Guest blogger: Sandhya Manne
Happy Mothers’ Day tomorrow to all artist-mothers out there.
Five years ago I quit my corporate job to raise my family and to take up my art career.
I quickly learned – out of necessity – to balance motherhood with studio time. I actually fed my child in between my painting sessions!
I made more art, learned new skills, created a page on Facebook, discovered new technologies and some best practices of the art world, connected with new people, established relationships, created a website, and I plan to start tweeting and blogging soon.
And yet, at the end of the day, I still I feed my children, change diapers, put them to bed, and catch the beautiful moments like watching those first steps.
When you love something, you will make time for it — whether “it” is children or art.
I have tried to be easy on myself, but I always take time for art. I so something in the studio or art office every day. Just like tiny drops make an ocean, I am slowly building my portfolio and taking many tiny steps, including exhibiting, toward expanding my art career.
A Mother’s Tips for Staying Organized
I stay focused by:
- Putting things back into their places
- Cleaning up after every painting session
- Planning the next day, week and month in advance
These routines give me more space and energy to create and allow me to switch between my roles of artist and mother more seamlessly.
Rules for time, studio and boundaries . . .
Having a dedicated studio and business time has helped me immensely. It’s easy to get lured into doing house chores with a home studio, but I have learned to stick to the studio time.
I found it well worth my time to educate my children about studio/office boundaries. My 4-year-old knows the studio rules: No touching, No fiddling, No “just looking” at art supplies, and No throwing toys around.
With boundaries in place, my daughter (the older child) and I can enjoy our creative time together. It’s a pleasure to watch her get inspired by me. I love it when she says she wants to be an artist like me. I know she doesn't mean anything at this age . . . but it still feels good.
How do you balance motherhood and the life of an artist?
What are your boundaries for your children?
What are your secrets for success?
About the Guest Blogger
Sandhya Manne is an Indian artist living in Dallas,Texas. Since the start of her art career in 2007, her artworks have joined private collections in Canada, USA and India. She is currently exhibiting through juried shows in Dallas-Fort Worth area and serving as an artist role model to her kids. Connect with her on Facebook.