The Not-So Terrible Twos: Happy Birthday, Mad Art Lab!

Here at Mad Art Lab, March 1st is our birthday. Guess what today happens to be? March 1! Happy birthday to us! We’re two years old. Time to celebrate.

I was not in attendance for the “birth” of Mad Art Lab, but eventually I was lovingly adopted into this wonderful family. Mad Art Lab is just that: a family. It’s quite amazing how we all kind of just naturally mesh. I love all my fellow Labbers and am so grateful that I get to be apart of this little experiment.

Brian wrote a very eloquent post to celebrate our first birthday, and I must say, he’s one tough act to follow. I will list a few stats for this year, but with a caveat: they will not be as clever as Brian’s were last year.

  • When Mad Art Lab was one, there were 17 contributors; this year, we’ve bumped that total up to 19 people who contribute their art and thoughts to our Lab. I’m proud to be one of the newbies.
  • We had a total of 504 MAL posts in the last year.
  • On average, there are 42 posts every month. That’s 1.4 posts a day, people, which means you need to check us out every single day so you don’t miss anything!
  • There were a total of 1,281 comments left on our posts. Your input fuels creativity for both our bloggers and readers, so we appreciate every comment written.

Thank you, readers, one and all! Your comments make our day. They are extraordinary and cherished.

To my fellow Labbers, thank you for making this lab into such an inviting atmosphere.

A tremendous thank you to Amy, our fearless leader. I admire you. Your strength and tenacity in all you do is what keeps us going.

Also, thank you to Rebecca Watson for letting Mad Art Lab express itself and be what it has become. Your guidance is greatly appreciated. Thank you for providing us with this artistic outlet.

My personal experience with Mad Art Lab has been one awesome journey so far. I look forward to pushing my creativity and photography to places I never would have if not for our website. I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays here at Mad Art Lab and I hope you do too.

Now onto this year’s gift, our annual family portrait! As you can see in Brian’s post, he included a collage of the contributors at the end. We decided to keep the tradition alive, so I volunteered my services. The Labbers sent me photos they wanted to include in the collage and I got to work. I combined the craziness of our contributors with “The Last Supper” painting by Leonardo da Vinci. There was something about Jill‘s pose that was just too Jesus-like for me to pass up.

So, without further ado, “The Second Birthday Supper”.2nd Bday MAL

Here’s to many more years of Mad Art Lab. Cheers!


Gigi Chickee

All photos are taken by me, Gigi Chickee, unless otherwise noted. Photography Correspondent here at Mad Art Lab. Wife to my gorgeous husband, Rob. Mother to my four girls. Proud Secular Homeschooler. Photographer when the occasion arises. Seamstress in training. Skeptic always. Follow me and my musings on Twitter: @gigichickee

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  1. Oh my, I love this SO much! And a happy-happy-happy-happy birthday to the lab! Now everyone, go make some art!

  2. Happy birthday, team! I got us 20 vats of blue and pink hair dye. Because apparently we use that shit A LOT.

  3. Thanks, everybody. It’s funny how everything just sort of fell into place with this photo collage. It cracks me up how it all worked out.

    When I think back over the year, from all the projects we’ve taken on to the assorted topics we’ve covered, I am extremely proud of this group. Thank you all for sharing your art, creativity, intelligence, and experiences.

  4. This makes me ludicrously happy, Gigi! And not just because I’m making dinosaurs appear (sorry they’re not very well trained, Emily…)

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