9.28.2012

Artistic Motherhood

mom and la
2008 portrait of my sister and my mama, created from a 1980's photo in watercolor, colored pencil and ink.

Starting this blog nearly two years ago, and aiming for a weekly studio check-in with my friends at Paint Party and Studio JRU, are two of the most influential factors in helping me to consistently create--even with the excitement and unpredictability of having two wild and irresistible preschool-princesses in my life. I can't thank you enough, my bloggy-friends! :)

As I have gradually discovered that it is possible to cultivate creativity within the dusty corners and upon the crumb-covered tabletops of mothering little children, I've had the distinct feeling that tending to this artist-life is almost like having a third child tugging at my shirt-tails and begging for time and attention! But I've also begun to realize that the real reasons I paint are because of my daughters--not in spite of them

In answering the interview questions for my feature today at Paint Party Friday, I made this connection: both watercolor and collage became the "media of my heart" because my choice to pursue each of them was also a parenting choice.  It just blows me away to think about it this way, to remember all my ├╝ber-frustration in the early days of parenting, the struggle to find time just for me and for my art. And all along, all of it was meant for my good. Parenting was changing my heart and teaching me things that would help me to finally find my "voice" as an artist!

Of course, I struggle with it still--the demands of parenting; that won't ever go away. But now, even my work is the practice of being mindful of blessings in disguise. It's finding joy in tattered pages, or cutting beauty into pieces so I can glue it together again and make it even better. I like to say that my daughters taught me the art of "loving a thing to pieces," that sometimes we need to just jump and splash in life's "puddles" because joy comes when we abandon ourselves to the mess!

30 comments:

  1. It was interesting to read this week's PPF about how you thought you had found 'your thing' then moved on to watercolour and painting people relevant to where you are in life - a good reminder not to stagnate and to be ready to try new themes, products and styles. Your picture this week is lovely. Betty

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    1. You are so right, Betty. I think as artists we must be true to our hearts, to paint what makes us happy. But flexibility and a willingness to challenge ourselves to grow is so important too!

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  2. Loved reading your interview, thank you for sharing and loving this fabulous art piece. Enjoy the weekend, happy PPF, Annette x

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    1. Thank you, Annette! Happy weekend to you too :).

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  3. Congrats on your interview - it's always so interesting to find our more about our online blogging friends and what makes them tick artistically - how wonderful that you came to watercolour from a practical viewpoint and yet it is so clearly your medium - your watercolour work is so beautiful. I love this watercolour of your sister and mum - it manages to look both realistic and whimsical at the same time!

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    1. Thank you, Nicola! I wonder if listening to our intuition is often more "practical" than we give it credit for...

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  4. LOVED your PPF interview! You are so endlessly talented -- I can't wait to see what you make next! xo

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    1. Thank you, Aimee! Your encouragement means a lot to me because YOU are so endlessly talented! :)

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  5. I love how you found your "media of your heart" - very inspiring post, also about the parenting aspect. I enjoyed reading the interview with you on PPF. I hope rainy Hamburg doesn't get down on you too much.

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    1. Thank you, Carola! I actually enjoy the rain--most of the time :). And in Hamburg I am learning to appreciate the changing seasons more than ever before! The differences between each seem to be more dramatic here, or at least by the end of one season my soul is dramatically longing for the next.

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  6. Congrats on your feature over at PPF. I loved reading your story and your commitment to both loves in your life - being a mom and painting. Beautiful work. Happy PPF

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  7. Congratulations on being the featured artist on Paint Party Friday this week!
    I loved your interview and learning more about you and your art!
    I completely agree, too, that a weekly studio check-in with my friends at Paint Party is huge in helping me to consistently create!
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    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  8. My hearty congratulations on being featured artis for this week's PPF. I enjoyed reading your narrative and learning more about you. Your works are beautiful, and I really love this one of your mother and your sister. It has life and action and color. I admire and am envious of your ability to draw hands.

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  9. Wonderful interview ~ you are integrating, marriage and family well ~ as well as expressing yourself so well with watercolor and collage ~ It seems to be all flowing ~ (A Creative Harbor)

    ps. balance is always tricky ~ tis life ^_^

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  10. I loved your interview and so it was great to learn a little more about you and your art... it was a real highlight...xx

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  11. Oh Love love love your style. Great work Sadee. Love this "...joy comes when we abandon ourselves to the mess!". Agree.

    Ev

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  12. I love your outlook Sadee! I commented on PPF but I wanted to say again here how much I enjoyed reading your interview. You always help me see the beauty in the everyday; puddles can be full of fun depending on how you look at them. Thanks for being you and for creating such gorgeous art. *hugs*
    Catherine Denton

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  13. Beautifully expressed. It was great to read your interview; I always find your art as well as your writing very uplifting.

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  14. Great interview!! I love your work, and your header is gorgeous as well. It is all a journey, I find parenting feeds into everything and recognising my active choices were all leading to where I am now was paradigm shifting for me. I adore your work, and can't wait to see what you do next. :)

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  15. Sadee! Wonderful interview plus I love how your art choices are really parenting choices and "loving to pieces" things...I pray blessings on all the work of your hands...

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  16. i really enjoyed reading your interview on PPF this week. congrats on being the featured artist.

    this painting is wonderful. i love the vibrancy of colors and the amazing detail you achieved. you did an amazing job of capturing your mother's expression at that angle.

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  17. Loved reading your interview at ppf!! You truly are a gifted artist!! I hoping all your future dreams come true!! I love this particular watercolor..so special!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  18. I absolutely love this piece. All the personality really jumps out from the page. And wow, Rainbow Brite, that certainly takes me back. Did you and your sis ever play with Jem dolls too? :-)

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    1. Oh my gosh, no, but I googled because I wasn't sure what they were and realized that my sister and I really WANTED to have Jem Dolls! We had lots of Barbies, and I remember that once we used markers to color on them to make them look like punk rockers and it made my mom really mad. I always wondered what made us want to give our Barbies and Kens wild makeup and jewelry! That must have been it! Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. :)

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    2. LOL--glad I could help trigger that memory. I enjoyed Jem so much I made a point of getting all the episodes and p.s. that's something I did last year, not 1988! I actually still think the clothes and hair on those girls were fierce. A few years before I got into Jem, I was into Rainbow Brite too, and Strawberry Shortcake. ;-p

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  19. I loved reading your interview this week. Your thoughts on balancing parenting and time for art are always interesting and inspiring! You're very versatile. I love the expressions in this piece.

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  20. Wow! Lucky you! A beautiful interview and much happiness for you! Keep up the creative work.

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  21. It is such a joy to know you even more ...I love the expressions on the faces in your painting...reflecting happiness from within and i love your art'to pieces' as you say :)

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  22. Congrats on being the featured artist! I liked reading more about you. The painting is wonderful Lovely style!

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  23. "The art of "loving a thing to pieces"... that is so beautiful! I have loved seeing and hearing about your creative journey throughout the time you have been joining us 'in the studio'. Thank you for sharing your precious heart with us, Sadee!!

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