The series began in 2019 when I decided I wanted to do a little experiment with my art. I got the idea to do a random act of kindness style art drop around the city (Sheffield, UK) to celebrate my 33rd birthday. The idea came to me when I saw a similar project around the city, a book drop where people would leave children’s books in little bags with a note as a sort of open exchange. I loved the idea, so for a few weeks before my birthday I painted 33 (8 x 10 inch) canvases. Then, on the night of 3rd November 2019, I trekked out into the city and left 33 paintings in various places—parks, street corners, shop windows, etc.
The next day, I received mounds of positive feedback from people finding my paintings. So I thought, if I can make a few people have a better day by finding one of my paintings hiding in a park, then why not keep going? I can live out my Mr. Rogers fantasy, spread positive vibes 🌈 (always needed), and I get to practice doing something I truly love at the same time. With that, I could not stop at 33 and decided to set a goal for 500.
Thus far I’ve dropped over 100 paintings in cities across the UK, Spain and Portugal and do occasional postal ‘drops’ which have taken the little ones as far a California. It will take me a few years to complete this project, but I am loving the process and I hope you all enjoy these gifts as much as I enjoy making them <3