The Detroit Artists Market is having an auction to benefit the gallery and the artists participating. The artists were given a numbered blank imprinted with an image of the Marshall Fredericks sculpture, The Spirit Of Detroit. This was designed by the creator of paint by numbers, Dan Robbins. The artists were encouraged to do whatever they wanted with the blanks; paint, collage, cut up, defaced deconstruct, reconstruct, whatever.
I chose to do a fairly straight up version done in colored pencils, but I intentionally left the numbers visible, as I wanted them to be a part of the final look. i also did one in charcoal and rubbed out the highlights.
The Exhibition and auction start tonight at 6:00 and runs through July 12th at the Detroit Artists Market, 4719 Woodward Ave. There's a lot of fun stuff down there, as I saw some of the finished works when I dropped mine off last week, so come on down and have some cheap wine and cheese. And the Detroit Festival Of Arts starts tonight, too, so there's plenty of fun stuff to do.
charcoal on printed numbered blank
colored pencil on numbered blank
Here is how the original numbered blank looked like as seen on the DAM postcard.