We've done it!!!!! We've done it!!!! It's a part of that whole artist....dreamer....doer
This is Pumba:
Sometimes I get asked to do paintings that after I say yes think, oh geesh....how do I paint that? And this was one of those moments. Sweet Pumba's parents asked me back in April to do this. And, well, you know my custom painting issues. But I suppose every painting is painted at the right time. Because he turned out so stinking cute! I captured those teeth to a tee. The quote I added just because of the sense I got from the owners that this was their baby. I get that. My Lily is the same. I miss her when I teach at school. At home she's always under foot.
Wait...who is that with me??? Oh yeah, that's Christina Perri! Ekkkkkkk!!!!!!
Saturday morning I woke up and set out for my Saturday training run of 8 miles. No really. 8 miles. I've never run that far in my entire life. I know I've told you about the big race and all. I've not bored with with the training part because well, it's a bit like how I shower. That's personal. Right? But Saturday was huge. And it felt great. I kept an amazing minute mile, feeling like a freaking gazelle the entire time....all the while listening to tunes and mentally motivating myself. I also remembered that my word of the year is warrior. Dang but if that's not appropriate now! 8 miles ended right at my doorstep. Total bliss.
Then I set about the rest of the day getting ready for the PSW workshop and painting the 52 canvas. It was a very quiet day. We all kept to ourselves really, guess the Horne family all needed a break from one another! And then came Saturday night.
This week there's not much on our plates, just normal living. Looking forward to it really. And hopefully by the end of the week I'll be able to share some mongo news with ya. Like humongous news!! You gonna be super excited!!! I know we are about it!!!!! So see ya later gaters.....
Morning friends! This has been one strange week. From dream time to daytime, my week has been nothing of normalcy. So what am I to do...well share it with you! Because you are just going to not believe it either. First though, I have to say that this year has already started off on a better foot. No pun intended when you see how the week started obviously! But seriously, already knowing all but one grade level has helped tremendously with the stress of starting a new school year. Last year I had to learn over 400 names!! And since I stink at names (and birthdays) it was a true struggle. Plus honestly the 5th graders last year year were really bad. I feel bad saying this, but they put me over the edge so much of the time I had a hard time enjoying teaching the rest of the school. Anyways....here's how the week has gone.
1. Started the week of with my ankle still killing me. I'd hurt it Thursday teaching in the wrong shoes (stupid shoes are in the good riddance pile now). Then of course ran on it Thursday PM.....because I am psycho training goal oriented crazy and didn't want to miss a run. Well, I missed a run all right. For 5 days! So I went to the doctor afterschool Monday. He said yep, looks like it's ........(I was so shocked at what he was saying I have no idea what he said). You'll need to be immobilized and you can forget that marathon. What??? Yes, I was on the edge of crying and throwing up in one swoop. After being swept off to xray and back we put the image on the screen and he said, "Hmmm..not what I expected to see." As a visual learner I KNOW what I saw. An ankle NOT broken. Thank the good Lord it wasn't. I am sure had it been there would have been a depression issue to deal with. Ice is now my best friend. And my Birkenstocks. This is now my lunch routine:2. On that same day I met with a client about doing a custom painting for her daughter's room. By the time I left I was up to 4 paintings. Gotta love that karma.
3. After that...I met with another client about a logo I had tweeked. Loved it. Yeah!! Whew. And this is all on MONDAY!
4. I got my hair done on Tuesday. I know, a tad cheesy to be sharing this with you all in cyberland. But, you see I hate to get my hair done. Takes too long. Because it's, well long. I needed a serious change though. Usually when I am feeling this kind of need for change I whack it all off. But instead I got bangs and fresh color. So excited. Like cheesy Senior in high school days excited. I've not had bangs in 12 years. Funny story here....I had this done Tuesday. Thursday morning Billy comes into the bath to say goodbye to me and gives me a really weird look. Then says, "you get bangs?" LOL!!!!
6. My left ear started its craziness....oh my ears. Ever since I got the wicked lake ear disease 4 years ago I have had issues (FYI this is not a real disease but rather a disease I have made up since it seems the ear issues did indeed start after the WORST ear infection ever from Dad's lake). It started Monday...of course. I ignored it. It got worse....I ignored it and the potential second $55 co-pay of the week. By Thursday however I was ready to pull a Van Gogh. No really. And the total ironic thing, I'm teaching Van Gogh right now!! Thursday PM I literally had to take a Vicodin to sleep. And today all I want to do is this:
Like I said....weirdo week. Let's see what else was weird...studio time? None. 52 Canvas? Not done. I feel like the entire week has been an outer body experience. I'm here but not here. I've done stuff, a lot of stuff. The house is clean, we've have had great home cooked meals, teaching has been easy...but something is just not right. I'm hoping that the bag of double doozie cookies I bought last night will help. And my 8 mile run will go smoothly. A GNO to Jason Mraz Saturday night will be like icing and of course the PSW will be fabulouso....I should be cool by Monday, right? I sure hope so. I need to get back into this skin 100%. If not I just might miss out on some potential greatness!
Sunday, AUGUST 19th: 12-5 or Sunday, SEPTEMBER 23rd: 12-5
cost: $75 includes all materials
Well, the first week of school came and went just like that! Wow. Only 175 days to go. Haha. Seriously, I've got a much better perspective on things than at this time last year. If you recall, this time last year we were packing and moving from our home of 16 years. I was starting a new job, Billy was still a legislator being pulled a million directions and William started middle school. I think back on the month of August last year and wonder how the heck I made it through. Oh, there was the crazy weight loss too. Can't imagine why!!! Basically this time last year sucked. Somehow we muddled through and my first year back teaching was a success. This year though.....man I've got my game on!!
Here's how we started the year:
Because our little world still needs dreamers....lots of them.
Which leads me to this. BTW my friend's deep chocolate eyes lit up so BIG when I handed it to her I knew I'd done a good thing. :) Sometimes I find myself wandering away from the normal thread. The birds...the trucks...the bikes....they get old to me. Less fresh. Too forced. Bland....blah....Ew....The series of paintings I'll be sharing with you over the next 2 weeks are totally not blah...ew...or tired. Rather they are totally fresh and fun. You see, I still like to learn and grow my artist vocabulary. So what do I do to inspire this growth? I take classes. I read books. I GROW. I never stop learning how to push myself.
Now, if you are one that likes to search the internet and find inspiration out there and try and copy it I caution you. Honestly that road will only lead to frustration and is not a way to grow your own personal style. I encourage you, if you are seeking growth in your work, to take a class. Learn a new technique. Allow yourself room to make mistakes, paint over the mess and start again. That's what happened above. It was a part of an online class. A game actually. And it looked like a freaking hot mess when the game was over. Not one to ever be defeated by my own art I started finding shapes in the negative space. And in the end the result was quite rich, textural and happy. Not really a part of my normal thread. But still happy. And that is always a part of my thread!