It took about two weeks of near-sleepless nights for me to see what was obvious all along.
We needed art back in our life. Not just crafts, but real actual art.
My business card has Artist written on it, yet I had not picked up a paintbrush in over a year.
I had been making excuses.
In our old home we had a studio. When we moved into this little house over two years ago the plan had always been to make room for a little studio somewhere, a special place for painting and writing.
It did not happen, for many different reasons, and I kept putting off finding time to paint. I kept making excuses: There were dishes to wash, the little ones would join in and I would not be able to concentrate, I did not have the right paper.. In the end I hardly painted at all.
Emily and Arthur joined in, we used whatever paints and paper we could find, there were no closed doors, there were no special brushes or even any thought as to what we wanted to paint, and yet it was perfect.
We tried new paints and techniques,
and it was beautiful working alongside each other.
It is truly inspirational to watch the little ones create art.
We used lots of different paper to paint on, including some sheet music that we had received from the grandparents.
We painted all the way through from morning until dinnertime, not even stopping for lunch.
(“I can eat and paint at the same time, Mama, I am an artist!“)
We are now slowly working on turning our dining room into a little studio, just adding a few inspirational items and making art supplies a little more accessible. It’s always a bit difficult with George and who he currently is, but after today I am so very sure that we need to start creating art again.
Do you have a studio space in your home?