The series began in 2019 when I decided I wanted to do a little experiment with my art. As I approached my 33rd birthday, I got the idea to do 33 paintings and give them away by leaving them around the city I live (Sheffield, UK) for people to find, a gift for them. This idea came to me two weeks before the date, so I spent every night painting 33 (8 x 10″) canvases. 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? I can live out my Mr. Rogers fantasy, spread a few positive vibes 🌈 (always needed), and I get to practice doing something I love at the same time. With that, I could not stop at 33 and decided to set a goal for 500.