Today I had to do a postal run, so decided to do a random art drop at the same time. I picked out one of my big paintings, attached a note to it that said "This painting is for YOU! I hope it brightens your day and brings a smile to your face" and put it in the car along with the stuff to mail.
After my postal stuff was done, my little guy grabbed the painting out of the car, plopped it down between the outdoor blue boxes then hopped back in the car. All before anyone saw what he was doing. that's a key point because an art drop should be anonymous. You don't do it for the recognition. You do it to make yourself, and hopefully someone else, feel good.
Before driving off I snapped a photo of the painting, bid it good luck and good-bye.
Why drop off a perfectly good painting in a public place? Well, why not? If someone comes along and takes it home then I've made someone's day. And if it ends up in the dumpster I'll never know, right? So either way it's good. I prefer to think that some stranger came along, saw it there and took it home. That's the hope and the wish behind the random art drop. Try it some time. Grab any piece of your art, attach a note to it and find somewhere to drop it. You'll be surprised how good it makes you feel.