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A painting series with each piece connected to three handwritten letters.
A painting series with each piece connected to three handwritten letters.
22 backers pledged $935 to help bring this project to life.

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Physically Linked is a project with 120 of my paintings in 6 categories, inspired by either love, happiness, peace, prosperity, beauty or health. For each painting we will send three handwritten letters to randomly chosen people, totaling 360- a nice round number ;) 

Each letter will ask a simple question, related to the quality which the painting is about (love, happiness, etc...), and provide a link to our website. The recipient can view the painting their letter is connected to and opt to post an answer to their question. For example, within Happiness, "What was the second happiest moment of your life so far?". It will be like sending messages out in bottles, with the hope they are answered, but knowing the answer is only part of the mystery.

We are interested in different perspectives on these topics and how people will share their views when approached respectfully by a "stranger". The concept of a "stranger" has changed throughout human history. For instance, in colonial America it was common in the countryside for families to host travelers in their own beds, a practice called bundling. Here is an excerpt from an anonymous popular ballad of the 1780's on the subject:

Nature's request is, give me rest,
Our bodies seek repose;
Night is the time, and 'tis no crime
To bundle in our cloaths.

I am sure this would be an impossible request nowadays! Knowing that's out of the question, we're going to try letters. The responses (if any! we'll see!) will be posted on our website, www.actualpaint.com, paired with their paintings. This will come together to create a body of conceptual and visual musing on each quality (love, happiness, peace, prosperity, beauty and health). We chose the name ActualPaint for our site as a hats-off to the physicality of art and to reflect our intention to unite the paintings with "real life" actions and positive connections- with larger works sold on the site we support charitable projects around the world!

  • Samples - an ACTIONIZED! thank you, and a sketch ($25 reward):

The paintings bought from the site become physical works of art connecting people to others through tangible action.

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The Kickstarter:

If funded this Kickstarter will supply matting (including a mat cutter and paper trimmer), high quality recycled shipping materials for the paintings and the letters, and stamps. I have begun work on these paintings and the rest of the funds will provide the supplies needed for the completion of the full 120. As an abstract painter the materials I use play an important role in my artistic process; they are not only the building blocks of the art but the art itself. Quality materials create rich textures and luminous colors, and they aren’t cheap!

  • $35-$45 Rewards:

"Tube Rider" and "Sudden Winds!", 5x7, watercolor and mixed media

As rewards to all of our Kickstarter friends we are offering, well, mostly art.

For backers $35 and up I have lovingly created a group of paintings as Kickstarter rewards, which can be viewed by clicking here: http://www.actualpaint.com/kickstarter.html or under "Kickstarter" on the right hand menu of our site.

For backers $40 and up, if you have a preference for which piece you want, let us know and we will reserve it for you, marking it on the site as "taken" after you have backed. Contact us here or by emailing kickstarter@actualpaint.com

If you can’t decide which one you want right away, you have until we ship them out after the project ends to choose. If we don’t hear from you, we will choose one especially for you. Note, owing to the fact it is actual paint, each piece is singular, and when it's gone it's gone!

*** SPECIAL: If you are backing from the Vancouver BC area and don't need your items shipped (I can meet you at a skytrain or coffee shop or whatever) I will hook you up with homemade cookies! 3 for backers $25-45, 6 for backers $75-85, a dozen for $150+! Half dozen and dozen backers get to choose your flavah! (You can say Pac Man sugar cookies if you want to, see below)

  • Cookies (for backers who don't need shipping) (yes I made these):

In addition to art, for our larger backers we are offering “Action Rewards” – edible outdoor art, and the planting of a fruit tree – both of which will be photographed, matted and shipped to you.

  • Sample ACTIONIZED! Thank You (included with rewards $25 and up):

"The Boy Transformed" and "Robot Kit", 5x7, mixed media

"Swamp Thing" and "Fairuz", 8x10, mixed media

"Sonic", diptych (two 5x7 panels), watercolor

  • Sample Edible Art:

"Cat Fish Lake", goldfish crackers and Cat Lake

  • Sample $550 Reward:

"What Friday Was" 42x56, oil on canvas

Thank you for checking out our project. We are really excited to share our work with you and we appreciate all of your support! Here's to the success of all your ventures, and to your happiness!

-Justin and Adi

Contact: kickstarter@actualpaint.com 

Explore: www.actualpaint.com

Like: www.facebook.com/ActualPaint

Follow: www.pinterest.com/ActualPaint/

Video song: "Norah McNamara" by Eugene Emmett (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Eugene_Emmett/Edison_Blue_Amberol_2338/Norah_McNamara)

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    Your name and picture on the site and a 4x6" hand printed ActualPaint postcard with a personal thanks in the mail.

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    Your name on the site, plus a 5x7" sketch, and a personal thank you card in the mail. PLUS before we mail it, the thank you will be ACTIONIZED! - it will be displayed and photographed somewhere in the extremely photogenic city of Vancouver to be included on our website and emailed to you.

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    An ACTIONIZED! thank you card and I will select a painting and send it to you (unmatted).

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    An ACTIONIZED! thank you card plus an original matted 8x10" painting of your choosing.

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    An ACTIONIZED! thank you card plus your choice of diptych. Each diptych contains two original 5x7" panels, individually matted to form one piece, but if you would prefer you can also choose two individual 5x7" works. A fun item(s) for couples and friends!

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    AKA the Adventure Reward - an original matted 5x7" painting of your choosing with an ACTIONIZED! thank you card, PLUS I will create edible art in the wilderness as an ode to you. This will be a physical work of art with a unique location and medium. The work will be photographed and we will send you three different matted 5x7" prints of the adventure.

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    An ACTIONIZED! thank you card plus an original 22x30" mixed media work on paper.

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    The $175 reward AND the art in the wild (above)- both pieces created especially for you. The three original 5x7" photographs of your wilderness art will be matted.

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    The Fruit Basket! For this funding you will be featured with an ACTIONIZED! thank you card in the city (in a PRIME spot) and receive an 18x24" original oil painting on canvas. In addition we will plant a cherry tree, a symbol of beauty, and send you three lustrous matted 5x7" photographs of it. This tree will grow for years and contribute to the happiness of many! *Please note shipping will be extra for this item. Contact us for an estimate.

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