Category Archives: Free Artist Residency

Interview

LA artist Keith Dugas interviewed me for a series on his blog. Great to see his selection of my paintings!

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60 $100 USD paintings SOLD so far this month!

 

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New record! 60 $100 USD paintings SOLD so far this month! That’s $6000 USD going towards opening the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change! 58 paintings SOLD in January. Every month, all sales after my expenses ($1000 USD) go towards the Free Artist Residency.

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Update: solo art show

I’ve dropped a few hints about my solo art show in the spring, but we’re not quite ready to officially announce it! Here are a few more hints, but I’m not going to confirm or deny anything in comments

The city in question: I can safely say that I may have sold more paintings to people living in this city than any other.

The yet to be named gallery is supportive of the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change. I believe they see the benefit of cultural activists of our ilk having a place (outside of the USA) to work on projects that intend to change the world. I hope they see it’s in their / our best interest on many levels.

Mecca Normal will perform at the opening.

We’ll be doing a newsletter / press release email soon to tie a buncha things together. David’s graphic novels, my art show, online painting sales milestone (900 sold with 300 in stock = 1200 paintings in 4 years), playing Bikini Kill shows, the Free Artist Residency, and last year’s live album from the mid-90s — Riot Grrrl era.

We’ve always done our own press / publicity for our music and book projects (D-I-Y since 1984)*, but I haven’t spent much time looking for press for the paintings. Early on I contacted The Jealous Curator and I’m still, some years later, savouring her appreciation of my work.

“Oh my word, I love these portraits so, so, so much.” September, 2017

I’ve done a couple of email interviews, but a press release is basically David and I compiling content that can be reproduced by the media in advance of coming events.
In the past four years, I’ve focused on painting (and not so much the push required to escalate exposure / sales). I completely love the way this situation on FB works. I get to paint lots, I have an enthusiastic audience and appreciative buyers. File under: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Yet, I have 300 paintings here, I may need to move out of Vancouver, and I want to get going with the Artist Residency.

So, yes I am hinting at a plausible inevitability that when more people see my paintings, you’ll wish you’d bought a few. Also, this week’s near record sales (18 ?) remind me that post-sale production, packaging and shipping take time and adding rehearsals, art / music events, purchasing property, moving, potentially more interaction with the media, and getting the artists residency up and running. I only have so much time and there may be both scarcity and upheaval in how paintings are sold (and for how much).

As with Mecca Normal’s trajectory, the wildness of the ride depends on factors beyond our control, but the essence of our adventures can be applied to our other projects in a myriad of ways.

* Mecca Normal has appreciated and benefited greatly from publicity generated by the record labels we’ve been on including K Records, Matador Records, Kill Rock Stars and Artoffact Records.

$100 USD paintings currently available

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$100 USD Paintings for Sale Online: October Sales

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43 $100 USD paintings sold in October! Incredible!

All sales above my $1000 USD monthly expenses go towards opening the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change. $3300 USD raised in October.

Ideal spex: Outright purchase. No mortgage. Not in a mobile home park or any other type of leased land. Within 3 hours of Vancouver. Room for artist residency and accommodation and studio in the house or in a separate structure (large shed, converted garage, trailer, converted school bus).

I’m monitoring house price reductions and assessing whether new listings are any lower than higher seasons. So far it doesn’t seem like it. The longer I wait, the more funds I’ll have = fewer structural problems, closer to Vancouver and better weather.
Painting sales are always slow at the end/beginning of months making this the least competitive time to buy.

$100 paintings for sale online

Follow my $100 USD paintings for sale online on Instagram, but they are always posted on FaceBook first.

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Business Opportunity

Seeking an investment of approx. $100K CAD // $75K USD in exchange for 5% of my (net) painting income

Small house currently being used as a craft / art gallery on the main road on a desirable gulf island. Listed at $274K CAD // $207K USD. I would live and paint there while running a gallery of my work and that of visiting artists. I’m an excellent salesperson!

I would have low overhead / no mortgage making it easier to pay back the investment.

Imagine: I hit the big (or even the reg. price) league and you’re in for 5% FOREVER.

Math?: If I end up selling 10 @ $5,000 (or 500 @ $100) paintings a year = $50,000 gross = approx. $40,000 net, an investor would get $2000 a year.

Lots of room for additional buildings or RV to accommodate the Free Artist Residency / investors.

Next Stop?: Dragons’ Den // Shark Tank

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Solo Show in the Spring

Inching forward on confirming a solo exhibition in the spring! Friend me on FaceBook for details or follow me on Instagram.

$100 USD (acrylic on canvas panel)
250+ paintings available

All sales above my $1000 USD monthly expenses go towards opening the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change.

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Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change

I spoke to quite a few people about the Free Artist Residency on the Mecca Normal 35th anniversary micro tour. Having just recently asked a philanthropist for funding ($250,000 USD), I felt bolstered by the overall sense that people we know believe there is money around for this project, and that it is both worthy and logical. I will continue exploring funding from foundations and individuals interested in art that contributes to progressive social change.

Part of my plan is to involve technologists to broaden the reach of work created at the residency. This isn’t just a house in the woods (with the beach within walking distance) where a handful of artists kick back for a week or two. With a technologist on site (for some number of months a year or possibly living on the island) work at all stages can be connected with art museums, conferences, classrooms etc.

With the Art World in tatters and capitalism on its last legs, I’m keen to engage in non-traditional dissemination of art and ideas that intend to create progressive social change.

Getting way ahead of myself, but I’d like to announce that Katherine Paul of Black Belt Eagle Scout is the first artist invited to the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change.

I have $4000 USD earmarked for a recording studio, so I’ll be getting on that as soon as I secure the facility.

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Katherine Paul of Black Belt Eagle Scout

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Potential (with funding)

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Not as desirable, but affordable without funding. Not on the ideal island. Not on an island at all. Artist residency could be in an RV on the property.

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The Jealous Curator

Much appreciated mention from the Jealous Curator on FaceBook yesterday after I posted about my ‘math problem’

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Very annoying math problem. I have 300+ $100 USD paintings in stock, ready to ship = $30,000 USD. I am short almost exactly this amount to purchase property OUTRIGHT on an INCREDIBLE island for the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change. Going through a bank will cost me around $7000 USD INTEREST.

Any thoughts on where to sell 300 excellent, low cost paintings as inventory for an art gallery? Investment? Major fan with a very large house or long Christmas list?

$100 USD paintings (11 x 14″) currently available

Where things are at: I’ve spoken to real estate agent, read the available documentation, spoken to the planning department about land use, including being able to open an art gallery without a business license (one sign 19 x 19″). I’m working with a couple of credit unions to assess mortgage pre-approval potential.

 

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Interview

“When we make things, we find our associates and allies. We find our communities, and everything that comes along with that, including the power to resist and reasons for actual joy.” – Jean Smith interview with Jes Reyes

I’ll be opening the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change in 2020. I had hoped to buy a place outright, but now I’m considering a mortgage situation because the location I want to be in is more expensive than simply buying the crappiest house in the province outright. There is very good reason to be on one of the gulf islands off the west coast of Canada. Basically, it will be for artists in any discipline who are working on projects that intend to change the world. I need space for the writer’s cabin. Soundproofed rehearsal studio. Painting studio. Accommodations, etc. I’m getting very close now! I’ll be the owner and it will be legally bequeathed to an activist art group yet to be named.

When I realized I was making more money than I needed, I decided to bring my Facebook audience into the process, making them aware that first, the paintings are both very good and very cheap, and, at this point, only available from me. They want to see the residency program realized. Many of them will want to come and stay there.

All sales above my $1000 USD monthly expenses go towards buying property and opening the facility.

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Book: example of dry brush technique

Seems like quite a while ago that I mentioned a book in the works – to be published in the UK – that will use one of my paintings as an example of dry brush technique. Now they’re giving me an opportunity to see the bio they came up with, so I took the opportunity to make some changes.

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“Singer #4” (11 x 14′ acrylic on canvas panel, 2017)
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Hi R____,

Sorry for the delay getting back to you. I’m looking for property to open the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change where all types of artists can come and stay for free while working on projects that intend to change the world. So I need space for the writer’s cabin, a soundproofed rehearsal studio, painting studio, accommodation etc. I’m getting very close now!

Here’s the text with a few changes.

“Jean Smith is a Vancouver-based painter, writer and singer regarded as an inspiration to the 1990s social movement known as Riot Grrrl. Her contemporary portraits, based on photographs, are about complex emotions related to feminism and anti-capitalism. She sells the 11 x 14″ series for $100 USD on Facebook, making her work accessible to other artists, musicians and writers she’s met along the way. Sales above her monthly expenses go towards opening the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change off the west coast of Canada.”

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