31 Mar Potluck 100 by Lorraine Loots | An Instagram Auction of Paintings for Ants
1/25 Free Fridays: PIZZA! My favourite. 26 x 13 mm. SOLD.
In case you haven’t heard, Lorraine Loots is tackling another year-long challenge and if her past two projects are anything to go by this miniature challenge is going to make big waves. In 2013 Lorraine dared herself to make one teeny tiny painting each day and quite fittingly called the project 365 Paintings for Ants (get it?). She painted miniatures of everyday things and accepted requests for special dates. Not having had quite enough of making small paintings after doing a whopping 365, she re-invented the challenge in 2014. This time she focussed on painting all things Cape Town in celebration of the Mother City as the World Design Capital, selling editions of 5 postcards alongside the original paintings and calling it 365 Postcards for Ants.
When 2015 rolled around we weren’t surprised to hear that she had re-invented the challenge again. Calling it Potluck 100, her strategy is a little different and she plans to create 100 miniature paintings, four a week for 25 week with a different theme for each day. Look out for Microcosm Mondays with the subject anything space-related and Tiny Tuesdays where she’ll paint mini books. These will be up for auction via her Instagram on the subsequent Wednesday. You just comment on Instagram to bid, the auctions will run for a week and close on the following Wednesday at 1pm (GMT+2).
She’s also taking requests for Thursdays and Fridays. On Fursdays you can only commission a painting of your furry friends, but on Free Fridays the theme is wide open, so the person who books it can request what gets painted. After she opened bookings for the first batch of Thursdays and Fridays, the traffic was so overwhelming that she had to shut her website down. But she’s working on it, so keep an eye out if you want to book a date. The framed original paintings start at R3000 and all payments will be processed through Payfast.
All the Potluck 100 paintings will be framed in raw wood and exhibited together, before being sent to their owners in February 2016.
A limited edition of 5 archival prints of each painting will be released later this year.
1/25 Microcosm Mondays: Pillars of Creation | A photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, some 7000 light years from Earth. 30 x 30 mm. SOLD.
1/25 Tiny Tuesdays: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger. Cover design by E. Michael Mitchell. 27 x 24 mm. SOLD.
1/25 Fursdays: Timoteus the Sloth. 25 x 24 mm. SOLD.
2/25 Microcosm Mondays: Named after the Roman god of war, Mars is often described as the “Red Planet” because the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance. 28 x 28 mm. SOLD.
2/25 Tiny Tuesdays: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Cover art by Francis Cugat. The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews and sold poorly; in its first year, the book sold only 20,000 copies. Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. Today, it is widely considered to be a literary classic. 22 x 17 mm. SOLD.
2/25 Fursdays: Ayla the Norfolk Terrier. 21 x 21 mm. SOLD.
2/25 Free Fridays: Converse All Stars. 30 x 30 mm. SOLD.
3/25 Microcosm Mondays: A stellar jet in the Eta Carina Nebula (also known as the Grand Nebula), it is one of the largest diffuse nebulae in our skies. 29 x 29 mm.
3/25 Tiny Tuesdays: “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand. The manuscript was rejected by twelve publishers before editor Archibald Ogden at the Bobbs-Merrill Company risked his job to get it published. “The Fountainhead” turned out to be Rand’s first major literary success, selling more than 6.5 million copies worldwide. 29 x 17 mm.
4/25 Microcosm Mondays: The Moon. 29 x 29 mm.