LIFE LATELY…

work in progressThese past two months have literally been a blur and I have no idea how they went by.  Sometimes it’s like I wake up and realize that I am the mother of TWO little ones and not one anymore, but in the same time it feels like it has always been this way.  Even if the tiredness is an official state of being, some days are like a mission to complete and there is always a huge checklist screaming “Hey there!” I wouldn’t have it any other way.

In the past weeks I slowly started to catch up on some of the projects that have been waiting forever.  Since I’ve been posting little sneak peeks of work on my social media I have also been asked this question a lot: “How do you manage to do it all?”. This makes me smile.  The truth is, I am not able to do it all, I really wish I was super woman, but I am not.  Considering the priorities, I am doing what I can, when I can, but consistently.  The thing that helped me a lot was setting up a little work space corner where I can (safely) leave all my art supplies and projects; this way I go there and work when I can (that’s usually when the baby naps or early in the mornings), and sometimes the dishes or the laundry might wait.  It’s a longer process and I am not able to work uninterrupted, but it’s working fine for me at this point.  Luckily, Emma naps often during the day and Sammy is obsessed with his new birthday Lego sets, so that helps too. :)

Our summer has been pretty calm so far, soaking this time with a sweet new baby and getting used with the new things.  Jeremy has been gone a lot since he is crazy busy with work, like most of his summers, so that’s not so fun. We are spending our time in the neighborhood’s playgrounds in the cooler parts of the day and in the house being stocked up on ice-cream, watermelon, cold water and juices.  But I am hoping for some pool days and maybe even a short seaside trip in the near future.

I am (so) behind my emails and I apologize if I have not replied to some of you yet.  I am making it a goal this week, so if you still don’t receive a reply by Monday, I am kindly asking you to resend it, I might have unintentionally lost it.

And if you have read all this, thank you! And, thank you also for following along, for your kind words and encouragements! They really mean so much to me right now! x x

(The illustration above is going to be available in my shop as a baby announcement card sometime in August).

PAITING WITH SAMMY + 30/52

painting with sammy
painting with sammy
painting with sammy
painting with sammy
painting with sammyYesterday morning Sammy and I had a little fun together painting on a larger piece of his coloring paper, while Emma was napping.  I was asking him what he would like me to paint for him to color and had little conversations in between. I was a lot of fun while it lasted, then he got bored.  We took a picture of our masterpiece later that evening, although the colors look pretty faded due to the light outside.  Without a doubt, I will keep and treasure this and many of his own drawings forever.

Emma joined us for some “If You’re Happy And You Know It” serenades, courtesy of her brother.  She is starting to enjoy looking at him play and she loves it even more when he talks to her using a very squeaky voice or making silly faces (ahem… he might have learned that from me).  Needless to say, my heart totally melts.

Hope you’re having a good weekend! xx
my loves
sweet smiles
sweet smiles

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Sammy:  There is a very wild spirit hiding behind that cute face.

Emma: Stroller naps in the park and sweet chubby cheeks.

PAPER/COLOR/BRUSH .07

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✚ Paper: I got this beautiful Sennelier 100% cotton watercolor block in Paris last year; the Sennelier art shop it’s dreamy, I would have stayed in there for hours.  You can also find it here or here.

✚ Color: My sister Iulia surprised me with this new Van Gogh watercolor set the other day.  I can honeslty say that I love it; the colors are luminous, intense and they bled together beautifully. You can find the set here, here or a larger one here.

✚ Brush: I used a size 6, pointed round synthetic fiber brush that comes with the pan and a 10/0 Daler Rowney liner for details.