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. Be sure to read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
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December 4th: Creative Inheritance.
December 11th: The Creative Process.
Where do you find your creative energy? How do you come to a place where you feel confident in yourself, your creative work? Many a day when I need to finish (or start) a painting, or a sketch, I can barely summon the will to pick up my paints. It is a feat to get my brain to switch gears from thoughts of making yet another dinner, helping a child with his fifteenth school project in three months, or anxiety about an upcoming PPT. Even though I know at the other end, after I have worked on my painting or thought deeply about my next project, I will feel more myself, have energy to make dinner (and possibly dessert), tackle the school project and approach the PPT with much less stress, it is difficult to make that first move, to not feel overwhelmed by it all.
Some days I don't make it. Other days, I push through and show up. I have found what gets me going and helped me to show up is drawing from my list of Creative Mother Heroines. I think of my grandmother, her mother and her mother's mother sewing quilts from other people's scraps on their hot Georgia porch. They had to be tired-bone tired, yet they did it and made beautiful things in the process. I think of my grandmother embroidering her pillows and runners, adjusting the embroidery pattern so that the lady with the hoop skirt had skin that matched hers. She took control of her creations while living in a world that told her that because of her skin she didn't matter, that her creativity didn't matter. After reflecting on these mothers who have blazed and walked this path, I am ready to show up, get my paints out and get to work.
My grandma-Mary L. Walker
A recent piece
Who are your Creative Mother Heroines?
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- 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.