Nurturing is cultivating and fostering relationships and connections within ourselves. When we take steps to care for ourselves, we gain the strength to care for others.
Women have the gift of being natural nurturers who can multitask by juggling the roles they identify in family, career, and community. However, deep down in their conscience, they long for tranquility and moments of peace but often turn it down.
Women often downplay to prioritize self-care or well-being because they feel obligated to provide care and support to others and shy away from setting boundaries.
In many instances, they find it difficult to say it's okay to take a break, it's okay to ask for help, or it's okay to indulge in self-care because they feel guilty.
As a woman, a mother, a wife, an artist, and various roles that I identify myself in my family and community, I honor my self-care time through art making.
I make art to find my inner peace, and I hope others will experience it through my art.
Calm Your Mind
Sometimes, we get cramped with too many things happening in our lives, and most of us experience the feeling of overwhelm and anxiety. We plan, create lists, and follow up, but for me, it's either the fear of missing out or the lack of time. I can't count how often I tell myself that “I don't have time.”
This year was a hectic summer with two trips to India, family gatherings, family events, graduation, short summer trips, etc. I knew there would be times I would feel exhausted and stressed, especially since I had to wrap up a body of work for my upcoming gallery show.
I titled the new series of paintings I was working on, Nurture yourSelf. I wanted to practice finding the time to nurture myself around everything happening in the background. I conveyed my art studio goals with clarity and confidence to my family members, and they offered support and encouragement, which helped me calm my mind to attain my goal. I am learning to set boundaries and ask for help because I have recognized that nurturing myself is essential. I am not falling for the notion that “I can do it all” any more.
Mixed Media on cradled board
8" H X 8" W X 2" D
The artwork is original and signed. The painting is varnished for protection, wired, and ready to hang. No framing is required.