Author: Shona Cole
Shona Cole, loving wife and mother of 5, writes a practical guide to welcoming creativity and meaningful art back into your life without neglecting any of the other duties required in your busy life as a full time mum.
Many mothers out there, whether they work outside the home or their family is their work, wish they could find the time to do something for themselves, some time to take time out and create something artistic. Shona Cole recognised this wish of the modern mother and has put together a book designed to help us all do exactly that.
The Artistic Mother is an informative look at how, with a little planning and the knowledge that not all ‘art time’ will produce art, we can all bring our artistic side out. We can create meaningful art that combines our parenting and love of our children with our artistic expressions of self that will remain long after the moment has passed.
Shona Cole has brought in 7 other artistic mothers to share a little about themselves and their art. They talk about how and when they make the time to be artistic without it impacting on the other responsibilities they shoulder raising their beautiful children.
The Artistic Mother includes a lot of handy hints about working with mixed media and ways to get the most out of the things you are doing. It looks at the ways we see ourselves and our art while always reassuring us that the only person we really need to please with our art is ourselves.
The Introduction to The Artistic Mother looks at the importance of nurturing our creativity and the positive benefits it has for ourselves and for our children. The five chapters in the book focus on different aspects of the creative process, beginning in chapter one with a breakdown of creativity and how it can realistically be incorporated into daily life.
Chapter five then completes the book with a workshop consisting of 12 projects that are family oriented and relatively simple to focus on finding the creativity residing within you. These projects are created using easy to find materials and simple techniques.
In a nutshell The Artistic Mother will help you to overcome the self criticism we all exhibit at times and find your inner artist, it will nurture a sense of motivation to sit and plan projects with realistic goals that will foster a sense of achievement when those plans come to fruition.
Shona Cole’s outlook on the importance of creativity and the way that it enriches our every day lives is quite infectious. This book is an inspiring and insightful first step on the path to an artistic future. A future in which you will be happier because you have regained a little of the balance that often disappears as we become mothers and give all to our families.