There's been an unexpected bonus for me in becoming a mom; seeing the world through my baby's eyes. Part of what fascinated me about being trained as an artist was the way it opened up my eyes to the world around me. I was training my eye to see details, and it was like getting a new lease on life- everything was exciting- the most drab day could be turned around by careful observation of the way that light hit my coffee cup.
But after a few years of Art school- it got old again. Somehow in the work required to get a degree, I tuned out the simple joy of observing the world, I got absorbed in other aspects of art, and forgot that the most important and joyful part of creating art is observing the world.
I love that part of art making- and through my daughters eyes I'm getting to relive that 'awakening'. It's a gift I didn't expect, and one that I'm so grateful to her for.