As you may know, I have been working very hard the last two years to bring you my project, Making Art Everyday! I originally started this project because I had just given birth to my second child, and I wanted to make sure that I was able to be creative every single day while trying to be the best mom possible and the best me possible. This was a lot and especially being a mother a second time. Being a mom is one of the toughest jobs ever, and I wanted to keep a little piece of myself that had nothing to do with being a mother or a wife but it was just me, Erika. It was intended to be something special just for me and something that I would accomplish all on my own.
My son, Everett, is about to turn two years old. Just around this time two years ago I was thinking about starting this art project, Make Art Everyday. After careful planning and deliberation, I started it on January 1st 2015 when my newborn son was about six weeks old.
It actually sounds crazy just thinking about it, that I started a year long art project and taking care of a six week old baby while my two-year-old daughter was busy being an adventurous firecracker. I know what you are probably thinking - When do you sleep? I'm able to give myself more time now for art projects than I was in the beginning, but back then it was only twenty minutes or so of work at a time.
I teamed up with Munbeibi press to make a zine with some of my daily paintings. I usually paint first-thing in the morning and breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. There is something really special about that time of the day where the light is peeking through the windows in a radiant way before everyone wakes up. Before the house really starts to stir is a time where I can really reflect on my vision and my goals and do some incredibly focused work. It's a special quiet time, which is my own personal time when I can do my best creative thinking. So, here are my 18 mornings.
I am approaching the end of year two of making art everyday, but I am more excited than ever to start year three.
If you want to get your hands on a zine. I am SOLD out.!