Gretchen Lewis is creating Pop Surrealist Paintings
22

patrons

$347
per month
Hello! My name is Gretchen Lewis, and I’m a painter of strange and noodly creatures.


At home with some of my paintings, 2017

A LITTLE ABOUT ME
Growing up in rural Northern California, I spent a lot of time reading, talking to my cats, and wandering around in the woods earnestly searching for fairies or the secret portal to some other world (as promised to weird quiet kids like me in books like Alice in Wonderland or the Chronicles of Narnia). And when I wasn’t doing these things, I was drawing, or painting, or otherwise creating something feverishly and obsessively. I guess not much has changed.

I have been self-employed as a painter and creator of things for the past six years. I work primarily in oil on wood panels, but sometimes I paint on items I find at flea markets, and sometimes I draw or sculpt.


Paintings on antique poison bottles, 2017

INSPIRATIONS
I find aesthetic inspiration in my love of old toys, vintage children’s book illustrations, 1930’s cartoons, and from a life-long love of the natural world and the strange and beautiful creatures that inhabit it.

The characters I paint often present themselves to me fully formed, or close to it, when I’m least expecting it. They’ll pop into my head and demand to be created. If I don’t put them down on paper they will follow me around like pestering poltergeists, and I feel they’d probably hex me if I neglected to paint them. The reoccurring characters, my shape-shifting black cats and skeletons, nag the loudest and have taken on very personal meaning to me over the years. For as much as my paintings don’t take themselves seriously (I often paint what makes me laugh), they are also introspective and serve as a way for me to explore my personal strengths and weaknesses, my anxieties, my weird obsessions and my dearest loves.


Working on "Hollow Bones," 2016

WHY PATREON?
Over the past few years I have found myself a part of such a wonderful community of artists and art enthusiasts online. As someone who spends most of my time isolated in my art bubble creating things and talking to myself, it is so great to be able to reach out and share my work with a community of creatively-minded people who I never would be able to reach without these platforms. Lately, though, like so many creatives I know, I have really been feeling the limitations of these platforms. Patreon could be a perfect platform on which to share more in-depth content than I am able to on my other social media accounts.

I am truly excited for the opportunity that Patreon gives us to support people in a real and meaningful way. I love sharing my thoughts and my creative process with my followers, but writing and documenting these in detail takes a lot of time and resources. Patronage ­will enable me to share things that are more unfiltered or more informative than I can afford to spend time on for my Instagram or Facebook posts. It will also allow me to fund some new exciting projects!

I hope you’ll consider joining my little community here on Patreon. I can’t wait to share my new projects with you all! If supporting creators on Patreon isn’t something you can do right now, you can also follow me to see my non patron-exclusive posts. Thanks for reading and welcome!

(To see more of my work, you can visit my website, or follow me on Instagram)


"Feed Your Head," 2017
Tiers
Level 1
$2 or more per month 6 patrons
At this level you will receive:


Access to weekly blog posts with more in-depth or personal content than you’ll find on my other social media platforms. This is where you’ll see behind the scenes looks at my process (from inspiration gathering, to preliminary sketches, to techniques I use for completing final works), as well as personal musings about inspiration, life, art making, working with galleries, framing, etc. 

Level 2
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
At this level you will receive:


All previous rewards, plus ...


Early notification of new product releases and collector’s preview links for gallery shows, as well as ongoing access to a 15% discount code for any purchases from my website’s shop

Level 3
$30 or more per month 11 of 12 patrons
At this level you will receive:


All previous rewards, plus ...


Membership in my Drawing of the Month Club! Each month I will be creating original tiny artworks with a different theme or using a different medium that will be mailed to you - which piece you get will be a surprise!

Goals
$250 – reached! per month
I have so many ideas for exciting new projects I would love to bring to life (new enamel pins, patches, prints and 3-Dimensional toys, to name a few), but at the moment I am working on a very limited budget. Achieving this goal would allow me to invest in a lot of fun new releases I’ve been dreaming about!
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Hello! My name is Gretchen Lewis, and I’m a painter of strange and noodly creatures.


At home with some of my paintings, 2017

A LITTLE ABOUT ME
Growing up in rural Northern California, I spent a lot of time reading, talking to my cats, and wandering around in the woods earnestly searching for fairies or the secret portal to some other world (as promised to weird quiet kids like me in books like Alice in Wonderland or the Chronicles of Narnia). And when I wasn’t doing these things, I was drawing, or painting, or otherwise creating something feverishly and obsessively. I guess not much has changed.

I have been self-employed as a painter and creator of things for the past six years. I work primarily in oil on wood panels, but sometimes I paint on items I find at flea markets, and sometimes I draw or sculpt.


Paintings on antique poison bottles, 2017

INSPIRATIONS
I find aesthetic inspiration in my love of old toys, vintage children’s book illustrations, 1930’s cartoons, and from a life-long love of the natural world and the strange and beautiful creatures that inhabit it.

The characters I paint often present themselves to me fully formed, or close to it, when I’m least expecting it. They’ll pop into my head and demand to be created. If I don’t put them down on paper they will follow me around like pestering poltergeists, and I feel they’d probably hex me if I neglected to paint them. The reoccurring characters, my shape-shifting black cats and skeletons, nag the loudest and have taken on very personal meaning to me over the years. For as much as my paintings don’t take themselves seriously (I often paint what makes me laugh), they are also introspective and serve as a way for me to explore my personal strengths and weaknesses, my anxieties, my weird obsessions and my dearest loves.


Working on "Hollow Bones," 2016

WHY PATREON?
Over the past few years I have found myself a part of such a wonderful community of artists and art enthusiasts online. As someone who spends most of my time isolated in my art bubble creating things and talking to myself, it is so great to be able to reach out and share my work with a community of creatively-minded people who I never would be able to reach without these platforms. Lately, though, like so many creatives I know, I have really been feeling the limitations of these platforms. Patreon could be a perfect platform on which to share more in-depth content than I am able to on my other social media accounts.

I am truly excited for the opportunity that Patreon gives us to support people in a real and meaningful way. I love sharing my thoughts and my creative process with my followers, but writing and documenting these in detail takes a lot of time and resources. Patronage ­will enable me to share things that are more unfiltered or more informative than I can afford to spend time on for my Instagram or Facebook posts. It will also allow me to fund some new exciting projects!

I hope you’ll consider joining my little community here on Patreon. I can’t wait to share my new projects with you all! If supporting creators on Patreon isn’t something you can do right now, you can also follow me to see my non patron-exclusive posts. Thanks for reading and welcome!

(To see more of my work, you can visit my website, or follow me on Instagram)


"Feed Your Head," 2017

Recent posts by Gretchen Lewis

Tiers
Level 1
$2 or more per month 6 patrons
At this level you will receive:


Access to weekly blog posts with more in-depth or personal content than you’ll find on my other social media platforms. This is where you’ll see behind the scenes looks at my process (from inspiration gathering, to preliminary sketches, to techniques I use for completing final works), as well as personal musings about inspiration, life, art making, working with galleries, framing, etc. 

Level 2
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
At this level you will receive:


All previous rewards, plus ...


Early notification of new product releases and collector’s preview links for gallery shows, as well as ongoing access to a 15% discount code for any purchases from my website’s shop

Level 3
$30 or more per month 11 of 12 patrons
At this level you will receive:


All previous rewards, plus ...


Membership in my Drawing of the Month Club! Each month I will be creating original tiny artworks with a different theme or using a different medium that will be mailed to you - which piece you get will be a surprise!