UPDATE! All four pins are now available as rewards.
Because we reached our $40,000 Stretch Goal, I am making four pins (see below for details). Each backer of a print will automatically receive any two of those pins. Any backer at any level may also pledge an additional $12 per pin to receive extra pins.
UPDATE! I finished the first pin design and posted it below.
Welcome to the Phoenix Queen Kickstarter! She is the SIXTH of the Winged Women Art Nouveau Collection - she is a VERY SPECIAL and meaningful piece dedicated to everyone who has had obstacles to overcome in their life.
The Winged Women are personal art nouveau pieces that I put all of my love and soul into creating. There will now be six in the series, and you choose Phoenix as your reward or any of the past pieces (Swan, Raven, Owl, Crane or Falcon) as long as their editions are not sold out.
I'm creating her in four different sizes - the 11x17" which is a beautiful size to display for tighter spaces or in a collection book; the 13x19" which is ideal to frame on a wall along with a few others in the series, the 18x24 which is a little larger, if you have bigger walls, and also comes with a drawing on the certificate of authenticity, and the very, very limited edition 27x36" size, which also comes with a drawing and I make only a handful at this size. I will be hand tipping the feathers of the giclee on canvas in gold leaf to really make her unique.
What makes Phoenix so special?
Phoenix is the mystical bird of rebirth and renewal. A symbol of rising from the ashes and starting again. This piece is dedicated to all of you who have lost, and then picked yourself up again to keep going. Proceeds from this Kickstarter go to creation of the artwork, as well as to rebuilding my personal dream.
A dozen years ago, I was able to purchase a fantastic studio space. It had beautiful light, ample room to paint and photograph models....and it was also a half mile from the epicenter of the most foreclosures in the country during the housing crisis years ago. For years we held onto that dream, until it simply was not feasible anymore - and like so many people at that time, our dream slipped from our fingers and flew away.
I accepted this as fate and moved across the country to Seattle, which has been fantastic. The people here are great, the arts community is amazing, and inspiration abounds. I accepted that I would be renting studio space from now on, and have been painting, trying to give as little thought as possible to the fact that my studio is rented, and not owned.
The perfect studio space has just fallen into my lap. A forever studio - that would be mine, which means that I can continue to create artwork for my fans without worry, for the rest of my life. It's just about an hour north of Seattle, on an island which is known for it's love of the arts. In fact, all of the studios on the island open for three days a year for the public to come and visit and get an inside tour - mine will be no different!
I'm very excited. For those of you who are freelance or self employed, you probably know that even after twenty seven years of a very successful career, the banks still make financing a nightmare. Luckily, I only need to finance around $50,000 to purchase the dream studio outright!
SO, I've decided that I would launch Phoenix *now*, as I'm gathering financing for the studio. The more money that I can raise during the Kickstarter, the more goes towards securing this dream, and the less I have to fight the banks to finance.
I'm asking you this - if you love Phoenix, and love my artwork, please support this very special Kickstarter to help make this dream come true! At the very least, share it with as many people as possible. I only have a small window to make this happen, so it's going to be a short Kickstarter! I would love any help you can give!
Phoenix will be my way of thanking you for helping raise this dream from the ashes and rebuild! I will create for you the most glorious piece yet! I'm also adding some special reward levels of one of a kind items, just to help make this happen!
Thank you again!
Unlike the other Winged Women, Phoenix will not be Kickstarter only, but limited edition prints will be available for sale year round - proceeds from Phoenix will go directly to supporting the dream studio. However, the prices will never be this low outside of Kickstarter, so don't wait.
I'm currently working on the border elements for Phoenix - and will be posting drawing updates as I go along!
*Update* Time to post more stretch goals! I'm working on pin designs for your phoenix pin at this very moment! I will be posting up ideas soon! This is amazing, I'm starting to dream that I may be able to purchase it outright if we can reach around $50,000. That.... that would be truly a dream come true. Sketches to follow shortly! :D
*Update* WOW we blew through the first goal in just a few hours!!! Holy cannoli! SO, I will be offering TWO separate versions of Phoenix! You can choose once they are done, or you can add the other on to receive both!!! Golds and Reds - OR Blue and Purple flames.... Both will be sooo cool. I might mirror them so that they can go next to each other, but it's too early for me to decide right now. Thank you for all the support! Wow!
I've placed the goal for the Kickstarter at 10,000 which will give me what I need to create the beautiful Phoenix - queen of rebirth and starting again!
Being able to own my own studio again would be a dream come true, and my financing needs to make that happen is just around $50,000. The more this kickstarter raises, the closer to a permanent studio I get, which will open me up to more artwork in a stress free environment in the future. So, I'm going to set up a series of Stretch Goals to get me a little closer to that bigger goal!
$12,000 - Fire isn't always Gold and Red, why should the Phoenix? If we reach this goal, I'll introduce an alternate color of this beautiful bird. Remember, fire is also beautiful purples and blues!
$16,000 - I'll make a digital recording of Phoenix in progress so that you can see her develop as she comes to life!
$20,000 - Phoenix Pin! I'll design a beautiful Phoenix pin to reward each and every one who backs a Phoenix print! Woo Hoo!
$35,000 - I'll offer a one hour live Adobe Illustrator tutorial weekly for four months. That's hours of free content on how to kick butt in Illustrator, and a forum to ask questions.
$40,000 - UPDATED! You will receive TWO pins! Based on response to my pin question - whether I should create pins of the BIRD Phoenix, or the Woman Phoenix - I've decided to do BOTH. You will receive one of each, OR you can choose the alternate color of either.
I will post a pdf version of my coloring pages folio for you to download and enjoy!
$45,000 - UPDATED! Fans have asked for a reward level that includes the drawings! Every backer will receive a Phoenix postcard, with the drawings printed on it, in all her glory!
$45,000 - Forever Commemoration and Thanks in the new Studio for all backers! The Studio will be open for three days during the annual art studio tour on the island, as well as any other days during the year that I choose to have an open studio to visitors. I will install a beautiful permanent thank you plaque thanking all the kickstarter backers for making the studio happen - that all visitors will see.
$50,000 - It's Twins! Instead of the simple color variation of the Phoenix, I'll create a similar, but different sister to her. So, one will be golds and reds and the other, sister, will be blues and purples - I'm thinking that they will mirror each other, so that they can be hung as a SET.
Risks and challenges
I have successfully fulfilled fourteen previous kickstarters. I appreciate all of my fans that help make these happen! Sometimes there are bumps, but we do our very best to make sure that everyone is thrilled - and to be available for questions or concerns. It is my intention to have Phoenix shipped in the fall, in time for holiday delivery.
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