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Join me at “Regards de Femmes” in Nyon from 8-11 March 2018
There has to more to life than Facebook.
The question: How can I, as an artist, interact with social media? Do something remarkable? And earn money?
The inspiration: Seth Godin’s Purple Cow
The challenge: 1 year to paint 100 commissioned portraits.
The result: An artistic alternative to Facebook. And one huge mosaic.
But how do I explore connectivity, push my boundaries, and find 100 willing participants?
By using my network. I started with my friends and family. It spread from there. Friends of Friends of Friends. The individuals featured embrace a huge spectrum of ages, origins, and walks of life. They span from my four-year-old son to 5 celebrities—Stanislas Wawrinka, Bertrand Piccard, Nico Boesten, Mark Butcher, and Igor Stravinsky.
Finding the participants? That was easy compared to painting the portraits in one year. While I was scared that I wouldn't finish, I did, in fact, paint 100 portraits.
The culmination of The 100 Faces Project was an innovative and intriguing look at connectivity. A huge mosaic covering 6 m2 integrated the expressive acrylic portraits and mirrored on an adjacent wall was an interactive “pinboard” of connectivity. It featured colour-coded strings: blue indicating a geographical connection, red a genetic one, green an educational or work-related synergy, and yellow a social connection. The universal language of art unraveled its power before visitors’ eyes, answering all sorts of questions in its path.
It was a fascinating web of shared stories. And way more fun than Facebook.
This has to be more fun than Facebook!
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The materials I use to paint are traditional materials proven to last for centuries by the tradition of acrylic painting on canvas. I paint on artist quality cotton primed canvas and I mainly use Extra Fine heavy body Acrylics from Golden Artist Colors. My primer is Golden acrylic gesso. Visit http://www.goldenpaints.com/technicaldata/gesso.php to learn more about my materials.
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I am organizing a draw! The prize is a print of your choice, up to size 13"x19", on matt acid-free, 100% cotton paper.
All you have to do is enter your email address below and cross your fingers. Good luck!
The draw will take place on Sunday the 11th of February 2018 at 2pm CET.
The name of the winner will be announced by email and on my Facebook fan page.