Invitation: Support me on Patreon and win this painting!

Back at the beginning of November 2017, I launched my Patreon page:

Introducing my New Patreon Page!

It’s off to a very good start, and for some time now, I’ve entertained the idea of raffling off some of my paintings to patrons.  But in order for that to be really fun and interesting and worthwhile, I need more patrons.  So, I’m making an offer: I will raffle off this painting to patrons if and when I get at least 10 active patrons on my Patreon page.  Your patronage can be at any level, so for just one dollar per month, you could have a chance to win this painting:

A quick sketch to check out the new painting setup, January 2016

Note that I already have, at this moment,   5 patrons, so we are almost half way there! Check out the video I have made promoting this raffle!

I envision doing more raffles in the future, perhaps on a quarterly basis.  So this is just to get the ball rolling.  There are, of course, many other rewards for patronage on Patreon, so check out my page to learn all about it!

Thanks and now I will get down to making more art.

Artworks 2018 is coming May 10!

I’m pleased to announce that once again I have been asked to participate in the Arts Gowanus benefit, ArtWorks. On May 10th, 75 works by local artists will be shown during an exciting evening at Shapeshifter Lab. The event will be a combination of art exhibition, chance to mingle with local artists, yummy food and drink and best of all everyone will go home with an original artwork.

Tickets are limited so please go to the link below and get your ticket now. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the fantastic work of Arts Gowanus. 
To preview some of the artworks you can choose from, go here: https://www.artsgowanus.org/artworks-2018/
I’ll be at the event; will I see you there?

This year’s event will be at Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Gowanus, Brooklyn, May 10, 7-10pm.

Res botanica #10 (Goldenthread), oil on canvas, 20×20″, 2013.

I have also made a video describing the event and my painting!  Please hop on over to my Patreon page to view it!

December is coming …

… and that means Patreon patron rewards!

Earlier this month, I announced the launch of my Patreon Artist page. If you haven’t visited it yet, please stop by!

At the beginning of each month, I mail out patron rewards to all patrons pledging $5.00 or more.  For December, I will be choosing rewards from among the pencil and and ink artist trading card (ATC) sized work pictured below.

Abstract landscapes in pencil and ink.

If you are considering pledging your support, now is a good time to do it! If you pledge $5 or more before December 1, you will receive one or more small works on paper each month!  There are other rewards as well!  See the rewards descriptions for all of the details.  Visit my Patreon page to find out more!

You can also pledge just $1 per month! For just $1 you get access to all of my patron-only content, plus I’m cooking up some new ideas for 2018, including possibly doing artwork raffles for all patrons, regardless of pledge amount.

So if you, or someone you know, loves art and you want to support individual working artists, I hope you will consider pledging today.

Introducing my New Patreon Page!

Thank you to everyone who came out to see my work at the recent Gowanus Open Studios.

Since then, I’ve been extremely busy setting up and testing my new page on Patreon.com.  I’m now ready to officially invite you to come check it out, and help me keep making art!

What is Patreon?  Patreon is a relatively new platform that enables artists and creators of all sorts to obtain support from individual fans and patrons.  I first heard about Patreon from a creator of French language learning videos and podcasts (check him out! he’s great!), and was immediately intrigued.  Then, in March 2017 the New York Times published an interesting article focusing on the site: “How the Internet is Saving Culture, Not Killing It.”  I was then definitely interested!

Artists have always had patrons.  Making art in New York City is extremely expensive.  As many of you are aware, I had to give my studio at the end of 2015 for budgetary reasons.  Artist studio rents continue to go up, and many studios have left my immediate neighborhood.  What to do?

With all of this in mind, I have launched my Patreon page and I am asking for your support.  For as little as $1.00 per month, you can help me afford quality materials, eventually rent studio space outside of my home, and make more and better art!

Patreon is also a really nice, clean platform for sharing my process and new works with you.  And you can easily share with me your ideas and feedback!

Detail from “Lifeworld 43” in progress. You can observe the process and be among the first to see the finished work on my Patreon page.

Finally, there are rewards to patronage!  First of all, by pledging even just $1.00, you will have exclusive access to new online content — new works, detailed discussions (hopefully some videos) of my art-making process and some new content ideas that I haven’t even dreamed up yet!  And, I hope to institute raffles of my art to patrons in the new year.  If you pledge $5 or more, you will receive free art from me, as well as discounts on my works for sale.

If you have read this far (and even if you haven’t), I sincerely appreciate your interest in my work.  I hope you will check out my Patreon page and consider offering your support.  Thank you!

Something very last minute — My art during Gowanus Open Studios

Hello everyone!  I had not planned to show any work during this year’s Gowanus Open Studios (happening this weekend, October 20-22), but a last minute opportunity presented itself.

Abby Subak, Director of Arts Gowanus, reached out to artists who formerly had studios in Gowanus, and asked us to participate as “Gowanus Emeritus Artists” in the “Silent Auction & Garden Party: One Piece Per Artist GOS 2017” show at 313 Butler Gallery.

So — my piece, “View from beneath the surface #1” will be included in the show.   The event, a silent auction, happens Saturday night, October 21 from 5-9 at 313 Butler Gallery, at 313 Butler Street in Brooklyn, New York.  The art remains up through November 13.

“View from beneath the surface 1,” oil on canvas, 12″ diameter, 2014.

The full event description can be found on Facebook, here.

Artworks: A Benefit for Arts Gowanus

I’m pleased to announce that, once again, I will be contributing to this year’s ArtWorks — a benefit for Arts Gowanus!

This year’s event happens Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7 – 10 pm at Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215.  I will be there!

So join me in celebrating the arts and artists of Gowanus and take home a piece of original artwork from a local artist!  I’m donating my painting Lifeworld 10 (2013):

“Lifeworld 10,” oil on canvas, 20×20″, 2013

Need I say that this is a rare and amazing opportunity to obtain one of my Lifeworld paintings at an amazing price?

By buying a ticket to the ArtWorks event you are buying a chance to “win” this fabulous painting along with 74 other great works made by artists working in Gowanus.  Plus you’ll support the critical mission of Arts Gowanus to promote, support and advocate for local artists and a sustainable arts community in the Gowanus neighborhood. Here’s a link to some of the other artworks available.

In case the art isn’t appealing enough, don’t miss the food, drink and revelry.

Tickets are on sale now, $250 single, $300 for couple, which entitles you to one original work of art… Click here to buy tickets!

Ticket sales are limited, so act fast!

Winter …

Winter–in the eleventh month
Snow falls thick and fast.
A thousand mountains, one color.
Men of the world passing this way are few.
Dense grass conceals the door.
All night in silence, a few woodchips burn slowly
As I read the poems of the ancients.

–Ryokan (Japan, 1758-1831)

Winter bamboo, Mt. Tremper, New York, 2015