I am writing today as my baby girl sits in her swing. Before I begin a discussion or explanation on this newer body of art you are going to start seeing, I need to give thanks to the swing! Some days, the only way we get through the greater part of a nap is through the soothing movements of the swing. Whoever was genius enough to create this beautiful piece of baby equipment is proof that there is goodness in this crazy world we live in. God Bless the Swing!
I am a very unique individual. My family history is unique, my racial makeup is unique and the family that my husband and I are creating is continuing that trend of being one of a kind. It is something I am proud of--though it took several years to get to that point. This journey of becoming proud of who I am, where I came from and the path that lays before me got me thinking the other day. As I interact in my community with my own family, I see so many other families throughout Memphis becoming more and more unique in their own way. What I am seeing is that being different is the new normal for family dynamics and what an amazing time it is to be unique!
These new pieces that you are about to see over the coming days are a celebration of families. They are a celebration of our quirky, unique family dynamics. They are dedication to the courage and love that come with being a diverse or unique family.
There are two different styles I have been playing with for my family portrait series. One style focuses more on the racial makeup of families that is portrayed through illustrated Russian Nesting dolls. These play with color and pattern. The other style focuses more on the aspect of quirky people coming together and making children that are also quirky in their own way, which I show through different types of guitars. Both are near and dear to my heart just as my own family is.
I will leave you with a question. What makes your family unique? Is it interracial? Is it a combination of very different personalities? I'm interested!
Until next time,
March 7, 2016 is the day my life changed forever. For those of you that don't know me personally, my husband and I decided to adopt a baby girl. It was a very fast situation. We moved very quickly and quietly as we completed any and all paperwork needed in order to bring home this baby within a matter of weeks. Our family was completely supportive. Our friends stood by our side. The rest of the world had no idea we were about to become a family of three.
On March 7, we received a text that our daughter's birth mother was going into labor and later that day Brendan and I were holding our daughter for the very first time. She was only a few hours fresh. I will never forget that instant warmth I felt from holding her. I will never forget watching Brendan hold her. I will never forget this day because it is one of the most special days of my life.
On March 9, we took our dear Ellie Rose (short for Elizabeth Rosemary) home. We held her. We stared at her. My mother in law had to show us how to change her diaper. Nothing else mattered except for her. Nothing else matters now except for her.
So my artwork has taken a dive in production. I made my mind up a few weeks into my maternity leave that it was more important for Ellie Rose to know me as her mother. I have spent many hours holding her. Cooing at her. Smiling at her. Comforting her.
She is 4 months old today. She stands tall (with our assistance, of course). She laughs. She talks a lot. She coos when she sees the faces of those that love her. She sleeps wonderfully...I'm writing this post as she naps in her room...She was the missing puzzle piece that I never knew I needed.
Because our dearest daughter is now taking naps on a schedule, I am finding I have time to do things like shower, do laundry, eat a meal, and think about my artwork. I forgot what it was like to be in my studio, using my hands to create something. I forgot how much I needed that release. In a few days, you will see work you have never seen me create before. You will see work that is reflecting a new stage in my life. I hope you are able to enjoy it as much I as I have enjoyed creating it. I hope you enjoy some of the newer features to Morgan Pattison Art that I have in store for you all in the coming weeks.
Until next time,