A few snippets of life between breakfast and lunch, at my little “office” or “studio” or our cozy living room. Here are corners where I usually work on projects (most of the time), we play, learn, watch movies, eat, listen to music and have friends over. We have good days and bad days, we laugh and cry, and as a new mother of two I am still trying to figure out a daily routine. It doesn’t work all the time and I don’t think I have found a system yet. As long as the kiddos are happy, I can happily work too, now and then, little by little and adjusting to each new stage. I can’t say it’s easy, but it’s definitely beautiful and I am totally grateful.
In the pictures: Morning light. Sketches, planning and a work in progress project called “Flora Alphabet”. My little baby girl, ready for a nap. My left handed boy, practicing the letter N. And he did a terrific job. Snuggles with mama while little sister naps. Never too many colored pencils. More sketching and planning. Sneak peeks of the first three letters, I am illustrating them randomly. Counting animals. Choo-choo. Awake and wondering what her brother is doing (always). Ready for lunch.
About ninety percent of my illustrations start with a quick pencil/pen sketch in my sketchbook or random scarps of paper. Here is just one little example of a sketchbook page I doodled last month for some Valentine cards that I wanted to create for my shop (they will be available sometime this week). In the first picture, you can see a sneak peek of one of the final illustrations too.
Jeremy got me this 8.5 x 11″ Daler Rowney Hardbound Sketchbook last November as my other one was running out of room. It works really well with pen and ink, colored pencils or even watercolors, but using less water. It’s a bit heavy (for me) to carry everywhere, but perfect to have it at home.
As a side note, THANK YOU so much for all your thoughts/feedback on my last post! It has been really encouraging hearing from you and I will consider your suggestions for this new year. Xx!
Happy New Year! I am obviously a bit late with the new calendar, but it’s here, as a tradition since 2012. I thought that maybe I won’t be able do it again this year since time is becoming a very interesting notion around these parts, but I know that many of you really enjoy it, so I decided to make an effort and continue. I can’t promise that I will have it on time or every single month, but I will do my best, that I can promise. :)
One of my new year’s goals is to try to update this place better. I have been thinking about ways to change things a little, while keeping some of my favorite posts, like the ones you see under “features” on the bottom left side of the blog. The 52 Project has been wonderful, but I think that I will share monthly portraits of the kids from now on, instead of weekly, just so that I won’t flood this place with kiddo pictures and focus more on art.
Also, if you have a minute, I would love to know what are your favorite posts on this corner of the internet when you visit? What are some of the things/features that you would like me to add? Things you dislike? I am all ears, well.. eyes. :)
Last portraits of 2014. It’s been so wonderful documenting the growth of these two miracles of mine. This past year has been so blessed as our family grew a little bigger and I just love being the mother of two, this handsome, happy little boy and this beautiful, growing little girl.