Here is a special last minute Creative Mothers interview with artist Amber Robidoux. The series has officially ended. I will not be taking any more interviews. Thank you for all of the love!
Where can we find your work & connect with you?
Paintings + Writing:
Screen Printing + Graphic Design:
Describe your art and creative process.
My art has changed over the years. I've done a lot of commission paintings and silhouettes. When I realized my art was feeling "too controlled," I made a point to challenge myself. At the end of 2015, I embarked on a 100 Paintings in 100 Days project. This forced me to create something every day. They were also sold first-come-first-served style. Each morning I released to my mailing list and then later that evening to social media and my blog. The stories of people competing for paintings is hilarious. (Who knew giraffes were a thing?)
What's a positive way that your creativity has changed since you became a parent?
It's allowed me to slow down a little. And also taught me to share. Granted my kiddos don't have access to Golden paints, but I have other nice pens, pencils and medium grade paints that I allow them to dip into. This wasn't the case when they were toddlers, that's all about experimenting. Now that they are 9 and 7, it's still about experimentation, but it's shifted. They take pride in what they do and have more control over the medium.
When are you most productive & what helps keep you creating?
I have always been a night owl. so this lends itself well to a full schedule and a busy household. Everyone goes to sleep and I can be found barefoot at my easel. Waking up to a new creation is awesome.
What inspires your work the most?
Shapes and color. Particularly how color mixes and layers. Intuition plays a big part as well. It's spontaneous and free-flowing... and I keep the parts I love. Since opening a screen printing shop, I'm looking at things in a new way. Each customer has a different project and some of my customers are artists themselves, so it's really cool discussing their ideas.
Parents have challenges and other schedules to think about. What are some ways you make sure you give your art the time it needs?
Sports seasons, like fall and spring, make things super hard to be consistent. I attempt to block off times in my schedule. If painting takes a backseat for a period of time, it's not long before I get the itch to paint. It's as essential as breathing.
Name a creative mother or father who inspires you and why.
Linda Ruel Flynn, owner of Flora-ly. She is passionate about what she does and her work is outstanding. I feel so inspired whenever I'm around her.
I'm no longer doing Creative Mothers interview, but this will remain as an archive. Thank you for all of the love!
About the Series
Let's face it, being a mother can be the most challenging, and the most rewarding thing. Being a mother who needs to be creative can be even more challenging, it can even feel lonely at times.
So let's dig deeper into the lives of creative mothers, share their amazing work, and get some insight into creating while parenting. Hopefully, inspiring other artistic, creative mothers, and women who may one day be mothers themselves, along the way.
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