No, You Can't Jump Through Them.

Growing up, the N64 was pretty much a staple of my childhood. I'll never forget the first time Lakitu flew into the screen and did a 360 around Mario. Video games in 3D?! Wha?! As a second grader, that just blew my mind. Needless to say, I grew up playing video games, especially the classics like Mario and Zelda. In my home office, we've decorated exclusively with "nerdy" things. Those things that people would probably judge us for, but other nerds would envy. I painted Aaron a Tribes:Ascend painting, and it's hung next to paw print art done by our very own Sophie. (Which basically involved me dipping my dog into paint and blotting her onto the canvas.) Behind my computer, we have a huge Middle Earth map that faces a holographic Pokemon card collection on the opposite wall. Recently, our collection has started spilling out into the rest of the house. There are a few marching band prints and pictures as well as the Exploding Tardis over our TV. The most recent addition has been a work in progress for nearly a year. I got the idea to paint the paintings from Super Mario 64. The more I painted, the more I wanted to do ALL of the paintings (I started with 4). So eight paintings later, I quickly got stuck. Without thinking ahead, I didn't plan for the fact that only half of the levels in the game are entered by painting. The rest of the entrances are walls and holes. After getting stuck, I just ended up putting the project aside for a while. Well today, I've finally finished the paintings. It took me a while to decide whether to do a painting that represents a level or the actual entrance. A pyramid is a lot cooler than a green brick wall, but I decided to stay true to the actual entrances. I'm no professional painter, but I am pretty proud of my work. In fact, I have no idea what I'm doing. I just get paint and brushes and do whatever I want. Honestly, I feel like that's the best way for me to learn. It's how I've learned to decorate cakes, crochet, paint, and cook. Anyways, enjoy! Click the picture for a better view.