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Spontaneous She – How to Keep Your Muse at Work

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Welcome to the final week of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood by Lucy H. Pearce which has been Amazon.co.uk’s Hottest New Release in Motherhood for the past week!
Today’s topic is The Creative Process. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants. 


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A planned life can be good but boring, the same goes for art! Add some spontaneity to you life and your art and what comes out will totally surprise you! I have found this to be true for me, the minute I stopped planning my art the more interesting it became and my style is evolving as I keep doing this. My creative process is simple, just be in the moment and don’t think too hard. I often start a canvas by making a simple mark on it to get over the fear of messing up a perfectly white canvas. The longer you stare at it the more intimidating it can be. Just jump in and go for it and see where the moment takes you. Before I adopted the “go for it” mentality with my art I would sketch out what I wanted to do ahead of time and try to translate it to the canvas the way I saw it in my head, it would frustrate me to no end when it didn’t turn out like I saw it. I would quit doing art for a while because the frustration would get to me. I would be in a creative slump and it was hard to get out of. Fast forward many years later of sporadic art sessions and you’d find me at Paint Mojo art retreat by Tracy Verdugo and that changed my life and the way I did things with my art. It was so freeing to be able to paint with my fingers, let go of layers of things and keep evolving. I had no clue how much that class would affect my art and I’m so grateful I went.

Here are some images of my old and new style! Crazy, you would think they were created by 2 different people.

old style

old style

Olive

new style

Strange right? When I learned to let go I could paint freely.

I would describe my muse as the happy side of me. If life is rough and it has been for quite some time it can block me creatively. If I’m in a happy place I feel free to play and create. But my muse can be funny too, while dealing with my mom’s illness I created daily and it kept me afloat, the pieces I created were some of the most joyful pieces I have created to date, it was keeping me going. If I’m in a down state I usually don’t feel like creating. A trip to an antique shop always gets my creative juices flowing, an old image, a button or a trip somewhere. A lot of times when I want to create is when I’m too busy to do so and that sometimes holds me over until I can. It’s always good to have a little notebook to jot down your creative ideas when they hit you.

My advice is to just be in the moment. You can watch me paint spontaneously here with this piece titled “From the Sea”. I had no clue what was going to turn up in my art when I started and I love that!

"From the Sea" - 12" x  12" mixed media on birch.

“From the Sea” – 12″ x 12″ mixed media on birch.

xoxo

Aimée


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  • Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud looks at the common lies we tell ourselves about creativity in The Eternal Summer of the Creative Mind.
  • Caitriona at Wholesome Ireland – from start to new beginnings.
  • Hannah M. Davis writes about Unleashing Your Authentic Voice. So many of us would love to write a life-changing book. How do you get over the blocks and barriers that hold you back? 
  • Sylda from Mind the Baby compares her creative process to a maelstrom of weather warnings.
  • In “As an Artist”, Lucy Pierce at Soulskin Musings offers a poem about how the creative process beckons her through many of the archetypes of womanhood.
  • Jackie Stewart at Flowerspirit.co.uk talks about how creativity is opening up a space for the unknown to reveal itself to you in ‘Creativity Flourishes in the Sacred Unknown’.
  • Alex at Art of Birth shares some practical tips on how you can unlock your creative goddess within!
  • Nicki at justlikeplay shares a love letter to her muse.
  • Marija Smits has a conversation with her muse and reflects on the difficulties of catching and creating from the Goddess of Inspiration.
  • Zoie at TouchstoneZ reflects on her creative process.
  • Licia Berry, Illumined Arts “Creativity and Healing are Ideal Partners”. The creation of visual, musical, or expressive arts is the quickest, most effective and painless way to heal.
  • Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak – My creative process and how to break creative blocks.
  • Ali Baker talks about connecting
    with the call of the wolf when she cries to us to do so means giving
    our time and permission to honour the creative process within all of us.
  • Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush reflects on her creative process.
  • KatyStuff thinks that projects need time to mature, that is why she is a fabric and craft hoarder. 
  • Aimée at Creativeflutters goes into her creative process and looks at what makes things tick or flop in “Spontaneous She – How to Keep Your Muse at Work”.
  • Kae at The Wilde Womb muses about her common creative blocks as a parent and how she systematically breaks through them.
  • Angela at Peach Coglo tries to get comfortable with her own creative process. 
  • Biromums write about their creative processes.
  • Dawn at The Barefoot Home believes the creative process can’t be taught it has to come organically and at its own pace.
  • Tara at Aquamarine Art began uncovering her lost inner artist over 5 years ago and shares her experiences and inspirations in “From Spark to Bonfire: The Evolution of A Creative Process.”
  • Georgie at Visual Toast explores what the creative process looks like for her.
  • Creative Woman at Creator’s Corner is not concerned with the end product or the outcome but with the process and all the richness that it brings. 
  • Jennifer’s Art Blog explores what the creative process feels like for her.
  • Fiona at Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers reflects on her creative process.
  • Sharron at Adventures on the mindful path writes and creates in between (and sometimes while) chasing two little boys and a puppy.  
  • Trying to discover her own methods to the creative process, Jasmine at Brown Eyed Girl, digs deeper to find what it is that really triggers her creativity.
  • Jessica F. Hinton shares why finding creative spaces as a mother is important and what her space looks like. 
  • Laura at Authentic Parenting reflects on her creative process.
  • Ingrid at My Peace Tree says Creativity as a living thing – and examines ebb and flow, expectations vs. realities (our own and other people’s), inspiration and how to find it.
  • Darcel at The Mahogany Way examines her own creative process.
  • Woman’s Art celebrates her own creative process.
  • MammaBloom at Breathe and Bloom reflects on her creative process. 

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Inspiration Comes From Many Places

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Welcome to Week Two of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood

by Lucy H. Pearce


Today’s topic is Creative Heroines. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants. 



Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a free e-copy of The Rainbow Way!

December 4th: Creative Inheritance.

December 11th: The Creative Process.


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Being creative has always been a part of me, I was born into a creative family. My mother is probably my earliest creative heroine. I grew up in the Northeast between NY and VT. We lived near the amazing Lake Champlain. Being on the lake was a part of my life especially in the summers. Both sets of grandparents had summer camps on the lake and we were always at one or the other. Some of my fondest memories are from my childhood on that lake. We could pick up the smooth stones and skip them as far as we could on the water. We collected stones to take home, some in cool shapes. It was these natural beauties that my Mother encouraged me to paint. I remember sitting at the dining room table (that my father made) and painting my little heart out. When I got sick of rocks I moved on to glass bottles. I still remember doing this. I was very young, I want to say I was 3. My mother loved to paint and I found that love through her. As I got older I’m sure I moved on to painting bigger things. She encouraged my creativity and I’m so glad she did. She was encouraged by her family as well. My Nana’s home was filled with paintings (really good ones) that her kids did for her in oil paint. It is part of my heritage.

thank you google images

thank you google images

Fast forward many years and to my first art class I can remember, I think it was about 4th or 5th grade. I started learning about many artists and styles and I was intrigued. The things that fascinated me most was the back stories about the artists and their struggles and how that influenced their art. Some of my favorites were Modigliani, Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein, Renoir and Magritte. There are so many artists I love, I treasure my art history books from college, they are a world of information to me. I soak up history of any kind but art history is my absolute favorite. I had the chance to travel to France in college and went to the Louvre and Musée D’Orsay and it all came to life! The back stories and everything came back to me. My nickname on the trip was the future art curator! LOL I hope this love never goes away. I have to thank my teacher in college Dennis Costanzo (my creative hero) for bringing art history to life for me. I am truly grateful.

Orsay Museum, Paris, France

Orsay Museum, Paris, France

I have a hard time with being a creative mother at times. If the urge to be creative hits then I drop everything else that needs to be done and go get my hands in paint! I can’t ignore the call because if I do it’s gone. Because of this my house is always a mess, dinner is late sometimes and my kids fend for themselves if they’re not at school or napping. I end up with creative guilt so to speak. God made us creative beings and He gave us our gifts to give and help others with it, I truly believe this. There are times a painting from someone else just speaks to me and it resonates so deep that I have to have it. The other artist didn’t know what I was going through but they painted something that was super healing for me. They are helping me out in their own way. I don’t know how many times that has happened but it has. This happened recently and this certain painting pretty much described the last 2 years of my life, I showed it to my hubby and he started getting teary-eyed. Art is a gift meant to be shared. I need to find the happy balance of keeping a smooth running home and my creativity alive and well.

art by Tara Ross but one of my artsy FB friends!

art by Tara Ross but one of my artsy FB friends!

Supporting myself as a creative mother means allowing myself time to reawaken my creative juices. I do this by going to a local bookstore and browsing the mixed media magazines. Those pages are filled with artists and friends of mine. I am so blessed to be a part of a large mixed media community of people who share their expertise, encourage others and just go for their dreams. I’m so proud when I pick up one of those magazines and read an article that my friend wrote and then have the chance to go stay at her home at an art retreat. It’s an amazing blessing. I allow myself time to connect with these people via social media mostly. I give myself time to play in the studio with no pressure of creating to sell but creating to create. You need to recharge your creativity. If you get a chance to go to an art retreat even a local art class it does wonders for your creative self. It is a must do and it helps so much. Get together with a bunch of friends and just make something together. Go out and DO IT! This supports not only you but your friends as well. Help your friends nurture their gift, find their gift so they can help others too. I love just going to support my friends if they’re in a local art show, you don’t have to buy anything but just knowing you came out to support them means the world to them. Art is a gift and the inspiration for it can be found in many places, you just have to look for it!

xoxo

Aimée



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and grab your free extras 
(first 200 orders only!):


– exclusive access to a private Facebook group for creative mothers

– a vibrant greetings card and book-mark of one of the author’s paintings.


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or order it from your local bookshop!
  • Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud celebrates her creative fairy godmothers, and gives thanks for the creative blessings that each has gifted her.
  • And on her other site, The Happy Womb, Lucy expresses her sadness at a lack of real-life female mentors and Wise Women in her life so far.
  • Becky at Soul Sunshine shares the creativity heroines– her Saviors– who reactivated her creative heart after a near-20-year-hiatus.
  • Lucy Pierce from Soulskin Musings explores the ways in which three artists have inspired her to follow the inner wild of her own creative narrative and it’s interface with the forces of nature and of Spirit.
  • Kae at The Wilde Womb shares how she invokes her inner child when summoning creative juices. 
  • Zoie at TouchstoneZ reflects on the women who have inspired her most. 
  • Alex at The Art of Birth shares her Journey of a Creative Mama which is all about liberating the Feminine through Art.
  • Laura at Authentic Parenting is grateful to those women who have inspired her.
  • Who most inspires Georgie at Visual Toast? She’ll tell you here!
  • Please come to the dinner party, invites Nicki at Just Like Play, where we will celebrate Judy Chicago, art, womanhood, and the creative kitchen table.
  • Becky at Raising Loveliness shares her creative heroines.
  • Dawn Collins at The Barefoot Home honors three artistic mothers in the post:her strong willed Nona, her free spirited mother and the best solo artist ever… Mother Earth.
  • Angela at Peach Coglo looks to her grandma and granny as her creative heroines when the creative going gets tough.
  • Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine wears odd socks proudly!
  • Kelly at Knittingandthings shares how she turned her grief into helping others  
  • Biromums remember their biggest creative heroines.
  • Darcel at The Mahogany Way shares who inspires her.
  • Aimée at Creativeflutters discusses which artists influence her in her creative journey. Find out how she nourishes herself as a creative mother, and finds the time to help other moms on their journeys.
  • Creativity is something that’s always meant the most to Jasmine at Brown Eyed Girl and she can’t wait to take the journey in identifying herself and supporting other moms with it as well.
  • KatyStuff has a mother who allowed her to make mud pies while she knit or embroidered near by.
  • Ali Baker is a creative mama to twin girls who reignited her creative energy and sense of who she used to be by just doing it and creating whatever needs to be created in an imperfect way. 
  • Liz at Reckless Knitting remembers her biggest inspirations.
  • Milochka  at Art Play Day shares her creative heroines.

Motherhood + Creativity – They Must Coexist …

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Welcome to Week One of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood

by Lucy H. Pearce



Today’s topic is Nurturing a Culture of Creativity at Home. Be sure to read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a free e-copy of The Rainbow Way!

November 27th: Creative Heroines.

December 4th: Creative Inheritance.

December 11th: The Creative Process.



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Motherhood + Creativity – They Must Coexist … for my sanity!!! Yes I said it, it keeps me sane to keep creativity alive and well at home. Being a stay-at-home Mom has it’s rewards, annoyances and sometimes the desires to go out and find a job. I have days when I ask myself if I’d be happier outside of the home and the little voice inside my head says this is what your kids need, this will keep a healthy home, this is the best thing and this is the stage of life where they need me the most. I know there are women in the working world who would envy life at home and I’m not saying I’m not grateful, I just lose my sanity for a bit and then wake up.

Being creative at the beach last Memorial Day.

Being creative at the beach last Memorial Day.

One thing that keeps me sane and loving being home is that as an artist I have the time to create during nap time or when my oldest is in school, I have that freedom. When my oldest daughter was younger we would do lots of crafts at home, the messier the better! We had freedom with our creativity. I loved bringing her into my art world and it gave me the art fix I needed for the day as well as bonding time as mother and daughter. That was a luxury because she was the only child then. Fast forward 5 years later and along comes daughter number 2, most creativity together has stopped because of the age difference. I just went away to a fabulous art retreat for my 40th birthday and came away with the desire to start creating again with my oldest. She desires it as much as I do. I always feel guilty when she says that she wants to do art with me (while I’m cooking dinner, or some other mundane household chore). This year I am working my way back into the creative world with her. We are going to collaborate on some pieces. One challenge is going to be creating with the youngest as well, I may start with finger painting.

Lo at 2 years old helping me paint her rocker.

Lo at 2 years old helping me paint her rocker.

A memory I won’t forget. We still have this little rocker minus the ball on top that our Lily-Bean is now using.

Finished product. She primed it and painted the blue with a little help.

Finished product. She primed it and painted the blue with a little help.

One thing that drives me nuts when working with kids is the short attention span, you have to constantly be changing things up. They move on quicker than you can get your area set up to start. One way to combat this challenge I believe is having a box of kid-safe goodies to touch, learn from and figure out. When they move on to the next thing they can reach in the box and see if that object inspires them or just fascinates them, turn it into a lesson some how. Kids are very tactile.

Some ideas to try with the kids at home:

  • finger painting

  • water-color

  • making simple ornaments

  • playing with stamps and ink

  • paper clay

  • simple collage

  • drawing

  • playing with found objects and creating something out of it

  • make your own play doh

  • coloring

A great place for inspiration is Pinterest! Make a board of crafts you’d like to try with your kids and work your way through that board. Not only are you all bonding but you’re keeping your sanity and keeping your boredom at bay. I’m preaching to myself here! Another great place for little crafts for kids is your local craft store, there are usually dollar bins with little activities for your kiddos. Keep it simple and fun. Keep your sanity with your creativity! Now go out and create something with your kids!! Make some new traditions and memories!

xoxo

Aimée

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and grab your free extras (first 200 orders only!):

– exclusive access to a private Facebook group for creative mothers

– a vibrant greetings card and book-mark of one of the author’s paintings.

Kindle and paperback editions from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble

or order it from your local bookshop!

Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares an extract from the chapter Nurturing a Family Culture of Creativity.



Lilly Higgins is a passionate food writer. Now a mother of two boys, she’s discovered a new calling: to instil in them a love of food and creativity in the kitchen.

DeAnna L’am shares how visioning the New Year with your child is an invitation to be inspired: use creativity and resolutions to create a fun road map for the year ahead.

Molly at Talk Birth on Releasing Our Butterflies – balancing motherhood with creativity.

Laura shares some of the creativity happening at Nestled Under Rainbows and a few thoughts about creativity.

Georgie at Visual Toast celebrates her own unique culture of creativity at home.

Esther at Nurtureworkshop spreads the love of the ordinary, the delights of everyday things that can be an adventure of the imagination.

For Dawn at The Barefoot Home creativity is always a free form expression to be shared by all in a supportive environment where anything can be an art material.

Naomi at Poetic Aperture is a mother, artist and photographer who tries to keep her daughter away from the expensive pens and paints.

Aimee at Creativeflutters writes about keeping your sanity and creativity intact with small kids in the house in her post: Mother + Creativity – They Must Coexist.

Amelia at My Grandest Adventure embarks on a 30 Days of Creativity challenge…you can too!

Becky at Raising Loveliness explores creating with her smaller family members.

Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine reveals how children help us connect to our souls, through music and movement.

Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush shares her experiences of creating with kids.

Brooke at violicious spent too much time worrying and trying to be creative instead of letting it flow.

Joanna at Musings of a Hostage Mother explains why creativity at home is important to her in her post “I nurture a creative culture.”

On womansart blog this week – nurturing a creative culture at home.

Creative woman at Creator’s Corner loves color and uses it to paint, draw and decorate to inspire herself and her family.

It took until Amy at Mama Dynamite was pregnant aged 35 to discover her dormant creative
streak – she has found lovely ways of tuning into it every since.

Anna of ArtBuds is a trained educator and art therapist. She has been creating all her life and nurturing her daughter’s creativity at home is a priority.

Deb at Debalicious shares how her family enjoy creativity at home.

Emily at The Nest explores how creativity runs through her family’s life together.

Jennifer at OurMuddyBoots sees that encouraging creativity in children is as simple as appreciating them for who they are: it just means overriding everything we know!

Lisa from Mama.ie has discovered that a combination of writing and traditional crafts can provide a creative outlet during those busy early years of new motherhood.

Anna at Biromums shares what nurturing a culture of creativity means to her.

Zoie at TouchstoneZ argues that the less they are interfered with, the more creative children become as they grow up.

Darcel at The Mahogany Way celebrates creating with her kids.

Molly at MollyLollyLoo explores her family’s shared creative times.

Liz at Reckless Knitting shares how she celebrates creativity with her family.

Sally (aka The Ginger Ninja) of The Ginger Chronicles is continually inspired by her own mum and grandmother.

Just being creative is enough, says Nicki at Just Like Play, as she ponders her journey of nurturing a creative family.

Allurynn shares her creative family’s musings in her post “Creativity… at the Heart of it” on Moonlight Muse.

Laura at Authentic Parenting explores how being creative saves her sanity.



Mama is Inspired talks about how she puts an emphasis on the handmade in her home, especially in the holiday season.

Kirstin at Listen to the Squeak shares with you several easy ways for busy mamas and dads to encourage their children to be creative every day.



Chiswick Mum believes that a healthy dose of chaos is the secret to nurturing creativity at home.

Mila at Art Play Day always lived in her dreams, sleepwalking through life … now she is finding out what creativity is all about…. her inner child!

Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From describes how picture books can nurture creativity in young children.