Joanna Barnum is creating experimental watercolor portraits and fantasy illustrations
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patrons
Welcome to my studio...



I'm Joanna Barnum, and I paint unusual portraits in watercolor. I like to balance aspects of realism with experimental techniques, celebrating the chaotic qualities of watercolor. I often use masking fluid in non-traditional ways to “splice” together multiple views of the portrait, or to combine the portrait with other imagery, as a way of expressing ideas or showing movement. A lot of my paintings are about expressing emotions, and while they might begin with personal experiences, my hope is that for the viewer, they might provide a sense of catharsis, or a moment of kinship in shared human experience. I'm interested in individuals, too- it's important to me to celebrate the unique likenesses of my models, even if the work is also about a bigger concept, or representing a fictional character.

I can't wait to share more of my process and ideas with you.

This way of working is relatively new. I started exploring it around the beginning of 2017. Before that, I had been working professionally as an artist for over 10 years, doing all kinds of things- illustration (I still do some illustration work), traditional portrait commissions, competitive plein air painting, teaching, and working in many different styles and genres. I was a bit of “creative jack of all trades,” making it work, but struggling a bit to find a cohesive voice. When I started doing this work, everything changed- this is what I should be working on! Since then, I've been doing everything I can to reshape my business as an artist around this work that I'm most passionate about.

Why Patreon?

Patreon is a game changer for artists. While traditional streams of income for artists (selling originals, prints and merchandise, and working for commercial clients) are still important, Patreon represents a new way of supporting artists whose work you enjoy seeing. Sort of like a “pay what you want” admission to a museum, Patreon is a way to contribute a little bit in exchange for the value artists add to your life and to the world at large through sharing their work and process on social media for all to view.

How does it work?

To say thank you for your patronage, I'm inviting you to be a special guest in my studio. You'll get real time previews of my works in progress and you'll see most new work before it appears anywhere else. I'll share detailed insight into my process and influences in the form of writing, still images, and timelapse video. We'll have conversations about art, and I'll ask for your opinions. There's even an opportunity to get special treats and exclusive or reserved prints through the mail. If you're ready to join me, check out the “Tiers” on the right side of the page to get started!

If you decide to join my Patreon you will be charged for your pledge right away and then every month following on the 1st. You'll gain immediate access to all patron-only posts (including past posts), and you will also receive any physical rewards for that month's tier. Of course, you can cancel at any time to avoid pledging for future months, and you can also change tiers. If you change tiers, you'll be charged the difference for that month's amount immediately and will be entitled to the current month's reward.

Thank you for believing in what I do. I'm so glad you're here. (Zephyr is too.)



More places to find me:
Website
Shop
Instagram
Facebook
Tiers
Cerulean
$1 or more per month

-Behind the scenes access to my studio: Previews of works in progress, insight into my process and inspirations, timelapse video, snippets of life in the studio, and first look at most finished works before they appear anywhere else. 


-Access to Patron-only polls and Q&As 


-10% off prints in my shop (also available to my newsletter subscribers) 


-At lifetime pledge total of $480 at any combination of tiers, receive a bonus 8" x 8" original watercolor (artist's choice).  

Alizarin
$5 or more per month

-A physical welcome card in the mail when you join


-A mini print, seasonal greeting, or other bit of delightful mailed ephemera each month, featuring full views or details from new or previous works. (Images are a surprise, selected by Joanna)


-Behind the scenes access to my studio: Previews of works in progress, insight into my process and inspirations, timelapse video, snippets of life in the studio, and first look at most finished works before they appear anywhere else. 


-Access to Patron-only polls and Q&As 


-10% off prints in my shop (also available to my newsletter subscribers) 


-At lifetime pledge total of $480 at any combination of tiers, receive a bonus 8" x 8" original watercolor (artist's choice).  

Ultramarine
$15 or more per month

-Each month, a print of YOUR choice on 8.5” x 11” coated matte paper, signed, mailed to you. This size print is usually not available through my website or at events! Note that you'll receive a surprise print if you don't select your print when prompted. (Preview options at https://www.joannabarnum.com/patreon).


-A physical welcome card in the mail when you join
 

-Occasional seasonal greetings or other treats in the mail
 

-Behind the scenes access to my studio: Previews of works in progress, insight into my process and inspirations, timelapse video, snippets of life in the studio, and first look at most finished works before they appear anywhere else. 


-Access to Patron-only polls and Q&As
 

-10% off prints in my shop (also available to my newsletter subscribers)


 -At lifetime pledge total of $480 at any combination of tiers, receive a bonus 8" x 8" original watercolor (artist's choice).  

Cadmium
$30 or more per month

 -Each month, a print of YOUR choice on 11" x 17" (or 11" x 14", depending on image proportions) coated matte paper, signed, mailed to you. This size print is usually only available at conventions/events, not online.  Note that you'll receive a surprise print if you don't select your print when prompted.  (Preview options at https://www.joannabarnum.com/patreon)


-A physical welcome card in the mail when you join
 

-Occasional seasonal greetings or other treats in the mail
 

-Behind the scenes access to my studio: Previews of works in  progress, insight into my process and inspirations, timelapse video,  snippets of life in the studio, and first look at most finished works  before they appear anywhere else. 

-Access to Patron-only polls and Q&As
 

-10% off prints in my shop (also available to my newsletter subscribers)

 -At lifetime pledge total of $480 at any combination of tiers, receive a bonus 8" x 8" original watercolor (artist's choice).  

Phthalo
$45 or more per month

-A monthly limited edition print of YOUR choice on 13” x 19” watercolor paper, signed and numbered, mailed to you. I hold back a portion of all limited edition prints for Patron access.  Note that you'll receive a surprise print if you don't select your print when prompted.  (Preview options at https://www.joannabarnum.com/patreon)


-A physical welcome card in the mail when you join

 

-Occasional seasonal greetings or other treats in the mail 

 

-Behind the scenes access to my studio: Previews of works in progress, insight into my process and inspirations, snippets of life in the studio, and first look at most finished works before they appear anywhere else.

 

-Access to Patron-only polls and Q&As 


-10% off prints in my shop (also available to my newsletter subscribers) 


-At lifetime pledge total of $480 at any combination of tiers, receive a bonus 8" x 8" original watercolor (artist's choice).  

Dioxazine
$45 or more per month

-1 detailed e-mail critique or a 30 minute phone conversation on an individual finished piece of your work, work in progress, or body of work per month. Ideal for watercolorists, but other media welcome.


-A physical welcome card in the mail when you join
 

 -A mini print, seasonal greeting, or other bit of delightful mailed ephemera each month, featuring full views or details from new or previous works.
 

-Behind the scenes access to my studio: Previews of works in progress, insight into my process and inspirations, timelapse video, snippets of life in the studio, and first look at most finished works before they appear anywhere else.
 

-Access to Patron-only polls and Q&As 


-10% off prints in my shop (also available to my newsletter subscribers) 


-At lifetime pledge total of $480 at any combination of tiers, receive a bonus 8" x 8" original watercolor (artist's choice). 

Goals
40 of 100 patrons
When we reach 100 Patrons, I will create a brand new painting based on Patron feedback, and will release an 8.5" x 11" limited edition print available ONLY to Patrons! It will automatically ship to all tiers $5 and above.
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Welcome to my studio...



I'm Joanna Barnum, and I paint unusual portraits in watercolor. I like to balance aspects of realism with experimental techniques, celebrating the chaotic qualities of watercolor. I often use masking fluid in non-traditional ways to “splice” together multiple views of the portrait, or to combine the portrait with other imagery, as a way of expressing ideas or showing movement. A lot of my paintings are about expressing emotions, and while they might begin with personal experiences, my hope is that for the viewer, they might provide a sense of catharsis, or a moment of kinship in shared human experience. I'm interested in individuals, too- it's important to me to celebrate the unique likenesses of my models, even if the work is also about a bigger concept, or representing a fictional character.

I can't wait to share more of my process and ideas with you.

This way of working is relatively new. I started exploring it around the beginning of 2017. Before that, I had been working professionally as an artist for over 10 years, doing all kinds of things- illustration (I still do some illustration work), traditional portrait commissions, competitive plein air painting, teaching, and working in many different styles and genres. I was a bit of “creative jack of all trades,” making it work, but struggling a bit to find a cohesive voice. When I started doing this work, everything changed- this is what I should be working on! Since then, I've been doing everything I can to reshape my business as an artist around this work that I'm most passionate about.

Why Patreon?

Patreon is a game changer for artists. While traditional streams of income for artists (selling originals, prints and merchandise, and working for commercial clients) are still important, Patreon represents a new way of supporting artists whose work you enjoy seeing. Sort of like a “pay what you want” admission to a museum, Patreon is a way to contribute a little bit in exchange for the value artists add to your life and to the world at large through sharing their work and process on social media for all to view.

How does it work?

To say thank you for your patronage, I'm inviting you to be a special guest in my studio. You'll get real time previews of my works in progress and you'll see most new work before it appears anywhere else. I'll share detailed insight into my process and influences in the form of writing, still images, and timelapse video. We'll have conversations about art, and I'll ask for your opinions. There's even an opportunity to get special treats and exclusive or reserved prints through the mail. If you're ready to join me, check out the “Tiers” on the right side of the page to get started!

If you decide to join my Patreon you will be charged for your pledge right away and then every month following on the 1st. You'll gain immediate access to all patron-only posts (including past posts), and you will also receive any physical rewards for that month's tier. Of course, you can cancel at any time to avoid pledging for future months, and you can also change tiers. If you change tiers, you'll be charged the difference for that month's amount immediately and will be entitled to the current month's reward.

Thank you for believing in what I do. I'm so glad you're here. (Zephyr is too.)



More places to find me:
Website
Shop
Instagram
Facebook

Recent posts by Joanna Barnum

Tiers
Cerulean
$1 or more per month

-Behind the scenes access to my studio: Previews of works in progress, insight into my process and inspirations, timelapse video, snippets of life in the studio, and first look at most finished works before they appear anywhere else. 


-Access to Patron-only polls and Q&As 


-10% off prints in my shop (also available to my newsletter subscribers) 


-At lifetime pledge total of $480 at any combination of tiers, receive a bonus 8" x 8" original watercolor (artist's choice).  

Alizarin
$5 or more per month

-A physical welcome card in the mail when you join


-A mini print, seasonal greeting, or other bit of delightful mailed ephemera each month, featuring full views or details from new or previous works. (Images are a surprise, selected by Joanna)


-Behind the scenes access to my studio: Previews of works in progress, insight into my process and inspirations, timelapse video, snippets of life in the studio, and first look at most finished works before they appear anywhere else. 


-Access to Patron-only polls and Q&As 


-10% off prints in my shop (also available to my newsletter subscribers) 


-At lifetime pledge total of $480 at any combination of tiers, receive a bonus 8" x 8" original watercolor (artist's choice).  

Ultramarine
$15 or more per month

-Each month, a print of YOUR choice on 8.5” x 11” coated matte paper, signed, mailed to you. This size print is usually not available through my website or at events! Note that you'll receive a surprise print if you don't select your print when prompted. (Preview options at https://www.joannabarnum.com/patreon).


-A physical welcome card in the mail when you join
 

-Occasional seasonal greetings or other treats in the mail
 

-Behind the scenes access to my studio: Previews of works in progress, insight into my process and inspirations, timelapse video, snippets of life in the studio, and first look at most finished works before they appear anywhere else. 


-Access to Patron-only polls and Q&As
 

-10% off prints in my shop (also available to my newsletter subscribers)


 -At lifetime pledge total of $480 at any combination of tiers, receive a bonus 8" x 8" original watercolor (artist's choice).  

Cadmium
$30 or more per month

 -Each month, a print of YOUR choice on 11" x 17" (or 11" x 14", depending on image proportions) coated matte paper, signed, mailed to you. This size print is usually only available at conventions/events, not online.  Note that you'll receive a surprise print if you don't select your print when prompted.  (Preview options at https://www.joannabarnum.com/patreon)


-A physical welcome card in the mail when you join
 

-Occasional seasonal greetings or other treats in the mail
 

-Behind the scenes access to my studio: Previews of works in  progress, insight into my process and inspirations, timelapse video,  snippets of life in the studio, and first look at most finished works  before they appear anywhere else. 

-Access to Patron-only polls and Q&As
 

-10% off prints in my shop (also available to my newsletter subscribers)

 -At lifetime pledge total of $480 at any combination of tiers, receive a bonus 8" x 8" original watercolor (artist's choice).  

Phthalo
$45 or more per month

-A monthly limited edition print of YOUR choice on 13” x 19” watercolor paper, signed and numbered, mailed to you. I hold back a portion of all limited edition prints for Patron access.  Note that you'll receive a surprise print if you don't select your print when prompted.  (Preview options at https://www.joannabarnum.com/patreon)


-A physical welcome card in the mail when you join

 

-Occasional seasonal greetings or other treats in the mail 

 

-Behind the scenes access to my studio: Previews of works in progress, insight into my process and inspirations, snippets of life in the studio, and first look at most finished works before they appear anywhere else.

 

-Access to Patron-only polls and Q&As 


-10% off prints in my shop (also available to my newsletter subscribers) 


-At lifetime pledge total of $480 at any combination of tiers, receive a bonus 8" x 8" original watercolor (artist's choice).  

Dioxazine
$45 or more per month

-1 detailed e-mail critique or a 30 minute phone conversation on an individual finished piece of your work, work in progress, or body of work per month. Ideal for watercolorists, but other media welcome.


-A physical welcome card in the mail when you join
 

 -A mini print, seasonal greeting, or other bit of delightful mailed ephemera each month, featuring full views or details from new or previous works.
 

-Behind the scenes access to my studio: Previews of works in progress, insight into my process and inspirations, timelapse video, snippets of life in the studio, and first look at most finished works before they appear anywhere else.
 

-Access to Patron-only polls and Q&As 


-10% off prints in my shop (also available to my newsletter subscribers) 


-At lifetime pledge total of $480 at any combination of tiers, receive a bonus 8" x 8" original watercolor (artist's choice).