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I am raising a years worth of model fees for a Monday night drawing session that will be open to the public.
I am raising a years worth of model fees for a Monday night drawing session that will be open to the public.
60 backers pledged $2,942 to help bring this project to life.

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The preceding project video was previewed on my facebook page and one friend felt that I might come off as "too stiff" while the other thought it was "too silly". I decided not to change anything.  The observation that "the video ends a little abruptly" is spot on however.  

Art Class 105, 2012 - House and spray paint on paper - 12 x 9 inches
Art Class 105, 2012 - House and spray paint on paper - 12 x 9 inches

The idea is simple:  Free drawing sessions on Monday nights.

(As a point of clarification, a "drawing session" means a group of people sitting or standing around a central stage where a model is posing for predetermined increments of time.  From Wikipedia:  figure drawing is the study of the human form in its various shapes and body postures - sitting, standing or even sleeping. It is a study or stylized depiction of the human form, with the line and form of the human figure as the primary objective, rather than the subject person).

I am trying to raise the model's fee for a year's worth of drawing sessions.  These sessions will be held on Monday nights in Talent Oregon at the Atleier LaRose.  I intend to then have these sessions open to the public.

I chose Monday nights because not only do I teach drawing and painting on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Southern Oregon University, but Monday nights are the only nights that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is closed.  Monday nights are convenient for both the tourists and the locals. 

I chose 45 weeks out of the year (excluding 7 weeks for holidays and the unexpected) and multiplied that by $45 dollars ($15/hr for three hours) to come up with $2025.  

Anyone can draw.  Everyone should draw.

Your incentives for supporting this project are in the video and in the sidebar. But, just to make things extra clear, I will repeat everything below:

$30  Atelier LaRose Founding Membership (and all subsequent reward levels) = T-shirt

$50    The Still Life League = 6 x 6 inch gesture drawing in graphite on bristol paper of an inanimate object that you request.  Much like those found at this link.

$60    As a Gesture Society Groupie = a 9 x 12 graphite on bristol gestures from one of the drawing sessions of your choice (available images will be posted in a weekly updated flickr set).

$80    Team Tile Enthusiasts = 8 patrons who will get to pick from 16 of these paintings (link).

$100    An Atelier Advocate will be awarded personalized drawing instruction for 5 sessions (15 hours). 

$110   The Locals Special = 22 visits x $5 = $110 (that is half the sessions at half the cost, but you can come whenever you like!)

$150  The Barely Comprehensible Realm Club = a painting from this set. (Availability updates will be posted).

$200  An Extended Gesture Abettor = pick from this growing set.


$400  The Photographic Fellowship  =  16 hours on a 16 x 20 painting of any photograph that you send me.


$800  Figure Study Franchise = 48 x 32 painting based on one of the drawing sessions from this year, for example:

$1600    The Dead Flat Elite = If you are that one in a billion person, we would both get a deal if you fancied something from this set.

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    Because of the number of people making pledges below $30 and willingly foregoing a reward, I've decided to introduce a new category. At $15 you will receive a limited edition postcard. (See updates for the image).

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    NEW! LAST MINUTE ADDITION!

    Backers who pledge $25 will receive a limited edition print of "Accordion". (See the "updates" section for the image). This was a single page from my first comic/art/chap book back in the early nineties.

    I will clean it up a bit, add some grays in Photoshop, and sign and number 20 of them.

    (image is 11 x 8.5) (no t-shirt)

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    Become a founding member and take your first step towards a rewarding career as a patron of the arts. Your "Atelier LaRose Founding Membership" will entitle you to a stylish black t-shirt emblazoned with our modern and cultish logo.

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    Associates of the "Still Life League" will receive a 6 x 6 inch gesture drawing in graphite on bristol paper of an inanimate object that you request. As well as a t-shirt.

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    One of a kind giclee print of a painting I did of Lithia Park. See the third update for the image. It is 8 x 10 inches printed with Piezo print technology and Epson Ultrachrome Pigments on creamy white fine art paper

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    As a "Gesture Society Groupie" your T-shirt will include one of my 9 x 12 graphite on bristol gestures from one of the drawing sessions of your choice (available images will be posted in a weekly updated flickr set)

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    "Team Tile Enthusiasts" are a select group of 8 patrons who will get to pick from 16 of these small and yet loaded biomorphic tile-like paintings to go with their t-shirt

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    An "Atelier Advocate" will be awarded personalized drawing instruction for 5 sessions (15 hours). (T-shirt included).

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    Sign up for the "Locals Special" and bask in the knowledge that you will be receiving the equivalent half off. Simply the right thing to do if you plan on attending drawing sessions this year. 22 visits x $5 = $110 (that is half the sessions at half the cost, but you can come whenever you like!) Plus a t-shirt.

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    Join "The Barely Comprehensible Realm Club": I am willing to part with five of these 6 x 7 paintings. First come, first served, but only five will go. (plus the t-shirt).

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    "Memory of Twin Lakes" 1998
    Polyurethane and acrylic on wood, 11 x 11"
    See update #4 for the image.
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    These original 12 x 9 images are painted with house and spray paint and are offered to those who want to become an "Extended Gesture Abettor": (available images will be posted weekly on a flickr site)

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    I will spend over 16 hours on a 16 x 20 painting of any photograph that you send me if you are willing to join "The Photographic Fellowship".

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    Choose between two paintings by Gabriel Mark Lipper. See update number three for images. These are original framed oil paintings. (T-shirt included).

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    Start your own "Figure Study Franchise" with a 48 x 32 painting based on one of the drawing sessions from this year.

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    The Dead Flat Elite: First come, first served.

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