Holding Moments

 |  September 6, 2011

Holding Moments
8×8 inches

Earlier this year I embarked on a series of bowl paintings sparked by a Raymond Carver poem. This is the third of the 8×8 inch bowls I have painted so far. This was the first one and here is the second. I envisioned doing at least 9. But I may take a little break from the bowls. I have a larger encaustic painting of a bowl painting started as well as an acrylic one. I would like to finish them at some point. But some other work has been appearing on my work table that is consuming me right now and that is all that I want to work on when I get some work time. Hope to post those soon….

Lately I have been feeling split in two. One as mother, wanting to hold onto the fleeting moments with my children. They grow so fast. Wanting them and helping them to become independent and then standing back, trying not to hover, as I bring my son to his first day of big boy preschool. My daughter is now putting 2-3 word phrases together, her first was “I want Mommy!”, of course. And then the other as artist, feeling held in suspension, always waiting for the moment when I can step into my studio and into my work. Creating is like a drug for me- I get jittery when I don’t get enough of it.


And now, I put on my promotional hat: I have been adding a few painting to the mixed media art section of amanobooks.com. I will be adding more soon as I sort through things as I have been on an organization binge in my studio and in my paperwork. Maybe I should say I am split in three.


  1. by Linda Branch Dunn on September 8, 2011  4:03 pm Reply

    You are so right about being torn. The days can be endless with little ones, but the years disappear in a heartbeat. Very strange. Keep working, with, without, and around your lovely children. They'll remember.

  2. by Judy Shreve on September 8, 2011  4:37 pm Reply

    They do grow fast - my (young) son is soon to be 21 and in college.

    I was told when he was a little fella that for moms - the days may be long, but the years zoom by.

    Because creating is as necessary as breathing for you - you will find a way to work - and your children will benefit from that part of you as well.

  3. by Art on September 8, 2011  4:51 pm Reply

    Very beautiful picture!

  4. by Carole on September 8, 2011  11:09 pm Reply

    Beautiful work. My girls are all grown now but they all remember making art with mommy. Most days I love having all the space to myself but every once in a while I would love to hear their little girl giggles and squeals again!

  5. by Wax Beach Artist on September 9, 2011  12:52 pm Reply

    Your bowl painting is beautiful and I love the lively colors! I love it when you post and I hope to see new work soon :)

  6. by JoyfulArt on September 13, 2011  2:39 pm Reply

    Everytime I see one of your paintings that I want, it is already sold. Is this one sold?

  7. by Amanda on September 20, 2011  8:08 pm Reply

    Yes, the balance of nourishing yourself so that you can nourish others. It's a beautiful tightrope.

  8. by Shelley Whiting on October 10, 2011  7:30 pm Reply

    The textures in your pieces are rich and I love the layering of colors. Your light is luminous and glowing. Your work is ethereal and soft. Beautiful work.

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