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My client went into labour while I was painting her belly!

Post by CATZ on Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:02 pm

So this is why you paint bellies around 7-8 months NOT the day before the due date!!

I met a wonderful first nations lady on Tuesday at a networking meeting that happens to have a daughter due tomorrow. I showed her my yin yang whale native design and she was excited to have her daughter painted. We arranged for today at 10:00. It turns out her father is Tony Hunt, a famous artist. They brought me his signature sun mask design and this is how it turned out...


After about an hour of painting she got pretty uncomfortable in the hip area. She said she'd started braxton hicks the night before. It got pretty intense and I started to worry. She said she wanted to continue so I really boogied at the end. She said the zero gravity chair was more comfortable than anything she had at home anyway. Northwestcoast native art is very precise and symetrical. Two very difficult things to do when the model is in labour! Here she is suffering through a contraction...the baby was ROLLING or at least her stomach muscles were. See how distended she is on the right?



So my detail isn't what I'd like it to be, but the grandma and mom were very happy. The button blanket is a significant piece to the mom as well. All in all, pretty exciting day!!



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Post by CATZ on Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:47 pm

The grandma texted me from the hospital shortly after they left here...the mom had dialated to 9 cm and went straight to the delivery room! I'd loaded her up with some business cards. Can't wait to hear the reaction of the hospital staff etc lol!

Here are some of the step by steps...

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Post by AngieAnders on Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:37 am

Oh wow Magna, unbelievable! Do we not have the coolest job EVER? How many people can say that they painted a belly while the child inside was preparing to be born? I love this story! The painting looks amazing too!

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Post by Sunrise on Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:56 am

LOL I don't know whether that is frightening or just plain awesome...maybe a little of both! And yes, to be a fly on the wall when she showed up in L&D like that!

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Post by CATZ on Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:44 am

I know, eh? I was so honoured to be part of it for many reasons. The grandpa is a very high up there chief and this is a whole new medium for them. They're very creative people. Until Tuesday, they'd never heard of it. I've not seen any other Northwestcoast native artwork on bellies before (other than the yin yang whales I did). I'm excited to hear the grandpa's reaction.

I just got a text from the new mom's mom that everyone was really excited about the artwork and loved it.

Baby boy is 9 lbs 13 oz! born at 8:08 pm. They left my house at 3:00 pm. cheers

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Post by cc on Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:56 am

How exciting! I'm sure they were thrilled with how her belly turned out. It looks great!!

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Post by maggie on Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:31 am

Wow Magna! What an amazing experience and your painting is amazingly beautiful!

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Post by Peachymango on Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:47 am

Wonderful experience

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Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:48 am

it looks great!

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Post by LoneWolf on Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:59 am

Looks great! Love the style.
Wonder how the belly design looked after she had given birth (if they didn't wash it of before, don't think there is a procedure for that...)

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Post by Anita's Faces on Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:05 am

Great belly!!!!!!
And be glad that your feet stay dry!

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Post by Mehndi Masala on Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:23 am

Great design and great photos! The step by steps were awesome! What a great story as well! I have a feelign you are about to havme more biz than you know what to do with!! LOL

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Post by wmeventservices on Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:10 am

Great painting! And what a story?

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Post by barbb919 on Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:29 am

great painting and a great experience. love it

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Post by CATZ on Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:12 pm

Amanda wasn't worried that she might be in labour because her water hadn't broken. Her mom and I had to tell her that doesn't always happen! You can tell when the contractions got really bad as I'd stopped taking step by step photos. Very Happy

This is the original design by Tony Hunt (her grandfather the Chief). I added the colour.
They're part of the kwakiutl indian band. They have an amazing culture. I took a course back in the 80's on Northwestcoast native art and learned so much. Our natives are very unique as they didn't roam like the prairie natives. We have rich lands with both food and water easily accessible year round so our bands stayed put and built long houses and totems etc. Their artwork is connected to their belief system and everything they created had a purpose. Their potlatches are fantastic! That's what scared the missionaries when they first came to BC because they didn't understand their faith. It's too bad because all their artwork was confiscated and much of it is scattered around the world in museums. Since the 60's they've been working to get some of it back.

Yeah Lone, I'm pretty sure they'd have her go in the shower before hooking her up to monitors etc. I haven't heard yet the whole story. Should be interesting LOL

I got a call while I was painting her belly for another belly painting and just got off the phone for a party request, so it does look like I'm finally getting some more regular business. I haven't been great at getting the word out because I've been so busy with life and my wedding business. My husband who last year was opposed to my facepainting is now on board and wants me to dump the wedding business. I can't do that though as I've invested so many years into that and am on the verge of finally making good money with that. I really wish cloning was an option! Razz

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Post by Freckles on Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:27 pm

that is amazing! I would not have been able to keep my cool Smile

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Post by Metina on Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:10 pm

It may have been close, but what a ton of canvas you had. I wonder if everyone has ever painted on a multiple pregnancy belly. Super job!

My neighbor and good friend that lives next store is 2 months pregnant and says I can paint her. I hope I get up the nerve by then. I think we will do it during a baby shower in August sometime.

Wish me luck!

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Post by CATZ on Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:17 pm

You don't need luck! You'll be awesome!! Very Happy

It's so much fun to have that much canvas. Start talking to your neighbour about ideas and see what strikes a cord with her. It makes it even better when you make the design significant to the family.

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Post by Annette on Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:00 am

LoneWolf wrote:Looks great! Love the style.
Wonder how the belly design looked after she had given birth (if they didn't wash it of before, don't think there is a procedure for that...)

Wonderful work Magna!

I worked in Labor and Delivery for 3 years. The belly does not have to be washed if you are having a regular delivery. They just drape the legs and the belly. Unless it's a C section. Then it feels like they wash you from stem to stern. lol!




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Post by Mandi from Tazzie on Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:34 am

Beautiful story & painting way to go Magna cheers

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Post by Fancy Faces with a Twist on Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:06 am

The story is amazing without the labor! Throw in a woman in labor! Sheesh!!
Your work is amazing. You nailed the grandfather's design Smile

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Post by IamGinaW on Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:01 pm

Awesome work! What an exciting thing to happen!

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Post by Fanie on Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:37 pm

This is such a great story, Catz. Very Happy

And I adore the design you did, it ended up VERY good. I'm amazed that she let you finish the design even thought she had contractions. She really wanted it to be done, eheh!

I also love all this information you give us about this particular amerindian culture. It is so sad that we know so little about them.
I am from the East coast of Canada (Quebec) and I feel like we are so disconnected from them. We all have it somewhere, in our blood line, but sadly, so much have been lost. Sad I will make sure to check out more information about them.
Oh, and I LOVE the design that her grandfather did. Truly, a great artist.

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Post by CATZ on Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:09 am

Thanks everyone. It's definitely an experience I'll remember!

As an artist I'm fascinated by culture. I love meeting people that are passionate about their faith & roots. When I met the pregnant woman's mom, Nadine, on Tuesday I was struck by her choices to envelope herself with her aboriginal culture. I live in a town with a very high first nations population. Some of my friends work with them to help them with their unique struggles. We had native foster kids in our home when I was a kid. My sister worked with indian affairs up north many years ago. There have been a lot of mistakes made in the past our current generation is still paying for. It's a sad story, but there is hope when people choose to build back up faith and pride in their culture.

Fanie, I'm glad you appreciate the background Very Happy Too often we focus on the negative and miss the positive. As a teacher I can't help but share. There's a lot of power in knowlege. I'm sure wherever we are in the world there are lessons to learn from every culture. Very Happy

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