More leaf growth, new layers and the on-going year-long #365ArtDrop18 piece, 365 paintings on found recycled material…

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#365ArtDrop18 – 62/365, a leaf left hanging in Hackney, East London. May 2018

More leaf growth, new layers and the on-going year-long #365ArtDrop18 piece, 365 paintings on found recycled material, material picked up off the street in 2018, 365 paintings on found piece of recycled material throughout the year, 365 painting left hanging on walls, in tunnels, by canals, on fences, left for people to take should they wish to.

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#365ArtDrop18 – 72/365, a leaf left hanging by Columbia Road Market, East London,, May 2018

The weather is improving, the better weather means more drops, there’s been 73 so far, expect an explosion of paintings left hanging as the summer starts to kick in. The piece is all about engagement, the breaking down of those barriers that gallery doors (and attitudes) can so often throw up, that and of course questioning how wasteful we are, questioning why we don’t give a second thought to the things we just throw in skips to leave on the street or don’t ever dream of re-using or handing on to others…

Part 61 to 73 of the #365ArtDrop18 piece, click on an image to enlarge or ot run the slide show…

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The sun is out, the art drops increase, pieces hung in Hackney Wick, Shoreditch and…

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#365ArtDrop18 – 60/365, a leaf left hanging in Shoreditch, East London. April 2018

“The sun is out, ha ha!” to paraphrase the (alleged) final words of someone who understood the beauty of light and the vitality of paint.  And with the sun out (for now at least), the year-long piece of work that is the #365ArtDrop18 piece can start to gather a little more  momentum.  A piece of work in 365 parts, 365 paintings on found recycled material picked up off the street, from skips, save from landfill, painted on an then hung back out there in the streets for people to take should they wish to. There have now been 60 painting left out there, the latest pieces were hung last weekend on the walls of the fast disappearing beautiful things that just about still is Hackney Wick. The cultural cleansing and destruction of community in the Wick. I expect the dropping (or the carefully hanging) of pieces to increase as the weather improves.

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One piece of work in 365 parts, a year-long piece of work and the notion, once more, of 365 pieces carefully dropped…

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#365ArtDrop18 5/365 – A leaf left, the 5th of 365 artdrop pieces of 2018

One piece of work in 365 parts, a year-long piece of work and the notion, once more, of 365 pieces carefully dropped.  365 things picked up off the street, things saved from skips, piece of wood, frames, unwanted canvas, pieces of vinyl too scratched to play, and when things like that are thrown out then leaves will grow on them.  Another 365 Paintings on things found, things recycled, painted on, and then left back out there on the street again for people to take should they wish to.

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A #365ArtDrop piece from 2016 found

This year the hashtag on the back of the pieces is #365ArtDrop18 and once again as it was with the year-long piece in 2016 the hashtag is there for people to engage with the piece of work. Once again people are encouraged to post photos of themselves with the pieces they choose to take, encouraged to post on social media and use the hashtag, we’re looking to see where the pieces have got to this time and the photos of people with their pieces are very much part of the year-long piece again .  In 2016, pieces left most in London ended up hanging on walls in homes, bars, galleries and more all over the globe.  Why do it again? Well why not? the 365ArtDrop piece is 2016 was extremely rewarding, engaging, I found it exciting, I think others did as well, the e.mails and message suggest to us they did. There’s a certain pleasure to be found in hanging art on the street rather then in a gallery, why only do it once?

This year’s piece is under way then, pieces are being hung, never dropped, always carefully hung, placed, it isn’t one piece a day, it might be that several “drops” happen on a particular day and then nothing for a week, we’re not going to leave pieces out in the win and rain, I expect an outburst of pieces out there once winter starts to finally give way to spring, there’s a build up of pieces painted in January waiting for a decent day when they can be hung out with being blown away.  Some of the pieces will be newly painted pieces, some of the drops might be paintings from last year, some will have been painted on the same day that they’re dropped, all will have been painted on material picked up from the street, material recycled, things that were heading for landfill.  A year-long piece of work then, a piece of work in 365 parts, please do use the hashtag, the engagement is an important part of this piece….

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A leaf, #365ArtDrop18, a leaf left hanging in Hoxton, East London….

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A leaf, #365ArtDrop18 – 365/2 – a leaf left hanging in Hoxton, East London

A leaf – #365ArtDrop18 2/365 – A leaf left hanging, the second of 365 artdrop pieces of 2018, one of the daily concluded paintings of 2017 painted on a piece of found recycled hardboard and now left out by a door in Hoxton, East London left there for someone to take should they wish to do so 

 

 

And so begins a second year of ArtDrops, another 365 carefully placed pieces of art…

#365ArtDrop18 – A second year of ArtDrops, another 365 carefully placed pieces of art, never dropped, always carefully hung on the streets for people to take should they wish to. 365 paintings on things found on the street, painted on, and then put back out on the street during 2018. 
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#365ArtDrop18 – 1/365, January 1st 2018

On January 1st, a first piece, a leaf, the first of 365 artdrop pieces of 2018 and the final painting of 2017 painted on a piece of found recycled hardboard in the final hour of what is now last year, painted on and left out for someone to take should they wish to. #365ArtDrop18 1/365 left on the Hackney road, East London on New year’s Day.

The hashtag –  #365ArtDrop18 is to en courage people to become part of the year long piece of work, the hope is that people taking the pieces will post photos of themselves with the pieces they find and take so that we can find out where the unwanted recycled material has got to…

Not a piece a day, just, all being well, 365 during the year…  Click on an image to enlarge or to run the slide show…..

The notion of a small painting brought to a completed conclusion was the challenge for 2017, it was completed last night as the year came to a quiet end…

The final concluded painting of 2017, the 365th of the year, the piece was completed just before the chimes of midnight last night. The question is, will the notion continue in 2018?

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Daily Painting 365/365 (31st December,2017) – Fresh growth, new layers, leaves and the ongoing notion of a smaller painting brought to a completed conclusion on every single day of 2017. Acrylic, brushwork, spray paint, gloss varnish on a found piece of hardboard, 38cm x 82cm

The notion of a small painting brought to a completed conclusion was the challenge for 2017, it was completed last night as the year came to a quiet end, some of the pieces have been more successful than others, some have pleased, some maybe not quite so much, should the challenge carry on?  Maybe, watch this space, it was a rather enjoyable challenge, and the making of art, as difficult and challenging as it can sometimes be, should be enjoyable…  Here’s are the last daily paintings of 2017…

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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