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Comment by Billie Wells on October 5, 2013 at 12:08pm

Jim, I love your carvings. I think they are pretty awesome. Great going on pushing your craft. And thanks for the video. Made me realize how awesome it is to create. And that we are all creative. I love the guy who made the instruments.

David, I love the pumpkins - and your PopART!

Ed, great work on doing conventions! That's inspirational for me.

Court, awesome. You've got a book launch team. I would love to come see any local events you are doing!

Christina, I love your voice. Sweet song!

Lots of good stuff going on!

Comment by Melissa AuClair on October 5, 2013 at 10:55am

David- you've got a good sense of humor!  Your pumpkins are great- I love the intricate designs within the orange.  Very striking :)

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Comment by David Weiss on October 5, 2013 at 10:03am

Why does it seem like every time I post it stops the group. It's just a pumpkin... lol

Comment by David Weiss on October 3, 2013 at 11:10am

This is a sample of the work I've been doing lately. I was wondering what you all thought of it. You can see more of my stuff at http://daveweissamericanpop.deviantart.com

Comment by Melissa AuClair on October 3, 2013 at 9:45am

Jim, these are amazing!  Your must be so pleased with your progress.  Thanks for sharing and adding the pictures.  

Comment by Jim Harris on October 1, 2013 at 8:08pm

Deby, The best way I can explain it may be through some comparisons. I have to goals right now for helping me achieve this. One, is to continue my studies in human anatomy and do more drawing.  Two, is to focus my carving on figurative work. This will include continuing to do busts, but also to do some carvings just of hands and feet to get the proportions down. My current plan is to have all new works for my shows next year and pull out anything that doesn't reach the quality I think it should. I know I have a way to go before I'll be at the level of my mentor's work shown below, but I plan for all of my work to be at the level of my second carving below or higher.

This is an example of what a number of my bust carvings looked like last year and part of this year. These have sold but they have not prompted a lot of questions or inquiries for possible commissions.

 

 

 

 

 

This is the level at which I'm currently carving and getting great response. They sell much quicker than the ones above and I've had a number of people express an interest in possible commissions.  I've even gotten a couple of commission jobs for carvings of specific people ie, Walter Payton for one.

 

 

This is a carving done by a person I consider a mentor and the quality I want to get my work too.  I'm not real interested in getting awards, but to give you an idea of the quality, every carving this person has ever entered into competition has won best of show. Not only is it full figure, but the detail from the anatomy (carving of hands and feet along with facial detail) to the draping and folds of the clothing.  This would stand up against the same type of sculpture done in marble or bronze. This is the quality I want to get my work to. I believe this would not only result in more sales, but also in more commission work.  I think it would also result in more repeat customers and the possibility of some corporate sales as well.


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Comment by Deby Dearman on October 1, 2013 at 2:46pm

Jim, thanks for including the video!  Tell us more about your statement about be more museum quality. How do you plan to do that?


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Comment by Deby Dearman on October 1, 2013 at 9:38am

Hi guys, I'm full into this weeks conference! I want to respond to each of your comments, but will do that after the conference.  Thank you for sharing your hearts . . . I so appreciate each one of you!

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Comment by Ed Ouano on October 1, 2013 at 12:13am
Deby, I'd like to focus on spending more time culivating and nurturing relationships with current customers. For the first time at a show, I've started collecting email addresses from customers and fans so I can create an exclusive 'club' where they can receive bigger discounts and savings on new art. I was surprised how many people were eager to give me their info! Lol
 
 
 

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