The other day Emily gave us a CD of pictures she and Cayo have taken of Sofia. As I was looking through them I noticed how many were pictures of Sofia sleeping. Sleeping babies are so beautiful, so innocent and peaceful. I think we are all drawn to that image. The photos reminded me of a linoleum block print that I made many years ago just before Emily was born. I was taking a printmaking class and was struggling with a subject. I think I had brought sketches to class of mountain goats, because I liked the texture of their fur, but I wasn't sure I had ever seen a mountain goat in the flesh. The teacher looked at the sketch and she said, very gently, "draw what you know." At that time I knew babies. Andy was just 2 and Emily was on her way. I used a photo of Andy and me for inspiration, but he had no hair, so I added hair to the baby. (I was still interested in that "fur" texture!) When Emily was born she had hair that looked just like the baby in my print, (so does Sofia) so I have always thought that the baby represents both of my children.
Here's one of my favorite pictures on Emily's CD. Sofia sleeping on her Dad's shoulder.