All Artwork and Guest Post by my Daughter-in-Law, Christi Sonheim!
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Thanksgiving is going to be a little weird this year.
Weird can still be good.
If you know my mother-in-law, Carla Sonheim, you may have seen some of her lessons where she draws influence from Pablo Picasso to draw dogs or cats. It’s fun to try to loosen up and see all perspectives at once. It’s out of control and the final product is more of a surprise than a goal.
Instead of just drawing a normal turkey I took all the pieces, stuck them in a blender, and tried to make sense of it all. I didn’t know how they would fit together but it was my challenge to find the turkey.
I can’t think of a better metaphor for trying to plan our Thanksgiving. All the pieces are there, just not in the ways that are normal. We can see family, but maybe virtually or with a mask outside. We can eat a special meal, but maybe with fewer people. We can play football, but maybe as a video game. We can watch a parade, but maybe you’ll be the one dancing in the street.
The pieces are there, just not in the way we recognize them. Yeah, it’s weird, but it’s still Thanksgiving. And that can still be amazing.
by Christi Sonheim
So sweet! Beautiful analogy. Happy Thanksgiving to all the Sonheim’s!!
Christi, Doesn’t look weird at all to me (that may be a result of taking on-line workshops from your Mother-in-Law . . . .)
P.S. Please do not put turkeys in the blender anymore or I will have to report you to the Society for Prevention of Fowl Cruelty
Sharon Gorberg said:
Love the art work Christi and the connection to Picasso! Happy Thanksgiving.
Fun post. Thank you for reminders that we can find peace when almost everything is different and create a sense of fun and playfulness in the current environment. Lovely turkey’s. Anyone for a blender turkey smoothie. Happy Thanksgiving to you all, our friends across the US/Canada border, we love you.
this is a great way to see thanksgiving this year. Aren’t you lucky to have a daughter in law that matches your way of seeing things!! love the idea of putting a normal turkey in the blender and reconstruct a 2020 one
Joyce Francis said:
This is such a fun post, entertaining post, but also a thoughtful/serious post. I love the thought process (and illustrations) about Thanksgiving. This little essay gave me a great pick-me-up today. Thank you Christi
Love your paintings and your post. Thanksgiving will definitely be different. We will be with a couple of friends outdoors with their Turkey and our veggies. And pie. My husband and I will have 3 other favorite meals on our own over that weekend. And I’ll do some art when I can that weekend!
Christi these are awesome and totally capture the spirit!
Sharon Bonin-Pratt said:
I think these turkeys are campaigning for a peanut butter and jelly Thanksgiving feast. I can see their point of view.
Karla Henderson said:
What fun to read your post, Christi!
Perfect analogy for this year’s Thanksgiving! I love the illustration too! Thank you for sharing!