As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Silhouette Study 4- Your True Passion

This week (Feb 27 to March 3) is dedicated to silhouettes and the many ways to enjoy this powerful art form.

Mikko & Cello
A Portrait of a Passionate Young Musician
by Paulina Constancia


Today the challenge is to find what you would consider your true passion/calling. Here are a few steps from our dear Oprah to finding your true passion. Steps to Finding Your Passion
If you ask me, here’s a simple way of doing it…Find a quiet place in your house, close your eyes and imagine the world coming to an end then ask yourself.. what would you be happy to be caught doing. I believe your true passion/calling is that which you wouldn’t mind doing even if it was to be your last breathing moment. Then you can say, as you pass this existence, ‘it sure was worth your while on earth.’


When you know what your true passion is then you are ready to make today’s creative challenge – Making Your Passion Silhouette
My example shows my nephew Mikko who lives to learn, play and share beautiful cello music.
 Here are the photos I used:
Side profile photo + Passion Symbol 
= Your Passion Silhouette

You’ll need:
a side profile photo (photo 1)
photo of object representing your true passion (photo 2)
Here are the steps:
  1. Using Pixelmator, create new image 4″ x 6″ (300 dpi)
  2. Drag in photos 1 & 2, they will come in as separate layers. Make sure that the parts of photo 2 that you want to use are big enough to match the size of the profile.
  3. Trace the profile on photo 1 using a lasso tool.  I used the polygonal lasso tool which lets you do custom tracing step by step. 
  4. Once you have traced the silhouette select the photo 2 layer, and choose copy & paste. This creates a new layer with your passion silhouette. Change background colour to your preference.
  5. Print, frame and hang somewhere in your room to constantly remind you of your true calling.
Here are a few quotes to inspire you 
as you find, face and live your true passion:


“The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.”

Pablo Casals(1876-1973)Spanish cellist and conductor

“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all..”

― Leo Rosten

“Vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need.”  


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