Spinning plates

Have you ever seen one of those shows where a man is spinning a plate balanced on a pole, and he keeps adding poles and spinning plates atop them. He runs crazily back and forth to keep them spinning lest they fall, and has to keep an eye on all of the plates from wherever he stands amidst them. If one falls it will break.

I know that all of you who are parents understand how that plate spinner feels except that your feelings are exponentially magnified by the fact that your plates are human and definitely not replaceable. Many moms out there and dads too probably feel life’s frenzy, trying to keep all of their plates spinning in the various roles undertaken. And, you probably know that sometimes you have to prioritize which plates to keep spinning, and which you have to let break.

My most important plates are my children and husband. (I know all of you Christians out there are saying, “what about God? We are supposed to put God first.) Well, God is not a plate, nor does He require me to spin Him. He is the one who gave me the plates, or the gifts that turned into jobs that are plates metaphorically. By working hard to keep those plates going, I am doing His will and putting him first. And, my priority among my many occupations is my family.

Many moms out there who work in the home or out of the home will understand the guilt that is imposed upon us by the world for not striving to be successful according to the world’s standards. The world glorifies wealth and success, but that doesn’t mean much to me. I once worked in a nursing home and took care of some elderly women who were successful according to the world’s standards. Most of them had no visitors, and would comment with remorse that the success and wealth wasn’t benefiting them in their old age. There is nothing wrong with success except when it is out of perspective. Another illustration that I once heard was that you never saw a moving van full of worldly goods following a hearse.

My point is, fellow parents, it is ok and right to put your family above the world, jobs, money, and success. Stop letting the world make you feel guilty for choosing your kids. I will add that if you are superwoman or superman, who is able to give your children all of the quality time they need and still be beyond successful in a career, bringing in riches , then wow – you are amazing and better than me.  I just can’t do both consistently. I have to pick a priority, and it is always my family. Everything else is attended to when I have the time. I juggle, and try to keep everything going, but sometimes some unimportant plate will break. I might get back to that thing and glue the plate back together at a later time if I can. I think most people are like me, and it is ok. Don’t feel guilty that you are not one of the super humans. Let go of the guilt, and enjoy your family.

Disclaimers: Yes, people have to work to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. I am not talking about being a responsible provider. Also, sadly, some people are single parents and don’t get much choice about which plates to spin. My heart goes out to them, and I feel blessed in comparison. Hats off to single parents and prayers for them too. And, there are some people out there who amazingly can seem to do it all.

Saying all of this, I will add that at present being a mom is taking priority, so being an artist happens when it can happen. I hope that my art followers will keep following me even with the time gaps.

2016 is almost ending

It is hard to believe that 2016 is coming to a close. A lot has happened this year. My son graduated high school and started college. It was hard leaving him at college and missing having him home, but he has done very well this semester, achieving all A’s. I am a proud mom. Also, this year I started selling my art on two online shops – redbubble and society6. The shops and other artists have encouraged me to create new works of art. I haven’t updated this blog with all of my new art, so if you want to see the new work, check out my shops. Society6 is the most up to date. I plan on getting redbubble up to date soon.

Currently, I am working on an illustration of a fishing bear, and hope to complete that soon. This image shows the current state of the painting. I still have a bit of detail to complete and the background. If you want to keep up with my art, you can also follow me on facebook and like my facebook art page: https://www.facebook.com/Ruth.Ventrello.Art/


My Shops

I have two shops where my art can be purchased as prints or as various products – throw pillows, clocks, phone covers, t-shirts, etc….

Redbubble Shop:


Society6 Shop:



If you like my art and want to get your own print of your favorite painting, I am now selling prints through society 6. Please go over and take a look.






Latest Art Work

Time flies quickly when you are a mom leaving little time for artistic pursuit; however, these are my latest pieces of art.

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Between homeschooling, taking care of a home, and being a mom, there isn’t much time for myself. I try to grab moments here and there to work on my art. Currently I am working on a landscape of a wild field with a couple of rabbits peeking out. There will be other insects and life among the tall grass of the field. The tall light green plants will be golden rod plants. I have only just blocked in their beginning and will be adding color and dimension to them soon. The rabbits will become nestled into their hiding places after I finish painting their detail. Hopefully I will be able to show you more development of this painting next week if time allows.rabbitclose

I have a facebook page for my art that I update more often. Please take a look and like my page.


I really love this product by Discovery Kids. Discovery Kids has not asked me to do a review and I am not benefiting from writing about this product in any way. I simply loved this Geography kit and wanted to share my experience with it and videos of my daughter displaying her knowledge of Geography. The kit comes with a large cloth world map and labels that have velcro on the back so that you can stick them on the map. Sometimes the labels will fall off, so you need to press hard to ensure the velcro stays attached to the cloth map. The whole kit is bright and colorful and a fun way to learn the continents, rivers, oceans, and countries of the world. There are also colorful animals that children can stick on the map and learn where that animal comes from. I picked my kit up on sale at my local department store for only ten dollars. I think they are normally twenty. I really got a good deal and we have had this for a while and it has good endurance.
Here are the videos of my daughter showing off the skills she learned.