Ellen Starr Lyon

commited to creating art while being a full-time working mom

one of my favorites…….


Fertility Egg

Fertility Egg

This is one of my favorites. I love to paint different textures and the eggs provide so much volume! I also like the difference in feel between the “real ” objects and the print leaned up behind them. But mostly, I like it because it’s quirky. It’s got to be a bit odd or it wouldn’t feel like it came from me. I am working hard to prepare for the artfair coming up next month. But, part of me is fighting it because I’m unsure whether I want to keep producing what I have been. What am I missing? Am I painting for me or for others? Am I playing it safe or is this really my interest? Can it just be visually interesting or does it need to have a narrative? Small vs. large? Still life vs. figural painting? The questions are spinning through my poor “mom brain”. I say “mom brain” because I feel compromised. Not compromised in a completly negative way but like Bilbo says, ” I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” Yep, that covers it. I feel like these questions that I’m asking myself are very important but when do I have the luxury of contemplating them? So, I continue taking the next best step, hoping that I’m moving toward what will be more satisfying artistically. I have to add though, when I started this artblog a few months ago, I would have been thrilled to be spending regular time in the studio, so progress has been made.


Author: Ellen Starr Lyon

I am a Paintings Conservation Technician by day, free-spirit mother-of-two painter by night!

3 thoughts on “one of my favorites…….

  1. The fact that you are taking steps forward and searching for answers is the important thing. Keep moving and you will get somewhere.

  2. It’s the fartleks…they are very motivating. 🙂

    Also, I’m right there with you on the whole mom brain thing. I feel as though my brain is so full of things I need to do for my kids (remember lessons, homework, doctor appointments, read Harry Potter to Val, snuggle with Bella) that there is very little time to reflect on where my life is going. But yet I wouldn’t want it any other way. Does that make sense?

  3. You will miss all the stretched butter when it’s gone 🙂 Just keep doing whatever you can. You will feel bad later if you give up on either one.

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