Make a pot of green tea. Shuffle around some of the clutter that has taken over the art room in the last nine-ish months, but don’t tidy too much, don’t get distracted.
Add deadlines and Important Dates to my new Year Planner.
Enjoy the unusual quiet of some time just me (and the dog, the quiet won’t last too long).
Take a deep breath and re-find my working, drawing, thinking self behind my new mama bear self…
Valentine’s Day feels like a lovely day to be getting back to work after maternity leave. And I DO love my work; I’m so lucky. I have really missed it, even though I’ve been drawing and doing creative things when I can, often drawing with a baby asleep on me. Not that our one is a big fan of sleep…
It’s been a beautiful, mind blowing, whirlwind of time since I started my leave in May and since Tristan’s arrival in June. We have fallen in love with our little pixie, survived baby’s first cold, first teeth, and delighted in first smile, first giggle, first words…
And my creativity has been bubbling away the entire time, waiting for moments when it can explode out.
One of the most inspiring and joyful things has been how much Tristan, now just over 8 months, likes my drawings. When he was really new, the black and white ones almost hypnotised him! It was wonderful and has inspired some new project ideas I need to find some time to bring to life.
Today though, I have some really exciting projects to get started on, including more work with the wonderful Charlie Locks Skincare who I did some illustrations for as part of their Christmas camapaign.
I also have a new book project with Bloomsbury Sigma to get stuck in to.
So, wish me luck. Here I go… the tidying will have to wait. 🙂