The artist in the nursery #I've got a question!#art#grown ups September 15 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel @offbeatfamilies runs these advice questions as an opportunity for our readers to share personal experiences and anecdotes. Readers are responsible for doing their own research before following any advice given here... or anywhere else on the web, for that matter. Summer Pierre (known around these parts of having a baby in a cab) has started a new series called "The Artist in the Nursery," where she's interviewing working artists about how they adapted to having children. Her first interview is with cartoonist and author Marian Henley: At 49 you were working professionally as an artist full-time, when you decided to become a mother and adopt a baby. That must have been quite a change! Can you talk a bit about the ways you had to adapt your life to having a child? Adapt my life? Hmmm. No, I'd say "nuclear annihilation followed by painstaking, piecemeal reconstruction" is the best way to describe the adjustment period. What would you say to any artistic parent who is struggling to figure out the balance between the parenting and doing their creative work? Any advice or words of wisdom? Children are gone before you know it. I would advise artist parents to remember that their work is always there, ready to be resumed, but those first few years with your child can never be replaced. Read the full post, and enter to win a copy of Marian's most recent book! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Awesomesauce DILF Who Does It All NEXT Breaking plans: an "Unnatural Birth" story Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] Wow, what an awesome idea! I'm a new mom/artist, and I think about these same issues. I love hearing other people's ideas! Awesome interview! I can't wait to read more 😀 Well, Marian Henley now has a new fan: Me! What a great interview. I so have to read her books now. Comments are closed.