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I want to talk a little bit more about why I decided to start this journal.
First--and probably most importantly--I want to chronicle my experiences with trying to make it as an artist while also being a full-time mother. To many this way of life is not and could never be an option. After all, it's hard enough to be one or the other. I want to prove the exception to the rule and hopefully inspire others out there to do the same. As forward thinking a nation and culture we may be, the fact thattragic_elegance told me that "[...]at one time I thought [motherhood] was a one-track job" tells me that there's still room for improvement and greater awareness.
Which brings me to another raison d'etre for this journal. I hope to also make my dear readers more aware of female artists, both contemporary and throughout history. Because as hard as it is to be a mother and an artist, it's still pretty hard to be a woman in a field dominated by men, and male historians. (Quick quiz! Name as many female artists as you can. Do it!)
Discussion and networking is another important reason I wanted to put this journal online. As a mother I don't get out as much as I perhaps should, so the internet is a vital link to the outside world for me. I hope to encourage open discussions on everything from current artworld goings on to housewifery/mommy stuff. And, of course, I have ulterior motives in hoping inspiration may soon follow.
I guess my content can be broken down into three categories. One, sharing my art and my struggles as an artist. Two, sharing my triumphs and struggles as a mom (and to a lesser degree, a wife). And lastly, sharing links, clips, and tips from both the art world and the home front. Hope you'll all support me, join in on discussions, and share my journal with a friend if you think anything I have to say is useful and pertinent!