There are tiny paintings hanging on trees just waiting to be discovered by you. Each 3×4 inch painting carries with it an invitation to take it home, a gift from me to you, my friend/stranger/fellow human. Everyone is invited to post their painting to their social media site of choice with the hashtag #foundpainting so we can all connect.

My hope is that when you happen upon an original painting you’ll receive a small burst of joy, surprise, inspiration, or love — some positive experience. I also hope to encourage people to notice their surroundings, investigate new spaces, and see their environment in a new way.

About the Artist

Hi, my name is Chai Wolfman and I am an artist, writer, yogi, partner, and mother trying to stay balanced, enjoy life, and give back. As an artist, one of my main goals is to offer some positive energy – some inspiration – to someone else’s day.

I started The Found Painting Project as a way to give back, using my work as an artist and because the idea of going about your day and randomly coming across a painting that you get to take home sounds fun. There’s something special about making something with your hands and holding something that someone else made with theirs. I hope people enjoy the experience of discovery as much as the work itself.

You can see and read more about my work at www.chaiwolfman.com. Follow me on etsy, facebook, twitter and instagram for updates and random bits of inspiration.


9 Comments on About

  1. Laura Cozak
    January 26, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Hi Chai, Your Found Painting Project is inspiring and intriguing. Did you originate this idea or did you hear of the idea from others out there? If from others, is there websites or blogs you’d recommend? If your idea, Wow, so great! I saw a post from someone wanting to make it a National movement. Has there been progress on that? I’m curious and interested in knowing. Thanks!!
    Oh and I love your art. Do you have a list of shows coming up? I’m in Chicago too… stay warm in this crazy cold snap. Thanks, Laura

    • ChaiWolfman
      February 11, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Laura! Thanks for your note. There are lots of similar projects that people do – leaving love letters, stone hearts, books, etc.for people to find. The Found Painting Project is something I started to give away my own paintings, but I’m not the only one doing this type of project. The next show I’m a part of is Artruck Inside in Evanston – here’ the link and thanks for asking! https://www.facebook.com/events/368690250563470/

  2. Charlotte Ziethen
    August 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Chai
    I found out about your project while reading on the Free Little Library site and have now discussed the idea with my daughter in law Amanda who is a really great artist-in-denial ;-) She actually agreed to make some paintings for me… and Michael who is in charge at Hundstund – a daily activity center for people with disfunctions that our family runs – got really exited too… He wants to get some of the participants inolved. His wife, Amanda, is also a skilled artist and she too has agreed to contribute =)
    So – I’m terribly sorry ;-) – but we are stealing your concept and taking it to Sweden!

    • ChaiWolfman
      August 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      How wonderful! There is always room for more inspiration, joy, and beauty in the world. Please let me know how it goes!

  3. Becca
    July 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Your project inspires me to do more, to give more and to reach out more… Thank you!

  4. Shira
    July 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! One (or many tiny) more spark to our lives in the moment.

  5. Jordyn
    June 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    This is such a wonderful idea! I really hope we stumble across a painting when we visit. You’re amazing!

  6. Suzanne Bayles
    June 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    LOVE this Chai! I look forward to this being the start of a NATIONAL movement of Art Sharing, Inspiration & Giving! Woo hoo!

    • ChaiWolfman
      June 30, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne! I have some ideas about that…we should chat soon.


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