Colour In Your Lifeis creating a video library of the world's great artists
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In addition to being a member of the CIYLPatreon team, at this level you will also have access to my Patreon newsfeed where I frequently interact with CIYL’s amazing supporters. You will also receive access to photos of my paintings in progress when I’m in the studio.
Simply put: It’s a series for discovering the great artists of our world today -- and then bringing them directly to you.
Take a peak at some of the episodes on YouTube here, or head to our website and take a gander at our episodes and artists!
Our initial goal is $40,000/month. That money will be enough to keep CIYL going, indefinitely. You see our goals a bit lower, but first read a little about us....
My name is Graeme Stevenson and I have been a professional artist for 35 years. I began CIYL as a project to showcase artists and their unique creative processes in their studios. The show enables the artists to get global recognition for their work and allows millions of people around the world to learn directly from them. Having crossed Australia, America, the UK and New Zealand in the last 9 years filming some of the great master artists of the world--hundreds of artists—I have also gone into jails to teach inmates and also nursing homes to help the elderly and have helped disabled kids to learn through my own abilities and also the amazing information that these shows and artists have shown to the world.
I have made this information free to people across the world. With your help that will not change.
That will not change.
I need your help, however, to grow my team and keep up with the huge amount of work as many more artists come aboard. That is the sole purpose of this Patreon campaign--and where your generous support comes in.
My aim is to release at least 2 to 4 new videos every month and expand the range of artists and locations featured.
In order to continue producing high-quality programs and grow our capabilities and handle the many routine items involved with an ongoing project of this magnitude, we need your help and patronage.
The work load is huge to keep our ever growing audience happy.
The TV Show airs on stations in over thirteen countries including the Australia, New Zealand, UK, US, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and several countries in Europe. It has a massive social media following of 100s of thousands, with 10s of millions of views on YouTube alone.
We are filming in seven countries!
Whilst Sophia and I do film in Australia, New Zealand, US, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, we now have three other film crews ready to film artists as well.
It is extremely expensive to do what we do.
During this project, I have personally put all of my savings and any money earned from my art into producing the series. I need your patronage. I need your help to engage our marketing, production and administration teams, hire camera operators, purchase software, buy equipment, licenses, music tracks, not to mention our travel expenses meals flights and accommodation.
The result has been unique, in the sense that most people usually only get to see a finished painting on a gallery wall, but each CIYL episode peels back the curtain and shows the artist’s unique process behind creating their art. Having this kind of access to the fascinating, private and often reclusive studios that the public never gets to see, is a very rare privilege.
Investing in showcasing this kind of creative diversity in all of its forms is a worthwhile endeavor that I am honored to pursue--and one that I sincerely hope you’ll join me on.
I am often amazed at the positive comments the show receives from all over the globe. CIYL is changing many people’s lives for the better and your support will help grow that even further.<yt>
Read some of our testimonials here -https://www.colourinyourlife.com.au/testimonials/Or watch them here-https://www.youtube.com/playlist/ testimonials
Please join the project and help expand what we can do with the idea of CIYL--together.
1) WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
We have rapidly growing numbers in our social networking systems and after filming hundreds of artists we also have many companies wanting to air the series through their systems.
I am amazed at the comments the show receives from all over the globe; it is changing many people’s lives for the better!
2) WE NEED TO GROW THE BUSINESS
This enables other teams to be taught across the globe so that artists in their countries can be a part of this huge central database of Artistic information from around the world. As far as we know this is the only show of its type in the world.
We want to try and keep the shows as Ad free and as pure as possible for the benefit of the Artists and the information that is given to the viewers, so hence the need for support from our Patrons!
It’s thinking about long-term sustainability.
Our online Art gallery, support from Artists and my own Art career and also a small amount of money from YouTube has helped keep our heads above water.
It is extremely expensive to do what we do. To travel locally and internationally, then hire cars and drive thousands of miles, stay in multiple hotels. I have been nailed by bed bugs on three occasions across these three countries. God what a horrible experience; yes the little blighters are really out there! To get the shows edited and filmed and then transcribed and uploaded… It’s a job that has been done by four people and it really needs seven or eight to do this.
One of the great folks that helps us in the States suggested that we needed to be a part of Patreon and tell people what we have done over the last six years.
To get Patreon support will completely change what we can do with the idea of CIYL!
3) WHAT WILL WE USE THE MONEY FOR?
Our initial goal is $40,000.00/month.
That money plus the small amount we currently get from our other sources will help us take this to a global audience in many other countries across the world.
We need a robust enough hosting plan to support the highest spikes in traffic we ever get so we don't crash during those moments. I need this so that the team don’t yell at me!
The service we use to email posts out to the subscription list. This fee grows as the email list grows.
ONGOING WEB DEVELOPMENT:
It's a website, so there are always upsetting glitches coming out of nowhere and occasionally, we add a new site feature. The team are good but we need to work with other companies to help spread the word even further about our system.
FACEBOOK AND ALL OF OUR OTHER APPS:
Jo has been doing a great job with the social networking but we need to employ other people to assist in utilizing all of these growing systems. She, like all of us, has worked for peanuts over the last five years and after a while you really do feel like a monkey.
THE CURRENT TEAM:
They need to eat things and wear things and turn lights on and pay their bills; we would love to be able to pay them properly! For nearly eight years now this project has relied on group hugs and the love and passion for this to work from our dedicated team of four. Don't let them starve!
I would love to be able to actually keep some of the money I’ve earned from my artwork in my own account. I haven’t bought a new pair of pants in five years and the under wear is looking a little scary as well.
We just finished training a new team in the UK and the US and left them with some of our equipment so that they could get started. We will need to travel to other countries and potentially buy equipment to help these people get started. I need your help to hire camera operators, get software, buy equipment, a drone for those impossible to get shots while we are on the road, license music tracks, not to mention book flights and accommodation, pay for cars and occasionally get something to eat.
Help me build a library of the minds of artists so future generations can see this knowledge and learn to think in a better way. A more creative world will add up to a more compassionate world.
MY LAUNCH GOALS
- Start a weekly pod cast
- Hire a marketing manager in the states to help set up a solid platform
- Turn the CIYL website into the number one Arts website in the world
- More equipment to enable us to film more artists in different countries
The stretch goal will allow us to take CIYL things to the next level, enabling us to do things like:
Travel to countries that can't otherwise afford for us to come.
We would love to share art from around the world no matter where the artist is located. We want to build a vault of the best artists of our day. Help us get to them no matter their geographical location.
Filming and camera work has moved ahead in leaps and bounds in this decade and we would love to be able to be at the forefront of filming. The footage we could get from the locations we travel to would be so much more impressive if we had access to the technology.
Hire a new employee
We are growing faster than we can keep up and in order to make CIYL the best it can be we need more help. The more we reach other countries around the world the more we need help in getting there, distribution, platform uploads and finding artists all take considerable time.
Revamp the website
We call the current site CIYL 2.0. The stretch goal would fund the development of CIYL 3.0 and an even better platform to share art and creative information for free to the world.
Ongoing development for show ideas
We love art and we love filming it but could you imagine if we could take that even further? Imagine going on a whale tour and then learning to paint that whale. Imagine going to the Seven Wonders of the World and seeing those paintings come to life.
The team has so many amazing ideas it would be a dream come true if we could film them. Please help us make that happen.