The video above shows what I love - welcome to my world of wild waves!
Now, I am offering 100 new paintings, drawings, prints and ten art books about ocean waves. I LOVE ocean surf, and am fascinated by how waves shape our beaches. I can't get enough of that energy, and I want to continue sharing it.
Below are my story behind this project, the 100 wave images (and more!) that I'm offering, plus a video of a demo and studio tour.
My fascination with waves started while I was growing up on the Southern California coast in the 1950s and '60s. The beach was two blocks away, and I loved to walk along the tide line and watch the waves crash and surge up the beach. (I still do!)
As a kid, I was amazed how quickly the beach near our house was changed by the surf, with some help from the US Army Corps of Engineers. They had built a long jetty to protect a harbor, and within a few years, our nearby beach had washed out. At the time, no one knew that beaches actually move with the shoreline currents. Every wave that comes in moves some sand to the left or right. If you block the moving sand, like a jetty does, the down-current side loses its beach! Oceanfront cottages nearby were eventually left hanging out over the surf!
That experience hooked me on waves and their power. Below is probably my first attempt at drawing storm surf.
I've been at it ever since...
My artwork expresses my passion, as shown by these recently completed works...
I have just completed this drawing, "Crash and Flow", below, which I'm offering as an oversize postcard for a $20 pledge.
Why this campaign...
To do my best work I must travel to the Pacific coast to sketch and photograph waves, and to simply watch their movement. The surf is often "flat" and the weather cloudy, so a lot of time, sometimes weeks at a time, is needed. The West Coast is where I find my strongest inspiration, often from those California beaches I first experienced.
I'm also passionate about beaches. Sandy beaches are probably the most-enjoyed natural features on our planet. We love to play and relax on the beach! As part of my work, I want to share my concern about how shoreline construction, and the possibility of rising sea levels are threatening beaches worldwide.
And now this story...
In 1964, our in-law relatives invited my mother and me to stay at their place on the northern California coast. Our living space had only one bedroom, so my grandfather and I built a backyard bedroom to live in while attending my junior year in high school. I was 16, and it was an amazing learning experience, to say the least.
This year, I have been given the opportunity to fix up the same bedroom-shelter, which had mostly been a storage room for the last 50 years! The current owners have offered to allow me to to use the room for several weeks every year in trade for my fixing it up as a self-contained studio-guest house.
What a strange deja-vu experience, and what a wonderful opportunity!
The place is situated on the Humboldt Coast near Arcata, California, and is only a bike ride from the beaches I visit most frequently. This "outpost studio" will help me create even better ocean-surf art, by allowing me a much-needed base camp. I plan to start remodeling the room this coming June.
To help fund the road trip (2500 miles one-way from Wisconsin), meals and temporary lodging costs, I am offering a whole new series of original mini-watercolors, a special print edition and original paintings and drawings, all adding up to 100 waves!
If you like my waves, you'll love the prints, the paintings, and these watercolors, which were newly created for this campaign.
Here are the rewards...
Many of these items are one-of-a-kind original paintings and drawings, so don't hesitate to pledge! Simply click on the reward level you would like to select, on the side bar at right.
Also, for your help on any level, I'll send you updates, with pictures, sharing the progress of this tiny house/studio project!
For your pledge of $15 or more, I'll send you a link to download several of the wave images shown in this campaign, with my thanks! Use these for your screensaver or print them out for your own use. Every pledge level will receive this PDF.
For your pledge of $20 or more, I will mail you an oversized postcard of "Crash and Flow" (graphite drawing shown above), plus another surprise thank-you item of my artwork. This with my humble thanks for supporting this project!
To raise awareness about the fragility of our beaches, I'm including in this campaign hand-assembled samples of beach sand from Huntington Beach, California, the surf capitol of the world. On the back of each sample's tag is a reminder that Huntington's actual beach may not be there forever!
This reward contains over 300 waves!
In case you haven't seen my art book, An Artist's Journey to Nevermore, I'm offering ten more signed copies for those who missed out on the first offering. With 370 pictures, the book tells the story of why I do this ocean imagery. 81/2" by 11", 200 pages, full color throughout, softbound.
I have created three new archival print editions exclusively for this campaign. These 8" by 10" digital reproductions of my original work will be shipped to you mounted on an 11" by 14" matboard with a foam-core backing, in clear plastic, as shown here.
For a $75 or more pledge, you will receive a print from the drawing "Backwash Impact". This 8" by 10" image will be printed on archival matte paper, in a limited edition of 25 signed copies.
For $75 you'll receive an archival print from the painting "Windblown". This 8" by 10" image will be printed on archival matte paper, in a limited edition of 25 signed copies.
For $75 you'll receive the archival print titled "Distant Squalls". This 10" high by 8" wide image will be printed on archival matte paper, in a limited edition of 25 signed copies.
These one-of-a-kind watercolors are painted on 7" by 11" rag paper sheets, and then mounted on an 11" by 14" matboard, with a foam-core backing and wrapped in clear plastic, as shown here.
For $180 (a good deal!) you'll receive the original 6" by 4" watercolor "View from the Sea Cave", painted especially for this 100 Waves campaign.
For $180 you'll receive the original 4" by 6" watercolor "Surfside Shorebreak", painted especially for this 100 Waves campaign.
For $180 you'll receive the original 4" by 6" watercolor "Quiet Afternoon", painted especially for this 100 Waves campaign.
For $180 you'll receive the original 4" by 6" watercolor "Backwash Peaks", painted especially for this 100 Waves campaign.
For $180 you'll receive the original 4" by 6" watercolor "Backwash Chop", painted especially for this 100 Waves campaign.
For $180 you'll receive the original 4" by 6" watercolor "Whoomp", painted especially for this 100 Waves campaign.
For $200 (still a good deal!) you'll receive the original 4" by 10" double watercolor "Big One Rolling By", painted especially for this 100 Waves campaign.
For $200 you'll receive this (bigger) 5" by 9" watercolor "Makaha Shorebreak", painted especially for this 100 Waves campaign.
For $200 you'll receive this (bigger) 5" by 9" watercolor "Clearing Up", painted especially for this 100 Waves campaign.
For $200 you'll receive this (bigger) 5" by 9" watercolor "Spindrift", painted especially for this 100 Waves campaign.
FRAMED ORIGINAL DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS
I have set aside these framed originals especially for this campaign.
For a pledge of $450 you'll receive this original 9" by 12" framed acrylic on panel, "Soft Wave".
For a pledge of $600 you'll receive this original 12" by 14" (image size) framed watercolor, "Surf in the Afterglow".
For a pledge of $900 you'll receive this original 9" by 12" framed acrylic on panel, "An Afternoon with a Few Birds".
For a pledge of $2400 you'll receive this original 22" by 30" (image size) framed graphite drawing, "Sublime Surf".
For a pledge of $3500 you'll receive this original 30" high by over 80" wide double painting, "The Spirit of Winter Surf".
"Spirit of Winter Surf" details...
Here is a short demo and a tour of my studio.
To see more of my artwork, please go to www.oceansanddreams.com.
Thank you! --Lee (Rusty) Mothes
Risks and challenges
The original watercolors, paintings, drawings and other unique items I am offering are on hand in my studio. All rewards will be shipped in sturdy boxes. All framed originals will be shipped in Strongbox Airfloat System shipper boxes, the best available!
If you would like more pictures or information about the original works of art offered here, I'll be happy to oblige. Use the comment box or E-mail me at email@example.com.
The printed editions will likely be delivered to me before this campaign ends. Regardless, I'm being cautious in my dates-of-delivery, so you'll likely receive your reward before the promised month.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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