Giants & Pilgrims is a marriage of Art and Music.
My wife Betony is an incredible artist who makes these vibrant paintings and I’m a musician and have been writing songs since I was 10 years old. Together we find these themes and ideas we feel drawn to and Betony will create an art series and I’ll record an album and the works are companion with each other.
It's really so good to be able to create work you find moving with your best friend.
Our newest work to be released this year is called Bellwether.
The word bellwether is an old shepherding term. It refers to the one sheep in the flock that was a little bit more obnoxious and aggressive than the others, and the Shepherd would put a bell around it's neck so he would know this sheep's whereabouts. And this also helped the shepherd as others in the flock would find new pastures by the bellwether’s hungry searching.
This felt like an appropriate title for Betony and I’s new art and music project. Because for this venture we are exploring belief.
We’re asking ourselves the big questions like, What DO we believe? What do we want to pass along to our children? What are ways we approach and live in the divine?
In the process of this project we’ve found ourselves enjoying the depths of the fields we've been given, but also chasing bellwethers; jumping some fences and finding new ground. The end goal, of course, to find places of peace and truth, satisfying the eager soul.
For the Art series portion of this project, Betony will be exploring religious archetypes. Within literature and even movies you find these scenes that depict what you’d call the baptism scene or a resurrection scene or a calling. In collage and acrylics she's going to be depicting her own narrative and story within those religious archetypes.
For the music portion this album is actually going to be happening in three movements to be released over the year: Cathedrals, Tables, and Dark Fields. In searching for the sacred I believe these are great metaphors of resonant places we happen upon. Cathedrals are those spaces that we step into and it takes our breath away. We are in awe at the wonder and majesty of it all. Think of the Grand Canyon or becoming a parent for the first time. Then there there's the table in which we realize how holy and wonderful the common, every day occurrences can be. Have you ever sat around the table with family and friends and just been completely at peace in the moment? The last movement, Dark Fields, will be songs that embody feeling alone in the big empty. I see this as a sacred space too. It's in those struggles we find ourselves growing more than we realized possible.
So, a painting series and an album of 3 movements: Cathedrals, Tables, and Dark Fields. This will be Bellwether: a searching of the sacred space.
We’re doing this Kickstarter because creating good art costs money. We could do this all out of pocket and release the project in the red with a big marketing campaign and our fingers crossed. But it seems so much wiser to ask those of you who’ve found resonance in our art; those of you who trust us in what we create, for basically a pre-sale. With your early purchase of Bellwether you’re insuring we are able open this project to the public on great footing.
As always, thank you for letting us be a part of your experience. And thanks for your support.
Pictures of Rewards
Bellwether Limited Edition Art Prints:
A. Wonders & Ladders
B. House with Many Rooms
C. The Woods
Silkscreen print "Empty"
Silkscreen Print "Balm in Gilead"
Silkscreen print "Ponder Anew"
Risks and challenges
We are a couple who creates art & music together. So the risk & challenge with that lies mainly with our 4 kids. We set timelines for ourselves and feel good about our deadlines. But if one of our kids breaks a leg or gets long-term sick that will effect not the completion of the project, but the project's completion date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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