As I lay here in bed with my 13 month old at my side, I am excited about the future. I love my life. I am able to stay home to my sweet baby boy, I have an adoring husband, I paint when I am able. & now, I am taking this next step toward selling more work. I've sold a piece here & there in the past, but mostly my paintings are gifts & for the enjoyment of us & guests of our home. Right now, my art is all over the walls, piled in my studio (our dining room), & buried away in a storage unit the next town over. Soon, however, I will open my shop to the world wide web. Who knows what that means for us? I do know that it will mean trying to take more pictures of my work while my babe clings to my feet, signing for milk & tugging at my shirt. That already happens often & is the reason I have not done this sooner.
I thought that becoming a stay-at-home mom meant that there would be so much time to paint while he napped & at night when he was asleep, but he often nurses to sleep for naps & wakes if I move from him. At night we co-sleep, which I love, but does not allow for much work. Mostly I just listen to podcasts, doodle, or search my Instagram feed. Soon, though, I hope to be posting more work, contemplating fun titles for my works, looking for inspiration for future paintings, planning out commissions, etc. I hope that I can become better at time management & can get this small business off the ground running.
I have so many hopes for the future. I've always wanted to write & illustrate a children's book, teach more classes, maybe even start a gallery. For now I shall focus on one thing at a time. Getting this site together the way I want it, listing photos, reformatting text from my old site, etc. Actually, right now I have to focus on getting some sleep. This has waited a long while, it can certainly wait another day or two.