Motherhood and Creativity: The Divided Heart, is a book I had heard a bout a few years ago. It has now been re-relased and updated and I have finally read it. Do women still confront the attitude that they have to choose between following their creative dreams and having children? Author Rachel Power’s book conducts conversations with Australia’s most respected actors, writers,artists and musicians speak frankly about the wrench between motherhood and their creative lives. For those of you who follow my blog you will used to me saying regularly “I don’t ever have time to paint!” I try not to use this excuse all the time, but this issue is such a big point in my life. I often feel sick with guilt of having creative dreams and ambitions, when I already have so much already with my family. But the point of the fact is, I NEED to paint. Some people need exercise, some need fresh air, but I really need to paint otherwise I will go crazy. Painting for me is relaxing and makes me feel calm, it’s actually quite meditative. It’s been great to read this book and hear that so many other women go through this issue, and that their guilt in wanting to continue and succeeding in their creative field is something that is not uncommon. Motherhood and Creativity: The Divided Heart is available via Affirm Press in either paperback or Ebook, I highly recommend it.
Painted with love,
Wolfgang & Rose