Saturday, May 25, 2013


Fred Abandoned!
 Above is my painting Fred.  I didn't paint him.  My Mom purchased Fred in 1972, I was two years old and he has been with me ever since.  I love Fred but I don't know who the artist is except for the signature, "Fred" in the bottom left hand corner. If anyone knows who the artist is please let me know too!

Anyway, I thought Fred was perfect for introducing this site I found on Facebook called, Art Abandonment. What an amazing site.  These guys make art attach a little note and then abandon their creations all over the place.

 I really liked the lady who tried to abandon her art at the Memorial City mall:
"Today a funny thing happened regarding the painting that i abandoned yesterday at the memorial city mall. The security had found my painting in the morning and gave it to the Art Movement gallery at the mall. The gallery owner had seen my name at the back and since she knows me she called me that i had forgotten a painting at the mall!!! What a Life!"
 Another person left their art in one of those little free library boxes.  What a great idea!

This idea is wonderful.  It has that pay-it-forward feel. The man who created the idea is Michael Demeng.  His blog has some basic instructions:
A few ideas behind this:
  • I think it's important to be able let one's art live a life beyond its creator.   I love imagining what becomes of my art after it is gone…whether given or sold. 
  • Some folks can't seem to let go of their work…even when they sell it.  This is a great way to learn to move on.
  • It's also a way sharing work with an unsuspecting patron.   In this day and age when money is tight, this is a way of encouraging folks to stay involved in the arts.
  • This is good for the soul.   A random kind act.
  • You'll find it's a bit addictive…and fun  
So here is how to play if you wanted to join in:
  1. All you have to do is make a piece of art.  (as simple or as elegant as you like)
  2. Write a little note on it explaining that it is a gift 
  3. Also mention that if the finder would like to share info about its fate they can contact you directly i.e. email.  Then you can share the info with us if you are so inclined.  Its not a bad idea to leave you're web address contact info…you never know…you might have created a new patron.
  4. Photograph what you're leaving behind
  5. Then leave it…walk away…run…try not to get caught.
  6. Then on Facebook share the location and photo of your gift with the rest of us.  Here's the group address:
  7. Keep your fingers crossed that someone lets us know what became of it.  I certainly doubt that everyone will take the time to inform the group.  A few artists have already been contacted by the "finders".
The group on Facebook has taken on a life of it's own.  People are really feeding off the energy of this idea. Everyone is so encouraging and happy to share something they've made with the world with little benefit for themselves.  Except good mojo! Can't beat the power of good mojo! :)

I love giving my art away.  It's actually hard for me to hang onto it.  This Art Abandonment idea is perfect for me!!  I can't wait to try it.

Linking with Sunday Sketches!! 


Lynn Cohen said...

This is such a fun idea. I might actually try it!
Fred's art is so cute. Are you really giving it away or just using it as an example of found art?

Netty said...

terrific idea, I love Fred and am sure whoever picks up your art in the abandonment will be over the moon with joy. Enjoy your day, hugs Annette x

Debbie said...

i love this idea! I hope you will post about your first "abandonment." I wish I could help on the Fred painting, but I've never heard of this artist. Happy SS!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Usually when I google I have luck.. Sorry couldn't even find a similar image... Maybe Fred was done by one of your mother's friends? or just a neighborhood artist?

Cynthia Garner said...

What a fun idea....thanks for sharing it....hope you find Fred's creator.


Tam Hess said...

Thanks everyone for your kind comments! Poor Poor Fred. :)

Lynn Cohen- No way..not giving Fred away but he looks like an abandoned tiger to me. ;)

Kalei's Best Friend- I know I've googled too, no luck. My Mom bought him at a furniture store in Hillsboro Oregon. Thanks for looking!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Does she remember the store? Maybe they might know? I realize its a lot of years ago, then again, that piece may stick out in their heads..

Joni Nickrent said...

What a fun it. Thanks for sharing with us. hmmmm...wondering where I might be able to drop off a little art treasure! Sorry, I'm no help with Fred!

Tam Hess said...

Update! Mom said she got Fred in a ratty old furniture store in 1968 before I was even "thought of" :P the store has been gone for years!

SAMARA said...

I LOVE IT!!!! I never wanted to sell what I felt was from G-d to me. Now I don't have to, I can give it away!!!

Maria said...

wonderful Idea! wow! :D lovely work!
Visiting from Sunday sketches.

Corn Dena said...

impressive! thanks for sharing the idea! and I so adore that tiger!!