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Illustrations and "Eyeballs"

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Design Deposits?

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Artist Website

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Learning Graphic Design questions

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Suggestions for a beginner in painting

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Comment by Jason Garey on May 21, 2011 at 4:41pm

This is my 3yr old, Gabe, from earlier today. He's wearing an oversized hat and big brother's shades. Again with the trees...in the background this time, but there they are. Freaky, man! 

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Comment by Jason Garey on May 21, 2011 at 4:37pm
Jeremiah, I really hadn't even thought about that photo in a long time and since I don't consider myself a "real" photographer I was just happy to do something with it. Good idea though. Thanks!

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Comment by Jason Garey on May 21, 2011 at 4:35pm

Eddie, I just cut the lawn. Here's the tree in my front yard. Kinda dark from my camera phone, but gorgeous colors. Maybe I have a thing about trees. Hmmm. 


Comment by Eddie Hudson on May 21, 2011 at 4:31pm
Jeremiah, "great minds think alike!" That's exactly the advice I had in mind! Okay, back to work!
Comment by Jeremiah Spoon on May 21, 2011 at 4:22pm

Kenneth-Welcome to the group.


Eddie-I find it hard to take my own advice as well.


Jason-Great image. Have you given any thought to putting it on a black border with the text on the border. Along the vein of a lot of inspirational posters. That could be a little trite I suppose. Either way, I really like it.

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Comment by Jason Garey on May 21, 2011 at 3:30pm

Kenneth, a great big WELCOME! Lord bless you for your heart and your wife's. I think what you're doing is nothing short of amazing. What an example of stewardship, reaching out to those who many have given up on and reigniting their souls with such hope and encouragement. I wanna be like you! :)


Comment by Eddie Hudson on May 21, 2011 at 3:29pm
I could be a wealth of information and encouragement to the world, but so difficult to reflect it back on me. I could help others get their websites tight and organized but mine? I go mushy and soft getting it together! But I'm going to put the pressure on my daughter; she's sort of a "captive audience," since we're both at home and she needs driving lessons. Thanks Ken! Jason, I'll take a look at the picture in a bit. Housecleaning and yardwork, and helping my wife with a poem! Multitalented! LOL

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Comment by Jason Garey on May 21, 2011 at 3:15pm

Hey guys, speaking of prints, my wife just reminded me a photo I took a few years ago at the Oregon coast. I live inland from there about an hour. Photography is not an art form for me...or maybe it is. The tree shown in it just struck me as amazing, so I titled it "Perseverance". I'm not asking you to buy a print, but if you like, feel free. : D


Comment by Kenneth R. Massey on May 21, 2011 at 3:14pm
Eddie...I checked your website.  I like your work and like your poetry.  I wish you the best.  Hopefully your daughter will come through for you...but having a 22 year old, 19 year old and 15 year old myself I know that is tricky some times! I am working on some generic materials and IF I ever get them finished will be glad to send to you.  My wife is the real artist...but I enjoy the entrepreneurial side of art as a business.  My background is in law and business.  I have been fortunate to have several opportunities to use my background as a ministry to help some local artist.  Still much to do, but I enjoy it.  I am working now with a young many in his 20's who is very talented but was physically abused as a child, cannot read or write, and has been able to conquer drugs and alcohol abuse.  Art has been a great outlet for him and has been a great way for me to have a chance to minister and start him on a path of hope and encouragement.  Also, our frame shop is around the corner from a homeless mission and we get from time to time some of them wanting to sell their art or seeking help to find a way to make money.  Kind of like the Bible study "Experiencing God" from the mid-1990s....when God sends you the opportunities look for ways to serve Him in the midst of it.  I consider (and hope) my time spent helping them as a great investment in eternal things...though I think I get more blessing than I could ever possibly give!  Keep up your good work and bless folks along the way! 
Comment by Mary Moore on May 21, 2011 at 2:59pm

Wow, thanks again, Kenneth! I have a full site up now, and will be working on the size dimensions, pricing, better pictures of pieces/prints, and the video for kickstarter.


I'll also be looking into the tax aspects. Thank you!


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