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Artist Genevieve Barbee is creating 800 portraits of individuals and their talents. She asks each person one question: "What are you good at?". She's had a lot of different responses...

Christina is Good At Making Soup (and Bread Too)

This November, TWYGA is focusing on gratitude. Every talent that’s shared will be focused on a what kind of service it provides. The self-identified talent is still about whatever anyone wants to discuss but I’ve noticed it’s really hard to coax pride out of most people I encounter. 

I’m hoping that by focusing on service and gratitude this month, people will be a little more chill and think a little less.

My painting goal is to chill out as well. I’ve been up tight as hell lately and it’s not been as fun as when I started. It really shows when my portraits look a little stretched, unfinished, or just out of place. Maybe you don’t notice and you think everything is fucking awesome which is great! Creatively on my end however, I feel like a human sized cramp. >>ouch!<<

I want to have fun and let loose / play with some compositions and push my mediums without feeling self-conscious. This is being accomplished by setting a timer for two hours and letting myself go. I can’t plan too much and just need to throw paint down. After the two hours it’s pencils/brushes down and I have to stick with whatever happens. I can’t re-do it and I can’t perseverate. I’ve noticed lately that I’ve tried to break these rules and now that I’ve discussed them here it’s a way of holding myself accountable.

All this being said, Christina discussed her talent for making soup and bread but this conversation isn’t about the best recipe. It’s about challenging what you thought of yourself— your identity and building a new chapter in life. For her, this has produced a sense of accomplishment she hadn’t experienced previously. That’s empowering as hell.