One of the many goals I have for 2013 is to make an effort to do more for people on their birthdays. This year I’ve decided to paint portraits for people’s birthdays.
This task isn’t exactly the easiest in the world and while I may not be able to paint everyones birthday portrait, I do plan on putting together quite a good collection before the year is over.
Painting portraits will not only be a fun regular creative practice but it makes a wonderful gift.
My mom’s birthday is January 1st. I figured this was a good start for the portrait project. I’m glad she has a sense of humor because my portrait skills aren’t quite dialed in yet.
In my first attempt at doing a portrait, my mom’s portrait turned out looking like a Chucky doll then someone asked me if the painting was supposed to be the Goblin King from the Hobbit, I’m just glad my mom doesn’t take things too personal. I figure as the year progresses so will my skills.
The next portrait I did for my mom looked a lot less like Chucky
It be super cool if it was your birthday and you received a bunch of portraits of yourself done by your friends and family. Perhaps this concept might grow into that and soon replace the less personal facebook timeline birthday posting.
As your friends have birthdays this year, consider making a portrait for them, write them a song or poem, draw some art, do something digital, do something physical, make something for them from you, do something with heart and passion and try to give something that only you can give.
Please feel free to contact me if you or someone you know has a birthday coming up and would like me to make a portrait of them. Let me know the person it is, their birthday, and ideally a photo stream of them and I’ll try to make a portrait of them.