Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Inspiration Staycation and the Artistic Mother

Inspired by Kim Klassen's Inspiration Staycation, this past weekend I sent my husband and son off to Grandma's for two days, and spent the time blissfully creating music and art. Oh, to rediscover the joy of solitude is amazing! I can't remember the last time I was alone for more than an hour.

So what did I do with all this uninterrupted creative time? Oh, so many things! I worked on about 3 projects at a time, whirling around the house like a dirvish. Two days sounds like a lot of time, but it isn't! But one project I did actually complete is this project from Shona Cole's The Artistic Mother book. If you haven't heard of this book, it is a fantastic 12-week collection of projects, interspersed with tons of inspiring artist profiles. Typical of me, I start on week 8. What can I say, I'm the type of person who can never do things by the book (which is why university was such a painful experience for me).

Some lessons I learned from this weekend:

1. It is good to remember who I am, separate from the roles I play.
2. I still need a night light when I sleep alone.
3. It's nice to get a chance to miss the men in my life.
4. I really need to organize all my art supplies!
5. I am so grateful for all the good things in my life!

Hope you get to carve out a bit of creative time this week.



  1. What a great idea to do a staycation. I may just have to do that myself sometime.

    I've learned that I need a night light, too.

    Your project is really beautiful. That's a precious picture of your son.

  2. Hi! This is a wonderful piece, nice colors, layers, composition and such a great photo. Your staycation sounds fantastic, and your lessons brought a smile to my face. And look at all the comments on your last post...woohoo! And that's a great piece too, with the heart.


  3. oh Joyelle, this is so lovely. the colors are soothing, you can tell your worked on it in a calm space! those are a wonderful 5 things. it seems like the little time alone allowed you to really reflect on your lovely life. what a sweet hubby to give you that space!