Mother’s Painting Initiated a Chain Reaction of Creativity

Mother’s Painting Initiated a Chain Reaction of Creativity

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.”

― Robert Hughes

Famous artists may seem to not have any doubt among themselves.

Rather they create a particular blend of insecurity and perfectionism that fuels their desire to improve their craft and get better with each piece.

However, that self-doubt can also be paralyzing and prevent their potential from picking up their tools in making their art.

kids painting

To encourage his mother to continue making art, Reddit user Gaddafo shared a picture of his mother, Cindi Decker, a school teacher from Florida, holding a beautiful painting she made of an egret.

“My mom painted this and said no one would like it. It’s her 2nd painting,” he wrote.

painting tools

A Reddit user Cacahahadoodoo asked the forum to take the post further. “Someone paints the photo of his mom holding her painting and reposts it with the same title for extra karma,” they wrote.

Reddit Users Accept the Painting Challenge

Reddit user u/k__z  accepted the task and painted a picture of Decker holding her painting.

Then lillyofthenight took things a step further by painting a picture of herself holding a painting of u/k__z holding his painting of Decker holding her painting of an egret.

“Took a while and not perfect, but I painted the guy who painted the other guy’s mom,” she wrote.

Then seamusywray stepped in with his contribution, and things started to get strange. “I painted the girl who painted the guy who painted the other guy’s mom who painted an egret,” he wrote.

collection of paintings

This started a chain reaction that was named “paintception.”

To prevent it from getting too confusing, another Redditor created an interactive tree to show how their paintings relate to one another.

Decker was amazed by how the painting inspired many people and how a chain reaction came as an effect.

“Even though people say, ‘You inspired me to paint,’ I don’t know that it was so much me. I really give credit to the first artist who painted,” she told the CBC.

“You know, I’m not a painter. I’m just somebody who went out and did a little painting thing, so I got lucky to get caught up in all this fun craziness.”

Will it ever end?


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