Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Kickstarter Countdown



Dear Art lover,
     I guess that I am the APRIL FOOL!!!  My bronze sculpture Kickstarter art project ends 5 pm Texas (Central) Time Zone, NOT midnight CT.  I thought that I was choosing the clock to be on US time where I was basing my project.  Instead the midnight hour apparently refers to my physical location when I launched the project:  Croatia!  

     As I write this, we have only one day left to raise the goal funds for the bronze casting foundry for my wax sculptures.   Here is the Kickstarter Stat line:
30 backers
$9,810 pledged of $11,500 goal
24 hours to go

     Oh, we are so close… with Kickstarter.com, I only get the pledges for the foundry if enough people jump on board and together pledge to the goal amount.  It is all or nothing.


hanging on... pledge on Kickstarter art project     We are so close and I really appreciate your interest and any participation, if so moved.  I have created reward levels so that any amount you wish to contribute can help me send you some art in a variety of forms.  If there is one of my artworks that you would like to own, but do not see it on Kickstarter… make a pledge and we can work out the details on switching the rewards later.  Your pledge could even serve as a down-payment for a future artwork, if you prefer.

See prices here for sculpture:  http://www.borsheimarts.com/pricelist.htm

     The Future is Unwritten, but we always have choices!  Check a few of those out at: 

[and if you are curious about the sculpture this shadow belongs to, check it out here:



Now I am ending on April Fools Day.
Probably appropriate. Lol.

Casting Call: I’m Melting . . . Melting! Into Bronze

Destroy to Create: Melted wax sacrificed to pour bronze sculpture. Hot art: Make it happen before these wax figures are truly lost.

Thank you so much for helping me make some bronze art a reality,
Kelly

~ Kelly Borsheim, sculptor, painter, writer, teacher

P.S.  The really good news is that this is the last blog post about Kickstarter (except maybe a small part will share the final outcome with you).  And then, we get back to art and Italy!  Whoot!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Kickstarter COUNTDOWN Art Bronze



Ohhh, Kickstarter has now set the countdown to HOURS not days… Please share the link to my bronze casting proposal… best prices on bronze I can offer now and if you want one of my artworks (or even a product such as a print, or pillow, or anything that you do not see on the offer, please contact me.
I want to make you happy so that I can give this money to the foundry to not lose my wax sculptures.
I am flexible on the prizes … and hopefully have lots to offer… even let your pledge be a credit for a future artwork.
  • $9,015 pledged [of goal of $11,500]
  • 78% funded
  • 25 backers
  • 55 hours to go
[copied these stats 30 March 4:30 pm Italy time… but they are using Texas Central time… ends midnight between 1 April and 2 April]
Thank you for your support and interest.  All or nothing is the Kickstarter way.












Thank you for your pledge and for sharing the link !!!  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Eric Bronze and Granite



Hello everyone!  I just wanted to thank you again for your early support and a couple of you who have even increased your pledges, as well as sharing my posts on Facebook with your friends and followers.

I have just added a new reward, Eric… and he is one of my favorites and a great model to work with. 

Eric: 10" h x 11" w x 8" d, bronze with granite base  

We still have a lot to do to meet the goal… remember with Kickstarter it is all or nothing and I really want to get these waxes cast before I lose them to the Texas heat! 

Here is where we are … every pledge helps momentum.  You know that lots of folks will bid once the goal looks achievable. . you have helped that off to a good start. 
  • $3,695 pledged
  • 32% funded
  • 22 backers
  • 5 days to go
Ends the midnight between 1 and 2 April, Texas time.  Thank you,
Kelly


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Princess Ljubica Residence Belgrade Serbia


Dear Art lover,
     The residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia, was built around 1830.  It is of relatively simple design, but very distinct from surrounding buildings.  Perhaps the yard and gate also differentiate this space.  I saw it only at night and from the outside a couple of years ago [August 2012].  I must say that I love the night view of the architecture. Here ya go:  http://artbyborsheim.blogspot.it/2012/08/belgrade-serbia-art-architecture.html

residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia

   It is a lovely place and the main point seems to be to remind locals and visitors that the Turks had a lot of influence in Serbia’s past.  My local friends told me that Princess Ljubica used to open her home to citizens on Sunday for free [as in open] conversations or perhaps for her to know the concerns of the people.  Apparently, each Sunday afternoon, an actor plays the part of the princess and visitors may imagine what the conversations of old felt like.

residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia

residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia

      I really hate how people butcher trees.  Tell me all the reason you like about why this must be done, but in the end… it is unnatural and ugly.  However, despite this, these tree branches corkscrew a bit and I found that a fun contrast from all the straight line architecture.

      
     There were paintings in most rooms, often several actually.  My first response to most of them was, sadly, “eewww.”  I later had these two grow on me a bit.  It must have been the birds, hahaha.  The artist is Arsenije Petrović    A Girl with a Flower Basket (oil on canvas, 1845-50) and A Boy with a Pigeon (oil on canvas, 1852).

     



Portrait oil painting residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, SerbiaPortrait oil painting residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia 
     















     
     This last portrait is included here because the conversation my friends and I had in front of it was interesting to me.  Basically they were telling me how the cultures mixed.  So, you may see that the dress has under layers that appear more “folk-y” with bright blues, whites, and orange colors.  There is a garland of fruit that has a feel of country life.  The next layer is more refined with a sort of solid peach color decorated with white lace patterns.  Then you top that off with a dark colored Turkish jacket.  

     This is an oil painting of Smilja Vukalinirić in 1831 by Uroš Knežević.  Oh, and this conversation with my mates happened because I made some smart-alec remark about how all of the women in these portraits look quite masculine.  I wondered if they did in real life or if the artists did not know how to paint the feminine face.  Smilja, here, is one of the more girly girls.

Portrait, oil painting, residence, of, Princess Ljubica, in, Belgrade, Serbia

There was an entrance fee, but my friends insisted on paying and I have forgotten the amount.  The residence offers free postcards, so we all helped ourselves to several.  Since even mailing postcards from Italy is expensive, I gave mine to Biljana.  She was collecting them to use in her classrooms.


residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia



Kickstarter UPDATE:


• $3,390 pledged
• 29% funded
• 20 backers
• 8 days to go[ends midnight between April 1 - 2]

"The Unwritten Future" is one of the bronzes available in this Kickstarter art project, so we still have a long way to go before the deadline of 1 April (midnight between 1 and 2 April, Texas time).  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/borsheimarts/casting-call-im-melting-melting-into-bronze/

Casting Call: I’m Melting . . . Melting! Into Bronze

Destroy to Create: Melted wax sacrificed to pour bronze sculpture. Hot art: Make it happen before these wax figures are truly lost.

Thank you so much for helping me make some bronze art a reality,
Kelly

~ Kelly Borsheim, sculptor, painter, writer, teacher


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