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A 160 page hardcover art book featuring the avian portraiture and the humorous and distinctive titles of painter Matt Adrian.

The cover of the book.
The cover of the book.

What's this all about, then?

I am an artist who loves birds and loves books. I'd like to mash those loves together by self-publishing a collection of my best bird paintings from the last three years. It would be the third book I've self-published and my second hardcover collection of paintings.

Surprisingly Moving, All-Emoticon Essays By High School Students
Surprisingly Moving, All-Emoticon Essays By High School Students

What's your deal?

In 2009, I had a strong desire to put out a book of my work, and a real demand existed for having my paintings and their unique titles together in one place. Rather than go the traditional route of collecting enough rejection letters to wallpaper my home, I scrimped and saved and self-published It Is Folly To Assume My Awesome LIes Dormant: The Paintings of The Mincing Mockingbird. It was one of the most difficult, stressful and deeply rewarding things I've ever done in my life. The book was a big success and is now well on its way through a second printing. 

Since that book came out, I've painted hundreds of new paintings, and am looking to publish a second volume that collects the best of those new paintings and their titles. 

Dubstepping To Dad-Rock
Dubstepping To Dad-Rock

What's the big idea?

Part of the reason I wanted to go with Kickstarter was the opportunity to have the second volume be better than the first. If funded, the new book will be printed on heavier stock, be twice as thick (160 pages) and will be decked out in a dust jacket. I collect beautiful art books and I'm committed to making this a gorgeous book through and through. The new book will be twice as thick as the first book, yet the retail price will remain the same.

Purifying Angel Of The Decomposing Carcass
Purifying Angel Of The Decomposing Carcass

Have I seen these birds before? I feel like I've seen these birds before.

You probably have. They've appeared in national magazines, newspaper features and on CSI: Los AngelesDexter, Modern Family and most recently in the movie This Is 40

Enough about all that. Talk to me about rewards.

I've got some great incentive levels, ranging from Hummingbird to Vulture. Aside from the new book, I'm offering new postcards, Volume 1 in hardcover, exclusive and limited edition art prints, and original artwork—including opportunities to have your favorite bird painted just for you.

I Will Put You Down As A Soft Maybe
I Will Put You Down As A Soft Maybe

Anything else you want to say? 

In closing I just want to say I am constantly humbled by having the support of such an amazing array of supporters. Having such an eclectic, intelligent and deeply funny group of people interested in my work is extremely rewarding and I am very grateful. If you're new to my art and writing, and you're taking a chance on a big, juicy book of art with some humor thrown in–thank you for your help. I like you already.

A Haunt In These Villainous Woods, When Not Full Up On Flying Squirrels
A Haunt In These Villainous Woods, When Not Full Up On Flying Squirrels

UPDATE!

We're at the halfway point and we're so close to being funded. To push things along I've decided to stir things up and throw in a new level that features this exclusive painting done just for the Kickstarter campaign. This original acrylic painting measures 30 x 24 inches, is 2 inches deep on gallery-wrapped canvas and arrives ready to hang. If you select the BARN OWL  level you'll receive the painting and the new book, as well as Volume 1. This painting will have a title before you receive it, and will also appear in the new book!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

• Funding the printing of the book is the biggest challenge to the project. A reliable printer has been chosen and a professional graphic designer (my wife, a former magazine designer) is hard at work finishing up the layouts.

• I have already published two books: "It Is Folly To Assume My Awesome Lies Dormant: The Paintings of The Mincing Mockingbird" (second printing) and "The Mincing Mockingbird Guide to Troubled Birds" (third printing), so I'm confident in seeing the project through to completion.

• We have refined our storage and distribution system so that orders will go out smoothly and quickly.

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    HUMMINGBIRD LEVEL: 5 brand-new postcards featuring reproductions of paintings from the book.

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    CHICKADEE LEVEL: An exclusive 8 x 10 fine art print offered exclusively to backers. Plus 5 postcards.

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    MOCKINGBIRD LEVEL: The new book "I Have Heard My Praises Sung In Screams: The Paintings of The Mincing Mockingbird Volume II" in all of its glory. Plus the 5 new postcards! (Canadian friends please add an extra $20 for shipping. International destinations are $40)

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    KESTREL LEVEL: Receive both hardcover books: Volume I and Volume II, plus 5 postcards. (Canadian friends please add an extra $20 for shipping. International destinations are $40)

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    RAVEN LEVEL: A signed copy of the new book, a signed copy of Volume I, the exclusive 8 x 10 art print, 5 postcards - plus - an 18 x 24 limited edition fine art print of "In The Leaf Litter, Something Tries To Hide Its Own Heartbeat", the snowy owl on the cover of the book. (Canadian friends please add an extra $40 for shipping. International destinations are $60)

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    OWL LEVEL: Everything in the RAVEN LEVEL, as well as an 18 x 24 fine art print of my crow painting "Keen-Brained And Patient", which is featured in the new book. Your name will be featured on a thank you page in the book. (Canadian friends please add an extra $40 for shipping. International destinations are $60)

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    PENGUIN LEVEL: Everything from the OWL LEVEL, the exclusive 8 x 10 art print–plus the original painting "Death Fight In The Skies Above The Abandoned K-Mart—No, The Other One, On The East Side Of Town", acrylic on birch panel, 16 x 16 inches. Your name will also appear on a thank you page in the new book.

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    EAGLE LEVEL: Everything in the RAVEN LEVEL, plus–your name featured on a thank you page in the new book. I will also create an original painting of any bird you choose, up to 18 x 24 inches. The painting will be delivered in August, everything else will arrive in June.

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    BARN OWL LEVEL: Get a fresh new original painting of a Barn Owl and also receive the new book, Volume 1 and the new postcards. This painting was done exclusively for the Kickstarter campaign!

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    VULTURE LEVEL: Everything offered in the RAVEN LEVEL, plus the original painting "Purifying Angel Of The Decomposing Carcass". This acrylic painting of an Egyptian Vulture is displayed in an antique plaster and wood rococo frame with gold detailing and is featured in the new book. Painting measures 33.5 x 26.4 inches. Frame measures 45 x 35 inches and is 5 inches thick. A very solid, substantial piece of artwork, shipped free anywhere in the United States.

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