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.


Illustration Friday ‘creature’

Children's Book Illustration Promotions, illustration friday, Ink on Paper, Life, Portfolio, The Child, Traditional Media, watercolour

monster 1

I have quite a few creature images that I have done over the years.  These are a few of my favourites, they are ink drawings painted with water colours.

imaginary friend

koi girl


bedtime buddy

I’m also making the little man’s halloween costume today, so when I finish I’ll post up some photo’s of it.  : )

Illustration Friday ‘Hitched’

illustration friday, Sketchbook, Vector Drawing

It is once again wedding season and when I read the theme for illustration friday this week my first thought was of getting married.

These two little critters are off on their way to start their life adventure together!

Portfolio site frustrations


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.


Illustration Friday ‘Linked’

illustration friday, Ink on Paper, Sketchbook, watercolour, Work in Progress

Here is a cute little concept drawing for the illustration friday topic ‘linked’.  Earth Day was the inspiration for this drawing, I love the bright saturated colours and in this happy little planet everything is connected.

Illustration Friday

illustration friday, watercolour

This is my submission to this weeks Illustration Friday topic ‘clumsy’, I’m very familiar with this as most of the time I’m an accident waiting to happen.

Christmas card options

Experimental, watercolour, Work in Progress

I’m working on the christmas cards that I need to send out this week, I’m not sure if I like the layout so far and they are a little too small I think.  They are cute though, so if I can find some larger envelopes I’ll make bigger ones otherwise they are staying little and cute.  I’m also torn between keeping it simple with the basic brown card or putting some coloured paper in the background.

Imaginary deadlines = Real anxiety

Work in Progress

This is what I had done on the weekend.

Generally I like setting goals for myself, it gives me a sense of accomplishment when I’m working on my own.  I’ve made up quite a few timelines for myself and although I do eventually complete the tasks I’ve set out, they are not often done as quickly as I would like.

Am I being unrealistic?  or am I just really good at procrastinating?  I feel like I need to set out these guidelines for myself, but the act of not completing them on time is giving me a great deal of anxiety.

Video games are my addiction right now and I need to get over it.  I’m going to exercise a little more self restraint, and see if that helps.

Good bye real-time strategy  games, you have eaten up too much of my time already.

love Amanda

I spent a week working on these off and on, so of course they are incomplete.

Painting on a cold rainy day

In my Brain then on to Paper, Work in Progress

watercolour progress

Well it’s cold and wet outside so I’m staying inside and painting all day.  I have a set of five small watercolours that I am working on, I like having a few paintings to work on at a time so that while one is drying I can work on one of the others.  I also don’t loose interest or inspiration in painting because there are different ideas for each one.

Water colour

In my Brain then on to Paper

As I was unpacking I found several paintings I did last year that I had not shared on my site.  I was very busy last fall and I have many, many paintings to show for it.  This is one of them, its a water colour painting I did as a test page for a book idea I had.  After completing the piece I realized it was far too tedious and mature for what I wanted.  girl in hat

This is a detail of the face, I tried to keep things relatively simple but the medium doesn’t lend itself to simplicity when I work with it.