Happy belated Mother’s Day! I’m either one or two days late, depending on how much longer this monster site update actually takes. We traveled to see family for the actual holiday, and the inescapable mundanities of life kept me from working in the studio, and getting to this update, until everyone else was in bed for the night. I also lost a chunk of the day to actually tracking down all the art I needed to photograph for this post. Speaking of this post…on to the actual post! (WARNING: this is going to be a longish one with lots of images…enjoy?)
The featured image is this year’s installment of my annual, hand drawn Mother’s Day cards for my wife. My wife loves dragons, so when I sat down to come up with an idea for her first Mother’s Day card, I knew it had to involved dragons. I came up with turning our children into little cartoon dragons who would age each year, just like our kids. Every year I tried harder and harder to make them recognizable as our kids, giving them certain characteristics or behaviors unique to them. In the 2015 card, they are posing in front of our youngest’s favorite trail sign on a local trail we have hiked since they were all tiny. He loves it because it looks like a face and usually requests taking a picture with it whenever we pass it. Of course, the “Happy Mother’s Day” signs aren’t actually there. And our kids aren’t actually dragons.
Here’s a little retrospective of the last 11 or so years as captured in my annual Mother’s Day cards, which for far too many years, were the only pieces of finished art I took the time to create each year. The role of stay at home dad was and is one I take very seriously, and it demanded pretty much all my time and energy. While I would gladly put my personal ambitions and dreams on hold again for my family, I’m very happy to be back in my studio on even an interrupted basis, and I’m glad I forced myself to express my love and appreciation for my wife, the mother of my children, through my art once a year.
There you have it, 11ish years of Mother’s Day cards for my patient, intelligent, beautiful wife. I’m lucky in very many ways, not the least of which is having her in my life. She puts up with a lot from me, all my quirks, neurosis, and craziness. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this little retrospective of some very personal art and you understand a little bit better just how important my wife is in my life. Happy Mother’s Day, moms!
Never seen all these before…neat…thanks for sharing them all
It took me close to 4 hours to take all the pictures, edit them, watermark them, upload them, and write about them. That doesn’t include the time I spent trying to find all of them, they were stashed in small groups in several locations, but now they’re all together.
Brother, these are amazing. You rock. Here’s an idea I’m sure you (and Lee) have already had…color them now. Not the actual cards, but the scans you’ve made. As an exercise…? I don’t know. Either way, man, I am once again in awe. And you, once again, prove to be my hero.
Love you all and miss you all.
…Now why didn’t I think to color them digitally? I think I will do that, perhaps whenever I’m looking for something to do. Kinda like a coloring book…Plus it will be more practice.
We miss you guys, too. I say it far too often with out making it happen, but we need to make some kind of visit happen, the perpetual challenge is figuring out when.
Thanks for the kind words.
I never realized you did this Toby. They all look wonderful, and you really are catching each of their personalities in your latest one.
[…] Day to all the moms out there, particularly my own mother and my wife. You may recall the lengthy retrospective-type post I did last year of all my hand-drawn Mother’s Day cards that I’ve been making for my […]