I've been seriously blessed by having The Watercolor Painting Club highlight my blog yesterday. The feedback was so wonderful and positive. THANK YOU!
I especially wanted to write and let people know that, as an artist, I'll always respond to any questions or comments that you may have concerning art or anything else for that matter!
See, I'm a self-taught artist. When I was younger, I never had the money or time to go to college and study art. I was married at 22 to a wonderful man and we started a family right away. Three kids in three years! Woo hooo! We certainly started with a bang! I'd always been an artsy girl and I just longed with every fiber of my exhausted, sleep-deprived being to become an artist....I would fiddle around in the dark, unfinished basement of our CT house with craft paints, teaching myself Tole painting and painting little canvases. Looking back, they were really bad! Wow!
I remember rocking my babies in the wee hours of the morning, dreaming and longing to just have the time, or the money or even one day to just attend an art class! It wasn't happening. So I fumbled around, painting on the walls of my daughter's room, doodling flowers and birds and picket fences during nap time.
Amazingly, I started getting better at painting flowers with acrylics and people started paying me to come and paint flowers and butterflies in their children's rooms and nurseries! Oh joy! Soon, I had this grand idea that I was going to volunteer my budding murals to hospitals and sick kids. The Yale New Haven Hospital in CT had me paint murals on the entire third floor of their Psychiatric Ward...(please note, I have a history of failed grand ideas) (also note, the ideas are always grand to me until they flop, but that's ok!)
That was interesting! There's nothing quite like having a bunch of patients hanging over your shoulders asking you head scratching questions and wanting to "use that bush over there" for their bodily needs....the bush being the tree I just painted on the wall! I wasn't sure if that was a compliment b/c it was so realistic looking to this slightly disturbed person or an insult to my art. Oh well!
Moving down to North Carolina meant that I had to start over with my client base, but things soon picked up again. UNC's Pediatric Surgeon's office needed a volunteer muralist for their walls...I volunteered three months of my time filling their walls with elephants, ducks, birds, etc...finished it, and they moved! You just have to laugh at life sometimes. If you don't laugh, you'll just cry with frustration!
Some of my early murals:
I spent a few years painting murals, donating murals to chronically ill kids and families. It was quite an experience! I've walked into houses that have sweeping staircases and fountains in the circular driveway....I've quaked in my shoes staring at the blank wall that I was expected to create a huge painting on. Where to start? What if I fail? Why am I doing this? lol
In the end, you just have to dive in and start somewhere, make that pencil mark, pick up that brush...risk it! B/c if you don't you won't get anywhere or learn anything or have the opportunity to fail....and yes, failing is an opportunity b/c every time you fail, you learn something.
So, in between mothering, homeschooling, painting murals, my hubby bought me my first watercolor paints about 4 Christmases ago....and I fell in LOVE! There was no going back. A new challenge to teach myself! Oh joy!
I got books, I studied, I muddied, I tore paintings up, I framed some really bad art, I struggle and I WROTE other artists that I admired...not a lot, mind you, I just wrote an email once in awhile to an artist that I liked....and I never got a response. I just so badly wanted someone to say, "you can do it" or give me some advice on an watercolor problem...and no one ever did! I guess when you get too big for your britches, you forget that there are others coming up behind you that need encouragement and cheer.
Now, let me preface that by saying that my inquiries were in my early watercolor years....until I found Pam Shank and she has been a WONDERFUL encouragement to me. She paints gorgeous watercolor portraits and I love her to death.
So, my friends, ALL that to say that I will never ignore people who write me. I will do my best to be an encouragement to you and help you along your journey, because who are we if we cannot love and assist others in this life?
It is what God expects of us and it is a joy and a privilege. Please enjoy, learn from, paint from, experiment with any of my tutorials...and if you need reference pics, I have free ones on my facebook page! They are copyright free, taken by me at the NC State Arboretum.
Let's see what you can do!
Thanks for reading and I wish everyone the best on their artistic journey!
It's super tricky painting these close up flowers. This week has been crazy and not crazy. I've had sick kids all week (yes, the flue is visiting us YET again) (Oh, joy) and in between making tea, taking temps, making soup, feeling brows, giving vitamins, bringing juice, cutting up oranges, covering up, uncovering, rubbing backs, coloring with, fetching things, washing, cooking, making toast....I've been painting! Ha! I don't have to be at ballet or piano or Taekwondo or play dates or church or anything. Double Ha!
....the beautiful silver lining to the dark cloud that is influenza! My kids have watched WAAAAY too much TV this week, but it's the only way to keep them down and resting, so I've assuaged my guilty conscience with the thought that I never let them watch much and it won't kill them for 4 days out of their life. Weaning them off of it will be tough, but leeeet's not worry about that now.
I'm painting in my art studio, listening to my kids watch episodes of the BBC's Robin Hood and Extreme Couponing. That is not one show, it is two, mind you. I have NO earthly idea why my offspring like to watch Extreme Couponing b/c I don't personally clip coupons, but for some reason they find this show fascinating...... that you can get $1,459.97 worth of junk food for $.37 if you just clip enough coupons...but I digress here!
You are obviously visiting this blog b/c you are interested in art, not my children's quirky TV habits.
So, this flower has taken me THREE WEEKS to paint. My paintings are taking longer and LONGER to finish....I'm not sure if this is progress or not.
It's hugely detailed and just explaining all the steps right now feels like work, so I will let my pics do the talking for me and if you have any specific questions, you can email me or call or use whatever communication you have....I'm sure I'll be found if you're looking b/c I can't seem to get away from anyone these days (not that I'm actively trying).....I remember the days when I went out to the store and I couldn't be reached for HOURS on end b/c I didn't have a cell phone or texting or ichat or skyping or anything that made me reachable in any way, shape or form.
Now, I find myself pushing a shopping cart with my hip bone, loading groceries with one hand, texting with the other while making violent shushing noises to my restless children. While I'm texting, I could get an emergency phone call from my husband who can't decide between the 300 lb. roll of aluminum foil or the 2500 square foot roll of cellophane, and could I please tell him which I need? (the question to ask is, do I really NEED a 300 lb. roll of aluminum? That's a lot of baked potatoes...)
This is all happening while I'm trying to communicate to the deli lady that I really need one pound of THINLY slliced meat not two pieces that each weigh 1/2 a pound. (which is what they'll do if you don't watch them like a hawk b/c they don't like slicing with that slicey thing that they slice with) I know this from experience! NOTHING is worse than bringing home one whole pound of meat and using it up on one very thick sandwich b/c it's sliced too thickly! It's perfectly dreadful, b/c it means that I have to make ANOTHER trip to the grocery store to get more meat to last the week. The HORROR!
Wait, where was I? Ah, yes....painting a pink flower *cue soft classical music*.
I think I've been in the house too long.
Gooood morning, sunshine! That's what I say to my kids and I am fully cognizant that it may someday irritate them. So, in my last post, I was demonstrating a step by step smaller sunflower project. Today, it's the full painting! Woo hoooo!
Transfer or sketch your image onto your paper and I would recommend that you sit for a few minutes and study your subject or photo. Study the lightest colors, the darkest colors, the shapes and shadows and really have a plan of colors in your mind. Decide what you want to do with the background, the colors and shapes that you'd like to have there. Mentally discard anything in your photo that detracts from your focal point or detracts from your painting.
After you've done all that, and I mean, sit and study that photo for at least 15-20 minutes, you're ready for your first wash.
So, I have masked the all of the areas that have really bright sunlight on them. Swirl your brush in some wet soap shavings before you use the masking fluid on your brush. It'll preserve it since masking fluid can ruin brushes.
Wet the whole page thoroughly and lay on your first loose wash. Work quickly or you're going to have backwash issues... (ew!) lol
My gator board is slightly tilted so that my wash runs downward....just slightly. This helps with the colors blending together. Allow it to fully dry before you start another wash. Feel your paper to determine whether or not it's fully dry.
On your next wash, I'm going to start getting specific with the petals on the flowers. I'm using a mixture of burnt sienna and lemon yellow. On this wash, paint around the "sunspots" on the petals to make them glow.
Add in your middles with burnt sienna, hooker's green and burnt umber. I kind of worked in a circle from the outside edge inward, changing the color as I went.
Now, this is the fun part....at least, I love it. I love getting lost in the shapes and shadows of the petals. With a small round, I start deepening the colors on the edges of the petals, giving them depth and shape. It's a little bit tricky, but you can do it with some practice.
Put the colors on the inside edge of a petal, just paint it on a little bit, then, quickly wash your brush and run it over the edge of the color with clean water. It'll soften that edge out nicely.
Here's a close up. Like my bee?
At this stage, I'm working all over the place, on the vase, the petals, the center...whatever catches my fancy....dreading the moment when I have to lay on the background. ha.
Backgrounds, for me, are hard, but necessary....You have to work FAST, and be accurate, making color decisions and changing between several colors throughout the whole wash. When I'm laying on a background, I literally cannot think about anything else or be distracted with anything else. It takes ALL of my concentration.
I lay it on, gritting my teeth and then I sit there and stare worriedly at it for a good bit, watching for back washes and blooms....It's probably amusing to watch me...
It's still going to need another wash...I almost always end up laying on three or more washes on any background that has greenery in it.
So, when laying on the background, I work in sections and I switch between two brushes. A number 3 round and a number 12 round. I lightly wet a section, like on the right of the painting from the bottom up to the first sunflower, laying on the colors loosely, then, I quickly switch to the number 3 round and paint around the edges of the petals. You have to do this quickly b/c you want to then wet another section without that edge drying on you. A drying edge will give you a bad bloom. Don't panic if that happens, though. Let the whole page dry and then start over with laying down a wet wash. It should smooth out an unwanted bloom.
Resist the temptation to work at a bloom while the page is wet. You'll only make it worse. Grit your teeth, lay down your brush and walk away from it. lol
Here's the second background wash. I'm using Hooker's Green, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, and a tiny bit of Alizarin Crimson and a cool green, which I can't remember the name of b/c I didn't write it on my palette.....you can mix a cool green, too, with Hooker's Green and a blue.
So, you've come to the stage of LOTS of softening edges. Softening edges means that you have a tissue in one hand and a small paintbrush in the other. Usually, a number 3 round. After the paper is fully dry, you can start softening the edges around the petals, softening circles in the background for a Boca effect, softening any sunshine spots, etc. This can take quite a while, but it's worth it for your final product.
A quick wash on the railing, painting around the sunlit spot.
Pay some attention to the reflections in the glass vase after you've removed the masking fluid.
At the very very end, after all of the softening and after everything has sat for at least 24 hours, I lay a seriously light, watered down wash of a yellow onto the background to warm it up. I love this wash b/c I brings so much sunlight to the painting.
I named this painting The Sunny Quartet and it's for sale! It's 16x18 in size.
If you want a print of this painting or even if you want to have it printed on a gallery wrapped canvas, you can go to American Frame and order one from there:
Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed this step by step lesson. This painting took me about two weeks to paint, so don't rush yourself. Two weeks is actually a LONG time in my painting world. I like to rush through things, but it's good for me to slow down.
Happy Painting, my friends!
Okay...Hi! So, I love painting sunflowers, but I'm always intimidated before I start. I love the pictures that I take of sunflowers in the sun, with all of the shadows and sun shining through the petals. SO glorious.
I had some late summer sunflowers that were falling off of their stalks in my garden, so I clipped them and turned it into a painting opportunity out on my deck. I loved the vase with the bubbles...I had a bit of trouble painting that, but I am happy with the result.
It was so funny because I wanted to paint the whole vase of flowers one day, but I was all out of paper! So, I painted half the vase on a smaller piece that I had lying around. It came out great! (not to sound humble or anything)
I will eventually paint the whole vase once I get my Christmas work out of the way for orders.
Anyhow, yes, here's some pics of the process. I think I've gotten it down to a science, FINALLY....yellow on yellow can be a bit tricky, at least for me.
Start out with your lightest yellows and build from there.
I masked the part of the vase where the light was shining through the glass. I also wanted to capture the bubbles in the glass of the vase. After taking off the masking fluid, I realized that it was too blotchy, so I masked it again and tried to make the "bubble" marks more even. After putting on another wash and taking the masking fluid off again, I DID have to resort to splattering gouache on it to get the final look that I desired.
I slowly kept building up the yellow and shadows on the petals. I did mask the veins of the sunflower leaves. Watch your spots of sunshine and paint around them. You can always soften the edges at the end.
I had to use a script brush to paint very carefully around all of the petals. I wanted the background to have what's called the bokeh effect, so when I was sketching the painting, I made sure to sketch out the areas in the background that had the light, out-of-focus circles. I slowly wet and painted my way around the page from one corner to the next. This was a bit time consuming, but worth it in the end. I used both a warm and a cool green with a little bit of burnt umber.
The second background wash is fun to paint. It really makes the sunflowers pop forwards. Again, after the first wash is dry, very carefully paint around the petals.
I had painted a coreopsis picture a while back where I masked the entire flower and painted the background easily and quickly, but I kind of like getting lost in the slower process of negative painting.
The colors of the above pictures are a little punchy b/c I took them with my phone. This photo (below) is more accurate.
So, at the very end, I spent time softening the edges of the petals and softening the bokeh effect with clean water and a brush. This can be time consuming, but it really makes a painting look finished and kind of gives the flowers a glow.
Happy Painting! :)
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.......and all that jazz...
Who doesn't like to give and get art at Christmas? Well, here's my present to you. Step-by-step easy daisies to paint as gifts to give this Christmas! You fully have my permissions to paint these daisies as many times as you'd like.
Step one: Mask your daisies with masking fluid. Make sure to put some bar soap on your brush before you start masking. It preserves the brush.
So, I masked the daisies and when they were dry, I wet the entire page very well. Using a flat brush, I started at the top with the yellow ochre and deepened my colors as I painted downwards with browns, greens and some blues. I used Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Hooker's Green and a blue that I can't remember and I'm too lazy to get up and check what the name of it is.
Work quickly! While this is still wet, sprinkle just a little bit of salt towards the bottom. Love it! (as if I can see what you're doing...ha)
Then it's all dry, take the masking fluid off with an eraser or your finger....I use both depending on how sore my finger gets. I don't think I have fingerprints anymore. :)
Paint the centers with Yellow Ochre and Burn Umber. Paint the yellow on first, leaving a small white spot in the center and then touch in the Burnt Umber while it's still wet. I like to soften down the underside of the center again while it's still wet with water just so that it's not such a harsh circle.
I'm actually painting three at a time here for customer orders. These daisies are really popular. They will be framed as 8x10's. The two below will be a set, so I made one with fewer flowers than the other.
Start on your petals now. With that blue...oy.... I guess I'll have to get off my lazy bum and check the color...hang on...
Oh yes...Prussian blue....I watered it down a LOT and wherever the petals crossed or needed definition, I just lined the petal around an edge and then softened the line with clean water. It gives the white daisy flowers more shape. I used a small script brush for both the center and the petals.
For the stems and leaves, I wet each stem one at a time and painted in Hooker's green, Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna....just to make it interesting. I did the same for the leaves. Wet the whole leaf and paint the yellow and greens on there.
Sign it and you have a gorgeous Christmas gift for Grandma! Buy a mat, tape a mat on and give as a gift! It's a very cost effective gift this Christmas!
Happy Painting and Merry Christmas!!!
I absolutely LOVE step-by-step photos....and I love taking pictures of the different stages of my artwork. Sometimes I get to the "end" of painting and I look back at pictures and wish that I'd "ended" earlier....although JJ Jiang says that "a painting is never finished"....which is kind of discouraging if you think about it too hard.
So, here's some step-by-step pics of my latest orchid painting. I had this thing sketched out for a long while, but I was afraid to start it b/c of how complex it was.....and mid way through, I thought I'd ruined it. Then again, I think that half-way through every painting.
What I REALLY wanted to accomplish was getting that boca effect in the background. I'm very slowly getting the hang of it, bit by bit. Enjoy!
This morning was my last class with JJ ( so, so SAD!) Very sad to not be there on Saturday mornings any more....I brought him a "thank you" cupcake, completely forgetting that our Chinese students don't eat sweets like we sugar-loving Americans do and JJ, very graciously, turned it down. Silly me...
Anyhow, last class was "let's go outside and paint something in the parking lot!" Yikes! So many things there, how to narrow it down? Trees, stores, cars, people, fences, fountains, flowers, landscaping, bushes, benches....it's a bit of a visual smorgasbord when you're trying to condense your artsy thoughts into a painting.
Fortunately, JJ to the rescue....he showed us how to change the scene, choose our focal point, use warm and cool colors and even move items around to make our composition more pleasing to the eye.
Did I mention that he's a great teacher? I totally recommend his classes.
Well, we are supposed to loosely paint this fountain that's there...being loose is not my strong suit ( in more ways than one), PLUS, with Chris being gone for SO long, I am mentally and physically exhausted. Did I mention that our fire alarm has been beeping the last few nights? No? well.......it has and....zzzzzzzzzz Oy.
I'm sure it has something to do with batteries and blah, blah, blah...it's much easier to shut the door and put a pillow over my head than to search for a battery at 3am.....plus, if I get up, then the cats think it's playtime and the dog wants to go out and one child might awaken b/c she's scared b/c I shouldn't have let her watch that dinosaur show that traumatized her and she'll probably need therapy soon b/c she cried when the dinosaur ate the person (I forgot about that part, I swear) and we'll have to pay for it b/c therapy isn't cheap and that's why I need to sell some art soon b/c kids are expensive! Plus, I'm not sleeping.....and I'll probably have to buy stock in Unisom soon...
We get all set up and JJ does his demo, confounding us by how simple he seems to make it. His brush pauses and lightly dances on the page and suddenly, a burbling fountain appears and in the next stroke, a bench and some perfect trees and I suddenly feel a headache coming on while I glance around to make sure that TT hasn't gotten kidnapped by some Cary yuppie...Oh, she's taken off her coat, socks, hat and boots and is now leaping over them like a horse...Phew....Once we sit down, it's a bit more intimidating.....
Here's my attempt....
Then, I'm at a loss....what to do now? JJ offers to help and I'm so lost that I give him permission to touch my painting....this permission was not given last week...ha ha....b/c I'm so picky, when he tried to help me, I yelped, "Don't touch it! I need to ruin it by myself!" Mainly, it was pride speaking last week, but this week, pride was out the window b/c, YES, I needed help! (that's hard for me to admit)
So, with a few deft strokes, he basically fixes everything.....oy..I hear the fire alarm chirping again....no sleep tonight....
And it looks SO much better after he dabs here and there that I go back in and dab here and there, trying to imitate him and I end up sitting there, soaking up the sun and admiring my toes....don't they look nice? I should have worn my toe rings....if I knew that I was going to photograph my toes with my art.
So, all in all, I have no wisdom to impart b/c I usually come away from class realizing that I am still at the bottom of the tall and intimidating artsy mountain and most times, I have no idea what I'm doing...just winging it, really.
I guess that's a big part of art, following those glorious instincts and having fun.
Here's to plein air painting......now, where's my chiropractor, I need an adjustment....
Wow, it has been several months since I've posted anything here.....I can't believe how time flies.
Well, many new thing have been happening since I've last written. My art is downtown at cimos, Raleigh. I'm taking classes from the super talented JJ Chiang and learning a LOT.
I wanted to talk about my two styles of portraiture. I'm leaning towards one style, but I'm addicted to my original style. My original style has a very smooth, baby soft skin tone. The ONLY way to accomplish this style is to layer very light layers, VERY slowly, babysitting each wash. Here's an example of my latest portrait in this style.
I painted this little one from a facebook photo (not the best quality to paint from) for some friends who live in China. Sometimes you can't have the "perfect" photo to work from, so you have to do your best with what you have.
So, this was the picture that I got off of facebook. Super cute! Great close up shot and the best one of the bunch, so it was what I went with.
Since babies have such marvelously smooth skin, I wanted to paint the smooth style of skin tone on her. I started in the upper right hand corner, wet on dry, changing colors as I went. I ever-so-gradually built up the skin washes.
Here's the finished product.
I wish that I'd had more time to work on it, but my husband needed it done in two days before he left! Hopefully, it makes it through the TSA....lol
So, the other skin tone wash that I'm wanting to perfect is much more impressionistic in style. I've only successfully done one painting in this style, so it's obviously something that I need to work on.
This little one was a child that was at Fisherman's Cove in Jamaica when we were there. I'm not quite sure if it's a boy or a girl. I'm leaning towards girl.....it's funny b/c when we were in Vietnam and Jamaica, people have no regard for "girl" or "boy" clothing. They just dress their kids in whatever is on hand at the time. Methinks it's more necessity than anything.
Here it is:
So, here I'm simply touching in colors here and there, softening some strokes and leaving others. It's VERY difficult for me to leave the edges on my strokes. Sometimes I have to grit my teeth and leave it....ha.
I also think that dark skin tones work better with this style of painting. Anyhow, if you're interested in exactly what colors and blah, blah, blah, just email me. I won't bore you.
Ciao for now.
I'm one of those artists who is addicted to step-by-step photos....which is why I post so many step-by-step photos for your ultimate viewing pleasure! :)
Last fall, I went to the N.C. State Arboretum and took a bunch of reference photos of the flowers there. Great spot to take photos, BTW. I was hoping to get some florals with a lot of sun and shadow partly b/c I love the challenge of painting shadows and the other partly (lol?) b/c I love the challenge of painting sunshine....that doesn't really make sense, but you know what I mean.
The challenge was painting all of the darks while preserving the "white" of the flowers. It's a process...trust me. :)
After sketching out the flowers and figuring out the balance of the painting, I started with my lightest initial colors. Even though the tea roses were a lovely light shade of whitish-pink, they had a lot of warm colors on the petals b/c of the sunshine.
I knew that my background was going to be very dark. I usually like to start a dark background with a violet wash and darken it with Payne's Grey. The rose all the way on the left was going to be almost totally in shadow, so I started those leaves darker than the rest.
It's usually at about this point in a painting that I start kicking myself for starting such a complex piece...lol....all of those little petals had to be painted separately and I had to paint them in stages. While one petal dried, I painted the petal 2 spaces over and so on. OY!
Painting a petal to make it look like it's curling is a little tricky. Right where the curl starts, I touch on the color and then with clean water, I soften down one edge making the space under the curl darker and creating depth to the flower.
I spent a lot of time concentrating on the middle rose. The flower on the left is going to be totally in shadow and the flower on the right (not painted yet) is going to be VERY sunny. The flower with the most light on it actually gets the least amount of time and paint b/c the white of the paper does the job nicely for me! :)
At this stage, I'm being very careful to paint and soften around the "sunspots" on the petals. The bottom flower is part shade, part sun and I spent a great deal of time studying all of the intricate shapes and shadows that the sun made on the flower.
I also started planning what the leaves were going to look like. I didn't want to paint a lot of greenery since I felt that that would detract from the flowers....just a few.
Once I start adding the dark background, the flowers literally pop forward on the page. It's one of my favorite steps in the process b/c the whites become brilliant and you start to really see the sun/shadow effect.
This is going to take a few washes to get the depth of color that I need in the background.
I'm starting to add in the background with cool greens (Viridian), Payne's Grey and some Violet, alternating between the three colors as I paint from one corner to the other.
The rose on the right had a lot of sun on it, so I'm keeping the details very light on that rose, allowing a lot of the white of the paper to show through. You can tell at this stage that I'm still not sure how I'm going to make the greenery work in this painting. I kind of struggled with shapes and lighting on the leaves before settling on what I thought would work best.
I'm pretty close to being done here. After the painting dried, I took a wet brush and I softened around some of the leaves, dabbing it with a tissue to create the softness from the sun. I also lifted some spots on the leaves and within the dark blue to create small spots of sunshine.
Here are some close-ups to give you an idea of the details.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that at the very end, I lightly washed a cool yellow over some of the leaves to warm them up. Just touch the yellow on and lightly wash over the purples and pinks of the petals, but don't over work it with your brush or else the underpainting will come off!
The light branches here and there were lifted with a brush and water.
Happy Painting, my friends!
Okay, ladies....it's time to pick up a seriously good book.
Spin Sisters by Myrna Blyth is a must read.
As an editor of many popular magazines including The Ladies' Home Journal and Family Circle, Ms. Blyth gives women the scoop on how magazines sell us many , many lies....Lies about how we, as women, are victims, we are frumpy, fat and frazzled, we cannot deal with our jobs, our children, our marriages, etc. She delves into why magazine covers constantly sell "STRESS! STESS! STRESS!!! Are You Stressed? 10 Ways to Relive Stress. How to Live With Stress! How Stress Makes You Fat! How Stress Hurts Your Love Life!" Ms. Blyth debunks all of these headline exaggerations and digs deeper to reveal that, basically, we've been had.
She raises a LOT of good questions....things that have given me pause for thought in my own life. Never before in all of American history have women held the positions of power that they now hold...never before have we been as healthy and well educated. We have myriads of machines that do our work, keeping our hands callous free. Infant mortality has never been better and we typically don't die in childbirth! Women can work, stay at home, study, travel, sing, act, paint, ...do anything that our heart desires and yet, we are still whining about how stressed we are! We can choose to have children or NOT have children, how MANY children to have and how to raise each child.
It's definitely a wake-up call. Maybe we're letting the media influence how we think about ourselves too much. Pick up any magazine and you'll find out how to be a bombshell in bed, keep your man, ditch your man, make your eyelashes longer, be thinner, have smoother skin, longer hair, smaller pores, larger bust....read further and you'll feel like you can't win if you stay at home (frazzled moms?) or go to work (can't handle it all? ) Come on.....you know you see these headlines OVER and OVER again and the influence that it has on us is undeniable. We are an easily persuaded lot.
Anyhow, pick it up from the library or get it it on your Kindle or Nook. Never again will I look at magazines in the same light.
Thank you, Myrna!
I'm a wife and mother of four kids. I homeschool, paint, run, and garden! I am always interested in digging truths out of Scripture. Here, you'll find my thoughts on art, adoption, gardening, mothering, homeschooling, books and whatever else is on my mind. Enjoy!
Creativity doesn't exist in a vacuum - like skepticism, it's a means, not an end. It cries out for a theme. To treat creativity as an end in itself is to assume godlike character for humans as though they could create ex nihilo. -J. Cheane