Because art history, like everything, is all about the story.
I started The Lonely Palette with the goal of telling these stories, one painting, sculpture, exhibition, and urinal at a time. Using the object as a jumping-off point, we've dived together into the significance, history, and social context of artists and movements, and they've been, I hope, as neat, accessible, and compelling to you as they are to me. Think of the adventures we've had together! Remember when we made abstraction a little less terrifying? And Degas' Aunt Fanny a little less boring? Remember when we compared Monet canvases to Lay's potato chips, and explained exactly why Nazi art was so sucky? We've dived headfirst into art history's woman problem, and cavorted with Futurist douchebags. And all without leaving the comfort of your earbuds!
Here's the thing, though. The lonely part is no joke: The Lonely Palette is just me. I research, write, produce, host, and edit the whole shebang, and believe me when I tell you that it’s the best part of my week. But even a labor of love is labor, and ask Van Gogh how only selling one painting in his lifetime worked out for him.
This is where you come in! You can bring The Lonely Palette to the masses, one patron at a time. And donating even just a few dollars an episode means that I can...
- Upgrade my recording gear...
- Pay for vocal booths...
- ...and, most importantly, take the show on the road to museums across the country and around the world, sending you postcards all along the way.
FAQ:I'm new to Patreon. So I just give once and get my mug, right?
Nope! You're a full-blown patron of the arts, like a modern day Lorenzo di Medici, supporting Michelangelo on a continual basis in exchange for art, except this is even better than a marble tomb, because you get swag, too! In short, you pay this amount every time I release an episode, which I hope you believe to be a worthy cause.
Whoa whoa whoa. How often do you release an episode?
AT MOST once every three weeks, and that's ambitious. It's equivalent-ish to monthly support - for every month I release two episodes, you'll find me on my fainting couch taking a month off. Don't forget, too, that you can set a monthly limit for how much you can give. I won't take it personal!
I want to give, but I'm broke, and a $1 per episode seems lame and/or insulting. So I just won't do anything. Bye.
No no no! Come back! No amount is too little, BELIEVE ME. Every little bit counts, and is so very much appreciated. Plus, you put yourself in the running for a trinket!
I love the show, but I just can't support you anymore, or at the level I signed up at. Am I a monster if I abandon this?
No, not at all. This is 100% voluntary. Please just do me a favor before you go: leave a rating/review on iTunes, post about the show on social media, and tell one new person face-to-face. Word of mouth is still the best (and only) way to spread the news about podcasts, and it would help me out enormously.
***So go ahead. Channel your inner Medici. Consider becoming a patron of The Lonely Palette. And thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for supporting, for listening, and for giving me the opportunity to see art through your eyes so you can look with your ears.