Sunday, April 17, 2011

Illustration Sunday....."Pure Joy" in color

I somehow found a few minutes in my week to work on my painting. It was a little frustrating only being able to paint in small chunks at a time, but that is part of being a mom. Speaking of Mama artists I also got the documentary, WHo Does She Think SHe is? in the mail and watched it
immediately. It was so worth the wait, truly inspiring and I am sure to watch it over and over again for inspiration as I do Tasha Tudor's Take Joy.
This painting like I said last week was inspired by the birth of my second child. Pure Joy is what I felt for several months I was just so amazingly happy and content.
I was sort of robbed of this joy with my first child. Ben I were young 19 and 20 and not married when we found out we were pregnant the first time. I was terrified, my family was angry and disappointed with me. I felt a bit envious of first time moms who are met with nothing but happiness and joy for their news. Even when I found out I was pregnant with our second after Ben and I had been married for 7 years, I was hesitant to tell my family and didn't tell anyone for several weeks.
I am happy I got to feel mama joy the second time around.


house full of jays said...

I love the colours you chose for this, Heidi! Very beautiful - and thanks for sharing the story behind your inspiration.
We don't get a lot of family support during our pregnancies - our families don't agree with many of our choices - so I can imagine what a difficult time that would have been. I'm so happy that you were able to experience the joy that was somewhat robbed from you when your first child was born.

Mama Ash Grove said...

Heidi, this painting is so beautiful, I absolutely love, love it!!!

I am sorry about your loss of mama joy first time around. How difficult that would be!
I am so glad you were able to experience it with your second pregnancy.
It's not the same thing, but I imagine the feeling is similar- I felt and still feel loss over the births of my first two, as they were both cesarean. I had a VBA2C with my third and fourth. This was most definitely a healing experience, though I still feel the sadness and probably will for a long while.
Hugs to you!

angelina said...

this is so beautiful, a celebration of life . thank you for sharing. x

Tessa said...

I love the painting AND that you were so blissful after Sollie was born. xoxoxo

Mama Gone Green said...

You finished it! It looks fab!

witte's end studio said...

okay, now i'm a little late! nice job with your first watercolor in a while. those light color washes are difficult to pull off. great use of the "salt" trick. keep 'em comin'!

Katie said...

This is so beautiful :)

simona said...

what a very nice, sweet picture and lovely explanation of your inspiration. thanks for sharing this!