I have a big batch of journal pages I've done in the last few months. But I'm feeling ambivalent about posting them here, or anywhere. Is it weird to post personal artwork online for others to see? I confess I love the feedback more than anything, but I also feel like I'm giving back/contributing since I love to look at other people's work, too.
I feel like I had fairly realistic expectations for what being a full-time mom would be like. I obviously didn't picture picnics in the park and cupcakes every day. I knew I'd be challenged by the Sisyphean task of warding off domestic entropy. I'm not sure I expected to feel so completely enveloped into my new role, though. I did really want to try to have a side business, or do freelance, or basically, just protect a small portion of my time for artistic pursuits. But I'm finding it's incredibly hard to find time to accomplish all those little tasks that add up when you feel like you should be "making something of yourself" or "staying true to your artistic self" blah blah blah. You know.
I guess the question I'm asking here is, do I need an Etsy shop? (something I've been stressing out about lately.) Do I need to make and maintain a portfolio site? Do I need to blog everyday? Or is it okay for me to just be a mom and spend a lot of time folding towels and also sometimes do nothing but watch marathons of Top Chef during naptimes?
And I know that no one can answer those questions but me.
I also know that I want to keep doing arty things, just for myself. I want to keep sending out funny little postcards. I want to help my friends and family with the little design projects they request. And I want to be the best mom I can be.
So. Maybe those are the answers I'm looking for.