Jennifer Evans is creating ART
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Hello Patrons!

I'm an artist. It's what I've self identified myself as for years. Decades, even. Through High School, College, first, second, third jobs, career changes, moves, relationships, ups and downs. I'm an artist. I make art. I make messes that are pretty. I fail at art and then I try again. It's the one constant thing in my existence: the deep driving need to make pretty things, meaningful things, artful things.

Until very recently I haven't had the balls to try to sell my art

I've given it away, or sometimes had people offer me money for something I'd done, which always blew my mind. I mean, yeah, I'm an artist, but it's not like I'm any good. I see the flaws, the failures, the goofs and screw ups and it never reached my personal standard for 'good art'. And then my kids informed me that they're bad at art too. That they see the failures and bad bits and because of those, because of that flaw, they think they've failed and can't draw or paint or do art.

Talk about a kick in the pants. 

Art is a process, it's a pathway, it's not supposed to be done. There's always a way to make it better, to improve your skill, technique, materials, mindset... It's the walking of the path that makes it meaningful. And if you don't step out and step up and try again, fail again, fail better, then you're stagnant. The idea of my kids being stagnant, afraid, not even trying! So I'm setting an example. This is the example. 

I learned to paint in High School.

I mean, I learned how to work in oil paint at a day seminar in High School, outside of formal schooling. I didn't take Art, or classes, or lessons. In fact, other than that day seminar, I've literally never had an art class. Totally self taught artist here. I learn from books, from videos I find online, from looking at finished work by masters of the format. And I learn from failure. 

Failure is good.

If you're not failing, you're not trying. So I love to fail. I love to try a technique that might be out of my reach, and see how it turns out. I adore making spectacular messes and screw-ups, because it means I made the attempt. Fear of failure paralyzed me for years. Well, that and Major Depressive Disorder. The combination is toxic, gross and deadly, and kept me from progressing, trying, failing, and living for over a decade. I lost time to the demons in my brain, to messed up, undiagnosed mental issues and paralyzing fear of failure. 

I'm inspired by a few key themes in my art.

I'm a woman, therefore I'm a feminist. Female issues, themes, motifs, and feminist thought show up a lot in my work. I'm Buddhist. You'll see a lot of Buddhist inspiration in my work. I practice shamanic witchcraft, so expect nature, animals, spiritualism, and reverence for the ecosystems of the Earth to appear a lot. I'm an animal lover and rescuer. You may not see my critters show up, but the respect and love I have for our furry companions underlies a lot of the causes I support and the art I create.

I work in watercolor, ink, pastels, acrylics, and charcoal.

And gouache. Oh, and colored pencils. Mixed media is my favorite, so quite a lot of my work features a mixture of materials and techniques. I love fine detail on small paintings, and big sweeping swathes of color. You can expect to see lots of animal studies, still life paintings, feature studies, stylized Sanskrit and Buddhist symbols... In a truly stunning wide array of colors, mediums, and sizes. Who knows, I might find a nice place to store a canvas out of the way of animal fur and pick up the oils again. 

Basically, welcome to my Patreon.

I hope you like my work, because I'm having a lot of fun creating it. Help me show the kids that you can fail better and defeat your fears. That you can dream big and reach your goals. Thank you.

Thank you.
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Pledge $1 or more per Pretty Pictures
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Support me at this level and get access to a high quality scanned version of my art, that you can run to your local UPS store or Kinko's or whatever and have printed in very high quality, and then frame and hang on your wall. That's right, it's a DIY print operation here! I know that locally to me, an 8 x 11 inch print at the UPS store is $0.53. Oh, and don't use it for commercial purposes. 
Pledge $2 or more per Pretty Pictures
1 patron
At the $2 per art level, you get better art? Just kidding, it's the same art, but twice the satisfaction for you! ;) You can still print it, and hang it up, but don't use it for commercial purposes, ok? Thanks.
Pledge $5 or more per Pretty Pictures
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For $5 you get your pick of one art thing in each month, that I will print and sign and mail to you! A signed, by definition limited edition print, mailed by me to you with love. Also, you still get access to all the scanned prints, to print yourself, but those obviously won't be signed, which is sad.
Hello Patrons!

I'm an artist. It's what I've self identified myself as for years. Decades, even. Through High School, College, first, second, third jobs, career changes, moves, relationships, ups and downs. I'm an artist. I make art. I make messes that are pretty. I fail at art and then I try again. It's the one constant thing in my existence: the deep driving need to make pretty things, meaningful things, artful things.

Until very recently I haven't had the balls to try to sell my art

I've given it away, or sometimes had people offer me money for something I'd done, which always blew my mind. I mean, yeah, I'm an artist, but it's not like I'm any good. I see the flaws, the failures, the goofs and screw ups and it never reached my personal standard for 'good art'. And then my kids informed me that they're bad at art too. That they see the failures and bad bits and because of those, because of that flaw, they think they've failed and can't draw or paint or do art.

Talk about a kick in the pants. 

Art is a process, it's a pathway, it's not supposed to be done. There's always a way to make it better, to improve your skill, technique, materials, mindset... It's the walking of the path that makes it meaningful. And if you don't step out and step up and try again, fail again, fail better, then you're stagnant. The idea of my kids being stagnant, afraid, not even trying! So I'm setting an example. This is the example. 

I learned to paint in High School.

I mean, I learned how to work in oil paint at a day seminar in High School, outside of formal schooling. I didn't take Art, or classes, or lessons. In fact, other than that day seminar, I've literally never had an art class. Totally self taught artist here. I learn from books, from videos I find online, from looking at finished work by masters of the format. And I learn from failure. 

Failure is good.

If you're not failing, you're not trying. So I love to fail. I love to try a technique that might be out of my reach, and see how it turns out. I adore making spectacular messes and screw-ups, because it means I made the attempt. Fear of failure paralyzed me for years. Well, that and Major Depressive Disorder. The combination is toxic, gross and deadly, and kept me from progressing, trying, failing, and living for over a decade. I lost time to the demons in my brain, to messed up, undiagnosed mental issues and paralyzing fear of failure. 

I'm inspired by a few key themes in my art.

I'm a woman, therefore I'm a feminist. Female issues, themes, motifs, and feminist thought show up a lot in my work. I'm Buddhist. You'll see a lot of Buddhist inspiration in my work. I practice shamanic witchcraft, so expect nature, animals, spiritualism, and reverence for the ecosystems of the Earth to appear a lot. I'm an animal lover and rescuer. You may not see my critters show up, but the respect and love I have for our furry companions underlies a lot of the causes I support and the art I create.

I work in watercolor, ink, pastels, acrylics, and charcoal.

And gouache. Oh, and colored pencils. Mixed media is my favorite, so quite a lot of my work features a mixture of materials and techniques. I love fine detail on small paintings, and big sweeping swathes of color. You can expect to see lots of animal studies, still life paintings, feature studies, stylized Sanskrit and Buddhist symbols... In a truly stunning wide array of colors, mediums, and sizes. Who knows, I might find a nice place to store a canvas out of the way of animal fur and pick up the oils again. 

Basically, welcome to my Patreon.

I hope you like my work, because I'm having a lot of fun creating it. Help me show the kids that you can fail better and defeat your fears. That you can dream big and reach your goals. Thank you.

Thank you.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Pretty Pictures
1 patron
Support me at this level and get access to a high quality scanned version of my art, that you can run to your local UPS store or Kinko's or whatever and have printed in very high quality, and then frame and hang on your wall. That's right, it's a DIY print operation here! I know that locally to me, an 8 x 11 inch print at the UPS store is $0.53. Oh, and don't use it for commercial purposes. 
Pledge $2 or more per Pretty Pictures
1 patron
At the $2 per art level, you get better art? Just kidding, it's the same art, but twice the satisfaction for you! ;) You can still print it, and hang it up, but don't use it for commercial purposes, ok? Thanks.
Pledge $5 or more per Pretty Pictures
0 patrons
For $5 you get your pick of one art thing in each month, that I will print and sign and mail to you! A signed, by definition limited edition print, mailed by me to you with love. Also, you still get access to all the scanned prints, to print yourself, but those obviously won't be signed, which is sad.