Thursday, October 14, 2010

Living Far From "Home"

I'm just back from a short trip to Rhode Island for my mom's 60th birthday. My mom really enjoyed her birthday and it was such a gift to be there in person for the event.

My little family and I have been in Austin, Texas for 4 years now, and whenever we return from one of our many Rhode Island trips I ask my daughter if she's glad to be back in Texas, I never ask if she's glad to be home. This was the first trip where she answered in the affirmative.

My spirit often feels divided in two living far from my east coast family and friends, but it's most difficult before and after a trip there. Here is that feeling in abstract form.I wonder if giving birth in Texas will change any of that?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

34" of Belly

My friend who gave birth to twins noticed that at some point in her pregnancy the circumference of her belly was equal to her height. I have about 2.5 months left before my due date and my belly is now 34" around. Here it is in the abstract.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Weighed Down

After a night without much sleep and a morning with many to dos in front of me, I often spend some portion of the day feeling like I don't measure up. In this illustration I tried to illustrate the feeling. I'm the black bar on the bottom, with loved ones that I feel some responsibility for above me. What a blessing it is to have done this illustration and see that later that same day, I'm just fine, and everything that needed doing got done.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Scatter Brained

When I was young I was often labeled a "day dreamer" and "scatter brained." Today I felt like my mind was wondering all over, and it was healing to illustrate the feeling, that so often brought me shame as a youngster.

This illustration is my fuzzy chow chow who's been under the weather in the middle, me and my pregnant belly on the outside, and dots for all friends and family that I think about most often.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Abstract Monday "Sunday Afternoon with Annalee"

I was quite tired this weekend, and needed lots of rest. I have 3 months left till the end of the pregnancy and it seems that I can't get a night of uninterrupted sleep. I have trouble being kind to myself when I need rest. There was one moment on Sunday when I sat down and painted with my daughter. I felt great joy to be with her, painting with her. I felt calm and hopeful. I had some lingering sadness over my tired state, so I drew some of the rainbow above the smile and some below. I explained the painting to my daughter. Later that day she painted one more painting, of her smile and mine, with rainbows all around. It was awesome.