REFLECTION ON 50 STATES OF COLOR….
I’m a quitter.. No, seriously… I often come up with grand schemes and ideas, but when I try them out, I get completely overwhelmed and quit… Like the time I decided to create an online outfit. Every. Single. Day. For a year. Three hundred and sixty-five days… AND write a blog about it each day’s outfit. That project was titled 365 Days in My Polyvore Dream Closet. I lasted for 6 months. I got to the point where I hated clothing. Not to the point where I stopped wearing it, but where I got so sick of thinking about it, creating outfits and writing about it… I couldn’t even look at fashion magazine for awhile after that. Sinful. I know. (You can see the 6 months of outfits on my Pinterest folder titled My Dream Closet. Just click on the photo below! I would love to know your favorite outfit!)
When I first had the idea for 50 States of COLOR, I knew I had to follow through. I wasn’t going to be doing this project alone. I would have photographers depending on me, willing to share their fabulous photos with me so that I could “color” them! And I had friends involved in helping me find the perfect photos. Letting myself down would be bad enough. Letting everyone else down? Unthinkable.
And so it began… I reached out, looked at tons of photos, colored, emailed, called, colored some more… And on April 14th I published Alabama, the first 50 States of COLOR photo with its corresponding palette. It was quite fitting that my friend, Levian, took that photo as she has been one of my biggest supporters during this project. And it grew from there. Only a few photo requests were denied. Most photographers were very willing to share with me and very excited at the prospect of being a part of this project. This project was even featured in a little local online paper. I would share the link here but I can’t find it. (I’m still searching. I don’t want to be a quitter again.) I’ve developed new friendships with many of the photographers which has been a bonus gift- Barry, Nancy, Jean, Theresa, Shane, Stacey, Terri, April, Christina… Such lovely people. (My old photography friends are lovely as well!)
So what have I learned from my 50 States of COLOR Project?
-I’m not a quitter. I just need to find the right projects to inspire me to keep going.
-Having support from others makes all the difference!
-We have a very beautiful and diverse country.
-People are generally very kind and happy to help!
-Photographers are my favorite types of people. They see beauty where others do not.
-Alaska, Maine, and Tennessee are states that I must see!
-Color is everywhere! Literally. I see completed palettes so much easier now.
-Colors inspired by Mother Nature are MY FAVORITE COLORS.
-Working on projects that involve color and publishing them regularly is a whole lot of fun!
-The very best part of this project was the PEOPLE involved- The photographers, my helpers, and my facebook friends who commented, shared, and got excited with me each week.
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for following along. March 16th marks the end of this project with a gorgeous photo from Wyoming by my new friend, Jean LaFleur Johnson.…. But stay tuned. Mid to early April marks the beginning of my next coloring project with my dear friend of Julie Burdick Photography!