Hi there! I hope your week is off to a great start. This is my last week of sabbatical but my life will be completely changing three weeks after I go back to work because we've decided I should stay home and be a full-time mom. At least for the next year or so. I'll be returning to wrap things up and then heading back home to stay with the kids. I'm super excited but also a little hesitant about the whole thing because I have had moments/ hours/ days of complete overwhelm and exhaustion during the past few weeks while I've been home. This mom business is so hard. Rewarding and meaningful, no doubt. But hard.
Aside from all the time I've been able to spend with the kiddos, I've enjoyed exploring art in a way I've never done before. Drawing and painting are not naturally my "thing" but I'm finding myself doing both every single day. And loving it!
I appreciate how art is personal and anyone and everyone can learn to create if they so choose. My 3-year old daughter and I have spent hours these past few weeks doing art projects together: using acrylic paint, watercolor, markers, clay and pencils. I've found myself sneaking in 30-min here and there during nap times or early in the morning to practice and continue learning on my own. The other day I was painting in the early morning and when she woke up she said "Mommy! You're doing an art project in the morning!? That's kind of silly."
This past weekend I spent some time sketching and painting from a photo I took of a flower. I thought I'd share the quick process with you and encourage you to give it a try if watercolor is something you're interested in trying.
I took this photo:
Then sketched for 20-min or so:
Then sketched on watercolor paper:
It was a fun process that I hope to do more of very soon :)