You know those fancy paintings rich (and/or famous) people have hanging of themselves in their homes?
Well, I took it upon myself to recreate one. At least in photo form.
My mom recently accompanied me to my holiday work party at Fontanel Mansion, the former home of country superstar Barbara Mandrell (I cried when I saw her at the grocery store like a teenage girl seeing Justin Bieber – no shit). Not only is my mom fun, she is quite the elf and party assistant, helping me look good in front of my boss man.
That, and she indulges my need for making a complete asshole out of myself in front of others (co-workers in this case).
This gorgeous mother-daughter painting by Dick Zimmerman hangs in the Fontanel Mansion dining room for visitors to ogle when touring the manse.
Since my company had the entire mansion for our party, I seized the opportunity to recreate my version of this painting. It only made sense (perfectly to me).
Before you view our rendition I must tell you that the serious picture expression (insert image of any model/actress/dignitary/politician) is not something the ladies in my family do well. When I try to look ‘sexy’ in a photo, I just look plain pissed.
But regardless, here’s how our impromptu photo shoot turned out…
And then Mom started to take her role a little more seriously than I did.
And once I started laughing, I just couldn’t stop (like when you’re supposed to be quiet in yoga but somebody audibly farts and you turn into an 8-year-old and giggle ’til you cry).
But seriously. There’s a reason my family is predispositioned to smile because when we don’t, we look like this…
Which is why I prefer my mother-daughter rendition to be remembered as this…
Duplicate fancy, rich people portraits at your own risk – I speak from experience.