So, there I was, 9 months pregnant and yet to paint my own bump! I had been so busy with other bumps that I hadn’t had time to brainstorm my own. I needed something that would be do-able upside down and backwards. I didn’t want to get in over my head with a full belly scene like I normally do for my clients. I couldn’t come up with something that I really loved, especially since we didn’t find out if we were having a boy or girl. My sister suggested something with Dr. Seuss, and *ding ding ding*! Of course! From Horton Hears a Who, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
It’s funny, I did this painting for myself because I thought it was just a simple, sweet expression of how I felt about the little person growing inside of me. I never meant for it to be anything other than personal to me. If I had stepped out of my pregnancy brain fog and actually thought about what I had just painted I might not have been so surprised about what happened after I posted my little picture to my Facebook page. It went viral. In less than a week, over 20,000 people had seen my belly! My humble little FB business page jumped from 160 to over 500 in less than six weeks. Previously, I would have done a happy dance at a 10 follower increase. Turns out, this is the perfect pro-life statement. Duh! When I first figured out that it was a pro-life page that started sharing and got the momentum going, I didn’t know how to feel about it. I’m very much pro-life, but still, my image was being shared for a very specific message. Ultimately I decided that I liked it. Especially once a well known natural parenting magazine based in Australasia (yes, it’s a term!) shared it. It’s nice to know that so many people out there appreciate and like what I’ve done.
I did not intend for this to be an image for a cause. I did not intend for it to promote my business. It was just a pure expression of the love I have for my own child. It’s funny how that simple expression, and definitely the simplest painting I’ve done, attracted the most attention.
See full process here!