The 52 Project 2014: 20/52

the 52 project2“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014. My goal for the year: highlight her most recently acquired and/or favorite skill, activity, or milestone, in hopes to document her blossoming personality and mind as well as her physical appearance. ” See my series HERE.

marley shirtMia: Today was the first day she heard the music of Bob Marley.

That shirt, right??? I scored that shirt from the consignment sale I recently went to (and sold clothes at, which I’ll blog about later) for a whopping $2.50! This was the first time that she wore it, the first day she learned Bob Marley’s name and the first day she heard a song of his, One Love. Since I had already paired the name with the face (on the shirt), she was excited to learn that the song that just came on the radio was Bob Marley’s! No kidding, this kid bobbed her head to Bob through the whole song. When it was over she said, “again?”

I’m not a huge reggae listener, at least I’m not now and haven’t been for years. I used to listen to it on the daily when I was in my mid 20s and in college in San Diego. My brother got me into it and living blocks away from the beach, well, it just vibed perfectly with the scene there. I was taking a lot of art classes then and reggae was my go to music when I was painting or drawing at home. It mellowed me out, helped me focus, cleared my mind, filled me with positivity and got me through many all-nighters.

Ever since I moved back home, reggae has hardly crossed my mind and I don’t know why. I guess I left it in SD. Finding this shirt for Mia brought back a lot of memories and re-sparked my old love for it. You better believe I’ll be turning up Bob’s tunes again and those of many other reggae artists, especially while we’re sunbathing (and probably drinking) in the backyard by the pool. Bob had such a powerful message of love and positivity and I want to expose Mia to that with hopes that she’ll love it as much as I did. This could be a life changer, folks :)

This picture below is one of my art projects for class. It’s made with pen and ink using only hatch marks, dots and scribbles (no straight lines at all). It represents my favorite Bob Marley song “No Woman No Cry” and it ended up being a gift (either birthday or Christmas) for my brother.

no woman no cry

Okay now just for fun, this is the portrait from last year’s week 20 in 2013 at an indoor playground.

20 week 2013

The following portraits are my favorite from last week‘s entries at Practising Simplicity’s linkup

the SAGA by steinsdotter // Adventures in Jedi // Little Red Vikings // alight


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  1. I finally posted my photos from the exact same time last year too! Thanks for the awesome idea! My kiddos love a bit of Bob too. I think its Elizabeth Mitchell who sings a version of his Don’t Worry — they really love that one!

    • Awesome, Rachel!! Glad to hear that you liked the flashback idea enough to do it, too! And I’ll definitely have to check out your song reference. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. It’s so much fun that you are on your second year of the project.
    And can see photos from the same week side by side.

    Makes me wanna continue, and do the same next year :)

    And thanks for the mention.

  3. You have beautiful daughter! She is wonderful and i like your pictures. But why im posting is because no woman no cry is also my favourite song!! Although I dont have any Bob Marley songs lol.

    There is a bob marley ABC song version for kids on YouTube! Lol my daughter loves it. :)

    My husband plays guitar and used to play that song for me :D. Wierd but was kinda romantic. :)

    Nice website btw. :)

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