Tanya Harsch is creating oil paintings of toys and people
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patrons

$9
per month
Welcome all!  Thank you for being here, I'm eternally grateful for every one of you.  I'm Tanya, a painter trying to live her dream in the hills of Maine, small cat in tow.  I paint narrative oil paintings of toys because I never really graduated from kindergarten, and of people, because I continue to be baffled in my attempt to understand the human condition.



I'm most well known for my paintings of my trusty sidekick, Sebbie--a marionette who's tagged along with me since childhood.  He's starred in my still lives for years; he has a following all of his own at this point (probably bigger than mine).  So let me introduce him now.

Me: "Everyone, this is Sebbie, Sebbie, this is everyone."
Sebbie: *waves*



My figurative paintings I consider to be more personal work, usually without gallery or venue in mind while they're executed (as attempting to understand the human condition is seldom a public act) but they are starting to make the rounds as well as I find my stride with them. 



I've also been trying to combine various loves by breaking into children's book writing and illustrating.  It's been an uphill battle with the learning curve involved in understanding the children's book world and market, so very different from the fine art world.  But, despite the battle, I have one book self-published, and several more, (better and more exciting, after all I've learned making mistakes in the first one) in the queue in various stages of completion with the intention of approaching an agent once they're presentable.  So far it's been several years of work with zero income to show for it all, so I count myself lucky to still have the motivation to keep at it. 

And just to keep things interesting (and some of the bills paid) I teaching drawing and painting on the side (and have been doing so for about a dozen years).  I started teaching for the money (don't worry, I'm already aware of the cosmic joke that entails), but ended up finding I quite like helping people find their artistic potential.  And I learn nearly as much from my students as they do from me. 

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So, enter Patreon.  Patron is a lovely way for more people to adore Sebbie...  *ahem*  I mean, Patreon is a wonderful way to follow my work, getting first peeks at paintings and exclusive in-progress pictures.   It's also a way for me to connect with students not local to the middle of nowhere I chose to live.  And unlike Facebook or Instagram, there are perks (no, really, keep reading!), and no algorithms to boot.

As a patron, you'll receive exclusive access to studio updates and painting progress, in addition to mailed goodies (frequency dependent on your subscription level--levels listed on right).  You'll have the option of choosing your subscription, whether you want to just keep up to date on works in the studio, or you want to receive goodies--think prints, drawings, Sebbie paraphernalia, the more subscribers the more creative I can get with the goods.  And for the painters seeking feedback, you can to go the student route and receive critiques.    
 
And if Patreon just don't float your boat, here are some other ways to support me:
Follow me on Facebook
Follow me on Instagram
Visit my Etsy shop
Buy me a coffee
Buy my book  

And if you're looking for a full listing of my paintings and exhibitions, please visit my website:
www.tanyaharsch.com
Rewards
June Bug
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
And just like that, you're officially a patron of the arts!  Sebbie and I are ever so grateful--you're helping keep us in toys! 


Think of this as a postcard subscription.  Every month you'll get a postcard in the mail!  Postcards will be of new work when it's completed, or of an oldie but goodie if nothing new has been finished that month. 


You'll also receive exclusive access to Patron only feed--sketches, works in progress, studio glimpses, and a lot of me, rambling on about why I do what I do (I believe other people call that, "artist statements").


As with all tiers, you will receive invitations to any and all of Sebbie's public appearances: gallery, museum, exhibition openings, you're invited!  (Also, invitations to openings including my non-Sebbie work.)

Tortoise
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Patron extraordinaire!  Sebbie's been writing your name in a heart all over the cover of his notebook--he might be in love.


With this tier you will receive all the rewards of the June Bug tier, PLUS, every six months you will receive a small package of surprise goodies.  What sort of surprises?  I won't spoil the surprise, but signed prints, stickers, greeting cards, pins ... all strike me as goody-bag worthy.


Bonus!  After two years at this level you will qualify to be entered into a drawing for an original painting!


As with all tiers, you will receive invitations to any and all of Sebbie's public appearances: gallery, museum, exhibition openings, you're invited!  (Also, invitations to openings including my non-Sebbie work.)

Shark
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
A king among fish!  *ahem* patrons!  Sebbie gets up every morning and thanks the lucky stars that brought you into this world. 


In addition to the rewards listed in June Bug and Tortoise, the Shark tier offers an annual spot in a drawing for an original work, a 15% discount to my Etsy shop, a slightly larger goodie bag than the Tortoise's at that six month mark, including an original sketch (etching, watercolor or drawing--depending on what's going on in the studio.)  


As with all tiers, you will receive invitations to any and all of Sebbie's public appearances: gallery, museum, exhibition openings, you're invited!  (Also, invitations to openings including my non-Sebbie work.)

Sky Pirate
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Sky Pirates are painters in search of instruction.  


At this tier, you are entitled to one written critique (with visual explanation--diagram or drawn over image to get point across) a month.  As a Sky Pirate, it is your job to send me a high-res image of a painting you are working on with a list questions/concerns you might be having with the piece by the 20th of the month.  I will study your work and reply by the end of the month with a thorough, honest critique of your work, addressing your questions and anything else that strikes me. 


As with all my teaching endeavors, critiques will be customized for the individual student's skill level and artistic goals.  


As with all tiers, you will receive invitations to any and all of Sebbie's public appearances: gallery, museum, exhibition openings, you're invited!  (Also, invitations to openings including my non-Sebbie work.)

Puppeteer
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
You, dear Puppeteer, are above and beyond them all.  Sebbie turns over control of his strings to you in gratitude.  


In addition to all the rewards listed at the Shark tier, after a year at this tier you will receive an 8x8" Sebbie original oil painting (unframed).  The painting will consist of our darling Sebbie and a friend or idea (dog, cat, robot, spaghetti monster, flying, skiing, scuba diving--you get the idea, although I do insist on PG themes only) of your choosing.  Think of it as a commission on a payment plan.  (Your choice of subject will be given at month 12 of your subscription, but please allow 4-8 weeks after that point to receive the finished piece--paintings take time to paint, dry and ship!)


As with all tiers, you will receive invitations to any and all of Sebbie's public appearances: gallery, museum, exhibition openings, you're invited!  (Also, invitations to openings including my non-Sebbie work.)

Goals
$9 of $100 per month
Utilities for the studio are paid!  Lets turn on the lights!  Think of all the late night painting sessions that can happen now.  Sebbie stickers for everyone as a thank you! 
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Welcome all!  Thank you for being here, I'm eternally grateful for every one of you.  I'm Tanya, a painter trying to live her dream in the hills of Maine, small cat in tow.  I paint narrative oil paintings of toys because I never really graduated from kindergarten, and of people, because I continue to be baffled in my attempt to understand the human condition.



I'm most well known for my paintings of my trusty sidekick, Sebbie--a marionette who's tagged along with me since childhood.  He's starred in my still lives for years; he has a following all of his own at this point (probably bigger than mine).  So let me introduce him now.

Me: "Everyone, this is Sebbie, Sebbie, this is everyone."
Sebbie: *waves*



My figurative paintings I consider to be more personal work, usually without gallery or venue in mind while they're executed (as attempting to understand the human condition is seldom a public act) but they are starting to make the rounds as well as I find my stride with them. 



I've also been trying to combine various loves by breaking into children's book writing and illustrating.  It's been an uphill battle with the learning curve involved in understanding the children's book world and market, so very different from the fine art world.  But, despite the battle, I have one book self-published, and several more, (better and more exciting, after all I've learned making mistakes in the first one) in the queue in various stages of completion with the intention of approaching an agent once they're presentable.  So far it's been several years of work with zero income to show for it all, so I count myself lucky to still have the motivation to keep at it. 

And just to keep things interesting (and some of the bills paid) I teaching drawing and painting on the side (and have been doing so for about a dozen years).  I started teaching for the money (don't worry, I'm already aware of the cosmic joke that entails), but ended up finding I quite like helping people find their artistic potential.  And I learn nearly as much from my students as they do from me. 

*********************************************************************

So, enter Patreon.  Patron is a lovely way for more people to adore Sebbie...  *ahem*  I mean, Patreon is a wonderful way to follow my work, getting first peeks at paintings and exclusive in-progress pictures.   It's also a way for me to connect with students not local to the middle of nowhere I chose to live.  And unlike Facebook or Instagram, there are perks (no, really, keep reading!), and no algorithms to boot.

As a patron, you'll receive exclusive access to studio updates and painting progress, in addition to mailed goodies (frequency dependent on your subscription level--levels listed on right).  You'll have the option of choosing your subscription, whether you want to just keep up to date on works in the studio, or you want to receive goodies--think prints, drawings, Sebbie paraphernalia, the more subscribers the more creative I can get with the goods.  And for the painters seeking feedback, you can to go the student route and receive critiques.    
 
And if Patreon just don't float your boat, here are some other ways to support me:
Follow me on Facebook
Follow me on Instagram
Visit my Etsy shop
Buy me a coffee
Buy my book  

And if you're looking for a full listing of my paintings and exhibitions, please visit my website:
www.tanyaharsch.com

Recent posts by Tanya Harsch

Rewards
June Bug
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
And just like that, you're officially a patron of the arts!  Sebbie and I are ever so grateful--you're helping keep us in toys! 


Think of this as a postcard subscription.  Every month you'll get a postcard in the mail!  Postcards will be of new work when it's completed, or of an oldie but goodie if nothing new has been finished that month. 


You'll also receive exclusive access to Patron only feed--sketches, works in progress, studio glimpses, and a lot of me, rambling on about why I do what I do (I believe other people call that, "artist statements").


As with all tiers, you will receive invitations to any and all of Sebbie's public appearances: gallery, museum, exhibition openings, you're invited!  (Also, invitations to openings including my non-Sebbie work.)

Tortoise
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Patron extraordinaire!  Sebbie's been writing your name in a heart all over the cover of his notebook--he might be in love.


With this tier you will receive all the rewards of the June Bug tier, PLUS, every six months you will receive a small package of surprise goodies.  What sort of surprises?  I won't spoil the surprise, but signed prints, stickers, greeting cards, pins ... all strike me as goody-bag worthy.


Bonus!  After two years at this level you will qualify to be entered into a drawing for an original painting!


As with all tiers, you will receive invitations to any and all of Sebbie's public appearances: gallery, museum, exhibition openings, you're invited!  (Also, invitations to openings including my non-Sebbie work.)

Shark
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
A king among fish!  *ahem* patrons!  Sebbie gets up every morning and thanks the lucky stars that brought you into this world. 


In addition to the rewards listed in June Bug and Tortoise, the Shark tier offers an annual spot in a drawing for an original work, a 15% discount to my Etsy shop, a slightly larger goodie bag than the Tortoise's at that six month mark, including an original sketch (etching, watercolor or drawing--depending on what's going on in the studio.)  


As with all tiers, you will receive invitations to any and all of Sebbie's public appearances: gallery, museum, exhibition openings, you're invited!  (Also, invitations to openings including my non-Sebbie work.)

Sky Pirate
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Sky Pirates are painters in search of instruction.  


At this tier, you are entitled to one written critique (with visual explanation--diagram or drawn over image to get point across) a month.  As a Sky Pirate, it is your job to send me a high-res image of a painting you are working on with a list questions/concerns you might be having with the piece by the 20th of the month.  I will study your work and reply by the end of the month with a thorough, honest critique of your work, addressing your questions and anything else that strikes me. 


As with all my teaching endeavors, critiques will be customized for the individual student's skill level and artistic goals.  


As with all tiers, you will receive invitations to any and all of Sebbie's public appearances: gallery, museum, exhibition openings, you're invited!  (Also, invitations to openings including my non-Sebbie work.)

Puppeteer
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
You, dear Puppeteer, are above and beyond them all.  Sebbie turns over control of his strings to you in gratitude.  


In addition to all the rewards listed at the Shark tier, after a year at this tier you will receive an 8x8" Sebbie original oil painting (unframed).  The painting will consist of our darling Sebbie and a friend or idea (dog, cat, robot, spaghetti monster, flying, skiing, scuba diving--you get the idea, although I do insist on PG themes only) of your choosing.  Think of it as a commission on a payment plan.  (Your choice of subject will be given at month 12 of your subscription, but please allow 4-8 weeks after that point to receive the finished piece--paintings take time to paint, dry and ship!)


As with all tiers, you will receive invitations to any and all of Sebbie's public appearances: gallery, museum, exhibition openings, you're invited!  (Also, invitations to openings including my non-Sebbie work.)