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By Kristi Johnston
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 I have always dreamed of painting in Italy and experiencing the place where art was born. Seeing other people's photographs and reading about it in books is wonderful, but just not enough!  My project is to travel through Italy from July 26, 2011 to August 9, 2011 and paint in each of 5 cities: Rome, Florence, Siena, Lucca and Naples, as well as interesting stops along the way. I will travel by train and car and will have a small travel paint set with me for sketches, watercolor studies and miniature paintings, and of course a camera to take lots of reference photos!

When I return home I will take 6 - 8 weeks to paint a minimum of 14 fully developed watercolor paintings, ranging in size from 8" x 10" to 18" x 24", to create an exhibit which will be free to the public and will bring Italy to life for the community. I will paint the local views, architecture, people and food- everything that seems to be quintessential Italy to me.

I have taken a leap of faith and purchased my plane tickets with savings and can cover the bare essentials for the trip, but without funding, I will be on a shoestring budget and will not be able to experience the full extent of all Italy has to offer.  I will use a portion of the funding to augment my resources for food, lodging and travel within the country.

I feel that art isn't really complete until it's shared and that brings me to the second part of my project:"The Exhibit". In order to be displayed, the finished watercolors must be framed to be protected from destruction by moisture.The majority of my budget is for that framing and will be done by my local framer, thereby supporting her small business. Watercolor supplies aren't very expensive compared to oils or acrylics, but the framing required to protect them properly is!  Exhibition space will be free, but some of the funds will be for the receptions (you know, art receptions need wine and nibbles, right?)

I feel very strongly that this trip to Italy is the important next step in my development as an artist. I am passionate about spreading the appreciation of art and culture to my community by sharing my impressions of Italy through my art, not only with the resulting exhibit but also with my art students and the art association I co-chair (really anyone who will listen!).

I hope you will join me in this adventure by backing my project and choosing some great rewards that I will enjoy creating just for you! (See the list to the right!) If you aren't able to support this project yourself, perhaps you would pass the opportunity along to your friends- use facebook, twitter, email, your next church meeting- help spreading the word is just as valuable to me! Just don't wait too long, our trip is right around the corner!

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    My sincere gratitude, good Karma and access to all of the inside information!

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    One 4" x 6" Limited Edition Print, signed and numbered, on archival paper with permanent ink of your choice of any of the completed full-size paintings. These will be available for choosing and shipment by the end of September 2011.

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    One 5" x 7" Limited Edition Print signed and numbered, on archival paper with permanent ink of your choice of any of the completed full-size paintings. These will be available for choosing and shipment by the end of September 2011.

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    One 8" x 10" Limited Edition Print signed and numbered, on archival paper with permanent ink of your choice of any of the completed full-size paintings. These will be available for choosing and shipment by the end of September 2011.

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    Rather have an original for your $25? How about a hand-painted postcard sent to you or your choice of recipients from Italy. If you have a specific city in mind (of the ones I plan to visit), I'll do my best to fulfill that wish! I will sign and date it and include a description of the place/subject.

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    You have a special friend, right? Why not have me send them a postcard too? For a pledge of $45 I'll send out 2 hand-painted postcard sent to you or your choice of recipients from Italy. If you have specific cities in mind (of the ones I plan to visit), I'll do my best to fulfill that wish! I will sign and date each one and include a description of the place/subject.

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    One 11" x 14" Limited Edition Print signed and numbered, on archival paper with permanent ink of your choice of any of the completed full-size paintings. These will be available for choosing and shipment by the end of September 2011.

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    One original 5" x 7" watercolor painting, done on location in Italy. It will of course be signed and also dated and include a description of the location/subject on the back. This piece will be matted and covered in plastic. This will be ready for shipment by the end of August. Backers at this level will also be invited to a special preview opening night of the completed Exhibition to be held in fall of 2011.

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    One original 7" x 10" watercolor painting, matted and framed to 11" x 14" , of the backer's choice from the trip. Each backer will be allowed to choose a painting based on the chronology of the pledge. Each painting will of course be signed and dated and will include a description of the location/subject on the back. This will be ready for shipment by the middle of December, after the shows are completed. Backers at this level will also be invited to a special preview opening night of the completed Exhibition to be held in the fall of 2011. Backers outside of the USA please add $25 for shipping.

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    One original 11" x 14" watercolor painting, matted and framed to 16" x 20", of the backer's choice from the trip. Each backer will be allowed to choose a painting based on the chronology of the pledge. Each painting will of course be signed and dated and will include a description of the location/subject on the back. This will be ready for shipment by the middle of December, after the shows are completed. Backers at this level will also be invited to a special preview opening night of the completed Exhibition to be held in the fall of 2011. Backers outside the USA please add $25 for shipping.

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    One original 12" x 18" watercolor painting, matted and framed to 18" x 24", of the backer's choice from the trip, **or any one framed painting that size or smaller from my studio. Each backer will be allowed to choose a painting based on the chronology of the pledge. Each painting will of course be signed and dated and will include a description of the location/subject on the back. This will be ready for shipment by the middle of December, after the shows are completed. Backers at this level will also be invited to a special preview opening night of the completed Exhibition to be held in the fall of 2011. Backers outside the USA please add $35 for shipping.** If you choose one from my studio, image choices will be emailed to you and your choice will be available for shipping by the end of August 2011.

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    One original 18" x 24" watercolor painting, matted and framed to 24" x 30", of the backer's choice from the trip, **or any one framed painting that size or smaller from my studio. Each backer will be allowed to choose a painting based on the chronology of the pledge. Each painting will of course be signed and dated and will include a description of the location/subject on the back. This will be ready for shipment by the middle of December, after the shows are completed. Backers at this level will also be invited to a special preview opening night of the completed Exhibition to be held in the fall of 2011. Backers outside the USA please add $45 for shipping.** If you choose one from my studio, image choices will be emailed to you and your choice will be available for shipping by the end of August 2011.

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