Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

New Watercolors

Two new watercolor paintings:

memory“Memory 1”
Watercolor on paper.
(She may be the start of a series…)

narcissus“Narcissus”
Watercolor on paper.

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Self Portrait

Something I wrote recently on facebook:

I framed my self-portrait. Feels weird to have framed art that is of ME. There truly is a part of me in all of my art. Sometimes in vague ways, sometimes in obvious ones. But to look at my own face hanging on the wall is…strange. Maybe I am worried that it is pretentious or narcissistic? Maybe it is a measure of my comfort level with myself? But truly, I create art that says something about my life experience always. My call to create is a call to express. And to do that, it helps to embrace the idea of myself as a creator. My self-portrait is a portrait of me, the creator. Me, the symbolist. Me, with flaws. Me, the work in progress. Framing this piece is also a way of embracing myself.

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The Hand is Keeping Busy

“Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe where one is sure of finding shirts.” -Frida Kahlo

I haven’t been on here in a while.

I don’t know exactly why. But that seems to be the way with blogs sometimes.

Let’s skip the part where I talk about why I haven’t updated my blog in so long and I’ll just tell you what I’ve been up to.

I am working on a piece for THIS upcoming show. Painting on a mannequin is something new and I am enjoying the experience a lot. I cannot wait to reveal my piece and- even more- I cannot wait to see all the other pieces that my fellow artists come up with.

I just finished reading Frida Kahlo at Home by Suzanne Barbezat. So I am back in the Frida frame of mind that I sometimes fall into. I relate to Frida in many ways, even though our lives are so different. Her level of introspection and symbolism suits mine. And so, my thoughts go into symbolic places as I draw and the results are often deeply personal and odd. Things I don’t want to share here.

But the hand is keeping very busy.

(Me and Artist Sheri Hollenbeck of Downtown Handmade and Vintage talking about Frida Kahlo.
Photograph by artist Gary Stallsworth.)

I’ve been making funny little things out of felt. Unicorns and roller skates and flowers and crying eyes. Some I have turned into brooches and ornaments. I’m still figuring out exactly what my technique will become and what the ultimate goal will be. But it is fun to be working with such a tactile material to make little objects. I have ideas.

Felt flower brooch.

I joined The Hive Artisan Co-op as a member. This means I have a small gallery space to show and hopefully sell some artwork. it also means I am in a creative space surrounded by art on a regular basic, connecting with other artists and being inspired by them. This is good for me.

“Up for Air”
Watercolor on Paper
For sale at The Hive Artisan Co-op

“Home is Wherever I’m with You”
Watercolor on Paper
For sale at The Hive Artisan Co-op

If you live in the Lewiston, Maine area go check out The Hive. It will be worth it.

Show at Ben’s Burritos Lewiston, ME


My Paper Houses series, along with two larger watercolors are hanging at Ben’s Burritos in downtown Lewiston, ME. This evening is Art Walk Lewiston-Auburn and the work will hang through the middle of the 3rd week in August.

I am thrilled to have this space to show in. This local business is owned and run by friendly people, and serves delicious and fresh homemade food. And the space is wonderful, with the high, painted tin ceilings.

If you live in central/southern Maine check it out!

Hoops and Thread


Another form of art I have been exploring as of late is embroidery. Something I have always wanted to learn and so I am teaching myself. I am trying to play with it more and learning as I go. I find embroidery helpful for those times when I want to make art but I am dealing with stress or exhaustion and thus also want to lie on the couch.