Birth Affirmations – July 2013

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

For our homebirth, Carrie and I decided to post some affirmations around our home. I confess that I am not such a huge believer in this stuff, but the birth was something neither of us have ever done before, so it did make some sense to go into it with a can-do attitude, and having visible short phrases that helped cultivate the right mindset could help some. Most of these we did right after our July 25th due date came and went… so, with all kinds of anticipation hovering over us, it was good to sit down and do some artwork to get our minds off the birth but also to get more ready for the birth.

Our daughter Maeve was born on July 30th. She’s healthy and precious. Read about her here.

These affirmations are all watercolor on paper. We didn’t write them (that is, we’re not the authors) – we got them from a list that our midwife gave us. I didn’t scan them – I just took photo of them hanging in our house.

The one above “I feel the love…” I think turned out best.

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

This one (above) I really like – the lettering style is based on lettering by Ben Shahn, an artist who did a lot of great graphic work – whom I’ve borrowed from before.

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

This one above turned out well – it’s from a list of affirmations for partners/husbands.

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

I am a fan of short and sweet – the two above.

birth affirmation, my lettering painted by Carrie Lincourt, pen and watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation, my lettering painted by Carrie Lincourt, pen and watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

birth affirmation, my lettering colored by Carrie Lincourt, pen and watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation, my lettering colored by Carrie Lincourt, pen and watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

The two above are ones that I lettered, and Carrie painted. Below are some that she did on her own.

birth affirmation by Carrie Lincourt, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation by Carrie Lincourt, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

birth affirmation by Carrie Lincourt, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation by Carrie Lincourt, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

And this below is the one that I was kind of scared of – again from the list of partner affirmations – so Carrie lettered it for me.

birth affirmation by Carrie Lincourt, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5"x8"

birth affirmation by Carrie Lincourt, watercolor on colored paper, July 2013, about 5″x8″

Sketches of baby Maeve, and her birth announcement to be posted soon!

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One response to “Birth Affirmations – July 2013

  1. I enjoyed looking at your artwork of your affirmations! They’re quite beautiful.

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