Posts tagged creativity
Painting Kids

I've really loved the challenge of painting children lately, especially when my own child is getting so big and changing every day! The idea of capturing a moment of childhood and preserving it with pencil and paint brush intrigues me and adds so much joy to my work.

We've had our neighbor girl (who's 10 years old) coming over a few days a week after school to play with Josie while I work. It's been wonderful! Josie lights up when Kourtney walks into the studio and runs around squealing with joy, eager to play with her new best friend.

Seth and I have been getting up earlier to try and take advantage of those glorious quiet hours before the babe awakes and chaos ensues. I'm not a morning person (AT ALL), so it's helpful to have Seth to coax me out of bed at 5:30 am. Being a mother is nothing if not a constant challenge and joy in equal measure! :)

I hope your week is going well! Don't forget to sign up for my LIVE portrait event this weekend (read more about that here), and come out and see me Friday and Saturday in Morton, IL! Bring the kiddos. It'll be a fun time!

Fall Fun
sketching pretty leaves at the park, The Art of Michelle

sketching pretty leaves at the park, The Art of Michelle

This time of year in central Illinois in this tiny town where we live is just...magical. I know that sounds stupid, but I'm telling you, even the sun shines differently in the Fall. There's excitement in the air, colors all around us, and a very real energy that we just don't feel the rest of the year. 

I've been stealing little bits of time here and there for myself, to pursue my own pleasures and create my own magic. There's definitely not enough time in the day to do everything and go everywhere I'd like to, but if being a working mom has taught me anything it's time management

And it's taught me to not neglect myself, which I did for about the first 6 months of Josie's life. I was feeling physically, spiritually, emotionally, and artistically depleted.

Then I realized that if I'm not my best self, how can I properly take care of and enjoy my life and family? I can't, and that makes me really sad to think about.

I listened to a podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert where she talked about "having an affair with your art." It was lightbulb moment for me. I wasn't feeling inspired because I hadn't been feeding my creativity. 

So, this new me is taking her sketchbook everywhere. She's pulling out her watercolor pencils and water brush and fun supplies that she doesn't get to use ordinarily, and she's drawing and painting for her own pleasure. It's incredibly freeing and inspiring!

Most of what I'm creating now will just be my little secret until the time is right to share. That is, after all, part of the fun of an affair! ;)