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Take It To The Next Level

A place where all types of artist can network, get and give help and ideas, make great friends in the process of taking their art to the next level!

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Latest Activity: Aug 9, 2017

New Year New Art------Work in progress!

I am not a full time artist.  In fact I have hardly touched my paints these past few years.  Life gets ahold of you, you blink and before you know it you are trying to find a way back to what you used to love so much.  I remember what some of my biggest issues were when I stopped painting.  My frustration left most paintings unfinished and my lack of time was a great excuse to let the dust build on all my supplies.  NO MORE!  I promised myself this year I would find a way back and I am getting there slowly but surely.  I recently took an art class to help brush up on the basics.  By the end of the class I was fired up and ready to go........but now I am trying to figure what next....Should I continue to work on some of the exercises we did in class?  Work on some of my old paintings?  Work on something new? 

I did find something in class that I had forgotten about that I feel is crucial to my growth as an artist......I found fellow artist.  We all shared the similar frustrations, dreams and demands for our time but most importantly the love of creating art.  I  really do hope that this group can come together again like it once did in supporting each other.   If anyone has any ideas or discussions they want to get started please let me know.

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Comment by Donald Kennedy on June 24, 2009 at 7:53pm
Dear Sloane, Thank you for the birthday salutations and congrats for all of your efforts on making the newsletter. Sloane, I live by this philosophy; I am a universe unto myself, there has never been anyone like me before nor will there be anyone like me again. I have a destiny to fulfill and if I don't live up to that destiny it will be lost forever and my reason for living will be lost as well. God gave me the ability to make my art and I repay God by making that Art to the best of my ability. All the best from the birthday boy, Donald
Comment by Paul Kent Sewell on June 23, 2009 at 7:21pm
Hello Donald,
Thanks for welcoming me aboard. I'm an artist who does both cartoons, and
fine art. I had done landscapes in traditional watercolor, but know I use digital
software and produce what I call digital landscape illustrations. The cartoons I produce are of my own created characters. I look forward to posting work here in the near future. However if you'd like to see some of my cartoon work you can view it at Once your there just type in my screen name
"pkscomix" in the search window. There's a profile there and lots of comic illustration work. My landscapes are posted on ArtDeadline's art marketing
gallery Visual Via website. I hope to get things onto this forum and website as
soon as I can. Thanks again.
Comment by Slone Fries on June 21, 2009 at 11:29pm
Wow, welcome to our newest members: Tal Dvir, Paul Kent Sewell, and Eliot Brown! I will be emailing each of you later in the week when I have more dedicated time. I will be back in California/laptop near the end of this week!
Happy Fathers Day to all those with all types of kids!
Comment by Donald Kennedy on June 21, 2009 at 3:17pm
Dear Paul, Welcome, tell us something about yourself I noticed that you have no photos, no bio. or any descriptions about you and your art, you should know that we care about you and want to know about you, warts and all. Erasers are for people who make mistakes (humans) and are for reductive artists, that build on image removable (tear down sculptors fill the bill too), but TRUTH is the name of the game, so if you want to know something about me ask me. Making art is differnt't than making park benches, artists' need to put something of themselves into their art in order to make it real and believable and artists needing to communicate with other artists need to know the artist their talking to is truthful so he knows that his words are true and he is committed to his art. Art is a process not a product, although the IRS considers artists as light manufacturing, with unfinished works are inventory, date your work, but don't sign it until you sell it or else its taxable. Although no IRS will see my inventory, because I won't acknowledge that the work exists. I have over $300,000 in tools which they won't let me depreciate, because I didn't make enough money. How do I make the sculpture without the tools? A conundrum. A last thought Ronald Regan was immortalized with a bronze sculpture in the Capitol Rotunda, but when the Republican Party had the Majority didn't want to fund the arts, so I must find out if an American artist made the sculpture? I will get back to you on who made the sculpture I don't want my job exported. All the best, Donald
Comment by Paul Kent Sewell on June 21, 2009 at 1:06pm
I look forward in being a part of the discussion with other artists.
Comment by Tal Dvir on June 19, 2009 at 8:23pm
Hi everyone, Love this site where we can bond and trade artistic thoughts and review each other art.. Please check me in and leave your comment. Cheers! Tal
Comment by Donald Kennedy on June 14, 2009 at 9:45am
Dear Sloane, Thank you I joined even though I thought I was a member. I emailed you my email address for the newsletter. Am I right with you and group? Congrats Jay, contacted a friend on FaceBook with an anecdote about her Mother's gallery and the installation of 15', 3/4 ton sculpture a her gallery. Her daughter delighted invited me to be included in two prominent shows in the Hamptons this summer, networking helps.
Comment by Jay Zerbe on June 14, 2009 at 7:11am
i'm adding this comment here to give us all hope. coincidentally, i was picked up by a gallery in nebraska this week, and will be able to use our discussions about my work as fodder for the write-up i now need to do for them. i also posted my responses (not your questions) to a gallery i am talking to in new orleans. of course, good news for me, but also a reminder that the thinking/talking we do here can serve us well in many ways! (btw, the nebraska gallery contact was via a painter who friended me on FaceBook, and eventually - after following my work for awhile - recommended that gallery. the new orleans gallery was via another artist who also followed my work there. so networking DOES work!)

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