Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Moms who Paint

My original thought on my blog was to encourage moms who paint. When I began teaching, around 1997, I discovered that many of the women in my workshops or classes had painted in high school or college, and then they stopped cold when they had children. No doubt, it is hard to keep painting with little kids, but I did it, and I had 5 children within 9 years, so I know it can be done. It does take some planning and a few gadgets, but it can be done. Here are a few pictures of my daughter Priscilla. She attends the "Open" figure sessions when she can. As you can see, she uses a backpack, which is what I did too. You can see many more pictures, if you keep going back to older posts in the blog, where I am painting with a backpack. The backpack is a mom's best friend.


Heather L. said...

Your example is so wonderful! Where there's a will there is a way. And, while it is very important not to neglect your family for the arts, that doesn't mean being creative has to go completely from your life for so many years. Making little bits of time (while homeschooling) for my sewing, etc. makes all the difference and I think actually helps me in some ways be a better mom.

Karen Winslow said...

Hi Heather,
I couldn't agree more. Even if the "Creative Time" comes in little bits of time, if you are an artist/mom (which you are), you need this time to recuperate and "gear up" to meet your obligations as a mom. Too often, if you neglect yourself, you can become overwhelmed (especially if you homeschool). :)