About this project
NEW REWARD: $50: cards of the UPDATE PHOTOS. See listing on the right > > . You may also increase your current pledge by $4.50 per card if you'd like to add this to other rewards.
A modern devotional without human words, that we may find peace, find solace, find ourselves. Book and touring art experience.
This project came out of a show in Frankfurt, Germany called Roots, Seeds & Brambles. The Zen Book of Hours, in that show representing the Future and just begun, is a composite piece of 365 small botanical paintings. One meditational image for each day of the year, fostering personal and global understanding.
When the paintings are finished I’ll print a thick 7” square hardcover book of the piece, based on the Medieval European Books of Hours. The brief text is multilingual (so far English, German, Swedish, Italian, French, Arabic, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch…), otherwise without human words. I’m already in the process of arranging a touring show in small museums in Europe and the U.S. The installation, 365 paintings hung in sequence through the seasons, will be like walking a labyrinth.
These small (8”x8”/20cm x 20cm) paintings are not of lush floral divas, rather the forgotten or overlooked corners, sometimes awkward, sometimes full of humor. They are quiet voices, unexpected glimpses of Grace made manifest.
WHAT’S BEEN DONE ALREADY?
I’ve finished nearly 200 of the paintings, made 8000 reference photos, found luscious print resources for cards & prints, and systems for digitizing as I go on, including equipment for same.
WHAT NEEDS FUNDING NOW?
To finish the series of paintings there will be 3 months of overhead cost plus materials. With judicious editing there are still 180 paintings to go, and the first group of 200 were finished in 3 months. Work on these paintings will proceed before the end of Kickstarter days and finish by the end of September.
A fine art printer in Frankfurt made the previous book, the catalog offered here, and we’ve got a good understanding established. The new volume will be a greatly expanded edition of what we did before, and we’ll know by mid-July how big the run can be. As the paintings are finished they’ll be digitized in-studio with consistency that will make book production relatively seamless. Design will be completed in the summer, concurrent with painting, meaning the November shipping goal is reasonable- in time for early holiday delivery.
The initial print run of the book is the largest obvious cost, and my priority. The Kickstarter goal's been kept at $9,000 to more likely ensure the completion of the paintings and book. The show tour will be funded by donations exceeding that goal and further book sales (so please keep spreading the word!). I've designed a spare and easily implemented system for hanging the shows, and will be able to adjust the ambitiousness of the tour according to response.
Estimated minimal costs are $3000 to finish the work and $5000 for the print run, including prep. When we make the goal, 10% of the proceeds will be committed to Kickstarter and credit card processing. The balance will be just enough to cover the first two phases, paintings and books, which are my personal goal.
In the end it’s Zen simple: the more money we raise, the more books and shows there are dancing into the world.
WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE?
The paintings will be completed by the end of September, books will be shipped in early to mid-November. Show tour will progress through 2012 and '13.
WHAT BRINGS ME TO THIS WORK?
I’ve essentially spent the past 25 years in meditation, through the session work I practice. I’ve been a gardener forever, managing gardens in places as divergent as coastal Rhode Island, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Florida Keys, and the edge of the Rhineland in Germany. I’ve been showing paintings in Europe and the U.S. since 1976.
Through all that I’ve begun to learn how to listen.
EXTENDED REWARDS DESCRIPTIONS:
POSTCARDS These are acid-free and lignin-free heavyweight cards, suitable for framing. Cards in the Gift Set are individually packaged with an envelope and a brief description of the project.
Single: you can look on my blog (this page, bottom right) and choose an image you like, let me know the date. OR: take a chance and let it be a surprise.
10-card Gift Set: You can choose Spring, Summer, Winter, Autumn or Mixed and I’ll put together a collection for you. OR: take a chance and let it be a surprise.
SIGNED CATALOG of Roots, Seeds & Brambles:
This beautiful little book includes full color throughout, with installation shots as well as detail of all the pieces including 27 individual plates from the Zen Book of Hours. Explanatory text is in both English and German.
THE ZEN BOOK OF HOURS
You will receive a signed First Edition of the final book, containing one plate for each day of the year. 380 pages, full color every page, brief multi-lingual text and identifying plant names, otherwise without human words. Hardcover to withstand years of browsing.
After the Kickstarter campaign, the book will be available at its website for $165 (€120, £102 at the moment), plus shipping.
Here's a photo, although this is a mock-up and the cover design may be different in the end. Remember, the real thing will be hardcover:
Breathtaking state-of-the-art prints made in Germany on Hannemühle paper. All archival materials, signed and numbered. The images are 10”x10” (25cm x 25cm), with a 1” (2,5cm) margin for ease of framing. These sets are created especially for the Kickstarter campaign and will not be available later, so the edition will be limited to the number of rewards claimed plus two artist’s proofs. Specify your choice from these pairs of images, all from the Zen Book of Hours:
TREE OF LIFE PACKAGE
Each painting is 8” (20 cm) square, oil on canvas, on wooden stretchers with a smooth finish on the back. These are part of the larger piece and as such will be shown for the length of the tour (yet to be determined) before delivery.
I’ll send you an illustrated list of the available works by email, first come first served.
Until delivery of the original work you’ll be sent a print of your painting, to stand in for the original. You can choose either a mounted print on canvas or a print on Hannemühle paper, both archival and made by the same printer as the above.
The print will be made and delivered as soon as the images are available for the date you choose.
CUSTOM ORIGINAL PAINTINGS
When I come to deliver your Tree of Life Package and print, I’ll spend some time listening to your own garden… or to your other nearby favorite place (even Urban). From photos taken at that time I’ll create a group of 3 paintings for you in the style of the Zen Book of Hours.
All this can happen after the books are printed, at a mutually agreeable time. Your private collection will be shipped to you within 2 months of my visit, worldwide shipping included.
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