Ginnie Cappaert's Blog

Friday, August 31, 2018

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives" - Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

I have just stumbled upon a really good book, 'BROAD STROKES, 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order)'  by Bridget Quinn.  It's a fascinating book and discusses the art and life of many women artists, who no doubt struggled in their time as wives, mothers, women in an art world dominated by men.  They still did what they wanted to do and many very successfully.    I highly recommend the book!
Author Bridget Quinn explores the lives of Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Alice Neel and more.  Some I haven't heard of like, Ann Mendieta and her earth art.
As my 'baby' starts his 'first - last - day of school' as a senior in High School next week, I look back on all the years that I, as a wife, mother and artist juggled my art career and followed my passions, never letting anyone tell me I couldn't do this!  I wish every woman/artist had been as lucky as I have been.  No, it was not easy.
Now, I don't have the 'wife' part anymore,  but I still juggle the mother and artist and gallery owner lifestyle, but always being the optimist I see it as all good.  I enjoy my quiet times in the studio as well as my time in the galleries meeting with collectors and installing my paintings in their beautiful homes.  Life is good and Cheers to all the women who are busy being Moms and following their art dreams!

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