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A road trip from San Diego to Seattle in a VW Bus stopping everyday to paint the natural beauty of the west coast.
A road trip from San Diego to Seattle in a VW Bus stopping everyday to paint the natural beauty of the west coast.
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Goal:  This road trip up the West Coast will span from mid-June to the beginning of September, although ideally, it will be longer--the more support I receive, the more freedom I will have to take detours and create more art. This will be my largest artistic endeavor to date and it will further develop my style and build my portfolio.  

Plein Air: Plein air is a french term meaning "open air," and in the art world it has come to represent painting outdoors. Working outside the comforts of a studio can be difficult; however, it has only ever stretched my abilities as an artist and is a style that I have become increasingly passionate about. Nothing can compare to the natural lighting and beauty of the outdoors, and this is what I hope to capture on my journey.  

Funds: Funds raised on Kickstarter will be used to purchase the large amount of art supplies necessary to complete my goals. Paint, canvas, brushes, palettes, watercolors, India ink, watercolor paper, pens, tape, brush cleaner, and postage will make up the majority of my expenses. 

Vehicle: On this trip I will be driving my 1978 Classic VW Bus. Her name is Lucy and I've been driving her for three years. She features the original camper interior and includes a pullout bed, sink, ice box, and plenty of cabinet space. The engine is completely rebuilt, it has a new transmission and is ready for the long road.

Rewards: Seeing as this is a rather large undertaking it's important to me that my Backers receive worthwhile incentives. Other than the $5 printed postcard, all rewards will be one of a kind original plein air paintings created on the road. This is a wonderful way for those interested in my art to receive several pieces at a fraction of my usual rates and, more importantly, this is a great opportunity for me to share my interpretation of the west coast with you. 

Example: hand made ink/watercolor postcard.
Example: hand made ink/watercolor postcard.
example: Acrylic Painting
example: Acrylic Painting

                                     Thank you so much!

A special thank you to my family for their continued support, my friends for their encouragement and inspiration, Alec Jenkins for his camera operating skills, and to my good friend Josh Pudleiner for letting me use his beautiful music.     

Risks and challenges

There are many risks involved with a road trip, but none of them involve my art. The biggest potential concern would be the condition of my vehicle, but as I said before, the van is in excellent running condition and I don't anticipate any trouble. As for my own stamina, I have been working as a delivery driver for the last nine months, so I am accustomed to driving eight hours a day. I have premium insurance which will tow me over 100 miles, and I can afford to make any repairs that may arise on the course of the trip.

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    #1: My gratitude and your name written on the inside of my VW Bus.

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    #2: Reward #1 and a printed postcard with a personal thank you note.

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    #3: Reward #1-2 and a handmade watercolor and ink postcard shipped to you from one of the many stops along my journey.

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    #4: Rewards #1-3 and a small (5-7") acrylic Plein Air Painting.

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    #5: Rewards #1-3 and a medium (8-10") sized acrylic Plein Air painting.

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    #6: Rewards #1-3 and a larger (7-14") acrylic painting.

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    #7: Rewards #1-5: Your name written on my van, one printed postcard, one hand painted postcard, small and medium acrylic paintings.

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    #8: Rewards #1-6: Your name written on my van, both postcards and all three sized paintings.

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    #9: Rewards #1-3 and an extra large (12-36") sized Plein Air acrylic painting.

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    #10: All of the above! Your name on my van, two postcards and all four sized acrylic paintings!

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    #11: Everything included in reward #10 plus one 18-24" painting.

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