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

Inspiration in the figure

I found a wonderful spot to paint that has quickly become my favorite open figure painting group. Patris Gallery and Studio is an unassuming brick building in the up and coming Oak Park neighborhood. Walking inside however, one is struck by the wonderful figurative work hanging on the walls. The high ceiling and sky lights open the room and provide a relaxing place to view art and paint. Every Friday a group of artist join together to paint from a live model. Getting two poses into a three hour time period proves to be a challenging and energetic setting. Below are some pictures from last weeks paint session. Enjoy the process and come join me next time to "make art, be art, buy art!" 

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