Thoughts on Motherhood Through the Eyes of an Artist

Almost three years ago when I first started writing for Dirty Laundry Blog,  I  couldn’t believe I was doing it, to write about personal things for the world to read.  I’ve always been a writer, in High School I wrote for the school paper, my favorite class was journalism. Unfortunately things didn’t go so well in High School, I dropped out in eleventh grade. I have always kept a sketchbook and journal, except for one time period in my life, when I first got married I stopped writing. My husband and I started trying to get pregnant, and what was supposed to be fun turned into a nine year nightmare. I went on a terrible journey through Infertility. I wish I had begun writing again during this period but the longer I went without writing the harder it was to begin to write again. I kept painting and making art, went to graduate school, and started showing my art work. I finally decided to take a writing class at a local book store. Once I got started material flooded out of me. Then our babies were finally born, boy-girl twins,  after ten years of trying for children. The first year of becoming a mom was brutal, it was a major transition. I didn’t do much art, started to feel depressed, I missed my life as an artist. I started to write again. The first piece I wrote, Raising Twins, Finding Balance,  was for my Mothers Club, it was published in their monthly news letter. This is when I decided to start a blog. I called it Dirty Laundry Blog because as a mom of twins dirty laundry is non-stop. I started finding time to work in my studio during Nap Times, these became my Nap Time Paintings and Nap Time Writings. I have turned these into a book that will be launched in the next few months. I write about parenting, being a mom of twins, being a mom with a  daughter who has hearing loss, finding time for creativity, and how motherhood and being an artist  can coexist.