Painting donated for LGBTQI+ CAMP OUT fundraiser

I have donated one of my paintings for auction to raise funds for CAMP OUT, an Australian organisation that runs a camp for LGBTQI+ and gender diverse teens. In my teens, I would have loved a camp with open workshops and informal discussions on things like identity & what it means to be LGBTIQ-identified or questioning your gender or sexual orientation, dealing with homophobia & transphobia, coming out in highschool, coming out to parents or friends, and how to be an awesome LGBTIQ ally.

While this painting was scooped up straightaway, if you’d like to purchase any of my available works I’ll be happy to donate 25% to this great organisation. Just specify in your message!

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ABOUT CAMP OUT

A CAMP FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, INTERSEX, QUEER (LGBTIQ), AND SEX &/OR GENDER DIVERSE TEENS, SAME SEX ATTRACTED, CURIOUS & QUESTIONING TEENS AGED 13-17.

CAMP OUT offers the chance to attend an away-from-home camp with people who share similar experiences, offering a supportive and safe space to learn and express yourself, an opportunity for capacity building and a fun environment in which to do so. Most of all, it’s the chance to hang out in a place where you’re not judged for who you are, or who you like.

campout.org.au

National Novel Writing Month – I’m participating!!

One of my first “art” assignments at University was to create the worst painting I possibly could. The graduate student who gave us the assignment explained that we should push ourselves, try new things, and do everything within our power to make the most terrible piece of art we could imagine. Some students created abstract paintings with excessive texture, others made collages out of magazine clippings and Polaroids. One student’s tongue-in-cheek humor prompted him to paint a delicate rose with drops of morning dew…something you’d find in a commercial gallery on a major street in some generic tourist destination. Surprisingly, when we all came together for the group critique, each of us fell in love with at least one painting in the studio. I can’t remember the grad student, or even what I created for the assignment, but the lesson has stuck with me over ten years later.

In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, I will be participating as a novelist and will attempt to write the first and worst novel of my month-long writing career.

My novel cover art!

My novel cover art!

I love NaNoWriMo’s mission to use writing to make the world a more creative and vibrant place. As someone who loves to read but is averse to writing, I figure that attempting to create something truly terrible will free me up to experiment and not take my work too seriously! Will I create something glossy and palatable to the masses like my tongue-in-cheek classmate? Will I use the power of appropriation, taking excerpts and styles from existing writers to create a literary collage? Or will I try my worst to make a huge gooey mess and have a bit of fun with it? I’m betting on all of the above.

For the month of November, 10% of my original artwork sold will be donated to NaNoWriMo.org. The funds will go toward helping the organization run their Young Writers Program, and Camp NaNoWriMo.

Want to write your own novel during the month of November?! Check out NaNoWriMo.org to get started 🙂

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LGBTQ Aussie Fest: An Artist Abroad

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Painting exhibits in Sydney and Melbourne, lining up with yearly LGBTQ celebrations. Become a backer and get original art & cool stuff!

After moving to Australia, my work caught the eye of two amazing galleries that would like to display my paintings during their yearly LGBTQ festivals. They’d also like me to display my art on cool stuff! Backers of this Kickstarter Project will help fund the materials and expenses, and will help me to pick which paintings and merch to display! I’ve got my art on a ton of cool stuff ranging from prints, T’s, tanks, cases, hoodies, throw pillows and more! These will be the rewards, along with my original artwork.

Check it out at: http://kck.st/188nup8

Kickstarter Adopt-a-Painting Project

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Over the next few weeks I will be packing up my life and moving to Australia with my partner! Im am so excited to embark on this new adventure, and to explore cultural differences in my work! 

This Kickstarter Adopt-a-Painting Project will provide funds for creating a new series of 12 paintings featuring Queer-identified Australian women.  The new body of work will be exhibited at a local Australian gallery this year! And the best part is: My paintings are the rewards!  By pledging to fund this project you are adopting an existing or new painting

Find out more about the details and rewards at:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kimleutwyler/adopt-a-painting-project