I’m slapping each and every one of you with a virtual high-five. I’d hug you,
but I’m just not that much of a touchy-feely person. I’d give you a fist bump,
but I’m just not that hip. So I’m hoping the high-five thing will do. I want
you all to know how much I appreciate your generosity and I don't take your
support for granted. I will do my best to make you all proud to be a part of Portraits
of the F Train.
I've been doing a happy dance all weekend. (Be glad you can't see. I can
only imagine it looks something like an overweight bear trying to squirm its
way out of a damp wetsuit).
So what happens now? Well, the big news is since I met the project goal, I
am now guaranteed to receive the funding and this project is actually
going to happen. I will be in New York the last week of April to ride
the train and spend time in the stations collecting all of the reference
materials I will need to work on the paintings of each station. If you are in
the city and want to ride along for a while please let me know, I would love
the company. When I get back to Greenville, I will retreat to my basement
studio to work on the backer rewards and spend the rest of the year on the
As you can see, I have actually exceeded the goal amount - which is great!
The project can continue to collect pledges until the deadline on March 19th.
For anyone who would still like to pledge, please do - you can be a part of the
excitement and receive the rewards, which will be exclusive to backers. $3500
was the bare minimum I needed to get this project off the ground, so I
appreciate all additional pledges.
The extra funds will be put to good use, mostly towards supplies such as
paint and watercolor paper (which is not cheap). It will also help me get the
paintings framed and prepared for what I hope will be a monumental exhibition
in a few amazing locations. I’ve also had to promise my wife that I will not
live on a diet consisting only of street hotdogs and pretzels for the duration
of my trip. Sorry New York Street vendors - I realize this will severely impact
your projections for the quarter, but you have been overruled.
Over the past week I have started a fairly large scale piece that I plan to
have completed before I go to New York. Instead of having it photographed and
made into postcards, I will be cutting it up into pieces and using each of the
pieces as the postcards described in the rewards, so all of the rewards will be
a unique work of art. Cutting it up into 100 pieces works out nicely but I am
also up to the challenge of making it bigger, so please keep sharing the
information about the project.
I will keep you updated on any new developments and I’ll share images of the
“postcard painting” as it progresses.
Thanks again everyone and I hope your weekend was amazing!