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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

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ardentvoiceJavits Center

last week my kids painted with the artist Wylan at a big event for children, and I viewed a lot of great art and collected some pamphlets. I still have sticker shock about the specific price of a good painting… 5 years ago


Well, I’ve identified some artists that I really love. Robert Mango’s work from 2000 and later, Jesse Reklaw’s acrylics about dreams (his cartoon characters are witty but not as moving to me). I love the Stella-like Bascove (I used to want to be a single-name person too!), and the hyperrealistic Mark Workman and Andrew Lenaghan. Too many paintings, too little time (and money!). At least I feel I’m really getting started on this goal. 5 years ago


I love Balinese art. I went to Ubud, the painters’ village of Bali, to find something I wanted and could afford. After days of searching through many art shops and looking at many beautiful works, I found it. It had all the qualities I was hoping for, and all the famous characters in one. There was Hannuman, the monkey king, Sitti, the beautiful dancer, Rhama, the prince, Rhangda, the witch, and Barong, the mischievous, yet good god-like creature. The picture has a kind of sepia tone to it and a carved wooden frame. I had to bargain long and hard to buy this picture at a price I could afford, going back to the shop several times in the course of a week, but finnaly I prevailed, and this work of art hangs in my livingroom. The point is, if you see something you like, go for it. It may take some time and effort, but that’s life. Good things are worth the trouble. 6 years ago

Evelyn21Got them. =)

Got paid and bought nearly all of the pictures I wanted…
So much for taking care of my money eh?? :P

They should be arriving soon and I can’t wait to frame them.
Whooopp!! :D x 7 years ago

Evelyn21Okay, I've found what I want...

I really love the Pon and Zi cartoons by Jeff Thomas and I’ve just found out that they now sell photo quality art prints on their website! I’m SO going to buy them all when I get paid and frame them to put around my house. They are so adorable!! =)

They’re not paintings tho… :/

Who cares. :D x 7 years ago

Evelyn21There is an artist I love...

It’s Heather Hannoura – I love her and her artwork. <3

I’m just not sure where I can buy a piece from…

=( x 7 years ago

ExpisitionNext Time

I actually had a chance to do this late last year, during the holiday season. By random chance I was at the mall, a rarity indeed, and at the main entrance there was an art sale going on. I saw this one painting that I would have loved to put up in my room and I think would have added a very nice effect to the room. Unforunately I didn’t have the money at that time and that was the last day of the sale. So I am hoping to run into the painting again or find something even better.

Sort of off topic now but at least it is related and goes with that last statement. I find that when you choose something as your favorite you have to always leave an oppurtunity for that to change. New things are always coming out and you never know if that new thing sparks something in you. For instance I have gone through three favorite bands, I have gone from Disturbed, to Nightwish and now to Trivium. So in a sense and what goes with this website you should always be looking for greater, heheh, in a good way of course. But it also nice to settle. 7 years ago

Jane83Art collector

I have seen so many fantastic paintings that I wish I had snapped up at the time, but didn’t. I want to find a painting that I can completely relate to – or a painting thst symbolises something I truely believe or feel and buy it straight away 7 years ago

marlenajoSwap meets are great but...

I bought all of my paintings for my new house at flea markets,and they are all beautiful and were reasonably priced. The framing was not done as nicely as I would have liked- (the backs of the paintings looked messy). I had to get one painting re-framed at Garden Ridge because the back actually came off. Thank goodness the glass did not break when it fell on the sofa. My favorite piece of art came from the estate sale of a local artist. I could not afford the paintings, but I got a framed metal embossing that she did that is one of a kind and one of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen. 7 years ago

JMCPStill looking....

This has been an impossible task. I have finally have my own place, in which I can decorate MY way, and can’t find a picture/painting that I absolutely love. Until I find one, the space on the wall above my couch remains empty. I checked out Geof’s suggestion about Berverly Moore’s paintings. The actually are appealing! I’m loving the canil lillies Grand Opening. Still looking…... 8 years ago

alterego66I buy paintings at swap meets.

I have several oil paintings that I love. Most are southwest images – Shiprock, the Grand Canyon, desert scenes. Oil paintings can be purchased at reasonable prices at swap meets. 8 years ago

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