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$100 USD portrait paintings available (14 x 11″ acrylic on canvas panel and paper). Music by Mecca Normal (Jean Smith and David Lester).

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Free Artist Residency

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Wow! SIX paintings sold yesterday, which means I’ve now covered my expenses ($1000 USD) for November with $400 USD going towards opening the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change!

100% of painting sales from now until the end of November go towards purchasing a place where artists (painters, printers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, photographers) can stay for free while working on projects that intend to change the world.

Friend me on FaceBook to see new paintings first! Currently painting daily.

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Gift Certificates

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Let them choose! Gift Certificates available for snail mail or as a jpg to email.

Let’s talk about gifting solutions!
meccanormal@hotmail.com

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new hashtags Instagram

Outline of a hashtag experiment. What could be more exciting, eh? Over on Instagram I use a standard set of hashtags:

#contemporaryart #contemporaryportraitpainting #contemporarypainting
#artistoninstagram #artoninstagram #JeanSmith #MeccaNormal #paintingsforsale #contemporaryportrait #artwork #artist #onlineart #onlineartgallery #onlineartsales #painting #kunst #portraitpainting #artforsale

I’m adding new hashtags that focus more on art by women. I’m going back and adding these to portraits with 50 likes that are still available.

#curator #womenartists #feministart #womenpainters #artforsalebyartist
#womenwhopaint #femaleartists #paintingsofwomen #50likes

I was going to make this a private file, a place to record which portraits I added new hashtags to so I could check back and see if it made any impact in terms of connecting with people. To a certain extent, I like to show what I’m doing, so I’ve made it public so you can see what I’m up to (noting that isn’t a very revealing statement). Other than posting paintings regularly on FaceBook, I don’t get many sales from this website or Instagram. Not sure why. I’m not paying for ads anywhere or getting professional help, so that’s a factor. I’m going to start making more videos. I tend to go long and cover too much, so the goal is to address one topic at a time and keep them short. I wish myself luck with that!

New Hashtags on Instagram

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October 15, 2018 back to the beginning of the series (January, 2016). Music by Mecca Normal (Jean Smith and David Lester).

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“The Race″ (16 x 20″ acrylic on canvas 1/2” profile) October 9, 2018. $350 USD plus shipping.

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“The Ride″ (16 x 20″ acrylic on canvas 1/2” profile) October 10, 2018. $350 USD plus shipping.

 

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Paper

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“No Hat #486″ (11 x 14” acrylic on paper) October 15, 2018. $100 USD plus shipping.
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“No Hat #487″ (11 x 14” acrylic on paper) October 15, 2018. $100 USD plus shipping.
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“No Hat #488″ (11 x 14” acrylic on paper) October 15, 2018. $100 USD plus shipping.

“The Hat” series began on paper (early 2016) and then moved onto canvas panel. I’ve stuck with the panels since the summer of 2016, but this morning I was checking out the paintings of an artist I like (after he liked one of my paintings on Instagram !) and the way he works with oil on aluminum – all squishy and slithery – made me want to go back to a smooth surface. I ‘primed’ the paper here with gel medium.

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Archiving Here and on FaceBook

Periodically, as pages here (and albums on FaceBook) get too long, I create new ways to organize what has turned out to be a performative, sequential art project. I didn’t foresee these elements at the outset, but they are both present, albeit in non-traditional ways.

Sequential, not only in terms of being exhibited almost daily right after they are completed, but also the way sub-series evolve while various numbers of those series have been made public. This is where having a long history (35 years) of making work public in various ways is very helpful.

Performative, in that, as a longstanding live performer, I regard my audience on FaceBook similarly. In fact, many of my FB friends have been at my live shows events over the years, so posting paintings feels connected to those events and those people. That I am here in my studio and my audience is able to comment on work I just completed is amazing!

I archive paintings in variety of ways. Archiving has become part of the project. That they are all represented on both platforms in at least two ways (Paintings and Currently Available or Paintings and SOLD), but more likely in several ways, means… that there is more than one way to enter the project. And then there are those who are only peripherally aware of any of this, who may only see random paintings as they pop into their newsfeeds. Perhaps it’s just more visual stimuli and they don’t make a distinction between my newest paintings and ones marked SOLD – or the people who I think I’m friends with who never see any of this because they blocked me or maybe they’re only on here twice a year! I don’t know! It’s all in my mind!

All paintings since the beginning of the project (January 2016) are archived. None have been removed. This runs counter to how artists are encouraged to present their work online, but this is a building project and every painting is necessary for the various calculations that take place monthly and annually. Also, it would seem disrespectful to the audience (some of whom have been involved from day one) to remove evidence based on the whimsical notion of quality increasing over time – this isn’t how the ‘new is best’ youth-oriented music industry functions, so why insist that it’s true in painting? Also, I’ve been painting portraits since 1973, so who’s to say which are the best?

Here on my artist site paintings available (by year), all paintings by month (most recent 3 months visible), and SOLD (3 chronological pages). I also make a video every month around the 15th of portraits available (with Mecca Normal songs).

Available 2018

Available 2017

Available 2016

SOLD since 08/18

SOLD 09/17 through 07/18

SOLD 01/16 through 08/17

The vast majority of my sales occur on FaceBook where you can find Photo Albums for Currently Available, SOLD, Paintings (by date range), and various series.