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Comment by Eddie Hudson on August 25, 2011 at 7:55am
Hey Mary, I think many of could use a coach or two. I know I could! So we'll be in prayer for one another in that respect. Deal?
Comment by Dawn Blair on August 25, 2011 at 7:39am

Just a quick note to let everyone know I'm currently running a limited time special on my book.


I've been following everyone from afar lately -- you all have been doing great things! Keep up the good work. It's exciting to watch everyone interact. Love it.

Comment by Mary Moore on August 25, 2011 at 3:28am

Hello everyone!

Carla, wow! I am truly impressed. I really love that painting. I like your style; it is inspiring to me. I'd like to do paintings with a similar style (biblical concepts with words in the background). Very awesome.

Deby, I read your blog and need to go back to comment. I could definitely use some motivation. ...But also being realistic, I don't have the same amount of time and energy I had even a month or two ago. (The baby is almost walking and very demanding of my attention!) On the positive side: I've been walking 35 min. a day six days a week for almost a month now and have lost about five pounds! Yay! :)


Everyone...I've been really wishing I could have a good coach in my life right now. Finances are such that it's really not possible unless God provides for it to happen. I'd really appreciate your (all) prayers that God would provide someone in my life to help me create passive income, focus, and set clear goals. Thank you!

I can't comment on everything, but wanted to pop back in!

Tamara, I love it! I think it is perfect as it is! I think your style is like an incorporation of realism and a little abstract, so I think it's totally great. The only thing I saw was the left eye...I would drop the pupil down and to the right just a hair. Other than that, I totally love it!

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Comment by Deby Dearman on August 24, 2011 at 9:38pm

Hey guys, just returned from an exhilarating workshop with my coach, Carrie, the Barefoot Executive. Whew!! She leaves a trail of motivation behind her. I'm gonna put a presentation together to share with you and hopefully motivate you a bit.

Carla, your painting is awesome! Love the motivation behind it too.

Tamara, I agree that it looks a bit more like a flower than a pinwheel. I also wonder if you could add more shadow above the eyes and on the cheeks to give more definition to the girls face. It's going to be a lovely card!!

Comment by Brad Leslie on August 24, 2011 at 7:13pm

Hey, all!  I'm just breezing through at the moment; don't have much time for much of anything when school is in session, truth be told...but I had to at least pop in and say "Wow!" to all of the beautiful images that you guys are putting up!

I wish I could linger a bit more and get in depth, but all I have time for right now is to let you know that all of it is wonderful!

Comment by Eddie Hudson on August 24, 2011 at 4:13pm

Yeah, Tamara, I can see why using the hand "as is" turned out the way it did. There is a gentleness in holding a dandelion. A plastic or wood stem on a pinwheel? Not so much.

Carla - WOW!!! Awesome representation! I'll check out the blog soon.

For me, a great deal of my work is playing. And I've found, reading the Artist's Way, I'm a bit more sensitive to the Spirit's leading. Also I'm trying to work on 'something' each day as opposed to when I have a major project or series I'm working on.

Comment by Vickie Smith on August 24, 2011 at 4:11pm

I found ten inspiring artists quotes on a fun blog


Comment by Raven Burnes on August 24, 2011 at 3:54pm
Carla, I like the emotions in your painting and the motion.  Very nice!
Comment by Raven Burnes on August 24, 2011 at 3:46pm
Deby, great blog!  It's always tempting to procrastinate until the work can somehow magically be perfect.  But  feel like I've learned to enjoy just playing.  Although when I'm playing I am careful to either not let other people see or warn them that "I'm just playin' ".  Some people love to offer free criticism that is neither solicited nor necessary so I've learned to head those folks off at the pass!
Comment by Tamara Brown on August 24, 2011 at 3:37pm

Thanks so much for the great feedback everyone! I am going up to bat and working on it looking more like an actual pinwheel. Also, Eddie, thanks for the suggestion about the hand. It's funny because I actually looked at a picture my friend (who is a photographer) took of me a couple years ago blowing a dandelion and that is the way my hand looked. We were just playing around one day while she was experimenting with her camera. Kinda funny, because it does seem a bit awkward. I'll post a pic of it as a reference. I may try to play around with new ideas for the hand.


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