I have a bff who was approaching a “big birthday” about five years ago. Her husband was throwing a surprise party for her, and I was thinking about what gift I could give to a woman who really does have everything. Of course, I would paint something for her, but what? After awhile, it came to me…
Since my girlfriend and her telephone are never very far apart, I decided to paint a telephone keypad for her, with every number and symbol representing something personal about her. To make it physically look like a keypad, I painted twelve 8” X 8” canvasses, each an inch and a half deep, to look like buttons. The result, in its own way, is a portrait of her (I told you I think of all my paintings as portraits). I’ll explain:
Number 1 is painted on a house. She’s a very successful realtor and has been the number 1 producer in her agency for most of her career.
Number 2 is a conversation bubble. She’s a talker.
Number 3 is a nod to our girl golf trips to Aruba and her enjoyment of the craps table.
Number 4 celebrates the game we love to play together.
Number 5 is all about makeup. Did I say she’s a looker?
Number 6 is a conversation hearts candy. See number 2. Her favorite food is candy.
Number 7 is a ticket stub. She loves plays, musicals, and concerts and is the social director for a group of friends who rely on her to get them tickets too.
Number 8 is a triangle. Remember the ones you got to play in kindergarten? She has one. It makes her happy to play it sometimes.
Number 9 is a mah jongg tile: 9 dot. Girlfriends like to play games. See number 3 and 4.
The * key is a magic wand. She has one and uses it when she thinks she needs it. See number 8.
The # key is a scale (get it?). She organized a group that worked with a nutritionist to lose weight and eat healthier. See number 6.
Operator is a CD. She’s a big fan of music (see number 7 and 8) and often gifts friends with CD’s she’s burned of her favorite singers. If you play the notes on the music staff below the CD, you will hear Op-er-a-tor (Jim Croce).