Many of you young mothers out there think you have to wait until your children are older to have time for your creativity. You think you're too tired to be creative. You think you're too busy to make art. So you are just waiting for that magical day, when your children are older, to have time to focus on your artistic side.
One young mother has found a way to bring it all together--her role as mommy and her art. Shona Cole has written a practical guide for fitting creativity into your life. May I introduce The Artistic Mother.
I have been asked to be a part of many art and crafting books, and each one has been a rewarding experience. But this book, to me, is a little different. It takes two of the most driving forces in my life--motherhood and art--and illustrates how those two things are more beautiful when they are in harmony.
Shona covers everything from writing poetry to step-by-step projects that will help you begin your journey toward being an artistic mother. She gives guidance on planning your day, photography and art goals. Scattered throughout are 'artist spotlights' from other art moms like Misty Mawn, Corey Moortgat and Susan Tuttle. Truly, this is a really good book and I'm not just saying that because I'm in it. :)
I'll close this post with the opening quote in Shona's book, by John Updike...
"What art offers is space--
a certain breathing room for the spirit."
Well said indeed, Mr. Updike. Until next time, dear friends . . .