Posts tagged artist studio
Lately in the studio...
custom home portrait, anniversary gift idea, wedding gift idea

custom home portrait, anniversary gift idea, wedding gift idea

artist studio, the art of michelle, michelle schneider, custom home portrait, petite portrait

artist studio, the art of michelle, michelle schneider, custom home portrait, petite portrait

I've been working on a Petite Portrait of a beautiful brick home in Washington state...

1957 ford truck, truck restoration, red ford truck

1957 ford truck, truck restoration, red ford truck

custom truck painting, custom portraits, michelle schneider

custom truck painting, custom portraits, michelle schneider

A custom truck portrait glossed and framed...

custom christmas ornament, custom home portrait, house painting

custom christmas ornament, custom home portrait, house painting

A custom ornament without snow...

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And baby Lane's double chin. :) Oh Lane. I just want to squeeze you every second!

I hope your week is going well! It's been warm and beautiful here lately.

Baby Lane

And just like that, 9 hard months of pain and discomfort have been instantly replaced by relief and overwhelming joy as we welcomed our second child, Lane Joseph Schneider, into the world! He was born Sunday, March 5th at 8:19 pm weighing 8 lbs 3 oz, 21 inches long.

We're all doing well, except poor Seth who somehow came down with influenza and a sinus infection last week. Thankfully, he's on the mend now, and we're all looking forward to spending more family time together in the next few weeks and months. 

I'm slowly working my way back into the studio. I've actually missed work lately and am excited to get the paints out again and start a few portraits back up in between naps, dirty diapers, laundry, nursing, and everything else! Life is full and a bit chaotic right now, but I'm soaking in the baby snuggles because, you know, they grow so fast and newborns are just magical. If you don't believe me, here's proof:

When You Want to Say Yes to Everything
artist studio of Michelle Schneider, The Art of Michelle

artist studio of Michelle Schneider, The Art of Michelle

I'm not sure why it took me so long to realize that full-time stay-at-home mom is not the life for me.

In order to keep my sanity and still grow as a person, I need a lot of alone time to think, read, journal, pray, paint, and work on my business. You just don't get that kind of time when you have a toddler running around the house in her diaper screaming! :)

I'm willing to give up nearly everything for my kids, but, I've come to realize that there are some things I'm actually NOT willing to give up. My career has just meant too much to me- it's a part of who I am, really. It's one of those things that brings me joy and restores my sanity. I'm just not willing to give it up right now.

an animation I've been working on

an animation I've been working on

Having kids has been a great filtering system for me to see quickly and clearly what I need to start saying "no" to and let drop out of my life and what I want/need to say "yes" to. It's actually helped me simplify my life to where I now feel the freedom to be much more selective with my decisions in order to allow me enough time to be with my family and do the things that are really important with my career.

Nowhere does this filtering system serve a better purpose than in my business. I used to feel like I wanted to do everything, literally everything, with my art from licensing to wholesale to illustration. I was always adding to the list of aspirations.

out for a walk with Josie and Sarge

out for a walk with Josie and Sarge

But now it seems to be crystal clear that my focus needs to be in just two areas every single day: serving my customers and working toward a career in children's illustration. The rest, for now, I'll have to say no to, even though saying no literally gives me pain in my gut almost every time. I still want to do everything, but I now know that I just can't do it all right now.

This newfound clarity has really been inspiring and motivating for me lately, and, for the first time in a very long time, the lack of clutter in my brain has caused a flood of new ideas for my portfolio and for children's books and illustrations. I've been working on my portfolio nearly every day when I finish my commissions, which is huge for me!

So, I'm thanking God today for all the help I've had lately with Josie and for the clarity that I've been so desperately praying for! I'm hoping to start sharing more of my personal illustrative work here on the blog and will in some small ways over the next year, start to turn my career in that direction.