If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw some of the behind the scenes on my stories (that i so adore sharing) of this painting. It’s almost 3 years since i painted our blue bedroom painting, and I’ve been over it the past two years already. It was so exciting to finally create something new and at such a large scale. So last week, i took about an hour for myself to just put on a white shirt and make a big mess in our studio. Too much fun.

The concept behind this one was to create some sort of a milky way / galaxy, or even perhaps an aerial photo of a very cute Mars. This picture, is only a shot of 1/10 of the painting. And although i can’t say i love all the parts of it, overall it gives me the mood that i so adore. Warm tones, movement and a big of magic (with gold and bronze touches).

To be quite frank, i had to filter this shot in order to bring out some colors from my iPhone capture. In real life, the red is a nice rusty colour, so it’s not as aggressive as it looks here. But for the sake of the post, i loved this drama. Will be sharing the final result on Insta as we hang the canvas this week. It only took 3 days to dry!!

Everyone i know around me, creatives, designers, illustrators, friends are either pregnant or just had a baby. I’ve already talked about how inspiring the whole pregnancy was in previous posts, but also how difficult it was and what a tough period in my life. Looking back at these 9 months now i wish i could somehow go back in time  and relieve for just a few minutes feeling Jason in my belly. Thinking about it today, i realised how you do become a mother the moment you get pregnant and give birth. But you feel like a mother more and more as the day pass by.

I stalk so many wonderful mothers over on Instagram but lately i feel very inspired by the Mother Muse magazine. Although i’m still figuring out this whole new mom – creative and ambitious life i’m living, nothing gives me more strength than seeing all these incredibly strong women that kick ass every day.

As for the story of this artwork – oh it’s one of my favourites. I almost dreamt of this concept. Thought of all the paper i had in my drawers and started cutting different shapes and scanning collages. I also did a live video for the process on my Instagram that is still live for you to see. I love going outside the digital routine more and more these days and actually creating artworks with my hands.

The month of love, the month that i turn 29 and last month of winter. So much think, feel and be grateful for. I usually get a little depressed or sad around my birthday. Mostly because i always feel like i’m 14. I’m goofy and energetic and silly most of the time and growing older just doesn’t feel right sometimes.

This year i can’t say i feel the same about my birthday. On the contrary i feel more like myself, exactly where i should be, growing older and wiser with our little one. There’s only love in this month and celebration of all the people we love, our families, friends and all the little and big things that make us happy.

If you’re following me on Instagram, you probably saw that my mini ass kicker (the Sony RX100V) already arrived and it’s making me fall over again with photography. It’s been a week and a half and as expected, we haven’t had a chance to play with it, or even ready the manual (as i always love to do so).

So yesterday i took her for a spin and took some test shoots of my rocks on the light. I call it a “rock study”, although really it’s me being fascinated with how powerful this little gem is. It’s going to make my life so much easier having zero weight on my hands and just wearing it as an accessory anywhere i go. I took way too many lovely shots, so i’ll be splitting them in two. This one, is dedicate for my & the months gem – Amethyst.

As an update to the new shop, ooh we’re gearing up alright! The team is in full force, sketching, brainstorming, researching and i have a list of ideas that just makes me wanna cry happy tears just thinking about them. My goal is to bring back all the magic that defined me when i was younger. And that just feels so right. You can follow my new Insta account @cocorrinaco for more updates on the process & secret inspiration for all the new things we’re working on.

Oh how i hate my jawline. Oh how i wish i had bigger boobs. I’ll definitely get a boob job and work out more to have her body. All things that i’ve said so many times to myself and out-loud. But i never realised the effect these words could have on me. Not being happy with who i already am. It makes a huge change that body and self loving is a trend these days. It does raise more awareness and the idea we have about what beauty is. But that doesn’t mean that it always makes you feel better about yourself.

This post isn’t a post to make you feel good about yourself. I wouldn’t be able to do that even if i wanted to, and i mean to really get in your core. It’s something that you have to go through and then wake up one day realising that you do love every inch and every curve of your body, because that is who you truly are. And there’s nothing better than being you, even if you don’t always see that. No articles, books, or celebrities can tell you that – it is already in you.

Showering the other day, i realised how much i love my body for giving birth to the most amazing person i know. For that, i’m in owe and love every cell, every stretch mark and the soon to be saggy boobs. But these saggy boobs, breastfeed him and for that they’re even more beautiful to my eyes. Every wrinkle reminds me of all the laughs and cries that brought me to this day. Always a reminder of what i’ve gone through to be here today, so blessed and lucky for everything i have.

And there may be days, with 3 day old hair, with puke and food on my pyjamas -that i don’t remember when i changed last time-, looking in the mirror and seeing someone who looks tired and at least 10 years older, and so completely unattractive. But when i think of all the things that make me happy, there you see her rising again, beautiful in her unwashed face and clothes. Because that’s what true beauty is to me – our memories, our happiness and the people we love.

The Body Artwork

There’s something in this illustration that just calms me and truly sums up all the emotions i had writing this post. In case you see it too, i created a nice wallpaper for your desktop screen and mobile. Download below, & please remember these are meant for personal use only.

Desktop : Mellow Yellow / Nude & Olive

Mobile : Mellow Yellow / Nude & Olive

 

I’m so excited to finally do a giveaway, it has been a long long time!  We’ve been thinking to give away a useful tool for designers on Courses for quite some time now and the tablet seems like a perfect fit! My favourite design tool – the one i couldn’t leave without. I’ve owned a Wacom tablet for many years now and if you don’t have one, i’m sure you’ll love all the new skills you’ll get with it. So grand prize is an Intuos Art Wacom tablet (in medium – black), and secondary prizes are 3 Hand Lettering courses to 3 lucky designers!

How to enter:

To enter, all you have to do is share this graphic in your preferred social media and tag me! Instagram, instagram stories, twitter, pinterest and facebook. We’ll collect all the entries on a list, and pick a winner in 10 days from today (on the 29th of January). This giveaway is open worldwide!

See below for more information on all the possible ways you can enter the giveaway!

Good luck everyone!

How to enter

Instagram:

Share the cover image of this post on Instagram and tag @corinanika

Instagram Stories:

Share the cover image of this post on Instagram Stories and tag @corinanika

Twitter:

Share the cover image of this post on Twitter and tag  @corinanika

Pinterest:

Pin the cover image of this post on Pinterest and dm me your name @Corina Nika on Pinterest

Facebook:

Share the cover image of this post on Facebook and tag @cocorrina (make sure that the post is set to public for your entry to be valid)

 

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So this story, has been in the process for many months now. When you’ve spent quite the investment on your gear, you wouldn’t imagine throwing it all away and downgrade to a simple compact camera, would you? Well, i did and here’s why.

Two years ago, we bought a Nikon D7200 with a standard 18-140mm and an extra lens AF-S MICRO 60mm f/2.8G ED. Everything worked like pure magic, and it was everything i ever wanted from a camera. At first i would take the whole camera bag with me everywhere we went although it felt like carrying a small luggage. Quickly though, i got tired of the weight and not being able to “catch the moment”. I started using it less and less and in the end it ended up staying in our closet for months.

And with that i lost my interest in photography or more accurately, started relying on the iPhone’s camera. I don’t quite remember when i learnt how good compact cameras have gotten. But after a quick research, i had concluded that i needed a Sony RX100 V. What really got me, was a review i read that said, that it sparkled their inspiration for photography once again – being so easy to carry around and use. And that was exactly what i needed!

This little baby is on its way any day now, and i’m so ready to start using it. Getting rid of the massive and heavy dslr, somehow i feel like this huge weight has lifted off my shoulders and i’m back into capturing, exploring and documenting every moment.

 

A few words about this artwork:

I know, it’s not what i usually do around here. In some abstract way, you’re seeing a camera there.. well with some imagination at least 🙂 I haven’t shared about my creative rituals a lot, so here it goes. These days, you’ll find me painting on canvases with acrylics and messing around with colors. I’ve been so inspired by nature and aerial photos. Earth is such a beauty. The circle right there is a piece of one of my artworks. You might have spotted the process on my Instagram stories a few weeks ago.

There will be more coming in the future i bet, and who knows, maybe this evolves into something other than canvas. Speaking of canvas though, Theo brought me a huge one for our bedroom today. Remember the blue one i had painted three years ago? Well, i’m ready to get rid of it and replace it with an aerial / Mars inspired landscape with some blush and bronze. Sounds delicious doesn’t it?