Obviously I haven't been in my studio much the past year as I've been otherwise occupied. But wanted to share something I have done recently. Totally not my usual style, this is a watercolor/pastel, on yupo paper... and inspired of course, by recent life events :)
I've done a couple of other birth art pieces and I will share those soon... and have more stored away in my mind and my pregnancy/birth sketch book (inspired from the journey and preparation I did for birth - through the book Birthing from Within... that will hopefully make their way to a canvas sometime in the next year albeit transformed and evolved as the distance from the delivery grows.)
This particular piece took me months to complete - not only for the obvious lack of time to devote to it, but just trying to get it right. I don't work in watercolor very often and struggle getting the results I want. Finally I got something I was happy with. Inspired by the last days of pregnancy (and modeled from a photo taken in the nursery the day I was in labor - --- - right before things got "real" ) and the flower represents allowing the body to bloom and open to birth the baby within. I framed this one up and gave it as a gift to my wonderful midwife whose coaching, encouragement and wisdom helped me find the strength within to make it through the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life.