Christopher (Chris) Volpe is creating Oil Paintings (& Mixed Media Work) and Writing about Creativity
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patron

$9
per month
As you probably already know, I'm an artist, writer, and teacher interested in sharing the processes and fruits of creativity and self-knowledge with as wide an audience as possible. 

This platform helps artists connect to patrons who believe in them enough to help them make their art.

By supporting me through this site you make it possible for me to make the art I believe in most.

Having patrons also allows me to pursue projects that are super important to me but that I probably wouldn’t be able to do otherwise (projects such as the book on creativity I’m collecting notes for, and an artist's book that's already finished but languishing for lack of time and a scanner).

I thought hard before doing this.

Here’s where I’m at with it. I’ve hung back from crowd-sourcing sites like Kickstarter because I don’t work like a musician, say, who needs a pile of money up front to fund a costly recording project. The overhead for what I do is considerable, but it’s spread out over months and years, and the work gets made, piece by piece, the same way - over time. Gallery sales and teaching are my mainstay, but I’m thinking about the “long game.” For me that is probably always going to be about having multiple revenue sources (sales, private and group lessons, workshops, writing, editing, speaking gigs, and the occasional grant or award), including sources that are ongoing, like this one, that provide sustained support over the long haul for all I do all the time. 

In the past, artists were always supported by patrons, only patrons had to be rich. Now it’s possible to spread the cost of patronage so that it's affordable (like $1 or $5 a month affordable). As patrons, you guys get intimate, backstage, VIP access to my process, my ideas about art and creativity, my work and what goes into it, and the business of art - what it takes to support oneself as an artist. 

Patrons come here to learn, interact, and be inspired. We can interact via the patrons-only feed, Q&As, exclusive process documentation, possible live events, creative challenges, sneak previews, monthly drawings for original paintings and works on paper, behind-the-scenes peeks and special offers. You can always change your patronage tier or stop becoming a patron whenever you want.

I want to promote art as a way for individuals to experience being in a different way and, in these fractured, tumultuous times, to think more deeply about who we are and our position in the world. I intend to do this not just by selling paintings/promoting myself but also by raising awareness of the value of expression through writing and workshops specifically designed to engage those searching for a path to create work deeply of the mind and spirit while very much grounded in reality.

The Patreon model has us offer "rewards" to entice you to donate, but if we're going to be honest, you've read this far because you understand what I'm working toward, and you think the mad dedication and many hours I put in, not just to painting but to the business end that allows me to keep doing it, are worth it. You "get it." You see what I'm trying to do and you're willing to take an active part in making it happen - and that's awesome. 

So THANK YOU.
Tiers
Tip jar!
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Be part of my project in a small way - every bit helps and I'm grateful you're supportive of me!
Supporting Patron
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
You’re now a supporting patron of the arts! Thank you for helping me follow my muse and create my art! 


You've unlocked access to patron-only content, which I'll be posting a couple times per month, such as: 


  • new finished work 
  • paintings in progress
  • writing excerpts
  • poems
  • discounts 
  • invitations 
  • ruminations
  • special offers
  • news 
  • tips  
  • and provocations.


In addition, you'll now have access to the following:


● Monthly chance to win an original work on paper

● Access to live-stream painting events (when we get that far)

● Discounted access to online course in creativity (when created)

● Copy of book, Redeeming Darkness, Making Art in a Difficutl Time (when published)

Premiere Patron
$10 or more per month 1 patron
You are an awesome supporter and I’m super grateful for your faith in me and what I have to give. 


In addition to patron-only access to the kind of content and everything listed above, you’ll receive the following:


● One-of-a-kind "Thank You" hand-crafted postcard

● Monthly chance to win an original OIL PAINTING

● Free enrollment in online course in creativity, when launched

● Signed copy of the book, Redeeming Darkness, when completed

True Believer Patron
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow! You are a major force helping to sustain my focus on creating serious art! That's amazing. Thank you for your incredible generosity - from my heart. 


In addition to access to the patron-only content and everything listed above, you’ll receive the following:


  • An original work on paper created just for you in addition to what you win through the monthly drawings, sent to your home through the U.S. mail
  • Two signed copies of the book, Redeeming Darkness, when completed, one for you and one to give as a gift
  • Your name listed on the "Acknowledgments" page of Redeeming Darkness
Financial Backer Patron
$35 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above plus - you're incredibly awesome. Let's have dinner somewhere fancy and talk about art, life, the universe, and everything. 


Watch your mail for a gift from me - you'll be receiving a painting in addition to what you win through the monthly drawings.

All-In Patron
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Let's go to Boston and I'll show you my favorite paintings in the MFA. Dinner at the Taj is on me. Expect to receive random gifts in the mail, such as works on paper and at least one oil painting. That's in addition to everything else and what you win through the monthly oil painting drawing.
Angel Investor Patron
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Let's visit MassMoCA together and dinner's on me. Every month I'll send you an original charcoal, watercolor, or oil painting created especially for you in addition to random creative gifts and invitations on top of everything on the lists above. If you are interested, you'll be invited to provide input and feedback and to help brainstorm ideas about potential shows, artwork series, teaching workshops, gallery ventures, and general career moves going forward. You rock my world. 
Goals
$9 of $200 per month
When I reach $200 per month, I'll commit to approaching a new gallery every a month and sharing the entire process, from goal-setting and initial research to (hopefully) signed contract. I'm often asked how one gets into galleries - this is a chance to come along for this all-important ride.

I'll also commit to sharing a new excerpt each month from my book-in-progress, working title Redeeming Darkness, Making Art in a Difficult Time.
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As you probably already know, I'm an artist, writer, and teacher interested in sharing the processes and fruits of creativity and self-knowledge with as wide an audience as possible. 

This platform helps artists connect to patrons who believe in them enough to help them make their art.

By supporting me through this site you make it possible for me to make the art I believe in most.

Having patrons also allows me to pursue projects that are super important to me but that I probably wouldn’t be able to do otherwise (projects such as the book on creativity I’m collecting notes for, and an artist's book that's already finished but languishing for lack of time and a scanner).

I thought hard before doing this.

Here’s where I’m at with it. I’ve hung back from crowd-sourcing sites like Kickstarter because I don’t work like a musician, say, who needs a pile of money up front to fund a costly recording project. The overhead for what I do is considerable, but it’s spread out over months and years, and the work gets made, piece by piece, the same way - over time. Gallery sales and teaching are my mainstay, but I’m thinking about the “long game.” For me that is probably always going to be about having multiple revenue sources (sales, private and group lessons, workshops, writing, editing, speaking gigs, and the occasional grant or award), including sources that are ongoing, like this one, that provide sustained support over the long haul for all I do all the time. 

In the past, artists were always supported by patrons, only patrons had to be rich. Now it’s possible to spread the cost of patronage so that it's affordable (like $1 or $5 a month affordable). As patrons, you guys get intimate, backstage, VIP access to my process, my ideas about art and creativity, my work and what goes into it, and the business of art - what it takes to support oneself as an artist. 

Patrons come here to learn, interact, and be inspired. We can interact via the patrons-only feed, Q&As, exclusive process documentation, possible live events, creative challenges, sneak previews, monthly drawings for original paintings and works on paper, behind-the-scenes peeks and special offers. You can always change your patronage tier or stop becoming a patron whenever you want.

I want to promote art as a way for individuals to experience being in a different way and, in these fractured, tumultuous times, to think more deeply about who we are and our position in the world. I intend to do this not just by selling paintings/promoting myself but also by raising awareness of the value of expression through writing and workshops specifically designed to engage those searching for a path to create work deeply of the mind and spirit while very much grounded in reality.

The Patreon model has us offer "rewards" to entice you to donate, but if we're going to be honest, you've read this far because you understand what I'm working toward, and you think the mad dedication and many hours I put in, not just to painting but to the business end that allows me to keep doing it, are worth it. You "get it." You see what I'm trying to do and you're willing to take an active part in making it happen - and that's awesome. 

So THANK YOU.

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Tiers
Tip jar!
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Be part of my project in a small way - every bit helps and I'm grateful you're supportive of me!
Supporting Patron
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
You’re now a supporting patron of the arts! Thank you for helping me follow my muse and create my art! 


You've unlocked access to patron-only content, which I'll be posting a couple times per month, such as: 


  • new finished work 
  • paintings in progress
  • writing excerpts
  • poems
  • discounts 
  • invitations 
  • ruminations
  • special offers
  • news 
  • tips  
  • and provocations.


In addition, you'll now have access to the following:


● Monthly chance to win an original work on paper

● Access to live-stream painting events (when we get that far)

● Discounted access to online course in creativity (when created)

● Copy of book, Redeeming Darkness, Making Art in a Difficutl Time (when published)

Premiere Patron
$10 or more per month 1 patron
You are an awesome supporter and I’m super grateful for your faith in me and what I have to give. 


In addition to patron-only access to the kind of content and everything listed above, you’ll receive the following:


● One-of-a-kind "Thank You" hand-crafted postcard

● Monthly chance to win an original OIL PAINTING

● Free enrollment in online course in creativity, when launched

● Signed copy of the book, Redeeming Darkness, when completed

True Believer Patron
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow! You are a major force helping to sustain my focus on creating serious art! That's amazing. Thank you for your incredible generosity - from my heart. 


In addition to access to the patron-only content and everything listed above, you’ll receive the following:


  • An original work on paper created just for you in addition to what you win through the monthly drawings, sent to your home through the U.S. mail
  • Two signed copies of the book, Redeeming Darkness, when completed, one for you and one to give as a gift
  • Your name listed on the "Acknowledgments" page of Redeeming Darkness
Financial Backer Patron
$35 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above plus - you're incredibly awesome. Let's have dinner somewhere fancy and talk about art, life, the universe, and everything. 


Watch your mail for a gift from me - you'll be receiving a painting in addition to what you win through the monthly drawings.

All-In Patron
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Let's go to Boston and I'll show you my favorite paintings in the MFA. Dinner at the Taj is on me. Expect to receive random gifts in the mail, such as works on paper and at least one oil painting. That's in addition to everything else and what you win through the monthly oil painting drawing.
Angel Investor Patron
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Let's visit MassMoCA together and dinner's on me. Every month I'll send you an original charcoal, watercolor, or oil painting created especially for you in addition to random creative gifts and invitations on top of everything on the lists above. If you are interested, you'll be invited to provide input and feedback and to help brainstorm ideas about potential shows, artwork series, teaching workshops, gallery ventures, and general career moves going forward. You rock my world.