The Big Exhale

The last couple weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster ride, as a health scare took over almost every waking moment. It is all ok, and thankfully nothing serious. It still gave me enough pause that life has stood still for a bit, and I was definitely holding my breath. I wish I was more resilient in that I could dig down and get to work when my life is in a bit of chaos, but for me being still, and pausing seems to always be the default. I have no idea whether it is good or bad, but it always seems to put so much on hold. I'm hoping to work on changing that a little in the future, maybe if only for my own sanity. 

With all that said, new work is around the corner, and I'm hoping it will brighten the world just a little bit. 

In other life happenings, because I do want to share here once in awhile about my life, Ezra started officially 3K this year, and Elly is on the cusp of turning 2!!! And Charlie, well he's just been along for the ride...Time is a flying...

Snowball Fight

snowball fight illustration
snowball fight illustration

I'm currently working on a calendar project. It is about childhood memories, and I've decided to start creating some videos to show the process behind the art. This is the first one, but I may end up having another go at it as I nail down the style I want to use throughout these illustrations.

Snowball fights were pretty epic when I was a kid, we would build forts, stockpile snowballs, and have these fights spanning three houses of kids. It was a ton of fun, and one of the many things I look forward to sharing with my own children.

 

One Big Detour

hopeful with dog
hopeful with dog

“Often what may appear as a detour in life, is actually the most direct and empowering path to your destination.” - James Arthur Ray

Yes, it has been slightly over a year since I last posted anything around here, and yes, I’m aware no one probably even noticed. It is ok though, blogging is so ten years ago! That doesn’t mean I’m stopping anytime soon, I am just getting back on this wagon and into this space again. I am overwhelmed with all the ideas waiting to get out and into this world. With that said, I’m finally back in a good headspace, and finding my footing in this life as a Mama to two amazing little people! It means i’ve found more time to create the art I love, work on my business, and still have plenty of time leftover to nurture and love my family. The ebb and flow of finding this new normal has been a long and winding detour. I’m technically back to exactly where I left things years ago, but yet completely changed and ready to take things in a new direction.

Speaking of new directions, a little sneak peek at something I am bringing back in  a new and more meaningful way. Hopefuls will be coming back soon!  The Hopeful above I made in 2013, and I can’t wait to bring these little ladies back to life!

What is something you can bring back in a new way in your life?

Nests and Nesting

nests&nesting
nests&nesting

There is this robin's nest outside my son's bedroom window. Earlier in the summer we watched as a robin built it, laid her eggs, sat on them for hours each day, and eventually they hatched. She diligently fed them, and one morning we noticed how big the birds were, we made breakfast and when we checked back they were all gone. It was a bit sad to not have them around anymore, to check in on, and watch grow. It helps that we definitely see those same robins flying around our house, and it's good to know that they took flight.

bird
bird

As I prepare for baby number two to arrive in just eight short weeks, I've gone into full on nesting mode. I'm finding myself wanting to get as much done, and wrapped up before this baby makes their arrival. It got me thinking about those robins and the nest. To slow down a bit, and just focus on the important things. We have almost everything we need for this baby as it was only two years since my son was born. I know we will buy the things we forgot about after the fact, but there is a big part of me that just wants to be ready.

I've also been working on getting things ready for 2017 so that when I'm ready to get back to it that I can just pick up and go. Planning the direction of this website, as well as working on my web & design business.  It's a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time, but I hope the art making hiatus isn't that long. I'll still be around here for a little bit longer, but I do expect to drop off for a few months once my little one arrives.

Back to Basics

wooden flower I've been thinking a lot about how my blogging habits have changed over the years. Gone are the days where I had a desk job and was able to work diligently on my blog in my free time. Also gone are the days where it seemed like everyone was checking into each other blogs and they seemed like a great place to catch up with friends around the web. I still read my fair share of blogs, but definitely not like I used to. This blog has been mostly a place for me to share my latest art adventures with you, and I don't plan on changing that. I'd like to add some more stories though, a better look at the behind the scenes here. It is something I am working towards so very slowly.

I wish I had more art to share with you here, but it has been a month of focusing on family, health, and some side projects. I am making art, it just is not ready for prime time yet, and that is ok. I'm heading into week 27 of pregnancy and to be honest it has been an exhausting journey so far. Chasing a toddler added to the mix has not been helping my energy levels. Just know I'm not going anywhere, I'm slowly working towards some goals, and hopefully after this new baby arrives and life falls into a new rhythm I'll get it all figured out. :)