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I'm raising funds for a summer art-making adventure in Scotland, by offering prints and original art from my last residency in Ireland!
47 backers pledged $4,134 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi, I’m Shauna Finn, an artist living in Jersey City and teaching in NYC. I am planning a 3-week art-making adventure in Scotland this summer, and I'm raising money to fund it!

One of the most valuable things artists can do for their work is an art residency: the occasional period of time and space away from the day-to-day obligations, ideally in a different environment, with the aim of gaining new inspiration and working on ideas from a fresh perspective. This last winter I spent 3 weeks in Ireland, experimenting with ink and watercolor, and working a bit with the beautiful landscape. I gathered reference and worked out ideas for a new series of larger figurative paintings which are currently in progress in my studio. 

My husband has received a travel grant to plan an art residency this summer - he has been working on a sequential art piece, and his plan is to amass reference through photography, plein-air drawing/painting and journaling, while channeling the magic and energy of Scotland - the setting for his story. I would like to tag along and do the same: watercolor and ink sketches and experiments for future oil paintings, all informed by a specific sense of place. 

In July we are heading to Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands to gather ideas and make work. I thought this campaign would be a fun way to raise money for my part of the residency, while providing those who are keen with affordable works of art to hang on their walls! As incentives and in thanks for your support, I’m offering original artwork, as well as archival prints: of paintings done in Ireland or from photo reference since, as well as other selected works. I've set my goal at $2500 to apply toward my flight, room+board, and fees. (*see details about budget below.)

Incentive details:

Incentives will be delivered by the end of August 2016. 

Starting at $5 every donor will receive a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note.

$10: I'll send you a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note with a little treasure from Scotland inside (e.g. a doodle, a stone rubbing, a pressed flower).

$25: A handwritten, heartfelt thank you note written on a limited edition card inspired in Scotland, designed and printed by me afterward, + a little treasure from Scotland inside. Limited to 25.

$30: An archival fine art print of one of the hundreds of birds I've painted over the last few years, + a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note. After you make your pledge I will send you options to chose from.

$40: An 8 x 10" (includes white border) archival, fine art print of one of my Irish land/sea-scapes. After you make your pledge I will send you options to chose from. You will also receive a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note.

$45: An 8.5 x 11" (includes white border) archival, fine art print of one of my Irish land/sea-scapes or figure studies. After you make your pledge I will send you options to chose from. You will also receive a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note.

$65: A 13 x 19" (includes white border) archival, fine art print of one of the two figurative oil sketches done in Ireland + a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note.

$125: A limited edition 13 x 19" (includes white border) archival, fine art print of your choice from my "Possession" series of figurative paintings + a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note. After you make your pledge I will send you options to chose from. Limited to 40. 

$200: One of my original 5 x 7" watercolor land/sea-scapes from Ireland. I'll also send you a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note + a little treasure from Scotland inside. After you make your pledge I will send you options to chose from. Limited to 4.
[**These would be best framed - please see framing suggestion below]

$300: One of my original 7 x 9.5" watercolor land/sea-scapes from Ireland. I'll also send you a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note + a little treasure from Scotland inside. After you make your pledge I will send you options to chose from. Limited to 7.
[**These would be best framed - please see framing suggestion below]

$325: An original oil painting of a bird!!!  
I'll also send you a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note + a little treasure from Scotland inside. Limited to 6.

$350: One of my original watercolor land/sea-scapes from Ireland, approximately 9 x 12". I'll also send you a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note + a little treasure from Scotland inside. After you make your pledge I will send you options to chose from. Limited to 3.
[**These would be best framed - please see framing suggestion below]

$400: One of two original oil paintings from my residency in Ireland. I'll also send you a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note + a little treasure from Scotland inside. Limited to 2.
[**These would be best framed - please see framing suggestion below]

$500: I will give you an original watercolor painting done in Scotland! Plus a handwritten, heartfelt thank you note + a little treasure from Scotland inside. Limited to 3. 
[**These would be best framed - please see framing suggestion below]

Other Notes:
- Rewards: If you would like to see all available choices for a particular reward level before you pledge, feel free to contact me using the "ask a question" button at the bottom of this page. 
- Updates: When you pledge you will be able to receive occasional updates about how my project is going, including any new works I might include in the various reward levels.
- Shipping: when you check out, a small shipping fee appropriate to your reward will be added to your total. Shipping costs include packing supplies and insurance for originals. 
**Framing: Prints and particularly original paintings on paper should be framed for hanging on your wall. I have partnered with framebridge.com - a very convenient online framing service. If you like, I can ship them your piece, and they will ship it to you with lovely custom matting and frame. Their prices are reasonable and there would be no additional charge for the 2nd shipping. After you check-out here, if you are interested in using framebridge I will email you a coupon code to get 15% off your frame.
- *Budget: I've set my goal at $2500, keeping in mind that part of what I raise will go to Kickstarter and transaction fees (about 8.5% total), and that the total pledge amount reflected on this page will also include any funds paid for shipping (i.e. doesn't actually go to me). Still, since Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing deal, I wanted to keep the goal modest. After the aforementioned amounts are deducted from my total, I will have at least enough to help toward airfare and room+board. If I raise more, even better! 

If you can't make a pledge, I still want to thank you for taking the time to read about my project, and maybe you'd like to share it with anyone you know who is looking for some nice artwork for their walls. Please stay in touch & visit me on my website: www.shaunafinn.com.

Cheers, and Thank You!

~Shauna :)

P.s. The music in my video is by Slow Moving Clouds, a contemporary acoustic band based in Dublin, Ireland. (The flute in the beginning was yer man at the Cliffs of Moher.)

Risks and challenges

The main challenges will involve getting everything organized and mailed out after the trip.

The good news is most of the rewards I'm offering are already completed paintings - so I won't have a bunch of work hanging over me after the trip - or prints, which I've been selling for some time now so I'm all set up and used to the process.

Another bit of work will be designing and printing a card for the 25 level, but as a former graphic designer I have plenty of experience with that process and am not at all worried about it.

The only other challenge will be making sure I take time during the trip to collect little treasures, and to do a couple of nice paintings for anyone who chooses the $500 pledge - but that's the fun part and what it's all about, so I'll be doing that stuff anyway! :)

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