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 painting 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

Leaves, layers, bags, fresh growth on skateboard decks, what price art? 67 not out…

The notion of a daily painting went on, the 67th painting of 2017, March 8th 67/365 – “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 small canvas, 20cm x 20cm x 1cm – Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, marker pen, varnish.  67th days in and fresh layers growing on old layers…

sw_day67_1The 67th painting of 2017, March 8th 67/365 – “Fresh Leaf Growth”

The 63rd painting of the year was painted on a skateboard deck retrieved from a Hackney skip a few days back.  63/365 – “Fresh Leaf Growth on a skateboard”Fresh leaf growth and the notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth on an unwanted used skateboard deck – Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, marker pen, glitter paint, varnish The 63rd painting of 2017, March 4th.

sw_day63_skateboard_2The 63rd painting of the year was painted on a skateboard deck retrieved from a Hackney skip a few days back.  63/365 – “Fresh Leaf Growth on a skateboard”

The notion of a smaller painting a day goes on, 67 days in now, it isn’t really an option not to painting, a day is not a completely satisfying unless something has been created, and it is enhanced a little more if it is created on something that somebody didn’t want, an old skateboard deck thrown in a skip, an unwanted unplayable vinyl record, an old fashion bag discarded and then retrieved and painted on. This Eileen Fisher fashion bag, was found in Hackney bin, it became the 59th painting of 2017 and the next part of the What price Art questiom

What Price Art week 7 – 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, on Wednesday 1st March 2017. and ends on Wednesday March 8th. Piece number seven 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?

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“Growth on an Eillen Fisher Bag” – Fresh leaf growth and the notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth on an unwanted Eileen Fisher fashion bag- Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, marker pen, glitter paint, varnish The 59th painting of 2017.

Click on an image to enlarge or to view the slideshow of latest daily pieces

Werefrogs? White labels, the 50th daily painting on the 50th day and the ongoing what price art question…

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50/365 – “Leaves on a Werefrog”

“Leaves on a Werefrog” -The notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth on an unwanted recycled 12″ vinyl Record – an old Werefrogs white label twelve inch from the last century and a painting that has evolved once more with a fresh layer of growth.. Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, gold paint, glitter paint, marker pen, varnish The 50th piece on the 50th day of the year, today piece and a small painting concluded every day.  The 48th and 49th are in found recycled frames picked up off the Hackney streets, as always the pieces are deliberately kept at an very affordable accessible price and all three are now on sale via the Cultivate on-line shop

The most recent pieces in the painting a day series look like this (click on an image to enlarge or run the slide show)

The What Price Art? question go on again this week, I expect this will carry on throughout the year as well. The what price art question is being addressed via ebay, the 5th (almost) weekly posting of a piece of work on e.bay is live now, opening bid price of 1p, it ends om Wednesday evening. 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 there for you to decide what price the art is? view it here

Piece number two is a “Sometimes They Have Thorns” Canvas piece painted back in 2016, one in a numbered series on 43 small canvases, this one is number 32 – acrylic, brush work, marker pen, varnish, 15cm x 15cm x 1cm…

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“Leaf?” -The notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day

“Leaf?” -The notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth on an unwanted recycled piece of MDF hardboard, 30cm x 20cm. . Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, gold paint, marker pen, varnish  The 45th painting of 2017, brought to a conclusion last Tuesday (Wednesday’s and today’s haven’t been photographed yet). Will this last all year?  Number 45 in now available via the Cultivate on-line shop, as are all the smaller daily paintings that haven’t already left here and headded off to Portugal or Paris or the fields of Kent… Do like the notion of having to complete a painting every day, not start and finish a painting every day, just finish one of the pieces that are here in the studio every day of the year,

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“Leaf?” – Day 45. 20cm x 30cm acrylic on hardboard

The 26th painting of 2017…

“Black Leaf, Herb Robert 4” – 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 26th painting of 2017.
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“Black Leaf, Herb Robert 4” – 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 26th painting of 2017.

The first and second parts of the final #43ArtDrop piece of 2016 have now been left hanging…

#43ArtDrop Part 1/43 (Dec 2016)

#43ArtDrop Part 1/43 (Dec 2016)

The first and second parts of the final #43ArtDrop piece of 2016 have now been left hanging in East London, the first was left on Ridley Road in the dark of Thursday evening, the second hung on a blue wall this Saturday lunch time. Two paintings, the first two of forty-three, left hanging for someone to take should they wish to do so. Once again the pieces are painted on found things picked up off the streets, the paintings must be on recycled pieces of unwanted canvas or wood or packaging whatever people have deemed of no use.  Each one has the #43ArtDrop hashtag on the back so people can interact and get involved in the piece. Finding out what has happened to the paintings is very much part of the piece…

Six unwanted blank canvas pieces

Six unwanted blank canvas pieces, six pieces of white shelving, six of thirteen thrown out by a member of our wasteful society (the other seven are here in the studio). And when something is just tossed away without a care (and not even put in the recycle bin) then leaves will almost certainly grow, leaf growth will almost certainly flow. These six pieces (25cm x 35cm) were painted on the found wooden shelves yesterday, shelves from a smashed up piece of furniture. I imagine these pieces will become #artdrop pieces and find themselves hung on a wall somewhere for people to take should they wish to take them sometime soon….

Six of the thirteen shelves

Six of the thirteen shelves

And there was also the front of a wooden draw, complete with handle, I do like painting on things that people have no use for and then leaving them back out there for people to hopefully enjoy and take away and…