hush little baby
21 x 26 cm
coloured pencil on heavyweight cartridge paper
Finally, a new post! Life has been so hectic lately, and I just can`t find the time to do all the things I need to do, never mind those that I want to do! I just want to enjoy this stage of motherhood while I can; it goes by so quickly....Gabriel will be 7 in a few weeks and it seems like yesterday when I was still breastfeeding him!! I think I`m very conscious that Annabelle is my last child and want to savour the moment.... and also probably while I`ve finally got round to starting this "series" on motherhood, an idea that has always been rambling around in my head since my eldest was born, even when I was busy teaching and hadn`t really done any painting or drawing for years.
I used Derwent Coloursoft pencils, (I love them) since I wanted to capture a soft effect that befits the subject, but the layering takes forever!!! Does anyone else out there also believe that the medium is seriously underrated in the art world?? Anyway, it`s obviously based on me and Annabelle, but I hope other mums can relate to the mood in the picture. I`ve tried to capture that special bond between mother and child, that mix of adoration, exhaustion, just glad to be sitting down, I`m so tired look, that is part and parcel of that most amazing blessing which is motherhood.
By the way, I`m very excited and happy to announce that Johnstreet Gallery, a new art gallery in Ballymena will be exhibiting some of my work. Hopefully, they will open mid- November. I`ll keep you informed!