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North Van's Studio F experiments with crowd-sourced art
A landscape painting in Pemberton Avenue’s Studio F shows what “crowd-sourced” art is capable of.
A pop of golden yellow in the top left corner, soft purple mountains in the background. It’s the work of a handful of North Shore residents who stopped by to add their unique touch.
The studio’s artists, Sheree Jones and Lorn Curry, supplied a photo of the picturesque scene and drew a general outline. The participants, young and old, filled it in to create an original crowd-sourced piece and signed it “Studio F.”
“Brushwork is similar to DNA, in that it is unique to every person,” says Jones. “So this canvas will carry a bit of every participant’s creative DNA on its surface.”
Crowd-sourcing is most commonly used by online communities to harness the power of the collective to generate ideas and content. This approach served as a model for Studio F’s experiment.
“We are both firm believers that there is an artist in everyone. That’s the idea behind the project,” says Curry.
Even though the initial image was supplied so everyone had a common goal, the end piece reflected each person who contributed.
“Some people prefer to stay in the lines. Some not so much,” adds Curry.
The end painting, sitting on an easel in the cozy North Van studio, has both realistic and abstract elements. While some trees are painted conventional green, for example, others are pink and orange and yellow highlights shoot through the blue water below.
In the end, the artwork was awarded through a draw to one of the participants.