Monday, February 7, 2011

Mothers & Daughters

The theme “mother & daughter” has always been very important to me. My imaginary creative muse "katie-claire" is in fact a combination of my mom's and daughter's middle names, so I guess it is no surprise!

Recently I came across two books that while different in genre have this theme in common and are both so well-written & full of inspiration I just have to share them! “The Artistic Mother” by Shona Cole and “Traveling with Pomegranates” by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor.

I think I have read most of Sue Monk Kidd's books - both fiction and non-fiction - well, devoured is probably more accurate. I just love her style and contemplative insight. Her latest book is a joint travelogue written with her daughter. It's a wonderful journal of their journeys to sacred places in Europe and to themselves, really. I do hope to see more by her talented daughter Ann Kidd Taylor soon!

“The Artistic Mother” is a more practical book of encouragement and creative projects. Any of you with children know what a balancing act life becomes and Shona Cole has some great tips and interviews with artistic moms for taking your art time seriously. Even after reading (and re-reading it!) I simply enjoy seeing this beautiful cover with the words ”Art” and “Mother” together - and of course mixed-media art including Shona's daughters!

Wishing you inspiration and sunshine on this February day!