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In August I plan to spend three weeks visiting caves in Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee to gather images for a large series of work.
In August I plan to spend three weeks visiting caves in Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee to gather images for a large series of work.
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In August I will spend three weeks visiting show caves in Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee.  While inside the caves I will take hundreds of digital as well as black and white film photographs and lots of video documentation.  I will reference these images to make paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, and sculptures when I return.  This will be an ongoing series expected to last a few years or more and I am expecting to make some large paintings - 4 x 6 feet and larger.  Right now I am at the beginning  and am collecting source material.

I have never been to Missouri or Arkansas and am excited to visit.  Caves I plan to see in Missouri are Meremac Caverns, Fantastic Caverns, Bridal Cave, Cathedral Cave, Jacob's Cave, Onandaga Cave, Round Spring Caverns, Talking Rocks Cavern, Mark Twain Cave, Cameron Cave, and maybe Truitt's Cave if I can meet the owner as it is now closed.  In Arkansas I plan to see Cosmic Cavern, Bull Shoals Caverns, Hurricane River Cave, Mystic Caverns, Onyx Cave, War Eagle Cavern, and maybe the Old Spanish Treasure Cave.  Finally in Tennessee I plan to visit Cumberland Caverns, Forbidden Caverns,Tuckaleechee Caverns, Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and maybe Lost Sea.  Several caves offer wild tours where you do real caving and I may do that as well.  If you have any suggestions or know of any non show caves please let me know.

Recently I joined the National Speleological Society and will be at the conference in Lewisburg, West Virginia where I will meet cavers from all over the world and will visit some non show caves (no colored lights or gnomes).  I also joined the Central Connecticut Grotto which is a local chapter of the NSS.  With members from this group I visited my first non show cave in May.

The funds I require will pay for my gas, food, lodging, cave tours (average is about $15), gift shop purchases, film, and other expenses while on the road.  Mostly I plan to camp and will stay in motels occasionally.  Below are examples of what you can get for various pledge amounts.

Examples of postcards for a $12 and $25 pledge (before hand coloring)

Examples of vintage postcards I colored for a $25 pledge.
Examples of vintage postcards I colored for a $25 pledge.
Examples of vintage postcards I colored for a $25 pledge.
Examples of vintage postcards I colored for a $25 pledge.
The oversized postcard for a $40 pledge.
The oversized postcard for a $40 pledge.
The back side of the oversized postcard that I will draw on for a $40 pledge.
The back side of the oversized postcard that I will draw on for a $40 pledge.
An example of a photograph I took and hand colored for a $50 pledge.
An example of a photograph I took and hand colored for a $50 pledge.
Examples of photographs I took and hand colored for a $50 pledge.
Examples of photographs I took and hand colored for a $50 pledge.
Examples of recent drawings with watercolors to give an idea of what the $100 pledge may look like.
Examples of recent drawings with watercolors to give an idea of what the $100 pledge may look like.
An example of an 8 x 10 inch photograph I took last summer and printed using traditional dark room techniques.  The photographs I make after my trip will be hand colored for a $125 pledge.
An example of an 8 x 10 inch photograph I took last summer and printed using traditional dark room techniques. The photographs I make after my trip will be hand colored for a $125 pledge.
An example of an 8 x 10 inch photograph I took last summer and printed using traditional dark room techniques. The photographs I make after my trip will be hand colored for a $125 pledge.
An example of an 8 x 10 inch photograph I took last summer and printed using traditional dark room techniques. The photographs I make after my trip will be hand colored for a $125 pledge.
An example of an 8 x 10 inch photograph I took last summer and printed using traditional dark room techniques. The photographs I make after my trip will be hand colored for a $125 pledge.
An example of an 8 x 10 inch photograph I took last summer and printed using traditional dark room techniques. The photographs I make after my trip will be hand colored for a $125 pledge.
An example of a recent 16 x 20 inch painting I made.  Paintings this size are for a $300 pledge.
An example of a recent 16 x 20 inch painting I made. Paintings this size are for a $300 pledge.
An example of a recent 16 x 20 inch painting I made.  Paintings this size are for a $300 pledge.
An example of a recent 16 x 20 inch painting I made. Paintings this size are for a $300 pledge.

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    A personal thank you email with photos from my trip.

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    A personalized vintage cave postcard sent during my trip. These postcards from my collection are from the 1920's to the 1960's.

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    A personalized vintage black and white cave postcard hand colored by me with photo retouching inks sent during my trip. These postcards from my collection are from the 1920's to the 1940's. These are one of a kind, no two are the same and will be signed and dated.

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    A vintage oversized 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch cave postcard with a colored pencil drawing on the back based on a photo I will take durin my trip. These are limited to 20 and will be numbered, signed, and dated. This will be mailed in an envelope to protect it when I return.

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    A 4 x 6 inch black and white photo that I will take during my trip. I will hand color with photo retouching inks, sign, and date them. Each will be unique as I will not use the same image twice. This will be mailed in an envelope to protect it when I return.

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    An 11 x 14 inch colored pencil drawing based on a photo that I will take during my trip. Each one will be signed and dated and each will be unique as I will not use the same image twice. This will be mailed in an envelope to protect it when I return.

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    A 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inch pronto plate print made with oil based ink on watercolor paper. This will be a drawn image printed in one color based on a photo that I will take during my trip. I will then hand color it in various colors with watercolor. Each one will be unique as I will not color any two the same way. This will be signed and dated. I will mail it in an envelope to protect it when I return.

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    An 8 x 10 inch black and white photo that I will take during my trip. I will personally print them using traditional dark room techniques and hand color and sign them and each will be uniquely colored. This will be mailed in an envelope to protect it when I return.

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    An 11 x 14 inch acrylic painting on canvas based on a photo I will take during my trip. Each will be unique and no image will be used more than once. This will be shipped in a box. Shipping outside of the US will be an additional cost of $25.

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    A 16 x 20 inch acrylic painting on canvas based on a photo I will take during my trip. Each will be unique and no image will be used more than once. This will be shipped in a box. Shipping outside of the US will be an additional cost of $35.

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    A 30 x 40 inch acrylic painting on canvas based on a photo I will take during my trip. Each will be unique and no image will be used more than once. This will be shipped in a box. Shipping outside of the US will be an additional cost of $75.

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