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My Kickstarter project is the printing of a catalog to document a series of new works of art.

Playing with Pastels

Who is this guy?

I am an artist and craftsman living in Oceanside, California.  I have been making art in one form or another since I was a kid.  I love to create with my hands but after a period of time using the same materials and techniques, I get the urge to explore new avenues of creativity. 

In junior high school I started taking pictures at the car races.  In high school I began drawing cars with pen and ink.  I was fortunate to have some of my drawings published in Road & Track and other car magazines.  In 1995 I felt an urgency to direct my art focus to the ocean and working with color.  I started experimenting with watercolor and found that painting water with water was very rewarding.  Next I developed an interest in printmaking and began carving linoleum and wood blocks.  At a certain point I felt a need to paint on canvas, first with acrylic and then a couple of years later with oil.  I would bounce back and forth between mediums when I felt like it was time for a change.  One constant has been photography, especially black and white photography. I find the contrast reminiscent of my early work with pen and ink.  

I took a leave of absence from painting for awhile, not completely but almost. I went back to something I had not done since I was in college.  I made surfboards again but this time they were made with wood.  Beautiful pieces of functional art.  I also started shaping with foam and really got into the glassing process with abstract resin tints.  This has been very satisfying.

I guess to sum things up, I just really enjoy learning and experimenting with new materials and techniques, and being creative.

In 2011, I came across a box of cheap pastels and a piece of black paper.  A new challenge, a new set of rules to break.   I love the feel of pastels.  I like holding pure pigment in my hand, pushing it around the paper and building up the layers until I get the result I am looking for.  The multitude of hard and soft pastels available, create different textures, bold and subtle accents and produce various tactile feelings when stroked across the textured paper.  Pastels are all about color.  The layers of rich color can be brilliant and bold or subtle and translucent.  The fact that pastel pigments are the purest and longest lasting of any medium is the icing on the cake.

So what's the project?

My Kickstarter project is the printing of a catalog to document this period of my art development.  The catalog will showcase 20 new pastel paintings that represent a new spark of creativity for me.  Your contributions will help fund the printing of this catalog.  I have struggled through learning the Adobe InDesign program enough to do the layout.  It is almost complete.  Now I need your help to pull it all together and make the catalog a reality.  Any funds generated beyond my goal will go towards printing more catalogs and art framing costs. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.


So what's in it for me?

First off, if you feel an urge to contribute to my project, you will receive my thanks for helping me to grow.  You will not only be helping me but you will be supporting the arts in general at a time when they need our support.  In addition I have put together some cool rewards that I hope you will enjoy.  You will also have a warm feeling in your heart for helping and supporting the Kickstarter community.  Thanks for your interest.

Bob Merson

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    A sincere thank you for your interest in my art and for supporting my creativity.

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    A big heartfelt thank you for your support and interest in being a part of my project and a copy of the catalog. Please add $4.00 for international shipping.

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    A signed catalog with a personalized thank you note for your support of my project. One 8" x 10" signed archival print of your choice from the catalog. Please add $5.00 for international shipping.

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    A signed catalog with a personalized thank you note for your support of my project. One 11" x 14" signed archival print of your choice from the catalog. Please add $7.00 for international shipping.

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    A signed catalog with a personalized thank you note for your support of my project. One 11" x 14" signed archival print of your choice from the catalog. One original signed pastel painting framed 11" x 14". Hurry for first choice. Please add $15.00 for international shipping.

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