One of my friends told me, "You're like a middle class, rural Banksy"; that made me smile. It is one of a variety of responses I've had to my nickart2017 activities, so I thought I'd write about a few and share my thoughts on them.
Nickart2017 has been referred to as, like geo-caching or pokemon go, a treasure hunt, or even a competition - I like the idea of people going out looking for the artwork. One parent messaged me to say that their teenage daughter had gone out for a walk especially to find one of my pieces - her choosing to go for a walk was a very rare occurrence!
The pinnacle of this treasure hunt idea came from tuscan_moto, who made a film about his Friday night motorcycle adventures in search of a couple of pieces of my art. This can be viewed on Youtude at, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGKGcB3JbVI&t=363s. I have to admit I have watched this several times and it has done wonders for my ego!
Another happy spin off from people going in search of the art is it has led to 'searchers' talking to each other. Anything that brings people together can't be a bad thing, so I'm pleased with this.
Evoking memories or thoughts of others
I recently laid a piece showing Winnie the Pooh with Piglet and Christopher Robin playing Pooh sticks. This was a very popular piece, one because everybody loves Winnie the Pooh, but also the location I chose brought back happy memories for people who'd played Pooh sticks there as children or with their children and/or grand-children. I have similar responses to some of the other pieces I created as well.
Art is all about stimulating emotions, so any connection people make any of the pieces is a positive for me.
I never expected anyone create art for me as a result of nickart2017, but that is what Jane Clark did. She created these 2 wonderful pieces and hid them for me in Bourne End. I got a taste of what it is like to find some unexpected treasure - well I knew there was something there, but i didn't know how good it was going to be. Jane you have talent - get painting more pebbles!!
I know of a number of people who have multiple pieces of nickart2017, and it is hugely flattering that people show want any, never mine more than one. I also know of several occasions of pieces disappearing within minutes of me leaving them. This has led to the following questions:
1. Are we supposed to take them - Yes, if you like it and want to give it a home, please do.
2. Can I have more than one piece - Yes you can, if it makes you happy
3. Can I take one for someone else - Of course you can
4. I'm always at work when you leave them, so can't get to them - I am trying to leave the pieces at a variety of times during the day.
I don't have any plans to stop any time soon as I am enjoying creating the art, and whilst their are people who appear to like it I shall carry on doing it.
How do you have time, don't you have a job to do?
I currently work part-time and work from home most working days. I can generally pop out during lunch breaks, or on the school run when working at home.
Creating the pieces can be very quick, a piece either works or not and on average they take 10-20 minutes to paint. I create batches of them when I have a chunk of spare time and them distribute them over time. Some pieces do take longer, but I generally don't have any idea about time when I'm painting :)