Janet Bruesselbach

Hello and thank you again!

Because we are just past halfway to the goal, I want to ask the obvious: if you can, double your pledge. If you can’t double your pledge, find one person to pledge the same as you. And one more thing: Kickstarter is more likely to feature projects with comments, so leave a comment and like this update. Thank you for everything. With your help, we won’t have to relaunch and can just do the project, but if we do relaunch, I hope I can count on your support again.

Confirmed Model: Sybil Lamb

 For over 20 years she has been a Notorious Deluge of Paintings and Illustration that often conspicuously feature a rag tag cast of young Misfits rockers Oddballs and cute Monsters and obsessive love to detail modified physiques. Operating a busy art studio, showing in galleries and selling at the Art Fairs of Toronto since 2009, born in Ottawa she has also left her mark on New Orleans Montreal Ottawa and SF/Oakland. Her work is sold at a number of Galleries in Toronto and around North America.

Her work has been featured at Ryerson University 2014, Gallery 1313 2014, contemporary pop art factory SuperWonderGallery 2012-2014, Hangman Gallery 2013, The Gladstone Hotel 2013, Gallery Videofag 2013, Morgan Page’s and Michael Mackid’s Projects at Buddies in Bad Times 2012, Come As You Are 2011, Ridgefield Guild of Artists gender odyssey 2011, Patrick John Mills Gallery 2010-2011, and Unit2 2011. From 2005 to 2008 she founded and administered the Termite & Vine Artist’s and Musicians Homesteaders Studio Collective Co-operative Association in New Orleans Louisiana and was Collected and Shown by Barristers Gallery. Trained in parade float construction by Julian Stock from Royal Floats, she has Moonlighted a tech for giant group sculpture performance projects including Rockaway Armada 2007, The Cult of The Little Lambs Trash Noise Rock Band 2008, and the LOW MAINTENANCE Art Bus 2009.

See her Portraits of North American Traveling Strippers and Punk Rock Freight Train Culture, 91 foot long Commissioned Historical Mural for the Church Wellesley Village/ World Pride 2014, 11 foot wide tryptich depicting a “Window Girl” fight in Amsterdam, and created images for the CATIE Toronto’s 2014-15 safe cruising with HIV PEP and PrEP campaign, and contributed character and concept design for Bipolarbear Production’s TIKI ISLAND animated cartoon.

This artist and dynamo has been on tour for I’ve Got A Time Bomb for the past month. I am hoping I can go to Toronto and paint her despite her inability to sit still. And I hope it comes out at least as good as her own self portraits.

Daughters of MercuryA Kickstarter to fund full length oil paintings of trans women as they want to be seen

daughtersofmercury.com
We have to pass $20K in pledges before October 26, 2014, 10:00pm, or it can’t happen.

Daughters of Mercury intends to depict the diversity of women and expand what society considers a female body. The portraits will range from fantastical nudes to professional realism, including models of color, size, and disability. Daughters of Mercury will celebrate the beauty and personality of ordinary and extraordinary women not often models in figurative oil painting or able to commission paintings. 

The Kickstarter rewards include a wall calendar with all the portraits and accompanying text by the models, high quality prints, and the purchase or commission of an original painting. Funding will allow Janet to work without distraction, pay the models as well as they need, travel, buy supplies, and print rewards.


You may contact the artist at janet@bruesselbach.com

Daughters of Mercury
A Kickstarter to fund full length oil paintings of trans women as they want to be seen

daughtersofmercury.com

We have to pass $20K in pledges before October 26, 2014, 10:00pm, or it can’t happen.

Daughters of Mercury intends to depict the diversity of women and expand what society considers a female body. The portraits will range from fantastical nudes to professional realism, including models of color, size, and disability. Daughters of Mercury will celebrate the beauty and personality of ordinary and extraordinary women not often models in figurative oil painting or able to commission paintings. 

The Kickstarter rewards include a wall calendar with all the portraits and accompanying text by the models, high quality prints, and the purchase or commission of an original painting. Funding will allow Janet to work without distraction, pay the models as well as they need, travel, buy supplies, and print rewards.

You may contact the artist at janet@bruesselbach.com

Update #11 about the sweetest woman ever, warminvention.  
Thank you everyone who backed and got us past halfway! Of course, that only means we have to mobilize the same amount of backing by Sunday, or the pledges don’t go through and I can’t make the paintings, prints, or calendar, or will have to relaunch. I really don’t want to do this promotional cycle again; I just want to focus on making the work, without the day job distractions that have made this Kickstarter so exhausting. Double your pledge! Connect me to anyone who can buy an original painting. Consider buying a painting yourself, or more prints. Write about it. Keep sharing. This can happen!
We were the Kickstarter of the Week at Women Write About Comics - Thank you, Brenda!
I wrote an op-ed about the historical context of trans women models that I’m very proud of - submitted to the Advocate, but should you have another outlet, let me know. I’ll probably just post it here in a day or two regardless.
Now I want to introduce you to this incredibly warm, wonderful mother and friend whose struggles I’ve witnessed for the past few years and who needs to come to New York and sit for a portrait. I’ll be updating with 3-4 more models for the next week - over the supposed series length, but I really want to paint all of them!
Jaye


 Jaye is much better now she’s back on girl tablets. She’s a compact and bijou, hackney in the east end of London based picture maker, filmmaker, mother, daughter, sister, music maker, music lover and player of records, teacher, collector of other peoples’ debris and much more. Jaye dreamt of all these things and made them a reality. She started to move towards being a girl in her teens, but through missteps, bad map reading and other dalliances woke up at 21 a boy again. She spent the next 21 years trying to find her path again. While she was lost, she met a soul mate and helped make two beautifully fierce daughters. As a school teacher she helped guide feral under 11’s through difficult paths, and as children see gender and most things differently to jaded adults, they in return helped her relocate her direction. She is currently making non narrative films and music whilst helping her daughters find those elemental truths we all seek. She likes vintage shoes, modern electronics, dangerous glamour, chillis, the smell of paint, fire and tea.
BACK AND SHARE PLEASE.

Update #11 about the sweetest woman ever, warminvention.  

Thank you everyone who backed and got us past halfway! Of course, that only means we have to mobilize the same amount of backing by Sunday, or the pledges don’t go through and I can’t make the paintings, prints, or calendar, or will have to relaunch. I really don’t want to do this promotional cycle again; I just want to focus on making the work, without the day job distractions that have made this Kickstarter so exhausting. Double your pledge! Connect me to anyone who can buy an original painting. Consider buying a painting yourself, or more prints. Write about it. Keep sharing. This can happen!

We were the Kickstarter of the Week at Women Write About Comics - Thank you, Brenda!

I wrote an op-ed about the historical context of trans women models that I’m very proud of - submitted to the Advocate, but should you have another outlet, let me know. I’ll probably just post it here in a day or two regardless.

Now I want to introduce you to this incredibly warm, wonderful mother and friend whose struggles I’ve witnessed for the past few years and who needs to come to New York and sit for a portrait. I’ll be updating with 3-4 more models for the next week - over the supposed series length, but I really want to paint all of them!

Jaye

 Jaye is much better now she’s back on girl tablets. She’s a compact and bijou, hackney in the east end of London based picture maker, filmmaker, mother, daughter, sister, music maker, music lover and player of records, teacher, collector of other peoples’ debris and much more. Jaye dreamt of all these things and made them a reality. She started to move towards being a girl in her teens, but through missteps, bad map reading and other dalliances woke up at 21 a boy again. She spent the next 21 years trying to find her path again. While she was lost, she met a soul mate and helped make two beautifully fierce daughters. As a school teacher she helped guide feral under 11’s through difficult paths, and as children see gender and most things differently to jaded adults, they in return helped her relocate her direction. She is currently making non narrative films and music whilst helping her daughters find those elemental truths we all seek. She likes vintage shoes, modern electronics, dangerous glamour, chillis, the smell of paint, fire and tea.

BACK AND SHARE PLEASE.

Astrae-style portrait of positronicwoman, winner of my tiny promotional raffle for Daughters of Mercury! (Please back that now) (It will make giant oil paintings nothing like this, which I need to buy supplies and pay some amazing models for)

Astrae-style portrait of positronicwoman, winner of my tiny promotional raffle for Daughters of Mercury! (Please back that now) (It will make giant oil paintings nothing like this, which I need to buy supplies and pay some amazing models for)

I have been waiting literally all day for someone to back this past the halfway point for the surprise gift.

My reblog givaway only got 9 reblogs so I am only drawing one of you because that is sad and dumb and I’m not at all bitter. @positronicwoman you are the winner, drawing coming up.

In the meantime back already, it’s the last week.

We’re the Kickstarter of the Week at Women Write About Comics, where Brenda took a moment to talk to me about painting instead!

TUMBLR PROMO!
Reblog this image by 10pm on Sunday, October 19. Everyone who reblogs it goes into a pool, from which I will draw 3 urls. I’ll approach the three of you for a picture of yourself or will draw your profile pic. Digitally! In color! For you! I know that’s not how I’m doing the series or what I usually do but it will still be cool.
And of course, go to the Daughters of Mercury Kickstarter and back however much you can (but you don’t have to back to get drawn - back to help us all make the project happen, so I can make the rewards, duh).

TUMBLR PROMO!

Reblog this image by 10pm on Sunday, October 19. Everyone who reblogs it goes into a pool, from which I will draw 3 urls. I’ll approach the three of you for a picture of yourself or will draw your profile pic. Digitally! In color! For you! I know that’s not how I’m doing the series or what I usually do but it will still be cool.

And of course, go to the Daughters of Mercury Kickstarter and back however much you can (but you don’t have to back to get drawn - back to help us all make the project happen, so I can make the rewards, duh).

If you’ve been seeing this go by for the past month now is a good time to back for however much you can - $5, $10, a million, whatever. Whoever breaks $10K gets a surprise video gift. Reblog because there are only 9 days left!

Do you have blank space on your wall? Do you think a gorgeous oil painting of an awesome lady would fit there? Can you spare a few thousand dollars to put that painting on your wall?  Can you spare enough for prints or calendars? Do you want a figurative painter, me specifically, to be able to make work?  Do you want to support and celebrate some amazing women? Are you perhaps aware that women depicted in fine art are almost always cis, and want to see that change? Do you want to invest in that change?
If any of these apply, BACK DAUGHTERS OF MERCURY. Any questions or want to talk about it somewhere? Talk to janet@bruesselbach.com
And of course, share like mad, there are only 10 days left!

Do you have blank space on your wall? Do you think a gorgeous oil painting of an awesome lady would fit there? Can you spare a few thousand dollars to put that painting on your wall?  Can you spare enough for prints or calendars? Do you want a figurative painter, me specifically, to be able to make work?  Do you want to support and celebrate some amazing women? Are you perhaps aware that women depicted in fine art are almost always cis, and want to see that change? Do you want to invest in that change?

If any of these apply, BACK DAUGHTERS OF MERCURY. Any questions or want to talk about it somewhere? Talk to janet@bruesselbach.com

And of course, share like mad, there are only 10 days left!