For today’s Throwback Thursday, I’ll share with you one of the ways I used to exercise my creativity besides writing. When I was fourteen, I loved the band Pink Floyd. My favorite Pink Floyd album was “The Wall,” not necessarily because of the music, but I think because of the amazing double album cover art inside.
As I’ve shared before, my grandparents raised me, and they were excessively strict when it came to the matter of me socializing with other people. But when I asked my Granddaddy if I could paint The Wall on my double closet doors, he was more than happy to comply. (Looking back, I now realize that was because he knew it would take me months to complete, and in that time, I’d be happy to stay home rather than asking constantly to go hang out with my friends.)
I started in June of that year, and didn’t finish until December. It was not the easiest painting to replicate because my doors were different dimensions than a double album cover, and they also had panels in the middle that weren’t flat.
At any rate, at least once every couple of days, I had to walk to the art store to buy more acrylic paint. (All told, I used over fifty bottles!) But I always went straight home afterward and painted until bedtime. (See, Granddaddy was right!)
About three years later, I really wasn’t much into Pink Floyd any longer, but I still planned on keeping my doors as they were the largest art project I’d ever done at the time. However, when my daughter was small, my Grandma was babysitting her once and allowed her to scribble all over them. And a few years later when my birth mom moved in with my Grandma, she painted over them without first asking me if I cared to keep them! Regrettably, I only have one photo of my masterpiece, and that photo is grainy and has a glare.
Time to talk: What’s the largest art project you’ve ever undertaken? Would you allow your child to paint a picture on their bedroom wall or door? What’s your favorite Pink Floyd song?