Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Enjoy Lee's new art book, and follow his long winding road. "Journey to Nevermore" describes Lee's early experiences with the ocean, growing up on the California coast, and the evolution of his artwork from the the 1950s to the present.
Enjoy Lee's new art book, and follow his long winding road. "Journey to Nevermore" describes Lee's early experiences with the ocean, growing up on the California coast, and the evolution of his artwork from the the 1950s to the present.
70 backers pledged $6,452 to help bring this project to life.
Last updated

About

An Artist's Journey to Nevermore project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

An Artist's Journey to Nevermore

$6,452

70

Hi, my name is Lee Mothes.   

I have painted and drawn imaginary places all my life, and now I want to share it all in my new book, An Artist's Journey to Nevermore. This is a full-color visual trip to places that are not quite real, a sojourn to my Coast of Nevermore, and to an imaginary island-nation.

The covers, front and back...
The covers, front and back...

Enjoy 350 drawings and paintings of beaches, quiet surf, angry surf, huge surf, before the hurricane, after the hurricane, beach houses, sand dunes, childhood disasters, Vietnam, dreams of storms, imaginary maps, and imaginary islands, and the story of how it all came to be.

Each page will be 8 1/2" high by 11" wide. Here are a few pages, laid out in two-page spreads:

"Road Trips" from "The Dream Coast" chapter.
"Road Trips" from "The Dream Coast" chapter.
Imaginary time-traveling...
Imaginary time-traveling...
Every child should be allowed to take off...
Every child should be allowed to take off...

These are some of the themes of my artwork, a 55-year retrospective. Most of the works were sold long ago but luckily I recorded them in photos and slides. Journey to Nevermore will take you to that sunny porch with a cup of coffee, to the beach out front, then on various road trips and walkabouts to places like The Coast of Nevermore and Roger's Dreamland.

In this illustrated narrative, I write about distractions such as the Vietnam War, alternative communities, and cosmic questions such as "Why am I doing art?". The book tells all.

Why I'm putting this on Kickstarter 

I felt it was time to assemble a retrospective art book for my collectors and friends, and when I heard about Kickstarter, I realized that I could produce a wonderful book and share my work as well. I'm also excited to bring my New Island Project out into the world by offering special rewards that will make owning Journey to Nevermore even more fun.

A large chapter is devoted to The Commonwealth of New Island, my 12,000 square-mile ongoing work of art. New Island is like any number of actual small countries, mapped in detail, with its own history, culture, and strange people, plus a dramatic landscape with many beaches. You'll probably enjoy exploring it! 

New Island viewed from 450 miles up!
New Island viewed from 450 miles up!

The New Island Project

In Journey to Nevermore, I talk about how the concept began, my part in it, and then share the island's history, culture today and what a few real people have been doing there. New Island will soon have it's own full-color guidebook - more on that in a few months! 

Also, New Island's news blog, The Putney Times, relates the latest news, articles and island gossip. New Island is interactive art: anyone may claim a piece of the island for an imaginary dream house or getaway place. 

Lots of Rewards:

To make it possible to publish Journey to Nevermore, I am offering several levels of cool rewards to go with the book, or just the book itself. If you order the book during this campaign, I'll have your name, at your request, printed on the Acknowledgments page, and I'll autograph your copy as well. I'll also pay for shipping within the US for all the rewards.

At the Window-Seat Flyover level ($5), You'll receive a special hand-written note on a picture post card from New Island, with my thanks! 

Post card with a note.
Post card with a note.

At the Visitor level ($15), You'll receive a large New Island color travel map, plus the note on the post card. I've opened the map so you'll see what it looks like. New Island's history and culture are described on the back.

The New Island map folded, and open.
The New Island map folded, and open.

At the 90-Day Tourist level ($25),You'll receive the New Island travel map, a steamer ticket to New Island from Fremantle, Western Australia, a 90-day railpass on New Island Railways, a genuine brass one-roger coin, two New Island postage stamps, three different picture post cards from New Island, plus the special post card. 

90-Day Tourist reward items.
90-Day Tourist reward items.

At the Art Book level ($45), You'll receive a signed copy of Journey to Nevermore. Travel through 55 years of my paintings and drawings, including the background story of New Island. You'll also receive the special post card. 

"Journey to Nevermore" and post card.
"Journey to Nevermore" and post card.

At the Art Book and a Map level ($49), You'll receive an autographed copy of Journey to Nevermore,  the New Island travel map, and the post card.

"Journey to Nevermore", the map and the post card.
"Journey to Nevermore", the map and the post card.

At the Art Book and New Island Traveler level ($75), You'll receive a signed copy of Journey to nevermore, the New Island travel map, tickets, postcards, plus a brass one-roger coin, two New Island postage stamps, a green card for an unlimited stay, and the special post card.

The art book, Traveler Package and the post card.
The art book, Traveler Package and the post card.

Art book, New Island Traveler and a Print: For a great combined price of $175, I am offering a signed copy of Journey to Nevermore, the New Island Traveler package, and a signed limited-edition print from one of my paintings. You may choose from Deep Water Waves, Sheryl's Dance or Journal from 1959. Your print will be shipped flat in a portfolio, with a certificate of authenticity.

"Journal from 1959", edition of 475, image size, 11" x 17", sheet size 14" x 20".
"Journal from 1959", edition of 475, image size, 11" x 17", sheet size 14" x 20".
"Sheryl's Dance", edition of 475, image size 11" x  15", sheet size 14" by 20".
"Sheryl's Dance", edition of 475, image size 11" x 15", sheet size 14" by 20".
"Deep Water Waves", edition of 475, image size 15" x 11", sheet size 20" by 14".
"Deep Water Waves", edition of 475, image size 15" x 11", sheet size 20" by 14".

At the Art Book, New Island Traveler and Three Prints level ($300), you'll receive the book, the New Island Traveler items and all three prints at a very good price. Your prints will be shipped flat in a portfolio, each with a certificate of authenticity. I'll also send you the special post card.

Art book, New Island Tour, and the prints.
Art book, New Island Tour, and the prints.

At the Art Book and a New Island Beach House level ($900), you'll receive a piece of New Island with an original watercolor of your own beach house. Included is a plat map with an aerial view of your location on the Putney Bay shore. You'll also receive a deed in your name (or someone you'd like to give it to), plus an 11" by 15" framed original watercolor of your beach house, specially painted for this campaign. This is in addition to the Journey to Nevermore book, the New Island Traveler items and the post card.

Art book, New Island beach house, and more.
Art book, New Island beach house, and more.
Detail of the house and the sailboat that comes with it.
Detail of the house and the sailboat that comes with it.

Or get the Art Book and Two Houses on New Island ($1100). You'll receive the plat map with an aerial view of your property (located just off the beach near Capetown), plus a deed in your name and this framed 11" by 15" watercolor of your cottages. This is in addition to the Journey to Nevermore book and the New Island Travel items.

The Art book, two houses on New Island, and more.
The Art book, two houses on New Island, and more.
Detail of one of the two houses in the painting.
Detail of one of the two houses in the painting.
The deed and plat map that describe each New Island property.
The deed and plat map that describe each New Island property.

The Art Book and a Watercolor ($1,800): If you desire one of the paintings I wrote about in Journey to Nevermore, I will send you an autographed copy of the book, the New Island Traveler package plus this 15" by 29" original watercolor, An Afternoon of Contemplation:

"An Afternoon of Contemplation", a watercolor shown in the "Interiors, Beaches and Dreams" Chapter. Image size: 15" x 29", framed size: 22" x 36".
"An Afternoon of Contemplation", a watercolor shown in the "Interiors, Beaches and Dreams" Chapter. Image size: 15" x 29", framed size: 22" x 36".

Or select the Art Book and a Large Painting ($3,000), and you will receive Journey to Nevermore, The New Island Traveler package, plus this original 24" by 36" acrylic painting, Winter Solstice. You'll also get the longest note of all on the post card!

"Winter Solstice", acrylic on canvas, 24" by 36", from the "Elemental Surf" chapter. Framed size 25" by 37".
"Winter Solstice", acrylic on canvas, 24" by 36", from the "Elemental Surf" chapter. Framed size 25" by 37".

Remember, these rewards are all priced with domestic shipping included!

Other Pictures from Journey to Nevermore...

Here are a few drawings and paintings that are in Journey to Nevermore, some I have never shown before: 

"Waves Hitting Surfside", a pencil drawing (1961) from the "Real World and My World" chapter.
"Waves Hitting Surfside", a pencil drawing (1961) from the "Real World and My World" chapter.
"Dancing on the Edge", a watercolor from the "Women" chapter.
"Dancing on the Edge", a watercolor from the "Women" chapter.
"The Day Before the Hurricane", a watercolor from the "Interiors, Beaches and Dreams" chapter.
"The Day Before the Hurricane", a watercolor from the "Interiors, Beaches and Dreams" chapter.
"The Lonely Road", a watercolor from "The Dream Coast" chapter.
"The Lonely Road", a watercolor from "The Dream Coast" chapter.
Original roger coin designs from the "New Island" chapter.
Original roger coin designs from the "New Island" chapter.
"Memories of Other Lifetimes", a watercolor on the back cover.
"Memories of Other Lifetimes", a watercolor on the back cover.

What people have said about my artwork:

"I just get so wrapped up sometimes in the my new life on New Island - there are days where I can smell the sea air...”  

 --Travelin' Gal  -  San Jose, California, USA

“This enchanted Commonwealth [of New Island], with its unique, rich, evolving history and its adventurous natives, has become my refuge at all times of year.  It is dream-like, a fantasy that invites and entraps me over and over.”

--Soltaire the Assembler  -  Wisconsin, USA

“[Your print] The Reading Porch hangs in the hallway outside of the ICU at the veterans hospital where I worked until I retired this past September. There were many times when the sadness of the day would get to me...that's when I would go to your picture and lose myself.  For a little while, I could walk in the sand, listen to the waves and imagine reading in that chair or just drink my coffee while I was mesmerized by the view. Your picture allowed me the time to regroup and go back in to care for the sick and dying.”

 -- Teresa Hollender, Oklahoma, USA

Please note: the "Houses on New Island" rewards do not involve real estate, real property or any real land. In other words, you can't actually go there, but you can certainly be there in your imagination! 

Risks and challenges

Here's how it works: When you pledge a dollar amount, Kickstarter, through Amazon.com, will accept your pledge-order and credit card information, but not charge you until the end of the campaign. If I don't raise my goal of $4,000, your information will be erased and you will be charged nothing!

At the close of my campaign, Kickstarter will immediately notify you whether your card will be charged or not. I will notify you via E-mail if there are any delays in the shipment of your book or any other items. Shipping costs within the US are included in the pledge amounts.

I have completed the writing and the compiling of about 340 pictures for "An Artist's Journey to Nevermore", and the book will be ready to send to the printer at the close of this campaign. I'll only need to add the names of the contributors from this campaign onto the acknowledgments page.

"Journey" will be printed in Ohio, USA by Bookmasters, Inc. The company has proven its ability to provide high quality printing and timely service to me in the past. I will order the printing when the book is funded, and I am doubling their estimated printing and shipping times, so the books should be in your hands on the promised dates. All of the other items will be ready to ship at the close of funding.

PLEASE NOTE: New Island is entirely a work of art and fiction, an imaginary place. Therefore, these rewards involve no real estate or real land.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Window-seat Flyover:
    You will receive a thank-you note on the back of a real (not electronic) postcard from New Island. At this level, and all levels henceforth, I will also include your name, if you wish, on the acknowledgments page in "Journey to Nevermore", with my thanks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Visitor:
    You will receive the note on a post card, plus a large full-color travel map of New Island, with my thanks. Your name will also be in the art book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    90-Day Tourist:
    You will receive the travel map of New Island, a steamship ticket to New Island from Fremantle, Western Australia, a 90-day railpass on New Island Railways, and three picture-postcards of places on New Island. Plus, I'll send you the hand-written note on a postcard!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    The "Journey to Nevermore" Art Book:
    Take a trip through 55 years of my beaches, waves, cottages and coastlines. You will receive an autographed copy of this new full-color art book, which contains a lengthy New Island chapter. I will also send you the special postcard, with my thanks!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    24 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $49 or more About $49

    The Art Book and the Map: You will receive an autographed copy of "Journey to Nevermore" and the New Island travel map. I'll also include the special postcard, with my thanks!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 15 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    The Art Book and New Island Traveler:
    You will receive a signed copy of "An Artist's Journey to Nevermore", plus the New Island travel map, tickets, postcards, a brass New Island roger coin, two New Island postage stamps, and a green card for an unlimited stay. I'll also send you the special postcard, all with my thanks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 11 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    TWO copies of the Art Book:
    You will receive two autographed copies of "An Artist's Journey to Nevermore" and the special postcard, all with my thanks!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    TWO copies of the Art Book and two maps:
    You will receive two autographed copies of "An Artist's Journey to Nevermore" and two New Island travel maps. I will also send you the special postcard, all with my thanks!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 6 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    THREE copies of the Art Book: You will receive three autographed copies of "An Artist's Journey to Nevermore" and the special postcard, all with my thanks!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $140 or more About $140

    Two copies of the Art Book and two Traveler packages:
    You will receive two autographed copies of "An Artist's Journey to Nevermore" AND two sets of the New Island map, tickets, post cards, coin, stamps and the green card. I will also send you the special postcard, all with my thanks!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    The Art Book, Traveler Package and a Print:
    You will receive a signed copy of "Journey to Nevermore", the New Island Traveler package (with the note on the postcard), plus your choice of one of the signed, limited-edition prints described here, with my thanks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    The Art Book, Traveler Package and a Set of Three Prints:
    You will receive a signed copy of "Journey to Nevermore", the New Island Traveler items, the note on the postcard, plus ALL THREE limited-edition prints, signed by me, with my thanks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $900 or more About $900

    The Art Book and a New Island Beach House:
    You will receive a signed copy of "Journey to Nevermore", a deed and a plat map describing your property, and the watercolor painting of your ocean-front cottage, with sailboat, on New Island. You will also receive all the New Island Traveler items and the postcard with a note, with my thanks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,100 or more About $1,100

    The Art Book and Two Houses on New Island:
    You will receive a signed copy of "Journey to Nevermore", all the New Island Traveler items, plus a deed, a plat map describing the property, and a watercolor painting of the two cottages in the dunes at Capetown, on New Island's far western coast. I'll also send you the postcard with a note, with my thanks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    The Art Book, Traveler Package, and an Original Acrylic Painting:
    You will receive a signed copy of "Journey to Nevermore" and the painting "Winter Solstice" shown here. You'll also receive the New Island Traveler items and a special postcard with the longest note of all, with my thanks. Shipping is free within the US.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $1,800 or more About $1,800

    The Art Book, Traveler Package, and an Original Watercolor:
    You will receive a signed copy of "Journey to Nevermore" and the painting, "Afternoon of Contemplation" shown here. You'll also receive all the New Island Traveler items, and the postcard with the note, with my thanks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (40 days)