The emotion of selling a painting…

The 88th painting of 2017 was completed in the early hours of this morning, the 88th day of the year, March 29th, unless that is I’ve lost count again, it is the 88th day isn’t it?. The 88th painting concluded and more fresh leaf growth and the notion of a smaller painting brought to a finished state on every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth and new layers growing on on an evolving piece of 12″ vinyl, now concluded – Acrylic, brush work, marker pen, spray paint, glitter paint and gloss varnish if you must know – an old piece of recycled unwanted 12″ vinyl recycled (or maybe even upcycled)

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88/365 – The 88th painting of 2017, March 29th – “Fresh Leaf Growth”

These smaller daily paintings aren’t started on the same day as they are concluded, some start days before, some weeks, some are pieces that have been evolving for a couple of years, that piece of vinyl there was originally painted on in the summer of 2014 and has been painted on several times since. A painting ever evolving, it is now completely concluded and won’t ever be touched again. I know I keeping saying a painting is never ever finished and if it sticks around here layers will constantly grow, with this series of 365 painting concluded during 2017, they will most certainly not be touched again.  And like the #365ArtDrops of 2015, this is being viewed as one piece of work, a piece of work in 365 parts, a piece of work evolving and flowing throughout the year, a piece started on January 1st and running until December 31st (if that isn’t tempting fate), 365 smaller paintings concluded on a daily basis with parts of the piece heading of to all kinds of places, art off to California, Spain, Yorkshire, Manchester, Hastings, South London….

Some of them are being dropped, the 61st piece in this series of daily paintings was “dropped” last week. The “ArtDrops” are never dropped of course, they are always carefully places in considered locations, left hanging there for someone to take should they wish to. This particular piece was left hanging in a tunnel near Shoreditch Railway station, East London, last week. I expect that now the weather is getting better there will be a lot more #artdrop pieces being left in colourful places…

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An Art Drop, an #ArtDrop, Shoreditch, March 2017

MEANWHILE THE WHAT PRICE ART? QUESTION GOES ON   – What Price Art week 10 – A return to the What Price Art question and a piece of art posted up on E.bay every week with an opening bid price of 1p. This piece went live as a 1p E.bay auction piece, last week. and ends this evening,  Wednesday March 29th. Piece number ten is now live, go find it on ebay, that link there or my name in the ebay search engine should take you to it (as well as other smaller pieces that are for sale on ebay).  What Price Art? A new piece will be posted tonight as the auction on this piece comes to an end.

This week’s 1p ebay auction piece is this painted piece of 7″ vinyl

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The 78th painting of 2017, March 19th 78/365 – “Fresh Leaf Growth” – Fresh leaf growth and the notion of a smaller painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth and new layers growing on a 7″ vinyl record

Sold one of my bigger paintings this morning, it is always good to sell a painting of course, paint does cost money and so does studio rent and brushes and food and well you know, starving artists and all that, always good to sell a painting, of course it is. Did feel a little sadness as I saw the message to say this one had sold though, grown rather attached to this particular one, it has been on the wall of the studio here for about three years now, I shall be taking it down and packaging it up in a moment, you do feel emotional attachments to these things sometimes – there’s all kind of feelings that flow around a piece of work, frustration, anger and sometimes very personal feelings revolving around the reasons you painted it and where you painted it and what’s in there along with the paint. A lot is committed to the bigger paintings, the ones that are worked on for weeks, months, years, the ones that are battled with, agonised over, fought with, that fight you….

Here some photos of the latest completed daily pieces and that recent art drop, as always click on an image to enlarge or run the fractured slide show

There hasn’t been any art drops in 2017…

Social media seems to think I need to share a memory from a year ago, this This photo was posted on Facebook on February 14th 2016 . I do like these photos that people post of them finding the pieces of art I’ve left on the street to be taken. There hasn’t been any art drops in 2017, the last one was on December 31st 2016, the new year resolution has held for just over 43 days now, it might not hold much longer though, Spring must be around the corner soon surely? Leaves need to shoot on walls soon, do like the smiles that the art drops result in…

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Tunnels, leaves, art dropping, a painting a day, what price art?

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#43ArtDrop, part 12/43 (Dec 2016)

Six days in and the new years resolution is holding, no more “dropping” of art. Such a silly term anyway. nothing was ever dropped, it was all carefully placed, deliberately hung on walls, agonised over, carefully considered in a very considered spot. That was last year though, art drops are so last year. There’s been complaints, of course there has, but what price art? “I only followed you on Facebook so I could get one, not fair that you say you’re not going to drop any more”. I think there’s been something like six of seven hundred so called art drops in the last few years (including 2015’s #365ArtDrop piece) What Price Art?

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Cultivate on-line shop, Jan 6th 2017.

And there’s been a painting a day brought to a finished state in 2017 so far, although a painting is never actually “finished” until someone takes it away, everything here in the studio evolves, fresh layers, new growth. Yesterday’s finished painting has already been sold, tHe piece is off to Yorkshire today, painted on a piece of unwanted hardboard picked up off the Hackney street, recycled and now liberated, sold and off to hang on a wall in Yorkshire, Hebdon Bridge actually, never been there myself, my art travels far more then I get to. A painting finished everyday, not started on the same day though, just finished and then added to the Cultivate on-line shop like yesterday’s was. Paintings are started and go on for months, this year one will be finished every day.

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“Growth on a Floorboard” Jan 5th 2017. Fresh leaf growth on a found unwanted hardwood floorboard. (Acrylic, spray paint on recycled hardwood, 29cmx20cm) SOLD

The What Price Art? question was something we have asked via several gallery shows. Art placed on gallery walls and viewers invited to pay whatever they want, or whatever they see fit, no debate no saying no, whatever the view said went. it made for all kinds of interesting conversation. .

What price art? A return to the ongoing question for the new year.  A piece of art will be posted on e.bay weekly throughout 2017, a piece of art posted once a week via an on-line auction site, each piece with an opening bid price of £0.01, one piece a week for 52 weeks.  What price art?  A weekly piece of art there to be bid on. The first piece went up on the auction site last Wednesday evening with an opening bid price of 1p, view it here on ebay. The second piece will go up for an opening bid price of 1p next week

on with the leaf growing, lots to be cultivated this year, art can’t slow down.

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The first of the thirteen was left hanging in Hoxton….

Thirteen shelves Part 1, Hoxton, East London

Thirteen shelves Part 1, Hoxton, East London

And so it turned out that there were actually thirteen white wooden shelves thrown out, six of them have been painted so far and the first of the thirteen was left out on the street this afternoon. left there waiting by a busy East London railway arch near Hoxton railway station, there waiting to be taken should someone wish to do just that. This is as much about using unwanted things that have been thrown away as much as giving something away for free, about the layers that will grow long after we have gone…..

Last night’s late night #artDrop piece…

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#ArtDrop

Last night’s late night #artDrop piece, painted on a recycled piece of wood and left hanging on the wall of a bookshop on Broadway, Hackney, East London, underneath an invader, there for someone to take should they wish to (August 7th 2016)

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Carefully hanging, never dropped….

An #ArtDrop

An #ArtDrop

Some pieces painted on found pieces of wood, some glorious lumps of old floorboard rescued from a skip on a Hackney street. Rescued, painted on, and then hung on East London walls, pieces left hanging for people to take should they wish to.

An #ArtDrop

An #ArtDrop

Three went out today, one piece hanging on Grey Eagle Street, Brick Lane, East London (underneath a rather fine Shepard Fairey piece as well as a large Invader), a second piece hanging on a wall near Brick Lane (not far from a Dale Grimshaw face) and a third on the Hackney Road where a large Stik figure can look down on it until if goes…

An #ArtDrop

An #ArtDrop

As always these pieces have hashtags on the back, #ArtDrop and we encourage people to use that hashtag, send in photos and tell us where the pieces get to… .There was a piece left early this week on the wall by the Regent’s Canal here in Hackney, a green thorny piece. The drops will go on randomly, here and there, now and again, not a solid piece of work like last year’s #365ArtDrops piece, just some random pieces of art painted on interesting things found on the street and left (never dropped) hanging for people to take like Louisa did today

Louisa found an #ArtDrop

Louisa found an #ArtDrop

Well that ‪#‎ArtDrop‬ quickly found a home, thanks Louisa. An #ArtDrop painted on a found block of wood, an old piece of floorboard found in a skip. Painted on and hung on Grey Eagle Street, Brick Lane, East London, left there for someone to take should they wish to, and Louisa did…