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    Mar 07, 2010 12:14 PM GMT
    I've been on this site for awhile and feel as though I've made some really great friends, which is why I'm posting this here. If I'm wrong to post it here, please let me know and I'll remove it. Anyway, here's my situation:

    Last year, back home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, my ex-boyfriend and I moved into an apartment together and It was a dream come true. We rarely ever disagreed on anything... had so many fun adventures together. He was everything I had always wanted in a partner and I had already decided I was going to ask him to marry me, but little did I know he was secretly still in love with his ex.

    6 months into our one year lease, he packed up everything he owned and moved back to his ex out of state. He changed his number, deleted his email account, even his facebook account so that I had no way to get ahold of him and he couldn't be held accountable for me or the mess he left behind. It was one of the lowest points in my life.

    My physical and mental health took a beating when he left and shortly after that I lost my job. So there I was, stuck with an apartment I couldn't afford and a devastated self esteem. All I had to keep me going was painting.

    I worked through the heart ache and found myself again... and in many ways I feel I became stronger from the experience. I learned things about myself and about life that are helping me propel my life and career forward.

    My cousin offered me a job here in California renovating a hotel he bought. He's allowing me to live here rent free while I'm working on it and he pays me enough to buy food, but that's about all he can afford.

    I hate asking for money and there's no way I'm asking for a handout, but if anyone is interested in buying one of my paintings or commissioning one or know of anyone who is, I could REALLY use the money. I have around $2000 of unpaid rent I still owe from when my ex took off and I lost my job. So if you or someone you know is interested, please let me know.

    I can paint a portrait of anyone if I have a photograph of them. The way I make the paintings is through a several step process. Whenever I paint a musician, I study that artist and their music and really try to find a visual representation of their music. I first paint the entire canvas one solid color and then adhere sheets of metal leaf to the entire canvas before painting a colorful abstract element onto the metal leaf followed by a free hand portrait on top of that. Here are some examples of my work although the metal leafing on them doesn't show up well in them. The light reflects off the metal and blows the metal portion of the painting out so it often appears to just be white paint. I also feel that my skills as a painter have been increasing and so any new paintings I do will be of a higher quality than these. All prices are completely negotiable.

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    In the far right of this photo on top is a painting of Madonna that I don't have a photo for but it is available. It's Acrylic on Silver Leaf. Beneath Madonna is "Easy Rider", the famous bike from the movie starring Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson. It is Acrylic on Gold Leaf and it is also available. To the right of "Easy Rider" is a small portrait of Buddha. It too is available and it's acrylic on gold leaf.

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    All of the abstract paintings are available except for "#2" on the lower far left.

    Bob Marley, Acrylic on Gold Leaf - Sold for $1800:

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    The Beatles, Acrylic on Silver Leaf (four separate canvases) - Set Sold for $2400:

    Each canvas/band member represents a different album. From left to right John Lennon - Yellow Submarine, Paul McCartney - The White Album, Ringo Starr - Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and George Harrison - Abbey Road.

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    Miles Davis, Acrylic on Gold Leaf - Available and listed at $1300:

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    U2, Acrylic on Silver Leaf - Sold for $2000:

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    The Clash, Acrylic on Silver Leaf - Sold for $1900

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    Jerry Garcia, Acrylic on Gold Leaf - Sold for $800

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    All of the above paintings are from a few years ago. Here are some of the paintings I've recently done:

    The Ecstasy, Acrylic on canvas - Available and listed for $500

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    Hallow, Pigmented plaster on canvas - Available and listed for $1500

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    The Bends, Acrylic on Silver Leaf - Sold for $3600

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    Mar 07, 2010 12:25 PM GMT
    And here is a series I painted last year that sold out before the show was over. They were made using three different stains on wood panels. The idea behind the show was that the imagination is capable of producing something far sexier than what we normally see, so in this exhibit, I left it up to the viewer's imagination. The text is japanese and means 'imagination'.

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  • ursa_minor

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    Mar 07, 2010 2:39 PM GMT
    love the Bob Marley!

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    Mar 07, 2010 3:55 PM GMT
    Good luck buddy! You are an artist! Love all of them!
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    Mar 07, 2010 4:06 PM GMT


    Good gosh, you have an astonishing amount of talent. I'm surprised no magazines have snapped you up for cover or article artwork.

    -Doug

    You're onto something big here. My sister up north does pet portraits among other works and makes a small fortune every year.

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    Mar 07, 2010 4:29 PM GMT

    I sent this post and you profile page to a guy on the East Coast Iranman4u is his profile name. He is putting a project together to raise $1 million for a camp that helps children that experienced death of a family member. It will help Artists as that is how he plans on raising the money. So he wants to help you ( Artists ) and the children.

    So give him a hit he is a great guy an artist also and now has your profile name and this posting.

    I like you art by the way!!!!!

    Dennis
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    Mar 07, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    OMG!!! icon_surprised.gificon_surprised.gificon_surprised.gif

    They're INCREDIBLE! I too am out of a job but man, I would LOVE to get a hold of your paintings!! They're fantastic! Love the abstract compositions, graphics elements, the bold colors, etc!

    Some selling suggestions:

    -- Check your local paper for listings of arts & crafts fair held weekly / monthly. The booth lease is very minimal.

    -- Find a reputable art gallery in your area and showcase your work there. The gallery will take some commission off of your work so it's better to shop around and see what percentage rate they are offering. Look for galleries that carry upscale, eclectic artwork. That's the target market you're looking for.

    -- Sell your artwork online:

    http://www.etsy.com/
    http://artbistro.monster.com/
    http://www.bluecanvas.com/

    -- Start your own art blog (free!) and upload your artwork. Print business cards with one of your best work on it and add a line, "Can paint portraits / commission work". The cards will direct prospect buyers to visit your blog.

    The key thing is EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE!! Keeping them in your house is not going to move them. Besides, it's going to open doors of opportunity for you.

    Now, about that jackass, I'm GLAD that he's gone because it certainly has brought out the BEST in you. A talented, awesome person who deserves to be recognized in the art community and when you strike it rich, he gets jack shit!

    Please keep us informed of your progress! We're rooting for you!
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    Mar 07, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    Great work man, you are incredibly talented!
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    Mar 07, 2010 4:43 PM GMT

    I am also with bigeasydude on your jackass EX, kind of like my twisted sister EX. But better to have them implode on you early in the relationship than much much later when the financial loss can be so great let alone the emotional toll.

    Glad to see you have good family and learned to heal. Lots of guys stay wounded so good for you!!
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    Mar 07, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    i love your work wish i could help
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    Mar 10, 2010 1:32 AM GMT
    Thank you all so much icon_smile.gif The encouragement to keep at it really helps. It's hard trying to make it as an art these days. It seems artwork is one of the first things people stop buying in times of economic stress.

    I don't only sell paintings for $1000+ though. I also have smaller paintings that I'm selling for $100+.

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    The four canvases on the bottom right of this photo are all $150 each and the three rectangular pieces on the far right above them are for $100 each... so I do sell some cheaper stuff too icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 10, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    Your very talented for sure and I like talented people in the creative arts. Your work is impressive and definitely stimulates my brain and that's what I like!!


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    Mar 10, 2010 1:45 AM GMT
    Mystic_Man saidYour very talented for sure and I like talented people in the creative arts. Your work is impressive and definitely stimulates my brain and that's what I like!!





    P.S.

    I wish I had wall space. LOL

    I am OUT!! I love things on my walls. If I do find someone who is interested in your art I will contact you. I know it's a challenge. You might want to get listed with twitter and it seems that's becoming a huge new area to market.
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    Mar 10, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    Thanks Mystic icon_smile.gif

    I'm also trying to get it into galleries if anyone has any contacts with whom they'd be willing to hook me up?
  • lozano86

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    Mar 10, 2010 1:47 AM GMT
    Awesome pieces. You sould do one with Marily Monroe, James Dean, and Elvis Presley. I Doubt you do requests. but that would be awesome
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    Mar 10, 2010 1:50 AM GMT
    ZOMG your an artist and good lookin...what are the odds of that?

    anyways nice...alot of selections, and their not random like some stuff I question alot lol anyways good luck hopefully you sell alot : )
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 10, 2010 1:51 AM GMT
    I love the Miles Davis one!! MUCH!! How big is it?
  • FredMG

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    Mar 10, 2010 1:56 AM GMT
    i like your Art! i can grasp it and it's interesting to look at.
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:01 AM GMT
    Have you thought of selling prints of your artwork, or putting a book together of it? Blurb.com is great for making art books.
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    I find this thread very inspirational in many ways, thank you.

    If I could afford it I would buy some of your work in a heartbeat, but I can't icon_sad.gif but for what its worth let me just say thank you for inspiring me to paint again.icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:42 AM GMT
    lozano86 saidAwesome pieces. You sould do one with Marily Monroe, James Dean, and Elvis Presley. I Doubt you do requests. but that would be awesome


    I did one of James Dean a few years ago, but it sold before I took a photo of it icon_sad.gif

    I also did one of Jimi Hendrix of which I never got a photo... maybe I can get ahold of the people who bought them and get some photos.
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:43 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidI love the Miles Davis one!! MUCH!! How big is it?


    Thank you! It's 30" x 24" icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidHave you thought of selling prints of your artwork, or putting a book together of it? Blurb.com is great for making art books.


    I hadn't thought of that before! I'll look into it. Thank you for telling me about it!
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:49 AM GMT
    you say pigmented plaster on canvas? is this a similar effect as encaustic?

    have u done any animals? love to see a moose or bear head 40x40 lets say.
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:53 AM GMT
    In the first pic, in the upper left hand corner, I really like that one. Overall, all of your art is great!