And Now, the Grand Finale…

“Millennial Mom: I Have a Problem with Fantasy“ will be showing September and October, 2019 at Capitol Theatre in Moncton, New Brunswick.  This summer, leading up to the exhibit, I will continue blogging on the themes of the collection and the inspiration behind many of the works to be shown. As this is the final show, pieces will be available for purchase this fall. Stay tuned…. For now, I’ve posted below some shots from previous exhibits of the collection.

Millennial Mom's hair blows in the wind as she watches a beautiful sunset.

There Will Be an Answer

When life is challenging us, we may push away our discomfort, wanting life to be different.  In this place of fear, we are lacking faith that we are being led through a gateway to deeper understanding. Sometimes the best thing we can do is … let it be. Soothing our suffering with the wonder and magic of our natural surroundings can help ease the pain, until our faith is restored, until we know from deep within … THERE WILL BE AN ANSWER. INSPIRATION On the 49th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ Let It Be single, I honour that…

Millennial Mom, on her knees, gazing down in defeat.

Millennial Mom Surrenders…And It’s Not What You Think

I love this painting, because it is one of the transformational points in the Millennial Mom story. Deep in her emotional underworld of despair and grief, she finds the key to change and resiliency. When most people think of surrender, they think of weakness, and failure. I think surrender is about strength, faith and maturity, and is critical to peace of mind. Just let go. Let go of how you thought life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness. – unknown, quote found in my journal OUR CULTURE OF MAKING IT…

MM wet vacuuming a flooded basement.

Millennial Mom Battles the Dungeon Demon

    Do you know the joke that goes, “If you ask God for patience, he’ll give you a long bank line”? I have a story to illustrate this is no joke. I have a need for safety. And my husband is away a LOT for work. In the past, whenever my safety felt compromised, I didn’t trust my own ability to handle it. I would wish for someone strong to help me deal with the situation. Perhaps you can see where this is going…. Almost all of the challenging situations in my life have occurred when my husband was…

Artist Darlene Baker smiling in front of an unfinished painting of Millennial Mom on Vogue magazine cover.

I Have A Problem With Fantasy

  This is “I Have a Problem With Fantasy”, one of my favourite paintings, and the title piece in the MM series. I’ve been working on it for a few months now, as the text is very precise and time-consuming, but worth the effort, I think. I have loved VOGUE magazine for a long time. It has been my book of dreams, full of all the beauty, culture, and sophistication I have always felt drawn to. But, I have had problems keeping this dream-world in perspective. My fantasies about living that glamorous life morphed into wanting that life for real. I’ve…

Canvases and sketches lined up on a mantel.

I’d like to introduce you…

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…