Today at my daughter’s school I saw a sign that said I am an Artist. I live life out loud. It was a poster for MICA. I loved the comment. I thought about how true it is in many ways, When you create you put a bit of yourself up on display. I add another dimension to that by blogging about the process. When I do simple mom things like attending Ballet observation night, I bring my camera like all the other proud moms. The difference is that I take 300 shots and I move around the studio in order to get better angles, and I am just as likely to take pictures when they are not dancing as when they were. I found myself thinking of all the Degas ballet pictures of the dancers at work, not at the performance, but the actual in the studio work.
I think that in many things there is a beauty to the work and the journey to a final product that is important. I see so many would be artists discouraged that they are not creating masterpieces from the start. I think for me an important part of living out loud is to share the learning process, not just my final fished pieces, but those I struggle with. My daughters sometime are a little less excited about it, because they prefer to be the models in the pretty final performance pictures, rather than those photos that are the journey.