Artists Arise

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Creating an audio download product with music

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Any experience with CafePress?

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Comment by Nic Lubbers on November 10, 2015 at 6:48pm

Hey guys, I'm reaching out to you because I know you are a creative bunch! I've been working on a writing project I'm currently calling "52 Weeks to Spark Your Creativity". It's geared toward lyricists but most of it could be used by any creatives. It has one creative exercise per week for 52 weeks making an entire year of cultivating creativity!

I'm looking for anyone interested in reading through it and giving me feedback. It's in the very early stages so it's rough around the edges but I really want feedback on the ideas and exercises. If you're interested send me a friend request and I'll get it to you.



Comment by Jim Hough on September 16, 2015 at 5:29am

Fellow artists, it's that time of year again. Have you been feeling SAD in recent days? This may be why: http://tinyurl.com/SADtoday

Comment by Court McCracken on August 15, 2015 at 10:28am

Jessica, I've been a lurker for a while now too! I have still been reading but haven't been logging in to comment as of late. I'v been working intensely for a while on some new things and I think it's time to get some feedback and thoughts from some awesome people. 

I've been creating a curriculum for the past two years and have begun to film lessons for a fine arts course online. I'm pretty jazzed about it, but would love some feedback on the site: www.soyouwishyouwenttoartschool.com

What other information should I include?

What other questions would you have if you were wanting to sign up for this? 

What are your initial impressions?

Any thoughts or feedback on the website would be greatly appreciated! I've already had a handful of early bird registrations which is super exciting and I'm glad I reserved some space for those folks who want to take early action, seeing as the lessons will begin in January. 

Thanks so much for your inspiration and thoughtfulness.


Comment by Jessica Shea on July 1, 2015 at 12:15am

I am a bit of a "lurker" on this particular thread. I love seeing the work everyone does, but today I'm on my computer instead of phone, so thought I'd share...

I am a perpetual creative, always trying something new. I worked on sets in hollywood for a couple of years, have taken art classes, and occasionally doodle. My mom is an artist (though she would never dare use the term "artist") who does beautiful impressionist work.

Currently, my creativity has been focused on decorating...food. Cakes and cupcakes galore. I believe that there may a separate thread for this sort of thing, but I wanted to share here, as y'all have inspired me to help my mom sell her work as well as to get the ball rolling with selling my own goods. I'm not sure whether it's ok to link to this (please let me know if it's not), but here is a facebook page (public business page) of my work. No need to "like" or "share," I just wanted to share my creative progress. I think a cake is truly a canvas and I'm working on perfecting this form of "art"!

Comment by Melissa AuClair on June 30, 2015 at 5:28pm

Thanks Jeff. I've listened to Cory on and off through the years, but I don't really know his story.  I'll give it a listen. Billie, hope you're selling lots of shirts! I'm excited to get mine. I love how you plunge into new projects; it's inspiring :)

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Comment by Jeff Long on June 30, 2015 at 1:05pm

Hey guys, I just released my podcast interview with Cory Huff from The Abundant Artist. He shares how he teaches artists to make more money and has some really cool stories of how he's helped. It was a really fascinating interview and thought you would love his thoughts and recommendations to improve your income with your art. We're not trying to sell anything, but only have a good conversation. You can check out the podcast herehttp://www.truefocusmedia.com/?p=1201

Comment by Billie Wells on June 6, 2015 at 4:42am

Hi Guys,

I designed a t-shirt - result of lots of prayer for an idea. Had so much fun doing it - www.allispossiblewithGod.com . If you would, please share it. My kiddo got into a girl's high school in Raleigh so we're moving. Sales from it will help us move.

Comment by Jay Lode, CPA on May 14, 2015 at 2:27pm

Fine Art America.

My friend Arthur Witulski from Franklin, TN joined Fine Art America as a platform to sell his paintings. Check out his site: Arthur Witulski

Comment by Jeremy Sabacek on April 21, 2015 at 6:31pm

I just received tough news:

The school of my choice did not selected my application for studying their Masters program this year.

The news hurt but right now I am at a crossroad as to what do do next.

Get more schooling from another college? Apply to a different school? Join a more niche group to improve skills? Throw in the towel? (I know that's not the answer)

What do you do when disappointment comes knocking at your door?


Comment by Jeremy Sabacek on March 30, 2015 at 8:22pm

Thanks for the feedback Mike.

I will definitely scale it down the next time I try to convert this sketch into digital illustration; since this is done without the aid of a computer (pencil, watercolor and ink)

Thank you for your feedback, Deby.



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