Tuesday, June 17, 2008

it is summer vacation....

I am two days into summer vacation and having a bit of a hard time with the transition. This is not new – it happened last year - I wasn’t ready to lose any of my precious studio time; however, if memory serves me correctly by, the end of last summer I was sad to see my girl return to school – a little sad! But this year as the school year has wound down, my anxieties have wound up. So here I am again with this struggle, this pull of my hearts strings ~ artist, mom, wife (in no particular order). However, this year I have been given a ‘gift’ ~ a book that I discovered yesterday which seems to address my growing agitation. It is called strong hearts, inspired minds 21 artist who are mothers tell their stories. Last night I was transfixed reading about other women who are doing what I am trying to do and their struggles, doubts, guilts and successes. In the introduction the author, Anne Mavor, pointed out that “both roles (as artist and mother) are chosen for love and cannot be easily cast aside. In addition, they are crucial to the functioning of our society. If artists and parents suddenly stopped doing their unpaid jobs, the world as we know it would fall apart. No one would be bringing new people or new ideas into the world, nurturing and loving them until they could stand on their own.” (strong hearts, inspiring minds, Anne Mavor. page 6.) Something to think about.
So far it has been a fascinating read. Peace!


  1. Thank you for the link to Strong Hearts. Years ago I read an essay in which a mother/artist interviewed other mother/artists, looking for clues. One insisted she had NO help, NOTHING was special, and then she paused, and whispered "Dinner..." It turned out, while her kids were small , she had a young woman come by every afternoon to make dinner. Wouldn't that be wonderful....


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