An event pops up on my Facebook feed - an amazing-sounding discussion for artists and designers! With some fantastic panelists! Here in Sudbury! Tonigh.... Oh. Well, I guess I won't be attending. No time to get a babysitter for my very young children. Maybe next time.
Finding the balance between being a mother and being an artist/designer is challenging. It seems often as though the maternal requirement outweighs the professional, and one is left to lament the missed opportunity. Chances for inspiration or invaluable motivation are lost, and it is often difficult to cultivate creativity oneself without an external push.
As a practicing designer/illustrator and mother of two, I have often felt this disappointment in my professional career. Listening to colleagues tell tales of how wonderful a lecture was, how rejuvenated they felt after a great presentation, it becomes more obvious that I have missed something. But there are solutions [well, maybe not...
Very happy to announce that I have been selected as a finalist for the Mayor's Celebration of the Arts in the Emerging Artist category. Sudbury has a wealth of talent and creative individuals, and it is an honour to be recognized for my contribution to the arts. I am very thankful to the Sudbury Arts Council, and I look forward to the gala event on May 18, 2016.
"I got THREE adult colouring books for Christmas!!"
This was a statement that began a long discussion about the "other side" of adult colouring books.
EVERYBODY loves them. And the justification is sound - they are fun, great for adults of all skill level for therapeutic reasons, for easing stress, and are wonderful for adults who may not, for whatever reason, be able to create the initial line work (for instance, they are a very positive outlet for those with developmental disability and seniors, in addition to adults of all ages).
But there is a negative impact this very popular trend is creating.
There is growth in the general public's interest in purchasing artwork in reproductive form, and adult colouring books are being used as a replacement for original work. The line work is pre-formed, the colour is added (often arbitrarily - colour is a powerful element and should be thoughtfully considered), and the piece is displayed as a final image, with...