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 5 - #2hrchallenge

Oops! I miss judged my belly as I was reaching up to adjust my studio lamp. I guess its one way to soften edges. :)

Another challenge day completed. It went pretty fast today. Today I worked on the water, trees, clothing and puppy. Lots of layers. Lots of smoothing edges. Still needs more work.

Studio Days and Nights

Friends, students and collectors are curious to know how much time I spend in the studio? Do I paint everyday? Do I get distracted because my studio is at home? These are valid questions. After all, many percieve artists' to create when they feel inspired or all of a sudden have an epiphany of inspiration. I love when I get that epiphany from heaven, but the truth is that many days I have to get my booty into the studio and work, even when I'm not in the mood. I try to paint four days a week, for at least five hours at a time. I also teach a few classes a week. It's not painting time, but still art time.

There are a few paintings on the easel right now. I am really enjoying my new surface - wine barrel staves.

There are a few paintings on the easel right now. I am really enjoying my new surface - wine barrel staves.

I've dabbled in painting vineyards since moving out to CA. Wine country is vast and beautiful. I like to work from numerous photo images, plein air studies, and sketches to create panoramic landscape paintings.

I've dabbled in painting vineyards since moving out to CA. Wine country is vast and beautiful. I like to work from numerous photo images, plein air studies, and sketches to create panoramic landscape paintings.

I keep a regular painting schedule which makes it easier to be in the studio even when I don't feel like it.  I occasionally get distracted in the house studio, but its usually just long enough to switch a load of laundry before I'm back painting. I take a lunch break and will often spend a little of it out on my back patio enjoying the sunshine and flowers (gardening is another passion of mine). Some nights, if I'm in the mood I'll sneak back into the studio for some late night painting. My pups keep me good company.

This photo helps depict the size of the wine barrel paintings.

This photo helps depict the size of the wine barrel paintings.