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Sometimes I try to sneak some painting in my sketchbook when my five year old asks to paint a pumpkin after homework is finished with limited turmoil, and before he loses it when his painted pumpkin goes awry and we have to wash everything off except it won’t get off the stem so we try to use a toothbrush to scrub the remaining bits. Then we swim for 10 minutes until the baby needs to nurse so I nurse al fresco thanks to this convenient swimsuit.

The gouache dries. The kid begrudgingly helps clean up. There is an attitude and dramz. And I find another few minutes to finish painting in my sketchbook with watery dried up gouache and don’t get too annoyed when he paints on my painting with green paint which doesn’t go with my nicely curated palette of blues, yellows and grays. Because it’s hard being a newish big brother some days 😂. #motherhoodunplugged #carveouttimeforart

#naplengthstudiotime #wip .
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Usually I try to finish a piece in a sitting, for whatever reason it has been working so far, but today I started working on something that just sort of ambled and I don't think it's finished. Some material from a bridesmaids dress, coat, pregnancy pillow stuffing, beads from same dress. We'll see what happens... .
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#arim #artistresidencyinmotherhood #art #artist #mother #motherhood #softsculpture #smallsculpture #sewing #naplengthstudiotime #motherartist #artistmother #mothermaker #acreativedc #tenderobjects #womenartists #femaleartists #artistresidency

Framed and ready for a new home!
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Compliments Plants Series no. 2 + 3
Currently available.

I didn’t know the work of @jonathansgreen before I saw his three etchings at the All Alaska Biennial (I need to get out more...#artistmother). This piece is “Abutment,” 2018, intaglio with chine colle, one of three in a powerful, heartbreaking series.
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#akartists #lossofplace #erosion #society #mending #allalaska #inherittheearth #anchoragemuseum #jonathansgreen #printmaker #press

Studio time... best use of a babysitter ever. Curating upcoming show, selecting old and recent works. #studiotime #edit #curating #connections #bluesandgreens #goingtoframer #blackbirdframing

When you’re pregnant and feel like an elephant and kind of want to cry about it, but you know too many women struggling to be this elephant, so instead you get over yourself, say a “thank you for being with me” to the little one kicking your insides, and you walk forward with gratitude instead of complaint.
Yea, motherhood is hard and the balance is unreal and all of us (husband, 18mo. old + myself) got literally 3hrs of sleep last night and #sahmlife is lonely sometimes and brain-frying and certain societal systems seem to push me back in my chair when I try to walk forward.
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What I do, everyday, either as a mom or as an artist, is a damn privilege. Let’s talk about the struggle, but let’s cut the complaining.
End of rant. ✌🏼 (Also this is a 20 minute sketch with oil paint on mylar for a developing idea 💡)
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#bothartistandmother #artistmother #baltimoreartist #largeandincharge #workingmom #oilpainting #sketch #preliminarypainting #realism #motherhoodinart #lifeofanartist #lifeofamom #baltimoreartist #figurativeart

Morning selfies. It takes him a few minutes to wake up ( I relate), but then he gives me a big smile!

Trying to look defiant despite a toddler who decided this week he no longer needed naps and the ever closer, increasingly scary ‘L’ day ... #4weeksandcounting #labour #scaredstiff #justcositsnaturaldoesntmeanitseasy #newbeginnings #whale #bigbelly #canstillclimbaladder #preppingfornewexhibition #willworktilipop #mothercurator #artistmother

DENVER —> SAINT LOUIS #wemadeit

We are looking forward to the 1•3•5 Fine Art show on November 10! (More info in bio.)
Each day leading up to the #135show we will introduce you to one of our participating artists.
Let’s meet Claire! @clairetollstrup.art -
•If you could have any view from your back porch what would it be?
I would love the view of the rolling hills of Tuscany! •What would you most like to do for someone else if you had the money and time?
I would love to host the biggest most lavish parties for people! •Name an artist that you look up to.
Mary Cassatt, she was a beautiful impressionist, a feminist, and an American in Paris, what’s not to love?

Thanks Claire!
Follow her at @clairetollstrup.art and be sure to come to the show to pick up some #originalart !
#utahartmarket #utahartist

"Congratulations! Your painting, "Cozy Herd in Boulder", was selected as part of the FAV15% (jury's favorite 15% of the entries) in the September 2018 BoldBrush painting competition. You may view the FAV15% paintings, including yours: http://faso.com/boldbrush/fav15/218." Woohoo, what an honor!! Thanks @boldbrush!!

Today's #naplengthstudiotime drawing .
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I remember watching with anticipation each week as my belly grew and my baby got bigger and bigger. I became this rotund mass, none of my clothes fit, none of my underwear fit, none of my bras fit and while I knew some of this would happen, I definitely didn't know all of it. My belly hung low and I felt the weight. I remember never being able to get comfortable near the end of my pregnancy- my body full, weighted, and still growing. And then my baby was born and I was still huge! I didn't know that was going to happen either. I don't know if I expected the baby to come out and then my body to snap back to what it was originally, why would I think that? Maybe because no one ever talks about it. I remember my mom showing me her stat c-section scar, traversing her soft belly. I never saw anything wrong with it, as I don't with my own horizontal scar or my soft belly and breasts. This is a body that grew and carried and birthed life- and has sustained it since. This is a strong body. This is a body that loves. .
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#arim #artistresidencyinmotherhood #art #artist #mother #motherhood #naplengthstudiotime #motherartist #artistmother #mothermaker #acreativedc #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #womenartists #femaleartists #artistresidency #drawing #pencildrawing #bodypositive

It's done. Actually, it's been done for awhile. "OFFSPRING" was a project I completed during my second year of my #artistresidencyinmotherhood -- a series of expressive portraits of my children, shot with antique & toy cameras using instant film & mixed-media techniques.⠀
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To be #bothartistandmother, you don't have to make art that's about motherhood, specifically. But parenting & family life are a huge part of what I'm about. The beautiful moments of my life are often these intimate ones involving my children. Many parents know the privilege of watching a person come into themselves -- the struggle and the joy.⠀
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It took me awhile to get this work out into the world in an official sense. I know something that held me back was the thought that this work wasn't "serious" enough or "marketable" enough. But since finishing it in 2017, a number of the pieces in the book have appeared in various shows around the country. I proved myself wrong.⠀
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Never question that your art's worth.⠀
#carveouttimeforart #artistmother #believeinfilm #artistbook

Using bubble wrap to create different textures with spray paint. Im enjoying thr new studio. Im back testing new things and just having fun.
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#pink #pinkart#pinkaesthetic #painting #spraypaintart #spraypaint #paintingtools #wip #art #artpractice #abmlifeiscolorful #abmlifeisbeautiful#abmlifeissweet #contemporaryartist #artstudio #motherartist#artistmother #trial #artoftheday

Good morning sleepy head. Hooray for half term. .
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Last night after a long journey I didn’t paint, so here is a morning painting instead. In the mornings there is the added benefit (or hindrance) of a time restraint. A 10 minute painting before I go for my morning swim! .
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#goodmorning #sleepyhead #beforeiswim #dailypainting #quickpainting #watercolour #portrait #liein #halfterm #autumn #autumnlight #morninglight #motherartist #artistmother #artistathome

#mymotherslens Chronicle, looking back at my childhood through my mother's camera lens. When my mother found out I was pregnant she mailed some of the albums she had of me when I was little; this was taken in September circa 2000 at a fall festival thrown at one of the parks in my small home town of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. I was that little girl, I am that little girl, although looking at it through my mother's lens, I see my little girl made in my image, whom I live and cherish and die for. Not missing out on her for one second.

Trying to lie down just like the sculpture. #artgalleryofontario #AGO #motherartist #artistmother #mileszvi #henrymoore

family portrait location

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