Every once in awhile, we have to be eternally grateful for the internet. Aside from providing a treasure trove of information we never knew we needed, it’s also an unlimited source of meme-worthy entertainment. Still, this priceless painting collaboration from strangers across the web took everything to the next level. Actually, it probably just won the internet.
It all started when a school teacher from Florida produced an amateur canvas painting, that was shared online. What happened next, sparked a hilarious chain of events. The next day, an aspiring artist produced his own “painting of a painting,” which inspired a viral painting collaboration across the world. So, let’s check out the finer details of this meme-worthy story.
A Proud Share
When this Florida teacher, Cindi Decker, took up an amateur painting class, she was just proud to add a new string to her bow. After returning home from her second painting class, she decided to showcase her efforts to her son, Matthew. At the time, she admitted that she didn’t think anyone would like her colorful canvas painting of a majestic swan.
However, her teenage son had other ideas. Matthew was so impressed by his mom’s glowing efforts that he decided to post the photo online on his Reddit account. He shared this adorable photo of his mom holding the painting, with the caption, “My mom painted this and said no one would like it. It’s her 2nd painting.”
Much to their surprise, the stunning photo of his mom holding the painting fast became a viral sensation. It garnered the attention of strangers far and wide, with over 76K upvotes and counting. Before long, the crowd-pleasing photo almost broke the internet.
But no one could prepare for what happened next. One user commented, “someone paint the photo of his mom holding her painting and repost it.” Little did they know, that the very next day, an aspiring artist from Sweden, Kristoffer Zetterstarnd would post his own show-stopping share of the mum Cindi, holding the painting. He captioned it, “I painted a photo of somebody’s mom.”
A Hilarious Chain Reaction
While Kristoffer’s efforts impressed the internet, it then inspired a chain reaction across the web. Two days later, on the other side of the world in Canada, a student journalist, Laila Amer, was inspired to paint a photo of Kristoffer and his iconic painting. She hilariously commented, “I painted the guy who painted the guy’s mom.”
From there, the internet blew up and the race was on. Reddit was flooded with masterful creations from scores of aspiring artists. The next in the series was Chicago-based artist, Seamus Wray, who posted a painting of Laila holding Kristoffer’s painting of Cindi and her painting.
A Meme-Worthy Collaboration
Over the next few hours, even more, budding artists were inspired to jump on the meme-worthy trend. The artist Traci Sethre decided to unleash his creativity and added her own take on the collaboration. Before long, it started to spiral, and an artist from Indiana, Travis Simpson caught the painting bug too.
Since the painting collaboration was spreading like wildfire, he knew he needed to paint against the clock to complete his masterpiece. He captioned it, “When it sinks in that I stayed up most of the night to paint a meme for internet points…”
The Honorary Mom of Reddit
While layers of paintings were still being shared at a record rate, Cindi Decker gained infamy and was hailed as “the honorary mom of Reddit.” She later gushed how “I was in fear I was going to read a lot of hateful comments. Thanks for uplifting me! You all have inspired me instead.”