Artist Mom, Mom Artist
When I was pregnant with my second child, I knew that I was going to have to fight to find the energy and time to create in my studio. I was already exhausted trying to keep the pace with my five year old son, who has not only his mother's creativity for storytelling and art, but the bouncing-off-the-wall energy too. With a daytime job watching my daughter and two other kids in my home, a part-time evening/weekend consultant for au pair childcare and volunteer board member at a local non-profit, it sometimes feels like a stretch to whittle out 15 minutes in the studio. In the midst of trying to keep from being buried alive in 10 loads of dirty laundry, dodging fall hazards of Legos and pillow forts, and taming growling bellies, I have to find the moments to walk away from the to-do lists to devote at least an hour a day to my personal passion of art making. It is up to me to step away from all the "chores", to be with my real work, which is the business of carving my path in this world as an artist, as a mom and as an artist mom.
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