About https://painting-mom.com/

I’m a mommy of boys & wife of enthusiast photographer. I'm an artist and art lover In this busy life I need to stop every once in a while….look around, count my blessings, be GRATEFUL and thankful. This is my way of remembering those special moments in life

Birds eye view

Thalassophile 

 

 

Thalassophile

A lover of the sea

The perfect word to describe me, someone who loves the sea or ocean ♥

City of Gold

Cry, The Beloved Country – by Alan Paton is a book we all read when we were littlies at school. I don’t remember the whole story I remember that Reverend Khumalo has to make a trip to Johannesburg and this is such a huge task, travelling to the big city. The whole story revolves around this city.


It’s my city, this is has been home since 1975….

I saw a beautiful photo taken by a photographer friend, captured in winter, from quite a distance. So beautifully captured, and he gave me permission to paint from his photo.

I loved painting this, the winter grass is painted over gold leaf and this gives the painting such a beautiful shine.

Painting this gave me a yearning desire to read my old school book again and to see Johannesburg through Reverend Khumalo’s eyes. I need to find an old copy of the book somewhere.

I love this painting ♥

All roads lead to Johannesburg

Stick Dinosaurs

Power lines are a bit like stick dinosaurs, don’t you think? I don’t know why I like them, what is it that attracts me, I just know I do like them, a lot!  When we take long drives I always admire the scenery and the elegant looking stick dinosaurs.

I think photographers like them too, it is so easy to find beautiful landscape and sunset photos with one or two power lines dominating the composition of the photo.

Who would think that something that can ruin a perfect landscape composition, or something ugly could be made to look beautiful. We might prefer they were not there….but they do offer a beautiful symmetry in our vast landscapes and I always take a few pics.

This was painted from one of my cell phone photos – a trip down to Cape Town with my boy ♥

Toes in the ocean

I have not shared my art work in a long time.

The Ocean

If you know me, you will know that I really, really love the ocean. This is my happy place and my happy type of painting.

Soak up the sun

Breathe the salty air

Feel the breeze

Collect seashells

Bare-feet required

 

I am in it with all my heart

In March I blogged about my new role at work and leap of faith. It was a brave move into the unknown…Know Your Worth

It’s nearly the end of the year and here I am, I’m still in the gallery. I can’t believe I have survived this long. I didn’t doubt myself but somehow, I just thought that I would quietly disappear back into the mundane old self.

I’m still there, I’m still braving this double role (double hating as they call it)

What I have learned so far…a list because I like making lists…

Pros

  • More money – nope not in my case, it’s like two for the price of one. Two jobs one salary
  • Security – definitely, when we could be faced with losing our jobs due to cuts having two is like having a piggy bank
  • Freedom – this role gives me some emotional benefits, sense of belonging, not just being wall paper
  • New skills – yes! I am always learning in both roles, obviously more in the new role as it is all still a bit unfamiliar. But most definitely lots of new skills and learning for me
  • Confidence – in myself, yes! There is that great feeling of accomplishment. I am doing something that will push me further in a space that I love

Cons

  • Time – time flies by quickly and I need more hours to get to just half of my to-do-list. Honestly speaking I never had time when I had just the one role. So, how does that work?
  • Stress – dealing with two completely different jobs and people at the same time can be overwhelming. It’s more overwhelming than stressful. I get to scream, and I can eat a whole packet of chips in the office with no one saying a thing because no one is watching. Which is great!
  • No extra money – nope I don’t get extra money
  • Recognition – waiting….

 

Tips for making it work

  • Protecting both jobs, trying not to let one role intrude on the other one
  • Quality of performance from me the person they know in both roles
  • Regular check-ins with the three bosses
  • Regular catch-ups with the special people in my work life that know the challenges I face and keep me sane ♥

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