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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:02 PM

This is dumb, but I was dying to tell someone so...

My friend really liked the pastel painting I did for her. She hung it up in her formal dining room and I could really tell she actually loved it!

Then today I was sending out two more paintings to family (I only send to people who ask for my paintings, I don't inflict paintings on people or anything like that!) and a guy in the UPS store gave me his card, turned out he was a professional art photographer. I told him right away I wasn't a real artist, I was just kind of trying to learn. I've been playing with pastels for a year or so, just a hobby. He said "those look more like real art than a lot of what I photograph..." I'm sure he was just being nice but it made me feel really good and really encouraged.

I felt so happy because I thought, maybe this is something I can do to give something back to the world. I haven't been myself since I had the Guillain Barre Syndrome a couple of years ago, and I keep getting these spells now and then where I can barely walk and my fingers are clumsy. So there is pretty much no way I'm going back to work. It would be a wonderful thing if I could make paintings that make people happy.

Thanks for letting me share my happiness today!

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Reply This is dumb, but I was dying to tell someone so... (Original post)
LiberalLoner Nov 2012 OP
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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:07 PM

1. Good for you!

Post some pictures. I have no artistic talent at all!

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Response to LNM (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:22 PM

75. A kind word

is sometimes the best medicine we can administer, or receive.

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Response to liberalmike27 (Reply #75)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:16 AM

84. So true! :) I love kindness!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:07 PM

2. Good for you, my dear LiberalLoner!

I think you can believe the UPS store guy. Why would he compliment you if he didn't mean it? He did mean it!

So paint when you can, and enjoy yourself. You might want to take a pic of them, and let us see them too.....I'd love to see your art!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:08 PM

3. That's wonderful!

Your happiness probably comes through in your paintings! Congrats and all my best.

edit to add -- It's not dumb at all.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:10 PM

4. Good for you!

 

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:11 PM

5. Professional Art Photographer thinks you are able to be selling them...

And wants to make a contact with you, then you may want to take another look at what you are making.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:21 PM

6. Thank you so much everyone! I've just been on cloud nine all day after finding out that my friend

really loved the painting! I love having a way to make people happy!

I'm sure I'm not good enough yet to even think about selling. Maybe I'll look at that again after a few more years of learning. I look at the paintings in the books and I can see I can't compete with those! But it would make me so happy if my other friends and relatives liked my paintings! I think deep down all of us want that, we want to feel we can contribute something to those we love and just to the world in general I guess. Some of us (like me) just struggle sometimes figuring out what that contribution should be!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:00 PM

22. It feels nice...

when someone appreciates your work

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:49 AM

56. The paintings in books? Like DaVinci, Rembrandt, Picasso, etc.?

Maybe two people in a lifetime can compete with them, maybe even fewer.

Though aspiring to their level is wonderful, you cannot say your work is worthless unless it compares with theirs.

Some paintings can sell for millions, some for thousands, some for hundreds and some for one hundred, or less.

For instance, in my neighborhood, a little store sells a variety of things, including smaller paintings of scenes from right in the neighborhood. In part, people who live in the neighborhood buy them, and, in part, tourists buy them.

People who cannot pay a fortune appreciate having original art, even a mural, in their homes.

Of course, if you don't wish to sell them, that is a different issue.




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Response to merrily (Reply #56)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:18 AM

85. It would be cool if I could sell them for maybe like $20 (plus whatever it costs to frame/ship them)

because then I could have money to buy more art supplies!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:38 PM

80. The expression

Of your desire to make others feel good or be happy is what it's all about. Art takes many forms. Just because your paintings don't look like those you see in books doesn't mean they are not art.
If it helps you touch others, it's a form of art. And that makes it worth doing!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:34 PM

7. I'm so happy for you!! And maybe this is the "window opening after a door closes"... nt



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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:42 PM

8. Thank you! I don't know how to post photos here to be honest...

I tried copying and pasting but it doesn't seem to work for me.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:38 PM

13. save the photo someplace else first

You just need to save the pictures someplace else on the web first (publically viewable of course) and then put the URL of the picture in your post. Picassa or facebook or wherever should work.

Good luck!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:22 PM

32. Get a free photobucket account:

http://photobucket.com/

Once you have uploaded the pic, you can right click on it and highlight then copy everything from "http" to ".jpg" and paste that into your post here.

FYI, photobucket also has a feature where if you click on the text in the box next to "Direct Link" (on the photo's page), it copies the link info for you w/out you having to highlight anything.



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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:07 PM

9. You've got the right attitude.

There's nothing dumb about that. Keep painting.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:10 PM

10. What's 'dumb' about this?

Nothing I see.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:19 PM

11. Thanks everyone! When I play with my pastels I feel just like I did as a kid when I'd get a new box

of crayons and a fresh new tablet of paper. It's like being six again!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:15 PM

29. That's so cool.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #11)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:34 AM

66. I'm sure that freedom shines through in the art

It should be fun! Don't be afraid to ask local restaurants if they would hang a piece with a price tag on it.

My Grandma supplemented her retirement with oil paintings. Her work was quite popular towards the end. Obviously others see something worthy in your art and there's no reason you can't have that creative outlet also.

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #66)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:06 AM

87. What a great idea! I still have a ways to go in learning before I reach that point, but maybe in a

year or two more of trying!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:34 PM

12. As long as you are enjoying what you are doing that is all that counts.

 

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:46 PM

14. Not dumb at all....

Doing something you enjoy, that makes people happy, and now you might make some scratch off of it?

Go for it!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:47 PM

15. I'm so happy for you! Isn't it wonderful to have a source of joy like that!?



It must feel amazing to have a talent that makes other people happy! I'm sure it's fun to have a gift of any kind--to be good at math, or rock climbing, or whatever--but to be able to share that gift is extra special.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:47 PM

16. Art

I hope this is the start of a wonderful career in art for you.

I send to you good thoughts and best wishes for success beyond your dreams !!!!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:51 PM

17. I got news for ya, I think your the real deal

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:52 PM

18. To be honest, these are the types of posts that keep me on DU. The political stuff... meh.

Guess I'm a human interest kind of guy.

Thanks for the nice post.

Your happiness now becomes the happiness of others.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:55 PM

19. That's wonderful!

I can't wait to see your work! You must be so proud!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:57 PM

20. That's awesome LiberalLoner!

It is an absolute joy to be recognized for something produced from your heart and soul. Very nice that you're experiencing that. Congrats.

BTW, favor us with a photo of some of your work sometime, I know I'd love to see it.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:57 PM

21. Good for you!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:02 PM

23. You know there are agents for artists. You should take your paintings to a gallery

and ask for their opinion and maybe if they think your work is good enough, they might recommend someone to you. I know artists today who actually make money at what they do.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:04 PM

24. I love it for you, and for us

that you told it. Congratulations.

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Response to Mira (Reply #24)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:11 PM

26. Hey Mira!

I made that Loser! :0) Very nice to see it on your message!! (my only little art project :0)

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:10 PM

25. I wish we could see! :0)

COngratulations! If you can make beauty out of nothing, well, that means you are a real 100% certified artist in my book.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:12 PM

27. what makes it art is you

and you thoughtfulness expressed on canvas. I would love to see and buy your "happiness work". Thinking it would work for me too. I believe from the descriptions here that you are indeed an artist and need a bit more encouragement. Keep painting, you could bring much joy to those of us who admire a painting forever.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:12 PM

28. AWESOME! Thank you for telling us, because happiness shared helps the listener, too! :-)

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:18 PM

30. Good for you....

that an ordinary day turned out to be so special for you. ; )

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:19 PM

31. Don't be so modest!

You obviously have talent, or people wouldn't express so much interest in your work!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:27 PM

33. Not dumb at all!

Opportunity rarely knocks at the front door you know? Your illness has made it possible for you to explore work that gives you joy. I hope you continue to make your art for an appreciative audience ( and get paid to do what you love). I want to see your pastels so I hereby join the chorus: Pictures please!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:28 PM

34. What a great post!

Wonderful news. Thanks for posting this. See.... you made someone else smile today!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:29 PM

35. Awww, that's wonderful. Good for you! nt

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:32 PM

36. Awesome for you!

Ive no doubt your painting are beautiful.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:38 PM

37. Art is healing

Just the act of doing it. And to be recognized for your talent is especially wonderful. Congratulations!

Do you use oil pastels?

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #37)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:08 AM

88. It really is, isn't it? Good for the spirit! I am learning how to use soft pastels at the moment,

haven't ever tried oil pastels. One obsession at a time, LOL! I really am a bit obsessive about things...right now I have to force myself to do my housework and write to people and cook and do grocery shopping because all I want to do is paint with pastels, LOL!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #88)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:59 AM

91. You'd love them

The colors are really rich, and they blend like oil paint. Congratulations on discovering a new passion!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:43 PM

38. Aces

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:49 PM

39. +1000 nt

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:51 PM

40. darling artists make life bearable. i am proud of you.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:52 PM

41. great news, give us alook at one!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:59 PM

42. Thanks for sharing your happiness.

The best thing in life is to love what you do. Best wishes for your continued happiness.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:00 PM

43. Wow, great! Not dumb at all to share such a nice experience.

Sounds like you should maybe "inflict paintings" on even more people and share the joy they bring.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:11 PM

44. that is awesome!

they had an art contest at work, and the one I loved the most (farm land with a farm windmill that reminded me of my grandparents' home) didn't win but I sent an email to the artist, and he replied back he was SO HAPPY and so encouraged because that had really been a first "real effort" and although he didn't win, it meant the world to him to get my email!

on a side note - a coworker of mine has been hospitalized with Guillain Barre and I've been reading up on it

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:22 PM

45. This is the best thread I've read in a while. Congratulations!

You sound like a good sort, and a talented person, and I'm happy to see people are recognizing it. ENJOY.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:23 PM

46. OT but

With your usename you should check out the Loners group here at DU. Sounds like a contradicton--loners/group-- but you might find some kindred spirits there. Congrats on your new 'fans' from another artist.....

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:43 PM

47. Painting is good therapy

I also paint and find it is very good therapy, keep up your painting and your happy face, you deserve it.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:48 PM

48. pictures please

and we knew you before you became famous.....congrats.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:00 PM

49. Fantastic!




I'm sure your paintings are in no way an infliction!

Thank you for sharing your happiness with us!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:27 PM

50. It's dumb that you think this is dumb. This is a good thing, and you should feel good about it.

Mazel tov, and I hope something more comes of it. Don't let any insecurities hold you back. Pursue this hobby, take some art classes to expand upon your techniques, work with this photographer to see where it might lead you. DO keep your wits about you, just in case the guy is shady and wants to take advantage of your work (not saying that is what's happening here, just be mindful). He sees value in what you do and you should to.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:35 PM

51. Artists aren't always respected

It took me many years to acknowledge that I am actually an artist. I was always told that artists aren't worth anything, aren't important, etc., so I naturally considered the things I created to be unimportant.

When I looked at one of my favorite projects, it finally hit me that my work does have value. It is important.

I'm glad you have realized that your work is valuable, too. Because it is. And so are you.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:57 PM

52. Love pastel drawings!

I'm sure your work is beautiful. You should post pics! My BIL had guillian barre too. Hang in there!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:58 PM

53. Thank you for sharing this...

It's inspiring!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:03 AM

54. That must have felt good.



I'm happy for you...

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:34 AM

55. Wonderful! Thank you for posting this. I always welcome good news.

I'm sure he was just being nice



I see no reason to assume that. You did not know he was an art pohotographer. He could have said nothing. IMO, it is not nice to lie to someone about talent they don't have.

BTW, your paintings are already making people happy.

For one thing, they make you happy. You're "people!"

For another thing, they make the people who have asked you for a painting happy.

My guess is more people would like one of your paintings, but don't have the wherewithal to ask.

I know I would never ask someone to spend their time making something for me, unless I could pay a fair price for it.

This is exciting.

Mind you, that comes from someone whose artistic gifts stop at stick figures. Not especially good stick figures, either.

Best wishes.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:09 AM

57. Wonderful news for you. Happy for you!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:51 AM

58. Believe him! And post some pictures for us. I would love to see them!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:55 AM

59. That's wonderful!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:08 AM

60. This is not dumb and I, for one, am happy for you

To bring beauty into this world in any form, is a slice of divinity. And it's okay to feel happiness at the knowing of that.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:27 AM

61. Of Course You Are A "Real Artist"

You already have people who love your work! When I had my stroke and was confined to my living room for months and months, I always found happiness in the paintings that we have on our wall. And yes, they are all done by local "real artists."
You are so lucky to have the artistic gift! Now go and make this world a better place!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:03 AM

62. I believe that inside all of us is an artist, a creator, an explorer!

Congratulations on finding yours. Most of us go through life without ever realizing the joy of creativity. Unless you count offspring of course! The author Diane Ackerman is a great read in this regard. Her writings have helped so many discover themselves more deeply.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:06 AM

63. I'd love to see one;

And if DU'ers can be in the group of, "I only send to people who ask for my paintings..." my address is;

Well, PM me!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:16 AM

64. 200 recommend this!

I'd say your tale of happiness is a hit! Bravo!

Maybe you have found your calling!

Hugs & encouragement!

Julie

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:32 AM

65. Sometimes we are our own worst critics.

Keep it up if you enjoy it.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:41 AM

67. Makes me happy for you!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:00 AM

68. Good for you!

Positive feedback is always nice.

-- Mal

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:27 AM

69. Don't sell yourself short ...

If the Art Photographer gave you props ... Believe Him! If he was not impressed, he may have said something flattering; but he WOULD NOT have given you his card! His time is money to him and the card is an invitation to share his time.

Think about it.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:48 AM

70. That's so wonderful! I also add that I'd love to see pix of your work. As an art major who has

spent all her life in a corporate cubicle, I have just retired and am taking up art again. (I never had the energy after working all day to work on art at night.) Your story gives me hope that I can possibly supplement my pension with art. That would be my dream.

You need to go after it. That art photographer was right. He would never have given you his card if he thought your art was crappy.

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Response to Nay (Reply #70)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:19 AM

86. I'll bet you are a wonderful artist, please do find some time to work on your art, it

will make you so happy! And I am certain it will make you some good money too!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:58 AM

71. My daughter is a doctor, but she also does

many other things well, including painting and drawing. She's not an "artist" in the sense of coming up with original, creative conceptions or compositions, but she has a lot of skill in "rendering"--i.e., making what she draws/paints look like what it's supposed to look like. She also has a fine sense of color and composition, so her work always looks very nice.

During her first residency, when money was scarce for her and her husband, she earned several thousand dollars a year doing drawings and paintings on commission. She could have earned even more, but her work kept her too busy to accept all the commission requests that came her way.

Most people are not looking for "edgy" or "original" art. They want nice paintings or drawings to hang on their walls or give as gifts. She usually earned between $200 and $800 per item, depending on how big it was and how long it took to produce, but she works VERY fast, so she could make a lovely return on her time.

Every work she produced ended up bringing more commission requests as friends and families of the original recipient saw the piece.

People requested paintings and drawings of loved ones, vacation photos of beautiful or memorable sites, etc. For example, one painting was from a photo of a new mother taken during her late pregnancy. Her husband gave it to her as a gift for her first Mother's Day following the birth of their baby.

For a while, before being overwhelmed with orders, she set up a booth at the local farmer's market and displayed samples of her work. Not only did that bring in orders, but every work she displayed was purchased quickly, so she had to produce more for her display!

My point, dear LL, is that if you create nice pastels and make sure that people see them, you are likely to get a lot of commissions. My Becky didn't start out trying to make money that way. She just gave some nice pieces as gifts since she had little money to purchase store-bought gifts. But people saw those pieces and started offering her money to do things like that for them. What was originally just a hobby became a lucrative part-time "job" at a time when she really needed some extra money.

When I get time I'll post a link to a page with images of some of her stuff. (I am on my Nook right now, so that's too much trouble at the moment.)

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:39 AM

72. How did you contract Guillain Barre?

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Response to joanbarnes (Reply #72)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:43 PM

73. The cause of Guillain Barre is unknown. It's a autoimmune disorder

Guillain-Barre syndrome is an autoimmune disorder (the body's immune system attacks itself). Exactly what triggers Guillain-Barre syndrome is unknown. The syndrome may occur at any age, but is most common in people of both sexes between ages 30 and 50.

It often follows a minor infection, such as a lung infection or gastrointestinal infection. Most of the time, signs of the original infection have disappeared before the symptoms of Guillain-Barre begin. It may also appear a few days or weeks after a surgery.

The swine flu vaccination in 1976 may have caused rare cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome. However, the swine flu and the regular flu vaccines used today have not resulted in more cases of the illness.

Guillain-Barre syndrome damages parts of nerves. This nerve damage causes tingling, muscle weakness, and paralysis. Guillain-Barre syndrome most often affects the nerve's covering (myelin sheath). Such damage is called demyelination, and it causes nerve signals to move more slowly. Damage to other parts of the nerve can cause the nerve to stop working altogether.

Guillain-Barre syndrome may occur along with viral infections such as:

•AIDS

•Herpes simplex

•Mononucleosis

It may also occur with other medical conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosus or Hodgkin's disease.

Some people may get Guillain-Barre syndrome after a bacterial infection. A similar syndrome may occur after surgery, or when someone is critically ill (neuropathy of critical illness).

This syndrome can occur at any age, but is rare in children under age 2.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:05 PM

74. This story brightened my day

It is so nice when people appreciate the work and art of others.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:36 PM

76. Civilizations are judged by their art

 

Great good stuff.

You might want to try an art co-op. A lot of artists get together, hang their art, and take turns working the studio. A friend of mine started out this way, she then did a few shows, and recently got a contract for posters. It pays the bills. Her stuff is wonderful.

She once sketched a wino on the street, dressed him as Santa Claus, and gave him a humble little home. It hangs in my home every Christmas.

Love you artists. Keep it comin.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:23 PM

77. That is wonderful

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:21 PM

78. That's 100 miles from dumb! Share your art!

We'd really love to see it!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:26 PM

79. YESSSS! Support the Arts - by SUPPORTING THE ARTISTS!!!!!

Thank you for sharing this great news with us, LiberalLoner! Congratulations! Well-deserved!

MAN - is this ever gonna be a GREAT Thanksgiving, this year!!!!!!!!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:14 PM

81. Happy for you!

I paint as a hobby/experiment also. Your story made me smile. Go with it! Keep painting!

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Response to They_Live (Reply #81)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:31 AM

89. You too, I'll bet you do beautiful art!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:19 AM

82. Wow I'm so overwhelmed! Thank you all so much! I have tears in my eyes, you guys are so wonderful!

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Thank you all so much! I'm sorry I didn't write before this, but I was at Walter Reed Bethesda yesterday having a small procedure so I was kind of out of it yesterday (woo hoo to pain meds, LOL!)

I'm so happy to know there are so many DU'ers here who like art, or who like to do artwork themselves, that is great!

I wish all the best to anyone's friends or relatives with GBS, and hope for complete recovery for them. I got mine after having had the stomach flu. It was really a weird experience. They put me in an ambulance and sent me to neurological intensive care at Walter Reed and I was just so sure they were making way too big a fuss over it and I felt embarassed, but I guess they do that just in case a person stops being able to breathe and needs a ventilator. I was really lucky and never needed a ventilator. The IVIG they gave me worked to help me before I got that bad. BTW, medical historians are now certain that our beloved FDR had GBS rather than polio, given the symptoms he exhibited! I always tell myself if FDR could be president after having had GBS, then I have no excuse for not living as full a life as possible!

I do have one photo I could post but I honestly can't figure out how to post a picture here in my threads. Maybe I could try to put a photo in my profile or something? I will try to change my profile pic and see if that works at least. It's not a good photo at all, I have stopped even trying to photograph my stuff because it doesn't look anything like the real work, in my iphone photo. It looks better in real life, honestly.

Edited to add: my file was too big to use as an avatar and I don't have any clue how to post photos here, sorry. I tried copying and pasting but had no luck.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:16 AM

83. Thank you for letting me know that photobucket would work!

I hope this link works! http://smg.beta.photobucket.com/

There are some other photos there, one is of the inside of my bladder with ulcers (I have Painful Bladder Syndrome too, lots of weird things wrong with me, LOL!) and there are photos of my family of origin and my kitties and some old watercolor paintings I did years ago (they weren't my own designs, I bought "how to" books and tried to copy, in an attempt to learn the medium.)

If that link doesn't work, I am "GentleOneFromMontana" on photobucket! I'm sorry, I am totally clueless about all this stuff.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:08 AM

90. how fun is that. you pick up the brush, you ARE a real artist.

good/bad is a whole different conversation.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #90)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:10 PM

92. Maybe I shouldn't even think in terms of good/bad - just happy. The colors make me happy :)

I remember I started really wanting to be an artist when my family moved to Missoula, Montana for a few years (my father taught ROTC - got a compassionate reassignment because my Mom had breast cancer that had spread to all her lymph nodes and was expected to die so my Dad took her home to die.)

I saw the mountains surrounding Missoula and was just dumbfounded at how beautiful they were. I loved the golden color of Mount Sentinel against the bright blue summer sky.

I remember going through so much paper that summer, trying so hard to capture Mount Sentinel, the contours on the top and each ravine. I didn't have any real art supplies, just the lined paper I used at school and the #2 pencils I used at school too. But I drew all summer long, trying to sketch the trees, the mountains, the colt that lived in the field next door to our house.

I had this idea that I could share all the happiness I felt when I saw all that beauty with other people if only I could draw it good enough. But I was always disappointed. I never drew anything good enough to come close to capturing all that beauty. But I never lost that feeling, of wishing I could draw well enough or paint well enough, to share the beauty I saw and the joy of the beauty, with others.

I googled "Mount Sentinel" once and came up with other paintings - other artists were inspired by that golden hill against the blue sky too - I smiled because I understood why they had painted it....

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #92)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:28 PM

93. i am envious. and i admire you and your ability. and you are right on.

not even the good or bad, but doing and happy.

i am thinking maybe that may be a direction i go into. and something that would be spiritually healthy, grounded and balancing for me.

i love it, really

happy turkey day to you.

i am outta here, so no response.

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