|My kids next to a Grant Wood lithograph at the Des Moines Art Center. They love going to see the beautiful artwork.|
During the summer if I am not creating before 7 am, it's not getting done, that means waking up early and most likely going to be at a good time helps with the creativity. I also know that once my kids wake up my MoJo is sorta gone, I feel like although I love my kids my motivation to create anything other than PB&J is totally gone for the day.
As an artist Momma, how do you stay creative even when you don't have that time to create like you use to when they were in school (oh how I miss my creative time when the kidlets are in school!)
Here are some of my thoughts that I hope will help you see what I am talking about:
1. Share the Joy of creating: I think involving them in your work can help... but have realistic expectations that you are there to help them learn more about the creative process than you getting any real work done.
2. Use time wisely On days like yesterday when we had every minute of our day planned (grocery store shopping, playing at our local water park with friends till it closed.) start the morning with your normal artist routine. After that I tell my self, ok, you had our creative thought process time, now it's the kids turn to have an artful mother in their life. For example, my morning routine was to get up, walk my dog, while walking I listened to classical music while thinking about my goals for the rest of the summer and July, it was a refreshing walk. Then painted for an hour, then had breakfast. I end my artist time with Breakfast if I can help it.
|kids with Grant Wood.|
So if you are a Creative Momma like I am I hope that you take this summer to share the joy of creativity with your children. I think it's a tricky thing to balance creativity for your self and share that joy of creativity with your family when you're not getting the creative time you get when school is in session. But I do love that summer is all about family for us, and I wouldn't change that for anything. So bring on the long summer nights of playful laughter, silly stories, and good family times. Bring on the good morning mum, what are you painting this morning? Can I watch? can you show me? Wow, how did you do that? It looks like magic is it magic?
To which I reply, yes Creativity is magic.
|4 year old finally took a nap! Yay for creative free time!|
|selfie, with one of my favorite kiddo!|
|backstage mom for recital|
|Grace Ballet recital, backstage|
|Pirate for Acrobatics for Grace Ballet|
Enjoy the fun that summer brings!