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A project to create a new collection of 'on the spot' oil paintings on the streets of San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York
A project to create a new collection of 'on the spot' oil paintings on the streets of San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York
69 backers pledged £5,474 to help bring this project to life.

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As an artist who only paints in-situ, the opportunity of painting in the United States and bringing my techniques in perspective to such iconic places such as San Francisco and New York would give me the chance to work internationally.

The logistics of being a painter who works in and amongst the scenes I'm painting can be very tricky; carrying wet canvasses, easels and oil-based paints from place to place, it is also a way of working which immerses me into the scene, so to have a dedicated tour of painting in the United States offers me the challenge of capturing the unique essence and buzzing atmosphere of these world art capitals and devote all of my efforts to the creation of some spectacular work.

An example of a simple portrait
An example of a simple portrait

Your support of this project will enable me to fly to the USA for two months; to have accommodation and transport in two centres, first San Francisco and then New York, to purchase all the materials that I need; canvas, paints etc, the shipping home of the artwork and to help pay for my working VISA.

An example Conte sketched landscape
An example Conte sketched landscape

I am aiming for a pop-up exhibition of all of the work produced somewhere in New York to showcase this once-in-a-lifetime project before returning home.

I would love for you to be part of this and hope it is something you would like to see happen.

Very Best Wishes

Rob

Risks and challenges

Getting to America: the flights and accommodation are reserved in anticipation, plus I need the art materials, fuel, transport and working visas: I'm in the process of making sure I comply with all USA visa requirements for the trip.

Permissions to paint: I shall no doubt require special permissions to paint particular locations or interiors. Applying for these permissions is something I do on a regular basis in the UK.

Turning paintings into rewards: I'm used to working to short deadlines and getting print products out on the move. As long as I can get to power points and wifi, there will not be a problem getting your rewards shipped out to you.
I have experience in producing exhibition catalogues and calendars.

The heat! I've been warned that the extreme heat of some of the planned locations will mean painting outdoors will be hard. I like extreme painting conditions and after the cold of England this sounds appealing, but don't worry, I'll be taking care to avoid heatstroke...

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    My sincere THANKS for backing the journey plus exclusive access to private blog posts and video diary entries along the way.

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    Signed POSTCARD printed whilst in the US of one of the paintings from the trip to say thank you for supporting the journey plus exclusive access to private blog posts and video diary entries along the way.

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    PDF CATALOGUE emailed to you of all the work produced in the US including pricing, dimensions etc. plus a signed POSTCARD to say thank you for supporting the journey and exclusive access to private blog posts and video diary entries along the way.

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    Pledge £15 or more About $23

    Signed, glossy 2014 CALENDAR of my favourite 12 images from the work produced on the trip, plus a PDF CATALOGUE emailed to you, a signed POSTCARD to say thank you for supporting the journey and exclusive access to private blog posts and video diary entries along the way.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $46

    The full-colour BOOK of paintings, photography and writing from the trip,

    Also the glossy 2014 CALENDAR of my favourite 12 images plus a PDF CATALOGUE, a signed POSTCARD to say thank you and exclusive blog posts and video diary entries along the way.

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    Pledge £400 or more About $616

    A2 CHARCOAL SKETCH from the US trip on fine art paper, subject of the artist's choice but you choose between New York or San Francisco. Mounted and wrapped.

    Plus the BOOK, PDF CATALOGUE, glossy CALENDAR with my favourite 12 images, a signed POSTCARD to say thank you and exclusive blog posts and video diary entries along the way.

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    Pledge £600 or more About $924

    Prepare to sit still for a long time!
    COMMISSIONED PORTRAIT upon my arrival back from the US you'll be invited to my studio in Staffordshire, England for a private portrait sitting. You will be able to view some of the US work and chat through the adventure, and you get to take home an original oil painting of yourself or a friend. All the work will be done from direct observation, no photography will be used. The portrait will take a full day's work. Travel expenses and any shipping required are not included.

    You also get the BOOK, PDF CATALOGUE, CALENDAR and the signed POSTCARD from the US.

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    Pledge £3,000 or more About $4,620

    Your opportunity to COMMISSION an original on location oil painting of a view of your choice in either central New York or San Francisco. Depending on necessary permissions I shall seek to get as close to the vista you desire and shall consult sketches with you before beginning the piece. Framing and shipping is included in this price.
    You also get the BOOK, PDF CATALOGUE, CALENDAR and the signed POSTCARD from the US.

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