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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Learning Graphic Design questions

Started by Cheri M. Last reply by Tony Luongo on Monday. 3 Replies

What are your 2014 Art Goals

Started by Chris Callen. Last reply by Eric Pulsifer Sep 23. 18 Replies

Illustrations and "Eyeballs"

Started by Jeremy Sabacek. Last reply by Mike Roy Sep 22. 1 Reply

Artist Website

Started by Emily Buresh. Last reply by Mike Roy Sep 22. 10 Replies

Design Deposits?

Started by Janise Cookston. Last reply by John Chang Jun 12. 1 Reply

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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.
Comment by Kenneth R. Massey on May 24, 2011 at 1:33pm
Mary...If you feel law school is in your future...then pursue it.  I graduated from University of NC School of Law in 1994 and practiced in NC for 11 years.  Still licensed there, but got out of the practice b/c I enjoyed nonprofit work better.  I have spent the past 6 years or so working in nonprofits, working with my wife in our business, doing nonprofit consulting, and other things; however, I never feel my education was wasted.  I even went back to get MBA a few years ago just because I liked learning.  Without exception, where God leads God provides!  The tough part some time is taking that first step of faith...it is often easier said than done. 
Comment by Mary Moore on May 24, 2011 at 1:24pm

Kenneth, thanks so much! Interesting when we've been praying about something and God uses someone to affirm an answer!


It's funny because I'm in school full time now for my BA in Criminal Justice and was going to go on to law school...and I do run a pet sitting business full time, so I can relate to you having your background in business (and law). I'm now reconsidering finishing my goal of becoming a lawyer if the painting works out!!

This is all so exciting for me, and I'm so glad to have such supportive people to share it with !!! Have a blessed day!!

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Comment by Jason Garey on May 24, 2011 at 1:22pm

Hey Roy. Nice to see you, brother! 

Guys, I've been stuck in the same place w/blog page design since early April. Lots of excuses why I haven't launched. I read Eddie's blog yesterday and was inspired and a greater sense of purpose resounded within me. Not sayin' it's all clear (will it ever be? No). I've been stuck not being sure how to present and/or distinguish between me and Buzz. I'm closer though, thanks to you all (each in a different and special way, but all significant)


Comment by Mary Carol Brown on May 24, 2011 at 10:27am

All I can say is wow! what a great group this is! I have received so much insight and inspiration over the last few days!

Billie, I am a collage artist (I use ephemera, though) and yours are really great! I especially like the first one. I need to get to work on one of mine and get it done to let you see what you think. At the moment I can't find the last couple of pics to get it finished up.

Comment by Roy Simmons on May 24, 2011 at 10:11am
Thanks Deby and Deborah! there is so much good information on here, I must settle down and read back through...as soon as I can!

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