Painting the Quiddity Series

Developing a Painting Series



Quiddity, Acrylic & Resin, 24×24 on Panel

Quiddity:  “the quality that makes a thing what it is, the essential nature of a thing.”

Words…  fun words…  funny words…  interesting words…  unique words.  I fell in love with words many years ago in high school.  I studied Latin and Spanish.  In college, I studied Italian and German.  I can speak only short phrases in any of them.  When I give a painting a title, I look for an ambiguous word.  When I found “Quiddity,” I knew I had to use it for a painting.  Not only did I name the above piece “Quiddity,” but I also use the word for a series of five paintings, the “Quiddity” series.

In early 2016, I finished a series of daily 8×8 paintings and I call this series “MiniQuids.”  My goal was to complete 75 paintings in 75 days.  I exceeded that amount by twenty, and I sold over forty of these little jewels.


MiniQuid 47, 8×8

I followed the MiniQuid Series with 29 Paintings in 29 Days that I called the “Kwid” series. The paintings in this series are 10×10’s.


Kwid 23, 10×10

Finally, I recently began the “MaxiQuid” series which are 12×12 paintings.


MaxiQuid 1, Acrylic, 12×12


“Loaded” in Berlin & Forgotten in Paris

Traveling in Europe, bought a painting in Berlin and forgot it in Paris.


“Loaded” by Matthew Broussard – 16×15.5 on Steel Plate

You may have read previously that not only am I an Artist, but also a Collector.  My wife and I visited many galleries while on our European trip.  In Berlin, we visited the deFreo Gallery and fell in love with a number of pieces there.  We were challenged with choosing  a piece.  We were able to talk with Matthew Broussard, the artist, who is an American living and working in Italy.  Broussard shared that his inspiration for “Loaded” was the fact that he “always felt as if he was pushing forward in life.”  That clinched it for me…  I too have felt that way.  The gallery director, Henrik, wrapped the painting with a handle to easily carry.


Henrik, and Pam & I – you can see

another of Broussard’s paintings

behind us

Loaded with our new purchase, we traveled to Amsterdam by train and from there to Paris.  Upon leaving Paris we were beginning our journey back to the States.  As we entered Charles DeGaulle Airport, my wife excitedly asked “where’s the painting?”  My response was “Oh sh–!”  I realized we had left it in the apartment we had rented.  There was no way to retrieve it as we had left the keys inside.  I called the manager who answered his cell phone while riding a scooter.  Who answers a phone on a scooter?  He asked I call back that afternoon which I did from our layover in Dublin.  Talk about a depressing travel day.  When we returned home and several calls later to the manager, we finally received “Loaded” a month later.  The manager never did charge us for the shipping.  We are so lucky and the story makes “Loaded” so much more valuable to us.


Apartment in Paris


Last night in Paris after a tour of the City

5 Advantages of Collecting Artwork

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As a child, can you remember when you wanted to collect something to be like an older sibling.  Collect what?  Certainly not the same as your sibling; furthermore he or she didn’t want you copycatting.  Yuck!  So, what?  Rocks? Stamps?  Cracker Jacks trinkets?  Hot wheels? Anything!

Collecting seems to be one of those activities that grows with us into adulthood.  Men collect ball caps and cars.  Women, cookbooks and jewelry.  As our tastes change and we mature, our interests evolve.  Personally, I love to collect books, but then I’m a reader.  As an artist, naturally, I want people to appreciate and collect original artwork (yes, I’m narcissistic, especially my artwork).  At this point, you might be defensive and state you cannot afford it.  I counter your defense.

Advantages of Collecting Original Artwork

  1. No one else will have a painting like it
  2. Art enhances life
  3. Without art, the Earth would just be “eh.”
  4. You may meet the artists
  5. You can boast you are an Art Collector

Art should be affordable to everyone.  This is precisely why I challenge myself to create a painting a day.  For the my most recent “Daily Painting Challenge,” I will be painting one small study for each day for sixty days.  I began the challenge with “postcard” size paintings and gradually increase the size.  Beginning price is $1; for each subsequent day, add another $1.  On day 60, the price for the painting is $60.  Since these works are on paper, you may frame them or display them on your refrigerator.


Daily Painting, Postcard Size, $1

Not only am I an Artist, but also a Collector.  I started small.  I once purchased an abstract watercolor from Bella, a five-year-old, for $2.  It’s one of my prized pieces.  I only hope my purchase encourages her to continue to develop her skills as an artist. I have collected other original pieces, most of which cost less than $100.  Being an abstract painter, I collect more abstract pieces than other genres.  You though should collect what you like.  There are many online galleries.  Google them.  Visit gallery openings.  You might be surprised at the bargains you find.

Enjoy the journey.

Jerry Hardesty