29 June 2015
Well, the 100 watercolors I made for this project are gone. I don't have any more to send out at this point in time. But I will say that I will do this again at the end of the summer. I will give the folks who missed out first crack at the new batch.
A heartfelt thank you to all of you who grabbed one. I am humbled. And psyched.
Early on in my career, before I even had anything close to what one could call a career, I used to send art works to people through the mail. I sent books of drawings, individual art works, paintings, postcards, all sort of things. The main reason I did it was because I thought it was pretty incredible that I could write some code on an envelope and my work would get directly into someone's hands. All I had to do was write PERSONAL on the package and no one would open it but the addressee. It made me feel like a success at a time when I really felt I had nothing going on.
I wanted to do another mail art project but social media has changed the notions of connections that once were in place. If I got a collector or curator's address and I sent them personal mail, it was almost guaranteed that the package would get to them. With social media replacing email (and frankly, people don't even read their email much anymore) I tried to figure out a way to get the work out with the chance of accessing someone I didn't know or would never meet.
Also, I had a show of watercolors at the Hudson Opera House earlier this season. A lot of people told me that they wished they could have seen the show. Some also lamented at the cost of the work and that they would love one, but they couldn't afford it.
So here's how it works: Send me $50 and your address and I will send you a watercolor. Super easy. Send me an email with the subject line MAIL ME A WATERCOLOR (or post a reply on whatever social media platform you see this message) and I'll send you a Paypal invoice. Once you send it back, I'll mail you a 5x7 inch watercolor painting. There's a limited amount of them and it will have to be first come first served. You can even tell me the one you want and if it's available, I'll send it to you.
Please feel free to share this post. I want to mail these out all over the place.