Michelle, this is for you.
As women we have to work very hard to provide for ourselves, our families, to climb that corporate ladder or to run your own business. After all of that, we have to take care of our hormonal, confused and stressed bodies while pretending to have everything under control and acting like we know what we are doing.
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward for him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” – Psalm 127:3-4
The first thing I ask when someone requests a commissioned original artwork is his or her story. The more I know about you the better I can capture your heart in intricate lines of ink. This particular drawing as commissioned by Magdel for her darling sisters thirtieth, blew my mind. It was exceptionally special for me to work closely with a fellow Christian and hear their heartbreaking story of incredible love, loss and how they have grown together as a family, as individuals and with God.
“We loved with a love that was more than love.” – Edgar Allan Poe
Seeing as love is definitely in the air today and I finally managed to squeeze in some precious time for a little blog post I thought I would finally share one of my favourite commissions that I hand crafted in December. Anyone extroverted who works from home will know that it becomes pretty dull from time to time so I absolutely adore it when clients pop in for a meeting to brief me for their illustration. This is how I met the gorgeous Claire, a vibrant young architect with the most beautiful love story. Her husband, Andrew, is an architect as well and they were friends for about three years when she had to move to Pretoria to complete her studies. They decided to meet up one weekend when she was visiting a friend in Cape Town and immediately realized that something had changed between them. Two weeks later he flew up to Pretoria where he had his cab driver pretend to be a DHL deliveryman with him as the parcel. They have been madly in love ever since.
On your first wedding anniversary, take that symbolic piece of paper and cherish it. Turn the page without any regrets. The paper is there to remind you of the origins of your love and the beginning of your story. Anna V
This year I have had the supreme pleasure of hand crafting a few original artworks as gifts to husbands for their first year anniversaries that is traditionally celebrated with paper. Each commission is a refreshingly new experience for me as I breathe life into their ideas through intricate lines of ink. One of my absolute favourites was for Anna-Belle & Craig Durrant. Capturing their cheeky personality in a drawing was such a treat as I have been following snippets of Anna-Belle’s adventurous life via her blog, She Said, and Instagram.
In a society consumed with technological advancement lies a refreshing beauty in the simple stroke of black ink on paper. My latest Tiny Original was inspired by a beautiful piece of literature from The Road, by Cormac McCarthy:
“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.”