This piece has been sitting on my desktop since last week and waiting to be finished. It’s my second attempt to illustrating with reference (birds of paradise in particular for this one) and i can say it’s my newest obsession!

Pink Martini music on, brush strokes on brush strokes and a little bit of sunshine, made this morning magical. Ever since the year changed, i decided to make a few more changes in my life and daily routine, that i’ll be sharing on tomorrows post with you. One of the things i focused on, was to concentrate a little bit more on the things i love designing, and what makes my heart skip a bit. It’s so easy to get distracted as a creative with all the trends, and with what’s “in”. So i went back to the beginning and discovered that i need a little bit more magic in my creative life.

So here it is, my first, close to my heart personal piece for this year. I kinda have this thing with birds now, and as always golds, stars and moons. You can see a little of the making of, of this piece on my Instagram stories today too! Lots and lots of brush strokes to create these feathers. I know you’ve been asking for more process, so i’ll do my best to update there my daily works.

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Night Version

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We’ve been patiently waiting all winter for the first snowfall and this weekend, our wish was granted! But, things got even better, when we woke up to a snowy island Saturday morning. As far as i know, there hasn’t been so much snow everywhere (besides the mountain) since 2006. It was pure magic! You might have caught a glimpse on my Instagram stories, our yard and pretty much every inch on the island was covered in white fluffy powder.

It was close to impossible to limit myself to just a few pictures for this post, but rest assured i’m posting the most precious ones. Bella, was the lucky one who got a good 80% of the shots in my camera – she’ll be forever my muse. No one was happier to walk on the mountain on Sunday morning than her. She run around with her crazy eyes, stuffing her nose into the snow and peeing every other step.

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And! My little bump is finally making a short appearance over here. I started taking weekly bump pictures just last Tuesday, as it you couldn’t quite tell i was pregnant before that. Finally the baby is starting to show a little, still teeny tiny! Wish i could wear a more elegant / chic outfit on our fancy trip, but as my husband says “safety first” lol which is why i’m dressed like a 7 year old.

 

We’ll be going back up next week and hopefully will get to see more of that. A log cabin in the woods, with a massive fireplace is all i’m dreaming right now.

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Last month i got the chance to work with a very lovely lady and writer. I got pretty lucky and already ready her incredible book of poetry and was entirely inspired by her emotions for this book design.

We wanted to show they beauty from the inside, the emotions, and the connection to water. I had so much fun creating all kinds of different hairstyles with the water pieces (you can see 3 in this post). What i loved most about this one, is how effortlessly it was easy for me to create and how much we connected with Cate straight from the start. I’ve never worked in collage style portrait before, which is why this was even more exciting!

The final design we’re going with, is the image where you can see both sides of the book, with the black hair waves.

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Hope you all enjoyed an extraordinary new year’s weekend and ready for a seriously awesome new year! We’ve got so much to wait for in this one. As days go by, we cannot wait to meet our little one in May, i already find myself thinking how summer and life here will be with a little baby. You know, seven was always my favourite number -it’s a lucky one after all right?- So i do have a good feeling for this year!

I’ve prepared two super minimal January wallpapers for you. Was aiming for a calendar feel, with some texture and decayed gold. You can download the two versions right below. The first one, i’ve already had for a few days, it kinda feels nice to have this calendar as a reminder for the very first month of the year.

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Happy 2017 dear friends!! Stepping by quickly to wish you all the best for a wonderful brand new start! First day and i dare to say it feels amazing! We spent our morning spreading glitter while making this little gif and still cannot take it off. Now that’s a glittery start right?

 

New Year’s Eve, was probably one of the best yet! Happiness, love and our friends surrounded us. A delicious meal, a little bit of wine, conversations and game. And the best of all, a little baby kicking in my belly reminding us that we weren’t alone! My heart is full, and i truly hope you’re feeling the positivity in the air for 2017!

Giving a tight hug and letting 2016 go is a lot easier than other years! I’m ready for this new one to come and have been for a long long time! We’re back from our trip to our families and we’ll be spending the new year’s probably at home with our good friends. Simple, warm and cozy. Just like i want it. May the new year finds us all happier and more inspired. Even if you’re going through hard times this time around, may 2017 bring you everything you wish and so much more.

I’ve illustrated two ladies for your desktops, looking exactly how i would like to look if i attended a fancy new year’s eve party. I’m kinda obsessed with that polka dot lace choker and with the star freckles!

Happy new year dear friends!

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It’s been ages since i last had the time to gather greenery and scan, to turn them into patterns. As we take our daily “pregnancy” walk with the husband and the pup, i’ve noticed how much greener it has gotten in the winter. I just love the fact that even though it’s so cold, nature has the most beautiful colours these days. So one of these days, i spotted this tiny little plant that its branches is not longer than 5cm long. Too adorable right?

While i started doing my usual “snowflake” botanical pattern, i thought i should experiment with something new – now that the new year is just around the corner! So instead, i went a little crazy and cut my snowflake pattern to Rorschach style design. Really loving how it turned out, can can’t wait to try it out with some flowers!

 

Here’s the wallpaper to add a touch of green on your desktops

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