Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Art Swap 2010

So a wonderful person (and father) who I've had the pleasure of meeting online, setup this really awesome virtual event called Art Swap 2010. If you're a twitter-maniac (or even if you just have an account) check out the hash-tag #ArtSwap2010.

How this worked: You signed up, you were given some random person's name - a different random person got your name - and then you did art and sent it along - and in return you get art.

This made me get off my butt and flex a college degree that I haven't really touched in 6 years. (Art degree, you ask? Yes... Art major turned programmer - bask in its glory).

So here was the painting I did (please excuse the HORRIBLE lighting and cell phone camera shot):

Today I just got my art and holy man was I excited... BEHOLD! A BOX!


Wait... what's that... CH? Chicago? no... Chatenooga?.... no no... Montana? (they're weird like that)... definitely not... that looks like... HOLY CRAP! IS THAT A COUNTRY CODE? (quick and speedy googley search because I'm geographically retarded...)

HOLY SHIT, THAT'S SWITZERLAND! WHOO HOO! INTERNATIONAL ART!
Let's get down to getting this open. Cut a little tape here, a little tape there...


Oooooh! Bubbly!


Wow - this this was really packed well for overseas travel. (What is not evident is the surgical like precision I used with my scissors to get it open without damaging the art.)


Whoa! This is amazing. The color... the composition... I wish I was half as good. (please don't scroll back up to compare, it would shame me.)

So, to my overseas art buddy - you're an awesome artist. Thank you for my new wall art which I will display proudly.



5 comments:

SurprisedMom said...

Why would you compare the two? Both are individual expressions of art. BTW, I loved your artwork. The colors were spectacular. I'd love to hang it in my house. It would be the classiest thing in there.

And how does one go from art major to computer programmer? It seems quite the leap.

ShankRabbit said...

Well - I was a Computer Science minor, but that just legitimizes my career choice when I reveal that information.

Thanks for the kind words with my art. Like I tweeted earlier, I felt like a 6 year old with crayons compared to some of the geniuses which were contributing. Ah well, I hope someone finds my art as awesome as you did. :)

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

I LOVE your post!!! Super art received and given. It sure has been a great experience in ARTSWAP!

Dave said...

Ben,

What a great unboxing post!

This whole project has been very rewarding for me. I've enjoyed sharing in the excitement of the participating artists as they created art and received it.

I could literally 'hear' the excitement in your voice when I read this post!

I'm glad that I've had the opportunity to get to know you and your Mrs. through Twitter. We will eventually get that opportunity to sit down and chat in real life.

Thank you for sharing this with all of us!

David
@dpringle

Rolandelli Design said...

I got your painting today! I love it! It's already on the wall. Thank you so much!!!