Well, here is a very random compilation of journal entries from this past week. The first entry I was interrupted by a child and never finished my thought, if it seems to end a bit abrupt.
Also, I am restarting my Drawing-a-Day project now that I am not tired and pregnant, but I am posting via Instagram instead. My username is @melissajogordon
John Constable “A Study of Clouds and Trees” c. 1821
“Cloud Study” c. 1821-22
“A Storm of the Coast of Brighton”
Caspar David Friedrich “The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog” 1818
Georgia O’Keeffe“Red Hills, Lake George” 1927
“Lake George” 1922
“Ladder Moon Sky”
Mark Rothko “Untitled” 1969
J. M. W. Turner
“London from Greenwich Park” 1809
“The Fighting Temeraire” (detail) 1839
Madelyne’s/M1’s new hair (and a pretty cool dog-shaped peanut butter banana sandwich)
Sneak peek of my latest project, they’ll be up for sale in the shop soon:
I don’t have a lot to say today, except for a few things:
1) Thank you to all of you for the support these last few weeks, it’s great to know we have such an amazing network of people in our lives. It is what helps me sleep at night (no, really…it’s true).
2) Speaking of sleep, we’ve had some!! And it has made all the difference. For about 5 days the little monster has been sleeping until 4:00/4:30ish and then hopping into bed with us. My quality of life has drastically improved.
3) So, I have been painting again. Right as I convinced myself to put the paints away until after the baby came and things settled down a bit, the wind changed directions.
4) My husband is currently, (as in this-moment-as-I-type) in another job interview. It’s exciting and stressful, and even though it is scary not feeling secure, I take comfort in the fact that things have been improving. (Also, did I mention my amazing support team?)
Anyways, Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovely people!
(This is a card I just made for my dad’s clinic…he likes lighthouses…)
It’s 9AM, and my daughter is already down for a nap. She has been up, off and on, since about 2AM. We are fairly well-versed in the lack-of-sleep lifestyle that comes with toddlerhood, but last night took that to another level. Around 5:30AM or so we let her watch a show on a phone in our bed while we dozed, which gave us an extra two hours of semi-productive sleeping. Oy. Upon waking, without any hesitation, I went on Amazon and bought a toddler alarm clock that glows green when they are allowed to wake and a 10-pack of play-doh as bribery. I don’t know what else to do.
In other news, I did two new paintings this week, and began prepping a few more. I am sharing the first one, that will be for a card or 8 x 10 print. The quote is a little ironic, considering my rant above on obnoxious toddler behaviors. It is amazing to me, that even though children tear apart any sense of normalcy and push you to the brink of insanity, they still are the most amazing little creatures and it is incredible watching them explore the world. I understand the feeling of being torn between being a mother and wanting a career, and I respect those who willingly chose careers. That being said, I don’t regret putting my career on hold, and soaking up the small window of time I have helping these little humans grow into themselves. I know it is shaping and changing me in ways I can’t even comprehend.
Well, no news on the test results yet (see previous post). We’ve been surprisingly okay with all the extra drama of our lives. I’ve stopped stressing out about things beyond my control. I think there are two potential reasons for this: 1) I’ve given up fighting against things beyond my control, because so many unfortunate things have turned out positive for me in the past few years 2) I am just too tired to worry, pregnancy has a way of prioritizing my thoughts. Either way, I am happy to be getting some sleep!
Other good news: I completed my first painting today since taking a break about six weeks ago. As a mom, I am quickly realizing that I am going to have to be flexible with regards to the amount of work I can contribute and understand that sometimes things like my health or caring for my kids may have to take precedence over my art career (yeah, no duh, I know…).
Anyways, here is the painting I did, I may turn it into a card on my shop in the next few days.