Author Archives: erika

Reflecting on Resolutions.

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Ok, now that January is long gone, it’s time to get more real about those goals we’ve made or lack there of. For me, I want to take more quality photos with more variety (angles, subjects, etc). Post more regularly, I’m thinking Thursdays. Paint more and update Etsy shop, which I’ve been doing. Less classes, more work and update portfolio accordingly. Be *more minimalistic with things that I buy in order to decrease clutter.

So far, so good. How about you?

*I used the word more in just about every sentence. Apologies. ;)

What I’ve Been Working on No. 6

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Filed under Etsy, Illustrations

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Our baby girl Zoe is 6 weeks old this week and has so much personality. Addy is doing great with becoming a big sister. We’ve been holding down the fort, enjoying the warm weather and getting used to being a foursome. Right now I would LOVE to go out to eat at a restaurant, a date night would be amazing. I’ll just keep daydreaming. ;)

Two new prints are in the shop, the one above called “5 Little Chairs” and a succulent painting called, “5 Little Cacti”.

What I’ve Been Working on – No. 5

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Filed under Etsy, Illustrations

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I’ve been working overtime so I can re-open my shop and today is the day! I now have three new mixed media illustrated watercolor girls added to the shop. The one above is called Orange Top Knot Girl.

Also, I’m offering more sizes: 4×6, 5×7, 6×8 and 8×10. As a thank you and to celebrate I have a 20 percent off promo going on, just enter APRIL2015 as the code. Promo ends Sunday, April 5 at midnight MTN time.

Follow me on Instagram (@fluximagery) and once I reach 300 followers (I’m at 219!), I will have a giveaway (shipping worldwide).

Thanks for your support and have a great week!

What to Expect When You Are Expecting.

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We are back in newborn baby territory and it is a little different this time around than it was with Addison who is now two, going on three in May.

Pack a bag a month before the due date
Raul and I were on top of this as well as going to classes together, etc when we were expecting Addison. But for some reason I just thought not a whole bunch would change with Zoe. So we were all shocked when my “Braxton Hicks” were more than just that and actual labor. I had to pack in between contractions and Raul had to do the same for him and A, it was crazy but we did it. So yea, pack a bag in advance!

Sleep when the baby sleeps
This one was huge. With Addy I was absolutely in awe of her and I stared at her, cleaned the house, basically did anything besides sleeping when she slept. Now with Z I take any opportunity to sleep when she does. I feel much more refreshed and the time I do spend staring at her, just taking her all in is pure quality and I love it.

Relax more and prioritize
The world doesn’t stop spinning when you have little ones and realizing that whatever you need to get to will be there when you are ready to tackle it is key. Certain errands aren’t as important and that is ok. When the time is right, you will get to it, so don’t rush or over extend yourself.

Use an app
We didn’t use an app to calculate feedings and diaper changes with Addy. This time around we found FeedBaby and it is THE BEST. The whole time that we were in the hospital and the nurses would ask about feedings/diapers, we would just show them the app. Ain’t nobody got time to memorize every feeding/last breast nursed on, etc. Ah, best thing ever.

Hindsight is 20/20, even if you have had just 1 kiddo, what advice would you give/lessons learned?

What I’ve Been Working On – No. 4

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Filed under Illustrations, Process

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The Make Art that Sells (MATS) class has had a break for March which was a perfect excuse to take another class even though I’m on maternity leave. (I’m crazy if you didn’t already know.) But seriously, the class is called CreativeGIRL: Storybooks and Studious Girls by Danielle Donaldson. It has been perfect and I knew what I could handle so this worked out great. The class doesn’t have a deadline, it has a work at your own pace schedule and you have lifetime access to the content (for as long as the site is up and running).

My friend Christie told me about the class so we are taking it together. Her art has grown so much so definitely follow me (@fluximagery) and her (@christiedrahnak) on Instagram.

Getting back into action with watercolor and I love the way Danielle teaches. So many techniques and lessons finally clicked for me. Love it.