I worked as a nanny for about a year for a little boy who was 9 months old when we met. His parents wanted him to get outside every day (no matter what Chicago weather we faced!), and I obliged, knowing it was better for both of us. At first...
by tendandmend 4 months ago | via Instagram

Or what we don’t create at all. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It pains me to think about how many of us avoid creating because we don’t think we are “any good” or as good as others or it’s a waste of time or even just because there’s a million...
by tendandmend 2 weeks ago | via Instagram

After years away from using paint or collage myself, I reminded myself again and again to “start where you are” and enjoy the process––a life lesson I hope to empower others to consider. In art and in life, we don’t have to have it all figured out or be certain...
by tendandmend 2 weeks ago | via Instagram

Self-kindness, curiosity, expressing ourselves––these are muscles we can strengthen with intentional use. Creative activities––whatever that looks like for you (and it can look a million ways) can allow us safe but still very real opportunities to practice these skills. This collection of paintings I created was definitely an opportunity to...
by tendandmend 2 weeks ago | via Instagram