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

Jan. 23 & 24 - 2 hour challenge

I missed a few days due to some family stuff, but am back on track. Yesterday and today I had a lot of fun spending time in the studio. I started working back into one of my vineyard wine barrel pieces. For this landscape I am using a couple different photo references for the sky and vines, but changing the colors completely. For me having the reference is great for getting the composition and idea down, but why not change up the palette and create more harmony.

I still have a ways to go, but it was a good start - lots of juicy layers of oil.

More progress today. I'll continue to work on this piece the rest of the week along with some Woodland / Forest illustrations.

My art background is full of drawing and design, but it's been a few years since I've focused on my drawings. I started teaching drawing and illustration classes at the Crocker Museum this year and had a bit of a renewed appreciation for it. Teaching these classes on top of planning my babies nursery has got me on a illustration kick. I've been creating Woodland/ Forest Friend drawings and can't seem to stop. I don't know where these will go or for how long I'll create them, but I like that I'm tapping into a different process and creative path than my norm.