Two Artworks on Canvas, One on my iPad – with Themes that Warm My Heart.

Mother and Baby 1
Used watercolours mixed with a acrylic gel medium. I placed the colours down in thin layers.I worked from a photo of me and my fourth son. I was happy, though here I look tired..an understatement! Hmm, should have added more contour shading. Size: about 40cm x cm

I did these two “Mother and Baby” paintings about fifteen or so years ago. They show an idealised version of motherhood; yet true in essence – at least for me – of the very special moments with a new baby. The quiet loving moments – those moments in between the sheer hard work of being a mum! Though, of course, you still love them and think it’s all special, even when they are teething and unsettled!

As these paintings were larger than I usually work in ( which is usually A4 size and under)  and I didn’t have a studio, I painted them in the kitchen. Of course, it had to be late at night when the kids were asleep!

The table in the kitchen came in quite handy, as I could lay the canvases flat; which suited the method I was using to paint them.

*There’s more information about the artworks written underneath them.

I couldn’t really splash acrylics or oil paints around in the kitchen or elsewhere in the house; so I often used various mixed media (which I love): soluble pencils and oil pastels…and so on;  to do a work on canvas (or paper).  

If you want to: paint, draw or write, sometimes, you just have to invent the time, space, means, media.. for it! These days, for me;  my iPad has helped enormously in all these areas.

I do now have, “a room of my (or one’s) own” (hmm, that’s a familiar book title) :), but prefer to just work on a small portable table I have. I rest it on my lap, or the side of the arm chair and my iPad fits on there;  very nicely. Actually, I’m using the table now as I put together this post, and I’m typing on the lovely logitech keyboard that is attached to my iPad.

Mother and Baby 2
As in the above painting I used thin layers of watercolour mixed with an acrylic gel medium. I worked from an photo (not sure by whom! It was in an add I think) I found in a magazine. Size of canvas about 35cm x45cm.

During the first year, after our first son was born, I hardly picked up a pencil and paper. I think the lack of sleep, the unearthly tiredness; and along with this – the complete joy of being a mother was all initially quite overwhelming.

All my senses were soaked…and everything else!

Not much time for the pencil renderings of everyday scenes – my usual subject matter  or..of flowers, fruit or faces or anything! Instead my hands were used for mopping up messes; plunged into soapy water; or manoeuvring cups of tea (going cold) to my lips, very carefully – as I always seemed to have a baby in my arms and always breastfeeding..

And this is just how I wanted it to be. I was overwhelmed, exhausted; yet extremely happy. Things change, our four boys are young men now, but the love never changes.

In the Lord's arms
Psalm 57:1 …,for my soul takes refuge in you. (WEB)

I did this drawing above in the “Art Set Pro” app. It’s of me (“sort” of looks like a younger me) leaning on the Lord; resting in His love…which: because of my conversion, by my faith in Jesus Christ – beginning on a special day; in an incredible moment in my early twenties…I have the life that I wouldn’t have had.

I was heading in a terrible direction and then God turned me around, and well, that is a whole other story. One I’ve written about and partially illustrated and hope to along with all my other numerous projects get around to completing and turning into a small book! One day – God willing!

I did continue to write and draw – very quickly – when the kids were young. Now I’m trying to collate it all; polish some poems up a bit more and illustrate them. I share a bit more about these things in my “About” page .

In some ways this is lovely, as I get to reread these poems and draw about some of the happiest days of my life..thus far!

In other ways it can be difficult as there’s so many other new arty projects to jump into and explore. Though these themes continue to weave through my art and words. Yet I really do want to get these older works polished up properly. Not a dilemma really, just a challenge and lots of fun.

Hope you are enjoying some creative projects of your own and if you are a mum (or “mom” to some) 🙂 that’s one big delightful project in itself. Have fun!

10 thoughts on “Two Artworks on Canvas, One on my iPad – with Themes that Warm My Heart.

  1. Lovely paintings. I’m glad you have a special room to paint in now. It makes all the difference. I sometimes paint on the dining room table but only watercolour and pastel.

    I really like the sketch in your header. It reminds me of bottlebrush flowers and I like the free style of the drawing. 😊

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    1. Thank you. The header is a bottlebrush. I drew the first part of it in the “Zen Brush” app and then took it into the “Art Set Pro” app to paint in some colour.
      Glad to find your lovely blog; really love your work. I notice you are a fellow Australian; I’m down here in Victoria. 🙂
      Yes, it’s great to have a room; a place for all my arty things..though I don’t usually do my art in there as it’s not a very big room. That’s fine, as I tend to work fairly small (A4 size and under) and, these days I mostly draw, paint and write on my iPad. So I don’t need much space and usually sit in the loungeroom, with just a little portable table on my lap or placed on the side of the armchair. Very comfortable! And there’s always the kitchen table if I need it. 🙂
      Looking forward to seeing your future posts.

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      1. Thanks so much for your kind words about my artwork. 😊. I am a newbie to ipad art but have some art apps and intend to buy a stylus when I find one that suits me.

        It’s so exciting to draw in a brand new medium! I’m looking forward to your future posts as well. Lovely to meet a fellow Australian artist. 😄. Have a creative week. Cheers, Maria.

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  2. It’s good to work on artistic stuff. Good luck with perfecting your earlier creations! I have to work so much at computer that I definitely choose the real pencil over anything else, but your art looks great and the best part of this is you are feeling happy during your creative journey!

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    1. Thank you. I agree about being happy in what you do and I think the words “creative” and “happy” just so naturally go together. 🙂 I’m not keen on computers. But I do love using an iPad (I built my blog on my iPad). It’s such a simple, fun way to paint and draw – dabbing down paint and using the soft oil pastel…an so on.. with my finger ( prefer that to using a stylus). Particularly enjoy the rich media in the “Art Set Pro” app. I’ll still sometimes use my lovely pencils and paints; I count my blessings for so many arty opportunities. Love your art and your students’ art and I look forward to your future posts. 🙂

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