some questions answered

Dear ones who follow my blog here on this website,

In this post I’d like to share some background to my decision to move some of my more in-depth content from this blog and social media channels, to my Patreon account.

But first of all I want to give a sincere thanks to all of you who has shown an interest in my work and what I create,
for your support and the kindness.
I launched this website in 2015 and I have published tales, background stories and imagery surrounding my art via this here blog.
I also started a newsletter back then called The Blue Moon Club where I share updates about new artworks and their release dates,
especially for collectors.
Back then I also took the plunge into the ocean of social media, where I share regularly about my art journey.
The internet, and social media in particular, is a fantastic place to connect to so many people around the world who are interested in what I do and I am really so truly grateful for this.
However, the internet has a flip side and many of the platforms have become more and more demanding, with less exposure and with a push to running ads and working with advertisers to remain visible. Everyone is ofcourse free to run their practice as they feel fits, but I want to keep my accounts ‘ad-free’.

Recently I decided to join Patreon as a creator and it is where I have started to share my blog posts with background stories, inspiration and work processes, exclusively for subscribers.
I have chosen to do this for a couple of reasons;
One being that creating content takes time and creativity and via Patreon this time and creativity is rewarded by my Patrons so that I could potentially free up more time to experiment within my art practice and focus on creating upcoming exhibits, aside from working on the art pieces that I offer for sale.

Secondly I really like the idea of building a trusted community within a more secured garden so to speak, in which I feel the safety and freedom to share more personal stories, in depth work processes, images and so on.
I have some privacy concerns about doing this boundlessly on the open web.
I feel that on Patreon I can build a community that is safe and that the content I share there will be safe also.
I have had some initial doubts about this move, because charging for content that used to be accessible for free seemed a little jarring.
But to make my practice as an artist (it is my life and my passion but also my livelihood) more sustainable and future proof, I feel that this is a sensible step to take.

I intend to keep my social media channels open for all and I share regularly on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
But for those who like to deep dive with me and support my art journey as a Patron, do take a look at my Patreon account.
I offer trial memberships for free, so you can find out if it is something for you before committing.

Thank you so much and have a magical week ahead

x Pantovola x

fairytale illustration


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