Gretchen Ryan is creating an epic painting to inspire freedom for abused animals
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patrons

$218
per month
Hi!  I am a Los Angeles based studio artist, and I started this Patreon page to create a large format painting that inspires freedom for animals who are being abused.  It's a painting of a dramatic vision I had years ago, one which I have been planning, sketching, and have had the goal of making ever since.  The image is beautiful, exciting to look at, very detailed and full of animals.

Why this painting?
  People the world over, in all walks of life, are realizing that animals are our little brothers and sisters, and that they are being unjustifiably and unnecessarily exploited, often in the most ruthless ways, not only hurting animals but also the environment and their own bodies in the process.  They are coming to the conclusion that the animals' lives belong to the animals, that they are sentient and exist for their own reasons, that their suffering does matter, that they ought to be free to live without suffering at human hands, and that ending their suffering also helps people, and the planet.

The reason why I am so happy to have you here, why this project will make a difference, is because the solution to most animal abuse today is simple and lies in each person's day to day decisions.  Raising awareness in the right way can inform and influence those impactful, individual decisions.  When our hearts are open to looking at the problems, we can then make compassionate, rather than hurtful, choices, and that is where the power of ART comes in; art works on the level not just our minds, but of our hearts and our very spirits.  The image I am painting, as well as the process and conversations around making it, will touch people on all those levels and inspire freedom from cruelty for animals. I intend to spread the final image far and wide, and to use reproductions of it for the benefit of animal protection and advocacy groups. 

This is my most important work, as well as the largest I have made.  It feels like the reason I have been studying and practicing painting all the years that I have.  A very generous donor has ordered the 7' x 13' canvas I will be working on, so the project is underway.
 
I would be so honored and grateful to have you join in the making of my epic painting for the cause of all spirits who long to be free!
Tiers
Birds
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
You are helping the painting take flight, thank you, I am so grateful! 

You will have access to my Patreon only vlog updates, where I will be sharing some of my thoughts and documenting my journey in making this painting that won't be available anywhere else.  Your name will also be listed on my website as a patron of the painting*!  Thank you!


*Unless you prefer to be anonymous 

Behind the Scenes & Painting Techniques
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
Behind the scenes!  For your subscription at this level, you wil lreceive making of videos about this project and how I work in my studio.  I'll show you some of the strategies, materials and techniques I use in painting, and some of the very helpful things I have used and developed over the years in my own work.

You will also have access to my Patreon only vlog updates, and have your name on my website's list of patrons!*  Thank you so much!!

*Unless you prefer to be anonymous
Collectible Postcard Print Subscription
$9 or more per month 4 patrons
Thank you, I am so excited to have you subscribe to my postcards prints! I truly hope you enjoy these.  You will receive one 6" x 8" postcard of a study of an animal that is featured in my big painting, along with information about why that animal needs our help and an organization that is doing work to help them, or occasionally an image of one of my previous works, most of which have never been printed in any way before, each month!


You will also receive patron only vlog updates, behind the scenes videos, and your name listed on my website list of patrons of the painting!**  Thank you so much for being my patron!!


*For shipping outside the US please add $5

**Unless you choose to be anonymous

Three Collectible Postcard Prints
$21 or more per month 2 patrons
Three collectible postcard prints; maybe one to keep and a couple to share or send.  You will receive three, 6" x 8" postcards of an animal featured in the big painting, or of one of my previous works.  Most all of my work has never been reproduced in any way but digitally, so this a new opportunity, just for this project.  Thank you so much, I really hope you enjoy them!


You will also receive my vlog updates, behind the scenes and making of videos, and your name on my list of patrons web page!*  Thank you so much for being my patron!!


*Unless you prefer to be anonymous

**For shipping outside the U.S., please add $5.

Limited Edition Prints Subscription
$90 or more per month 2 of 250 patrons
You are an angel of this project, I am so happy and honored to have you subscribe to my prints.  Each month, you will receive a 12 x 16", limited edition, signed print of a painting of an animal featured in my big painting, or one of my previous works*.  These are the same images as the monthly postcard, but in a high quality, archival print.  


You will also receive a 6 x 8" postcard, access to my my vlog updates, behind the scenes and making of videos, and your name on my website's list of patrons of the painting**.   While they last, I will also send you a bonus limited edition print of my pastel painting, "Bambi"!


Thank you so much being my patron, I am so happy to have you.


*For shipping outside the U.S., please add $15.

**Unless you prefer to be anonymous

Goals
$218 of $3,000 per month
I will be able to purchase my canvas!  As soon as I reach this goal cumulatively, I will be able to order it, and then to get the paints and brushes I need.  This amount monthly will allow me to focus completely on my creation!  I am so thrilled and grateful, what a dream come true!!
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Hi!  I am a Los Angeles based studio artist, and I started this Patreon page to create a large format painting that inspires freedom for animals who are being abused.  It's a painting of a dramatic vision I had years ago, one which I have been planning, sketching, and have had the goal of making ever since.  The image is beautiful, exciting to look at, very detailed and full of animals.

Why this painting?
  People the world over, in all walks of life, are realizing that animals are our little brothers and sisters, and that they are being unjustifiably and unnecessarily exploited, often in the most ruthless ways, not only hurting animals but also the environment and their own bodies in the process.  They are coming to the conclusion that the animals' lives belong to the animals, that they are sentient and exist for their own reasons, that their suffering does matter, that they ought to be free to live without suffering at human hands, and that ending their suffering also helps people, and the planet.

The reason why I am so happy to have you here, why this project will make a difference, is because the solution to most animal abuse today is simple and lies in each person's day to day decisions.  Raising awareness in the right way can inform and influence those impactful, individual decisions.  When our hearts are open to looking at the problems, we can then make compassionate, rather than hurtful, choices, and that is where the power of ART comes in; art works on the level not just our minds, but of our hearts and our very spirits.  The image I am painting, as well as the process and conversations around making it, will touch people on all those levels and inspire freedom from cruelty for animals. I intend to spread the final image far and wide, and to use reproductions of it for the benefit of animal protection and advocacy groups. 

This is my most important work, as well as the largest I have made.  It feels like the reason I have been studying and practicing painting all the years that I have.  A very generous donor has ordered the 7' x 13' canvas I will be working on, so the project is underway.
 
I would be so honored and grateful to have you join in the making of my epic painting for the cause of all spirits who long to be free!

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Tiers
Birds
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
You are helping the painting take flight, thank you, I am so grateful! 

You will have access to my Patreon only vlog updates, where I will be sharing some of my thoughts and documenting my journey in making this painting that won't be available anywhere else.  Your name will also be listed on my website as a patron of the painting*!  Thank you!


*Unless you prefer to be anonymous 

Behind the Scenes & Painting Techniques
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
Behind the scenes!  For your subscription at this level, you wil lreceive making of videos about this project and how I work in my studio.  I'll show you some of the strategies, materials and techniques I use in painting, and some of the very helpful things I have used and developed over the years in my own work.

You will also have access to my Patreon only vlog updates, and have your name on my website's list of patrons!*  Thank you so much!!

*Unless you prefer to be anonymous
Collectible Postcard Print Subscription
$9 or more per month 4 patrons
Thank you, I am so excited to have you subscribe to my postcards prints! I truly hope you enjoy these.  You will receive one 6" x 8" postcard of a study of an animal that is featured in my big painting, along with information about why that animal needs our help and an organization that is doing work to help them, or occasionally an image of one of my previous works, most of which have never been printed in any way before, each month!


You will also receive patron only vlog updates, behind the scenes videos, and your name listed on my website list of patrons of the painting!**  Thank you so much for being my patron!!


*For shipping outside the US please add $5

**Unless you choose to be anonymous

Three Collectible Postcard Prints
$21 or more per month 2 patrons
Three collectible postcard prints; maybe one to keep and a couple to share or send.  You will receive three, 6" x 8" postcards of an animal featured in the big painting, or of one of my previous works.  Most all of my work has never been reproduced in any way but digitally, so this a new opportunity, just for this project.  Thank you so much, I really hope you enjoy them!


You will also receive my vlog updates, behind the scenes and making of videos, and your name on my list of patrons web page!*  Thank you so much for being my patron!!


*Unless you prefer to be anonymous

**For shipping outside the U.S., please add $5.

Limited Edition Prints Subscription
$90 or more per month 2 of 250 patrons
You are an angel of this project, I am so happy and honored to have you subscribe to my prints.  Each month, you will receive a 12 x 16", limited edition, signed print of a painting of an animal featured in my big painting, or one of my previous works*.  These are the same images as the monthly postcard, but in a high quality, archival print.  


You will also receive a 6 x 8" postcard, access to my my vlog updates, behind the scenes and making of videos, and your name on my website's list of patrons of the painting**.   While they last, I will also send you a bonus limited edition print of my pastel painting, "Bambi"!


Thank you so much being my patron, I am so happy to have you.


*For shipping outside the U.S., please add $15.

**Unless you prefer to be anonymous