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A Raw Message About Reclaiming a Creative Dream

My name is Beverly Garland. For most of my adult career, I was a commercial artist who secretly wished she was a fine artist. I just couldn’t see my way to doing that, though. As a sensitive person with depression, I was discouragingly overwhelmed by the problems of the world, especially the suffering of animals and the environment. Pursuing something as empowered as making whatever art I wanted, seemed self-indulgent, impractical, and unjustifiable. Plus, I had no idea how to make a living at it. As a practical and sensible alternative, I poured my creativity into doing artwork to fulfill other peoples' business or personal goals.

It was a good compromise--well-paying and actually a lot of fun. But then I developed a repetitive-stress-injury and lost the ability to work full time as a computer animator. When my personal life fell apart from the stress of that, I chucked the whole art dream. I thought going back to school so I could work to save the environment would make me happy. I didn’t do a single piece of art for the next 10 years!

I did a lot of personal growth in those 10 years, though. In the process, I realized that forsaking my dream was denying the world of my joy and my strongest ability. What I hadn’t understood before was that it’s going to take everyone contributing their unique genius to save the world. The world needs hope as badly as it needs practical solutions! When people feel hope and can open their hearts, they do good things. They don’t do things to destroy the planet. Art has the power to do this!

The path to success as a fine artist is full of uncertainties and unknowns. There are no job listings calling for “fine artist”. There are no medical or retirement benefits. It doesn't come with a steady paycheck like an hourly wage job. An artist needs to spend long hours in the studio, but that effort does nothing to put food on the table or keep the lights on, in the beginning.

Instead, it’s a series of taking risks, running experiments and learning from failures until…
  • One gets enough studio practice
  • One finds her artistic voice
  • One develops a body of work that attracts attention
  • Enough people fall in love with one’s work and start collecting and commissioning pieces.
This is the journey ahead of me. And this is your opportunity to invest in an artist’s dream. For as little as $1 a month, you can support my progress and follow me via posts here on Patreon or in your inbox. Your support will directly fund art projects I'm doing to uplift and restore hope to the planet.

Here’s how it works

Patreon works like a slow-drip Kickstarter campaign. Instead of pledging a one-time amount, you set up a monthly micro-pledge. In exchange, you will get monthly rewards in the way of my downloadable art and archival prints, plus access to blog posts, Q&A videos, and other content.

All you have to do is hit the “Become a Patron” button and then choose your reward level. Every month, the updates and goodies I post will come right to your inbox.

Goals That You’ll Watch Me Tackle
In addition to building my fine art portfolio, I will be taking courses, developing diversified streams of income with my art, and initiating public art projects. I also have plans to empower other creatives! Here are the specifics:

  • I am still developing a fine art style that fits the message and feeling I want my art to convey. It's going to require concentrated studio time and regular practice to experiment with and master new media and establish my style. As a patron, you'll be helping me stay committed to a regular practice since I'll be accountable for showing you what I've done!  
  • Having a strong series of work is a crucial next step. I have two series in the works. One is a wildlife art series inspired by the Rumi quote “Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.” It needs to have 6 to 10 strong pieces. In the process, I’ll share a lot of videos, works-in-progress (WIPs), photos, and excerpts from my art journal. I also want to finish a series of paintings I started of vintage cars and do all the same things I plan below with the wildlife series. (See a time-lapse video of me painting one below).
  • To get these front of collectors, I want to hang one of the above series in a show, which I'll have to put together myself. Patrons in the local area will be invited to all public art openings!
  • I want to get the series reproduced as Giclée (archival quality inkjet) prints for collectors who want something more affordable than an original piece. They’re kind of pricey to set up. Once I can afford it, I'll add these prints to my rewards.
  • Getting the right coaching and guidance is critical if I’m going to go further than I’ve been able to go by myself. I need to learn the business and marketing side of art. I can get support in writing statements, bios, and press releases, getting into galleries, applying for grants, using social media to sell art, and keeping the right tax records, etc. 
  • I need a dedicated art studio space. I live in on the road in a converted school bus where there is zero space to do projects that I can leave out. My partner and I already own a second bus that we plan on converting to a workshop/studio space for both of us.
  • I’m also very excited about doing some public projects for the first time, like painting live at transformational festivals. I am going to videotape it, add a meditation soundtrack, and put the videos online for free.
  • My bucket list also includes working on public mural projects and illustrating children's books.
  • Finally, I will be building an online support group to help creatives drowning in overwhelm and procrastination succeed in ways they've never done before by tracking small daily actions toward their goals. I've already invested in the tech and will be launching a beta program once I have an interested group of people!

Want to be part of this? Choose a monthly pledge amount on the right. If you're not ready to pledge, hit the "Follow" button to get my public posts anyway.

Time-lapse video of Cuban Cadillac painting:

Thank you for visiting!

Tiers
You're a Patron of the Arts!
$1 or more per month
You are supporting my art, and that's huge! You'll get patron-only emails, and access to the Patron-only posts where you'll be able to interact with the community and be the first to see behind-the-scenes stuff and works-in-progress. You'll also get occasional downloadable art like coloring pages and surprise stuff. You are every bit as important to me as someone pledging at higher levels!
Q&A Video Access
$5 or more per month
You're supporting me even more, and wow! Thank you! You'll get the same rewards as above: 
  • Access to patron-only posts
  • Occasional downloadable art
  • Plus private access to a monthly Q&A video where I'll answer questions from my $5 and up patrons.

I'm open to any questions relevant to this tribe!

Digital Print Collection
$20 or more per month
This is really generous! You are the coolest! I want to make this worth it to you. You will get:
  • Patron-only posts
  • Occasional downloadable art 
  • Monthly Q&A video
  • A digital print of my art every 2 months to keep or give as gifts. You just pay shipping.
Giclee Print Collection
$50 or more per month
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I am going all out to reward this level of support. You will get:


  • Patron-only posts 
  • Occasional downloadable art
  • Monthly Q&A video access
  • A digital print of my art every 2 months to keep or give as gifts. 
  • Once I reach my $300/month milestone and get them made, I will send you a signed Giclee print each time I come out with a new one.
Guardian Angel
$100 or more per month
My benefactors' circle. Holy cow! All of the feels! Thank you! You are going to get access to all of the rewards!


  • Patron-only posts
  • Occasional downloadable art
  • Monthly Q&A videos
  • A free digital print every two months
  • A giclee print, whenever I put out a new one.
  • Plus, I will randomly send you small original drawings or other souvenirs each month!
Goals
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When I reach $85 a month, I can start adding professional-grade art supplies to my toolbox. All my patrons will receive a piece of celebratory scanned art via email, and I can add digital prints to the rewards for my $20 and up patrons.
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A Raw Message About Reclaiming a Creative Dream

My name is Beverly Garland. For most of my adult career, I was a commercial artist who secretly wished she was a fine artist. I just couldn’t see my way to doing that, though. As a sensitive person with depression, I was discouragingly overwhelmed by the problems of the world, especially the suffering of animals and the environment. Pursuing something as empowered as making whatever art I wanted, seemed self-indulgent, impractical, and unjustifiable. Plus, I had no idea how to make a living at it. As a practical and sensible alternative, I poured my creativity into doing artwork to fulfill other peoples' business or personal goals.

It was a good compromise--well-paying and actually a lot of fun. But then I developed a repetitive-stress-injury and lost the ability to work full time as a computer animator. When my personal life fell apart from the stress of that, I chucked the whole art dream. I thought going back to school so I could work to save the environment would make me happy. I didn’t do a single piece of art for the next 10 years!

I did a lot of personal growth in those 10 years, though. In the process, I realized that forsaking my dream was denying the world of my joy and my strongest ability. What I hadn’t understood before was that it’s going to take everyone contributing their unique genius to save the world. The world needs hope as badly as it needs practical solutions! When people feel hope and can open their hearts, they do good things. They don’t do things to destroy the planet. Art has the power to do this!

The path to success as a fine artist is full of uncertainties and unknowns. There are no job listings calling for “fine artist”. There are no medical or retirement benefits. It doesn't come with a steady paycheck like an hourly wage job. An artist needs to spend long hours in the studio, but that effort does nothing to put food on the table or keep the lights on, in the beginning.

Instead, it’s a series of taking risks, running experiments and learning from failures until…
  • One gets enough studio practice
  • One finds her artistic voice
  • One develops a body of work that attracts attention
  • Enough people fall in love with one’s work and start collecting and commissioning pieces.
This is the journey ahead of me. And this is your opportunity to invest in an artist’s dream. For as little as $1 a month, you can support my progress and follow me via posts here on Patreon or in your inbox. Your support will directly fund art projects I'm doing to uplift and restore hope to the planet.

Here’s how it works

Patreon works like a slow-drip Kickstarter campaign. Instead of pledging a one-time amount, you set up a monthly micro-pledge. In exchange, you will get monthly rewards in the way of my downloadable art and archival prints, plus access to blog posts, Q&A videos, and other content.

All you have to do is hit the “Become a Patron” button and then choose your reward level. Every month, the updates and goodies I post will come right to your inbox.

Goals That You’ll Watch Me Tackle
In addition to building my fine art portfolio, I will be taking courses, developing diversified streams of income with my art, and initiating public art projects. I also have plans to empower other creatives! Here are the specifics:

  • I am still developing a fine art style that fits the message and feeling I want my art to convey. It's going to require concentrated studio time and regular practice to experiment with and master new media and establish my style. As a patron, you'll be helping me stay committed to a regular practice since I'll be accountable for showing you what I've done!  
  • Having a strong series of work is a crucial next step. I have two series in the works. One is a wildlife art series inspired by the Rumi quote “Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.” It needs to have 6 to 10 strong pieces. In the process, I’ll share a lot of videos, works-in-progress (WIPs), photos, and excerpts from my art journal. I also want to finish a series of paintings I started of vintage cars and do all the same things I plan below with the wildlife series. (See a time-lapse video of me painting one below).
  • To get these front of collectors, I want to hang one of the above series in a show, which I'll have to put together myself. Patrons in the local area will be invited to all public art openings!
  • I want to get the series reproduced as Giclée (archival quality inkjet) prints for collectors who want something more affordable than an original piece. They’re kind of pricey to set up. Once I can afford it, I'll add these prints to my rewards.
  • Getting the right coaching and guidance is critical if I’m going to go further than I’ve been able to go by myself. I need to learn the business and marketing side of art. I can get support in writing statements, bios, and press releases, getting into galleries, applying for grants, using social media to sell art, and keeping the right tax records, etc. 
  • I need a dedicated art studio space. I live in on the road in a converted school bus where there is zero space to do projects that I can leave out. My partner and I already own a second bus that we plan on converting to a workshop/studio space for both of us.
  • I’m also very excited about doing some public projects for the first time, like painting live at transformational festivals. I am going to videotape it, add a meditation soundtrack, and put the videos online for free.
  • My bucket list also includes working on public mural projects and illustrating children's books.
  • Finally, I will be building an online support group to help creatives drowning in overwhelm and procrastination succeed in ways they've never done before by tracking small daily actions toward their goals. I've already invested in the tech and will be launching a beta program once I have an interested group of people!

Want to be part of this? Choose a monthly pledge amount on the right. If you're not ready to pledge, hit the "Follow" button to get my public posts anyway.

Time-lapse video of Cuban Cadillac painting:

Thank you for visiting!

Recent posts by Beverly Garland

Tiers
You're a Patron of the Arts!
$1 or more per month
You are supporting my art, and that's huge! You'll get patron-only emails, and access to the Patron-only posts where you'll be able to interact with the community and be the first to see behind-the-scenes stuff and works-in-progress. You'll also get occasional downloadable art like coloring pages and surprise stuff. You are every bit as important to me as someone pledging at higher levels!
Q&A Video Access
$5 or more per month
You're supporting me even more, and wow! Thank you! You'll get the same rewards as above: 
  • Access to patron-only posts
  • Occasional downloadable art
  • Plus private access to a monthly Q&A video where I'll answer questions from my $5 and up patrons.

I'm open to any questions relevant to this tribe!

Digital Print Collection
$20 or more per month
This is really generous! You are the coolest! I want to make this worth it to you. You will get:
  • Patron-only posts
  • Occasional downloadable art 
  • Monthly Q&A video
  • A digital print of my art every 2 months to keep or give as gifts. You just pay shipping.
Giclee Print Collection
$50 or more per month
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I am going all out to reward this level of support. You will get:


  • Patron-only posts 
  • Occasional downloadable art
  • Monthly Q&A video access
  • A digital print of my art every 2 months to keep or give as gifts. 
  • Once I reach my $300/month milestone and get them made, I will send you a signed Giclee print each time I come out with a new one.
Guardian Angel
$100 or more per month
My benefactors' circle. Holy cow! All of the feels! Thank you! You are going to get access to all of the rewards!


  • Patron-only posts
  • Occasional downloadable art
  • Monthly Q&A videos
  • A free digital print every two months
  • A giclee print, whenever I put out a new one.
  • Plus, I will randomly send you small original drawings or other souvenirs each month!