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17 Jun 2024, 6:21 pm

what would happen if you walked around in a park and gave people free pieces of your own personal artwork?

could you become a locally known artist doing this repeateadly?

I can create easily 800 pieces of varying quality in one year, working not very hard.

Money means little to me, I would give them away from free. From Boston area (massachusetts.)
is this considered bizarre behavior and would most people accept the artwork, or how would they feel about it?



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17 Jun 2024, 7:18 pm

I would likely be fined for littering after people threw my signed artwork on the ground.


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17 Jun 2024, 10:36 pm

I doubt it. If people who don't even know me even took my artwork, I'm sure they'd barely look at it before throwing it in the trash. Or much worse, they'd rip off my art by posting it online and lying that they drew it, and somehow *they* would get noticed, since people believe everything on the internet.



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17 Jun 2024, 10:56 pm

It probably depends on how wide the appeal of your art is.


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18 Jun 2024, 12:59 pm

I don’t think it would work. A wide held belief is “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”. people will be suspicious at being given something out of the blue, thinking you’re trying to sell them something or have some ulterior motive.

Honestly, I think you’d have more luck selling your work for a fair price. This gives your work some value (even if you want to price it quite cheaply), and won’t make people uneasy or suspicious



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18 Jun 2024, 1:14 pm

"I don’t think it would work. A wide held belief is “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”. people will be suspicious at being given something out of the blue, thinking you’re trying to sell them something or have some ulterior motive.

Honestly, I think you’d have more luck selling your work for a fair price. This gives your work some value (even if you want to price it quite cheaply), and won’t make people uneasy or suspicious"

This could well be.

It could maybe work if you gave out paintings on paper (rather than canvas) and did it on a small scale.



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18 Jun 2024, 1:20 pm

Personally, I would love it if someone gave me free art.

As long as you just offer it to people and give them the opportunity to refuse it (they might just not want to carry it) I don't see the problem.

And as long as its relatively broad in its appeal. Free art is probably no place to get provocative or political.

I think people who do things like that are the best of us, really. They break up the predictability and monotony of day-to-day life. They interrupt our inertia and force us to be present.

As long as you don't expect everyone to be grateful, if its what you want to do, do it.


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18 Jun 2024, 2:06 pm

I've never been handed a work of art in the street and it would depend on how big said masterpiece was and how far I would have to lug it home with me

I struggle to connect with art personally but if I thought it was decent enough I could find a home for it

I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way

WP can be a tough crowd sometimes


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18 Jun 2024, 8:26 pm

DuckHairback wrote:
Personally, I would love it if someone gave me free art.

As long as you just offer it to people and give them the opportunity to refuse it (they might just not want to carry it) I don't see the problem.

And as long as its relatively broad in its appeal. Free art is probably no place to get provocative or political.

I think people who do things like that are the best of us, really. They break up the predictability and monotony of day-to-day life. They interrupt our inertia and force us to be present.

As long as you don't expect everyone to be grateful, if its what you want to do, do it.


my artist name is baby einstein. the miniscule in the infinite, and the infinite in the miniscule.

I can easily produce 800 pieces a year on paper, and money really doesn't mean much to me, and so I'd give them away for free.

www.instagram.com/robertcayneart (oldest)
www.instagram.com/mishacaynearts (older)
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