Friday, May 30, 2008

Illustration Friday ~ Baby



This is a spread from an altered board book entitled "Mothers' Love." It seemed to fit today's topic and it's a good thing I had something already made....it has been a week or more where the artist in me has taken a back seat to the mother I am. In fact, it's so far in the back as to be in another car altogether. I get frustrated when so much time passes and I cannot even get 10 minutes in my studio. But then I remember that I am a mother first and foremost and that snaps me back to reality.

© Nancy Lefko

22 comments:

Candace Trew Camling said...

pretty, as always! This is a tad different than normal, but I really really like it!
I want to see more of the altered book!

Flying Colors said...

Beautiful Nancy. I was wanting to see what you did with the baby topic, because there would be lovely babies. The whole piece is just charming, you must be a good mother...
Best regards, Lisa
PS: I'm putting a link to your blog...

Ginger*:)* said...

A sterilized maternity outfit?!! What will they ever think of next. The composition is wonderful and the choices you made for the babies are so sweet. You have a gift for finding all the right elements to create a mood.

An just as an aside, the word verification I had to type in for this was an anagram...
o v r a y for ovary. How about that for babyness.

Vicki Smith said...

nice mix of colors, texture, and images. I like the "Lane Bryant" ad in the background.

Connie said...

I love visiting your sepia worlds.

Fannie said...

Hi, Nancy. I love your collage style. I admire how you can bring order to various images and combine it with storytelling. Inspiring.

"Mother's Love," the book's title, also describes you. ;-D

Elizabeth Parsons said...

When my kids were little, I had no time for artmaking...once they started school, I started sewing clothes for them (which lasted until they decided that they wanted 'cool' [read: famous label] clothes.)Now they are grown and gone and I have to paint...which is really a gift. But you are right- the time for you now is motherhood...and it goes by SO fast...tomorrow we invited all 4 of our kids (and boyfriends/girlfriends) over for dinner and I can't wait to see everyone...there really is a time and season for everything...
eBeth

Mim said...

very nice Nancy - and yes...a bit different. and everyone is right - one day they're babies and the next teenagers. it goes so fast.

rebecca woodward said...

Oooh, I really like this! Those altered books do come in handy sometimes. They're like an art repository.
Don't worry about the art...there will be time, the kids really are what it's all about anyway. Had 5+2=7 and many who thought this was home for them too. Gotta love it...

Thanks for sharing your art everyweek on IF. You always inspire me!
http://justgiddy.typepad.com

Andree said...

I love how you combine vintage photos with various pieces of text and it all comes together. I know how you feel, not being able to get to the art-making. My 95 year old father lives with me, and it has become a full time job caring for him. Some days I feel I am caring for a 200 pound toddler! But as everyone is saying, there is a time for everything, and our family members are so precious (a theme so apparent in your artwork!)

Diana Evans said...

Hi Nancy...

what a wonderful spread for your altered book...and I love the title of the book...Mothers's Love...

You put so much passion into your pieces and I just love them...

great work as always....

Cheers,
Diana

Bee said...

Charming piece, lovely work. The old photos and fashions of the children and babies are particularly effective for your vintage style.

Ellen Byrne said...

Sweet work, as always!

Vhrsti said...

Always excellent!!! Your collages are totally great!

Nancy Bea Miller said...

Beautiful work! And I can completely relate to the sentiments you write about as well, being another artist-mother.

WorkingWords100 said...

Lovely!

Dot said...

very cool. i like the idea of the altered book.

dot

Laura Zarta said...

Hey Nancy, just getting to know your blog ...congrats, beautiful work! :)

sketched out said...

This is really wonderful. Love the baby pics. Glad you had this ready to post. Keeps you in the game even though you are called to mother duties this week. Hope you get some "Nancy" time soon!

kat said...

i love the womans hair!
your art is so beautiful!

Random York said...

That's mighty sweet Nancy!

AnastasiaC said...

i totally agree about the mum role coming first...this is a sweet piece love the colours too!