Abandoned Art

Week 19 – Perform a Random Act of Kindness and Document

I love, love, love this week’s challenge because I did something brave that I have never done before (but have wanted to)!  I follow a group on facebook called Art Abandonment.  This group is amazing with over 13,000 followers and is filled with artists who create art as gifts and leave them in random places for others to find!  Typically, they leave a little note attached that tells about the group and you can include an email address so the recipient can let you know they found it!  There is something so fulfilling about sending your art out into the universe and knowing that it is going to land in the exact hands it is supposed to!  Artists who leave their abandoned work post pictures on facebook and tell their stories – it’s so inspiring!

I painted a little face on a 6×6 linen canvas with acrylics.  I was really getting attached to her, but I knew she wasn’t mine to keep . . . I printed out a little card (available on the Art Abandonment facebook page) and tucked it behind the canvas and off to my local shopping center we went.

I left her sitting on a ledge outside a store in Winter Garden, Florida.  It was kind of sad to leave her, but also kind of exciting to think of someone finding her and imagining their reaction!  I hope she finds a good home, and it would be amazing to hear about who finds her!  Now I’m off to post my picture of my abandoned art on the Art Abandonment facebook page!  I documented the story in my planner with photos printed on watercolor paper, and I wrote down the story on the back of my planner page.

I can’t wait to hear about the amazing Random Acts of Kindness that you all perform this week!

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  1. Julie Oshiyama

    This group you belong to is absolutely brilliant! I love this week’s challenge and it’s so interesting that just yesterday I did a RAK to a little girl who’s rarely shown love by the teachers around her, (I’m a retired teacher who now subs). I LOVE your acrylic painting!

  2. Gwen Loveless

    Just joined the abandoned art FB page you mentioned! LOVE this idea! Also thanks for the DLP!
    Gwen Loveless

  3. Gwen Loveless

    Just joined the abandoned art FB page you mentioned! LOVE this idea! Also thanks for the DLP!
    Gwen Loveless

  4. Anne Rehorn

    Wow, I LOVE this. Never heard of it before (found a book once but not art). What a great way of sharing our fun. Need to check the group – and got an idea of what to do with all these small treasures…

  5. Lynn Roberts

    What a wonderful page! I am also a member of Art Abandonment. You have just given me the courage to actually abandon a piece of art. This is such a great way to document it. Thanks Lorraine!

  6. Rae Missigman

    I love her so much. I wish I would have found her! I just recently joined this group as well and have been nervous to actually leave something too – it takes great courage to think your art is GOOD ENOUGH to leave behind. I think your sweet girl is going to make someone VERY VERY happy! You are just so wonderful! xo

  7. Jill

    I absolutely LOVE her! And I too wish I found her. She’s fabulous and I really hope she finds a wonderful new home with a very lucky recipient!

  8. Sunny

    She is beautiful! have been wanting to do this for a while now. I can’t seem to find the little card you printed; is there a direct link?

  9. Roben-Marie Smith

    This little lady is among my favorites of yours. She is beautiful!! I have always wanted to do this and loved reading your story and that you actually were brave enough to leave a piece of art for someone else to find. LOVE!!!!

    1. Lorraine Bell

      I am so happy you like her, that means so much coming from you! Thanks for always being there and inspiring me with your own work!

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