’t get caught.

Kinta is one such stowaway. She is a female gnome. She wears a blue dress with daisies. Kinta is smart, adventurous and athletic. She also LOVES road trips, but what gnome doesn’t?

I was hiking in Sweetwater Creak State Park, when a little Kinta jumped out of my backpack and ran down the pathway saying “WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”. She stopped by the river and made little boats out of leaves and sticks and rode them down miniature waterfalls.

She threw pebbles in the water and made dirt castles, but the best part of our hike was when we came upon this knobbly tree.

Kinta was in love. She jumped from bump to bump until she made it all the way to the top. Then she ran back down again. It was so cute and she was so fast. She looked like a little blue blur zooming around that tree. Kinta climbed for about 20 minutes at full speed before she tuckered out.

She whispered in my ear that she was ready to go home, curled up on my shoulder and took a little gnome nap (which is 30 seconds in our world, gnomes don’t need a lot of sleep).

To get your own blue gnome figurine, visit my Etsy Shop

*if you have stories of photos you want to share about your gnome friend, please email me at

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