THE LUCKY PENNYPROJECT, 2011
Acrylic on Treated Canadian Penny,
19.0mm Diameter, Approx. 1.50mm Thick, Mass 2.35g
Compostion 94% Steel, 1.5% Nichel, 4.5% Copper plating
-with Gesso and Acrylic layers above.
[Pennies from years minted 1958 - 2012}
All images Copyright © Andrew R. Hutchison 2000 - 2014
I have always been keen on finding a penny. "A lucky penny" my Mom liked to call them when I was a boy.
Well I'm a lot older now, but I'm still in need of some luck here and there, and that keeps me looking.
I'm always finding them, I like to find them. I'm good at it. I'm lucky that way.
I have made many large paintings in my time, but have never actually made any very small ones. And for that matter, landscapes aren't really my thing either. But despite that worry, I set out to paint the location of where each penny was found on the lucky penny itself. The small sized landscapes allowed a release of sorts, to break down the image to
its core foundation, to make it in the simplest and minimal form that I could.
Since work on this series began, the Canadian Penny has been takent out of circulation.
Which is a shame if you ask me. Where is all the luck going to come from now!
The Lucky Penny Project is still an ongoing series despite this fact,
though they, the pennies, are becoming much harder to find.
If you want my 2 cents, you should pick one up now and get lucky while you still can.