My Speciality is honoring motherhood with Henna Tattoos. I love to adorn pregnant and breastfeeding women with henna then make beautiful photos for them. I live in Lafayette, CO and travel the front range from Colorado Springs, Denver and as far North as Fort Collins to find my living works or art. I am also the creative director of Artfull Mother magazine - a local magazine devoted to the interests of mothers and the art that empowers them!
When this mama came into my studio, she had a feeling her design should include tree images. In fact, her unborn baby will have a tree name! I pulled out a bunch of ideas and she picked one that I created a variation off of, with pine cones, acorns, snowy mountains and the moon.
I absolutely LOVE creating art like this.
I have been adorning women for pregnancy as an ongoing art project since 2008, which means that some women have celebrated several pregnancies with me. It is always such an amazing thing to do this, and get to see the mama blossom, to see her children grow. Ali has been a pleasure to get to know.
Her first design has two trees growing together, and 2 birds - one for each son.
The 2nd design has more of a watery feel - the family was about to take an adventure near the ocean at this point! Three birds represent her 3 children (with one more on the way).
The 3rd design involved symbols from the medicine wheel she's been studying. A panther, serpent, humming bird and eagle. Also, we added a blooming lotus.
After this last pregnancy, we did postpartum henna (with a hummingbird!) and Ali brought her whole family for photos in our studio. What a beautiful family!
I also included the photo of all their hands in the latest issue of our magazine, Artfull Mother:
Check it out! It's free to read online: http://artfullmother.com/
I love to pass the time with doodling and drawing, it's been a passion of mine since I was a child. Lately I have really dove deeply into this art form and began adding color digitally.
I also paint walls! One of my favorite murals from 2016 is Saraswati. For this project I spent hours researching and drawing before I began painting on the wall.
I am currently working on a coloring book that will include this goddess along with many other drawings, including the already realeased sneak peak on mama and baby birds.
In December, I had a lot of fun creating this Window Mural as part of a Yuletide Widow Walk in Denver.
Here's a quick little slideshow of me digitally coloring some art (below). The art started out as a design I drew on an envelope with a sharpie. I then photographed it and put it through photoshop for coloring.
I loved the necklace this mama came in wearing - it was from her pregnancy blessing from her first pregnancy. She requested a tree with swirls and I was off and painting. She returned with her family for photos in the studio as well as out in the snow! Her daughter was so sweet, what a joy.
This lovely young mama came to my home studio with requests for a mandala. I adorned her for about 90 minuets and after drying the henna, we took some photos.
It was snowing outside, so we just stepped out side for a few minutes to snap a few photos of her by the snow-covered roses. I love how the wonderful variety of weather we get here in Colorado! At our new home studio in Lafayette, it's so much easier to get photos like this. Just after we took these snowy images, we slipped back into our warm home - so no one ever gets too cold taking photos like this.
This is a really special art project that I've been working on since April. I first met Laura through another art project (breastfeeding body art) and told her that I was looking for a model to get adorned every month of her pregnancy. To my surprise, she contacted me as soon as she knew and we began in April to honor her pregnancy - due in December. She chose the design idea of a seed to a blooming flower, with the design getting bigger and bigger each time. This month's session took 4 hours an involved adorning her belly, breasts, hands and arms up to past her elbows. As you can see, this flower is blooming in front of the Boulder Flatirons, because Laura is a long time Boulder resident. Just like me, she attended Boulder High School. It's really rare to meet someone who is native to this area!
Each henna pampering session is followed by a photo session a few days later when the henna is peaking in color. We decided to meet at sunrise so we could see the morning's first light hit the mountains each time. To our surprise, the first time we met for these sunrise photos, the moon just happened to be setting over the mountains. It was gorgeous! We decided to time the rest of our photo sessions with the moon setting.
(below is the same location but 7 months later:)
In addition to monthly henna sessions, we are incorporating monthly silhouettes, so you can see the belly bloom over 9 months. For this session, Laura's daughter (nearly 3 years old) came along and loved on her mama.
For the November full moon photo shoot, I watched the full moon come up and I drew my rendition as a doodle. (for more doodles, check out my Instagram feed). I was incredibly excited to photograph with the full moon setting, but also very nervous - because you never know if it will be cloudy. The day came and we got some great shots of Laura with the moon! I love how pink and purple everything gets at sunrise.
This art project isn't done! Next month we will do it again and catch one more full moon before Laura's due date. I can't wait!
Many of you know that in addition to henna adornment, I love to draw. I find myself doodling all over things, usually in a sharpie marker. It's amazing, now they make acrylic paint markers and so my art can go on a wall!
Earlier in the year I met this amazing woman - Mindy - who has touched so many women's lives with her positive energies. She is about to open her 2nd location for her Yoga studios (Maitri Yoga!) in Arvada and requested a mural of the goddess Saraswati. She is the goddess of music, wisdom and the arts. Above is my sketch plus a detail of the work in progress. Below are some photos Mindy took of me working on it. There's still a few details list to add in! I hope to see some of you at the Grand Opening on November 11th at 6pm!