Happy Mother's Day! I have a lot of artist-mothers reading this blog and taking my classes. Most have given up a lot of their career ambitions to be mothers. Some let go of their own dreams for a while and returned to them later when their kids were older. Mothers make many sacrifices for their children.
(I'm fully aware that fathers do the same, but let's focus on moms today.)
I've been asked on several occasions to address the juggling act it takes to be both parent and artist. I can't do it justice. I am mother to only two cats (although I feel quite maternal toward the fox family on our property). I don't know what it's like to have to take kids to soccer, stay up all night when they're sick, and make sure they do their homework. It's amazing that mothers have any time at all for their own art and ambitions.
So, here's to you, moms. You do an amazing job. If you have any secrets for being both mom and artist, please leave your comments below. Others will benefit!
Image: Barbara Pannage Stanfield–my mom. I'm quite proud of her. She runs a very successful business, Oklahoma Quiltworks.