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Comment by Timmery Clark on March 25, 2012 at 7:57pm

Oh wow Deby--your painting looks so vibrant and full of joy and life!  I can't wait to see more progress!

Thanks for the info Jim.  It sounds like you're putting a lot of energy into your art and your plan.  I think that's great since you clearly have talent.  And Chicago seems like a place that encourages the arts.  How exciting.

Nice truck, Chris!  I like the way you did the grass at the bottom instead of just covering all the white space down there!  Have you ever considered another profile or vantage point?  Keep going man, I love to see your progress!

Comment by Chris Callen on March 25, 2012 at 7:52pm

1954 Chevy truck.  I tried to add a simple blue sky and some grass.

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Comment by Jim Harris on March 25, 2012 at 7:51pm

Thanks for all the kind comments.

Timmery, I self promote.  I've almost got my web site completed. I want it up by my first show this year.  I started art shows last year and found it to be productive, if you get in the right one.  I'm staying in the local Chicago area to try and become known more locally and regionally. I also do oil painting and I'm doing them in a smaller format and trying them on ebay. I'm not sure if I want to go the gallery route. My goal is for this to be my career within 3 years. Here's the link to Jack White's books; http://www.senkarikstuff.com/books.htm. The one on the Mystery of Making it is his first and he recommends reading them in order.  I've read 3 and have found them very helpful.

Ed, the art shows are great, but you have to find the right ones.  I'm trying to steer clear of the craft shows and aiming for the fine art shows and the more high end ones that attract the higher income earner who is still buying art.

Bonnie, the 2 posted are basswood (horse head) and butternut.  I also carve in maple, mahogany, walnut, and cherry.

Debbie, I'm trying to link up with some of the local equistrian clubs.  There are quite a few of them in Chicago.  I was quite supprised.  Thanks for the tips and the link.

Comment by Chris Callen on March 25, 2012 at 7:50pm

Very colorful painting Deby !

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Comment by Deby Dearman on March 24, 2012 at 10:40am

After many years of photography I'm finally painting. Here's a preview.

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Comment by Deby Dearman on March 24, 2012 at 10:17am

Jim, have you thought of teaming up with some horse clubs, or advertising in Western Horseman magazine? It would be great to write an article about your work and the horses that inspire you. Pitch it along with pictures of you creating. It might get some attention to folks in your market. Your carvings are awesome!

There is an artist here who paints horses and she has been asked to represent the Steeple Chase.

Billie Wells, I'm proud of you! You are taking all the right steps to be the best at what you do. Never stop growing and learning! Great job!

Comment by Ed Ouano on March 24, 2012 at 10:14am

I was lucky enough to find a great printer that I like. I got the proof back from them yesterday and I'm thrilled with the way the print looks! My daughter absolutely loved it! Is it just me or have you guys experienced challenges finding a good local printer?


Comment by Chris Callen on March 24, 2012 at 9:49am

Great looking wood carvings Jim!

Comment by Billie Wells on March 24, 2012 at 9:41am

Hi all - It's great to see so much activity here. I have been following and seeing lots of good stuff - Jim, the wood carving is beautiful. And Chris your car art is really coming along. I love the encouragement here.

I have had the opportunity to go back to a photo program here at a local community college and get my skills up. I want to be so good as a photographer at things like lighting and photoshop. It's been terrific - I have learned so much. I am starting to produce great stuff and have a photoshoot today - not for pay yet but to build a portfolio to attract clients and get paid well for good work. I also got Dan's mastermind info - I am working to set up a mastermind group here. And I have learned many useful things from a successful commercial photographer. Yesterday, I spent all day on the computer tweaking some images I did for people. What a blast! I had so much energy afterwards. It's great to do what you love!


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