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.
Some days, I can't wait to get to my studio and start painting.
My ideas manifest into my vision, happy accidents occur, and I go into a joyful flow state.
On other days, I would have to drag myself to my studio.
I would blame it on a lazy, gloomy weather day.
I would dread working on a part of the painting I struggle with.
I would use having a bad day as an excuse and not want to paint, and these are just a few.
Lately, I am getting better at showing up in my studio.
My art practice is a way to process my emotions, whether a good or bad day.
I found ways that helped me to get into action.
I pick up my gel plate and make prints.
I clean, rearrange, or organize my studio.
I find comfort when I write down my frustration or worries in my journal or on my substrate and paint over it.
Reflecting on my emotions in words, experimenting with materials, or just sprucing up my studio allows me to be kind and gentle to myself.
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.