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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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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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These Three Together

There’s something about these three together

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No Hat #271

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No Hat #421

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Calvin Johnson album cover

KLP269 LP-001 jpg from PDF Jean

My painting on the cover of the new Calvin Johnson album “A Wonderful Beast” …have a listen!

Produced by and co-written with the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney. Out on K Records October 12.

 

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Business Opportunity

Galleries: 60 paintings for $6000

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When buying a painting, re-sale potential is more than implied. It’s not like buying a fish supper or a Honda Civic. With art, there’s a fairly good chance you can, at some point, get your money back — or even make a profit.

I figure my ‘customers’ are buying paintings because they like them, but y’all are no dummies. There is an investment factor that is perhaps regarded as too gauche to parler. You know, the whole deceased artist leap in value thing which I am not working very well at all, because I keep mentioning that my parents are extremely old and in a roughly henceforth manner I guess I may live to be terrifyingly old, although the more I see of how it ends up, I think not. Thanks anyway.

I mentioned the idea of my paintings being priced for re-sale to my dad while I was doing my taxes and he said, “All paintings are for re-sale. That’s the name of the game.”

I am utterly thrilled to be able to make a living painting. This is one of the best times of my life! I am extremely grateful for all the support and enthusiasm. I don’t want to mess anything up. For the first year I was practically holding my breath, painting with fingers crossed, afraid that it would fizzle. It hasn’t! It’s growing! I may have to get used to being something of a success! Weird!

As I’ve said before, any money I make above expenses goes towards buying a property for the Free Artist Residency (on an island on the coast of British Columbia) where musicians, writers, filmmakers and visual artists can stay for free while working on projects.

I got to thinking more about galleries and representation after a few people misunderstood my post and thought I’d made the leap to the big time. Um, no. I’m not actively looking for a gallery; I would however work with one that felt inclined to include my story ($100 paintings online) rather than require I cease to function. I believe there is room for both. People get that there is an overhead factor to showing in a gallery. Staff, venue expenses etc. It’s all a matter of choosing a price that works without anyone feeling like they paid too much if they found paintings for less online.

At three for $1000 ($333 each), seeing them in person, on a wall, where they can be moved around is not going to drive anyone to find me on the internet to buy them at $100. I consider this reasonable mark up for curated art exhibit in a physical space.

Profit: $8000

 

example of shelves.JPGExhibition idea: leaning on narrow shelves so people can move them around to make groupings

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Video: The Making of “No Hat #407”

How to paint videos on YouTube are typically about making a final product in a linear fashion, whereas I’m inside the painting process in a way that requires evaluating the whole and it is affected by each change I make. It’s about the relationship of parts and how they jive in terms of emotional intensities.

Music by Mecca Normal

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The Making of “No Hat #407”

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“No Hat #407″ (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel) SOLD

Whenever I see ‘how to paint’ videos on YouTube I’m struck by conventional methods that seem based in entirely different philosophies than mine. These videos appear to be making a final product in a linear fashion, whereas I’m inside the painting process in a way that requires evaluating the whole and it is affected by each change I make. It’s about the relationship of parts and how they jive in terms of emotional intensities.

Some of the how to videos demonstrate painting various areas by colour or starting in one place and creeping out from there. Things I don’t do.

I was very happy with this painting in the first image (1.) Uncharacteristically, I considered leaving it there, which is why I took the photo. I proceeded because I was curious how it might evolve — which turned out be quite a lot more typical of how I work. It’s a matter of concentrating on a feature and then matching intensities of expression — mainly the eyes and mouth.

I’ll be comparing painting and singing on my art blog soon. How writing, performing and recording songs replicate various phases of the painting process.

 

 

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Series

First there was “The Hat” (January 2016) and then, three months later, I tempted fate with “No Hat” wondering if there would be shock waves and public outcry. There was not! Whatever it is that propels this sweet spot of sales (a size+price+quality equation) is able to withstand detours into themed series within the 11 x 14″ series of contemporary portrait paintings.

When I do a painting that is a departure from my typical subject, I’m not really thinking about whether it will be a series or not. Surprisingly, reaction doesn’t play much of a role in whether I want to paint the same subject again. In fact, sometimes when a painting gets a lot of reaction when I post it on FaceBook, I don’t want to do another one like it. There’s something about having a unique, stand alone painting that’s very appealing. Also, after 30+ years as the singer and lyricist in a band that didn’t set out to be universally liked, I find it easy enough not to do what people seem to want me to do.

Most of the series seem to finish up around 10 or so, but “Ruff Collar” is currently up to 18 and “Sunday Morning” is at 4. I have no idea whether I’ll add to either at any point.

I know people want more astronauts (“Affirmative”), but unless I feel like painting astronauts there won’t be any!

“Pioneers of Aviation”
“Hoodie”
“Scuba”
“Landscape”
“Animals Available” (baboons, foxes, wolves)
“Ruff Collar”
“Headphones”
“Sunday Morning”
“Braces & Halter Top”
“Affirmative” (astronauts)
Orange Jacket” (below)
“Bathing Cap”

 

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Orange Jacket #1 SOLD

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Orange Jacket #2 SOLD

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Orange Jacket #3 SOLD

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Orange Jacket #4 SOLD

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Orange Jacket #5 SOLD

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Orange Jacket #6 SOLD

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Orange Jacket #7 SOLD

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Orange Jacket #8

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Orange Jacket #9

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Orange Jacket #10

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Jean Smith’s $100 USD paintings (11 x 14″ acrylic on canvas panel) from May 15, 2018 back to the beginning of the series (January, 2016).

“First, oh my word I love these portraits {acrylic on canvas panel} so, so, so much. Second, Canadian rocker turned painter Jean Smith sells these paintings on Facebook for $100 a pop. WHAT? Yes, true story. Are you wondering what you’re still doing here and why you’re not over there buying a whole bunch of these 11×14 beauties? Me too. Here you go… Jean’s Facebook page. You’re welcome.” – The Jealous Curator

$100 USD paintings currently available

Email me if you see one you want to buy.
meccanormal@hotmail.com

Music by Mecca Normal

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