Who is she?
I want to create a blog piece for Mother’s Day without it being about actual flesh and blood mothers.
I’ve got one. A mother. I am not one. A mother.
I am, however, an Art Mother.
I create pictures.
I birth them from bits of nothing and scraps of something.
I midwife other people’s creativity.
I like that term, Art Mother. What do you think of it? Do you connect in any way?
So I go
a-scrolling through photos. What to share? What fits?
Ha! I find this paintage in its early stages.
Just a background.
Think about content, it says.
Well, exactly. I’m trawling through my images, wondering blog content and what feeds contentment.
Something big and bold? Something complex and many-layered?
This one speaks to me. I feel tender towards that hunched-over girl. I feel tender and motherly towards that hunched-over, slightly sad, introspective girl who is probably me at times. I am grateful she has helpers – a kind person and a wee bird angel. Aww.
This is what she evolved from.
I don’t have earlier photos of the paintage in process, but I reckon it was one of those ones that started with simply playing. Colour, swirls, purple. Torn paper. Small images and textures. See what reveals itself in the Art of Emergence.
Let us celebrate the inner mother tending to the inner child.
May we all find creative ways to nurture our vulnerable selves.
Hurrah for Art Mothers.
with love, art and soul from Sally