"Exhaustion" is a watercolor painting on cold-press, acid-free watercolor paper, created as part of my Motherhood Collection.
There are many kinds of tired, but the broken sleep of a new mother is its own creature. Feeding, pumping, walking the halls with an equally sleepless baby, and many other late-night excursions throughout the house keep her from the long stretches of sleep she knew pre-baby.
I chose greens and blues for the soft, sleepy quality, and to hint at the healing and growth that comes through sleep. The flowers and plants that surround the figure also speak:
Moonflower - "Nighttime"
Moonwort - "Forgetfulness"
Fern - "Dreams"