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

Fresh leaf growth on Prada bag…

“Growth on a Prada bag” – The notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth on a recycled paper bag picked up off the street. Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, gold paint, marker pen, varnish on paper Prada shopping bag with rope handles 436cm x 24cm. The 25th painting of 2017.  An affordable piece of art brought to a finished state and added to the Cultivate on-line shop  every day of the year, will this go on?

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“Growth on a Prada bag” – The notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth on a recycled paper bag picked up off the street. Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, gold paint, marker pen, varnish on paper Prada shopping bag with rope handles 436cm x 24cm. The 25th painting of 2017.

The notion goes on, the new year resolution is holding, the Cultivating continues and a fourth What Price Art piece will be heading to e.bay tonight, once again up there with an opening id price of 1p. 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

The latest paintings brought to a conclusion (once again click on an image to enlarge or run the slide show….

 

 

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…

 

Day twelve and some fresh leaf growth on a small square canvas…

“Thorns and Herb Robert” – The notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017., Day twelve and some fresh leaf growth on a small square canvas. Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, marker pen, varnish on canvas, 15cm x 15cm x 1cm. The 12th painting of 2017. An affordable piece of art brought to a finished state and added to the Cultivate on-line shop  every day of the year (yesterday’s piece sold almost straight away, today’s thorny canvas has just been added…

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Up on the white wall today, a new piece, A Golden One…

A Golden One (Oct 2016)

A Golden One (Oct 2016)

Up on the white wall today, a new piece, actually an old piece with some fresh leaf growth evolving on the canvas, fresh layers, thorns. (50cm x 50cm), acrylic on canvas (and there in the Cultivate shop today). The pleasure of leaves left to grow, the Captain’s Table… The White Wall is an outdoor wall where new paintings are hung so they can breath.

The Thirteen Shelves pieces continue to find their way out on to the street….

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“Thirteen Shelves” Oct 2016

Yesterday’s Thirteen Shelves piece, one of thirteen paintings on thirteen wooden shelves Thirteen Shelves – October 2016. Thirteen white wooden shelves from a smashed up piece of furniture, 25cm x 35cm, found, recycled, turned into blank canvases and saved from a Hackney skip… and this one was left back out there on the Hackney Road, hanging there for someone to take should they wish to….All thirteen have been painted, six have gone out, seven are waiting to be liberated….

Up on the white wall today…

Up on the white wall today, another of the “thirteen shelves”, there to be taken should somebody wish to. One of thirteen pieces painted on pieces of shelving that had been thrown out… everything is a potential canvas ready for something to grow on it, in this case, a leaf, a rather thorny one…

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Thirteen Shelves – October 2016. Thirteen white wooden shelves from a smashed up piece of furniture, 25cm x 35cm, found, recycled, turned into blank canvases and saved from a Hackney skip… .

 

A thorny piece for Pride…..

sw_rainbowthorn_6The Happy Valley Pride festival art show opens tonight, a rather painterly group show that’s part of a festival celebrating the LGBT community in Hebdon Bridge, Yorkshire….

This “Sometimes They Have Thorns” piece of canvas (the one on the left) has gone off to hang on a wall as part of said Pride show, you can find more details of the Happy Valley pride festival in Hebdon Bridge via this link, there’s a Facebook event page for more details of the actually exhibition

The piece of the left (on sale at £43 with all proceeds going to the fundraising there). is acrylic on Canvas, (60cm x 20cm). Another “43” painting. The piece on the right was painted at the same time, the piece on the right has already been sold. The two paintings were painted at the same time as a result of the invitation to take part in the Hebdon Bridge show.  I had no intention of painting any more pride flavoured thorny leafhearts, this was a one time piece in support of what looks like an excellent festival, really delighted to be invited to take part.  However, there has been a number of requests for prints or for another piece to be painted, I have now been persuaded to paint another piece in return for a percentage of the money made from the sale being donated to the fundraising , so now is the time to ask  if you’d like one… Hope everyone has a fine time at the opening tonight and at the festival. It is a pleasure to take part in a small way in a positive event like this, rather proud to be part of pride.  .      .