Sara Steele is creating Art
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patrons
Welcome! So glad you're here.

For the moment this page is a bit Beta. I'll flesh it out once I get more familiar with Patreon's bells and whistles. In the meantime, here's a little about me in case you don't already know (skip down a few paragraphs if you do.)

I’m a self-taught painter working primarily in watercolor. Since 1974 my work has been exhibited in more than one hundred solo, invitational and juried shows in the U.S. and abroad, including at the Monestario de El Escorial in Spain, an 80-piece mid-career retrospective at the Berman Museum, and as part of a 2006 artists’ delegation to China. Two published monographs document my work: In Bloom, The Floral Art of Sara Steele (1994) and Blueprints for Paradise, The Watercolors of Sara Steele (2005.)

My paintings have been published and licensed as calendars, posters, cards and other products for more than forty years, often to benefit causes I feel strongly about: the environment, women’s issues, peace, violence prevention, and social justice. Recently I’ve been making free downloadable posters for cause-related marches and progressive political candidates.

I am blessed to have a career I love creating things that bring pleasure, healing, inspiration, and maybe an occasional jolt to others.

Perhaps the greatest challenge for working artists is having plenty of creative spaciousness. Hustling to pay the bills takes a lot of time and energy, and art sales are delightful but 100% unpredictable. There’s nothing like financial instability to put a crimp in artistic generativity.

Certain projects I'm passionate about require more concentrated studio time than I can currently give them. Two that have gotten spotty attention but are begging me for more are The Point and Deep Time. Not to be morbid or anything, but I really want to explore them more deeply and get them onto paper while I’m still among the living. Having two dear friends my age unexpectedly step off this mortal coil in the past two years has really underscored how uncertain life can be.

Because of this, I’ve decided to take a leap and try something different. Through Patreon my work can be supported by a community of people who like it, believe in it, want to know more about my creative process, and want to help bring it into the world.

Inside Patreon I'll post works-in-progress, glimpses behind-the-scenes, and excerpts from my writing that provide some insight into how my ideas and artwork are developing. I'm sure the frequency of this will be unpredictable. It could get messy. (It'll definitely get messy. Have you seen my studio?) I’ll post things I don’t share elsewhere, and I’ll also be able to hear from you.*

If you're curious about creativity, about the ins and outs of my art-making, and like the idea of being an Art Enabler, I hope you'll be part of this window into the ups and downs of my quirky creative life.

I’m excited to be starting this adventure, delighted that you're accompanying me, and very grateful that you're making it possible.

Thanks so much for being here!
Sara

*As soon as I figure out those bells & whistles

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 of 50 patrons
When I reach 50 patrons I'm going to treat myself to a new DaVinci kolinsky sable brush, a really BIG one. Go ahead, guess how much they cost. Ridiculous, and worth it.
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Welcome! So glad you're here.

For the moment this page is a bit Beta. I'll flesh it out once I get more familiar with Patreon's bells and whistles. In the meantime, here's a little about me in case you don't already know (skip down a few paragraphs if you do.)

I’m a self-taught painter working primarily in watercolor. Since 1974 my work has been exhibited in more than one hundred solo, invitational and juried shows in the U.S. and abroad, including at the Monestario de El Escorial in Spain, an 80-piece mid-career retrospective at the Berman Museum, and as part of a 2006 artists’ delegation to China. Two published monographs document my work: In Bloom, The Floral Art of Sara Steele (1994) and Blueprints for Paradise, The Watercolors of Sara Steele (2005.)

My paintings have been published and licensed as calendars, posters, cards and other products for more than forty years, often to benefit causes I feel strongly about: the environment, women’s issues, peace, violence prevention, and social justice. Recently I’ve been making free downloadable posters for cause-related marches and progressive political candidates.

I am blessed to have a career I love creating things that bring pleasure, healing, inspiration, and maybe an occasional jolt to others.

Perhaps the greatest challenge for working artists is having plenty of creative spaciousness. Hustling to pay the bills takes a lot of time and energy, and art sales are delightful but 100% unpredictable. There’s nothing like financial instability to put a crimp in artistic generativity.

Certain projects I'm passionate about require more concentrated studio time than I can currently give them. Two that have gotten spotty attention but are begging me for more are The Point and Deep Time. Not to be morbid or anything, but I really want to explore them more deeply and get them onto paper while I’m still among the living. Having two dear friends my age unexpectedly step off this mortal coil in the past two years has really underscored how uncertain life can be.

Because of this, I’ve decided to take a leap and try something different. Through Patreon my work can be supported by a community of people who like it, believe in it, want to know more about my creative process, and want to help bring it into the world.

Inside Patreon I'll post works-in-progress, glimpses behind-the-scenes, and excerpts from my writing that provide some insight into how my ideas and artwork are developing. I'm sure the frequency of this will be unpredictable. It could get messy. (It'll definitely get messy. Have you seen my studio?) I’ll post things I don’t share elsewhere, and I’ll also be able to hear from you.*

If you're curious about creativity, about the ins and outs of my art-making, and like the idea of being an Art Enabler, I hope you'll be part of this window into the ups and downs of my quirky creative life.

I’m excited to be starting this adventure, delighted that you're accompanying me, and very grateful that you're making it possible.

Thanks so much for being here!
Sara

*As soon as I figure out those bells & whistles

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.