Covid19 in Three to Five Words: Update!!
I am excited to say that my kickstarter campaign ended on June 4th and was a big success thanks to my wonderful supporters! It seems a lifetime ago that I launched the Kickstarter for this project but it was really just a short six months ago. That's pretty awesome when I think about the disruption to business Covid-19 caused. And then there is the fact that I painted over 60 paintings for this book and did the production work myself. I received the book on September 29th and Balfour Fine Books did a fantastic job... the color is so vivid. Can hardly wait for everyone to see it.
If you were a part of the Kickstarter, shipments are going out now. It will probably take me a few weeks to get through them all. And for those who want to pick them up at the studio, I have that noted. Masks are required and I promise a safe environment. 🙂 I am generally always in the studio in the mornings and on weekends.
If you'd like to buy a book (I did a limited run and have already pre-sold over 600 copies), you can click on the link below to grab yours while I have them.
The Journaling Section
Record your thoughts while they are still fresh in your memory. You can transcribe them to the the journaling section (in the middle of the book) or just tuck your pages from below inside. There are two versions below (adult and young person because the questions begged to be a little different for each).
Check Out My Kickstarter Campaign
(it has ended but there is lots of good info there including videos, timelines, sample art, and the budget.
How this project came about
When the pandemic hit my community, my art festivals around the country were canceled and my studio building shut down to the public. At the time, I was starting a new series of work surrounding what I call “Three to Five Words.” My inspiration comes from short snippets of conversation that I overhear when passing others in public. When the order to “Shelter in Place” came about, I turned to press conferences, news, and social media for my phrases. I began to realize I was recording history as I painted. I posted them to my personal Facebook page as a break for my friends from otherwise stressful news, and I knew I was on to something. People were enjoying them and looking for them each day. The colors are bright, and the animals bring a smile. I was witnessing what my art could do at a time when we need it most... to be a light against a dark and uncertain landscape.
What's In the Book
There are 120 pages of #3to5words art with a factoid of what inspired it on the opposing page (along with a sourced reference)... A coffee table book that tells a tough story in a light way. Also included is a section where the reader can record their own memories of how this all went down for them personally. I am passionately behind this endeavor and while it started out as a way for me to process this time in history, it has turned into much more.
My intention is to put this book into all the hands that can benefit from it. I have a reputable printer behind me (Balfour) who is well known for its long and successful history of the manufacturing, sales and marketing of class rings, yearbooks, letter jackets and graduation regalia. They also produce quality fine books.
I am thrilled and humbled that I have a supportive community around me who are as excited as I am about the realization of this project! To reach far beyond that is my ultimate dream!
About my normal show schedule...
All shows have been suspended until further notice due to the Covid19 Pandemic. I normally have a full travel schedule (at least two art festivals a month along with open studio dates at Sawyer Yards) but that has all changed. I am hopeful that we can begin to see that happen again in the fall.