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By Niya Christine
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About this project

This deluxe hardcover art book is a little different. It's a robust collection of paintings and stories that you can indulge in over and over—read outloud to your children or use to entertain friends at a dinner party. It doubles as a helpful life design companion.

Introduction spread
Introduction spread
Sample book spread
Sample book spread

Book Story

UPDATE: This article/interview just out today tells the story in depth: "Hours for Art" Interview by Alison Gresik

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When I began painting daily, I simply needed 1 hour a day to relax and paint again. Story is a strong framework for any creative endeavor and soon enough characters and scenes came alive in the paintings.

Each month's theme took on a life of it's own. Certain themes inspired on site painting- such as "Wild Horses and Adobe Houses" in Sedona and Santa Fe. "Food & Wine" was special as I lived with a chef in San Francisco. 

I had initially envisioned the book as a printed documentary of the 365 paintings. However during the year that vision expanded as more and more followers wanted to know the inside story.

I became my own lab rat in a year-long life experiment and took extensive notes. The leading questions: What do we do when life goes off the rails? How do we re-establish balance, reconnect with what matters and build the dreams that make us whole while we’re slogging around in the mosh pit of life's demands and dramas?

I discovered: One day, (one color), one ritual, one hour at a time.

If funded, my vision for the reader: Whether you are building a body of work, a business, or simply want to be a better friend or parent, this book will help and inspire you to establish a daily practice of your own to express yourself.

Status of the book: The content is complete. I now need funding for a limited edition print run, production, editing and postage. A coffee table art book over 200 pages with high quality paper requires a quality printer. This budget is even a bit tight. But I don't want to cut corners with the printing. 

"We cannot do great things, but we can do small things with great love."  ~ Mother Teresa

—I would add that small things turn into great things with big imagination.

Book Product

What is a story painting?

Claire & The Vintage Bicycle Rabbits: Sample of a story painting
Claire & The Vintage Bicycle Rabbits: Sample of a story painting

My first painting of the year wasn't was I had intended. It turned out to be a bunch of coffee beans in burlap sacks sunning themselves lazily on the beach. As this type on nonsense continued, I relented and listened and stories happened. These stories often intersected with people stories—especially in the "Food & Wine" and "Word & Image" themes. Both fiction and non-fiction stories are included in this body of work.

In short: A story painting is a painting first from the imagination that tells its story later.

Features/details of the 365 Book: 

  • Hardbound. 200-250 pages, 8.5 x 9 inches (or more)
  • 10 story paintings per chapter, 140 or more color plates
  • The pros and cons of traveling your creative project. How to do it in a fun, sensory-engaged way
  • Creative practice notes. What I learned about my craft and how I hemmed it into the story painting themes
  • Ritual. Designing your space. A very important aspect of sustainability, joy and the rewards of daily practice
  • Meltdowns and how valuable they can be
  • Imperfection tricks and tips
  • Each chapter has the personality, voice and style of that each month's theme in its design
  • Principles of “the peace and creativity of frequency" in creative practice
  • Resources. A list of every single thing I used to resource and support the project
  • Innovation and novelty activities: why continuous learning is essential
  • Provocative questions at the end of each chapter. Thinking tools for your own "daily meaning" project
  • Likely, a new title. I will keep you informed

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As a person who makes a living with design, (books, software, living spaces, brands) the design and quality of this book is very important to me. If I am funded, I will treat the crafting of this book as an art form in and of itself—with pleasure!

Rewards: 

Clarity point: Since it can be cumbersome to search through 365 paintings to choose your rewards (like postcards), I will post your choices here.

  • Pre-Order of the Hardback Book. If you pre-order the book as a gift, I will send them a beautiful PDF gift certificate with instructions
  • Kindle and iPad format editions
  • Postcard Sets: NOTE: Rewards packages with "The Three Cakes" also have the choice now of the Rabbit series set and the Wild Horses set. 
"Three Cakes" from June's Food & Wine Series
"Three Cakes" from June's Food & Wine Series
"Three Rabbits" from May, Bunnies & Bicycles
"Three Rabbits" from May, Bunnies & Bicycles

3 Horses from July's Southwest Series
3 Horses from July's Southwest Series
  • Digital Wallpaper for your phone. For everyone. 
Digital wallpapers. I will send you a survey of choices.
Digital wallpapers. I will send you a survey of choices.
 
  • PDF Greeting Card Samples: {I will send a survey of many choices. And you will get double the rewards offer}
The elephant in the room is sleeping
The elephant in the room is sleeping
O'Keeffe Country
O'Keeffe Country
  • Full Color Calendar 2013: This is a calendar with every painting for every day of 2013.
Cover Image of January Calendar: Click to see full calendar
Cover Image of January Calendar: Click to see full calendar
A sample of the printed postcard. High quality paper stock. Beautiful color results.
A sample of the printed postcard. High quality paper stock. Beautiful color results.
  • Fine Art Phone Cases
Phone case samples. I will send you a survey of even more choices.
Phone case samples. I will send you a survey of even more choices.
 
  • 11x17 Poster of "Guilty Dog Spilled the Beans"
Guilty (clumsy puppy) Dog - well he's learning. This is a fun poster for your kitchen. It was created in January's theme: "Coffee & Tea."
Guilty (clumsy puppy) Dog - well he's learning. This is a fun poster for your kitchen. It was created in January's theme: "Coffee & Tea."
  • Original 365 Watercolors (from the pre-launch set)
All 5x8 from my moleskin watercolor book: "Farmers Market Olive Oil" "Whidbey Island" (plain air on Whidbey), "Writers Cafe" (created in Starbucks in Portland with my writer friend, Nancy).
All 5x8 from my moleskin watercolor book: "Farmers Market Olive Oil" "Whidbey Island" (plain air on Whidbey), "Writers Cafe" (created in Starbucks in Portland with my writer friend, Nancy).
  • Happy Dance Video-Gram
I promise to make it super embarrassing
I promise to make it super embarrassing
 
  • Creative Labs Workshop and Lecture Speaking Visit

If you want to inspire your class, team, client or conference audience, I would love to help. I have given design lectures, trainings and public speaking addresses at institutions, conferences and company off sites. And, don't ever let me tell you I don't love it. I secretly do.

  • Coaching sessions for your project

If you have something you are itching to do, I would love to help you. I'm good for creative ideas and strategies on helping you set up a fun and productive structure, inspire and face all obstacles to success.

  • Commission of a large original painting for your wall. Up to 5ft x 5ft in diameter. Your choice of Oil, Acrylic, Collage. Canvas or Paper. Samples of previous large works here.

Stretch goals:

For every 5k over my original print and production goal there are significant additional reward for all. Here are the first 3.

#1. The first 5k stretch. The size of the book will increase from 8 x 8 to 8.5 x 11. Just think about how well that turned out for Maira Kalman's "Lemony Snicket." 

#2. Second 5k stretch. You get the book in July instead of September. This is my favorite stretch. This stretch allows me exclusive time to focus on writing and designing the book immediately. Pre-press, editing, book cover design, press checks to perfection and then off they go to you. 

#3. Third 5k stretch. Besides passing out in happiness, I will print more books. I will add more posters and postcard designs and disseminate to all. And likely more surprises as the creativity rolls. I will report the details daily. 

…. I have many more rewards to offer. So spread the good word. More is more, is more, is more…

How are the funds allocated?

The product of a larger full color book has some steep printing and postage costs. Most of the money goes there. Also hiring an editor, refining and producing the digital editions. Additional money goes towards additional rewards and focused writing time to get the book out as soon as possible. If I am funded I will be able to devote myself 100 % to this project and get the books delivered by mid summer at the latest. Additional money goes towards additional rewards: The calendar, phone cases, posters, etc. Meeting stretch goals allows my time to be exclusively devoted to all aspects of this project. 

Thank you for your consideration. 

Zen Bunny who makes sure everything goes well.
Zen Bunny who makes sure everything goes well.

Risks and challenges

I've been envisioning, researching and making this book for over a year. So there is only potential heartbreak and risk on my side—not being able to make it happen with funding.

For you there is very little risk involved since the project itself is complete. The content of the book is done. The rewards with the exception of the hardback and digital editions of the book are in hand. The design and writing of the book is in process now. What is not complete is the final writing, producing, editing and printing of the book itself. I expect the writing to move along swiftly given experience with other book projects that are research and content complete that I've written and produced. I've set the delivery based on writing time, production and printing costs. I've done extensive research and I have published before. So if unexpected delays come up, I will immediately notify you. All rewards with the exception of the book will deliver this spring. And if the stretch goals are met you will have your book by mid-June. If there are any delays at all due to unexpected events, I will notify you and make it up to you with additional rewards.

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    POSTER + BOOK PACKAGE: Level 3 Book Package + “Guilty Dog Spilled the Beans” 11x17 “green certified” poster. Plus, an additional (level 3 provides the "Three Cakes" set) 3 postcard set of your choice. I'm adding several choices throughout the campaign. And, you will have Super-Hero Status in my heart and good bunny karma.

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    ORIGINAL WATERCOLORS. You are special. You are coming in on the lucky number, 365. A signed hardcopy book + both eBook editions: Patron credit online and in the printed book. A digital wallpaper for your phone. AND an original watercolor from the 365 pre365-launch set. 5x8 in. "Farmers Market Olive Oil", "Whidbey Island" and "Writers Cafe." Your reward for early campaign support is first choice. Happy dance video-gram. All project updates. And a good 365 story for your life collection.

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    ROBUST PACKAGE: Well aren't you the art and life lover! You rock. You get 2 signed hardback editions of the book. You also get the digital editions. A digital wallpaper for your phone. Patron credit at the back of the printed book. Plus a 365 fine art cell phone case (see sample on left: you don't have to pick now, I will send you choices and get your phone brand to fit). You also get the full 365 calendar, a set of the 3 cakes postcards and the happy dance video-gram. All project updates.

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    CREATIVE LABS PACKAGE + Original Art. Well aren't you so awesome and amazing! I will come to your business, institution or studio and offer a creativity labs lecture and workshop in the Bay Area or Portland Oregon (or you pay travel cost outside of those areas). You will have your choice of a large oil painting in my studio up to 5 ft in size. You also get 3 signed copies of the hardback book + an 11x17 “Guilty Dog...” poster and a set of the “three cakes postcards” + the happy dance video-gram + a digital wallpaper for your phone. All project updates. * While the book delivery is September, we can schedule the creative labs visit before that.

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    THE BIG PACKAGE + PAINTING COMMISSION. I am humbled beyond - and then beyond again. You also get 5 signed hardback copies of the book + the eBook editions. An original commissioned large painting. This is actually what I do best—large works. You will have a choice of oil, acrylic, collage, canvas or paper and I’ll work with you on your choice depending upon your goals. Up to 5 ft size. If you are on the west coast, I will come and consult with you in person. Otherwise, we will work out a live Skype session. You will also have the FEATURE Patron credit at the back of the printed book, a full color calendar, and a digital wallpaper for your phone, a cell phone case + "Guilty Dog…" poster and a set of the “Three Cakes” postcards. You also have the option of 3 coaching/support sessions to get you personally aligned for your own body of work and goals. And the happy dance video-gram. All project updates. I will contact you to get everything organized.

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