1. Susan Carlin
    May 12, 2008 @ 6:01 pm

    Angela, you’re doing just fine. You haven’t given up altogether like so many do. Some of those go immediately into martyr mode. You haven’t gone there at all. You paint when you can, you make choices, you stay connected to other artists, you think about art and plan it when you can’t actually paint at the moment… all this is great. Raising children is art, too, remember.
    Hang in there!
    Thank you for taking a minute out of your very busy life to leave such a sweet and supportive comment for me this morning.

  2. Angela Fehr
    May 12, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

    Thanks, Susan. Having a blog really helps me stay “plugged in” creatively – if I’m not painting or planning a painting, I’m thinking about my next post! And I need to keep painting so that I have something to post from time to time.

    And your post inspired me – I want to post sometime soon about a bit of my own artistic beginnings and journey.

  3. Veronica Funk
    May 14, 2008 @ 5:49 am

    I understand how you feel…I have two girls, now ages 8 and 13, which is getting much easier. They now help with the chores instead of contributing more work for me. When they were infants, I kept a bed and comfortable chair in my studio for nursing and always played relaxing classical or jazz music. When they became toddlers, I gave up half the studio (which wasn’t huge to begin with) for a play area, and now half my current studio is a family room. Someday I’ll have it to myself, but I have received a number of comments about their creativity and their knowledge of the creative process. So I don’t consider my painting life/space a sacrifice anymore, but an enhancement to both their lives and mine.

    Beautiful work by the way.

  4. Angela Fehr
    May 14, 2008 @ 7:44 am

    Thanks for the encouragement, Veronica. I’m not sure whether I have a studio that’s also a playroom or a playroom with a studio corner! And my oldest who is 5, loves to paint with me. I do think that it’s so important to nurture creativity in our children, and it is definitely most effective when done by example.