Sunday, May 2, 2010

Illustration Friday Cocoon, Sunday Sketch and Mixed Media Monday 'Mothers'







UPDATE: Well it seems that this piece also fits this weeks Mixed Media Monday challenge hurrah! I have to say this is currently one of my favourite pieces and I really enjoyed making it!

Hi everyone, well this weekend I combined the two challenges as I had already done the sketch for this painting. Mothers day is next weekend over here and I wanted to do something to celebrate this occasion. This year I have already seen a family member and a friend welcome a new baby to their home. I have another friend who is due later in the year as well as another family member expecting his first. It's all go go go! All these new babies reminded me of those early days when you are struggling for any scrap of sleep you can get, and can sometimes feel overwhelmed. But there are also those precious moments in the wee hours when you hold your little one all wrapped up in a cosy cocoon of blankets and feel very content. New borns often remind me of little grubs when they are tightly wrapped in the cocoon with just their little head poking out heheheh. I sometimes miss those moments and almost feel like doing it again....almost heheh I like my sleep too much now! ;0) So happy mothers day to all those mothers out there!!

41 comments:

Alina Chau said...

expressive

Amalia K said...

Oh yes, I'm SO familiar with the 'sleep deprived' situation! And you're right about it also being the time when the bond just feels the strongest. Babies can do things to you, even when you feel so low..

Anyhoo, I love, LOVE this painting, Nicola! The little cocoon looks amazingly comfy in his mommy's arms... (and thanks for the vote!!) oxx

Clare Incher said...

You are so right about those little moments. I had one with my newborn Willow the other night at 3am she had just had a feed and was all wrapped up, like you described, I was just putting her down in her bassinet (the one you lent me) and she smiled at me. I was so tired and longing to put my head on my pillow but when I saw her little eyes focus on me and her smile light up her face, I suddenly thought yes ... this is so worth it. xxx Ps. oh by the way dont do it again! Arrrrrrrrrrrggggggg xxxxxxxxx

Diana Evans said...

oh what a wonderful piece Nicola!!! this warms my heart and I just love seeing it from sketch to final piece....

Hugs
Diana

Tammie said...

ah, i love the little cocoon idea. your painting and sketch are wonderful. Happy Mother's Day to you too. time fore me to catch some sleep, now that you mention it.

apinkdreamer said...

oh!!!what an adorable painting!!!and the colors are fantastic!!!

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Love this painting it is shinning so much love and affection. What great news to hear about all these new babies in the making. New love into the world.
Thank you for sharing this, such a beautiful post!

Hugs!

Julie

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Did I tell you how beautiful this painting is?? It's wonderful!

lissa said...

how sweet! though I do like the hair better in the sketch

Debbie said...

beautiful picture Nicola! I tried twice to email my address to you. Have you received it? Thanks again!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely painting and sketch, she's got a very expressive face

Heather said...

oh, so sweet...!!! Yes I remember those days, and you captured them perfectly...I loved wrapping my little girls in their blankets and loving on them...while they slept so sweetly. This is lovely. Happy Mother's Day

Marlene said...

Wonderful sketch, perfect for Mother's Day.

pinkglitterfae said...

She is simply precious! the perfect sketch, and a perfect final painting. Her expression is lovely!
Happy Mother's day!
xoxo
betty

Susan said...

Wonderful Nicola, you've struck a chord with all us Mothers out here! Love your painting and your sketch, capturing the love, sleep deprivation perfectly - Happy upcoming Mother's Day to you too!

Susan said...

Hahaha, I forgot to mention, we both did the same thing - double duty for ss and if, time is tight!

Sophia said...

Nicola, I love the feeling of motherhood in your sketch, as well as the feeling of gentleness and protection.

Happy SS, girl! :)

Julia Christie said...

It's all about motherhood for me! I love this - her expression is so sweet. Congrats on all of your new little ones!

Smiles

Hermine said...

Very special

johanna said...

wonderful expression on her face!

NatashaMay said...

This looks wonderful! Love the background and the textures are beautiful!

landileroux said...

This is a lovely painting.

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh, Nicola-this is beautiful!!!! What a wonderful, special piece for Mother's Day!!!
Hugs,
Cindy

Lori Saul said...

Very lovely and expressive!

indybev said...

You have captured one of those special moments so well in your art, Nicola. Well done!

NANCY LEFKO said...

lovely piece...

Silvia said...

Wonderful painting.

anne said...

Gorgeous tenderness in this picture -- makes me want to give both of them a hug! A perfect Mother's Day sketch!

haendi said...

What a wonderful and moving piece. The mother's love is so obvious in your drawing.

Penny said...

Awww yes! I remember when that sleep deprived mother was me and the little grub was you! Love the expression on the mother's face - it sums it all up really. Love you Nic xxx

Kristin said...

There is so much to love here! Her expression is beautiful and I love the womb feeling around her and her little bundle! Just beautiful work. Thank you too for all of your sweet words. I was really touched by them, Kristin xo

Debbie said...

Hi Nicola! Thanks for the nice comment on my picture and yes, I love in America.

Diane Duda said...

perfect for Mother's DAy! Very nice. :)

Yvonne said...

Very beautiful piece of art work.

Martha Lever said...

AWWW...I just love it! Thanks for your comment today. I painted the Hydrangeas on 140 lb watercolor paper.

Shirley said...

SO beautiful Nicola! Truly hits the mark with cocoon..I love it! Wishing you a wonderful mother's day as well, and hope all has been great with you!

Donna Heart said...

36 comments - you go girl!!! I also love this latest piece of yours - particularly her hair - just the way it falls around her face - nice one!

thenextarrow said...

so lovely. i adore the colors.

xo Alison

Krystal Campbell said...

This is beautiful Nicola! Makes me feel warm and cozy inside. I wanna go hug my mum now :)

Diane said...

Stunning, Nicola! I still haven't had a chance to have a look at your jewellery - but will soon! Diane

Annette Q said...

Awww, its wonderful Nicola! Oh my goodness, her expression makes my heart melt x

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