hey artlovers,

most of you already know that i am a painter, but did i tell you that i had the great honour to paint on stage with THE RED PAINTINGS last year?

i am writing this blog because i want to do that again, someday in the future.

the thing is, there will only be a future for this band if you ALL help them…

here is how:

Greetings Red Children and the rest of humanity… we are TIME.

As many of you may know The Red Paintings are a #newdirt musical project that seek to involve all aspects of art and media through their live performances. With audiences from all over the world participating as painters and human canvases, The Red Paintings strive to build a community in which people feel free to express and liberate themselves. Through touring and releasing new material, the act are desperately trying to make ends meet to ensure that they do not suffer the same fate as many of their contemporaries. Their reluctance to begin proceedings for the second album is due to lack of funding, however, in a fast moving society like today’s, time is of the essence. As a result of this, we have taken matters into our own hands.

The purpose of this video is to inform you that as of the 30th March 2016, we are holding The Red Paintings for ransom in a secure facility at an undisclosed location. The band will not be released until enough ransom money has been raised through PledgeMusic to create their new album. The industry’s lack of funding and artist development has forced us to help them seek alternative means that enable them to continue their creative process. Thus far, The Red Paintings legacy proves that this is an act that refuses to admit defeat or cut corners at the expense of their art. It is their intention to bring you an album even more epic and ambitious than the first. Needless to say, this is no easy feat and you should not underestimate the challenge of this journey. The Red Paintings need you.

Your task is simple, but vital. By making pledges you will help bring The Red Paintings closer to a new musical vision. The pledges will be put towards the cost of studio time, musicians, engineers, mastering and music videos. In exchange for your investment, all pledgers will receive exclusive rewards determined by the amount you choose to pledge. When key milestones are achieved, pledgers will also be able to unlock exclusive content from within the secure facility. If these contributions successfully surpass the ransom amount, any additional funds over 100% will assist in the cost of touring and development of more complex stage shows.

These actions may be drastic but it is for their own benefit as well as others. The direction of this adventure is up to you. You have 60 days in which to complete this task. The Red Paintings’ fate is in your hands. Do we have enough time?

here is what you need to do:

go to and pledge the hell out of this site.

THE RED PAINTINGS are one of my favorite bands and i want them to create music and to go on tour, their live shows are so great! they have living canvases and live painter on stage!!! sorry if i sound like a 14 year old, but this band is what i missed for so long. i often thought: why is there no real music beeing made nowadays? it is made, if we pledge, support, spread the word about indie bands and artists.

amanda palmer once (or twice) said: WE ARE THE MEDIA!!! so let us be the media and make this new record happen before TIME runs out.

DO IT!!!


related links:

the red paintings  , rise of the red children  , red children.official TRP fans  , 





the thing about things by amanda palmer

what fits better into a blog with the subtitle: “…about art, music and things” than a song with the title: the thing about things…?

thanx for the release amanda and thanx to the patreon-people for providing my favorite artist with dough to produce art.



i’ve loaned a lot of things to a lot of friends

like dresses and records and books

and some of the time i never see them again

and in a weird way i think that it works

because the thing about things is they start turning evil

when you start to forget what they’re for

and so if you’re not sure what you did with my sweater

i’ll just have to love you a little bit more

i had a ring it belonged to my grandfather

he was a mason

and gay and he was distant and bitter

for all of my childhood we never had much to say

he wasn’t the type to give tokens of affection

and so i stole ring when he died

and twenty years on when i lost it at a bar

i thought that’s fine



the thing about things is that they can start meaning things

nobody actually said

and if he couldn’t make something mean something for me

i had to make up what it meant

i can carry everything i need in one collapsing suitcase

i can carry everyone i love in one phone application

built to maximize the facetime with the friends i’m bent on making

actually i want to be alone

to mourn the loss

of what this cost

i think it’s a poem and i think it keeps going

i’ve borrowed and lost lots of things

and three nights ago in the bar where i lost it

the bartender gave me the ring

and i lie in bed

with my phone in my hand


what can i fix with which app

and i call my grandfather

and he doesn’t answer

and i have to make peace with that fact

because the thing about things

is that they can start meaning things nobody actually said

and if you’re not allowed to love people alive

then you learn how to love people dead

the thing about things is that they can start meaning things nobody actually said

and if you’re not allowed

to love people alive

then you learn how to love people dead

music & lyrics written by Amanda Palmer

ukulele & vocals – Amanda Palmer

recorded at Q Division in Somerville, Ma

mixed at Mad Oak Studios in Allston, Ma

engineered & mixed by Benny Grotto

artwork by Famehouse produced by Amanda Palmer & Benny Grotto

Available for free/paid download at


And available for purchase shortly on iTunes and all major digital distributor

if you like it, share it 🙂