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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Starting Over

I have been working on putting together an online portfolio of my teaching career. (Here are some examples of middle school and high school student artwork. Chalk pastel is a great medium for beginning students.) Here's a link to view my teaching portfolio blog
Student Artwork

Before becoming a mom, I received my B.A in Fine Art, and M.S. in Education. I was an elementary and high school art teacher for five years. After I had my first son, hubby and I decided that I would stay home to raise the children. I have loved every minute of it. And although I have been home, I have not let the grass grow under my feet. For the last eleven years, I have worked as a freelance artist and have volunteered my time in my children's school. I have done murals, sold many paintings, and created several projects for the Spring Arts Festival. Examples of my work can be seen on my other blogs, and

Group Art Projects-Circle Paintings

Abstract Paintings

A few months ago hubby lost his job, due to the bad economy. We were planning on opening a bagel shop and for three months we worked tirelessly, putting together a great business plan. A few weeks ago we presented our plan to the banks and were told that SBA 7(a) loans rarely give money to start-up businesses. And in this economy there was no chance of getting that loan. We learned an age old lesson, "It takes money to make money." We have temporarily put this dream on hold.
Now hubby is looking for a job. I am, also, gathering all of my resources to apply for an art teaching position(if one should arise). I love teaching and art and being a mom. I am hoping that I can put all three together.

We are also still very excited about our chalkboard business on We are selling our chalkboards and having fun working on it together!

We are hopeful that hubby can find a chef job soon and I can find a teaching job.

These are uncertain times. I'm not sure what the future will bring. I can only imagine that it will all turn out ok.

We are starting over, just as this blog is all about chalking it up and starting over.

for sale on etsy


Anonymous said...

You are so talented! I hope that things will get better for you and your husband and that you can find work. Don't give up on your dream! I am keeping your family in my thoughts & prayers :-)

Aunt Julie said...

Wow, you're gifted, aren't you...that's why you have so much to share with those talented students of yours! SITS sent me over...have a lovely day!

MzUnicaHija19 said...

Dropping by to show some love from SITS!!!

These are amazing, you're very TALENTED!!!

The Wallace Family said...

Stopping by from your circle painting! Beautiful:)

The Nice One said...

Beautiful artwork. There's a special place in my heart for good art teachers. It isn't easy...and the things that kids can produce in art class can warm a mama's heart.
Best of luck during this time of change.

Amy said...

Sorry to hear about your bagel dream. It will come back. Yeah, to the chalk boards.