Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


Realistic Drawing

Maybe it’s a sign that he’s growing up or maybe it’s just a new phase in his artistic development, but after producing (literally) reams of comics, Thayer’s art has taken a new turn. The hours he used to spend drawing developed comic sequences are now spent looking at photographs and replicating the subtleties of shape and shading. Stacks of comics have been replaced by piles of still life pictures and realistic illustrations.

Before and after the switch to realism.

Although I’ve always been a creative individual and I do have artistic tendencies, I’m not a visual artist, by any means. I don’t have the skill or training behind my artsy impulses to make anything of them, so it’s been fascinating for me to watch him wrestle with aspects of design that I’ve also wondered about. How do you create depth perception on a flat piece of paper? How do you capture certain shapes or the play of light and shadow in ways that look real?

Sometimes when we are sharing table space, I find that I can’t concentrate on the work I’m trying to do at all because I’m so interested in watching the way his thoughts and experimentation unravel in the different swipes of his pencil and eraser. I watch him make an attempt that he’s unsatisfied with, erase, and try the very thing I would try only to find it doesn’t work, either. Then he follows his own instincts, trying this and that until the image rings true. I have so little to offer in terms of coaching him through this process, but maybe that’s better. Even if he reinvents the wheel, the discovery is his own and it feeds his investment in his talent.

Do your kids have hobbies or talents that are all their own?

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