Mothering and Making / by jessica kirkpatrick

I held out a long time to have a baby because I thought I would stop doing art.   However I have discovered that entering motherhood has created a much needed tension in my life to compel a desire to create and work hard.  Baby often joins me in the studio; our ceremonial pushing of the buggy to the arts complex with all of our provisions--baby carrier, lunch, sketchbooks, fully stocked nappy bag, etc.  Between feeds, changes, singing and dancing to quelch his unending need for entertainment, I may fit in a little art.  Now that he is crawling I have become used to his little body hanging from my legs as I make efforts to work.  My studio time almost feels a little too easy when baby is not there and I have come to enjoy my son as a companion when I am working.