Creating Art With Abandon

Guerilla Art Book

Pay It Forward With Creative Love

This is my 17th post for my 30 Day Blog Challenge.

I first discovered this movement about five years ago when I came across Keri Smith’s book, The Guerilla Art Kit. I admit, the term ‘guerilla’ hooked me. The premise and execution were both simple: make art, preferably out of recycled materials, and leave it anonymously for others to find and enjoy.

Yesterday, while reading about ‘make-it, leave-it’ artists and projects, I found an article by Drew Trachtenburg on the Daily Finance website entitled “The Art of Letting Go: Trend Sets Paintings Free, Randomly.” Trachtenburg recounts the story of Eleni Zatz Litt’s experience with abandoning art. She inherited almost 600 paintings from her father’s estate, and couldn’t keep them all, so she decided to give them away.

Also in his article, Trachtenburg included a link to Michael deMeng’s very active FB group, Art Abandonment, with over 20,000 members. Its description reads:

“Art Abandonment is a group designed to encourage random acts of art, left in various locations around the globe. The idea is that folks can make something and leave it for a lucky unsuspecting person to find. Artists can then post locations and photos of abandoned goodies…and finders can let everyone know that they are the lucky finder! O’ sweet abandon!”

For October, deMeng’s challenge is to create calaveras, in honor of The Day of the Dead. Interesting.

As my 30 Day Blog Challenge is coming to a close, I am in the process of thinking about the next 30 Day challenge. Making and abandoning art, and creating blog posts around the process, is a strong possibility.

Have any of you made and then abandoned art?

Thanks for reading!


Posted on October 3, 2015, in Inspiration, My 30 Days to a Blog Challenge and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I really like the idea of abandoning art, and I especially like the idea of challenging oneself to create something each day: they marry together so nicely too. Hows it going? Perhaps Ill take this on myself….perhaps! Regardless thanks for the inspiration!


    • Thanks so much for reading! I am in the midst of an ‘art every day’ challenge. While I haven’t managed to create every day, I have managed to complete more pieces than if I didn’t challenge myself, so I consider it a ‘win’ nonetheless. Good luck with your personal challenge!


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