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By Michael
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About this project

I am an artist. I love to paint. Clouds, mountains, landscapes.. I want to drive around and paint some beautiful landscapes on the west coast. I'm not represented by any art galleries, agents, etc, so it's just me, my dads truck, and the paintbrushes. I've been drawing since 2002 and just started painting last summer. I've got the box, paints, panels, and have just been driving around Seattle painting landscapes for most of the last 8 months. Rain? I give it a shot. Freezing? I paint until my hands go numb. Don't know how to paint? I've been watching tutorials and studying as much as I can on my own. I am willing to fight and willing to climb any obstacle but without being a longstanding career artist, money is the obstacle I am running up against to further my art.

This is where you come in. Even if you're not interested in my art or art at all, and you're broke, you can help! Read on!

I'm attempting to use the kickstarter to fund the project up front. I don't have unlimited time and money resources to roll around and paint whatever and be comfortable selling them 6 months later in a gallery for thousands of dollars. By contributing to my project you're buying art before I make it. Once the project is funded, I will go on the trip, do the paintings, and then you'll get the art reward in return for your contribution. I'll deliver the artwork to you if you're close to the Seattle area, or ship it to you otherwise.

I have the vehicle, I just need the supplies and gas. I am estimating that the trip will take between 1 month to 6 weeks to complete. I estimate this length of time due to having 6 places to stop and paint, at a few days each, total driving of around 3500 miles (just between destinations) and possible weather delay.

How the rewards work: Essentially you are commissioning a landscape painting of an awesome location somewhere on the west coast! What if you don't like the painting? Don't worry, I've got a plan! The contributors will get first selection of a painting on a first contribute-first choice basis. When you make a contribution at a reward level, please send me a message and let me know which of the following locations you would like a painting of:

-The Grand Canyon!

-Brice or Zion National Parks

-San Diego

-Lake Tahoe

-Big Sur

-The Oregon Coast (North Bend area)

Hypothetically, let's say I have 10 people who contribute to receive ten 6x8 paintings of the Grand Canyon. I will do at least three 6x8 paintings and two paintings for larger sizes beyond whatever is the contribution level (so 10 required paintings means I will do at least 13). The first contributor will get the first selection (of 13) the second contributor will get the second selection (from 12) and so on, so each person will get to select from between at least 3-4 paintings. Then you don't get stuck with a painting you don't like. I will do this in email fashion, once I return, wait for the paintings to dry (approximately 3 weeks), then frame them up and deliver/ship them. Of course, if you want multiple paintings of various (or the same) locations, just contribute more than once and specify more than one (or the same) location.

What the money is being spent on: Canvases and canvas panels, paint and brushes, gas (estimating 5,000 travelling miles at 14 MPG), frame moulding and framing materials, shipping/delivery costs, powerbars, gallons of water, and laundromats on the road.

In the fortunate event that this project gets funded and you still want to get in on the fun, feel free to contribute further and I'll do your drawing/painting as well! I'll do a theoretically infinite amount of ink postcards on the road at the very least!

OK, you've come this far. Thank you for reading about my west coast painting project. Even if you are completely disinterested in contributing, you can still help me. I am an independant artist. I have no representation or promotion. I would imagine there are enough people out there interested in my work, or landscape painting, or in art to make this project, and continuing to be an artist a reality. I just have to find them! If you could please pass along the link to this project, or my blog, to anyone you know who is interested in art, the world, and life, it will go a long way in helping me find the people who enjoy the types of things I am trying to create! Thank you!

To view samples of my work, check out my website and my blog!

http://michaelneverstops.blogspot.com

http://www.michaelneverstops.com

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    I'll send you one of my new custom stickers! 6''x2''! Has an ink self portrait on it, along with my website and the words "Art for People".

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    I'll send you THREE of my new custom stickers! 6''x2''! Has an ink self portrait on it, along with my website and the words "Art for People".

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    I'll draw an ink landscape on the back of a watercolor postcard paper and send it to you on the road! Please send me a message to specify which location you prefer!

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    I'll paint a 6''x8'' landscape, frame it, and send/deliver it to you. It will be oil paint on canvas/panel/board and framed in a moulding that compliments the painting. I'll also put a sticker in there with it! Bonus! Please send me a message to specify which location you prefer!

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    I'll paint a 12''x16'' landscape, frame it, and send/deliver it to you. It will be oil paint on canvas/panel/board and framed in a moulding that compliments the painting. I'll toss a sticker in with it too so you get that phat bonus! Please send me a message to specify which location you prefer!

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    I'll paint a 12''x24'' landscape, frame it, and send/deliver it to you. It will be oil paint on canvas/panel/board and framed in a moulding that compliments the painting. Don't worry, you'll get one of those tight stickers also! Bonus! Please send me a message to specify which location you prefer!

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    The ultra commission! I'll paint any size canvas/board you specify, up to approximately 40''x40''. We'll discuss size and framing. While I'm out there on the trip, once I get to your location, I'll take a picture of the area to make sure you enjoy the scene before I proceed (since I'm only painting one). Once you approve the view, I do your massive painting, bring it back, frame it up, and get it to you! AND TWO STICKERS! ONE FOR EACH HAND!

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