What makes an ordinary week

(for further context, see last week's post Ordinary Time in My Studio

Lesson plan for history: To experience a “taste” of what life was like as a monk, prepare a typical “monk’s meal” for supper one night. You might like to pretend that it is Christmas, so you can have some butter on your bread!
Pretty Pavlova || What makes an ordinary week || blog post || Rachel Loewens Fine Art

Me: "Since we are learning about Monks, we are going to make a bread like the kind they would have eaten. "
AJ: "Can't I make Mary Berry's Pavlova instead?"
Me: "I'm not sure we have enough eggs... "
AJ: " We only need six!" (proceeds to recite rest of recipe and directions)

Yeah, she won. 

This month, we are still figuring out what an ordinary week for us will look like this year. I was given some very wise counsel that co-teachers (homeschool moms) usually doesn't get their routine down until October so I know we have a few more weeks to get our stride. I'm still participating in the #PCJ30in30 Challenge on Instagram and am loving the process of observing one memory or moment of each day in a painting. 

Chilly Sunday || #PCJ30in30 || Rachel Loewens Fine Art
Pretty Pavlova || #PCJ30in30 || 8x8" acrylic on watercolor paper || Rachel Loewens Fine Art

Sometimes I know what I want to capture within the first few hours of the day, other times it takes until dinnertime. Either way, this practice is helping me focus on what little thing sets each day apart from the next (a tall order for someone who is big-picture minded).

Raining sunshine || #PCJ30in30 || 6x8" || acrylics + paint pen on watercolor paper || Rachel Loewens
Turning season sunset || #PCJ30in30 || 8x8" || acrylic paint on watercolor paper || Rachel Loewens

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New collection on sale next week: Winter Garden, part I

There is just something just so satisfying in completing a project or for an artist, a collection.

Winter Garden no. II   || Rachel Loewens Fine Art

Next Friday, I will have a total of five new original works for sale in my shop. You've seen a glimpse into these works before on my blog, and soon you will have the option of hanging them on the wall in your home of office!



Each piece comes mounted on acid free, 100% cotton, 140 lb., cold press watercolor paper. Measuring at 8x10", they are ready to be hung in standard size frames. 



You may have noticed that this is for "Part I" of my collection. I have several other pieces that will be offered later in the month in case you aren't able to snag any of these in time!


There is a small chance that I will be able to get the whole collection listed but in order for that to happen, little fairies would need to clean my house... and do lessons with my daughter... and pull weeds in my garden sooooo I wouldn't bank on that happening! ;-)