I want to explore this country and use paint to record and share what I find.
Over the course of 2011, I plan to visit all 50 of the United States and paint a portrait of America. The act of painting helps me to look more closely and honestly at all that is around. I want to explore contemporary America, while also learning about the history of the land and people in our country. I want to meet individuals from all walks of life and listen to their stories. My goal will be to preserve and share the experience of paying close attention to all that I see and learn by capturing it in paint. A car will serve as my main mode of transportation, but I'll also be traveling by plane, bus, rail, boat, and foot. I want to begin the project with loose guidelines: one year, 50 states, oil paint, an open and curious mind, and the desire to learn, listen, explore, and look closely. Hopefully, if I hold true to those guidelines, the project will develop organically, leading me to many great discoveries!
In order to do this right, I'm asking for your help in obtaining several things.
Here's the list off the top of my head:
-Reliable car with a sizable trunk
-Sufficient funds for food, lodging (although hopefully I'll be staying with friends along the way), tolls, gas, etc.
-Bus, train, and plane tickets
-Materials - enough boards, paint, gesso, brushes, etc. to make at least 5 small pieces and one large piece of each state
-Those are the biggies, but I'm sure there will be more
I will be visiting galleries and promoting my work along the way. I'd like to complete between 250 and 500 oils, as well as fill several sketchbooks with drawings and watercolors, with hopes that sales from those paintings will fuel future undertakings. The project will conclude with a large show of the paintings from my travels. Venue is TBD, but all will be invited to the party!
Please help me to achieve this dream by donating as little as $1, or more if you can. (See the list of exciting rewards promised for your pledges). While I am grateful to have many wonderful friends in my own network, please send this to everyone in yours as well - I appreciate all the help I can get. Thanks to everyone in advance for your continued support and for making this possible. And of course, please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have regarding my plans for the project.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Thank you! I'll do something nice for someone else.
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Thank you! I'll do something nice for someone else and name an object after you. You'll get an image of your object in an email!
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All of the above plus a postcard from the road.
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Postcard from the road? How about an ORIGINAL drawn or painted postcard from the road?! (Plus rewards from the $10 pledge).
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All of the above plus a DVD documenting my travels.
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What's your favorite place in America? I'll go there, paint it, and your name will be in the title. You'll also get all of the above.
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All of the above plus an original oil painting of your choice. Highest pledge gets first pick.
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Three original oil paintings from the collection plus all the other doo-dads. Again, highest pledge gets first pick. Thank you thank you thank you!
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Haha. Now that'd be easy, wouldn't it?
- (90 days)