Wednesday, 29 February 2012

3 months of Elliot - 2.5 years of Dylan & new art!

Well hello there faithful reader. :) It's been a while, I know, but what can I say: things have been busy. :)

I'm sitting here, unwashed with my trousers inside out. True story that. This be life with kids under the age of 3. Things like showering and wearing your trousers the right way out become lower on the list of priorities. Haha. Also, you become a bit frazzled and absent-minded on very little sleep. I didn't notice until quite a bit after I'd put my trousers on, that they were -in fact- inside out. But I'm now just deciding it's a fashion statement. Ha.

So, Andy is back! Yay! All is well in the world again. Dylan was over the moon to have his daddy back and me too! Elliot didn't really notice it much though he smiles big grins whenever Andy holds him.

Elliot was 3 months old this weekend! (And Dylan 2.5 years old! Eeek, time goes by so fast).

So, 3 months of Elliot. A huge smiley baby. Started smiling pretty much the first week he was alive. Doesn't like lying down much, wants to see things and get going, stands on his legs and kicks them hard if you hold him upright. He's already trying to roll over (Dylan couldn't be bothered at this age). Sleeps pretty well, though lately wakes up more at night. Has a droopy eye lid (or the other eye lid is open too much, not sure). Likes chewing on his fist. Is happy to lounge in the baby bjรถrn, as long as you face him outwards. Needs entertainment. Is very alert, takes everything in. When he is unhappy, he lets us know through either squealing or screeching. He's very good at expressing his unmet needs at this point. ;) His skin is soft and beautiful and his head smells of daisies and snowflakes, they should bottle this stuff! ;) He's pretty much the best, awesomest addition to our family. :D

Art Stuffs:

I've been working on a new portrait which may or may not be added to my Life Book, I might mount it onto wood and put it up for sale if it doesn't go into the Life Book. If you follow me on Facebook, you would've seen the progress shots already, but here they are again:

This piece is still not finished yet, but I was much happier with the 3rd version. The 2nd one was much too busy! Will post the final piece soon. I was very happy with the shading on this portrait. I feel like my shading skills are developing more and more. :)

I was also very inspired by something Alissa Burke did, she posted it HERE. She'd basically done this creative doodle and then pasted a picture of her baby in it! Awesome idea, so I did something similar and pasted lil Elliot into it:

Very fun to do! :) Here are some more detailed photographs from when I was working on it though it was mostly finished at that point and I used another pic of Elliot. The paints you see there are gouache. I used gouache, watercolour crayons and some of the letraset watercolour markers (which I've not found as great as everyone else seems to find them! They're ok but I was expecting them to be more watersoluble, anyhooz):


Lastly, I'm super excited because I found this AWESOME art journal! It has actual hot-pressed watercolour paper in it! I've been looking for a journal like this forever and could never find journals with watercolour paper in it (so I bound my own, but it's time consuming), but I found one now! It's the "Saunders Waterford Series" (tried to look for a link online, but can't find one, I bought mine in my local art store here).

I love the size of it and it's got these awesome frayed pages at the edges. I'm so glad I found this journal because I've not had one that I liked recently which means I don't do much journaling and therefore less emotional processing. Glad to be able to start journaling properly again!

Anyhoo. That's me for today. Ta-rah lovely people! <3


  1. Love the doodle with Elliot!!! :) I feel your pain on wearing dirty clothes, not being showered and all that! I have a 5 year old and a 10 week old! You're still managing to do art though so I gotta figure out how to work that in! I might do a digital piece with my daughter in it! Great idea!!! :) Love your blog and your family photos! :)

  2. That looks like fun. Your boys definitly have your sparkle Tam. Thats a very special way to treasure and capture those moments. ♥Debi

  3. Yay for the nice painting of Elliot! you are great dear! lot of kisses. Kat.

  4. Love the art work and the babies. You make beautiful stuff there, Tam!


  5. I'm not impressed with Aquamarkers either. I tried some in the shop yesterday and they're a bit like Copics for me; over-hyped and over priced. I prefer my Whispers which are dreamy to work with and permanent once wet.

  6. LOVE THE ELLIDOODLE PIECE!! The picture you used of him looks so happy and cheerful.

  7. Cute! Cute! & look at all that magnificent watercolor paper, I like!

  8. It's absolutely amazing that you can do any art with two wee ones, let alone the amazingly beautiful art you do AND all while overseeing a "classroom" of a thousand plus students. You rock Tam Laporte!

  9. Your Elliot doodle page is so so beautiful and cute! I have to do one for my boy and girl, too.
    You know, there's a saying in China, that if your newborn is a happy one, meaning not much crying at birth, and started smiling early, then the baby is going to bring you good fortune, money-wise as well. LOL

  10. I still wear my pants inside out sometimes....and my daughter is almost 6....haha! Love seeing the pictures and hearing the updates. Your art is beautiful, too!! Love Elliot in the plane :)

    My daughter was born with a droopy lid, call it ptosis. It is an elongated or lax levator muscle in the eyelid. When she goes outside, her good eye squints, but the droopy one closes completely....but still, her vision is perfect....and they won't do anything about it, since it would be considered cosmetic. If and when it ever starts to bother her, we'll start looking into it.....they say the surgery is best done while they're awake so they can correctly match up the lids.....yikes!

  11. Hi, Tam! Thought I'd share....Just the other day, while searching (for quite while) for a particular art journal, I (thankfully) discovered that shops are calling them sketchbooks, instead of journals. I Googled your new journal w/ the word sketchbook instead, & this online shop came right up: Pegasus Art ~ or (has more size options than Pegasus Art). Search I used, Saunders Waterford Watercolor Sketchbooks. I'm unable to find any US shops....anyway, hope this helps! Have a gorgeous day! ~H♥~

  12. Hi there,
    Loved the pic of baby Elliot in the plane, that is soooooo cute! I remember what it was like to have two little ones. You get used to having one then along comes another and it can be soooooooo tiring. You are doing an awesome job:-)
    All the best Di


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