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ABOUT ME AND MY WORK
Hi! My name is Cristina Simona Marian. I tell stories in colors and I have a collection of paintings named Povesti Fara Cuvinte, Stories Without Words. This series is very important to me because it deals with memories and with childhood. I had a wonderful childhood but one night a fire burned down my entire house. I lost contact with my childhood. All my photos, objects, toys, drawings, books, they all disappeared. From that moment on I began to feel the need to bring my childhood back, to paint for children, to help regain the connection with my past and with all those happy moments.
I like details, detalii. They make the difference between banality and beauty. I want those who see my paintings to experience a million details, to never get bored, to find something new every time they look. Some new object. Some new idea. Some new feeling.
I love the universe of children and everything we can discover there. I try to recreate this in my paintings. Smiling houses, sleepy suns, small donkeys in the mood to travel, lambs hopping, clouds dressed in lace, crickets who speak, and many other games and toys.
If you want to see more of my work, please go to http://crismarian.wordpress.com/
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PROJECT FOR FUTURE
Now I'm in the process of changing this style, gradually introducing elements from reality. Children turn into adults after all.
Before I change my style completely I have one major project I must do. An illustrated book. This is a project I have dreamed of since I was a child, in love with books with color pictures that Santa Claus promised to bring me if I recited a poem nicely.
TRAVELING CLOUDS, an illustrated book
This book is about traveling clouds. For me clouds mean travel. Travel above and into the Earth, travel in space, through time and between cultures. The universe was bountiful with clouds, they were created at the beginning of time and they had the chance to see everything. In my paintings clouds have eyes. So, if we follow the story of traveling clouds, we too can see everything.
I began this project while I was in Romania. There I completed five illustrations for the book. I just moved to the U.S. and I want to continue the project and finalize it here. I plan to finish the book by July 2013, hopefully earlier.
I usually work from inspiration, in the moment. My paintings are born layer by layer, day by day, with new elements coming in bit by bit.
I only have 30 days to make this project happen. With your help I can make this dream of mine come true and finish this book. Your contribution will help me pay for art supplies, my time, printing, Kickstarter fees, and shipping of your rewards.
Thank you for your support and for telling your friends about my Kickstarter project! I hope you will visit this universe with me. The universe as seen by clouds. The realms they have reached and what they have to tell. I hope you will follow the Traveling Clouds project.
Let your mind romp, invent, you will be amazed at how much you can see, how far you can go!
$1 or more –you will get a personal email from me thanking you for your support, plus I will keep you informed about the project and new work I do.
$5 or more– You will receive a digital copy of one of the illustrations from the book and a thank you from me. You will be able to use it for your desktop, smart phone, iPad or to make a framable print. Plus I will keep you informed about the project and new work I do.
$10 or more - You or your child will be a part of my book, one of the clouds. All I need is the name you want to have on YOUR OWN, PERSONALIZED, CLOUD. You will receive a digital copy of this illustration from the book. You will be able to use it for your desktop, smart phone, Ipad or to make a framable print. Plus I will keep you informed about the project and new work I do.
A framable painting of mine with some images blanked-out. I invite you to paint with me in the blank spaces. Personalize. Make it yours. Express yourself!
1.Something’s missing! A tree, stars, a roof, hills, fences, and a bird are missing. Find them by painting them as you like!
2. Where’s the lamb? It’s winter and the lambs play in the snow. The fourth lamb is missing. Find her by painting as you see!
3. Find granny! It is New Year’s Eve. Three kids are performing a Romanian tradition, best wishes for the new year. The old lady is hiding in the tree. Help the kids find her!
4. Help Miruna! Catch as many butterflies as you can!
$20 or more - You will receive 5 stickers with details of my paintings, 7,6 x 5,1cm ( 3" x 2" ), plus one greeting card, plus $5 level. For international orders please add $10.
$35 or more– You will receive one framable print, sizes between 20,3 x 30,5cm ( 8" x 12" ) and 30,5 x 40,6cm ( 12" x 16" ), plus one hand-painted spinning top (50 available, all unique!) with your name on it (I invite you to be a child and play!), plus $5 level. For international orders please add $15.
Examples of spinning tops
$45 or more–You will receive a set of two greeting cards, plus one frameable print, sizes between 20,3 x 30,5cm ( 8" x 12" ) and 30,5 x 40,6cm ( 12" x 16" ), plus a Painting Game of your choice. Plus $5 level. For international orders please add $15.
$50 or more– You will receive an original painting on wood, 11 x11cm ( 4.3” x 4.3” ), only these two are available, plus $5 level. For international orders please add $15. - SOLD OUT -
$60 or more– You will receive one print on canvas, up to 40.6 x 50.8cm ( 16” x 20” ), plus $5 level. For international orders please add $15.
$75 or more– Again I invite you to play! You will receive one Puzzle with one of my paintings, plus one Painting Game of your choice, plus a set of 5 greeting cards, plus $5 level. For international orders please add $15.
$200 or more–You will receive“Window of Dreams”, an original painting on wood, 32,6 x 32,6cm ( 13" x 13" ), only 1 available, plus $5 level. For international orders please add $25.
$200 or more - You will receive“Flying Girl Window”, an original painting on wood with shutters, 40,3 x 20cm ( 15,9" x 7,9" ), only 1 available, plus $5 level. For international orders please add $25.
$600 or more–You will receive one of the original 40.6 x 50.8cm ( 16" x 20") illustrations (paintings) from the Traveling Clouds book (only 4 are available), plus two canvas prints, up to 40.6 x 50.8cm ( 16" x 20 " ), plus a Painting Game of your choice, plus one Puzzle with one of my paintings, plus $5 level. For international orders please add $30.
If you want to combine any of the rewards, please add the value of the two together, and pledge on the most expensive one. Then please email me with which rewards you combined, and I will make it work. Thanks!
Remember, you will only be charged upon the success of my project. If for some reason, I fail to reach my goal, your account will not be charged.
Risks and challenges
It will take lots of time to paint, create the book, get the rewards ready, and organize all the packaging and shipping. I just moved here and need to arrange my studio and such, but I will do my best to do all of this on time. There is a possibility of course that things will get held up at the print shop or there will be a problem with the mail, but I hope I can get it all finished on time!
I hope that you find something interesting in this Kickstarter project and make a pledge. Join me and travel with the clouds. I would love for you help spread the word and tell your friends about this project as well!
If you have any questions about this project or are unsure how Kickstarter works you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Kickstarter FAQ page: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backer%20questions#BackAProj
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