I Almost Had To Paint Phonemes In March

I Almost Had To Paint Phonemes In March

I almost had to paint phonemes in March. If you don’t know what phonemes are I am going to tell you right now!

“any of the abstract units of the phonetic system of a language that correspond to a set of similar speech sounds (as the velar \k\ of cool and the palatal \k\ of keel) which are perceived to be a single distinctive sound in the language” -stolen from the Merriam Webster dictionary.

I almost had to paint sounds. SOUNDS! I know. That’s weird, right? A friend made a joke that I should paint them in honor of Jim being a Speech and Language Pathologist. I thought it was a funny, scary idea and went back and forth with it for a few days before submitting it to my ever wise, all knowing, super awesome newsletter subscribers.

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Anyway, my newsletter subscribers voted and I seriously thought phonemes were going to win. It was really close and I was both in a panic and overly excited by the challenge. It was going to be so different from anything I had have ever tried to paint before. I mean, new territory, People! I’d be like an art explorer or something. Maybe. Not to mention, my newsletter subscribers obviously enjoy a good laugh and maybe, just maybe, they thought I could pull it off. That would be a serious compliment and more faith in me than I probably have in myself. Mostly though, I think they just like to see me sweat and place a lot of stock in having a sense of humor and being clever and forward thinking and going on adventures…I am pretty sure my newsletter subscribers are also the most beautiful people in the world both inside and out. Am I laying it on a little thick? Well, yes, but it’s only because the only tool I have to thank them and show them my gratitude is words…lots of words! So, I am using all of the fancy ones I can think of.

It turns out all of my phoneme contemplating wasn’t necessary. I checked today to see if any last minute votes were taking place and to my surprise…Landscapes were in first place! Phonemes were in second place. Cats were in third. Which is kind of amazing considering how many people love their cats and it’s practically what the Internet is most famous for. Painting people came in last, which can only mean my subscribers have seen my previous people paintings and they were scared. So, it looks like, starting March 1st, I will be doing a series of 15 landscape paintings. I have to admit I feel a little relieved and also pretty excited since landscapes are something I have been planning to put more effort into. Jim prefers landscapes to all other subject matter and it’s something I haven’t spent enough time working on. So, even though I won’t be painting phonemes in his honor, I will be painting landscapes. I think he is going to be pretty happy.

I Almost Had To Paint Phonemes In March
Abiquiu, New Mexico 9×12 alcohol ink on Yupo Paper

I may still paint phonemes and cats too. I am making a list of good ideas and I kind of like doing these challenges. It’s fun to get out of my comfort zone and push myself to be more creative. I spent a great deal of time staring out the window and thinking about how to interpret phonemes in a visual way. I’d hate to waste all of that thinking time so maybe the second half of March, or the beginning of April, will be devoted to attempting to produce, in paint, the phoneme images floating around in my mind.

Thank you newsletter subscribers for being the best people in the world. Not that I have to tell you that. I mean, you already know you are awesome, obviously!


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