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Join me in an artful adventure as I paint, film & photograph on the coast of South Africa.
Join me in an artful adventure as I paint, film & photograph on the coast of South Africa.
Join me in an artful adventure as I paint, film & photograph on the coast of South Africa.
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I’ve always dreamed of traveling and sharing my art with the world while supporting other women business owners. But in 2014 life gave me a giant donkey kick of perspective that reignited my desire to reach my dream lifestyle. That year, I lost my beloved mother-in-law, a younger cousin to a terrible tragedy, and my precious dog of 10 years. To add to it all, when I tried to conceive my first child, I was told I couldn’t because I had a pituitary tumor. In 2015 I underwent neurosurgery to remove the tumor. Thankfully, I recovered, and in 2016 my husband and I were blessed with our one and only son, Kai! He’s now six months old and growing so fast.I yearn to give him the lifestyle I know will nourish his sweet soul and our precious family.

With renewed awareness that none of us is guaranteed one more day on this Earth, I created a goal-oriented plan to break my larger dream into smaller, achievable steps. The South African Art Residency is going to kick off this epic journey into giving my family an artful and loving life.

Project Geo Freedom is an effort to break the bonds of my family’s current lifestyle. This project represents the freedom to travel and live abroad, maintain a global tribe of friends, work anywhere in the world 60% of the year, nurture a mind and spirit with the flexibility to change and grow. The South African Art Residency, explained below, is a rare opportunity to create art abroad with my family.

My family and I will spend 14 days in the South African coastal dune forest for my artist residency at Driftwoods Studios. I will dive into the textures, colors, and patterns of the ocean, landscape, and culture of coastal South Africa. I will immerse myself into the adventure and document my studies using paint, photography, and video. Then I’ll collect all my treasures into an eBook filled with vibrant paintings, inspiring photos, and thoughtful insights into my artistic process and my experience in this gorgeous and unique country.

While at Driftwood Studios, I will continue my exploration of sugar skulls and lotus flowers. Sugar skulls and lotus flowers represent a celebration and appreciation of life. Traditionally, Mexican sugar skulls represent a loved one who is no longer living. I use the sugar skull imagery in my artwork to show my love for the present moment—the time we have with loved ones now as well as how fleeting and precious life is. I use blooming lotus flowers as icons to celebrate life in all its darkness and light-filled glory, as these flowers grow up from the mud to bloom on the surface.

Pick from any of the pledges and you'll be invited into a Private Facebook Group where I’ll reach out to you, my backers and ask what sights you want me to see, what organization to donate my supplies to, what color combinations you want me to use in the art and many more opportunities to engage and put your own stamp on this creative adventure. You'll see behind the scenes from the planning all the way through the time to send out the art. Allow me to inspire you to live your life bravely, to build a life filled with joy, to tackle challenges with artful skill and ease.

 

An Artful Adventure ($10 or More) Includes: 

Artist Journal Multimedia eBook:

-- Vibrant high-resolution photos of all the artwork

-- Videos of Mixed Media techniques

-- Video explorations of the scenery & culture

-- Artful insights on my creative process

An Artful Vision ($30 or More) Includes:

1 Limited Edition Print

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy, Appreciation, Or Upcoming Painting

-- Measuring 8 by 10 inches

-- Printed on premium luster photo paper to bring out the vivacious colors. 

-- Perfect for adding playful whimsy to any space.

HD Short Film

-- A vlog-style short film that will include a start to finish painting on location.

3 x 3 inch Die-cut Vinyl Sticker

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy or Appreciation.

☞ ALL rewards include the Artist Journal Multimedia eBook.

☞ After the South African Art Residency ends in June, you'll receive a survey where you can specify your choice of artwork.

An Artful Experience ($50 or More) Includes:

Weather Resistant Tote

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy, Appreciation, Or Upcoming Painting

1 Limited Edition Print

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy, Appreciation, Or Upcoming Painting

-- Measuring 8 by 10 inches

-- Printed on premium luster photo paper to bring out the vivacious colors. 

-- Perfect for adding playful whimsy to any space.

HD Short Film

-- A vlog-style short film that will include a start to finish painting on location.

A 3 x 3 inch Die-cut Vinyl Sticker

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy or Appreciation.

☞ ALL rewards include the Artist Journal Multimedia eBook.

☞ After the South African Art Residency ends in June, you'll receive a survey where you can specify your choice of artwork.

An Artful Life ($120 or More) Includes:

1 Limited Edition Canvas Print 

-- Measuring 12 by 12 inches. 

-- Your choice of artwork.  

Weather Resistant Tote

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy, Appreciation, Or Upcoming Painting

1 Limited Edition Print

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy, Appreciation, Or Upcoming Painting

-- Measuring 8 by 10 inches

-- Printed on premium luster photo paper to bring out the vivacious colors. 

-- Perfect for adding playful whimsy to any space.

HD Short Film

-- A vlog-style short film that will include a start to finish painting on location.

3 x 3 inch  Die-cut Vinyl Sticker

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy or Appreciation.

☞ ALL rewards include the Artist Journal Multimedia eBook.

☞ After the South African Art Residency ends in June, you'll receive a survey where you can specify your choice of artwork.

An Artful Family ($160 or More) Includes:

A limited edition print painted by my son Kai

-- Measuring 8 by 10 inches.

1 Limited Edition Canvas Print 

-- Measuring 12 by 12 inches. 

-- Your choice of artwork.  

Weather Resistant Tote

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy, Appreciation, Or Upcoming Painting

1 Limited Edition Print

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy, Appreciation, Or Upcoming Painting

-- Measuring 8 by 10 inches

-- Printed on premium luster photo paper to bring out the vivacious colors. 

-- Perfect for adding playful whimsy to any space.

HD Short Film

-- A vlog-style short film that will include a start to finish painting on location.

3 x 3 inch Die-cut Vinyl Sticker

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy or Appreciation.

☞ ALL rewards include the Artist Journal Multimedia eBook.

☞ After the Kickstarter campaign ends, you'll receive a survey where you can specify your choice of artwork.

An Artful Legacy ($500 or More)

Support an artful legacy, pick this reward by funding $500 or more. You'll receive all the rewards above + a surprise original painting collaboratively created on location by my son Kai and me. This is a limited offer. Only 6 original paintings from South Africa will be available.

The details:

A limited edition print painted by my son Kai

-- Measuring 8 by 10 inches.

1 Limited Edition Canvas Print 

-- Measuring 12 by 12 inches. 

-- Your choice of artwork.  

Weather Resistant Tote

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy, Appreciation, Or Upcoming Painting

1 Limited Edition Print

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy, Appreciation, Or Upcoming Painting

-- Measuring 8 by 10 inches

-- Printed on premium luster photo paper to bring out the vivacious colors. 

-- Perfect for adding playful whimsy to any space.

HD Short Film

-- A vlog-style short film that will include a start to finish painting on location.

3 x 3 inch Die-cut Vinyl Sticker

-- Your choice of paintings: Joy or Appreciation.

☞ ALL rewards include the Artist Journal Multimedia eBook.

☞ After the South African Art Residency ends in June, you'll receive a survey where you can specify your choice of artwork.

☞ ☞ Prints shipped in a sturdy cylinder case to prevent creasing, folding and shipping damage.

Special Thanks:
Music By TroyBoi "Do You?" | http://www.soundcloud.com/troyboi 
& Birdriot "Alchemist" |  https://www.soundcloud.com/birdriot

 These percentages will change once we unlock the stretch goals.

 

Risks and challenges

The South African Art Residency has been confirmed and a deposit has been made to lock in my spot. I've manufactured prints and artful goods before and I'm confident I can ship all the products out in August 2017. I have years of experience creating high-quality video and a degree in Graphic Design to ensure the highest quality production of the eBook.

Two of the paintings being offered (Joy & Appreciation) are already completed. The artwork to be created on site in South Africa will be completed during the Art Residency, June 2017. I'm working with the local hosting artist to gather the needed art supplies.

I will be researching a local South African organization to donate my art supplies to when I leave South Africa.

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    An Artful Adventure

    Artist Journal Multimedia eBook:
    - Vibrant high-resolution photos of all the artwork
    - Small videos showing mixed media techniques
    - Video explorations of the scenery & culture
    - Artful insights on my creative process

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    An Artful Vision

    All previous rewards

    +

    1 Limited Edition Print
    -- Your choice of paintings: Joy, Appreciation, Or Upcoming Painting
    -- Measuring 8 by 10 inches
    -- Printed on premium luster photo paper to bring out the vivacious colors.
    -- Perfect for adding playful whimsy to any space.

    HD Short Film
    -- A vlog-style short film that will include a start to finish painting on location.

    A 3 x 3 inch Die-cut Vinyl Sticker
    -- Your choice of paintings: Joy or Appreciation.

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    An Artful Experience

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    Weather Resistant Tote
    -- Your choice of paintings: Joy, Appreciation, Or Upcoming Painting

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    An Artful Life

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    1 Limited Edition Canvas Print
    -- Measuring 12 by 12 inches.
    -- Your choice of artwork.

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    Pledge $160 or more About $160

    An Artful Family

    All previous rewards

    +

    A limited edition print painted by my son Kai
    -- Measuring 8 by 10 inches.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    An Artful Legacy

    All previous rewards

    +

    A surprise original painting collaboratively created on location by my son Kai and me. This is a limited offer. Only 6 original paintings from South Africa will be available.

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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
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