Abstractly Pep

is creating Acrylic Paintings
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Tier One
$1
per month
  • Access to my patreon only feed which includes weekly updates and photos of what I am currently working on, tips and tricks I've learned along the way, an exclusive look at my finished pieces before they get uploaded to social media, notifications of events I will be vending at, and more!
Tier Two
$5
per month
  • Access to my patron only feed.
  • Your name added to a special shout-out post for my supporters uploaded to my social media. 
  • Access to polls and the ability to help decide what I paint during the month.
  • Your name added into a raffle prize drawing each month which may include Prints, Stickers, Art Supplies, ACEO Cards, and other goodies!
Tier Three
$10
per month
  • Access to my patreon only feed.
  • Your name added to a special shout-out post for my supporters uploaded to my social media. 
  • Access to polls and the ability to help decide what I paint during the month.
  • Your name added into a raffle prize drawing each month which may include Prints, Stickers, Art Supplies, ACEO Cards, and other goodies!
  • One 5"x7" Art Print of one of my paintings (signed on the back) by mail each month.

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About Abstractly Pep

HELLO THERE!
My name is Kristen Cavanaugh, but most people just call me Pep.  *waves hello*  I love to be creative and my favorite mediums to use are Acrylic Paints and India Ink. What I love about creating art is that is allows me the freedom to be myself, helps me grow in many ways as an artist and person, and it is my favorite form of self-care!

HOW I GOT STARTED:
In May 2017, I was diagnosed with a Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder after an attempted suicide.  I was hospitalized for a week, then spent two weeks going to a partial program for mental health.  I learned a lot about myself during this time and what self-care meant. 

In June 2017, after a suggestion from my partner, I started painting as a way to incorporate self-care into my recovery and immediately fell in love with it.  My partner encouraged me to keep going and I learned a lot of tips and tricks from him because he was a painter himself.  The rest came from my creativity and watching a lot of people paint on Youtube.  Not only did painting provide a distraction during my low points, but it allowed me to use my creativity to express and work through some very difficult emotions.

In December 2017, I was invited to join a local working studio, StudioRAD, after an event there where I showed my work.  At the end of January 2018, I officially became a Resident Artist there which gave me agreat work space, a gallery wall, and a community of inspiring creative minds I'm a part of.  I never imagined that art would such a big part of my journey!

PRESENT DAY:
I'm still one of the Resident Artists at StudioRAD - I love the creative flow of the space I have.  I'm in the studio doing art at least two to three times a week - some weeks I could spend everyday there!  I am now showing and selling my art at the studio and at various events/festivals around Rochester, New York, as well as working on a few commissioned pieces. I had my first collaboration piece (an abstract cityscape with acrylic paints on a buffet table) in March with Lisa Nudo of StudioRAD, which was also my first time painting on furniture! 

I really feel like I am growing as both an artist and a person throughout this creative journey and I've really enjoyed interacting with the other local artists and musicians in the community.  I still struggle with depression and anxiety, sometimes daily, but I'm learning how to creatively get myself through those times, I have a great support system, and there's so much I have to live for now.  Art really does equal life!

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT IS HELPING WITH:
First, I want to thank those in my life who have been a support to me with both my mental health and being creative.  I wouldn't be where I am today without you and I greatly appreciate your love and support!

I decided to join Patreon because I loved seeing the support in this creative community.  I wanted to be a part of that as well as share parts of my own creative process, tips I've learned, my art, and other things related to my creative journey. 

When you become a Patron supporting me, you'll be helping me purchase supplies so I can continue to paint and draw, helping with my monthly studio rent so I continue to have a place to work and be a part of, and give me that little extra help I need for future projects and ideas.

BONUS! The first 6 people to sign up as a patron of mine in Tier 3 or higher will receive an original personalized ACEO in the mail created by me! What is an ACEO? This stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals.  They are the same size as baseball cards, except they are miniature pieces of art!  All of them have the same measurments: 2.5" x 3.5".

Please consider becoming a patron of my creative journey!
Goals
$0 of $200 per month
My initial goal is to reach $200 coming in each month.  That will cover my monthly studio rent, allow me to purchase more art supplies so I can continue to paint, and start saving towards the purchase of the following: a good floor easle, good table top easle, additional gridwalls for displaying my art at events, and a 10'x10' tent for use at festivals I vend at over the warmer months. 

Once I reach that goal, I will create a special painting just for my patrons and all of my patrons up to that point will recieve a limited edition print of that painting (this will only be printed for Patreon supporters and will not be available for sale).  All of my patron's names will also be put into a drawing to win the original signed painting!  
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