Carving Out Time For Art with Kristine Brookshire

I met Kristine earlier this year and loved the bright palette she was using for her work (then known as Olive Twig Studio). It has been fun to watch her work grow this year as she’s switching gears a bit. I’m amazed at how she manages to paint at all while caring for her twin toddlers and an older daughter. Some days I struggle with one toddler, but I love her wording below about how this is a busy season of life but it’s a short one ! Thank you for sharing a sneak peak into your life, Kristine, and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish this year and in years to come! 
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Tell us about yourself. How old are your children? Where can we find you?

I’m Kristine Brookshire and I live in Southern California with my husband, my four year old daughter and my 20 month old boy/girl twins. I am at home with my three kids full time and I squeeze in time to paint when I can.

I sell my art in my Etsy shop KristineBrookshire.etsy.com and you can find me on instagram @kristinebrookshire and on Facebook.  

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Has your approach to painting, your processes, medium, or your inspiration changed since having children?

I definitely feel more inspired since becoming a mom. The creative side of my brain is always working. I keep a little sketch book in almost every room of the house to jot down an idea when it comes to me. When I started my business a little over 8 months ago (my twins were not even a year old then!) I was painting nursery art on wood. The more I got in the groove of painting again, the more it became about what I was interested in an less about kid stuff. 

I’ve also found that watercolor suits my life a lot more than acrylics. It’s so much easier to start and stop in little spurts throughout the day, less mess, and more portable. In the past my art was much more drawing based, but since having my twins I have been suffering from “mommy thumb” – which is like Carpal tunnel, but a different nerve that is being aggravated. Watercolor is easier on my hand than drawing too. 

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Is it easy or difficult for you to find/make time to create? Did you have to give anything up? Do you have advice on what works for you?

It’s hard to find time to create, but because taking care of my three young children is so physical, I’m exhausted at the end of the day. Sometimes I think I’m too tired to paint, but if make myself start, I always get a surge of creative energy and I’m able to put in a few hours. My husband travels abroad for work quite a bit, so it’s a lot of work taking care of all the little guys on my own, but once they go to bed I have the house to myself. Painting is such a more productive way to spend the evening than watching tv, and it even adds to the family income!

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How does being an artist make you a better mother to your children? What do you hope they take away from seeing you as an artist doing something that fulfills you? 

I think it makes me a better mom, because my children can see me finding time to do something that I love, that makes me happy. I’m using my talent to make beautiful things, contribute to our family financially, and bring other people joy. 

Art is just a part of our daily life. My daughter knew all of her colors before she could count to 10 or say her ABCs. She roll-plays running an art business more than being a princess or fairy and I love it! She tells me she will sell me her art for “26” or that she needs to take her art to the post office.

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Where do you paint or create? What are your favorite things about your workspace and what would you improve? Do you ever create art with your kids?

I have a little studio space in our laundry room. There is actually quite a bit of storage in there, and a sliding glass door, so there is fresh air and light. I can leave my art mess out and it doesn’t get in the way of our meals, and the kids won’t get into it (usually). I’ll often bring my watercolors downstairs to paint on the kitchen table though. My daughter has her own set pan watercolors, and she paints in a cookie sheet (less mess!). It’s so cute when she encourages me on what I’m working on. I wish the space was a bit bigger to be able to work large scale and work on the floor. It’s a very narrow room. At least San Clemente has nice weather year round, so I’m able to work outside sometimes. 

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Do you have any tips to streamline / delegate / outsource household and childcare activities so that you can focus more time on your art? Has your lifestyle changed in any major ways?

I hire housecleaners once a month to do a deep clean of the house, because I need to save all my hand strength for my babies and my art! I’d much rather be painting than cleaning house, so a portion of my profits go to that and it’s so worth it. 

Every time I think I have a schedule down with the kids, they change! My twins just switched from two naps a day to one nap a day, so I’ve been readjusting. My oldest daughter will start preschool two days a week this fall so, that will be a new schedule that will hopefully give me a little more time to do art. It is just a busy season of life, but it so short, and it is a blessing be able to stay at home with my children.  

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Do you have any big goals or dreams for your art that you’d like to share? What would be your dream project?

I’m planning on joining the my city’s local artist guild soon. I think it will be nice to meet some local artists and put my work in some local shows. I’d love to do large scale art again like I did while getting my BFA. Small scale art is just easier to do with my current season of life. Also, the instant gratification of painting small is good motivation while I’m trying to find my artistic voice again after a long dry spell. But I have big dreams for some big art! 

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Carving Out Time for Art with Kaetlyn Able

I first saw Kaetlyn Able’s beautiful watercolors a few month ago while perusing some of my favorite creative / maker / artist hashtags (I think it was #cylcollective started by Grace Gully). As someone who occasionally paints house portraits, I always admire how others do it in their own style. Hers are fantastic. I was blown away by Kaetlyn’s realistic house paintings that blend so well with the flora, and then fade into abstracted colors at the edges. There’s a bit of a surreal quality to her work in my opinion. And, from what I can see, she is constantly trying out new things like her recent night sky paintings with stars and collages. I’m so happy to share her perspective for this week’s interview – particularly on decluttering which I love, and now realize most of my artist friends do too! So enjoy. Thank you so much, Kaetlyn!
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Tell us about yourself. How old are your children? Where can we find you?

I’m Kaetlyn Able, a fine artist originally from the Boston area, now living and working in Montana. I make contemporary nature and history inspired paintings and drawings in a variety of water-based media. I show my work in galleries and I’m also slowly (ever so slowly) working to create an online presence and shop. I’m also a full time stay-at-home mom to my two little boys. My oldest is four and a half and my youngest is almost three. You can find me on Instagram, where I share images of finished work, work in progress and bits of my inspiration. I have an Etsy Shop where I’m beginning to sell prints and small originals. And I also just started a Facebook artist page.

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Has your approach to painting, your processes, medium, or your inspiration changed since having children?

Yes, absolutely! All of the above. It sounds so cheesy to say, but it’s completely true that motherhood has changed me profoundly, and for the better. And those changes carry over into my work. My experience as a parent has been a crash course in going with the flow, slowing down and enjoying the ride. Consequently, my art-making has become more joyful and much more process-focused than it used to be. I was a full time artist with an out-of-home studio space before my first son was born. So when I first started really working to carve out time to make art while caring full time for my kids, I viewed the new constraints on my time and on my work space as negatives. But the reverse has turned out to be true, which has been such a surprise! While I do have significantly less time for art than I used to, it turns out that I’m a lot more focused when I work in smaller chunks of time. And my family and household obligations force me to step away from my work (in a good way), so that I can come back later with fresh eyes. This really saves me from over-thinking and over-working things. I’ve always loved making labor-intensive, technically rigorous work, and that hasn’t changed. But it took me a few years of experimenting with new media and techniques to figure out how to keep doing that within the framework of my new life with kids. So now I use techniques that require a lot of small steps and very little cleanup. That way I can do a little bit here and another little bit there, even on a crazy, busy day.

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Is it easy or difficult for you to find/make time to create? Did you have to give anything up? Do you have advice on what works for you?

There have certainly been times when I found it difficult to make creative time for myself. Especially when my boys were babies and going through certain phases. But I get a little bit cranky when I don’t have some kind of creative project going on, so it tends to become a priority for me to make that time as soon as we exit those little periods of survival mode. I spend most of my leisure time, when my youngest is napping and when both kids go down for the night, making things. And my wonderful, amazing mother-in-law and father-in-law come over once or twice a week and play with the kids while I get extra hours of art time in. My husband and I also trade a few hours on the weekends so that we each get a nice chunk of alone time to work on our respective projects. When our kids were younger my projects tended to be mom-specific: tie-dyeing onesies, sewing and dyeing swaddling blankets, making elaborate baby purées, sewing soft toys. Now that the boys are older and we’re all sleeping well, I have more time and energy to create the kind of conceptually rich, labor-intensive artwork that I find most fulfilling. We also try to maintain a minimalist lifestyle, which frees up a lot of our time. Last year we decluttered our home and sold and donated about a third of our possessions. Having less stuff helps me stay organized, makes the housework quick and easy, and helps me focus better when I sit down to create. I also gave up TV a few months ago as a way to carve out even more time as I prepared for my current show.

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How does being an artist make you a better mother to your children? What do you hope they take away from seeing you as an artist doing something that fulfills you? 

Making art makes me so happy. I think it’s great for my kids to be around a happy, contented parent. My hope is that it sets a tone for their own lives, that finding their own fulfillment will be a priority for them. My children are also very interested in my work, and I think that being exposed to it enriches their lives. They see what I’m creating every day, and we talk a lot about it. I’m currently working on a series about some of the historic homes in our town, and this has really captured their imaginations. They’ve started drawing the houses too, and building them out of blocks. They each put their own unique twists on the theme. And when we’re driving around town they get all excited when we pass by a house that I’ve painted.

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Where do you paint or create? What are your favorite things about your workspace and what would you improve? Do you ever create art with your kids?

I work out of a home office that I share with my husband. I love our setup. I have a big desk, a work table, a little cart and a nice deep closet where I keep all of my supplies and the kids’ art supplies. My husband and I sit back-to-back every evening after the kids are in bed and work on our individual projects together. We jokingly call it our parallel playtime. I love how efficient my work corner is. Everything has its place, and I have some room to store work for upcoming shows. And I like that its modest size forces me to be very thoughtful about what I keep in the space and what I add to it. If I could improve our space I would add more natural light. It gets pretty dim in the summer, when the trees outside are in their full leafy-ness. And I’d add a bit more charm too. We rent our house, and the things that we can’t change are a sort of uninspiring builder-grade beige.

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Do you have any tips to streamline / delegate / outsource household and childcare activities so that you can focus more time on your art? Has your lifestyle changed in any major ways?

I highly recommend decluttering and stuff-purging, as I mentioned above. The process has helped us to change our consumer habits as well, so that we accumulate much less than we used to. We spend less time shopping, trying to organize and find homes for new things, and looking for things lost in the clutter. And all of this saves us an incredible amount of time, space and money. Another way that I free up time for art is by turning the household tasks into fun activities for the kids so that we get it all done when they’re awake. But it also doesn’t feel like drudgery. We have laundry folding races, they help me cook and bake, they pretend the couch is a boat and that the vacuum is a sea monster, and they love dusting. And starting this week both of my boys will be going to preschool two mornings a week. So that will be a huge new chunk of dedicated work time for me.

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Do you have any big goals or dreams for your art that you’d like to share? What would be your dream project?

Right now I’m working with an amazing gallery right here in Montana. I would love to expand my market by also finding a west coast gallery and a new east coast gallery (my old, beloved east coast dealer sold her business to carve out more time for her own art!).

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Thanks again Kaetlyn! Now someone fine this talented lady new gallery representation STAT, will you?!

Carving Out Time for Art with Christine Joy

I found Chris Joy’s work on Instagram and was instantly drawn to her patterns, lines, and use of color. I like her patterns so much because they’re simple in the best sense – an edited use of lines, shapes and color to convey a cohesive design that is visually appealing. I was so happy that she was game to participate in my interview series, and hope you’ll enjoy her insight and perspective. I’m sure we’ll continue to see great things from her. Thank you so much, Chris.COTFA-Christine-Joy


Tell us about yourself. How old are your children? Where can we find you?

I’m a Brooklyn based surface pattern and product designer specializing in the home goods market. I have an MBA and worked as a marketing manager for a large financial services company before leaving to pursue my dream for all things design. I wasn’t quite sure which design field I was most passionate about (I love them all!) but settled on Industrial Design and got a Masters from Pratt in that field. I officially launched Christine Joy Design at the surface pattern licensing tradeshow, Surtex, in the summer of 2014. I’m also a wife and a mom to two very sweet and rambunctious toddlers.

My daughter is almost 2 and a half and my son is 17 months. I am home with the kids three days a week. I work from home on my design business on the other two days and on some evenings.

COFTA-Christine-Joy-6Has your approach to painting, your processes, medium, or your inspiration changed since having children?

I’m constantly in awe of my children’s curiosity and imagination. I find great inspiration in watching them explore their surroundings and love seeing the look of amazement in their eyes as they discover something new. This sense of wonder and exploration absolutely influences my creating. I am more excited to try new mediums to see what I can create. I only recently started experimenting with watercolor and am love with it! It may be my new favorite medium.

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Is it easy or difficult for you to find/make time to create? Did you have to give anything up? Do you have advice on what works for you?

On my designated work days, it is easy for me to find the time to create. The other three days of the work week definitely pose more of a challenge in that i can’t just pick up a pen or paintbrush and create even though I may be feeling inspired. With two very energetic kids, it’s almost impossible to create when they are around and demanding all of my attention. Not that it can’t be done, it just requires getting a little creative. At times I can get my daughter to “draw with Mommy” but that only holds her attention for so long. Because of this, I try to make the most out of nap time and save  a lot of my creating until they are down for their nap. I’m so fortunate that they are on the same schedule and nap at the same time!

COFTA-Christine-Joy-4How does being an artist make you a better mother to your children? What do you hope they take away from seeing you as an artist doing something that fulfills you? 

I hope both my kids realize that doing what you love can in fact be a career. I hope they learn that pursuing your passion and earning a living aren’t mutually exclusive. Making a living doing what you love will absolutely take time and patience, but the money will come. I’d love them to help them figure out what their passion and talents are and find ways to make a career for themselves using their unique gifts. I also will instill in them the importance of surrounding yourself with people (your spouse, friends, associates etc) that uplift you and support your dreams. I am beyond lucky to have a husband who is so supportive of me and has been Christine Joy Design’s number one fan since day one.

COFTA-Christine-Joy-3Where do you paint or create? What are your favorite things about your workspace and what would you improve? Do you ever create art with your kids?

My home studio consists of my dining room table and a my office which is a small corner of my bedroom. When you live in a NYC apartment, you have to get creative with your space! I dream of one day having a designated studio, but for now, this arrangement works out really well for me. My favorite things about my workspace are the windows. I get tons of natural light which I love.

COFTA-Christine-Joy-5Do you have any tips to streamline / delegate / outsource household and childcare activities so that you can focus more time on your art? Has your lifestyle changed in any major ways?

Yes! I am fortunate enough to be able to dedicate two full days (and some post bed-time evenings) to my business. I think that if you are able to get assistance with household chores and/or childcare, whether you hire assistance or have family willing to help nearby, you definitely should! At first I dealt with some guilt around this but have since embraced it. Having some time to be creative and think about ways to promote and market my business is more than worth it. It will go nowhere if you don’t dedicate the time. Also, having time to work on my interests definitely improves my mood and just makes me happier overall. For me, creating is my form of stress relief. It’s needed and I am so happy that I can dedicate some of my time to that. COFTA-Christine-Joy-1

Do you have any big goals or dreams for your art that you’d like to share? What would be your dream project?

One of my big goals recently came true! I have always dreamed of seeing work I’ve created in some of my favorite home goods stores. So recently I was floored when I learned that one of my favorite home goods retailers, West Elm, selected eight of my paintings to add to their wall art assortment. I competed in the Minted x West Elm art challenge and West Elm selected my work. The pieces are now online and should be in store soon. It has literally been a dream come true.

I’d love to continue to partner with them and other home goods brands. I also want to begin developing some of my own products in the coming months as well so I see that as a huge goal. Manufacturing is no small undertaking so I’ve been doing lots of research and weighing the pros and cons. COFTA-Christine-Joy-7


Reading about the goals that Chris accomplished and the ones she’s aiming for next are so inspiring. I can’t wait to see what she does next! Thank you again for sharing with us.

Carving Out Time for Art with Oriana Lewton-Leopold

This week’s feature is about Oriana Lewton-Leopold, an artist and new-ish mother in Portland, Oregon. I met Oriana on Instagram and have enjoyed getting to know more about how her art has changed after having her little girl. I’m  amazed at her dedication to her work, especially after taking care of a small child all day, and working in the evenings at a restaurant. It’s fascinating how many people with small children use watercolor (since it’s so convenient), and I like seeing how they use it so differently. I think that Oriana’s use of watercolor in her small works is so unique, lush, and explosive – and has a likeness to her oil paintings that is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us this week, Oriana!

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Tell us about yourself. How old is your daughter? Where can we find you?

Hi! I’m Oriana Lewton-Leopold. I’m an artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. I got my BFA in mixed media from Hampshire College in 2003 and my MFA in Visual Studies from PNCA in 2012. I have two kids: my dog, Hux (7 yrs) and baby girl, Anouk (11 months)​. My husband, Nathaniel Price, is a chef, artist, fly fisherman, and fly tyer extraordinaire. By day I am home with the baby, sneaking bits of painting in while she naps, and in the evenings I work at a pizza place owned by my good friends called Dovevivi Pizza.

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Has your approach to painting, your processes, medium, or your inspiration changed since having children?

My process has changed a lot since having Anouk, for very practical reasons. I have studio in our garage where for years I have worked with oils and acrylics, getting really wild and messy and working on big canvases. I used to spend hours and hours in there, the time just slipping away. Now I just don’t have time to get in there; we can’t afford childcare and I can only ask so much of my family; when Anouk was born in July, I had a show coming up in December, so my mom, dad and sister really helped out so that I could get into the studio. But it was a lot to ask, so now for the most part I work out of our dining room/office area. I work now mostly on paper, and much smaller than I used to. I feel good about it, though; I think it is always a good thing to challenge yourself with size, medium and subject matter. I’ve been working with watercolor and ink and acrylic gouache; things I can dip in and out of quickly, unlike oils. Also, my work previously was much more conceptually driven; I was thinking a lot about feminism, the objectification of women in pop culture/the lure of pop culture, women and performance, all kinds of things; I am still thinking about those things, but my work now is much more about looking at the formal details of line, color and shape; taking in the details of a flower, for example, and allowing myself to abstract on it. Perhaps I just don’t have the mental energy to delve into heavy subject matter at the moment, but I think I am still challenging myself, learning new techniques, and trying out new things.

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Is it easy or difficult for you to find/make time to create? Did you have to give anything up? Do you have advice on what works for you?

Sometimes it is very difficult to find the time to create; to be honest, after a day of chasing around the baby and the dog and then serving pizza, all I want to do is sit down with a glass of wine and a TV show (and sometimes I do, and that’s ok!) For me it helps to have my paints and paper ready, so that if I get a brief half an hour during a nap, I can dive right in. Also, I have to keep telling myself that sometimes it is OK to work on some art instead of doing the dishes or folding laundry; as Virginia Woolf said, sometimes you have to “kill the angel in the house”; you can’t be the perfect housewife all the time! Sometimes art needs to come first!

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I think being an artist sets a good example for Anouk; I think it’s so important to have something you love, that is all yours; not your parents’, your mate’s, your friend’s…it makes you more independent and fulfilled. I hope she finds that thing she loves someday, whether it’s art or music or science or whatever else she dreams up!

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I paint at a table in the dining room/office, or at the kitchen table in our little breakfast nook; I wish I had more space, or could get out to the studio, but it’s just not practical right now; perhaps when Anouk starts school I’ll be able to get out there again. Anouk is too little now to do art with me, but soon, you bet!

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Do you have any tips to streamline / delegate / outsource household and childcare activities so that you can focus more time on your art? Has your lifestyle changed in any major ways?

Like I said, “kill the angel in the house!” Also, we are practicing setting Anouk in her crib or pack n play with a few books, and she is getting more and more into it; perhaps in a bit, she’ll be able to entertain herself for little chunks of time and I could paint beside her while she does her thing in the pack n play. Also, I am going to start doing childcare trades with an artist friend of mine; a great option because neither of us can afford a sitter!

Do you have any big goals or dreams for your art that you’d like to share? What would be your dream project?

At some point I’d like to get big and messy again, just go nuts in the studio. It will happen, and when it does, all the built up energy will create something nuts!

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More about Oriana’s work:

Her larger original figurative paintings are available for sale through Blackfish Gallery in ​Portland, Oregon.

​The first three are part of a series looking at images from performances of The Crucible as well as professional figure skaters falling on the ice; I was interested in performance, grand gestures and emotions, the point where horror, joy and beauty coalesce. Also the way women are forced to perform in our culture, and how they can then manipulate that objectification and turn it into power.

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Jouissance, acrylic on canvas,​ ​ 2014​,​ 34×40​ inches
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Why do you come, yellow bird? acrylic on canvas, 2014​,​ 36×48​ inches​
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Yellow Hush, 2014, acrylic on panel, 21 x 24 inches

The two oil paintings are part of a series where I was looking at paintings by Édouard Manet and photos of Rihanna and combining them on the canvas. I was playing with gesture and form, and seeing what happened when these two seemingly disparate subjects were combined on the canvas.

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And when I love you close you can feel my heart beating through my clothes, 2013, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
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You don’t need another lover, don’t you let it go, I already got it covered, let the others know, 2013, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Carving Out Time for Art with Dana Barbieri

I was re-introduced to Dana Barbieri’s colorful and fun artwork on Instagram, and remembered her work from Flickr years before. She is friendly, talented, and someone I would want to hang out with to paint, chat and knit.

When I came up with my own version of interviewing artist parents, I saw that Dana had done a similar series a few years back focusing on Art Biz Mamas. It’s a fantastic series, and if you enjoy reading about these types of interviews as much as I do, you will not want to miss it. Dana is also doing a fun project called 2 x 2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks with her friend, Anne Butera.

Thank you so much for your time and wisdom, Dana!

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Tell us about yourself. How old are your children? Where can we find you?

My name is Dana Barbieri. I’m an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains two hours north of New York City with my husband, two children and little kitty. I’m passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design. I love artists and I’m curious about many things. Currently I’m working on a Daily Sketchbook project for 2015.

My children are 9 and 7. My kids are in school full time and I work as a sub at their school.

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After having my son back in 2005 my whole life changed including my approach to creating. In the beginning when he was really little I enjoyed having a creative outlet as a way to relax after mothering all day. I was into making scrapbooks, collages (one I made was featured in Somerset Studio), blogs were just starting and I even remember starting one (didn’t last) that I just shared a bit about my son.

COTFA-Dana-Barbieri-2Is it easy or difficult for you to find/make time to create? Did you have to give anything up? Do you have advice on what works for you?

I’ve always made it a priority to create. Of course when my kids were really little I had less time but even then I did many crafts/painting/drawing etc. with them. I gave up housework many times in favor of creating. I would never be happy not working on something. And if I’m not happy that isn’t good for the kids. Now that they are bit older, more independent and in school there are more chunks of time for creating but I still love when my kids want to be involved with creating with me. That can range from picking out yarn for something I may knit/crochet for them or painting with them. My son has learned to knit and crochet. He hasn’t stuck with it but I treasure that time we spent working on it together.

My advice: If your kids are babies then use nap time to work on something. If they are older and curious create with them. That time will soon pass and they will be onto their own interests. Give them large sheets of paper to paint on. Don’t worry about the mess. It’s all a part of the process. Buy them their own supplies. Take them to the art or craft store and let them pick a sketchbook and paints/pencils, etc. Have fun.

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How does being an artist make you a better mother to your children? What do you hope they take away from seeing you as an artist doing something that fulfills you? 

Doing something that brings me joy absolutely makes me a better mother. Kids want to see their mother happy. I believe that my kids see me being passionate and curious about many things and I believe that it teaches them to live their life in the same way.COTFA-Dana-Barbieri-5Where do you paint or create? What are your favorite things about your workspace and what would you improve? Do you ever create art with your kids?

Right now I mainly paint in our play room and I knit and crochet all over the house. Perhaps someday it would be nice to have a whole room to play in but right now I enjoy the way I create. I like being involved with the family. And yes, as I mentioned above I do create with them.

COTFA-Dana-Barbieri-8Do you have any tips to streamline / delegate / outsource household and childcare activities so that you can focus more time on your art? Has your lifestyle changed in any major ways?

If you can get some help with the housework I say do it! Otherwise I think it’s good to relax about it. One of my favorite sayings is, “A perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life.”-Mary Randolph Carter It’s a book too. Once your kids are able, have them help with the housework too. They need to learn it anyway. I can’t say I’m so great about that last bit though.

COTFA-Dana-Barbieri-6Do you have any big goals or dreams for your art that you’d like to share? What would be your dream project?

I will share a couple. Since I’m a former fabric designer I really would love to have my own line of fabric. Also, I always wanted to design dinnerware. Those are just a couple.

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Dana also referred me to the book, The Artistic Mother: A Practical Guide to Fitting Creativity into Your Life”. Neither of us has read it yet, but it may be helpful for others looking for more guidance on finding time to create art.

Don’t forget to share your own moments on Instagram using #carveouttimeforart. I would love to see how other people are creating time for themselves!