artful parenting

I'm now 19 weeks (almost halfway!) into my pregnancy and I couldn't be any more excited about what lies ahead...




And while I have no clue what the next few months will hold, I have been thinking a lot about some of my all-time favorite things: art, kids & teaching.   I can't wait to combine these passions with intentionality and imagination in motherhood.  




I imagine having all sorts of adventures with my kids: building forts, baking cookies, dance parties, scavenger hunts, painting with our feet, building and jumping into leaf piles, cooking together...the list goes on and on.  And I just *love* that I've had all sorts of practice over the last few years laughing, creating and getting into mischief with all the little people in my life.  If there's one thing I've learned from these little people: 

life is truly precious & we have a choice in how we respond to it each day.


Clockwise left to right, top to bottom:

1.  Reading with the delightful Ruby Jean

2-4.  Scavenger hunt, jumping in leaves, and cooking with the fantastic Henry James

5. Painting the Sistene Chapel activity 

6. The Artful Parent book (can't wait for this book to come out!)

7. Coloring posters on etsy

8. Teepee / play nook

9. Children's "art studio" corner

10. Awesome print on etsy





And Erik and I can't help but wonder how having children will affect our artwork.  New subject matter?  New materials?  New collaborations?  As we daydream about this, we have enjoyed watching the artwork of our friends transform in new and surprising ways.


Activity: Restroration  |  Zack Bent  | archival inkjet |  2008




Apaschal Gus Swanson | Jeff Guy | oil on panel | 2010

(installed in a show called "Neighbor / Accomplice" that looked into the relationship

between family heritage and evil / past sins)