Painting of the Week 09 | New Territory

May 9, 2014  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Painting of the Week 09 | New Territory

I did this entire painting with Faye wrapped around me and Greta next to me eating too many sour patch kids and asking a million questions. “Is that a rainbow?” Even though I’ve done this baby thing once before, it all feels like new territory for me all over again. Faye’s first week home, I actually had to google “how to give a newborn a sponge bath.” I knew that’s what we were supposed to do until she lost her cord stump, but I had no recollection of ever doing that before (I definitely did). And every day, something new happens or shows up and I wonder, Is this normal? It’s all new again, or maybe not again. Faye isn’t Greta. And I’ve never been a mom of two before. It felt like the right time to pick up my paint brushes.

New Territory defines a new venture in my life as a new mom of two girls and, of course, the abstract landscape itself, and maybe even the new style of painting.

For more details, photos or to purchase this week’s painting–click here. Cheers and happy weekend!

What do you think?

  1. Sarah says:

    I can definitely relate. My oldest was 4 when our little Cora was born and I had to Google a lot of stuff. There was a moment when we were still in the hospital when I had a panick attack because I had forgotten how to swaddle. It all comes back though – and you’ll definitley do things different this time than you did before – and that’s ok!
    Love the paintings!

  2. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication says:

    I LOVE this new look! It’s gorgeous!

  3. Sara says:

    I love this! Favorite so far :)

  4. Meagan Briggs says:

    This one is amazing! I love seeing your art change and grow as you change and grow. I still google everything…and even Brinley goes, “mama, we should google that.” Yeesh…the generation our children are growing up in to us “google” as a normal word!

  5. Trilby says:

    I. Love. It. I love the new design, and I definitely love what it represents. Hang in there – things will get relatively “easier” over time as you progress into your new normal. (I put the quotes because heaven knows, the job of motherhood is never easy!)

  6. Hanna Sandvig says:

    It’s wonderful that you’re painting so soon :) I found that little ones can swallow you up and make you forget who you really are, art help me remember (I’m an illustrator). We are better mothers when we have that. And it’s a lovely rainbow ;)

  7. Jen says:

    I am a mom of soon to be 6. Every time gets a little easier but there is so much you forget. And every baby is different so they always keep you on your toes. If there wasn’t a newness to it all we wouldn’t keep doing it! You are doing an awesome job! Just go with the flow. :) Enjoy this time!

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