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Sparkill, NY Painting
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$75.00 & $100.00 Pledges: Oil Nature Study. Size depends on pledge amount. (Example is a chicken portrait.)
$75.00 & $100.00 Pledges: Oil Nature Study. Size depends on pledge amount. (Example is a chicken portrait.)

I have been awarded an opportunity to go to the Vytlacil Artist-in-Residence Program in Sparkhill, NY this October. 

I am so thrilled to get a chance to spend the time out of the city and make art. I went to the same residency this past May and it was my first experience at an artist residency...it was incredible!  I was surrounded by artists from all around the world, and friendly, eager staff who were very helpful and welcoming. The grounds were beautiful, with wooded areas, flower gardens, rustic buildings, and plenty of animals…including the flock of free-range Vytlacil chickens, or “Vyt-Chicks” as they are called. (I did just make that up.) 

The peace of the environment, combined with the pleasant social experiences I shared with the people (and chickens) at Vyt, provided me with a unique experience that I don’t think exists anywhere else…I gained a new, positive outlook on making art and living. My residency experience instilled a new confidence in my abilities as an artist, and a new dedication to focusing my energy on being a full-time artist. Being in an environment without the distractions of my daily routine allows me to focus completely on my art, and allows me to be more creative and more productive. 

I also discovered how awesome chickens are, and how I LOVE to paint them. Unfortunately, I didn't really discover that I had a knack for painting chickens until the end of the residency. I am excited to go back to Vytlacil this October to do a series of nature studies, and focus more on my chicken portraits, as well as at least one large portrait. This Kickstarter Project is to help me cover the cost of supplies while I am away in October. I need paint! My goal of the project is to be able to get the colors I would need to accomplish the goal of the residency: I want to focus more on painting from nature, studying patterns in nature, and thinking about how I can use these patterns in my work. I want to focus on the colors and shapes in nature, as well as visual textures that are created by the patterns.

This is a wonderful and exciting opportunity, and I appreciate your time and support!

Reward Examples:

$10.00 Pledge: Wisecracking Chicken Illustration.
$10.00 Pledge: Wisecracking Chicken Illustration.
$15.00 Pledge: Graphite Drawing. (Example is a chicken portrait.)
$15.00 Pledge: Graphite Drawing. (Example is a chicken portrait.)
$15.00 Pledge: Graphite Drawing. (Example is a chicken portrait.)
$15.00 Pledge: Graphite Drawing. (Example is a chicken portrait.)
$20.00 Pledge: Gouache Nature Study. (Example is a landscape.)
$20.00 Pledge: Gouache Nature Study. (Example is a landscape.)
$20.00 Pledge: Gouache Nature Study. (Example is a landscape.)
$20.00 Pledge: Gouache Nature Study. (Example is a landscape.)
$20.00 Pledge: Gouache Nature Study. (Example is a chicken portrait.)
$20.00 Pledge: Gouache Nature Study. (Example is a chicken portrait.)
$20.00 Pledge: Gouache Nature Study. (Example is a chicken portrait.)
$20.00 Pledge: Gouache Nature Study. (Example is a chicken portrait.)
$35.00 & $50.00 Pledges: Acrylic Nature Study. Size depends on pledge amount. (Example is a foliage study.)
$35.00 & $50.00 Pledges: Acrylic Nature Study. Size depends on pledge amount. (Example is a foliage study.)
$35.00 & $50.00 Pledges: Acrylic Nature Study. Size depends on pledge amount. (Example is a foliage study.)
$35.00 & $50.00 Pledges: Acrylic Nature Study. Size depends on pledge amount. (Example is a foliage study.)
$75.00 & $100.00 Pledges: Oil Nature Study. Size depends on pledge amount. (Example is a landscape.)
$75.00 & $100.00 Pledges: Oil Nature Study. Size depends on pledge amount. (Example is a landscape.)
$75.00 & $100.00 Pledges: Oil Nature Study. Size depends on pledge amount. (Example is a landscape.)
$75.00 & $100.00 Pledges: Oil Nature Study. Size depends on pledge amount. (Example is a landscape.)
$75.00 & $100.00 Pledges: Oil Nature Study. Size depends on pledge amount. (Example is a foliage study.)
$75.00 & $100.00 Pledges: Oil Nature Study. Size depends on pledge amount. (Example is a foliage study.)
$150.00 Pledge: Personalized Graphite Portrait.
$150.00 Pledge: Personalized Graphite Portrait.
$200.00 Personalized Ink, Gouache, and Watercolor Portrait.
$200.00 Personalized Ink, Gouache, and Watercolor Portrait.
$300.00, $500.00, $750.00, & $1000.00 Pledges: Personalized Oil Portrait. Size depends on pledge amount.
$300.00, $500.00, $750.00, & $1000.00 Pledges: Personalized Oil Portrait. Size depends on pledge amount.
$300.00, $500.00, $750.00, & $1000.00 Pledges: Personalized Oil Portrait. Size depends on pledge amount.
$300.00, $500.00, $750.00, & $1000.00 Pledges: Personalized Oil Portrait. Size depends on pledge amount.
$300.00, $500.00, $750.00, & $1000.00 Pledges: Personalized Oil Portrait. Size depends on pledge amount.
$300.00, $500.00, $750.00, & $1000.00 Pledges: Personalized Oil Portrait. Size depends on pledge amount.
$300.00, $500.00, $750.00, & $1000.00 Pledges: Personalized Oil Portrait. Size depends on pledge amount.
$300.00, $500.00, $750.00, & $1000.00 Pledges: Personalized Oil Portrait. Size depends on pledge amount.

Risks and challenges

One immediate challenge of this project is getting everything coordinated in time. I just received the residency, and it is a three weeks away. I have to be very organized about getting materials, packing, and settling my affairs in the city. Luckily, I am still mostly packed from May, and know the ropes, so I feel certain that when the funding comes through, I will be able to get everything taken care of in a timely fashion.

The biggest challenge, I fear, is getting the chickens to hold still while I paint them. I'll be working on that and will keep you updated!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    1 backer

    You will receive a handwritten thankyou note and the ability to end any argument with, "Yeah, well I'm a patron of the arts."

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  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    11 backers

    Additionally, you will receive a wisecracking chicken illustration, 4x6", completed during the residency.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    2 backers

    Additionally, you'll receive an additional original graphite nature sketch (landscape, foliage study, or chicken portrait, your choice) on paper, 8x10", completed during the residency.

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    Pledge $20 or more

    13 backers

    You will receive an additional original gouache or ink nature sketch (landscape, foliage study, or chicken portrait, your choice) on watercolor paper, 6x8", completed during the residency.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    9 backers

    You will receive an additional original acrylic nature sketch (landscape, foliage study, or chicken portrait, your choice) on watercolor paper, 6x8", completed during the residency.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    7 backers

    You will receive an additional original acrylic nature study (landscape, foliage study, or chicken portrait, your choice) on stretched canvas, 8x10", completed during the residency.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    7 backers

    You will receive an additional oil nature study (landscape, foliage study, or chicken portrait, your choice) on a stretched canvas, 8x10", completed during the residency.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    4 backers

    You will receive an additional oil nature study (landscape, foliage study, or chicken portrait, your choice) on a stretched canvas, 9x12", completed while at the residency.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    1 backer

    You'll receive all previously listed awards except for the Pledge $100 award. Instead, you'll receive an original graphite portrait, life sized and cropped if necessary, of a pet or family member on paper, 12x16", drawn from a photo of your choice to be completed at your convenience.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    2 backers

    You'll receive all previously listed awards except for the Pledge $100 and the Pledge $150 awards. Instead, you'll receive an original ink, gouache, and watercolor portrait, life sized and cropped if necessary, of a pet or family member on stretched canvas, 12x16", painted from a photo of your choice to be completed at your convenience.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $300 or more

    1 backer

    You'll receive all previously listed awards except for the Pledge $100, the Pledge $150, and the Pledge $200 awards. Instead, you'll receive an original oil portrait, life sized and cropped if necessary, of a pet or family member on stretched canvas, 12x16", painted from a photo of your choice to be completed at your convenience.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers

    You'll receive all previously listed awards except for the Pledge $100, the Pledge $150, the Pledge $200, and the Pledge $300 awards. Instead you'll receive an original oil portrait, life sized and cropped if necessary, of a pet or family member on stretched canvas, 16x20", painted from a photo of your choice to be completed at your convenience.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $750 or more

    0 backers

    You'll receive all previously listed awards except for the Pledge $100, the Pledge $150, the Pledge $200, the Pledge $300, and the Pledge $500 awards. Instead, you will receive a 20x24" original oil portrait on stretched canvas, of a pet or family member, from a photo of your choice to be completed at your convenience.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers

    You'll receive all previously listed awards except for the Pledge $100, the Pledge $150, the Pledge $200, the Pledge $300, the Pledge $500, and the Pledge $750 awards. Instead, you will receive a 24x36" original oil portrait on stretched canvas, of a pet or family member, from a photo of your choice or at a sitting in my studio in Brooklyn or at another location in the New York area, to be completed at your convenience.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

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