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Participate in my second mystery interactive art buying experience!

Some of you may remember that for the month of November 2019 I had my Mystery Art Sale on Instagram where I sold 37 paintings in 30 days. The experience created a great daily auction-like atmosphere on my Instagram page and I was so excited to see many paintings being claimed in seconds.

Many people have asked me to do it again so I’m here to tell you I am back with another interactive art buying experience for you all. I decided to do something different to the last project to keep things interesting. So I’ve come up with…wait for it… The STOP PAINTING Project!

So let me explain where this idea came from –
If you’ve been following my page and especially my stories you’ll know that I post my paintings in stages from my starting layers until the finished painting. Many times when I post the early progress stages I get messages from people telling me to stop painting that they think it’s finished or that they want to buy it just as it is. As a perfectionist it’s really hard for me to stop and usually I just keep painting until I think it’s finished. But I have also experienced watching other artists paint and then shouted out “Noooo” when they painted over my favourite bit. So here’s where the tables turn – You as the collector now get to tell me when to stop painting so your painting is exactly to your taste and not mine!

How will this project work?
So like last time I will be pre-selling 30 paintings through my website. But as before there is a catch, you don’t know which painting you’re getting until you pick one out from my Instagram posts!

Each Wednesday I will work on the project paintings. I will post updated photos and videos of the paintings at turning point stages and share them on Instagram at different times to keep you on your toes. My Instagram handle is @michellehartonart

Each painting will be entirely unique in my usual style and the fun starts when you join in the fun of calling “STOP PAINTING!” under the piece you want on my Instagram page or live video when I post. You may prefer it in it’s more abstracted stages or let me work on to a more figurative piece. You’ll have to decide quickly when to pull the plug when you can see a painting starting to become what you like because someone else may claim it by calling stop first!

I will continue to work and develop each piece until all pre-sold paintings have been selected.

Because the paintings will be limited to 30 you can only call “STOP PAINTING” on a piece if you have already purchased a pre-sale painting through the “Buy Now” button below. You do not need to have PayPal to purchase through this button you can pay without an account by clicking the “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” button.

What size are the paintings?
The paintings are 8 x 8 x 0.59” (20.3 x 20.3 x 1.5cm) on quality cradled wooden panels with finished sides so they can be directly hung on the wall or can be framed at a later date. They will come with an authenticity certificate that you have participated in the project.

How can I keep track of the paintings if they keep developing?
I did think about using numbers but that’s a bit boring so I called each board by the first name of a famous female artist, you never know you might discover some new artists you never knew about in the process!

You can see the paintings STOP PAINTING has been called on here.

How much are the project paintings be?
The paintings are €100 each + €5 worldwide delivery in a specially sized box. I am selling the paintings at less than this size normally costs for the purpose of the experiment and they will not be available at this price outside of the project.

Payment can be made through the “Buy Now” button below by PayPal, Debit or Credit Card or through bank transfer. Please contact me for bank details if you prefer to pay that way.

When does it start?
Progress on the series started Saturday 16th May 2020. Pieces will be posted out on a weekly basis depending on paint and varnish drying times.

Remember if you want to join in you must pre-purchase a painting as “The Stop Painting Project” will be limited to 30 paintings and those who have pre-paid will receive first preference on a painting.

By buying a painting you will be added to my email newsletter list so I can keep you updated during the project, but you are free to unsubscribe at any time.

By supporting this project not only are you allowing me to continue my artwork but also contributing to other artists’ livelihood.
I am pledging the works in this project as part of the Artist Support Pledge.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists around the world have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work, exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress @matthewburrowsstudio has instigated the #artistsupportpledge
The concept is a simple one. You post images of your work to sell for no more than $200 (£200, €200, ¥20000) each (not including shipping.) Every time you reach $1000 of sales you pledge to buy another artist’s work for $200.

Click here to see all the project paintings