Mothering and Artisting

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5 Responses to “Mothering and Artisting”

  1. Sheila Morley Says:

    Fabulous post! I totally relate to your feelings about time, and “quality” parenting! Being very obsessed with art time, and incorporating children time, is a challenge. Ruth makes a great model.
    Keeping my self confidence, is what helps me most. When I screw something up, I learn to fix it…I do not just let it be screwed up. I try to take confidence in my actions.
    You are on a wonderful part of the journey of life. Me too, we get to be the wise ones!

  2. Rosa Grob Says:

    I love this post! I do not feel lonely about the feelings I have, other mothers feel the same way, in my case, I have two lovely boys 7 and 4 years old. I really crave for time, and that time for me will better be for sleeping, at the end of the day I am so tired. I always have a hard time finding time to make my little fused glass beads, but that little time that I get very once in a while is very intense as intense as my whole day of struggling with my autistic 7 year old child, ours lives here are different but full of love and a lot of challenge.

  3. Terri Says:

    Thanks for the positive comments Sheila and Rosa! I ran across an interesting Asawa youtube clip from the San Jose Museum of Art–

    If you don’t have 8 minutes to spend watching the whole thing, skip to 5:20 in the clip, which is the start of an interview with Asawa’s oldest daughter about what it was like growing up in a home with “such a prolific and talented artist”. I found it inspiring!

  4. caroldodell Says:

    While art and mothering seem opposed when it comes to time–both bying for your attention–they really feed off each other. Mothering allowed (gave me permission) to play.

    I have three daughters and children take art seriously. You can stand in a room with them while you paint and they play, and they respect what you’re doing. It’s treated with an importance that not many adults allow other adults.
    To a child, there’s no such thing as silly art.
    All creating is to be honored.

    ~Carol D. O”Dell
    Author of Mothering Mother: A Daughter’s Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir
    available on Amazon
    http://www.mothering-mother.com

  5. Terri Says:

    Carol,
    thanks for sharing your thoughts. you’re lucky that you’ve found your mothering experience feeds off your art and vice versa. I have not been so lucky — I pick up a paintbrush or beading needle and five minutes later there’s a crash in the next room. While my boys have LEARNED to respect time set aside for creativity, they are usually far too busy taking something apart, digging a pit in the front yard, or having a light saber battle to consciously notice that I’m engaged in the creative process. When it’s time for me to make art, I need to be sure someone else is standing watch so that I can relax into my work. I do trust that unconsciously the boys are getting the message that art is important — as they’ve gotten older they’ve become more accepting of my stints in the studio, but I think so much is dependent on the personality of your kids.


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