By Sunday morning I was near about stir cray cray from the NON-STOP RAIN. I mean seriously. I live in Georgia, not the African rainforest. Pretty sure my entire body is going to mildew soon from the rain. The sun....not seen it in about a week. I am not even lying. So I just put on my running shoes, got out the old headphones and took off running. It was truly liberating. At one point I stopped, turned my head straight up to the sky and soaked it all in. The sounds, the smells, the cool rain. It was beautiful. I didn't want to stop even though I was soaked. But my stomach said please stop and eat. (more Cookie Butter cake right?)
The paint on the tables.
The smell of the room.
The placement of supplies for everyone to use.
This is the happy room in the school. The room where brains are asked to throw a party. And stretched to the limits only allowed to say "I CAN!!"
The room where spills and messes are routine and embraced as a learning situation. Where breaking a crayon means we now have 2. Where Sharpies come to die. Pencils are tested to the limits. And the poor pink eraser....he's stabbed, written on and rubbed to the core.
These brushes get to party hardy on paper all....the....time. And barely take a bath.
Pretty sure the 6 drying racks chat all night about what's laying on them. Lots and lots of stories in this room if only the walls could talk.
6 weeks left to scatter joy on these munchkins. 6 weeks......
Super excited to announce I am hosting Sunday Studio Workshops once a month in my personal home studio. The 1st being
Sunday, April 19th from 2-5PM. To sign up please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $55 a person with all supplies included. You just need to bring an apron and perhaps an idea of what you'd like to paint. I'll guide you step by step through the creative process. It'll be an awesome time! I hope to see you all there. Please email me with any questions. You will receive my address upon registration. I am south of Atlanta.
Woohooo for art dates! Join me friends.
This Sunday I hosted a few friends in my studio for Sunday Studio time. Well...actually I'd never met them before, only met them online. As you know, I've been teaching an online course called Paint Something: an e-course. It has been a huge blessing for our family in several ways. I absolutely love connecting with creatives from across the globe. This past course a sweet new painter named Britt kept popping up in my email with questions and paintings she was working on. I could seriously feel her excitement for painting through the lines on the web. Makes my heart so full to know the joy I have has spread to another.
Anyhoo, she asked if I'd be willing to do a private art class for she and her Mom. This is not something I normally do. But something about her energy made me say "Yes". Come on down. And by down I mean she DROVE 2 hours south to her Mom in Athens and then they drove the 2 hours to my house. Talk about humbling. She drove all this way just to take a personal class in my own studio. Awesome. Truly. So here we are in the studio. Oh and Mailey joined us too. That made me very very happy. :)
And before you knew it 3 hours had passed. She asked lots of questions I'd never thought about. Sometimes as a painter you just paint ya know? They were great questions though and ones I intend to add to PART 2 of the e-course coming out this summer. We all painted birds I'd found on the internet. This was what I painted during the class. As part of my personal classes I always paint with the students. I think it's important for beginning painters to watch my technique. Quickly they see I am very messy, very fast, and layering paint is what makes my paintings glow. My painting:
Britt's mom painted this:
And Britt painted this. Well...she's not done. She's a tad more meticulous than I.
During our time together I found out that she's a photographer. So today I peeked at her sight and about DIED. Her photos are gorgeous. Britt's specialty is baby photography. You gotta go peek here at her site. It'll just make you all gooey inside at how sweet the images are. Dreamy for sure. I want to reverse time and get my babies photographed by her.
Anyhoo....this weekend got me thinking about studio time. If you are interested in a personal studio session email me for possible dates. email@example.com
Private Studio Sessions
length: 3 hours
days: I am available most often on Sunday afternoons. But can work in a Friday or Saturday depending on kids and hubby. I could teach as early as 3 on Fridays.
includes: all supplies and inspirations
cost: $60 per person for 3 hours
*please note I do prefer at least 2 students in attendance. It can be mother/daughter or just friends. I can hold up to 12 in the studio at a time. If over 10 we lengthen the class to 4 hours.
So gather your peeps and come on down to Sharpsburg! I can't wait to meet you all and talk art and family and life and passions. It'll be a fabulous way to spend an afternoon.
A friend gave me a print for Christmas from an Etsy artist that says "I will not compare myself to others on the internet." Awesome right? It came right after my little artsy self felt robbed of its identity. It came at a rock bottom place with my family life. It was perfectly timed. You see, we as human beings can not help but compare ourselves to others. And if you say I don't do that then you are lying to yourself. I'll admit at first when I got the poster I was like "I don't do that." But then on second thought.....
So let's chat about this....comparing ourselves. I'm not just chatting art to art, rather I'm looking at BIG picture with comparing home to home, marriage to marriage, kid to kid, car to car, vacation to vacation, etc. Quite honestly how can we not? I love instagram and peeking into the lives of sweet friends I've never met across the globe. And have often thought to myself dang how do they keep their house so clean? Their kids are always so adorable. Oh if I could afford a vacation to Hawaii. Or LIVE in Hawaii. How do they have time to run so much? Ooo..they made that to eat? I really like that outfit. Oh my gosh that couch! Look at the fun they are having together. I could have made that. I wish we had snow. Dang they got that where? Ooo..I need that shirt. I wish my kids would selfie with me. Am I right? Have you ever had these thoughts? I have. Pretty sure you have too. Making you wiggle right?
So the word TRUE is going to be my mantra for 2015. Staying on top of myself to remain authentic in this world of copy cats and wanna bee's. I don't want to be a wanna be. I want to be ME. Jennifer Adkins Horne. I know in my heart I am truly blessed beyond measure for the life I have. It's the truth. This beautiful name comes with an occasionally messy house, old cars, no Hawaiian vacation, new front door needing asap, kids who struggle in math, injured son, burnt toast eating, Jesus loving Momma, who would love a day off to just do what she wants to do. I know the truth in my house. And that is what counts. That is what keeps me smiling and moving forward. Oh I'll continue to peek into your lives on instagram, but take every image with a grain of salt. Because "I will not compare myself to others on the internet." truth.