I used to define myself as an artist.
Then I had kids.
So, 'Mama-stay-at-home-artist-on-the-side'... was a bit of a mouthful.
I soon found that both these passions were rather all-consuming feeling. I felt torn between both worlds that I wanted to play in... all the while resenting the other voices calling for my attention.
Maybe you know this feeling?
Maybe you've discovered, as I have, that these kids are the masterpieces requiring my attention.
Canvas, colours and creating can wait. These growing creations cannot. I will not have my children look back on their lives and wish their mama was more present to play than practising her paint strokes.
But, for now, I take any creative outlet as a perk. Because I know I still need the outlet. I feel my blood pressure drop when I create. It's good for the kids to see mama still doing her passions too... but even better, alongside them!
That means, when the kids are painting... I love to sit and paint with them.
When the crayons are smudging, my fingers are in it too.
Then, during naps or bedtime.... I sneak a few more moments to paint.
How do you find your outlets for creativity?
Post Script: My apologies for not having the COMICS here lately... a few projects of late are channelling all my extra time (eager to show in the future!).