Yes, that's the reality for artists who are also parents. It's often hard to fit art in between all the activities of family life. But I do try, and I wanted to share a couple of my fairly recent pastel pieces here on my blog. I adore pastel for it's blend-ability. My artwork tends to be in the style of realism as I obsess over every little detail. Family and friends are very complimentary of this style, but secretly I wish I was bolder and more comfortable with painting "loose". I so admire artists that can imply so much about a subject without obsessing over the details. Maybe one day I will be one of them. I think the secret is in painting more, preferably daily. This is something I'm going to try to build into my routine. No-one is going to create time for me to do this in my crazy life as a full time Mum. I have to create that time for myself. Art is my passion. When all these busy, crazy parenting days wind down, the fire of art will hopefully be still burning brightly.