Third version of this painting - I have painted over and painted over. For the moment I am happy. You don't quite get the scale in this reproduction - it is huge - 185cm tall, 115cm wide. That's over 6 foot tall for non-metricated people.
The Hanging around is a reference for a number of things - that this canvas is still hanging around, that I like hanging around markets - and whilst painting the Stranglers came on..
One of 'em comes over, he's got a monkey on his shoulder and the monkey's getting grinner but his eyes are on the ground He's just hanging around...
Will they never go away? Today I've been hassled by three different scammers. Firstly some pain called "Jordana Jack" wanting me to sell her works - she'll organise the shipping. If you don't know how this one works, it's like this:
They ask for you to give them a price for a work but they will "use their own shipper":, then they ask you to take too much money for some convoluted reason and ask you to repay them the rest. Jeez they think people are stupid.
Strangely when you tell them you only accept paypal and use your own shippers they go away. In this case it was amusing in that they asked to purchase two prints - which would have cost about 10€ to post!
The other two scams are more subtle
One said I had been 'chosen' to have my work featured in a publication of art. Akl I had to do was send them 1500€... The other one asked me to enter an open exhibition/competition - at the cost of 80$ per artwork, where, if I was one of the lucky chosen ones, my work would be *gasp* 'exhibited for two years... on a website. Hmmm. And there is a first prize worth 4,900€!!! Wait a minute - the key word is "worth"... The first prize is TWO WHOLE PAGES featuring your work in a new art publication. Second prize ("worth" 2,450€) is ONE PAGE. But never mind if you don't win, you can buy a page....
I guess artists are vulnerable souls desperate for appreciation, so are easy prey for bastards like these. But I wish they would go away.
In the meantime a big appreciation is due to the following scam-fighters:
I was hanging some pictures today on the gallery wall. One of the paintings I was going to hang was "Something Ain't Right" - an abstract inspired by the Talking Heads song. But when I went to hang it I thought: "hang on, something ain't right". So I spent the next couple of hours working on it. So now here it is, reborn as "Something right".