If you don’t know about Patreon, it’s an extraordinary platform that allows less-commercial artists like myself create a sustainable career based on their deepest creative instinct… patrons support a monthly income, which allow us to flourish rather than strive
The hierarchy that’s so exaggerated in the art world has not only kept artists in poverty, but has kept the average human being from knowing the immensity of their own immense creative potential as individual – and their cosmic power as a collective.
Patreon is an incredible example of how the creative power that has been vampired out into the hierarchy can be reclaimed, and harvested and gifted to the world, for the benefit of us all – not just the economically privileged!
Here are just some examples of things I’ve been able to do, thanks so my Patreon campaign: travel to an award ceremony; buy food, heat my home in winter, and carry out basic maintenance on my house; put on pop-up events with my art; invest in new art materials, canvases, paintbrushes, turpentine, etc; explore the landscape and draw from it for my paintings; take time out but still subsist when I’ve been very ill; spend time actually creating the art – sketching, prepping surfaces, experimenting, exploring, figuring out where a painting wants to go next; nourish and heal myself with appropriate, non-conventional medicines.
When people have a direct window into the lives and work of an artist, they’re able to see more depth, colour and meaning in their own daily lives. This can often contribute to a mutually-inspired relationship of creative expansion… Patrons get to enter into the creative process, and to cheer the artist up/ on, as well as getting many ongoing rewards like special prices, big discounts and free content – which is only shared with them.
Ultimately, our collective force in funding the arts via platforms like Patreon is liberating human creativity from its long incarceration within institutions and affluent individuals’ private collections: it’s allowing us all to live more creatively, freely, fulfilled and inspired… which is very much what the world needs right now!
Visit me on Patreon HERE