Annie Dunn is creating Chaos in Color
15

patrons

Hello, I'm Annie, the artist behind Chaos in Color, featuring curiously cognizant cats and skeletons. As the tag line suggests, my work consists mostly of cats who like to hang out with skeletons. If I think of something funny then a few other oddities might also make an appearance because, hey, humor is all about the unexpected.

I sell my work at art shows, have an e-commerce website, and am also represented by a successful gallery, so what am I doing here on Patreon? This is more difficult to explain than I expected, so much so that I've rewritten this introduction at least half a dozen times. Self examination can be brutal, and I have to be honest with both you and myself about what I have to offer in exchange for what I need.

The larger works that I create for the fine art audience are very time consuming. I release only about six new pieces per year. That leaves a lot of silence between releases, even though I'm still working almost every day. The recovery after finishing one of these paintings is worse than a five alarm hangover because the artwork takes so much out of me. I nearly obsess over them.

I'm not going to stop making the larger production pieces, they are my pride and joy, but I need an outlet that provides some spontaneity. These smaller pieces can be more experimental, more playful, more vulnerable, and in some cases even more dark.

Mostly though I would say this outlet provides more freedom, for me as the creator being able to cut loose a little bit, and for you as patrons who get to experience the surprise of a new piece of art every week without having to figure out where to put it. (That's the magic of digital. It can last forever but takes up no room at all.) If you're reading this then I assume you've probably seen my previous work and already know if you'd want to see even more of it.

Patreon is all about reciprocity. As a patron you are giving with the trust that I will create something worthwhile. That is humbling and also a little bit scary. I will do everything I can to be worthy of that trust and to create something that I hope will be of value to you.

In addition to all that, I'd also like to help more cats. I'm still working out ideas in my head but I know it's not a one person job and I know it will be even better if you are part of it.

So go ahead, identify what you get from my work, whether it's a burst of laughter, a moment of memento mori, or maybe just an emotional color high, and then pledge the amount that these benefits are worth to you. For the cats, for the creation of new artwork, and for your own enjoyment, thank you for becoming a patron. ♥


Tiers
Chaos Cohort
$1 or more per month
Welcome to the chaos, I'm so happy you're here! As a patron you will get to see exclusive posts about what's happening at Chaos in Color. This includes works in progress, where you can give feedback and maybe even influence what happens next. Want to see more arachnids? More coffins? More calico cats? Your input carries a lot of weight because you're actively helping to make this happen.  ♥ 
Fortunate Feline
$2 or more per month
This one is for the cats! As a patron you are giving an extra $1 every month to help fund artwork donations to cat rescue fundraisers.  This covers the cost of production as well as shipping, which can get pricey because artwork requires a lot of packaging so that it doesn't get squished in the mail.  The cat rescue groups either raffle or auction the artwork to raise money for services that help cats and kittens.  May you receive many happy purrs from all the cats who will benefit from your support.  

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Book Backer
$3 or more per month
Let's bond over books! Producing a book has been on my bucket list for years, and I know I can make it happen with your support. I'm talking about all new artwork, and what I hope is an even higher level of creative humor. As a patron at this tier you will get to be part of the book creation process by giving your opinion at every step along the way.  I'll also make sure you get a discount (or maybe even better) on the actual book. 

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Art Aficionado
$5 or more per month
This is the big one! Posting new art every week is what really keeps me going. You can even download it for personal use (and I'm trusting you not to post it anywhere else because that would make it a whole lot less special for my other patrons). This is also eco-friendly art because it's all digital. You can enjoy it without consuming any physical resources. But most of all, knowing that you are waiting to see something new every week makes me work harder than I ever could for just myself. 

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History Buff
$25 or more per month
Stop the shredders! I like to de-clutter, and I don't even hesitate when deleting old posts on social media. The photo you see attached is shredded artwork. But if you are dedicated enough to support my work at this level then I promise to preserve all past posts, which will be accessible only to members of this tier. This is difficult for me to do, there are some posts that I'd already like to delete, but in appreciation for your incredibly generous support I will keep the archive intact. And also, thank you, thank you, thank you.  You have my deepest gratitude. 


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Goals
15 of 20 patrons
At 20 patrons I'll release the name of my super-secret book project. What's in it, you say? Well, there will be cats, and there will be art, but that's all I can tell you for now! 
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Hello, I'm Annie, the artist behind Chaos in Color, featuring curiously cognizant cats and skeletons. As the tag line suggests, my work consists mostly of cats who like to hang out with skeletons. If I think of something funny then a few other oddities might also make an appearance because, hey, humor is all about the unexpected.

I sell my work at art shows, have an e-commerce website, and am also represented by a successful gallery, so what am I doing here on Patreon? This is more difficult to explain than I expected, so much so that I've rewritten this introduction at least half a dozen times. Self examination can be brutal, and I have to be honest with both you and myself about what I have to offer in exchange for what I need.

The larger works that I create for the fine art audience are very time consuming. I release only about six new pieces per year. That leaves a lot of silence between releases, even though I'm still working almost every day. The recovery after finishing one of these paintings is worse than a five alarm hangover because the artwork takes so much out of me. I nearly obsess over them.

I'm not going to stop making the larger production pieces, they are my pride and joy, but I need an outlet that provides some spontaneity. These smaller pieces can be more experimental, more playful, more vulnerable, and in some cases even more dark.

Mostly though I would say this outlet provides more freedom, for me as the creator being able to cut loose a little bit, and for you as patrons who get to experience the surprise of a new piece of art every week without having to figure out where to put it. (That's the magic of digital. It can last forever but takes up no room at all.) If you're reading this then I assume you've probably seen my previous work and already know if you'd want to see even more of it.

Patreon is all about reciprocity. As a patron you are giving with the trust that I will create something worthwhile. That is humbling and also a little bit scary. I will do everything I can to be worthy of that trust and to create something that I hope will be of value to you.

In addition to all that, I'd also like to help more cats. I'm still working out ideas in my head but I know it's not a one person job and I know it will be even better if you are part of it.

So go ahead, identify what you get from my work, whether it's a burst of laughter, a moment of memento mori, or maybe just an emotional color high, and then pledge the amount that these benefits are worth to you. For the cats, for the creation of new artwork, and for your own enjoyment, thank you for becoming a patron. ♥


Recent posts by Annie Dunn

Tiers
Chaos Cohort
$1 or more per month
Welcome to the chaos, I'm so happy you're here! As a patron you will get to see exclusive posts about what's happening at Chaos in Color. This includes works in progress, where you can give feedback and maybe even influence what happens next. Want to see more arachnids? More coffins? More calico cats? Your input carries a lot of weight because you're actively helping to make this happen.  ♥ 
Fortunate Feline
$2 or more per month
This one is for the cats! As a patron you are giving an extra $1 every month to help fund artwork donations to cat rescue fundraisers.  This covers the cost of production as well as shipping, which can get pricey because artwork requires a lot of packaging so that it doesn't get squished in the mail.  The cat rescue groups either raffle or auction the artwork to raise money for services that help cats and kittens.  May you receive many happy purrs from all the cats who will benefit from your support.  

♥ ♥ 

Book Backer
$3 or more per month
Let's bond over books! Producing a book has been on my bucket list for years, and I know I can make it happen with your support. I'm talking about all new artwork, and what I hope is an even higher level of creative humor. As a patron at this tier you will get to be part of the book creation process by giving your opinion at every step along the way.  I'll also make sure you get a discount (or maybe even better) on the actual book. 

♥ ♥ ♥  

Art Aficionado
$5 or more per month
This is the big one! Posting new art every week is what really keeps me going. You can even download it for personal use (and I'm trusting you not to post it anywhere else because that would make it a whole lot less special for my other patrons). This is also eco-friendly art because it's all digital. You can enjoy it without consuming any physical resources. But most of all, knowing that you are waiting to see something new every week makes me work harder than I ever could for just myself. 

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 


History Buff
$25 or more per month
Stop the shredders! I like to de-clutter, and I don't even hesitate when deleting old posts on social media. The photo you see attached is shredded artwork. But if you are dedicated enough to support my work at this level then I promise to preserve all past posts, which will be accessible only to members of this tier. This is difficult for me to do, there are some posts that I'd already like to delete, but in appreciation for your incredibly generous support I will keep the archive intact. And also, thank you, thank you, thank you.  You have my deepest gratitude. 


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