Raising $ for an important Cause

Justin - Original Watecolor

Hello Everyone... My friend Justin is raising money and awareness for those living and dealing with a mental health condition. He has a fund raiser and is looking to reach his goal of $5000. He's just $600 shy of his goal! I decided to help out the cause and joined forces by painting him. This painting will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. To bid, please just leave the amount you want to bid in the comments below. Bidding starts at $200. 

About the painting:

  • 22x30" original watercolor
  • comes unframed
  • FREE shipping to anywhere in the world

Let's make this happen!

If you don't want to bid, please consider making a small donation by following this link: https://www.youcaring.com/rethinkmentalillness-819051

The LGBTQ community is 3x more likely to experience a mental health condition and is at a higher risk for suicide because the lack peer support. LGBTQ confront the stigma and prejudice based on their sexual orientation already it is a double whammy to also have a mental illness. Learn more in my update today. It's important that there is help we can provide. It is extremely important that we can fund better counseling and therapy for these instances. Read more about it and please donate if you can:

Rethink Mental Illness https://www.youcaring.com/rethinkmentalillness-819051 via @youcaring

Please note: the auction has ended... 

And they are off to Hong Kong

I was approached by Craig to do an ink commission and it turned into three. I had a wonderful time creating three very unique pieces that to me give such a well-rounded balance to such different sides of a personality. Each piece is 22 x 30" and is done in India ink on Bristol paper. 

If you want to have that special commission done, please feel free to contact me and we can get the process started... 

He Reached For the Pose

22x30" Ink on the Easel... 

I've had this work on my easel for some time now. Each day coming into the studio and looking at where to take it next. It hasn't been a struggle, but I've been thinking more the process of my work. What is means to me, how I feel when I am creating it. Recently, I've been going through past sketchbooks, poems and the such and having a wonderful time reminiscing and reflecting. It's allowed me to see where I've come from and where my interests and strengths are. 

Today, when I woke and entered the studio and knew exactly what it was that I wanted to do next with this work. It always amazes me the clarity I receive when I stop and reflect on what I already knew. 


Join me on Patreon and Join the Love is Love Project

For just a $1 you can become a patron of my project and help me finish my new art book, "Love is Love".


What my project is about and why it matters:

In Your Arms was one of the first pieces I drew that expressed love between men.

As a fine artist, I have always been enamored with the fine arts and the paintings of the great masters, especially of the human figure. Over the years I have visited tens of galleries around the country and I love how in the art world, the human figure and human connection is celebrated. However, I noticed that most of the human figures being represented were female. In my art, I experimented many years ago with contributing some balance and contrast by exploring the male figure through oil and watercolor painting. What followed was an unexpected celebration of my male figure painting by an entire demographic: The gay community. Happy to contribute to the positive uplifting of a community, I continued this focus. As the demand became greater, I found that my focus was almost solely on answering the demand for paintings of the male nude.

I have such a great passion inside to expand my Love Is Love project and explore-- through the love between the paint medium and the canvas-- human love in all of its beautiful human manifestations. In a world where people are so divided and divisive, a positive project that celebrates unity and human connection will be a beacon of hope for us all. In all societies and cultures, art was a change agent and a powerful voice of hope.

Why I need your help to make it happen:

I want to spread this message of love through art on a global scale and with your help, we can do it together! Did you know that all of the painting Masters such as Matisse, Michaelangelo, and Picasso had patrons- people to support what they needed in order to free their creative process? Without patrons, we might not have the beautiful, culture-shaping works of Michaelangelo’s David, Matisse's Woman with a Hat, and Picasso's The Weeping Woman. Can you imagine life without the Guernica?

It’s my dream to expand, launch and begin a global tour of Love Is Love, a celebration of human love and relationships in all of its diverse forms. You can be a part of this!

So whether you just give us a buck a month, or subscribe for early access to the video tutorials and, or even up the ante to one of our higher, premium tiers, know that you’re part of the engine that makes this Love is Love Project go.

So how does Patreon work and what's in it for you?

I will be offering you many opportunities to really involve yourself in my creative process. In fact, for different pledge tiers, I will be offering:

  • Frequent exclusive updates only for patrons
  • A thank you mention in my book
  • Video Tutorials on my techniques using watercolor
  • 5x7 Signed Art Greeting Cards
  • 8x10, 16x20 Signed Art Prints delivered to your home!
  • Collaborations of ideas for new paintings!
  • Original watercolors, ink and oil paintings!

Based upon what you pledge, you'll be part of the process at every stage!

With Love,  Brenden