Artists Arise

Explore ways to overcome the 'starving artists' mentality and find new strategies to touch the world with your creative gifts!

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Selling art through an agency?

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Getting ready for 2015...What are your goals?

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Learning Graphic Design questions

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Comment by Deby Dearman on May 25, 2011 at 9:56am

Guest writer for my blog post today:

What Cupcakes Taught Me About Marketing Art


Please read and leave a comment on the blog. Thanks!!

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Comment by Deby Dearman on May 25, 2011 at 9:53am
FREE GIFT! In light of your posts today, I decided to offer a free gift. It's only good for 24 hrs. So jump over and download The Dash for free! My hubby wrote this song from the world-famous poem. It sums up Eddie and Kenneth's sentiments in a song. Download The Dash for FREE Now!
Comment by Eddie Hudson on May 25, 2011 at 8:49am

A great flow going on over here! Kenneth, I'm looking out the window at grey-green skies, so I'm getting a little of what you got last night. Hopefully without a flooded basement. Definitely helps me to appreciate what's important.

Mary, for many years I've felt "lead" to consider counseling. When my wife, a school teacher for many years, returned to get a certificate for school counseling, it felt like a kick in the pants, so I enrolled as she was finishing her degree. That was in 2007. In 2009 (I'm fast-forwarding past a few mid-course corrections to get to the main point) I begin painting again. I felt "lead" to do that as well. When I relaxed, allowed the art to flow, it was as if I were the apostle John, sitting in the presence of our Savior in His glory! It was glorious, brilliant, incredible! So much so, after a few months at it, I made an appointment with my graduate advisor and told him I wanted to get out of the program.

Here's the point: A good friend said of me: "Eddie, you are a counselor (this is years before) you just need the paper (degree) to say you are." But I realized then and now, I will always be a counselor. I will always be a poet, a story teller, a preacher and an artist. If you, Mary, think it is part of who you are, to the extent you need to pursue a degree in law, then by all means, go for it. But it sounds like art should remain a vital part of your practice.

We are definitely moving out of a "either/or" lifestyle, where one's career has to be set in stone, and until one is ready to retire. I think many of us - no matter how "old" we think we are - are finding we ARE fluid, crossing and mingling disciplines, because they exist within us. And in truth, the only way to live is to be "over here" and sometimes "over there."

To everyone, GO FOR IT!!! And do it with all your might!

Comment by Kenneth R. Massey on May 25, 2011 at 7:50am
Good morning folks.  As I awaken to a beautiful morning with blue skies, it is a stark contrast to what was going on just a little over 12 hours ago.  We were fortunate in my town in central Oklahoma that we were spared beyond a few tense minutes of sirens and going to storm shelter; however, as in many other parts of the country, many in our state were not spared.  Sadly, it takes tragedy for many of us to remember to keep things in perspective.  Literally in the matter of seconds life can take a drastic change.  I pray you all find the courage and passion to do the things today the Lord has for you.  If it is to create...then create with passion.  If it is to love...then love without end.  If it is help, then help with no thought of yourself.  If it is to reconcile...then reconcile as soon as you can.  If it is to forgive or to seek forgiveness...do so without delay.  I pray you all have a blessed day and that whatever you face you can count your blessings to have another day to inspire and encourage.  Blessings!
Comment by Mary Moore on May 24, 2011 at 9:47pm


I'm not 100% sure about law school, but was going to do it and see what happens (move towards the goal and see if it's part of God's plan) I do like to learn. Right now my life is very busy, almost too busy! So, I'm sort of feeling it all out. I want to pursue the painting as long as God keeps opening doors there, where He leads, I'm following. I'm kind of taking it a day at a time for right now. :) I really appreciate all the advice and support!

Comment by Billie Wells on May 24, 2011 at 6:37pm

Laura, I love your website. It's fun and I love the colors. I don't know anyone who has done them except Joanne but I totally love them Love the demo you have on the site. And love the two cats in the yard. Can hear the song in my head.


Mary Carol, I can't wait to see some collages. I have so much fun putting things together. Is epherma something to do with papers? I looked it up but found a   really cool site selling pins and bumper stickers that was totally ireverant  but funny.


Comment by Laura Clifford on May 24, 2011 at 6:12pm
Jason,  I published my first book, knowing that if I took a few more months I could improve it.  But I needed the impetus of getting it done and out there.  I'm glad I did.  It got me moving.  I have now done the second one and am working on the third.  Forward movement is good.
Comment by Billie Wells on May 24, 2011 at 5:56pm
Hi Jason, I love the layout! It's really energetic and gets people to look at your site. I think Deby's right - I get caught up in that . I also like your language. It's energetic and fun. I would just be as specific in what you're offering. But I totally love It! (And I am allergic to bees)

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Comment by Deby Dearman on May 24, 2011 at 3:57pm

Laura - It's great to see you here!  You've jumped in to a family of fellow creatives who will answer your questions, give advice and cheer you on in your creative pursuits.


Jason - I don't think it has to be perfect to launch. Think of Apple - they put their products out while they are still perfecting them. The whole point is to get moving and get started, then make changes while you move forward. You'll never get it right, but you'll keep moving in the right direction. Does that make sense?

Comment by Laura Clifford on May 24, 2011 at 3:50pm
Hi Deby.  Thanks for guiding me over to this group.

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