Archive for March 2010
The above picture was taken last spring at my parent’s farm in West Texas. We will be packing up the family and headed that way for Easter weekend on Friday (dogs and all!). Not only will it be interesting to see how we manage the 4 hour trip, but it is Jude’s first trip. I am excited and slightly (tremendously) anxious already.
Spring is definitely here and I have been itching to get my hands in the dirt. It was almost 90 degrees today, and I couldn’t resist throwing on the flip flops and sun dress and getting outside while the wee one napped. I managed to plant a few herb seeds before he woke.
My mind is totally focused on spring. I have tons of overwhelming ideas just bursting to get out. I am feeling good physically, and got the OK from the doc to resume all my normal activities. April will be full of change and growth but am too tired to go into much detail. I have many projects and goals running around in my head but more on that later. For now, I must see if I can get this baby to sleep more than an hour at a time…..and by hour I mean 1o minute increments.
Desperately trying to get back into the swing of things but feel creatively drained. As a matter of fact, I just feel drained PERIOD! I wonder why?
Hmmm…ok, on second thought….
Having a new baby in the household has definitely turned our world upside down. Night and day has become blurry. I can’t remember a time when I dreaded the night time so much. Oh yeah, it was when my oldest was a newborn.
Mind, I’ve never really been one who needed a lot of sleep. (I was the queen of all-nighters back in my spry college days.) That is until sleep isn’t an available option. Then I crave it desperately! Unfortunately, this little guy seems to need less sleep that us at the moment. I would love to down a pot of coffee right now, but I know that I would be sharing the “stay awake juice” with the nursing one as well. Now, I don’t want to give the impression that our lives are not glorious and fulfilling …oh we are definitely fulfilled…..just doing it very sleep deprived!
That being said, I am not sure how to fit all of this into my creative life. The sheer volume of the new daily responsibilities take up most of my time and tend to thwart my moments of inspiration with a wailing need to have a diaper changed. I’m not even going to tell you how long it has taken me to write this blog post. The good news is, so far I have managed to keep us from living in a total disaster area, and have managed to crank out two new paintings.
The problem is, I’m not sure where I am going with these paintings. I suppose I want to try something new. I’ve also never been good at figures and faces, and all of a sudden I have decided to give that a shot. Not sure if I am headed in the right direction, but at least it is a forward motion. Snail pace be damned.
Another Lady With Birds
I really want to incorporate some expression and life into my paintings, but haven’t really drawn figures since art school [# redacted] years ago. Hopefully, I will get better at these bird ladies, but for now I am following a whim and see where it takes me. We shall see.
What I like: I love the texture, I like ONE of the eyes, i like the color and mood of the painting. I love how the ink blends and blotches. I like the dots.
What I don’t like: I don’t like the flatness of the birds or the face. The composition is boring and the proportions need ALOT of work.
Caterpillar: Who are YOU?
Alice: This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. I — I hardly know, sir, just at present — at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.
The Duchess: I quite agree with you. And the moral of that is: Be what you would seem to be, or if you’d like it put more simply: Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.
Oh how I know what you mean Alice! We spend so much of life trying to figure out who we are, only to change who we were in the process. I’ve decided to stop looking for myself and let myself start looking for me awhile. I’ll probably get lost along the way so I’ll leave a trail of crumbs along the way.
So the real question is….Am I a tulip or a daisy?!
These are some of the paintings that are still available for purchase here.
My lovely butterfly series are all on 8×8 gallery wrapped canvas:
And my white doves. These are all 8×8 as well.
Please feel free to contact me regarding any piece you like or have any questions about. I’d love some feedback.
The Halter of Productivity
The Stealer of Sleep
The Diaper Loader of Doom
The Bringer of Chaos
He goes by many names, but we like to call him
Our sweet Jude was born February 19th to the tune of Hey Jude, and our lives have been total chaos and unproductive bliss ever since. We wouldn’t have it any other way and, despite the lack of sleep and overflowing Diaper Gene, are surviving just fine.
We all like the little guy so very much and have decided to keep him…..well, with the exception of one family member.
Come on Mags!!!! Even this guy is smitten! Big brothers are always right.
So where are we?
Well, it has been three weeks since our new addition and life is slowly returning to normal. I still can’t move stuff, carry heavy objects or bend over the way I would like to. I tire easily and feel like a dairy cow, but life is good and the cup of life is full. I think back to a time where life was not so brimming with happiness and feel such immense gratitude in the power above and within that has brought me to this place. We have moved so far within such a short span of time, who knows how far we can go with even shorter time. All I know is that I plan to pursue life and my dreams with all I have and then some. I may have to steal some energy along the way because right now I’m running a little low on the go go juice.
In wanting to share all the new experiences and growth with you, I have revamped my old Blogger Blog. It will be there that I blog about my experiences with motherhood and life in our camp. This way Wenderflona can remain my professional site that has to do with all things art.
In the mean time, maternity leave is officially over and Back to work I go. I have new inspiration and ideas are brewing. I just hope MilkFace gives me a few minutes to paint every now and then.