So the kids are at home again today - they haven't had a school day since last Monday! With all of our extra time together this past week it's got me thinking about this whole mother and artist thing.
Honestly, I love being a Mom. But it's taken me time to get to this place. Motherhood is the single most difficult thing I've ever decided to do. My days are humbling, challenging and refining on every level! I POUR IT ALL OUT, and then when there's nothing left, pour out more with no guarantee that any of it will amount to anything! (Anyone else?!)
In contrast, a painting day FILLS ME like nothing else! Thinking takes a back seat, my imagination takes over and by the end of a day I'm filled with wonder and awe! I spend my time contemplating beautiful, ethereal things and let my heart lead my hand with grace and truth. . .
Recently, Marissa Huber and Heather Kirtland, founders of the ‘Carve Out Time For Art’ community, were having an awesome and honest chat about limitations on our artistic practice; whether explicitly or implicitly imposed. Yes, Motherhood has minimized the time I have to pursue my artistic career. But I do not see it as a limitation. That perspective is dangerous and could lead to resentment. I wouldn't be the artist I am without the journey of becoming a Mom! One informs the other. I chose motherhood, and for now, other than being a wife, its my most important priority. And I'm in it for the long game. There's no need to hustle here - it'll be what it'll be. It's important to remember; you can have it all, just not all at the same time. .
Painting: 'More' - In your light, we see light' *SOLD* , www.gibsonfineart.ca