The Heart Research UK fundraising project, the anonymous heart art auction – #anonartproject – came to an end at 9pm on Sunday 13th October. This means that I can finally reveal all!
First though, a quick reminder. All contributors are asked to submit work that is A5 in size. Heart Research UK send out cards on which to create your work that also have on the reverse the details for you to complete about the title and your name etc.
I painted all of my submissions while on holiday this summer. I’d taken with me a block of Arches rough that I’d been keeping aside for something special:
This project seemed like as good a reason as any to break into it! Also, as some of you may recall, I wasn’t on top form during our holiday this year, neither how I felt physically, nor about my painting. I was taking comfort, and great enjoyment from studying the sketchbook work in particular of the great Rowland Hilder, and this is clearly evident in the works that I submitted.
Here are the seven paintings, all trimmed down to A5 in size and ready to send off:
Last year I submitted three paintings that raised a total of £358.66. I was completely bowled over by this and this year, I wanted to see if I could do even better.
Here’s how the bidding ended:
And the grand total, I hear you ask!? The seven paintings raised a total £431.99.
This comfortably surpasses the total of £358.66 that my contributions raised last year, albeit from more than double the number of submissions.
All in all, the entire enterprise epitomised a win win situation. I got to do what I love, hopefully some people get some paintings that they will enjoy and, most importantly, Heart Research UK get some money to help them continue their vital work.
Well before the end of the auction, I had a look at what I’d submitted so that I could choose my favourite without being influenced by whatever they did (or didn’t) raise during the auction.
I found it difficult to single out just one, so selected two instead:
Although my £431.99 won’t go far, it’s much more than I could ever afford to donate out of my own pocket.
Should by any fluke of google/twitter /Facebook etc any of the purchasers find their way to this site – then I’d just like to say a huge ‘thank you’, firstly on behalf of Heart Research UK for supporting their amazing work, and on my own behalf. I’m sorry that I’m probably not the famous person/artist that you may have imagined me to be, but I hope that you may also have been prepared to bid so generously because you also liked the paintings!
I’d love to hear from anyone did ‘win’ one of my paintings this year and, in the meantime, I can only hope that this little collection of paintings are off to happy homes.