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

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The notion then, the thought that a painting should be completed every day during 2017, not started, just brought to a conclusion…

The notion then, the thought that a painting should be completed every day during 2017, not started, just brought to a conclusion. Pieces that have been evolving over days, weeks, sometimes years. A smaller piece a day (there are bigger pieces of work in progress, it isn’t all about these smaller pieces coming to a conclusion every day)

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“Let Them Drink Wine” – The notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth on a recycled wooden lid of a wine box. Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, gold paint, varnish on wood 29cm x 20cm. The 21st painting of 2017.

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The What Price Art? question go on, I expect this one will carry on throughout the year as well. The third weekly posting of a piece of work on e.bay happened last Wednesday. Each week a piece posted on the auction site with a piece posted weekly at an opening bid price of 1p, each piece left there for a week and what price art? You decide. The third piece is currently up on-line, there to be bid on, view it here

This week’s What Price Art piece is a had painted piece of 7″ vinyl (that’s it up there), painted on an old ORG Records release, an old Gog Magog single from back in the days when we were foolish enough to run a record label. One of the finest releases ever, I might just throw in an unpainted copy of the single as well, a classic slice of London punk rock,,,. Go explore ebay, put my name in the search engine, I’m sure you’ll find it (as well as a number of other reasonably priced pieces of art from myself and other Cultivate associated artists)

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“Black Leaf, Herb Robert 3” – The notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth on a small square canvas. Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, gold paint, varnish on canvas 15cm x 15cm x 1cm. The 20th painting of 2017.

Images of the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd paintings of 2017 are here, click on a thumbnail to enlarge or to run the slide show of the latest pieces.  You will find these smaller more”affordable” pieces of art for sale via the Cultivate on-line shop, at the moment the pieces are being posted every day as they are brought to a conclusion.This link will take you to the shop The Cultivate on-line shop is constantly re-stocked with work, we tend to feature the small sized/priced pieces in the shop.  The bigger pieces don’t tend to be put in the shop, ask if you’re interested, there are always larger pieces being painted…

 

Down to Margate, 2015 Art Car Boot Fair at the Turner Contemporary….

Art Car Boot Fair, Margate

Art Car Boot Fair, Margate

Down to Margate, 2015 Art Car Boot Fair at the Turner Contemporary….   The second leg of the 2015 Art Cart Boot Fair happened at the Turner Contemporary on the seafront of Margate on August bank holiday Sunday (August 30th). . We were invited to take part once more, fifth year, always a great day, contemporary art smiling for a day, hair let down, people, chat, familiar faces, fun.  This time a 43 pieced cardboard piece, 43 pieces of cardboard painted at the same time, rather like the idea of a unique piece of hand made art, an actual painted rather than a print, being for sale at £1.  All 43 pieces sold quickly (hopefully non of them get flipped on ebay).  A bag load of affordable art and the first train out of East London, down to Margate for a day by the seaside, some art drops, some selling of very reasonably priced art. The whole thing, the photos of other artists involved, some words on the whole day and more can be found over on the Organ pages.  Here’s a taste of my pieces, the stars, leaves, pieces painted on cardboard, blocks of recycled wood, small canvas pieces….