I've been a live artist for 10 years, using blacklight-reactive (UV) paints. I paint at music festivals, next to the bands while they play.
Since the beginning, I have dreamed of making a giant painting, only to cut it up and sell it in pieces. This makes people cringe, to think of doing such a thing, but to me it's exciting and inspiring. The painting above is a section of a much larger painting.
Under the blacklights, the UV-reactive paints appear to glow with light.
When I started, in 2003, if you googled blacklight live artist, I was the ONLY one listed. Since then, many other artists have started doing blacklight live art painting.
For years, I would stretch large canvases, which were often difficult to sell at festivals. It took a few seasons to figure out that the best way to make any money was to sell smaller, more manageable paintings, for less money.
The painting above was photographed in daylight. As you can see it's bright, even without the blacklight. These paintings don't need to be shown in the blacklight, but if they are, they will glow as if painted with light.
I have a studio space that can take a canvas up to 6x30 feet, so I'll paint it in 20 foot lengths If I get funding beyond 40 feet, I will just keep on painting. Then I will cut it up according to the sizes of the funding levels. It will average out to 25 cents per square inch. When I paint it and when I cut it up, I will always keep in mind beautiful compositions for every size and funder.
People who pay at the higher levels will be getting a slightly better deal than those who pay less and can request a theme or favorite colors, painted in my own style.
Below is a video by Will Crombie of me painting at Shangri-La, 2011. Music is by our friends, New Reb. It's not a great example of me in action because it was the first night and I was having airbrush issues. But it's proof of what I do.
Some of the UV colors I paint with can't be seen by the camera in backlight, so in "real life," the paintings are usually much better looking than the photos of them are.
I have listed the sizes according to standard framing sizes, to make it easier for those who want to frame the work without having to get custom framing. I've also included several square sizes, for those of you who like a square format.
WHAT WILL I PAINT?
I'll probably paint lots of flowers and birds and butterflies and mushrooms and probably some cityscapes, animals, skyline buildings, etc. Parts of it will certainly be shapes and colors and forms. If you like my art, you'll probably love whatever you get. Who knows what I'll paint, but whatever it is, it will be interesting and colorful. It might also make a perfect gift for someone you love.
If you pledge at a lower level, you might get a bird or flower or cute little animal. The owl above and flower below are painted on 12x12" canvas, to give you an idea of the size. The paintings you see of the flowers and owl were both sold for $100 each, but you can get something of this size at the $40 funding level. WHAT A DEAL!
WHAT WILL I SPEND THE MONEY ON?
The UV-reactive paints I will use are of the highest quality. They will last longer under the UV light than most other paints and also cost much more. A pint of each color costs close to $30. I will also be using UV reactive airbrush paints, and need to get some new airbrush equipment, which is also quite expensive.
I will spend money on canvas, a UV full face shield, blacklights, which cost over $200 each, funding rewards fulfillment, shipping and tubes for mailing the paintings to all of the funders. Kickstarter and Amazon take 10%, there are taxes, studio fees, lumber, hardware, extension cords, power strips, childcare and miscellaneous expenses. Childcare will probably be one of my biggest expenses.
I will include some really fun stretch goals. If we make it to 10,000, I will include prints of the work for everyone who funds over $25, and at $15,000, I'll include a large black and white poster that you can color with blacklight pens or pencils for all funders over the $25 level.
At the $25,000 stretch goal, everyone who pledges $25-$154, will be moved up a funding level. For example, if you gave $40, you will receive a painting at the $65 level.
I'll keep you posted about stretch goals and rewards as we come closer to the funding goal.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO PAINT IT?
Depending on the number of funders, it could take me a month or more to paint it. The more people fund, the bigger the canvas and the longer it takes.
Thank you so much for funding my project. The festival season is over for me, but I will be happy to carry on painting through the cold winter season. I just need some paints, lights, daycare and studio space.
This project isn't very challenging to me, since I do blacklight painting as part of my career. I have the space, the ambition and the talent to pull it off.
My biggest challenge will be figuring out how to divide it up and paint it so that everyone gets a really beautiful and interesting piece of art that still looks beautiful on a large-scale.
I'm embarrassed to say that another of my challenges is to find someone who will sweep my studio chimney and remove the raccoon poop and the raccoons that live above my wood stove in the ceiling, so my studio is safe to heat and coon-free. I'm pretty sure if I get the funding, I'll be able to find someone to deal with that so I can rock out in my studio.
NEW BACKER REWARD!
Children's room special!
Now you can CHOOSE a small, stretched canvas, ready to hang AND make a request. You can request a subject (ie. one friend wants a chicken, another wants a bunny for her children's room) You can choose two major colors and it doesn't have to be backlight. Maybe you want soft colors. You can choose from any of these sizes. 8x10, 11x14, 12x12, 9x12. Please add $10 toward shipping. For an extra $20, I will get it done by xmas! If you already pledged this amount or want to upgrade your pledge, please pledge the difference and send me a message via Kickstarter so when the time comes for fulfillment, I know what to send you.
You will receive a 30x50 " section of the canvas, rolled and ready to frame or stretch, with shipping included. This is a fairly large canvas, so make sure you have wall space for it. You can let me know if you want it to be horizontal or vertical.
You will receive a 40x60" section of the canvas, rolled and ready to frame or stretch, with shipping included. At this price, you are getting a better deal than any of the other levels, and a pretty big painting for your wall.
I will paint for you a painting up to 12,000 si or approximately 80 square feet. It could be 8x10 feet or whatever you request in that approximate square inch range. Give me a theme and I'll paint it in my style.
At this price, you can get an entire 6x20 foot backdrop. If you have a band or a business or a bar and want a giant blacklight wall hanging, this is a price you can't beat. Give me a theme and I'll paint it in that theme... in my style. Underwater, jungle, cave, outer-space, city skyline, whatever...It would be perfect as "wallpaper" for a kid's room, a den or man cave and could wrap around two walls if you don't have a 20 foot wall-span. Give me your dimensions and I'll even leave blank space where the windows or doors could be cut-out. Installation is not included. This will come rolled and ready for you to do with it as you wish.