Mom, Baby, and Art - a balancing act

Today was a great day! I managed to care for my almost 5 month old AND get a speed study in during daylight hours! Whooo Hooo! 

Harvey James and I have lots of fun together. He loves looking in the mirror and grabbing everything, including my face!

Harvey James and I have lots of fun together. He loves looking in the mirror and grabbing everything, including my face!

On Jan. 27 my life changed in a huge way. I became a Mom to a beautiful, cuddly, smart little boy. Life as I knew it changed! I talked to folks ahead of time and read books, but NOTHING prepared me for the emotional, physical, and amazing journey of parenthood. I'm only 5 months in and one thing I've learned is: What once was simple is now monumental. Which is why I am ecstatic about finishing a tiny little 6x8 painting today! 

I've really been struggling with what to paint. I haven't had the heart to jump back into my vineyard series yet... So I decided to get back to the basics. 

I've really been struggling with what to paint. I haven't had the heart to jump back into my vineyard series yet... So I decided to get back to the basics. 

I've been struggling for the last 4 months to find my creative spark and drive. I've gone through little slumps in the past, but I've always desired to get into the studio to paint or create. I knew before having Harvey that I was going to give myself some time to acclimate and adjust to my new role, but I didn't anticipate the lack of desire to be in my studio. Even the last few weeks as Harvey has been sleeping through the night and my evenings are starting to feel a little bit like ME Time again.... I haven't wanted to paint. 

I've been an artist my entire life. Creating art is a part of my identity - I think in colors, speak in shapes, and bleed Alizeran Crimson. After being so comfortable in my own skin, I didn't expect a 6lb. bundle of joy to shake that part of me up so much! I think that is why today means so much to me. I got a chance to be ME and be the NEW ME too. I was able to successfully be a mom for Harvey and an artist for me. It's the beginning of an ongoing journey of merging both identities together in harmony. 

Butter, Oil on Panel, 6x8 - If you would like this little treasure please contact me - vancannonart@gmail.com