My vision board as a painting by my artist husband, John Tebeau

My artist husband, John Tebeau, captured my life vision in this painting.

Many people have done a vision board — you clip pictures that illustrate how you want your life to be and paste them onto poster board to hang someplace you’ll see regularly.

I recently made one that way for my Relationship Masters Academy class. I glued photos of a piano keyboard, a big kitchen full of friends and a water park to my board and hung it on my closet door.

But my husband, John Tebeau, did me one better: he captured my life vision as a painting.

What we call my wish painting or spell painting now hangs on our bedroom wall. I love it. Love it!

It includes:

  • music — piano keys and actual musical notes from Fats Waller’s “This Joint is Jumpin'” and Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amore”
  • food and wine
  • a lively party with friends
  • two enormous happy dogs
  • a peace dove with a fountain pen, which symbolizes writing and peace of heart and mind
  • lucky cat
  • Mardi Gras beads and me with my jazz fest parasol
  • numerous hearts to symbolize a life filled with love
  • and for you Prince fans, a bottle of Cream

I’ve done written life goals for several years but there’s something magical about the emotions that images can capture. Sometimes an idea is so abstract I feel, as a writer, only words can do it justice. But conversely, there are places in my heart that pictures touch better than words.

You know, a picture’s worth 1,000 words?

Have you done a vision board? And if you had a wish painting, what would be in it?


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18 replies

  1. That’s very cool! I see a whole new market for commissioned work.

  2. Hi Colleen,

    John had told me about the painting — it’s beautiful. I’m really impressed by your blog too. What an enjoyable read! I’ll follow you from now on.


  3. I have copied you post to my blog and recognised it as a ‘guest blog’.

    If you would like to add a brief bio at the bottom I am happy to include that.

  4. What a cool concept, Colleen. Great work, John! I’ll be pondering…

  5. I love it too! Especially you with the parasol, and the peace dove with pen in mouth.

  6. Hey Colleen, that’s a lovely story and a fabulous image.

    If you would like to share that on my vision board site as a ‘guest blogger’, I’m happy to add a short bio at the end of it and link back to your site.

    • I’d love to do this as a guest post on your blog. And now I have a better version of the photo to share, too.

      Let me know what you need. Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. This is so, so special — I can’t stop staring at it. I’ve never done this exercise, but I think I’ll put it on my list of things to do before 2010 closes out.

  8. Thanks, Frieda. Nice to see you yesterday. Hope you’re doing well.


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