# Stealing Candy

Series of wood collage mono prints
Oil on cotton paper
Size variable

Rules of the Printing

‘It is always 3 or 5 or a combination of 3 or 5, but not 7 and 9; but 8 could do as well, as that is 3 + 2 = 5 + 3 = 8. What would not work is 3 + 3 or 2 + 2 or any combination that starts with 2, as we always have to start with 3 or we start with 5 and then 3. These are some of the starting points.
So we can do 3 + 2 = 5, but not 3 + 3 = 6, because that is unfair to the 2, but it is not unfair to just have 3 without the 2. It is only in very special occasions that we can have a single 2, but it is better that it is after the 3 to have a good turnout at other occasions.
That means that we can have 3 and then 5, but not 6 as that is 3 + 3, as before the second 3 we need a 2, so that we can get 8, although we do not want to get 8 often as I don’t like 8, it’s an un-magical number. 9 again is not possible, 10 is possible but not popular, as they better become 2 series of 5. 11 is out and that is sad as it is by itself a good number for it is both the fools figure and our street number. But rules are rules so 11 and 12 are out as they cannot be formed with the set rules. 13 can be done, but I don’t want 13 as that brings bad luck, but then again as I do not want to fall for such thoughts, I will include it, but it will always be worrying, at the same time it makes me proud not to give in to superstition. No also to 14; but 15, which is 3 x 5, is in, and I like it as well as 18 as that is 3 x 5 + 3 = 18 but that is not often reached as by that time I am getting in too much sugar, while it is also very hard to hide such a big number
In summary, to make it logical
1 = No
2 = No, only on very special cases (for example when I have to make up something)
3 = Yes
4 = No (although it is 2 + 2 = 4, but even when I can make one exception of 1×2 doing it 2 times would be too much)
5 = Yes, when it is 3 + 2 = 5
6 = No, no 2 x 3, that is not just
7 = No, as 3 +2 + 2 = 7 because we cannot start with 2 and no 2 times 2 or 3 in a row
8 = Yes, as it is 3 + 2 + 3, but I don’t like it, too much of nice figure
9 = No
10 = Yes, 3 + 2 + 3 + 2
11 = No
12 = No
13 = Yes, 3 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 3, but I am afraid of 13, and that is why I use it as I don’t want to be so irrational (and I am often number 13 alphabetically in class)
14 = No
15 = Yes, very beautiful, (3 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 2 = 15)
16 = No
17 = No
18 = Yes, 3 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 3 = 18, although it’s a large number and actually too large to hide when they are gone (let alone talk about the amount of sugar)

All works are made according to these rules, except of where I cheated’