Creating and Co-teaching

With the school year being almost over, it is a toss up between me and my daughter over who is the most excited for summer break. She is ready to paint, play outside, and go on adventures any day of the week and well, so am I! 


Being so close to the finish means that there are more opportunities for her to study independently, which frees me up to work a bit on the business stuff (like create new listings for my next sale on May 12th) or even make a few prints!


Collaborating between home schooling and traditional brick and mortar schooling has worked well for our lifestyle and the family culture we want to create. It has also decreased the hours I have in my studio to create, but I think the benefits outweigh the costs. 


The impending free time seems so close that I can almost taste it. I am daily fighting my tendency to set impossible goals for myself and my time, but doesn't every momma/maker do that?

My dream to do list includes:

+swim lessons for the older two kiddos +begin nature journaling like Greta Eskridge +join the Sumer Reading Program +teach my kids Shakespeare + and spend 25+ hours/week in my studio

I know, too much! But if I don't set stretch goals for myself at the beginning of the season then I will get nothing done! Here is another goal I've set for myself. I am going to try to launch my next collection on Friday, May 12th. Watch for more posts here and on Instagram about what's going to be "in store". Get it? I know! Lame attempt to be punny, but you can't fault a girl for trying!

A quiet week

Quiet is a blessed gift. In this frantic world how we must cherish every moment of it, and carve it out for ourselves every chance we get.  Anne Ortland

After a few weeks of illness, snow storms and the general feeling of needing to catch up that occurs when your routine is all out of whack, it is so nice to just have a quiet week.

Jens in the kitchen || Rachel Loewens Fine Art
Art and science class collide || Rachel Loewens Fine Art
Brigs "teaching" AJ || Rachel Loewens Fine Art

We also hit the major milestone of completing our first semester of co-teaching our oldest. This has been such a great experience for our family, and we are so glad to know that her school is so successful that it looks like it will continue of for many more years to come!

In my sketchbook || Rachel Loewens Fine Art

I've also been continuing on with my gold ink drawings! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do while making them!