Posts Tagged ‘children’

The first good downpour since April. The girls had to celebrate by dancing in the rain…….

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I had to share this photo. I just love seeing my three beautiful girls with my belly casts in the background. I made one for each of them, knowing that one day they would become part of an exhibit.

The four years after becoming a mom, I barely did any art. I sketched every now and then and that was about it.  Here are a couple of those quick sketches capturing moments, like gestures.

With two young ones, there really wasn’t much time for art, except coloring with them.  I made sure they always had crayons and paper available, and I enjoyed seeing the girls fall in love with colors, and the motion of their hand holding the crayon. They were all about process, not product, although they did like to see their art hung up on the fridge.

The girls inspired the artist in me, in a way that no college class or workshop ever has. The pure joy they colored with, rubbed off on me and soon I was coloring along with them, on scrap pieces of paper and in coloring books.

Having studied art in college I had become so focused on the end result that I had forgotten to enjoy the process. My girls helped me find that joy.

With the pregancy of my third daughter, I started to paint again.

I set up my easel in a little corner in our dinning area, where I could back up far from my paintings to get a good look at it from a distance (I like to work big) and I set out my paint brushes and a basket for all my paint. I had always loved to paint with oil and discovered a waterbased oil paint that did not have all the toxic fumes, but that same buttery feel to paint with.  So when my babies napped I painted.

I painted for about two hours a day, and the result was the series on motherhood; pregancy, birth and the nurturing of my three little girls. Caring for and nurturing my girls was an all encompassing task for a while, but with great rewards; not only did my daughters remind me to paint with joy and pure color, they inpsired a whole new series of work based on the amazing experience of becoming a mother.

My first motherhood painting was Giving Birth which I painted at the end of my pregnancy with my youngest daughter. It is a very personal and intimate portrayal of the experience of birth. I wanted to convey the feeling of this incredible strength that came over me, from a place hidden deep within. There is pain but also beauty and elation.

This exhibit was a dream of mine for several years. Working with the local nonprofit BirthSmart the first obstacle was finding a space that was receptive to having a show as intimate as this. When I approached Caole Lowry at Planet Earth she welcomed the idea with open arms. Caole Lowry owns and operates Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery here in Grand Junction where she sells vintage and curious items from around the world, as well as provides an alternative space to show art.
If you are local and would like to come and check out the show, it will be open for the First Friday Art Hop tomorrow night, and the show will be up until April 17th.  Please feel free to leave us comments about the show here or in our guest book at the gallery.

Thank you BirthSmart, Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery, as well as the artists who contributed and helped with the exhibit.

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I was commissioned over the summer to create a painting with the theme of two siblings. I did several sketches and I was stuck on another idea for months, that I wanted to “make” work, but it just didn’t. Then I came up with the idea for the painting below and the painting just happened!!! There was no struggle only pure painting JOY! I love when that happens!

Copyright 2011

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I don’t know who had more fun with this me or the kids! They had been working on it for a while, and it looked like so much fun that I asked if I could join in. “Of course” they told me. I got so wrapped up in it. I drew a rain cloud, and urged the girls to give the people some umbrellas so they could stay dry during the storm, then a dragon came down on the castle and the girls responded with a knight in armor, and Rapunzel was stuck in her tower, so the girls drew her a staircase. It was action drawing! We all laughed so much. Definitely have to do this again soon…..

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Earth Day 2010

 I was so excited to find out that my painting was chosen for the Earth Day poster this year.  I have been asked to be available to sign the poster,  and there will be t-shirts with the design available – I”m so honored!   Earth Day  is a chance for us to teach new and old generations to take better care of the Earth, a cause so dear to my heart.   Every little step we take makes a difference!  Your children’s children will be grateful for the effort made on their behalf.   It is more important now than ever: recycle, reuse, reduce:)

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When my daughters were little they would say “Hold You” when they wanted me to pick them up. I wanted to capture that feeling of their small arms around my neck as I held them. The two older ones I can barely pick up off the ground! The youngest is getting heavy so I wanted to have the visual memory of this feeling. Does a Mother ever forget? I don’t think so, this one sure won’t:)

Hold You

         All rights reserved.  Copyright 2010 Maja Sommersted                                                          

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