Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Simplified in September

The votes are in... 
Beginning September 1, 2017
Trying to make my patreon the central hub of all of my projects didn't work out as well as I had hoped. 
I will be getting back to basics. 
The $1 Subscription Rewards will remain the same. 
ONE new upper level subscription will be offered. 
One NEW artwork, mixed media painting or illustration, every week as a high res digital image attached (the way I attached this one from 2013) in the activity feed.
And ONE monthly Card featuring my original art sent within the continental United States (via real, live snail mail) directly to the address you provide.  [These will vary from a range of new pieces to pre-printed reproductions but, all will feature my own all NEW-post-2016-nothing-from-the-archives original art work.] 
Forevermore, my focus at patreon will be only the visual art I create and All funds received will be disseminated to my many assorted creative wellness projects as needed.  The effort to itemize where the money went based on the rewards patrons selected just became too complicated to explain in an abbreviated manner. However, please don't hesitate to ask if you ever have any questions about the details of where your money goes.
Thank you so much for your continued support and your patience while I figure out the best way to share and fund my work on Patreon. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

August Approacheth

"DNR #CancerSucks"
August 2017~ (12" x 12" Acrylic on Stretched Canvas) will be on display during the Belfast Organization for Artists Annual Art Show at the Belfast Public Library in Belfast NY.

My Quarterly Newsletter tells more about upcoming studio events and my work that will be out and about in the world in August.

Wild Pantry ~ Weather or Not
In case you missed it, my Wild Pantry project includes photography, paintings, and illustrations about the indigenous and home grown plants from my Wellness Garden at the studio.  Rain or Shine I am creating Wild Pantry Art


I don't know if we have broken any climate/weather records but, it has certainly been the wettest July I have seen in UpState NY in quite some time. I know that we need the water...and considering the drought conditions of previous years...I don't really dare complain but, I have to admit that the wet is having an impact on my ability to safely harvest some of the plants I would like to use. There won't be much surplus on some things this year but, I will be keeping others available for local pick up while supplies last. 
This month my Tinctures have been much more successful than my attempts to air-dry anything. My small dehydrator has been running over time to accommodate my own personal medicinal needs. 
Evening Primrose Root and St. John's Wort seem to be doing well and the tinctures should be ready by the end of August. 

As it is not raining at the moment; I am heading outside to address the Japanese Beetle Battle and do some damage control over the powdery mildew beginning to threaten the squash in the front garden. 

Hoping to post more about a positive outcome of these adventures soon! 

Monday, May 1, 2017


For my own Wellness; I am off-line this week. 

Glad to be participating in SCREEN FREE Week again this year and looking forward to some quality off-line time to disconnect from electronics and reconnect to my studio and garden. 

The studio will still be open during scheduled hours and visits are available by appointment. You may wish to call to leave a message at the studio as I won't be responding to emails and online messages as rapidly as I usually do. 

Doing this has become a seasonal tradition for me. I am noticing that it is a perfect way for me to intentionally shift out of the reclusive "virtually participatory" habits of winter. 

This year I am also starting it with the intention of establishing a more maker-friendly schedule to give me more time to make the tangible creations. My virtual creations and content satisfy one aspect of my need for creativity but, my hands are itching to feel the making in real time. 

My Patrons make it possible for me to unplug and make art. 
When I get ready to share the results of this Screen -Free- Stuff- Making -Magic on May 8th and the rest of the month, Patrons will be the first to see it! 

~Wishing all of you a low pain week blessed with passion-worthy inspirational moments. #screenfreeweek

Find out more about Screen Free week at

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Blossoms

Acknowledging my own mortality and embracing what matters most…Spring is blooming with changes and new rewards for me and for my Patrons. 
In May 2017 The “Meditators” and “Sages” reward levels will be closed and Replaced with “Sprites and Sages” at a subscription level of $8 per month it will be funding the Wild Pantry at SheilaLynnK Art Studio. At this level Patrons Receive Monthly Original Art featuring indigenous and homegrown plants for modern wellness and Wild Pantry instructions for one monthly Wild Crafting activity delivered via your activity feed.

So, “What IS a Wild Crafting Activity?” you ask. “Wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or "wild" habitat, for food or medicinal purposes. It applies to uncultivated plants wherever they may be found, and is not necessarily limited to wilderness areas.” At my studio this translates into an art & nature activity that invites learning more about the plants that I use in my Wild Pantry.  Items: Monthly Art, Monthly Wild Craft activity 
SUBSCRIBE AT THIS LEVEL to receive these items after May 1, 2017 ending September 1, 2017. 
“Infusers and Muses” Subscribe at $1 per month ~ Funds Tea4me. Lots of homegrown/herbal wellness teas while I work. Thanks for infusing the muse! You'll get access to the Patrons-First Activity Feed where I post bloggy updates and ideas where you can vote on future Patron-Only Content.
 “Meditators” $3 per month funds Markers4me to create these meditative designs. Thank You! You received access to the Patrons First Activity Feed, Twelve 2016 Mandalas to color, and ONE new monthly printable coloring page. You’ll receive your April Coloring Page as scheduled. May 1st this subscription level will close.
“Sages” $5 per month pays for Paper4me. THANK YOU! You received All of the Above, and monthly sketches and notes from my Wild Pantry pages. You'll receive you April Wild Pantry sketches and notes as scheduled. May 1st this subscription level will close.  

“Links” $10 per month funds Printer ink in the Studio. Thank you! In April you get all of the above, have access to special previews and Patron Only discounts, and all existing content in the patron only activity feed. Beginning in May 2017 ending September 1, 2017, this Reward level will become listed as “Sacred Sisters” to fund the Creative Wellness Circle at SheilaLynnK Art Studio. Patrons at this level get access to my Sacred Art Series of ten PYO Notecards as a pdf for your personal use.  Each month you will get Patrons-First access to original Sacred Art celebrating Nature and the Feminine Face of Spirituality.[BTW~Be sure to follow your printer manual when printing on cardstock at home.This pdf also includes licensed consent from the artist for you to have the cards printed at your local facility.] SUBSCRIBE AT THIS LEVEL
“Allies for Arachnoiditis Survivors” $12.50 per month $11 per month goes directly to, Thank You! You Get All of the Above and access to all the existing patron-only content posted for subscriptions under this level. Subscriptions are NOT tax-deductible. Tax-deductible contributions are accepted via my fiscal sponsor, NYFA.] ($1.50 service fee)
SUBSCRIBE AT THIS LEVEL Offer ends August 30, 2017.

“SWANS” $14.50 per month ~ $13 monthly funds SWAN Days Allegany County NY, Supporting local Women Artists, you get access to All of the above listed Patron Only Rewards in the Activity Feed.  ($1.50 goes to service fees) Offer ends August 30, 2017.

“Mediagicians” $15 per month~ In April 2017 you’ll get your scheduled DigiPix page. Then, beginning in May 2017 as I jump head first into travel writing and photography in a way that will expand my existing photography collection; you will become “Mediagicians and Travelers” receiving access to the existing content in the patron only activity feed and original Art from my Photostock collection. With your paid Subscription; every month you’ll get access to the content in the patrons only activity feed PLUS 4 High quality digital images from my photostock collection (an average of one per week) and exclusive patron previews to travel updates, articles, new additions to my photostock collection, and videos from these new wilder wellness adventures that will surely have an impact on the art to come. Not sure where this road will take us but, the collection includes: landscapes, skyscapes, nature, events, people, and more. Offer ends August 30, 2017.
Item: Four Original Photostock images per month

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Marching On...

I really like the way that the subscription option at Patreon allows My Patrons to choose how much they would like to spend and how often.   
In the interest of doing something similar-ish for my local patrons; I am trying this new offering that allows them to choose how much they would like to pay on instock pre-printed and original art for local pick up and payment at the studio during open studio hours .

The instock collection includes 11" x 14" poster prints in protective sleeves, a few 12" x 12" paintings on canvas, 2017 Calendars, notecards and post cards, and odd sized photo prints. 

While supplies last, local patrons select the art, 
give it a home, and pay what they can. This option will be in place for visitors to the studio 
during SWAN Days Allegany County NY 2017 

 Women Artists of All Ages from Allegany County NY and surrounding Areas are invited to Join the 10th International SWAN Day Celebrations! Join us as we Support Women Artists Now.
The official date for the 10th International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 25, 2017. SWAN DAY ACTIVITIES AT THE STUDIO  ARE SCHEDULED FROM
March 25th to April 6th.
with additional events around the county during the months of March and April.
The Art Show & Sale featuring art by local women artists is 
FREE and Open to the public during Open Studio Hours.
Youth (Girls & Boys Age 5-18) Entries Also Welcome
Entries ($10 each) Accepted at the studio March 17th from Noon to 5pm.
Entry Forms are available in pdf format attached to the Call For Entries at Patreon. GET ENTRY FORMS
Winners will be selected by popular vote. Ballots will be cast by visitors during open studio hours from March 25-April 5th. Visitors will sign in to receive ONE ballot to cast a vote for their favorite work in each category.
[AWARDS TBA April 6th during closing ceremony 5-8pm. “BEST IN SHOW (Adult)” $100, “Best Artistic Composition” $50, “Most Unique” $50, “Best Presentation” $25, “Best TEEN Entry (14-17)” $25, “Best PreTEEN Entry (ages 10-13)” $25, “Best Youth Entry (ages 5-9)” $25.
SWAN Days Open Studio Hours: March 25th Noon-4pm Opening Reception, Closed Sundays March 26th & April 2nd, Open Mondays Noon-4, Tues & Thurs. Noon -4 & 5-8pm, Wednesdays & Fridays Noon-6pm, Saturdays Noon-4pm.
SWAN Days Allegany County NY 2017 Sponsors
Subscribe Here  at Patreon Now to get rewards when you support local women artists via these annual SWAN Day Activities.
Sponsored In Loving Memory of
Shawntelle M. Santas
Platinum Sponsors
Women Arts
Creative Wellness Sponsors
Ariel's Naturals 2016
SheilaLynnK Art Studio
The Belfast Organization for Artists
Refreshments to be provided by Baking Production and Management At Alfred State College 
Also happening at the studio DURING SWAN Days

RSVP by March 13th  to attned the PLARN Art Basics Workshop 

Growing a local Circle of Natural Feminine Energy for Creative Wellness & Intentional Unity for all who attend.Together let’s create a safe local environment for Sustainable Independent Wellness.
UNIFY Global Sisterhood will post details and announcements about their next Online Circle on International Women's Day, March 8, 2017 HERE
In Wellsville, we will be Calling in the directions at 7:15pm on March 27, 2017.
 [RSVP by March 20, 2017.]

As always, I am sure we will discuss some aspect of Remembering the Feminine Face of Spirituality and hearing your input on what YOU would like this circle to become.

Creative Wellness Circle Newsletter Feb. 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

We learned

On January 31st I got the call that my sister was in critical condition in a hospital 2 hours away. After spending days and nights with her until painfully saying goodbye on Feb 5th, I am home and trying to adjust to the landscape of this new reality. 

Things are currently quite surreal and exhausting and I can honestly say that I am not fit for much communication right now. 
"Without art the crudeness of reality would make life unbearable." ~George Bernard Shaw 
Because of this, I know I will return to art-making soon. But, it won't be today. 
Your patronage and patience are greatly appreciated. 
Shawntelle Kalkbrenner Santas Quiet Activists, Active Quietors, and Observers of the Human Condition; for forty seven years apart-but-together we learned about art, writing, life, motherhood, and death and all of the things that come between. We learned how to fuss, fight and argue with respect for each other and we learned the power of forgiveness. 
We learned the geography defying value of true friends and the timelessness of sisterhood. 
We learned that bees like us best when we just sit still and that bicycles are happiest when we just let go.
We learned that the power of the ocean runs deeper than blue lips and chattering teeth.
We learned that mud, dirt, and earth clean away the dark grime that tries to dust over the best things in life and that it's only safe to work at Burger King if you know how to skate (on grease).
We learned that Christmas Flower Arrangements require heavy gloves that are left behind for the sake of an artful arrangement and that plastic flowers just look Wrong.
From our Parents, together we watched and learned what marriage is meant to be and the true definition of an equal partnership and that playing hide-and-seek in the dark at night with a crap ton of family is the BEST way to play.
We learned to compromise without lowering our standards.
We learned that we must keep silent when Legos get stuck between naked Mom toes in the middle of the night.
We learned that being a good big sister means sharing what we learned without telling them what to do.
We learned that “You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.”~Steven King
We learned that tootsie rolls are not recommended for dental work and bubble gum makes an awful eye patch, "Pastries may be hot when heated" and "Candy Land is right off the map".
Flying over hay bails from the largest rope I ever saw; we learned that gravity is most real when we let it weigh us down...[and after we have boobs].
 We learned that, in addition to holding us tight when the world falls down and supporting our tire swing named "Fly"; trees' roots run deep but, still make the effort to figure out how to talk to each other and that though one Apple Tree may support your entire tree house; some Apple Trees DO NOT want to be climbed.
We learned our babies teach us more than anyone else can.
We learned how much we don't know and shared the questions.
We learned that words and images are powerful.
We learned that the things we learned alone were infused with wisdom when we brought them together.
We learned that wisdom is not handed down.
We learned that, when we let it; Love makes change not just bearable but valuable, brings order to chaos, and defies all things.
When we meet again, we will share the new things we've learned and celebrate the wisdom we've earned. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

SWAN Days Allegany County NY ~In March 2017


It's already time for me to be 

Getting Ready to Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of SWAN(Support Women Artists Now) Day! 

  Co-sponsored by SheilaLynnK Art Studio and the Belfast Organization for Artists; SWAN Days Allegany County NY is being held in honor of the many creative local women and men working hard to bring the arts to our rural community. Numerous creative events and activities will occur around the county during the Month of March and into April. 

From March 25th to April 5th, at SheilaLynnK Art Studio, there will be an Art Show andSale featuring work by Local Women Artists. 

View Our Listing at the International Calendar on

 During SWAN Days Allegany County, NY; 

The studio will be open Noon to 4pm daily and 5-8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 [CLOSED Sundays March 26th and April 2nd].

 Learn more from last year’s events and 2016 ACTIVITIES HERE. 

The Art Show and Sale will be free to the public. 

Some registration fees may apply. 


Contact the studio if you have an event that you would like to have added to the Calendar of Local Artsy Activities happening during the March and April 2017.