April 26, 2017

Lost Art# 38: Port des Champs-Élysées, Paris

Hey everybody! 

It looks like spring is finally arriving in Paris, and that means that I'll be doing a lot more outdoor painting again. Our good friend David Wise was in town visiting from Toronto last week, and he was making a film about his trip. He thought it would be fun to film the process of making a Lost Art painting, so we picked up this old discarded record player and found a nice place to sit with it by the river. Believe it or not, I think this is the first time the Eiffel Tower has made an appearance in one of these paintings :). David filmed me painting it while he asked me some questions about the series. Then I took the painting home to dry and it took several days for me to find a moment to go drop it off. Today, I'm finally releasing the record player back into the world, and leaving it in the place where I painted it. As always, there's a map to the location below, for you treasure hunters who want to go looking for it! And if you have friends in the area, please share the post in case they might want to grab it. Also, keep an eye out for David Wise's film! I'll be sure to post a link to it here when it's available for viewing. I hope you're all having a lovely April, and I look forward to losing a lot more art in the weeks to come!  

This painting, acrylic on found broken record player, 33cm x 33cm, was left on the Port des Champs-Élysées in Paris, on April 26th, 2017 at 3:00pm.

If you have found this piece, please let me know in the comments!

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February 17, 2017

Lost Art# 37: Place de l'Europe, Paris

Lost Art is back in Paris!

Hey everybody! It's not easy to find good outdoor painting days in the winter, but this past week in Paris has had a couple of great ones. And I also found this beautiful old leather briefcase sighing its last breaths on a lonely sidewalk, so I decided to take it on a walk with me and see if I could give it a new life to live. It's great to be out painting again, and trying to rescue curious objects from their demise, and leaving unexpected gifts around town. I hope that this one brightens somebody's day today!  If you know somebody in the area, feel free to share this post with them. Otherwise, if you're just out for a stroll around Paris yourself, swing by the Place de l'Europe and see if it's still there. Whoever finds it first gets to keep it! Consider it my Valentine to you ;). 

This painting, acrylic on found briefcase, 45cm x 35cm, was left at Place de l'Europe in Paris, on February 17th, 2017 at 4:30pm.

If you have found this piece, please let me know in the comments!

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January 4, 2017

Lost Art #36: Centre Square, Easton PA

Happy New Year everybody!

I'm excited to have just finished the first Lost Art painting of 2017!  I'm in the States for the holidays, and as some of you know, I grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania, so it's fun for me when I'm back home to go around visiting some of the places I remember from my childhood and doing paintings there. This week I had the opportunity to get down to Easton, and I sat in front of the old Crayola factory, where I had a view of Centre Square, and painted on this flat screen TV I'd found abandoned on a post-Christmas curbside. I hope that somebody finds it and gives it a home. It's always special and exciting for me when I get to do something back here in PA, and I hope I get the chance to hear from somebody here who's found one of my paintings. So if you're in the area, or know someone who might be, please share!  I also hope you're all off to a great start of the year! And I look forward to doing a lot more painting when I'm back in Europe next week. Stay tuned!  

This painting, acrylic on found flat screen TV, 29" x 18", was left on the Centre Square in Easton PA, on January 4th, 2017 at 1:30pm.

If you have found this piece, please let me know in the comments!

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December 14, 2016

Lost Art #35: Square Thomas Jefferson, Paris

Hello everyone,

Lost Art is back!  After a long hiatus, during which I primarily worked on my portrait series at the Chateau de Courances, I'm very happy to be back to work on my Lost Art series! This new one was one of the most challenging yet, as the stove top element I found was heavy and difficult to maneuver. It broke both my easels while I was working on it :(. But I managed to get it painted, and to leave it in the park near the home of a friend of ours in the 16th. I left a sturdy Ikea bag with it, so that anyone who finds it will have a fighting chance of taking it home with them. I hope that its weight doesn't dissuade someone from taking it! I had mixed feelings about that problem. But in the end, I was inspired by the object, and it was already discarded in the street anyway, so I guess I didn't make its fate any worse. Now we'll just have to see if someone else is inspired enough by its new incarnation to pick it up and give it a good home. If you're in the neighborhood, maybe you could walk by and check on it for me? And if you know somebody nearby, please feel free to share. Next week I'm on my way back to the States, so hopefully I'll be leaving one there over the holidays. My warmest winter wishes to you all!

This painting, acrylic on found stove top, 58cm x 51cm, was left in the Square Thomas Jefferson, at Place des États-Unis in in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, on December 14th, 2016 at 4:30pm.

If you have found this piece, please let me know in the comments!

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July 7, 2016

Lost Art #34: Main St, Delaware Water Gap PA

Good news for all my American friends! 

Lost Art has made another appearance in the USA :). Jason and I have been visiting our families in Pennsylvania, so I took the opportunity to find myself a hunk of trash and leave behind a little souvenir of our time here. I took this funny shaped piece of scrap wood I found and went to sit across from the Deer Head Inn, a historic jazz venue in the Delaware Water Gap, near where I grew up. We went there a few nights ago to hear some music and it seemed like a nice place to sit and paint for a while on a pretty summer day. It seems like it's not that often that I get to spend time back home anymore, and there are so many places here that are sentimental to me. I only had time to do the one painting on this trip, but hopefully I'll get to do more in the future. And I hope that this one finds itself a home with some nice person who happens upon it later today! As always, if you find it, or know somebody who does, please let me know in the comments. And if you're waiting for the next one in Europe, you won't have long to wait. I fly back over there tomorrow! 

Happy summer to everyone, and keep looking for paintings in the streets!

This painting, acrylic on found wood chunk, 11.5" x 10.5", was left on Main Street, in Delaware Water Gap PA on July 7th, 2016, at 11:30 am.

If you have found this piece, please let me know in the comments!

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