Sara Steele

Sara Steele

is creating paintings along with blessed chaos in her studio.
You're here!
Welcome. I'm glad you're curious.

Not to be morbid or anything (I’m not!) but there are only so many paintings I can make in whatever time I have left on the planet. I’m at a stage in my career where more time in my studio feels essential, time to dive more deeply into work I’ve been doing that is contemplative and experimental. It has no commercial application and will never be published in a calendar.

I WANT TO GET TO IT! I WANT TO MAKE MORE OF THESE PAINTINGS!

We all know the big challenge for working artists. Hustling to pay the bills takes lots of time and energy, and art sales are delightful but 100% unpredictable. There’s nothing like a sprinkling of financial instability to put a crimp in one’s creative output. VERY FEW artists have Medici-type patrons these days, at least none I know.

Patreon came up with a different model: to create communities that surround
artists by contributing modest amounts to support their work. It creates a dependable baseline, and sooths the cash flow anxiety that creases too many creative foreheads.
 
You're here because you've been interested in my work. Many of you feel like friends I’ve known for a long time, whether we’ve met or not.

Patreon feels like a place where I can expose the ins-outs-ups and downs of how work gets made. It’s less public than social media, or even my website. I'll post material here I don’t share elsewhere: glimpses behind-the-scenes, works-in-progress, snippets from notebooks and journals. (A warning here: I'm not a writer. The snippets could be rambling, unintelligible, or seem off-topic, but may offer some insight into how my ideas and artwork are developing, may being the keyword here.)

I suspect the frequency will be unpredictable. It could get messy. (It'll definitely get messy. Have you seen my studio?) And I look forward to hearing from you here too. Maybe you’ll even want to engage with others in this community.

Studio life is solitary. It’s easy to forget – and you can’t imagine how wonderful it feels – that there’s a group of people who like my work, believe in it, and want to help bring it into the world.

I’m excited to be on this adventure and delighted you're accompanying me. And I deeply appreciate that you're making it possible.

Thanks so much for being here!
Sara

P.S. If you'd like to know more about what I've been up to for the last forty-some years ~ exhibits, publications, presentations and such ~ let me know and I'll get it to you.
Tiers
Sunflowers
$2 or more per month

Who doesn't love Sunflowers?


When you contribute $2 or more you'll 


  • have immediate access to my Patreon public blog posts
  • receive invitations to participate in some (not all) polls 
  • and be acknowledged by name, somehow, somewhere, in appreciation of your generosity.  (Don't fret.  I'll let you know ahead of time so you can opt-out.)


Wild Indigo
$10 or more per month

Wild Indigo (Baptisa) is a relatively new addition to my garden. It stands tall behind my white peonies andI really love seeing this particular combination blooming in May.


When you contribute $10 or more you'll receive 

  • all Sunflowers' benefits PLUS
  • access to behind-the-scenes posts
  •  invitations to all polls
  • and an invitation to join a patron-only community  (Well, once it's up and running. Patience Grasshopper. I'm not a digital native.)
Irises
$17 or more per month

The first watercolor I ever did was of an iris (I think I was ten years old.) It's been a favorite flower of mine as long as I can remember.


When you contribute $17 or more you'll receive

  • all the benefits above PLUS
  • access to private journal posts
  • and periodic downloads you can use digitally or print out if you'd like (not delivered monthly.)
Scarlet Poppies
$25 or more per month

I make color studies constantly when I'm working and Scarlet Lake is one of my favorite pigments. 


When you contribute $25 or more you'll receive

  • all the benefits above PLUS
  • an occasional snail mail surprise when you least expect it (not delivered monthly) 
  • and an original color study for the 6-month anniversary of your membership. 
Birds of Paradise
$50 or more per month

When you extremely generous Birds of Paradise contribute $50 or more you'll receive 

  • all the benefits above PLUS
  • previews of new work prior to publication, exhibition, and/or posting on the web (this does not happen monthly.)


Night-Blooming Cereus
$100 or more per month

The Night-Blooming Cereus is a magical plant that blooms infrequently, usually on a full moon during the summer. The bud grows for several days looking more and more like a creature from outer space. Then one evening it starts to unfurl spirally, gradually revealing a highly fragrant white blossom the size of a plate. It's fully open by 10 PM. The flower stays open until 2 or 3 AM and by morning hangs limply on its stalk.


When you, rare flower, contribute $100 or more you'll receive 

  • my astonished gratitude
  • all the benefits above PLUS
  • an annual FaceTime or Skype call, or coffee if you're local (*at our mutual convenience)
  • and maybe even a chance to get on the invitation list to see the Cereus when it blooms. It's very unpredictible, and I don't always know until 6 PM or so that it's going to open that night, so you'll get very last minute notice.
Goals
10% complete
When I reach 100 patrons I'm going to finally get the color calibration equipment and software I've wanted for years! It will mean that my laptop, other monitors, and scanner will all be speaking the same language. This will dramatically improve presentations and publication of my work.
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You're here!
Welcome. I'm glad you're curious.

Not to be morbid or anything (I’m not!) but there are only so many paintings I can make in whatever time I have left on the planet. I’m at a stage in my career where more time in my studio feels essential, time to dive more deeply into work I’ve been doing that is contemplative and experimental. It has no commercial application and will never be published in a calendar.

I WANT TO GET TO IT! I WANT TO MAKE MORE OF THESE PAINTINGS!

We all know the big challenge for working artists. Hustling to pay the bills takes lots of time and energy, and art sales are delightful but 100% unpredictable. There’s nothing like a sprinkling of financial instability to put a crimp in one’s creative output. VERY FEW artists have Medici-type patrons these days, at least none I know.

Patreon came up with a different model: to create communities that surround
artists by contributing modest amounts to support their work. It creates a dependable baseline, and sooths the cash flow anxiety that creases too many creative foreheads.
 
You're here because you've been interested in my work. Many of you feel like friends I’ve known for a long time, whether we’ve met or not.

Patreon feels like a place where I can expose the ins-outs-ups and downs of how work gets made. It’s less public than social media, or even my website. I'll post material here I don’t share elsewhere: glimpses behind-the-scenes, works-in-progress, snippets from notebooks and journals. (A warning here: I'm not a writer. The snippets could be rambling, unintelligible, or seem off-topic, but may offer some insight into how my ideas and artwork are developing, may being the keyword here.)

I suspect the frequency will be unpredictable. It could get messy. (It'll definitely get messy. Have you seen my studio?) And I look forward to hearing from you here too. Maybe you’ll even want to engage with others in this community.

Studio life is solitary. It’s easy to forget – and you can’t imagine how wonderful it feels – that there’s a group of people who like my work, believe in it, and want to help bring it into the world.

I’m excited to be on this adventure and delighted you're accompanying me. And I deeply appreciate that you're making it possible.

Thanks so much for being here!
Sara

P.S. If you'd like to know more about what I've been up to for the last forty-some years ~ exhibits, publications, presentations and such ~ let me know and I'll get it to you.

Recent posts by Sara Steele

Tiers
Sunflowers
$2 or more per month

Who doesn't love Sunflowers?


When you contribute $2 or more you'll 


  • have immediate access to my Patreon public blog posts
  • receive invitations to participate in some (not all) polls 
  • and be acknowledged by name, somehow, somewhere, in appreciation of your generosity.  (Don't fret.  I'll let you know ahead of time so you can opt-out.)


Wild Indigo
$10 or more per month

Wild Indigo (Baptisa) is a relatively new addition to my garden. It stands tall behind my white peonies andI really love seeing this particular combination blooming in May.


When you contribute $10 or more you'll receive 

  • all Sunflowers' benefits PLUS
  • access to behind-the-scenes posts
  •  invitations to all polls
  • and an invitation to join a patron-only community  (Well, once it's up and running. Patience Grasshopper. I'm not a digital native.)
Irises
$17 or more per month

The first watercolor I ever did was of an iris (I think I was ten years old.) It's been a favorite flower of mine as long as I can remember.


When you contribute $17 or more you'll receive

  • all the benefits above PLUS
  • access to private journal posts
  • and periodic downloads you can use digitally or print out if you'd like (not delivered monthly.)
Scarlet Poppies
$25 or more per month

I make color studies constantly when I'm working and Scarlet Lake is one of my favorite pigments. 


When you contribute $25 or more you'll receive

  • all the benefits above PLUS
  • an occasional snail mail surprise when you least expect it (not delivered monthly) 
  • and an original color study for the 6-month anniversary of your membership. 
Birds of Paradise
$50 or more per month

When you extremely generous Birds of Paradise contribute $50 or more you'll receive 

  • all the benefits above PLUS
  • previews of new work prior to publication, exhibition, and/or posting on the web (this does not happen monthly.)


Night-Blooming Cereus
$100 or more per month

The Night-Blooming Cereus is a magical plant that blooms infrequently, usually on a full moon during the summer. The bud grows for several days looking more and more like a creature from outer space. Then one evening it starts to unfurl spirally, gradually revealing a highly fragrant white blossom the size of a plate. It's fully open by 10 PM. The flower stays open until 2 or 3 AM and by morning hangs limply on its stalk.


When you, rare flower, contribute $100 or more you'll receive 

  • my astonished gratitude
  • all the benefits above PLUS
  • an annual FaceTime or Skype call, or coffee if you're local (*at our mutual convenience)
  • and maybe even a chance to get on the invitation list to see the Cereus when it blooms. It's very unpredictible, and I don't always know until 6 PM or so that it's going to open that night, so you'll get very last minute notice.