I am making two new series of original paintings: one for Mother’s Day and another one for Father’s Day. Would you like me to use your photo as inspiration? Email up to three (3) photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Mother’s Day submission” or “Father’s Day submission” in the subject. (more…)
This winter I started meditating regularly. You would think it’s a practice of slowness, but my mind is naturally so busy that even in meditation I feel busy, wandering, mind unraveling and winding up and unspooling again and again. I tend to be so busy, so active, constantly picking and prodding each experiece and thought to analyze it and weigh it and understand it. But, over time, meditation has helped me to slow down, to just “be” more, to cultivate a light inside of me burried deep within. This essence of “being” has been growing under the surface… or at least my awareness of it has. (more…)
The dishwasher was the first thing to break. I told myself that I’d rip it out of the wall, use the nook for muddy boots and yard supplies. The truth was I couldn’t afford to replace it or fix it.
I saw an ad on craigslist where a handyman would exchange household work for women’s panties, preferably unwashed ones. How desperate would someone be to make that choice? I never want to be in that position. I realize I need to make more money, find a reliable handyman. Money is freedom. (more…)
Just a couple weeks away is my first Valentine’s Day as a single mom. Holidays can be a lonely time for lots of people, I know, but divorce can amplify loneliness, especially when it’s fresh.
I keep wondering how I can show love to those around me, including those who have let me down. I don’t have all the answers, but I do believe that kindness is its own kind of bravery. (more…)
At night, after my girls drift off to sleep, I slide out from between their two warm bodies, slip out of my bedroom, and find a bit of space to sort through my thoughts about Matt leaving. I’ve been numb for months. But now that I’m starting to get a handle on my single-mom life, the parts of myself I’d shut off to survive are waking up, full of pain. And I’m tired. Of everything. (more…)
Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico exemplify hope in the face of disaster.
In Puerto Rico, just weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, our fellow Americans are still struggling to secure power, clean water and food.
No matter what life throws at us, what hatred or apathy or disaster we encounter, it’s important to not give up hope but band together and find a way to push through hardships in order to survive. To me, this resiliency has been embodied by Puerto Ricans. (more…)
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Kissing Kitties, Pink & Rainbow: 5×7 inch Original Artwork
This is a collection to capture candid moments and scenes of motherhood.
I love working on batches of paintings at a time because it makes me feel like I can try and tell a story through the way the images interweave and relate to each other. This year, leading up to Mother’s Day, I asked my newsletter subscribers and instagram followers to submit photos for me to consider as source images for a series on mothers…and this is what I created. (more…)