$100 USD portrait paintings available (14 x 11″ acrylic on canvas panel and paper). Music by Mecca Normal (Jean Smith and David Lester).
Brushes and other facets of my painting process.
October 15, 2018 back to the beginning of the series (January, 2016). Music by Mecca Normal (Jean Smith and David Lester).
Seeking a location for the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change.
I prepared an offer for the house in Hedley and posted it on FB yesterday, as I am wont to do. Someone asked me about a few things I hadn’t really considered – one of them being whether or not the house was on a flood plain. Kind of a weird idea (to me) considering how close it is to the mountains, but, lo and behold, there was an evacuation order pending in May that included “my” address! The river is right there, with a bridge over a narrow gully, but I guess with the spring run off and higher water levels everywhere, they anticipated it coming up and over the banks after which there isn’t much of a grade to prevent it from coming up towards town.
Also, there was an evacuation order pending due to the fires this past summer. It’s a bit scary right there because it’s a feeling of getting trapped if the road washes out or if there’s only the one road out if there’s fire.
Somewhat disappointing, but mostly relief that I didn’t make a mistake here. I’m glad Marcus took an interest and looked into it! Thanks! Thanks to Scott too, who, when I made the video from Hedley (above) and stated that one could build whatever they wanted on their property, he posted a comment that evidently, that’s not the case. I didn’t see the comment because I accidentally posted the video about 10 times and quickly deleted them, but Dave mentioned it. Thank you – and to everyone else taking an interest. Please chime in!
I learned so much during this whirlwind! I feel so much better equipped to follow through on future locations, whereas it was all daunting before.
I’m back to the drawing board in more ways than one. I haven’t painted for a week with all this going on. I gotta get back to work and I’ll keep looking for property. If I keep painting and try not to stress out over the for sale sign in front of my building, I’ll be adding to funds and have more choices. It’s a great feeling to know that I could have gone forward with that place and maybe I’ve energized or intrigued my FB community to take an interest. We’ll see! I don’t want to panic and take a serious misstep.
Overall, I feel more myself after becoming way too involved in my parents’ plights. I’ve created much needed distance there by putting my mind on a big project – where it should be! I actually got outta town and that was fantastic!
Artist and musician Jean Smith has launched a 30-day IndieGogo campaign to support purchasing property to run a Free Artist Residency, to be bequeathed to a cultural activist group for use in perpetuity.
“I intend to purchase and run an existing property (an inn, large house or guesthouse) where artists (including musicians, writers and filmmakers) will reside while working on projects that intend to create progressive social change.
Accommodation for between 5 – 7 guest residents…
Presentation area for workshops and collaboration”
I’m using my $100 USD paintings as perks – all funds raised go to purchasing property (a multi-building facility on a spectacular Canadian island) for the Free Artist Residency.