This month is National Breastfeeding Month and the first week of August was International Breastfeeding week. After 2.5 years of nursing William, we retired breastfeeding right at the beginning of this month. We were both ready to move on from it and it was sad to end an era but only because it was such a sweet experience. That's not to say though that it was always sweet. One of my most treasured opportunities as a mother was to breastfeed him but it did come with great challenge and pain at times. The first four weeks felt like pure torture actually and I was often met by others with indifference, judgment and even made to feel as though it was a burden to them or something to hide. There were on the other hand many many more people who were the most beautiful wonderful supports and living cheerleaders of my experience and newness to motherhood and all of it's challenges. 💜💜💜
Part of breastfeeding awareness month includes a Call to Action:
Answering the Call: Everyone can help make breastfeeding easier
Part of making it easier, whether that be to support nursing, pumping, formula feeding, nursing in public, nursing with a cover, nursing without a cover, nursing to 6 months or no months, nursing beyond 3 years and every other form of nourishing new lives is to be loving and accepting of all of these choices no matter which shape relationships between mama and babies take on, because mom knows best how to do it. Let's be a support to her intuition and her knowledge of her child's best options 💙💙💙 #Alwayslove #sharegoodness #Breastfeeding #fedbabies
Myshta Mishka Smyrkatsia Deya Polyarnaya Zwezda
Myshta means "dream" in Russian. I've been planning and waiting for years, almost a decade for a Siberian cat! Crazy cat lady I know, I've known that for decades too. You can just ask my aunt who always knew to gift me kitty cat everything, diaries, note pads and more and made my year every time! And everyone who ever has given me a cat birthday card, yes I still have them! The cards AND cat diaries! 😻 So every one thinks I'm crazy for bringing this Siberian beauty all the way from Murmansk Russia but IT WAS THE BEST DECISION EVER this kitty is absolutely the sweetest, softest, most gorgeous kitty I've ever seen in my life. 😻🙈 I'm in cat heavennnn 😻😻😻😻😻 And so is William = #catobsessed
#SiberianCat #SiberianForestCat #RussianCat #Siberian #catsofinstagram
This was our day today. Happily everyone involved was okay. Someone accidentally rear ended us and yes William was in the car with me and we are fine, probably thanks to the size of our new car. But this poor brand new car we've only had for a couple of months is not okay :( We had our guardian angels watching over us again today though👼 I was just so grateful to end the night holding my sweet baby boy as perfect as ever and that's all that matters really. I'm grateful too to the amazing couple who pulled over to make sure we were okay and who stayed by our side for everything and took us home and gave us some spare roses they happened to have in their car... They were so sweet. It made coping with everything as we were in shock so much easier. They felt like family and were just sweet angels to us today. They probably didn't think they did much to help us but they really did. Thank you Candy and Roy for spending so much of your day by our side💜
The somber visage pays homage to the inner conflict of vulnerability shrouded in outward mystery. Like a veil or fog, the mists of the psychological dark often conceal, distorting and solidifying what remains in disarray beneath.
24 x 24 "
Oil on panel
I wanted to explore motherhood in terms of the long lineage each of us have. Without their strength each human being wouldn't be here and I think this strength they give transcends beyond the length of the life they live on earth.
For this particular Foremother I referenced a photograph of the muse whose ballads I listened to throughout creating so much of this exhibition. #AnnieClark of #StVincent She's even from my hometown 😻 She creates some incredibly soulful ballads and quirky contemporary elctro pop too but the ballads are incredible for painting sessions :)
Foremother I (Eve)
Oil and Acrylic on panel
11.5 x 11.5"
#Eve #Foremother #Matriarch #femalearchetypes #newcontemporaryart #contemporaryportrait #contemporaryportraitartist #tiffantsimmonsart #Boxheartgallery #pghart #pittsburghart #ldsart #ldsartist
Oil and Acrylic on panel
11.5 x 11.5 "
#Matriarch #Foremother #femalearchetypes #newcontemporaryart
#Boxheartgallery #tiffanysimmonsart #pghart #pghartist #pittsburghartist #pittsburghart #pittsburghcontemporary #contemporaryportrait #contemporaryportraitartist
Oil on wood panel
10 x 10 in
"Bear, borne, carry, deliver. These are powerful, heartening messianic words. They convey help and hope for safe movement from where we are to where we need to be—but cannot get without assistance. These words also connote burden, struggle, and fatigue—words most appropriate in describing the mission of Him who, at unspeakable cost, lifts us up when we have fallen, carries us forward when strength is gone, delivers us safely home when safety seems far beyond our reach. “My Father sent me,” He said, “that I might be lifted up upon the cross; … that as I have been lifted up … even so should men be lifted up … to … me.” But can you hear in this language another arena of human endeavor in which we use words like bear and borne,carry and lift,labor and deliver? As Jesus said to John while in the very act of Atonement, so He says to us all, “Behold thy mother!" -Jeffrey R Holland "Mother and Child"
48 x 48 in
Oil, acrylic, charcoal on wood panel
#sharegoodness #ldsart #ldsartist #elderholland #pghart #mothersday #matriarch #beholdthymother
#boxheartgallery #tiffanysimmonsart #motherhood #tobear #motherandchild #atonement
I didn't even realize my show would coincide with Mother's Day until a few weeks before the Matriarch opened. It was just meant to be! If you haven't found something special to ask for, or to give to a special mother, let me know if I can help you out 💜 "Dream"
Oil and Acrylic on wood panel
10 x 10
#Matriarch #mother #mothersday #mothersdaygift #dreams #motherhood #mothersdaypresent #ldsart #ldsartist #motherartist