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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 19th April 2021 at 9:00am

Recently diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition, I need to raise £3,500 for a special easel so I may continue to do the work I love.

by Karenina Johnson in Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The extra money raised means that I can replace my laptop with a desktop and that will make seeing the computer screen (and editing videos) a whole lot easier. Between my easel and my desktop, my life will be transformed. Thanks to you, Creative Scotland and Crowdfunder. 



Hi, my name is Karenina Johnson and I am an award winning artist and tutor based in Perth, Scotland. I love painting and I want to continue working for many years to come but, sadly, there is now an obstacle to that. I was recently diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition, which may end up with me requiring corneal implants. to mitigate the need for these implants, I must change my current working style and work on much larger and  looser paintings.

Following extensive research, I have found the perfect easel that offers me the flexibility I need. It is made by a wonderful craftsman who understands the requirements of working artists.  1615478090_easel.jpg

I must be honest, there is no way I could afford this easel without your help and support. Taking into account transport costs, as well as the cost of the easel itself, I need to raise £3,500. My crowdfunder new-easel-and-eye is running for 28 days from 22/03/21 - 19/04/21 and if I reach my target for each stage, will be one of twenty projects being 'match funded' by Creative Scotland. As a huge thank you for helping me continue doing the work I love, I am excited to be able to offer a range of rewards, ranging in price from £10 to £125.

A bit more about me

I have always had a passion for painting and drawing and feel immensely privileged to paint, and inspire others to pick up a paintbrush for a living. I have exhibited across Scotland, and my paintings are in private collections in the UK, USA, NZ, Japan, South Africa and Singapore. One of my paintings forms part of the permanent collection at the Meffan Institute, Forfar.

 Recently I was invited to become a member of Perthshire Artisans. I am a member of Perthshire Open Studios and was one of their Artists in Residence at the Bield in 2019. 

Sometimes it's nice to get out of the studio and teach

I love painting by myself, but I also enjoy sharing the joy of creating artworks with other people too. I teach adults with varying levels of experience, from complete beginners to more experienced students.

 My art classes start with a demo of how to paint something, but within the class, there is never time to finish them. As a result, I have amassed a lot of 'half finished' demonstration paintings. Recently I went through the extensive stack and took the time to complete some of my favourite pieces. These pictures are individually priced, not available anywhere else and are on a 'first come', 'first served' basis. When they’re gone, they’re gone.










Frequently asked questions

..... What is the breakdown of the £3,500?

Good question! The easel costs £2,300 with transportation costs of £675,. The fees associated with Crowdfunder and Creative Scotland are 15%, which equating to £525.

.... What difference will this easel make to your practice?

The easel will make a massive difference to how I work. I will be able to work on really large paintings but will allow me the flexibility to work on a smaller  scale if I want to. Rather than raising the top ledge, the user can drop the bottom half, ensuring the easel is not too high for modern ceilings. The cantilever system is also really clever as, with fingertip control it allows the user to move their canvas up or down as well as left. I am really excited about working on much larger paintings and exhibiting them next year.

How long will it be till you get the easel?

.... As each easel is lovingly made to order and, due to the pandemic, there is a waiting list of between six and seven months. 

Will you post photos of the easel in your studio when you get it?   

Absolutely! I will probably flood Facebook and Instagram with photo boring everyone with my enthusiasm and joy. For this I apologise in advance.









This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£32 or more

1 of 20 claimed

£32 An hour's one-two-one art lesson via zoom

An hour long 1-2-1 painting lesson with me via zoom. Painting in the studio is a solitary occupation, so getting out to teach others is always great fun. It is a shame that it not possible to be together at the moment, but zoom works very well. I have been an art tutor for the past eight years teaching people with no experience of drawing and painting through to intermediate students. Normally £40 this is available for £32

£10 or more

£10 Reward Step by step video of painting bird

I will email you a step-by-step guide showing you how to draw any bird with ease. Then show you how to paint a watercolour picture of two birds whist sharing a few invaluable tips. Normally £15, you can have all of this for just £10!

£15 or more

£15 Reward Paint your very own beach hut!

I will email you a step-by-step guide to painting you very own colourful beach hut. We can’t visit the seaside right now, so why not paint it instead? This is intended for watercolour paintings and I will share hints and tips and many different techniques to help you get the best results. This would normally be £20, but is available here for just £15!

£22 or more

3 of 15 claimed

£22 Reward postcard sized acrylic stormy skies

I have painted some postcard sized acrylic pictures of stormy skies that have been mounted using museum grade material. Please note these paintings are not framed, but all are different and unique. The normal price would be £30, but as a thank you for supporting me, this has been reduced to £22. The price includes postage and packing.

£43 or more

3 of 20 claimed

£43 Reward Let's hear it for the bees!

Small, but perfectly formed, these canvases covered in 24 carat gold leaf and a little bee on each.There are 4 bee designs, but being original works of art, they are all unique. I haven’t signed these as it would detract from the picture, but each will come with a letter adding to the provenance of this wee gem and a Perspex stand so you can display your painting if you decide not to frame it. 7cm x 7cm Normally £55 these are a steal at £43

£55 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£55 Acrylic painting with one swan

This swan is painted in acrylics and I just love the feeling of strength in the wings. It is A3 sized (420cm x 297cm). It is not mounted or framed and will be sent out in a cardboard tube. It is a very special price of £55 including postage and packing. It will be posted out by the 26th of April 2021

£55 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£55 Acrylic painting with two swans

My second swan painting is of two very serene swans painted in acrylic. Is is A3 sized (420cm x 297cm). It is not mounted or framed and will be sent out in a cardboard tube. It is a very special price of £55 including postage and packing. It will be posted out by the 26th April 2021

£65 or more

£65 Acrylic painting in pink and gold

I love this painting for its vibrancy…. It was abstract day. This painting is in acrylic and is mounted and covered in cellophane for protection. The mounted size is 42cm x 35cm. It is £65 including postage and packing. It will be posted out by the 26th April 2021.

£65 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£65 Acrylic painting inspired by Tongariro NZ

Inspired by Tongarairo Alpine Crossing in New Zealand, this acrylic painting is mounted and covered in cellophane for protection. It measures 32cm x 42.5cm. It is £65 including postage and packing. It will be posted by the 26th of April.

£90 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£90 watercolour of silver jug and three limes

This painting is a watercolour study of a silver jug and three limes. The mounted size is 38cm x 43cm. The little beauty could be yours for just £90 including postage and packing.

£125 or more

0 of 24 claimed

£125 A day painting in Perth and lunch on me!

A fabulous day (10am -4pm) painting in Perth in beautiful Rodney Gardens on the banks of the River Tay with a picnic lunch provided by a local caterer. Maximum 6 people gives me the opportunity to spend time with you. Why not come with a friend? I plan on having these painting days in May, June, July & August. Dates are flexible because of COVID and the British weather! This painting package is not normally available and is a special thank you x

Let's make 'New easel and eye' happen

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