I’d like to introduce you…

Canvases and sketches lined up on a mantel.

Hi! I’m so pleased to have you visit my blog! This is my first post, so I will tell you a bit about what I’m doing here.

About 18 months ago, I started an art project about midlife disillusionment, from a mother/wife’s perspective. Told in a series of four “chapters” of paintings, the story is of a character named Millennial Mom. She believed in a happiness myth, that if she devoted her energy to creating a wonderful family life, if she could get it all under control and together, then she would feel loved, and good enough, and happy. But she just couldn’t do it all. Longing for some wise sage to tell her what to do, how to manage, she imagined herself in the armor of one stronger than herself…the Wonder Woman of her childhood. As all of her plans and dreams fell apart, she took it hard. But then…(there is a happy ending)…she found hope, and peace. Including references to my Canadian hometown, popular music, fashion and books, and also self-help and superhero cultures, it’s a tongue-in-cheek tale, but also portrays real pain. That’s the intention, anyway.

I feel a bit apprehensive about this blog thing. I want to get this story out into the world, send some empathy and compassion out into the ether, and I know this is the modern way to do so. But. I guess I’m afraid because I genuinely want to connect with anyone who is interested in this work, and I’m also afraid to hope people will be interested! Feeling very vulnerable.

Anyway, the last few months have been very productive in terms of ideas and sketching, as well as painting. In addition to the works already on my site, I have 7 new works in various stages of completion, and several more sketches waiting to hit the canvas. I plan to use this blog to post about works in progress, writing a bit about what is behind the works. I hope you stay tuned. 🙂

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7 thoughts on “I’d like to introduce you…

  1. TracyK says:

    Wow. Just wow. You are a brave and wonderful lady Darlene. Love your art, the way you’ve shared your journey, and the way you’re touching other women. Who can’t relate to this?

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    1. Darlene Baker says:

      Thank you! That was my intention, in sharing the story. I hoped to lend some compassion and understanding to others who are going through something similar. Thank you for the support 🙂

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