Trying to still be expressive through art

For the few of you who don’t know me that well, I used to paint. A lot! (If you would like to see my art, please visit www.claudiaguerreiro.com)

I’m saying used to because it’s something that I have not done since getting pregnant with Lily. I surprised myself by not painting when I was pregnant but, I was afraid of what the oils would do. So I didn’t.

And of course I haven’t.

I started seriously painting when I was 21. And since then, through different stages of my life I have painted more, less and none at all. So, I’m not worried. I just miss it. And because I’m no longer working, I miss it even more.

Lately, I have been missing an artistic outlet.  There seems to not be enough time to pick up a paint brush so, I’ve become more active with the camera (as most of you have probably noticed).

I do however have a painting in mind. It is of course of Lily, my favorite subject and lil muse. 😉

In my head I paint this one painting  I have been wanting to do since I took the picture. I use quicker, looser and less detailed brush strokes….it is a beautiful piece! I am worried that once I finish it in my head, I will one day no longer want to put it on canvas because I am already visually satisfied with what I have painted in this head of mine. (I know, weird but that’s the way it works with me)

In the meanwhile, I have started to make jewelry again. I made 5 necklaces yesterday.

It felt wonderful to be creative again and to use my hands and my eyes in an artistic way. I approach my jewelry like I do my painting…. lots of bright colors.

Here are my new creations. Of course Lily is my ultimate master piece! 🙂

Mine and Will’s first night out without Lily

Saturday night Will and I had our first night out without Lily.

We were invited to our friend Juan’s birthday party that started at 8:30p.m.. We thought about bringing Lily but decided to ask uncle Darren if he would babysit instead (he has been eager to do so). Not only would it end up being past Lily’s bed time but also, we needed some Will and Claudia time.

Before we left, we bathed, fed and put a very tired Lily in bed. When uncle Darren arrived, we slipped out the door.

On the way down in the elevator, Will and I both looked at each other and let out a long breath. Ok, here we were, out for the first time alone  since Lily had been born.

It felt a bit strange and like we were missing something while we walked over to the restaurant but, soon after getting there and ordering the first drink, all was good.

We checked with uncle Darren via text every now and again and all was good at home with him and Lily as well. She had only gotten fussy in her sleep once and uncle Darren had it all under control with a little back rub and humming.

It was a fun night out and even though both Will and I missed Lily, it felt great to be out on a date! 😉

Here are Will and I with our friends out on saturday night.

Must have of the day

Although Lily is still too little to appreciate Easter egg hunts and the Easter bunny, these Robbit Plushies (LOVE the clever name) on I Love To Create Blog that we  found through We Love Indie are a great future project for Lily and daddy Will.

Will loves robots and I’m sure Lily will love rabbits. A daddy and  Lily Easter project? A “Must”!

Happy Easter!

We have had a wonderful family weekend so far.

Great day at the beach yesterday even though it was more crowded than usual due to the holiday and Spring break.

We put Lily in her Kushies swim diaper and she was in the water more than before. She looked so cute and loved sitting along the shore watching the waves roll in.

There were Portuguese men o’ war (jelly fish) everywhere so we had to be careful because they were washing up right by where Lily was sitting.

We must have tired Lily like never before because she slept for 12 hours straight from 7p.m. until 7a.m. this morning.

Today we are having a lazy Easter sunday.

We woke up late, Lily went for a short bike ride with daddy Will on the Bjorn and we had a wonderful brunch on the balcony.

Lily is now taking her first nap of the day and when she wakes, we will be going to the park.

HAPPY EASTER!!

Here we are on the beach yesterday in our beach Easter bonnets. 😉 (Lily wears a romper by Old Navy and hat by Zutano). Lily sitting waterside wearing her Kushies and Zutano hat. A Portuguese man o’war. And a happy sunshine Lily! And today bike riding with daddy Will wearing her Old Navy pajamas and sitting pretty on the couch wearing her Easter dress by OldNavy.

Things we LOVE!

Going for walks and looking at all the beautiful nature that’s around us.

Even though we live in Miami, we can tell it is Spring.

There are SO many beautiful flowers around.

And….we LOVE flowers!!!  🙂

Here are some of the flowers Lily and I saw on the way to the park yesterday.

And remember,  April showers bring even more May flowers. We can’t wait!