Jerome Stueart

is creating joyful paintings of fairies and mythological creatures

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Thank you!  You get to see Art of the Day, the paintings I create and have first chance to purchase them. These could be about 3-5 posts a week. And any news about myself as an artist. This is about the same as you might have gotten before on Facebook, but you want to become a patron too and have these delivered to your email. Thank you! 

Mermaids
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Thank you!    Mermaids get to see the paintings I create + process photos and notes about how I am creating and my decisions about what I'm doing--all the work below the surface, just perfect for Mermaids.

Satyrs
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$5
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Thank you! 

Meditations on Art and 3-Card WeeklyTarot for Creators

Along with the news, paintings, and process, you will receive a weekly 100-200 word meditation on a great piece of art by one of the people who inspire me, classic artists like Marc Chagall, NC Wyeth, or contemporary artists Joyce Majiski, Sandra Storey, Nathalie Parenteau, Marcus Blackwell, or the artists of the New Yorker covers that I love like Barry Blitt, Adrian Tomine, Arthur Getz, Peter de Seve, or other artists I admire. If these prove popular, I may do them more often.

I hope these meditations introduce you to new artists to follow, and collect.  

+ I will include a 3-card Tarot for Creators where I talk about the week through tarot cards for creators.  Tarot can be used for inspiration, and also as an interesting way that themes may show up in your life as a creator this week.  


 


Dryads
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$10
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Thank you so much!  You receive the perks of the previous levels
  • news
  • early access
  • pics of art
  • process pics
  • meditations on art
  • Tarot for Creators  +

New to this level is an art card (a print), signed and mailed to you every month. I will choose a monthly design from my works, and have enough printed to mail one to each of you. I will write something brief and personally sign it.  
Centaurs
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$15
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Thank you for being my patron at this level! You receive all the perks from previous tiers, plus this: a time-lapse video, and STICKERS! 

Centaurs are avid learners and teachers, so added to the benefits of previous levels, I will make a time-lapse video of 2 drawings I do every month---and talk about my choices, as a teaching video. This level is about craft. I will also hold once a month a Q & A live on Crowdcast and you will get an invite to it. (If we cant meet live, I will do a Youtube where I answer your questions ahead, and post it here.)

+ I will choose one picture to make a sticker of and send this to you with your card, as a bonus for subscribing to this level!  So, you get a small sticker of my work--collect them all!  
Gryphons
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$25
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Hello Sage Gryphons, storytellers, you receive everything from previous tiers +

I will create an exclusive story for you with four illustrations that I make a video for, narrating the story over the video.  These will be stories about Gardens of the Mythbegotten, fairies, mythological creatures.  I will post the video here (and hopefully make it downloadable).  the 3-5 min video will look like a picture book of four illustrations while I narrate the story. 

+ HEY, you get a complimentary mug (after being in this tier for three consecutive months) that features "Fairy Cannonballing the Birdbath" to catch your healing tears! Or maybe just to drink some great coffee with!
Exclusive Mug
Fulfilled by Patreon
A beautiful mug with "Fairy Cannonballing the Birdbath."
Chimeras
Limited (30 of 30 remaining)
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$30
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Made from different characteristics of other mythical creatures, Chimeras enjoy being a jumble of things! 

  • Early access
  • pics of my art
  • process pics
  • weekly meditations on art and beauty
  • weekly 3- card Tarot for Creators
  • exclusive art card
  • time laps videos of creating a piece
  • exclusive story with 4 illustrations turned into a video
  • STICKER!

With this tier, you receive everything the other tiers get, but I send you an exclusive 2nd Card--an illustration from the new exclusive story in the video I made (a print)--- with a quote from the story, personally signed by me, every month. 

+ you get a button a month (with a pin back) of one of the illustrations.  This will come mailed with your card.  

+ An awesome mug with "Fairy Cannonballing the birdbath" on it (after three payments at this level)

Exclusive Mug
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A beautiful mug with "Fairy Cannonballing the Birdbath."
Minotaurs
Limited (10 of 10 remaining)
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$85
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Thank you!  (limit 5 people at a time) in addition to the previous rewards of digital downloads, process talk, and meditations, you get to commission one 5 x 7 Watercolor, pen and Ink every month that you are in! 

(NOTE: There are no guns or violence or computer tech in the gardens, as a rule. Political messages are also difficult. I have the right to say no and refund your money if I can’t do your image. But please ask. NSFW images might be fine. This is a joyful garden. Just ask.)

You can duck out of this after one month, or you continue and receive one commissioned watercolor per month--and collect my work, PLUS our complimentary gifts for staying a little longer. You can also ask me to just send you something as a surprise. They will come through USPS as a regular card. You will have a note inside the card, something about the piece, and my signature. These are one-of-a-kind original, personalized art.

Instead of commissioning a new picture, you can jump in with patrons when I create something, and request one that I have just done, first come first serve. And if that is available, it will count as your card of the month.

OPTION: you can stay for two months and, instead of receiving two 5 x 7s, you can commission an 11 x 15 watercolor, pen and ink, shipped to you (a $225 value for $150). 

PLUS---as an incentive to stay at least a short time at this level---you get a complimentary mug with "Fairy Cannonballing the Birdbath" and a black t-shirt with our dancing Minotaur on it (after 3 months' consecutive payments).

Exclusive Merch
Fulfilled by Patreon
Includes
  • Exclusive Mug - A beautiful mug with "Fairy Cannonballing the Birdbath."
  • Exclusive T-shirt - A black t-shirt with our dancing Minotaur in a Tutu!
Dragons
Limited (10 of 10 remaining)
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$175
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Dragons just want more and want it bigger!  They are collectors, and they want to be able to commission bigger works. 

Exclusive to this tier is that you want to be able to buy or commission 11 x 15 works every month.  This is a $225 painting for $175 for being a patron.  Watercolor, pen and ink works.  They will come through USPS as a regular card. You will have a note inside the card, something about the piece, and my signature. These are one-of-a-kind original, personalized art.

Put your family or yourself in the Gardens of the Mythbegotten. Make a wedding portrait in this environment! Tell me your idea for what should happen in these gardens.

(NOTE: There are no guns or violence or computer tech in the gardens, as a rule. Political messages are also difficult. I have the right to say no and refund your money if I can’t do your image. But please ask. NSFW images might be fine. This is a joyful garden. Just ask.)

You also have the advantage to just let me know which 11 x 15 (unless marked or sold) you might want as your monthly painting. You can also combine 2 smaller 5 x 7 paintings for your monthly painting. 

This level is ideal for collectors. But you can come and go at this level as you wish. Just remember, to receive the two bonus gifts, stay in for three months. 




Exclusive Merch
Fulfilled by Patreon
Includes
  • Exclusive Mug - A beautiful mug with "Fairy Cannonballing the Birdbath."
  • Exclusive T-shirt - A black t-shirt with our dancing Minotaur in a Tutu!

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About

Welcome to the Gardens of the Mythbegotten!  A place away from the chaos, where fairies fly in between the flowers, where minotaurs serenade mermaids, where Gryphons relax in the sunflowers, and where YOU can relax and enjoy the peace during this chaotic time in the world. 

My name is Jerome Stueart and I’m a 51-year-old queer writer, cartoonist, and illustrator living in Ohio creating paintings I hope will bring you joy.  I know I’m having a blast! 


            
My paintings occasionally will have a queer bent to them because I'm gay and I like the representation!  And hairy bearded creatures will show up often--because!  There could be tasteful, artful nudity (however, there won't be any explicit sex in public pieces, but fairies and other creatures will probably be tastefully nude).





I use watercolor and pen and ink, mostly, and an occasional marker.

I have been thinking about creating an Oracle Deck, or possibly a Tarot Deck... (update: decided to try out a Tarot Deck and see where that leads!  Will be using Markers and pen and ink for that... bold colors! Look for those in all levels!)

The Tiers:


                  


The Tiers reflect a broad range of interests. 

If you just want to see what I'm doing, take the lowest tier--I'll send out about 3-5 new paintings a week! 

But if you want to see process photos, get an art card with one of my images sent to you, read a meditation on art and beauty once a week, read a weekly Tarot for Creators, or have a new story with illustrations available to you (and possibly get an exclusive card from that story sent to you!), or if you want to commission works, feel free to check out the different tiers.  Here's a run down of them--remember each tier is cumulative--everything from past tiers is included in the next tier:  

For $1 a month:  you get to see the weekly paintings I create (about 3-5) and have first chance to purchase them.  And any news about myself as an artist.

For $2 a month:  you get to see the paintings I create, plus process photos and notes about how I am creating and my decisions about what I'm doing.  

For $5 a month:   you receive the paintings, and process, and will receive a weekly 100-200 word meditation on a great piece of art by one of the people who inspire me, probably Marc Chagall, NC Wyeth, Rubens, or Yukon artists Joyce Majiski, Sandra Storey, Nathalie Parenteau, or the artists of the New Yorker covers that I love like Barry Blitt, Adrian Tomine, Arthur Getz, Peter de Seve, or other artists I admire.  If these prove popular, I may do them more often.

PLUS you will receive a Weekly 3-Card Tarot for Creators spread, and you can use this as inspiration for creative life or for your life as a creator in general. 

For $10 a month:  I send one of my own art cards (a print) to you per month, personally signed, with a small note, mailed to you. 

For $15 a month: I make two time-lapse videos of creating a piece per month, talking to you about my creative choices.  This is the Craft level. ALSO A STICKER!

For $25 a month:  I write a story with 4 exclusive illustrations, and then record a video/movie as I narrate over the illustrations.  This is a story level! 

+ you get a MUG with "Fairy Cannonballing the Birdbath" (the cover photo here)--after three payments

For $30 a month:  (limit 30 people)   I will send you a personalized, signed art card (a print) with one of those illustrations from the story-- (so you get 2 cards a month from me!) --- = all the benefits of every tier below, including the mug. 

For $85 a month  (limit 10 people at a time) Commission one 5 x 7 Watercolor, pen and Ink (or combine two months and commission an 11 x 15 original piece of art). You can duck out of this after one month, or you continue and receive one commissioned watercolor per month (or occasionally combine two months to get the 11 x 15). You can also ask me to just send you something as a surprise.  They will come through USPS as a regular card (or in a larger envelope with cardboard backing for the 11 x 15). You will have a note, something about the piece, and my signature. These are one-of-a-kind original art--these are the original paintings, not a print. 

Instead of a commission, you can, of course, jump in with all patrons and request one that I have just done, first come first serve. And that will count as your card of the month. 

--PLUS you receive after three months, a complimentary mug with "Fairy Cannonballing the Birdbath" and a black t-shirt with our dancing Minotaur on it!    

For $175 a month  (limit 10 people) you can commission or have one 11 x 15 per month + everything at the lower levels. It’s exactly like the $85 tier but larger works.   

WHY AM I DOING THIS?





Today the world seems to be in chaos, and we are looking for a little joy.  I created this garden area to be a place outside of the world, and its chaos;  it calls back to a pastoral, bucolic innocence present in Renaissance Art, Baroque, Romantic, and Neoclassical art--where the garden is a space set apart, a liminal space between wilderness and society, where nature and beauty and people intermingle safely. 

I would like to send you a little joy every day, and you can get that joy for a $1, or more if you like other levels, and collectively, you help me pay my bills.  You will also have first notice on when I put originals up for sale on Squarespace, or prints (and pillows and mugs, etc) on Redbubble.  The art I produce here will appear on Squarespace for your purchase (and you'll know about it ahead of time) and will also be available on Redbubble to be made into collectible things (including prints, if you like).  

This will be my job as I go to school, but hopefully for much longer than that. I’ve always dreamed of being self-sustaining using my own creative skills. I’m still gonna be a writer, too, but I will consider this my day job!  For right now, it’s the best thing for me to be doing. It keeps me happy and I try to keep you happy too.  

I am also planning and designing these cards for work as an Oracle deck or a Tarot card deck.  I'll send you polls!  Ask you questions! Get your advice!  Even at the lowest level!  



ABOUT ME

             

I started making art when I was a kid, doodling cartoons, and drawing portraits of famous people from TV Guide, and eventually live portraits. I had a pencil portrait studio for awhile in front of the local Piggly Wiggly in Caruthersville, MO.  

I kept doing portraits on and off while I went to college, whenever I needed money.  But I pursued writing and teaching writing, so I didn't take my art seriously until 2018.  At that time, I first got my own studio and decided to see what might happen if I thought of myself as an artist.  I was 49.  Now I am seeing what I can do to make art sustainable, and you are helping!  

I took one year of Art School at the Columbus College of Art & Design, which gave me the studio space and the determination to make my art practice grow, and I learned watercolor there from Carol Griffith--who is amazing. I learned cartooning from doing a cartoon twice a week for 4 years at the University of Missouri-Columbia for their newspaper, The Maneater, and working with Frank Stack, my teacher. 

I ALSO write science fiction and fantasy, but also queer literary stories/novellas.  My work falls in between a lot of categories.  My first book of collected short fiction, The Angels of Our Better Beasts , came out in 2016 from ChiZine Publications (if you would like to purchase a copy of the book, please email me, as I have copies I can sell you and the publishers are no longer involved with my book).

I’m a 2007 Clarion graduate, a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, and a 1996 Milton Fellow. I write science fiction, fantasy, and mainstream short stories and am working into novellas and novels. My work has been published or is forthcoming in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fat & Queer, Tor.com, Lightspeed’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction, Fantasy, Geist, Geez, On Spec, Joyland . I’ve co-edited three anthologies: Imaginarium 4, Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts 18 , and Inhuman. Currently my story, "Postlude to the Afternoon of a Faun" is a finalist for the Eugie Foster Memorial Award and the World Fantasy Award for short fiction.  I tend to touch on the spiritual side of my characters and my worlds —trying to understand their (and our) search for something deeper in the chaos that we live in.

I hope you enjoy your stay here. Let me know if I can do anything to improve the garden grounds. 



Thank you for spending time with us in the Garden! 





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Thank you so much! This kind of money is the difference between a bounced check and fees and being able to pay bills with no worries. Honestly, it makes a difference. All Patrons thus far get their names in the Founders List.  I will also choose five queer writers or artists to support every month at $5 a piece. 

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