Saturday, August 14, 2010

From Snow to the Long, Hot Summer.


It's been a long time, but I have a good excuse:

Our son, Connor*, was born at sunrise on June 5, and we've been completely immersed in getting to know him and learning to be parents ever since. It's been exhausting. Confusing. Enchanting. Rewarding.

An adventure like no other.

And now I am slowly emerging from the maternity leave cocoon, at least a little bit, with an eye toward returning to mapmaking. I will be a work-at-home mom, so my schedule is unpredictable, but the plan is that the wee one will spend the mornings with me in the studio and the afternoons with my husband, who has changed jobs and now has significantly more time at home than he used to (which was almost nil). Evenings will be our family time. And somewhere in there, we'll have to squeeze in the housework and the like. (Of course, you know what John Lennon said about plans.)

I don't know that it will be easy, especially because little Connor likes to be held almost all of the time, and I don't think that's a bad thing - I'm becoming a babywearing convert - so I am hesitant just to drop him in the playpen all morning. And it's hard to cozy up to a drafting table with a baby strapped to your chest. But I believe that being a work-at-home artist and mother will be possible and, I hope, even fun. I expect I'll spend most of my time with Connor sketching, brainstorming, and tending to business on the computer, and do the heavy inking and painting when he's with Daddy.

I'm kicking it all off by reopening the Interimaginational Institute on Wednesday, August 18, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. For now, the inventory will be the stock I have on hand, but I look forward to adding new maps, including some of my smaller framed art, in the coming months. Please do stop by!

And in the meantime, here's to adventures and exploring and new pathways, to art and joy and to all of the treasure in this enchanted life.

An Aqua Sea
, 3.5" x 5", India ink and watercolor on paper

* Still occasionally called the Blueberry, although we have promised him we won't call him that in front of his friends.


rebecca's rainbow kisses said...

Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful boy Connor! And welcome back. I love those quotes from John Lennon. I'm sure you've heard his song, Beautiful Boy. I found I sang that a lot when our boys were born. Enjoy each moment and sleep when you can.
Hugs, Rebecca

Jennifer said...

Aw, what a sweet photo! Congratulations, and so glad to hear you're enjoying the time with your new boy. :-)

iHanna said...

I'm just reading this now and oooiii, how cute you two are! Congratulations, big congratulations! He is adorable and you've given him a great name too! I hope he will inspire your map making! XOXOX

Merisi said...

Congratulations, Alison,
even though I am late to the party,
I am so very happy about your little one!
I hope he is working hard with his artist mother,
making sure that her font of creativity never dries up,
sleep-deprived nights or not!
With my warmest wishes

aquariann said...

Sweet photo and post! Congratulations again for creating such an adorable baby boy. ^.^

paintandink said...

Thank you so much, everyone, for your lovely words!

Merisi said...

Dear Alison,
thank you for your kind comment on my blog!
Enjoy your little one. As a mother of four I know that children need and take more of your time than you ever imagined, but what rewarding endeavor it is!
With my very best wishes,