Life Changes, and Changes again…

Life, The Child, Traditional Media
Amanda Raquel Worr 2015

Amanda Raquel Worr 2015

Time marches on and I’ve been savoring every moment of it recently.  Haveing  two young children is amazing, exhausting and I love it.  I don’t have much time to myself nor do I have much time to work, as it is I’m having to stop writing this every few minutes to look at what my three year old has made, or help my six month old reach a toy, or once again put together a healthy snack because they are hungry again.

The cliches are however true, and this time goes by so fast.  The last six months since my youngest son was born has gone by faster than I would like and already he is sitting up and trying to crawl.  It’s an amazing time because he is learning so much so fast, and I find it fasinating when he discovers something new.

My three year old is hilarious and makes me laugh all day long, next fall he will be starting kindergarden and I will miss his silly company.  I will at that point have a little more time to work during the days, but I will have to decide whether or not to put his little brother into daycare.  I’ve been staying home during the week for the past three years, and working part-time evenings and weekends.  It had been grueling working late nights and having to wake up early with a hungry toddler, but we made it work.

I would like to change things after this current mat leave.  If I can spend my evenings and weekends making and illustrating instead of working elsewhere I feel like we would have a better quality of life.  It will be more work in the begining but I’ve made a resolution of sorts, to be the change I want to see in my life.

We will be moving this year, although we haven’t decided where we are going yet.  I am determined to bring into fruition my vision of our future.  It’s exciting and daunting since we are in the planning and organizing phase.  I find myself drawing up brainstorm idea pages for five year plans and life goals and going over them with my husband to see which ones jive with him.

Amanda Raquel Worr 2015

Amanda Raquel Worr 2015

So I guess time will tell where this goes and where we will end up.  All I can do is live my life the best way I know how.

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Textured Vector Drawing

Acrylic painting, Experimental, Portfolio, The Child, Vector Drawing

I had this drawing part way finished for over a year now and I just never got around to finishing it.  I fixed up the face on the boy since I thought it was a little weird, and added texture to try and give it a little more life.  It has a wood block print quality that I quite like.

I’m going to finish off some more of the images I’ve started in the coming weeks, I have a lot of them.  : p

What I did over the Holidays (part two)

Acrylic painting, Experimental, On my Desk

A good friend of mine recently had a beautiful baby boy, and as part of the shower gift for her I made a little painting for the nursery.  My friend really loves frogs so I wanted to create something that both Mom and Baby would enjoy.

In this photo the paint is still wet but it is a mixed media piece on wood panel with acrylic paint and paper inclusions.

What I did over the holidays (part one)

Acrylic painting, Experimental, In my Brain then on to Paper, Ink on Paper, On my Desk, Work in Progress

Things have been a little hectic around our house so I haven’t done an update in a while.

I’ve been painting, drawing and I learned how to knit and over the next couple days I’ll have photos and info on all of them.

This first image is a mixed media painting, I’ve been playing around with paint, printed paper and drawings on tracing paper and combining them to create an image.  The second little painting was going to be for my christmas cards but once again my ideas were bigger than the time I had, so I ended up buying cards to send. I’ll try again next year.

Portfolio site frustrations

Portfolio


I spent the day fixing the bugs on my portfolio site, and while I was at it I also changed the colour scheme.  I had to fix and upload it over a dozen times before I got it right.  I had started fixing it last night and I ended up just getting frustrated and leaving it until today.  Some pages had text that was not showing up, the links and buttons were not working properly, the album function did not work at all at one point and each time I fixed something I’d find another part that was not doing what it was supposed to.

Despite all of this, after many hours of work I am now happy with it.

Enjoy

I underestimated the work and life got in the way

Acrylic painting, Experimental, illustration friday, On my Desk, Work in Progress

So last Friday I had an idea for a painting, I thought it would be fun and interesting and that I would have it done in a day or two.  I was wrong, and I had forgotten one important thing, life happens.  We had family to visit over the weekend, groceries to do and I had to work at the coffee shop Monday -Wednesday.  Then I finally had Thursday off but I had a two hour dentist appointment to prepare for the crown I’m getting next week because of the root canal I had last week.  So an entire week went by and I had not touched the painting I had been so excited for last Friday.

Finally it is friday again and I have some time to work on the painting, it was originally for illustration friday, but the deadline for that is now past so it will be added to my portfolio in the sparse acrylic section.  Here is some more of the progress I’m loving the way it’s turning out, I hope you do too.

A work in progress

Acrylic painting, Experimental, illustration friday, On my Desk, Work in Progress

I’m trying out something new for this weeks illustration friday topic, it’s a collage made from painted then cutout paper, some handmade and printed paper.  The topic is ‘Ahead’ and the idea behind my illustration is how parents work and struggle to make sure their children get ahead in life.

I’ll update again when I finally get this one finished.

Monster Attack

In my Brain then on to Paper

Silo stomper complete

Here is the first completed illustration in my new studio space.  It’s just another portfolio/promo piece, but it was a lot of fun to make.  This is a low rez photo of it, so if it looks a little grainy, well thats cause it is.

I’m going back to my minimum 7 hours a week of drawing or painting.  I need to get back into a regular working schedule with my art.

Tomorrow I’ll be drawing again so hopefully I’ll have some more work posted before too long.

Children’s Illustration

In my Brain then on to Paper

My baby niece has been a wonderful source of inspiration for me.  Although she is now only seven months old now, I’ve already imagined all of the adventures she will have over the next ten years or so.

This is one of the other paintings I painted for her bedroom, and I can only hope that it will in turn inspire her to follow her dreams and go as far as she can in life.

I also have some photos I took several years ago, it’s an emotional piece for me about the power of mood and perception.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/66989850@N00/sets/72157602098621726/

Searching the Sea

Alice’s Adventures

In my Brain then on to Paper

alice's adventures in wonderland

The cover project is now completed!

I’ve spent a lot of time on painting this cover, it was done with acrylics on illustration board.  I researched many different cover’s that have been done over the years for this book, and I wanted to create something new and eye catching while it still being clearly recognizable as Alice in Wonderland.  

I’ve also put up some of my older work.  The image in the link, now that I look back at it, reminds me of the white rabbit all he needs is a little pocket watch.  

https://amandaraquelworr.wordpress.com/sequential/