The Art of Life
Photobucket I'm so glad you're here! "The Art of Life" is where I share my journey as an artist & Momma. It's a place where I hope to encourage other women that they are artists too. In this small little space I seek to share, document, and be reminded of God's wonderful grace, all around us. ....And I would be so happy to have you journey alongside me! So grab a cup of coffee and linger for a while. I hope you leave feeling refreshed. Photobucket

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Artist Mothers Together


***Okay. This is a long post but worth your time. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in!

~~I've been thinking lately about the purpose of my blog. Why I started it and what I'm hoping to achieve with it.
~~You may or may not know this about me but this year is really my return to art after a long break. I had done very little art since our second daughter was born in March 2005. We had a difficult first year with health problems for both her and me. At times the priority seemed to be just making it through the day and the long nights. As a result, my art got put on the backburner even though I probably needed it the most during those times.
~~Two years later we were both healthy and well, but I was feeling an emptiness in part of my life. I felt very fulfilled and happy with my role as Mommy and yet there was a part of me that was missing. In the Fall of 2006 we had some very scary and life changing things happen to our family. I won't go into the details but it truly was one of those times where you come to a fork in the road and you know that life has to change. As I look back on that time I can see that it was God's hand, gently leading us in a way that we wouldn't have chosen on our own but are now so thankful for.
~~Deep inside I knew that my art was the missing puzzle piece for me. And yet, the years away had caused a lot of fear and uncertainty to build up inside. What if I had lost my ability?
What if I just couldn't do it anymore? And most importantly, was there really a way to balance Motherhood and art? For some reason it just felt so selfish to want that time.
~~I began reading through the book "The Artist's Way" and working on letting go of my fears. In the book Julia Cameron speaks about synchronicity. How, when you truly open yourself and your mind up to your dreams, God will work in ways you never could have imagined. I truly believe that happened and my Little Angel piece was a result.
~~I began this blog as a way to encourage myself to keep going with my art. I wanted to use it as sort of a "Journal of the Journey," a way to keep myself accountable. But I'm starting to feel that there might be another purpose as well.
~~When I started back with my art, I scoured the internet for information on women who were both Mothers and Artists. I was disappointed with the lack of information and resources for Artist Moms. But as I kept up my search, I started finding them; Women and Mothers with many different types of artistic talents, seeking to live a life of creativity and joy and to share it with their children. Women on their own artistic journeys through Motherhood. Women who have come to realize that being an Artist (or Writer, or Scrapbooker, or Seamstress, or Photographer, etc.) is a part of who they are. And that living life creatively is in no way a selfish thing. In fact, it makes you a better Mother. I started getting encouragement from women who had waited until their children were older to come back to their art. They said, "Don't make my mistake. Don't put it off."
~~I feel that Artist Moms have a bond of understanding that needs no words. There are days when it comes easy, and days when it's a struggle. There are days when you have to choose between folding the laundry and painting and sometimes you need that encouragement to just let the laundry lay. And there are days when you wonder if there really are other Artist Moms out there who are making it work.
~~That is what has been on my mind a lot lately. The strength that women can give each other through encouragement. The fact that there are other Artist Moms on the journey with wisdom they could share.
~~I have an idea on my heart to start a series on my blog of interviews with Artist Moms. It's something that I'm going to start working on. At this point, I'm not sure if I have many readers at all. But maybe some of you out there have something you can share. It doesn't matter what your talent is. See here. Maybe your children are grown now and you have wisdom that you wish you had when they were younger. Maybe you're expecting a baby and you're just starting this amazing journey. Or maybe you're right in the middle of it all with Cheerio crumbs in your couch and sticky peanut butter kisses on your cheeks. (And not to isolate any guys out there. I believe you too have great ideas on balancing art and life.)
~~Like I said, this is an idea that I plan to work on and am excited about. If you have something to share or would like to be added to my list to interview, just send me an email or leave me a comment. Or if you know other Artist Moms, please share this idea with them as well.
~~The joy is in the journey! Come along for the ride.



10 comments:

Meg said...

Kasie,

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm really looking forward to your Artist Mom interviews. I'm not a mom yet, but as I get older, I'm starting to wonder how I'll balance work, art, and motherhood. Your insights have been helpful already - can't wait to see more.

Valerie said...

I'm excited to read interviews of other Artist Mom's. I'm in the same situation you are and want to learn as much as I can so hopefully I won't feel guilty all the time.

Anonymous said...

I will be following your interviews with interest, too. I'm on the same road you are, seriously returning to art after 8 or so years. I only have one child but along with the usual kid and family stuff I also homeschool my daughter. Finding a balance is difficult most of the time. I will keep what you stated here, "And that living life creatively is in no way a selfish thing. In fact, it makes you a better Mother." to remind me that all of this is okay! - Ann

Belinda Lindhardt said...

Another Fabulous post Kasie. And a great idea. i am in for reading the interviews and up for an interview if you need someone :)

I am so inspired by other womens' journey in life and art and draw strength from them as i hope they do from me looking forward to reading more :)

Alison said...

I'd love to read your interviews also. I'm now a Grandmother but keep my Grandson 3 days a week and a Grandaughter is on the way too! Children inspire me to draw. I love the innocense of children. I feel honored to spend so much time with my Grandson and to experience his "Firsts" with him. I also feel honored that he looked at a drawing I had on the wall of his Grandfather and when he first learned how to talk said Papaw! That was the best compliment I ever had about my artwork!

Kasie Sallee said...

Thank you everyone! I'm excited about this idea.
Meg: I know that it isn't only Moms who have to balance life and art. I admire those who have a full time job and life's responsibilities and still make time for their art.

Valerie: I struggle with the guilt too. But we shouldn't.

anonymous: I'm glad you're getting back to your art! The balance is hard but it's worth it!

Belinda: I will get with you. :)
You are one of my inspirations!

Alison: I'm so glad your here! I'm sure you have so much to share, not only as an Artist Mom but also as an Artist Grandma! That's wonderful. You are passing on the love of art to them. :)

Lei said...

Wonderful idea! I dabble in painting, photography and other crafts and am a musician. Artist moms unite!

Roxanne said...

Hi Kasie -

Wow, you've done so much to your site since I last stopped by! It looks great - AND - love your new Artist Mom section and idea on interviews - a great way to get artist moms talking together and sharing ideas.

I love all of your beautiful new pictures of your family - you truly are blessed:)

Cathy Nichols Art said...

Hi Kasie -- I found your site through Roxanne's at Wax Art. I'm now a new artist mommy with a 6 month old baby girl, and boy is it a challenge to continue painting. I'm doing it, though, and I'd love to be added to your interview list! You can see my work & learn more about my trials and tribulations of balancing art and baby on my blog at http://cathynichols.blogspot.com. So glad to have discovered your site, too! -- Cathy

Laura Reaux said...

I love the idea, Kasie. :) I'll be watching your blog for more on the interviews.