I believe art is the key to healing. I am an environmental litigator who turned to art after developing fibromyalgia and chronic daily migraine. As a result of my conditions I had to stop practicing law and find new meaning in my life. In the course of finding ways to manage pain that didn't involve huge handfuls of pills I discovered I was in less pain while in the flow of artistic creation than any other time in my day. Soon I was painting all the time. I have found that creating art and turning my pain, sorrow, loss, and stress into art helps me heal emotionally and physically. I hope to share this healing with others and eventually even offer artistic meditations online for other people with chronic conditions.
I paint whimsical monsters, dinosaurs in Victorian costumes, expansive galaxies, primaeval forests, deep sea creatures, dragons, and abstract images.
I draw upon my own feelings to paint images that capture and express the darker inner turmoil within all of us. I like to turn those unpopular emotions into attractive images to help make them more acceptable to have around, to feel, and to experience. I believe if we become more comfortable feeling unpopular feelings we can begin to get better at expressing them and including them in our definition of acceptable ways to feel in society.
I enjoy using recycled papers from my days as an attorney and unusual surfaces as my canvases.
I would like to share one of my favorite styles of painting with all of you. I am offering original paintings, one for each backer, painted using Ebrú watercolor techniques. Ebrú is a style of painting similar to paper marbling in that the artist mixes a watery surface called a size and uses dyes to paint deeply colored images on it, manipulating the dye after placement with wires, brushes, and sometimes even breath. After the image is complete the artist transfers it to paper, lets it dry, and flattens out any crinkles.
For this project I will be using pages from the Colorado Revised Statutes as canvas to provide additional depth and interest to the paintings. I will be painting brightly colorful sea monsters and fish with all manner of expressions on their fishy faces.
My plan is to paint several paintings a week from February through June and to send each one to the loving embrace of a backer. I plan to keep my backers updated as to my progress through regular posts on the kickstarter page. Each painting will measure 5x7 and be sent on backing board in a sleeve to prevent damage.
Backers can expect to begin receiving their paintings as early as Mid-March 2018. I will be sending them out every Friday until the project is finished.
I am asking $60 per painting. Currently my paintings of this size and style sell at Grace Gallery and online for $75.00 a piece. However, part of what appeals to me about this project is being able to offer original artwork for less because I'm selling more of it. The price I am offering makes it feasible for me to pay for paints, size, backing board, sleeves, brushes, and my time while giving backers a discount on the price of owning an original work of art.
I look forward to painting for you!
Risks and challenges
I have several disabilities so my biggest risk is being over-tired and unable to paint regularly.
In order to mitigate this risk I have set the completion date for this project in June, in order to allow me to have plenty of bad days amongst the good ones. On average I currently paint several days a week and I should be able to continue to do so throughout this project. I plan on communicating with backers via updates to let them know how things are going to assuage any concern about my ability to complete the project.
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