Okay, yesterday I left a little teaser here
, though it didn't start out that way. It was just that after having a little introspective moment I realized I had gone on so long already that I didn't want to go on even more and I really had one more day that I could work with. So the unintended teaser.
Here's what I really wanted to say yesterday, "In 50 days I'm turning 50!" (Though yesterday would have been 51 days but let's not get sidetracked again
.) Starting today
, I'm going to celebrate for the next 50 days. Well, let me revise that, we're
going to celebrate for the next 50 days. That's if you want to join me.
The best birthday present for me is to be able to be creative. Something artsy. That's all. Soooooo....... here's what we're going to do. I'm going to post a portrait a day (except Sunday), for 50 days starting today, from one of your photos. Ambitious right. Okay, crazy. Like I said yesterday, maybe one challenge.
I did this one time a few years back (here
) - where I had people send in an image and painted a portrait. That's the portrait I did above. I had fun with it so I thought I'd do that again, just on a much bigger scale. Because 50 is big!Here's the how-tos and what-fors -
• I don't have to know you. Have met you. Agree with you. Or even like you
for you to post a photo
• Send a headshot that's not blurry
• The photo has to be of you or you have to be a parent/guardian if a minor
• I don't know yet how I'm going to pick the images I use
• I'm going to interpret your image whatever way the creative muse says to
• I might not use your photo or I may use it sometime in the days following your
• If I use your photo, you don't get the artwork
• You do get a high res jpeg for personal use, your compensation
• By sending in your image you give me permission to use your image any way
I want and to reproduce it
• I make no promises about anything
• I have no idea how this is going to turn out
There are 2 things you have to do to be considered -
Since it's a celebration this will all be fun and flexible. So? Are you in? I'll know if you upload a photo.
I'm going to turn 50 in Aug. It seems like a milestone to me. Something that should be celebrated, in a bigger way. I have a Provo friend who celebrates her birthday all month long. Every year. (You know who you are.) I love that she does that even though I've never been inclined myself to carry it out that long. Until this year. Until 50.
Fifty is just different. It seems like a transition. And permission. And...
Gouache painting, Celebration by Shannon Christensen
Okay, I'm back. I went and looked for a word to best describe the feeling I was trying to convey. And I found it --- concordant. I've never used that word concordant in my life. No time like the present, since it fits. I feel like fifty is coming into agreement, harmony - concordant. Or concordance. Or concord. Whichever. Whatever, it feels like it's the long process of the coming together to contentment.
I'm content with where I am. Not the content that wants to sit and slide. Not the content that doesn't want improvement or see the need for it. Not the kind that doesn't want a challenge or two. (Okay, maybe only one.) But the kind that recognizes and respects goodwill, harmony, friendship, love, because of pain, contention, loneliness, and heartbreak. In the little scheme of things it's like a personal peace treaty.
But, this really wasn't what I was going to talk about. At least not in such depth. What I wanted to say was that I've been thinking about this for a while and I've come up with a way that I want to celebrate turning 50. But, this has taken up too much space already so I will tell you how tomorrow.
Just a little red for Valentine's Day. As in red paintings. The books and heels are my fav. Yours?
Christopher Stott • The Stars Will Always Shine 30" x 30" | Oil/Canvas | 2011
Aaron Lifferth • Taking Sides 12" x 12"
Aaron Lifferth • Love Letters
K. Henderson • Cordial Cherry, 9 x 12, oil on board, framed
Carol Marine • Killer Heels
Karen Appleton • Heartache
Here are a few homes that celebrate art. One on one. Consider bringing in just one piece of original art into your home. Have you ever thought about it? I know I never really did. I thought it was out of my reach. Now I realize that it isn't.
Long ago it used to be that even the poorest of homes had an original painting. It was thought that the art would inspire and elevate those in the home. It does. There's an energy that a painting brings with it. Look at the images of art in homes below.
Image #1 • from Decorno
Image #2 • from John Gruen Photography
Image #3 • from Design Sponge
Image #4 • from HARMONI OG KONTRAST
What feelings to you feel from the images? Does it inspire you? Do you think it would inspire your family to have art in your home? Tell us.
This weekend we went to a local celebration over at Shatto Milk Company
. They built a big, farm friendly store and had their Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting event Saturday. We went to show support for them and for me because it's the first time they are carrying prints of my paintings.
A couple of years ago I was introduced to their milk (love it!) and their iconic bottles. I just had to paint them. And now the prints have ended up in their store. So we were doing a little dairy dance to celebrate.