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Erin Hanson's book of extraordinary landscape paintings will showcase the intense natural beauty of California's wine-growing regions.
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My name is Erin Hanson and I am a impressionistic landscape painter. I seek landscapes where natural beauty is abundant, breathtaking, and wondrous. A few years ago I found and have since extensively painted a place that is absolutely drenched in it... California Wine Country. 

I am seeking your assistance in generating funds sufficient to compile, design and print a true museum-quality coffee table book of my paintings. All paintings will depict the intense natural beauty of California Wine Country.

I separated this project description into four parts so you can easily scroll up and down to the parts that matter to you most. 

BACKGROUND - CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY

It has mountains, valleys, plains, coastlines, and hillsides. It evokes peace and tranquility with gentle pastures and nestled countryside.  It conjures raw emotion with hard-breaking waves and majestic vistas. It has every shade of green imaginable, plus golden yellow, red, purple, and turquoise - and every hybrid in between. It has oak trees, wildflowers, and blooming chaparral. It is California wine country, with landscapes as varied as the state itself. The Monterey Peninsula boasts the most amazing cypress trees, and as you near the Mojave, you're in the only place you'll find the legendary Joshua tree. 

"Adelaida Oak" (above) and Spring Fling (below) featuring southern California wine country
"Adelaida Oak" (above) and Spring Fling (below) featuring southern California wine country

About My Works & Inspiration

I paint outdoor landscapes and to best capture and convey great natural beauty I use the technique of "Open-Impressionism" - combining fewer and thicker brush strokes, and highlighting both texture and color saturation. 

The thickness of my brush strokes preserves every tiny ridge in the paint left by the brush. This creates a powerful visual effect, a mosaic of color and texture, which pulls the eye along and coaxes it to explore every nook and cranny of the painting.

I feel compelled to add this: I have become increasingly aware that being alongside and gazing at images of natural beauty has an enormously positive effect on the psyche. It's something we all need to do more often.

So - whether you choose to back this project, and regardless of the level you back, take the time to better appreciate and experience the soothing positive effects of being in the presence of great natural beauty, whether it occurs immersively in the great outdoors, or more readily at home with your loved ones -  on your walls, or on your coffee table. 

 

PROJECT SPECIFICS AND BUDGET

ABOUT THE BOOK: The book's full title is Extraordinary Landscapes: California Wine Country. This coffee table book will be of museum quality, hard cover, with a 9 x 12 page size and horizontal orientation. The paper for the text will be high quality, minimum 157 gsm; the caseboard thickness will be a minimum of 3mm. I promise you that this book will look absolutely amazing on your coffee table!

Extraordinary Landscapes: California Wine Country will be approximately 176 pages long, and the Northern, Central, and Southern wine-growing regions will be well represented throughout. There will be 7 sections overall, each comprising a different landscape varietal theme, such as Mornings in Paradise, Curvaceous Coastlines, Rolling Meadows, and Changing Seasons. There will also be narratives at the beginning and end of each section - as I share my story and experiences within the context of presenting my art (and there are many stories worth sharing).  

ABOUT THE BUDGET: The monies I seek to raise will allow me to achieve three goals. First, we will compile, script, and design the very special book as described above. Second, we will publish/print the book in sufficient quantities (including the limited edition Deluxe version) to be able to price it reasonably and not have to run expensive one-offs upon order.  Third, we will prepare and create three Art and Wine exhibitions featuring works from the book, working closely with wineries from the three primary wine growing regions.

I am allocating $12,000 for all that is necessary to create, design, script, compile, print, receive, and fulfill orders for the book. I am allocating $5,000 for all that is necessary to stage the exhibitions (other monies are expected to fund from sales made at the exhibitions); and the balance will be used to cover Kickstarter fees, Amazon fees, misc fulfillment costs, and a small contingency.

If target funds are exceeded, I will likely tour the live exhibition of works from the book to additional California galleries and wineries; and I will add more definitive "stretch goals" after seeing how it progresses. 

ABOUT THE REWARDS: 

  • I aimed to offer beauty at every reward level - even the screensaver will rotate between a dozen paintings, and it's at only $10.
  • Each reward is personal - as I am so appreciative of the support. All backers will be thanked in the book, and all the books and calendars will be personally autographed and inscribed.
  • The e-book at the $35 level offers a a way of presenting to you all the beauty and all the art.
  • For only $100 (or $80 if you act quickly), you get the autographed and inscribed hard-copy museum-quality book, delivered to your door. You also get the screensaver, e-book, and a thank you gift card. I believe you'll find this of great value.
  • To offer a personal experience in addition to my art - for the higher reward levels - which are available via gatherings and classes.
A prototype of the book.
A prototype of the book.
 
Erin Hanson 2015 Calendar
Erin Hanson 2015 Calendar
This is "Crystal Light", the image on the cover of the book. The painting is of Paso Robles, which holds a special place in my heart as the first location to inspire me and leave me breathless within the wondrous world of California Wine Country.
This is "Crystal Light", the image on the cover of the book. The painting is of Paso Robles, which holds a special place in my heart as the first location to inspire me and leave me breathless within the wondrous world of California Wine Country.

Risks and challenges

I believe I can say with certainty that there are no prevalent risks and challenges in completing the book and fulfilling rewards on a timely basis.

Each of the paintings are completed and once this project is funded we are ready to roll on the design and production.

The rewards I have chosen are timed out so that they can easily be delivered on time. There are also a number of galleries within California Wine Country that know me and my work, and have expressed interest in hosting such exhibitions.

I do love communicating about my art; I look forward to engaging backers and would-be backers on any subject related to it, whether it involves answers to questions, discussions of rewards, or even pure chats. I will be accessible and responsive to all.

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    SCREENSAVER. You will receive a beautiful screensaver which will rotate between 12 beautiful images of Erin Hanson paintings, all from California Wine Country, and all from the book. Turn on your computer and while it idles, you can now revel in intense natural beauty each and every day. Delivered via download link, with instructions for installation, just days after end of campaign.

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    THE 2015 ERIN HANSON CALENDAR (US only, see $25 reward for international). An autographed copy of Erin's 2015 calendar featuring 12 extraordinary landscapes.

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    PERSONAL THANKS. You will receive the screensaver (above) AND a 5 x 7 collectible greeting card mailed to you, with a hand-written thank you note from Erin. The card will depict a beautiful landscape painting. Hang it on your fridge, and enjoy a moment of intense natural beauty to nourish your soul each time you reach for nourishment of the body.

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    THE 2015 ERIN HANSON CALENDAR shipped internationally. An autographed copy of Erin's 2015 calendar featuring 12 extraordinary landscapes.

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    YOU GET THE E-BOOK! You will receive the screensaver (above), the 5 x 7 collectible greeting card (also above), PLUS a digital (e-book) copy of CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY in its entirety with your name acknowledged in the back of the book as a "contributor".

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    YOU GET THE BOOK (BEFORE ANYONE ELSE ... IF you act quickly). You will receive everything from the $35 level PLUS an autographed and personally inscribed first-run hard copy of CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY, which you get before anyone else (because your copy is one of only 50 being air-shipped from the printer overseas). Your coffee table will look more attractive than ever, enhanced by the book and its beauty - or - you can just carry the book around and show everyone your name acknowledged in the back of the book as a "contributor".

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    YOU GET THE BOOK!! You will receive everything from the $35 level PLUS an autographed and personally inscribed first-run hard copy of CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY. Your coffee table will look more attractive than ever, enhanced by the book and its beauty - or - you can just carry the book around and show everyone your name acknowledged in the back of the book as a "contributor".

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    YOU GET THE BOOK - INTERNATIONAL - SHIPPING INCLUDED. You will receive everything from the $35 level PLUS an autographed and personally inscribed first-run hard copy of CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY, which you can carry around to show everyone your name acknowledged in the back of the book as a "contributor" - shipped to you no matter where you are located - Canada, the UK, Greenland, the Ivory Coast ... wherever.

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    BOOK PLUS CALENDAR COMBO. You will receive the book and everything else from the $100 level PLUS the autographed calendar from the $60 level. (Calendar will arrive Dec 2014, book in April, 2015.)

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    BOOK PLUS LIMITED EDITION PRINT COMBO. You will receive the book and everything else from the $100 level PLUS a 16 x 20 fine art print. This is a Giclee print, on archival paper, signed by Erin in silver ink in corner with title of piece and number, shipped in a tube, ready for framing. Earliest orders get lowest numbers. (Print will arrive in Dec 2014, book in April, 2015.)

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    DELUXE VERSION OF THE BOOK. You will receive everything from the $35 level PLUS an autographed and personally inscribed first-run DELUXE hard copy of CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY. This version will include a beautiful cloth slipcase cover, deep foil stamping on the front and spine, plus a surprise extra. It will be strikingly beautiful. And, of course, you can show everyone your name acknowledged in the back of the book as a "contributor".

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    TWO BOOKS + CALENDAR + LIMITED EDITION PRINT. You will receive the book and everything else from the $100 level PLUS the autographed calendar from the $60 level, PLUS the Limited Edition Print (as described in second $150 level) PLUS a second book.

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    Your choice of an original SMALL FRAMED PAINTING + the CALENDAR + the DELUXE BOOK pre-order. Framed paintings range from 8x10 to 9x12, oil on canvas board.

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    FIVE BOOKS. You will receive everything from the $35 level PLUS FIVE (count 'em - 5) copies of CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY - one of which will be a DELUXE version (as per the $225 level, above). Gift them to friends, or just keep one in the living room, one in master bedroom, one in guest bedroom, one in summer cottage, and one on your boat.

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    ARTSY SOCIAL GATHERING FOR 4. You will receive everything from the $300 level, PLUS a (Pasa Robles vintage) wine and cheese VIP afternoon (or evening) at the Erin Hanson Gallery in Los Angeles, for up to 4 people, hosted by Erin. And - your name will be acknowledged in the FRONT of the book, on the dedication page, under "Special Thanks To ...". (Valid for 6 months after end of campaign.)

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    COMMISSIONED OIL PAINTING. You will get one beautiful 24x30 original oil painting of California wine country by Erin Hanson, based on your home's color theme and your favorite grape-growing region. You will also receive everything from $225 level (DELUXE copy of the book.)

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    ARTSY SOCIAL GATHERING FOR UP TO 10. You will receive everything from the $600 level, PLUS a (Pasa Robles vintage) wine and cheese VIP afternoon (or evening) at the Erin Hanson Gallery in Los Angeles, for up to 10 people, hosted by Erin. And - your name will be acknowledged in the FRONT of the book, on the dedication page, under "Special Thanks To ...". (Valid for 6 months after end of campaign.)

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    COMMISSIONED OIL PAINTING. You will get one beautiful 24x36 original oil painting of California wine country by Erin Hanson, based on your home's color theme and your favorite grape-growing region. You will also receive everything from $225 level (DELUXE copy of the book.)

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    COMMISSIONED OIL PAINTING. You will get one beautiful 48x36 original oil painting of California wine country by Erin Hanson, based on your home's color theme and your favorite grape-growing region. You will also receive everything from $225 level (DELUXE copy of the book.)

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    ORIGINAL OIL. You will receive everything from the $225 level (DELUXE copy of book), plus a second DELUXE copy of CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY ... your name acknowledged in the FRONT of the book, on the dedication page, under "Special Thanks To ..." - PLUS... an ORIGINAL PAINTING by Erin Hanson that is featured in the book, oil on canvas, gallery wrap style, 36 x 48 size. One painting available from each of 8 locations: Sonoma, Sacramento Valley, Paso Robles, Monterey, Cambria, Santa Barbara, Rancho Santa Fe, and Temecula. (Oil will be delivered in Jan, 2015; book(s) in April.)

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    PRIVATE COMMISSIONING OF AN ORIGINAL OIL - INTERNATIONAL. You will receive everything from the $225 level (DELUXE copy of book), plus a second DELUXE copy of CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY ... your name acknowledged in the FRONT of the book, on the dedication page, under "Special Thanks To ..." - PLUS... an ORIGINAL PAINTING by Erin Hanson that is COMMISSIONED BY YOU, oil on canvas, gallery wrap style, 36 x 48 size, your choice of wine country location - shipped anywhere globally; other details by contact with artist. (Oil will be delivered one month after it is commissioned; book(s) in April.)

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    ORIGINAL OIL - EXTRA LARGE - same rewards as $5,000 level (above) except size of original painting is 48 x 60, and is made to order, with your choice of location from above. (Oil will be delivered in Jan, 2015; book(s) in April.)

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    ORIGINAL OIL PLUS PRIVATE ART CLASS. You will receive everything from the $5,000 level (above) PLUS a private art class hosted and taught by Erin at her studio, for up to 12 persons total. And - all class attendees also receive an autographed copy of the book, and an autographed print to take home. (Valid for up to 6 months after campaign.)

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