My paintings usually get a few likes on Facebook; maybe a retweet or two on Twitter and a few reblogs on Tumblr if I’m lucky. Until I painted the world’s biggest boyband. Really, the data is pretty damn awesome. What’s more awesome, though, is how it made me feel. I’ve said it before, but in case you’ve forgotten, you’re new here, or you’re One Direction (or management):
Art is the only thing in the world that makes me forget that I am in a wheelchair. It makes me forget that my legs don’t work, that my spasm shows in every single part of my body, that everything is so much effort. When I paint, there is none of that. To get such an enthusiastic, warm, excited, unbelievable response to that, it’s just… incredible. Thank you so incredibly much, everyone who responded, but also, lads of One Direction, for making me want to paint you in the first place. If I could do something for you in return, I’d love to give you a print of the painting. 😉 I’ll be at two shows next year, at Wembley and the Amsterdam Arena!
I’ll say this much, I liked my painting of One Direction. I’d worked hard on it, posting work in progress pictures on Twitter that created very little uproar, but still got me a few flattering comments. After four work in progress pictures, it was done. My collage painting of Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik hit the twitterverse:
The band, I knew, has a huge following on Twitter, including dedicated girls (mostly) who make it their mission to keep the world updated on all things One Direction. Some of these accounts have over 300.000 followers. So, I thought I’d tweet my painting in their general direction. Next thing I know, my Twitter account explodes with mentions, faves and retweets. It was overwhelming and heartwarming. Within 12 hours, my original post had been retweeted over 300 times. I thought that was going to be it and that was beyond anything I’d ever experienced. But that wasn’t it. A few days later, this was the result:
— Maartje van Hoorn (@Fayestardust) August 27, 2013
Like, can you actually believe it? I still have a hard time believing it. Of course, I had hoped that one of the bandmembers and/or their team would see it (I got my hopes up after it had reached 100 retweets), but that hasn’t happened (yet).
Here’s what did, according to Tweetreach:
250.000 people! A quarter million. And here’s what happened to my Twitter followers and mentions:
As you can see, my Twentyfeet social media monitoring account could not even handle the amount of retweets! So cool! So surreal.