Play a Game!

According to a study done by the U.S. Bureau of Labor in 2016, as our kids get older we play with them less and less. In fact, the time we spend playing with them decreases from almost an hour to between five and 18 minutes. The time we spend reading with them is even lower.

I say we fight back. Our children are only in our home for a short time. They look to us for their values, their self worth, their view of the world, and most of all their feeling of love and security. We need to put the time we spend with them higher up on our priority list.

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Mom Knowledge: What I Know Now that I Didn't Know Then

I’ve been a mom for half my life now. My oldest daughter just turned 22, which is the same age I was when I had her. When I look back on being 22 and that time surrounding her birth, I remember being so eager to have her and to be a mom. I had no idea what deep love and pain motherhood would hold. The depth I could feel honest, raw emotions that no words could describe never crossed my mind as a possibility until she arrived.

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What to Expect When Commissioning a Piece of Art

 Finally, Beach Day © 2017, Pam Baumeister

Finally, Beach Day © 2017, Pam Baumeister

So, you think you would like to have a piece of original art on your wall. A piece of original art that features your precious son or daughter would be the perfect way to remember how much you love them. You don't have to know a lot about art to get a piece created for you. I've outlined my process in creating a one-of-a-kind, exclusive commission. So here’s what you can generally expect:

  • Once you express your interest in a commissioned piece of art, I will set up design session with you. The design session may be at my home studio, a site visit to your home, or via video chat or phone, depending on location

  • During the design session, you will share your intentions for the painting and we will determine the key design parameters for your custom piece of art including ideal size (I have three sizes I recommend, but can do custom sizes too), subject, colors, and price

  • Once there is a clear expectation on what you would like, you will sign the commission agreement and send a 50% deposit (credit/debit card) and any subject reference materials agreed upon to me. Photos of anticipated placement site in your home or office are helpful

  • I will recommend a rough layout of the composition for your review and approval

  • I create the painting for you. At this point, the deposit is non-refundable

  • Once the painting is close to finished, I will send you a photo of the painting via email or text for your approval

  • Balance due is sent payable via online invoice to me

  • Your painting will be shipped or delivered to you depending on location

  • If at any time you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me

Recapturing Your Happiest Moments

When I was a little girl and crying, my dad would scoop me up, snuggle me, and attempt to collect my tears in a jar, telling me that those tears were precious to him. Now that I'm a parent, I understand what he meant. Childhood is fleeting.

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Most recently, I was looking at my daughter who is turning 13 in a few days. She was deeply absorbed with whatever was on her phone. I remembered only 5 years ago when she wanted me to get off my phone and play with her. A pang of regret shot through me. I wished for that moment when she was more into spending time with me than spending time on her phone.

Now, I’m still not perfect when it comes to being completely present with my family. Sometimes I look a little too long at Instagram, or I text people while my husband is talking to me about the lawn or politics. But, for the most part, I attempt to stop, put the phone down, and pay attention to the people I love most in the world. I haven’t yet collected the tears of any crying children, but I can fully appreciate my dad’s approach to capturing my fleeting childhood.

My mission is to help families uncover the wonderful, connected moments they've shared; to elevate them to a place where they can feel that happiness and joy over and over! It would be my pleasure to create a painting inspired by your precious moments.

Look through your photos and find th moments you want to recapture. Then, contact me.