Life as a full time mom and artist keeps me busy! We moved from Sacramento, California to District of Columbia Fall 2016. Then October 2017 we moved to Anchorage, Alaska! Moving is hard and exhausting, but its also fun to explore new places, meet new people, and learn new things. It’s also given me a lot of material and inspiration for my art.Read More
I'm calling this new series I am doing - Back to the Basics, but what I realized is I am really painting ingredients needed to make cookies. Maybe that's whats really on my mind! Ha! These single subject still life paintings are great to experiment with color and brushwork AND they are small so I can manage to finish one with the little free time I have.
Harvey and I are figuring out how to balance our time. His current favorites are his jumper and play mat. This seems to give me at least an hour to paint. Then it's intermittent until his bed time. It's not ideal when your trying to concentrate and observe, but it's training me to be flexible. I've realized the breaks give me a better perspective on my painting when I step back into it. I've been picking up on mistakes and adjustments sooner because I am forced to take breaks.
Carol Marine's Daily Painter book has been on my mind as I work on these small pieces. She got started on Daily Paintings after she had a child and was trying to work around being a mom and painter. It's a good read with a lot of constructive teaching. Also plenty of new ideas to try if your in a slump.
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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!
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 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 - email@example.com