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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Afterwards – Was this the first signs of ME/CFS?

Afterwards, I slipped into my studio unseen, wearing pajamas and holding a long yearned for cuppa in my hand. Yes, at last, the kids were asleep and it was finally... me time.

Ignoring the bills to pay and unread emails aplenty, I scrolled straight to Illustration Friday's email. The topic read... 'Afterwards'.

Instantly forgetting all those things I was meant to do, I decided, yes, I'll do that. Seeing that I have not participated in one of Illustration Friday's challenges for over a year.

However, I was stumped. I couldn't think of a single thing to draw. You see, by the time the kids are off to bed, there's never enough functional brain left for creativity, hence, missing over a year of Illustration Friday submissions.

So, about an hour was spent with my head on my desk and my mind adrift into a land of nothingness. Then an idea suddenly occurred to me...

      ...Afterwards, a women rested her tired head and aching body. It was another monotonous and marvelous day of motherhood.


  1. This is wonderful! So original too. I LOVE your idea! I like the suggestion of coffee rings too. It seems that your mind had plenty of creativity left 'afterwards' :0D

  2. This is so super fantastic, wonderful piece, love the cup marks!

  3. Beautiful, I think all mothers have been there! Love the simplicity.

  4. Hi Amalou, beautiful drawinng. I like it!

  5. Wonderful piece. I think every mother can exactly understand.

    And these cupstains give a hint of how much time it took for you to regenerate again, pushing the cup of coffee around.

    I really like it!

  6. Ah, how I can relate to this, even over the distance of more years than I care to own up to. Beautifully illustrated.

  7. That's beautiful and she looks so content, I can just imagine the kids-are-in-bed quiet in her house.

  8. This is so lovely! I love the softness of your work!

  9. I love the way this is done. The colors, the unstructured feel with the coffee rings. Thanks for your "confession" about the drawing - I know exactly how you feel!

  10. I love your drawing Amanda, amazing what can come up to the surface after a shot of nothingness!
    I can totally relate to the this feeling of brain exhaustion once the kids are in bed...Thanks to remind me to check the oven the other day :)x

  11. Her expression is a dream! I can see why you chose to put this image in your banner!