Abstract artwork 'Drone' sold via Instagram

And quickly too! The abstract painting wasn't even for sale yet on the webshop. But one 'work-in-progress' picture on Instagram triggered the new owner to comment on the picture. We had some contact and after sending some higher quality pictures the artwork was sold.

Black Molotow marker

Earlier I did some experiments on paper with black 60mm wide Molotow Masterpiece 760PI markers, as shown in the video below. The experiments with black where promising but I was especially interested in the result of the white markers on a darker painted background, because this result is more in line with the 'positive' theme in my art.

White Bold Lines

So the moment I had some little spare time inbetween design projects, and a small bottle of white Molotow ink still in a box somewhere, I decided to try out the white Molotow Masterpiece 760PI marker on a painting I had prepared weeks before.

While I was making the lines really slowly, I got that sweet feeling again. It is a feeling that only comes up when I know it is going to work out fine. Everything on that moment falls into place. The notion of time disappears. The combination was just right. The semi-transparent white lines with exactly the right stroke width, the amount of space between the lines and the darker background all worked together beautifully.

And then I got too confident.

I wanted to add some minor imperfections. So after pushing the marker firmly on a piece of paper to get the ink flowing, I swiped the marker back and forth above the painting. Some spatters appeared. And then the whole tip got loose and landed on the painting. I cursed. This was not what I had in mind.


And it got worse. Later on, when the marker ran empty on ink and I wanted to force the last bit out, I pushed the marker a few times too many. The ink gushed out. Causing the ink to drip.

This was also not what I had in mind.

But I decided to continue anyway. I could always cover the painting with a new layer of paint when I felt like it.

I posted a picture on Instagram and described my frustration in the caption. Not much later, a former colleague responded to my frustrated post. What the price of the artwork was. And since I had the intention to dismiss the painting, I was surprised. I could see the obvious beauty of the painting but wasn't able to look past the two larger imperfections.

The potential buyer and I had some contact via Instagram Direct Messages and e-mail. And after I sent some better pictures with higher quality, the customer still had not lost his interest in the painting and bought it.

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