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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 Jason Garey on June 25, 2013 at 3:11pm

I watched the video you suggested, Deby. Very cool stuff. I added motion to the video. It does seem to help quite a bit. Funny thing is, the first video I did had motion. Both of these videos are fictitious companies that I created so I could practice. Both are welcome/thank you videos, but could also double as an inside look/promo too. For some reason, the dentist video cuts off the first four seconds where the initial greeting is. Thank you all! :)

This is a winery. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrqL_APfX

Revised dentist video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L80CBxyCTE

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Comment by Jason Garey on June 25, 2013 at 3:04pm

Welcome, Eileen. I recently jumped back into this group. I'm sorry to hear about your employment status, but I'm thrilled that you're connecting your future with your past creative life. So glad that you never let that flame go out. I hope you stay connected here. It's a very supportive group. We'd love to see some of your work

Comment by Eileen Mullen Holtry on June 25, 2013 at 8:34am

Greetings everyone!  I am new to this group and would like to make a short introduction!  Currently unemployed after 12 years in finance and administration and feeling called back into a more creative career path.  I used to own a fine art gallery and this has lead me to reconnect with one of my old artist friends, who I will be collaborating with on a project that I feel God has given me a vision to produce.  I have been living in Colorado for the past 18 years, but relocating back to my home town of Dallas and hoping to open another gallery in the near future.

Comment by DebraCreates Lynn Crabtree on June 24, 2013 at 4:55pm

Hey folks, I posted what I did this weekend in the discussion so I wouldn't fill this part up.

Deby, I watched your video when you posted it, I think it was of y'all in Sweden. It was beyond fascinating! It was such good quality art. I remember thinking; what an amazing experience. Please share more!!!

Billie Congrats!! I love divine appointments like those, I bless you to succeed in a whole new way!

Thank You Chris.  My confidence has been in need of repair and it is happening here. Thank you to all!

Roy, you are talking Greek about the videos, I am an idea person, figuring out how... that's a whole other ball game.... lol

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Comment by Deby Dearman on June 22, 2013 at 8:29pm

Roy, thanks for the advice. I'll try your suggestions and I think you're right . . . the transition takes time.

Jason, I was thinking that using the 'Ken Burns effect' that cause a still image to move and fades between images would make your video look much more professional. They are easy to do, or if you watched the video link I suggested, you heard that they happen automatically with the iMovie app. Let me know if I can help!

Billie, how cool that you pressed through and found a place to sell your tiles. I saw a tile of a rose this week at the Sanctuary. I thought it looked like one of yours. Was it?

Kent, I really enjoyed being with the European artists. They seemed to have an element of innocence about them, a joy in their art form, a zest for life that we've lost. I'm not totally sure how to put it into words yet . . . . but, I'll think about it and see if I can express it more fully.

Comment by Jeanne Bilbo on June 22, 2013 at 5:50pm

Billie, Where do you access the inspirational materials you listen to? 


Comment by Roy Simmons on June 22, 2013 at 2:00pm

Hiya Deby! It was his latest podcast here or itunes etc :) Take your time over the block, just relax, you need to absorb the changes in environment slowly. Sometimes the vision is so strong we get 'overwhelm' that may be what it is. Write down 2 line 'poems' or phrases instead of painting, sometimes works for me and simplifies your thinking. Example:

"Skiddaw; height, space, wind and a sudden break in the clouds.

We gaze down at Derwent Water and dream."

That was from a Lake district trip, it led to a series of paintings.

Debra Love the idea of the videos, I have been toying with similar ideas, I experimented with google hangouts on air. Also have you guys seen the news that youtube have started premium channels from $1.00 and up? How long before that is an option for many more users. So all the hosting and payment hassles covered for a tutorial channel. Actually, Debra PMP will be upgraded in late summer and we can have paywalled sections as part of our package, so I will be looking for good ideas and services to offer. We have over 7k members now.

Jason I will take a look soon, not got to it yet. Billie sounds great! I am sure you will do well.

Group Leader
Comment by Jason Garey on June 22, 2013 at 1:37pm

Thanks for your input, guys. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Kent and Deby, I will check out the videos you suggested. Deby, what tweaks do you mean?

Comment by Billie Wells on June 22, 2013 at 1:22pm

I am home in the front porch of a wonderful old Victorian House in my hometown Asheville - could it get any better listening to Aretha Franklin singing "Change Gonna Come" creating some tiles. I am working on getting the technique down. The one I am doing right now has some bubbles in it, but I will practice.

For the past month, I have been listening every morning to an hour of something inspirational like Brian Tracy, Ziglar, John Maxwell and through out the day. It is making such a difference. Yesterday, I had a spendid day, no worries even though I really have plenty. And woke up cruddy. I listened until it was gone and am now creating a tile with this flower.

Last week, I got a spot on outside a really snazzy place to sell my photos on tile. Now I have to create them. I almost didn't go because they told me they didn't have room for another photographer. I just happened, really just happened to mention that I do tile also. And I am in starting in about a week.

Comment by Kent Sanders on June 22, 2013 at 12:19pm

Deby, you mentioned the difference between artists in Europe and America. I would love to hear more about that.

You also asked what we have going on this weekend. Monday is my wife's 40th birthday, so I'm spending most of today putting together a secret gift basket for her of 40 items she will like. 


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