This project's funding goal was not reached on July 31, 2012.
About this project
What can an artist achieve when removed from the interference of daily multitasking? How far can an artist pursue the creative process, and what advancements will manifest when one is allowed to follow divergent thinking through to fruition? Will the opportunity result in the creation of multiple projects simultaneously as one piece influences and inspires another?
Creativity is mysterious and extraordinary. Tawni's Marathon Month of Mayhem is a project challenging my creative threshold by confining me to a studio for 30 days, supplied with materials to facilitate continuous production of self-expression. Pledges are needed to fund lumber, canvas rolls, custom texture medium, gesso, oil paint and associated supplies (i.e. oil, thinner, etc.), inks and additional mediums, mounting, framing, and hanging materials, as well as the production of rewards. As the project name implies, this journey may encounter bouts of mental mayhem and tribulations, and I want to share that part of the experience with my backers.
Will I encounter obstacles that my backers can help me overcome via blog input? Will a love affair with art grow tiresome after sleeping with it for 30 nights? Will I be discovered in the fetal position beneath my easel, nibbling on a paintbrush? Support this project and we'll find out through Kickstarter updates, and ---for backers of $25 and more--- exclusive "blogfeed" with photos and commentary. My pledge goal and rewards structure was determined modestly with eager hopes to reach a 100% funded project and ensure the rewards I have created are of high quality, but my honest hope is to surpass my goal and expand greater rewards down the pledge intervals.
I anticipate carrying out the project in August 2012. Pledge rewards have an estimated delivery date of October 2012, time enough to offer a fine selection of art for those backers receiving prints. The reward of the project-commemorating book is estimated for a November 2012 completion, as the project must surpass its 30th day before work on the narrative photo book can be begin. Photography and journaling will take place along the way but I would not be staying true to the project objective if I sidetrack myself with the task of assembling the photo book during the Month of Mayhem. This also allows for time to increase the number of books ordered in the fortunate event that backers support me beyond my goal, whereupon I can enhance the reward packages. Additionally, my first large show takes place in downtown Sioux Falls, opening September 7, 2012, and I feel it would be a spectacular addition if a few photographs of the show made it into the last page or two of the project’s photo book.
My last sentiment is simply this: Enable me the opportunity for full immersion in my passion, and I will produce artwork in greater volume and at a deeper level of concentration that will be a joy to look at. It's an opportunity I have wished for and daydreamed about for far too long.
Yes. My studio consists of dual spaces on the same property. The first - my workshop, where I build canvas stretchers, prepare and spray texture, and frame - and the second, my studio where magic happens. Logically I can't blow sawdust from saws onto drying oil paint.
The exceptions are the following: Two 8 hour shifts of fulfilling my soldiering obligation for the Army. That takes place 15 minutes away from my studio location. I'll return same day and continue.
I will not be socializing on an out-bound level. With exception of my "A-team" --that is, my runners and my photographer-- I will not be partaking in in-bound socializing, either. No one but my project team will be entering my work spaces. My immediate circle of supportive friends will not be receiving a private line of photos etc of my work nor shenanigans of mayhem unless they are fairly backers to the project, as that connection is defined as a privileged reward. They'll be curious, and they'll miss my captivating company - but I trust they understand my commitment to integrity of this project.
No. I will continue to enjoy the inspiration that music and the occasionally nerdy Neflix show like "The Universe" series gives me as I paint.
The potential of any of the following: Offering LARGER prints than promised (if backer desires), offering a VARIETY of prints that backer's can CHOOSE, and rewarding the book of my mayhem to additional pledge brackets. I'm a giver. I want to wow people. I regard the generous pledges by backers as genuine gestures of an entrepreneurial investment. The rewards need to make backers proud they supported me. The rewards are initially set so as to not over promise. But if I am pledged over-goal, I can't imagine anyone complaining about receiving more or having increased options!
I will be consuming my opportunity with oil painting, but I am not restricting myself to that or any one medium. If charcoal, ink etc. is taunting me into a raging urge for a sketch'a'thon for a few hours - I need to follow that path.
If I hit a creative block, I'll absolutely prompt backers' input!
- (20 days)