I know, today is thursday BUT, yesterday was wednesday and it truly was ARTsy wednesday here.
We were supposed to have a picnic at southpoint with 5 other mommy friends and their kiddos but because it was not picnic weather, aside from an early walk down Lincoln Rd, we mostly stayed home and played with the wonderful artsy gifts that Lily has been given.
The easel was Lily’s birthday present from avo Hayes and avo Joao.
I love it and I think Lily does too! (one of my favorite presents from my dad is my easel, it hasn’t been used in a while but I’ve had it since 1995(?) and I think of him every time I use it)
I do have to say though, thank goodness for washable paints. 🙂
It donates 10% of its revenue to organizations that exemplify social justice. At this time, their support is going to:
CARE- www.care.org. A leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, placing a special emphasis on working alongside poor women.
Women for Women International- www.womenforwomen.org. Supporting women in war-torn regions with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education, and small business assistance so they can rebuild their lives.
Through the Flower- www.throughtheflower.org. A non-profit Feminist art organization founded by Judy Chicago, seeking to educate a broad public about the importance of art and its power in countering the erasure of women’s achievements.
So, if all my Jersey peeps are reading this, you should all go out there and show some support! 🙂
It has been almost 1 year since I stopped working and I’m still not used to not have to go to work.
Actually, let me rephrase that, I’m not used to not earning my own money.
I started working at the age of 15, I’m turning 38 soon and I’m feeling quite unaccomplished these days.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving being a full time mom to Lily and in my heart it is what I want to do and how I want things to be however, I’m having a really hard time not earning my own money and not coming up with ways that I can earn money AND be a stay at home mom.
I don’t want to be dependent on Will for money but yet, I feel paralyzed.
I would like to thank Juliana for coming up with such a great challenge.
It gave me an opportunity to draw and color.
I would have finished coloring the drawing but Lily woke up from her nap.
Maybe that’s the symbolism behind this self-portrait. It’s a work in progress. Like myself.
I’m joining Ariella (who writes one of my favorite blogs) who joined Juliana on a series of self portraits.
When I read Ariella‘s post, I could totally relate.
There is so much about me that I don’t like and that I would change. Physically, I’m never as comfortable in front of the camera as I am behind it.
I don’t like my left eye. (I have felt like this since I was a child) It turns in a bit and it is very noticeable in frontal shots. Profile shots are much better for me which is why I usually shoot myself that way.
When I read Juliana‘s post, I could also totally relate on the emotional level.
Just yesterday I cried about this. (yes, I cried)
Becoming a new mom has been wonderful but also one of the biggest emotional challenges.
As uncomfortable as I am in front of the camera, I have for the last 6 years started a personal collection of self portraits.
This is something that I have done mostly for my own artistic studies of…well, myself.
Just the other day I was thinking about doing a post about bathroom portraits. Most of my self portraits have been taken in my own bathroom, bar bathrooms, restaurant bathrooms, hotel bathrooms, you get the picture.
I have a thing for self and bathrooms. 😉
Right after I read Ariella‘s post, I ran into our bathroom and took these self portraits.
I have no make-up on, I haven’t showered and I’m in my house dress. (yes, I wear a house dress)