'Me to We' Part 2 of 3

Continuing on sharing the transition from 'it's all about me' to 'what about you' and the lightbulb moments along the way that came from the most unexpected of places!

It's great that finally following the '2 ears / one mouth' philosophy and how people perceive what you do can really open other equally (if not more) enriching doors in life!

Funny how things can work out - after introducing this three part series with the article Reflective times, where I shared how I created space with

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Article 1 of 3 from Me to We, serving as a form of therapy (that rhymed) leading nicely onto part 2 of 3. I'd like to share what happens during atypical Art commission, this being my most recent one courtesy of a real interest and lightbulb moments from a fellow golfer, dollarsandart collector and F1 fan.

We'll call him 'Dave'...

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I was connected with Dave at a cracking golf fund raiser, The Manor Cup at Stoke Park where Bonds Goldfinger, Tomorrow Never Dies....

The names bond, James Bond, Manor cup bond!

and Layer Cake, the one that gave Daniel Craig his break....

Daniel Craig, the halfway house of The Disruptives collection, number 54 of 108 people honoured to date.

A few weeks after the event having hit the shores of California I'd posted a few collaborative photos with a few recognisable faces....

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On facebook, intsa & pinterest - a record of my work since 2011 but a huge tick in the self-worth box at the time, a form of validation, if you will. The 'look at me I'm with a celeb and they've signed a $1 bill' phase was largely for this, The Heroes & Villains collection showcased in 2015...

Now some of these have been sold, others showcased at The Track, Meydan, Dubai...

Many becoming more poignant than they were 4 years ago....

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A little overweight, dodgy tan, over whitened teeth and then there's The Donald.

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The SOLD 2014 Artwork 'TopTrump$, Donald' featuring the 1977 Top Trumps cards including Captain America and the signed DonaldTrump $2 bill! Memorabilia from the Akoya DAMAC Properties Trump International Golf Club Dubai

So, now that we are in context, in December 2015, Six months after Heroes & Villains I was on a roll and collaborated with Brazilian football (soccer) legend Ronaldinho Gaúcho a comment on the insta feed was ' first dibs on that one'....

Shirt and note signing, sofitel Dubai 9.12.15

A couple of messages and a phone call later I was busy beavering away at the Ronaldhino commission for 'Dave', featuring the signed 10 Rials note and his signed Nike shirt (Ronaldhino's not Daves)....

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Like with every commission, it's a case of the client leaning in to the process with me so it relates not only to the person honoured but in the context of what they mean to the client. Dave being a Man Utd fan having always wondered 'what if we'd have signed him' suggested the work featured the mention of 'so near, so far' in Sir Alex's Man Utd auto Biography, a Havaiana flip flop and some on point yellow Juicy Fruit chewing gum a nod to 'Elastico' in addition to the signed artefacts and acrylic daubings....

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As Art told a story in vulnerable glory!

During that time I'd mentioned one of my release planned was a nostalgic Scalextric commission featuring Lewis Hamilton....

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A meeting where I got under wall paper to meet Lewis, in mid November 2015 as he was only to happy to sign the bank notes as managed to get the 'this is the last question to Lewis' in asking him to sign the notes....

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To go, perhaps with one of his Disruptive collection prints. Dave is a big sports fan - his preferred sport being a close call between Manchester United, F1 and golf....

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This played an influence on a few of the components sourced over an 8 week timeframe...

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Laid out, literally on Dave's table and then into the garage / workshop which was the perfect space...

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Sand featured of course...

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but not just any old sand...

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bunker sand from a nearby 'must-play, bucket list' golf course...

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where Rory told his story...

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I pressed on with in input from Dave to keep the Manchester United, Lewis, golf and F1 links all on point....

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time was ticking and golden moments were captured in the work...

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around edition 1/50 of The Lewis Hamilton disruptive print along with his AED 10 note, Salex and Abu Dhab F1 ear defenders...

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As male and Female energies complemented each other with Ying passing Yang...

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With the completed works ready to be gloss sprayed, allowed to dry and held until the interiors are finalised ready to house into a feature table...

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This wasn't the original plan but with a collaborative approach, Daves' spirit and willingness to get involved (pretty much most people I've collaborated with have been)from, for example the world of golf...

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Cricket...

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and boxing as Art tells a story in vulnerable glory...

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The celebrity phase, largely 2014 & 2015 was not only for the Heroes & Villains exhibition but a supportive 'nod' to my self-worth as an artist at the time, validation I thought I needed to be accepted to be an Artist of worth.

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I was wrong although it was a real enjoyable rollercoaster at the time!

THE KEY POINT

During one of the early visits for the Lewis commission, right after his on the money idea of 'This would make a great centrepiece table rather than something for the wall', Dave took me to the nearby 'must-play, bucket list' golf course and over lunch shared how pumped he was feeling about the commission and how he'd enjoyed laying the bits n pieces out - some we kept to oneside for safe keeping, not for the artwork and how much he enjoyed the process.

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Dave 'got it' he really did - so I listened to him, really listened...

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"You should do this for team building events, corporate stuff, getting people involved"

A couple of years earlier I'd delivered a creative workshop in Sydney, Australia....

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having painted there in 2012....

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with the team building side of things getting back on my radar having thoroughly enjoying this collaborative process it was something I felt I should do more of ...

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So once I'd opened up to the idea again on the way back from one of the Lewis commission visits I was open to getting cracking with a kind of 'Friday funday workshop' initiative but he question was where and with who, amongst others....

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Ok not all of those but being OPEN to working with others on a larger, group scale came within literally a matter of days - partly from 'Dave' and partly from another external source both validating the intension which I'll be sharing with you in my NEXT ARTICLE : From 'Me to We' Part 3 of 3

In the meantime keep well, be gentle with yourself and don't believe everything in your newsfeed....

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Thank's for tuning in, folks and if you'd like to get amongst it don't hesitate to drop me a line by pigeon carrier, telegraph, fax, phone, postcard, linked in message, billboard, loudspeaker or through channelling intentions of the highest order on your rich journey of self-actualisation.

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'You're doing an exhibition for the Russians, you must be mad' - So I did.

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Going Gorilla? I recommend it. #watchthisspace

Like grains of sand, we are each unique, shaped by the dance of time and the tides of change.

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We're all the same yet different : shaped by the sands of time

I ♥️ serving and connecting 👥 through media, commissions, collaborations and creative initiatives. I founded Dollarsandart after an exceptionally challenging time, as an outlet to create, share and sell 🎨 that tells a story.

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With Damian / Spiderman the big hearted Sri Lankan security guard

As I was lost and as a subconcious cry for help, I dug deeper exploring 💰, people and creativity further I began to express myself, experiences, struggles and successes through 🎨. The universal symbol of the $ seemed to impact and influence so many decisions, providing the motivation for and the limitation of many of our decisions in life. I decided that the dollar for all its pro’s and con’s along with grains of sand in nature and in industry would be a central feature of my work as Dollarsandart was born.

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Indulgen$e Original : $20,000 artwork given away for $1 in 2013

CREATIONS

My relentless desire to create compelling content based on Money (all tradeable commodities), People (Humanity) and Creativity to help people along the way continues as my craft. Bespoke commissions on a variety of mediums (acrylic, sand, oil, currency, resin, glass and Pop Art prints) across a variety of media (Instagram, Instastories, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Vlogging keep my engine going to produce content that's of value to others.

Coming soon : Friday funday workshops encouraging corporates and communities to harness the power of creativity.

 So, What's your story? I'd ♥️ to know more and connect dots as your dance continues.

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Ok that really is the end now - thanks for tuning in.

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