Whew – motherhood is a bit demanding!! Aspen is a little over a month old now (which I can’t believe), and I’m working on getting my bearings straight so I can start to get a little bit more done on the art front.
The first few weeks she was home she slept all the time, so I actually got down into the studio and managed to finish a painting between feedings. The past week or so she’s become more active and awake, so my time has gotten more limited. It’s great because she’s a lot more fun now, but tough because I have to juggle my basic activities (showering, eating, laundry) with feeding her and keeping her happy. Nate has been a sweetheart the past two weekends and hung out with her in the afternoons so I could paint, and I managed to finish a 24×36″ mountain scene that I had done an underpainting for before Aspen was born. I had hoped to deliver this painting to the gallery before Thanksigiving, because I had a hunch it would sell before Christmas, but no such luck. I’m happy that I’ve managed to finish it now though – if it would just dry, I could pop it in a frame a deliver it. I’ll post pictures of the new paintings once I have a chance to use the camera for something other than taking cute pictures of my baby!
Anyhow, motherhood has been a nice surprise so far. I’ve always loved kids, but have never been a big baby person, so I wasn’t sure how I’d do the first few months. So far, I’ve been enjoying it, and I have NO desire to return to my engineering job right now. For the last month, I’ve been totally wrapped up in being a mom, and making the transition to being an artist. The being a mom part hasn’t left much time for the being an artist part, but that can wait a few months, and I can make plans for next year in the meantime!