Sleepy Sundays: Underwater Haven

Underwater Haven
This Morning

This Mother’s Day weekend we’re sharing two designs I was able to squeeze in instead of the usual one. They both have neat stories attached. The first above with our little underwater friends was inspired by my own mother and my sister and a day we spent down by the beach. They are the early phase of more greeting designs and wall art of their nature.

The second piece was inspired by a musician we’ve followed for years in our family. This weekend she asked on her Twitter page, what is your favorite Bob Marley song and it sparked up a conversation here at home. There are so many, but as I replied, Three Little Birds has a special meaning to me. & It also was the thought behind this piece, along with some fond memories.

Do you have a favorite musician that you share with someone close?

Have a peaceful Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Imprints

Mothers are very often the start or beginning of something in a family. There’s been some new additions to mine in the past few weeks. Common conversation has been how much both of these new little family members resemble other family members, one being my late mother.

I’ve been grateful for the little pieces given back somehow in this strange trip we call life. They inspired this work.

To the mothers out there:

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sleepy Sundays: Memories, Memories

She was on my mind since days ago, when I resurfaced from my work coma and realized Mother’s Day was coming up. While caring for my own son, who recently fell ill I couldn’t help but replay times I was with her in my head.

One of those times, one of the few times she actually drove, we had a blast as we set out on our journey to my old home.

This song that I couldn’t find for the longest time was playing. Last week I stumbled upon it on YouTube:

It was the most fun we had laughing and giggling for a moment in time. I miss her.

Flowers often remind me of her for personal reasons. So whenever you see florals in my art, chances are she may have something to do with it.

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Life has shifted to a point where I finally feel like I’d be making her proud. Growing up, she was one of the only people besides a cousin that ever supported my passions from day one.

She didn’t live long enough to see me get to this point. Yet somehow, I know she’d be my biggest fan. She always was.

She didn’t live long enough to see me become a mother myself. Yet somehow, I know she would love my son unconditionally.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself and ask “Is this really my job? Do I really have most of what I wanted in life? Yet somehow, even with that happiness and sense of achievement, on days like this, I just miss her. It’s a slap of reality that I am a young woman and yet most of my friends and family are dead. I’m determined to honor them. Each time use my hands and mind in unison to create arts in this world, I will honor them.

Nothing’s gonna break our stride, Mom. Nothing ever will.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there.

Sleepy Sundays: Mother

Mother Mother

Sharing this with all of you after a very rough and trying last few months brings a wave of warmth over me. This celebration of mothers everywhere isn’t always pleasant for everyone. There are some struggling as single mothers with no one in their corner. Some sons and daughters are mourning the loss of a mother. Couples all over the globe may be struggling to have a child, and some may have just lost one.

Much like life, not all aspects are glittery, and yet not all are so terrible either. The mother in me wants you all to be at peace. I want for each one of us to just imagine this picture of a growing child in their mother’s womb and feel comfort. You are not alone.

Happy Mother’s Day

from CardCastlesInTheSky

The song I chose to go along with this artwork is from one of my favorite videogame soundtracks, The Unfinished Swan. The song is titled “New Growth”. It’s quite peaceful and serene, don’t you think?

Hug a mother this Sunday!

Still feeling down? If you’re looking for something uplifting this Mother’s Day, read this.

Mother’s Day Marigold

After having an awkward day yesterday, I went out to pick up my son. After responding to some e-mails and comments on my posts here, I looked up to see a little smiling face walking down the steps with a colorful, little, hand-crafted “basket”. I greeted my sweet child with a hug and a “How was your day at school, honey?” He replied “Hea’go, Mommy.” So I took the “basket” and saw it had a card inside made for me.

It was by far the best gift I’ve ever gotten. Inside contained a card my son had made himself (with his teacher’s help) that had his handprint on it & a stem with leaves coming from it. This gave the effect of his handprint being a flower. It said: “My love for you grows more & more each day.” When I opened it, the card said “Happy Mother’s Day!”
Attached was a note describing how his class had planted flowers for their mothers. There was also a scanned and copied photo of a packet of marigold seeds.

I reached into the “basket” to find a cup with a tiny sprout beginning to grow inside it. There was a popsicle stick stuck in the soil with a little foam flower glued to it. My little one had actually managed to keep his first secret. I knew about a month ago that the class began working on gardening activities but I had no idea it was for Mother’s Day.

Looking at him I said, “Aww, thank you sweetie!” He looked at me and pointed to the little sprout and said “A fwower!” He clapped and giggled with a sense of accomplishment and then looked back at me and said “I wub you, Mommy.” He walked over to me on his own and gave me a big squeeze.

I almost cried.

Best gift ever.

Mother's Day Marigold
Mother's Day gift