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Hello fellow artist-parents! Let’s talk about juggling being a mom/dad and being an artist. I’ve already collected months worth of tips and am excited to share them! We’ll talk about finding time, studio management, finding energy, loving parenting techniques, etc. I hope you find this network helpful and inviting. We’d love to read about YOU, your child and/or your art. There will be a new open-ended CHALLENGE and TIP(S) every Friday.
CHALLENGE 1: Introduce yourself. Click the “Comment” button and let us know who you are. Just say “Hi” or answer these questions. (Click “Read More” for my info):
- Your name
- Medium you work in
- How old is your child / children?
- How long have you been making art?
- What is your biggest obstacle to creating art? (Or parenting?)
- What’s the best technique you’ve learned for balancing art and kids – or anything related?
- Your URL?
Save energy: Prepare your studio so that you can walk in and start working. For me, the 2 things that always need to be done are cleaning my pallet and cleaning my brushes. If you’re in the same boat, when you only have a couple minutes of free time, go into your studio space and grab your oil painting brushes that are too crusty to use. Put them in an old glass jar with 1 part Murphy’s Oil Soap and 1 part water. Try not to let the solution go above the bristles. Every once in a while smoosh the bristles a little. When they’re soft enough to scrub and rinse, you will have a very happy surprise! And, you’ll be ready to paint.
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Protect your parent-child relationship: When I walk into the studio in the morning, I close my eyes and think “When my son wakes up, I won’t be frustrated. I’ll be happy that I get to play with him then.” It works really well. Every time I do that, I’m able to switch from painting to parenting joyfully.
My INTRODUCTION answers:
- Jessie Rasche
- Oil paint, and recently watercolor
- My son is 4 1/2. He’s awesome!
- I started art school at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR back in 1989. Over 20 years ago now. It doesn’t seem that long ago!
- biggest obstacle? I have a hard time remembering my priorities in the evening, and using my time for the things that are most important to me.
- Best technique I’ve learned: When I walk into the studio in the morning, I close my eyes and think “When my son wakes up, I won’t be frustrated. I’ll be happy that I get to play with him then.” It works really well. Every time I do that, I’m able to switch from painting to parenting joyfully.
Come back next Friday. We’ll talk about tips for saving time in the studio, so you can walk in and create. I’ve collected some great tips, and am excited to share them! (Sign up for the free newsletter so you don’t forget!)