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#86997 - Tue, 23 Dec 2008 00:42:00 pure art & soul
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'WE ARE ONE'

Any feedback as to whether 'We Are One' works would be appreciated! Still some tinkering to be done to it but hopefully not too much.

Photographing larger paintings is a real pain....almost impossible to get the light right, to get it square on, to eliminate shadows etc so apologies for the quality of the photo.

PS Image now replaced with finished version and better image

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#86998 - Tue, 23 Dec 2008 19:19:00 Re: pure art & soul
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I'm no artist - well aprt from a p**s one!! - or a photographer but I'll give you an opinion for what it's worth!!

Love the colours & the way you've sillhouetted London underneath the children's faces in the shape of Africa. Band Aid springs to mind.

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#86999 - Wed, 24 Dec 2008 06:58:00 Re: pure art & soul
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I'm no artist .........but I'll give you an opinion for what it's worth!!

Love the colours & the way you've sillhouetted London underneath the children's faces in the shape of Africa. Band Aid springs to mind.
Thanks Snashy I appreciate your comments......its good to find out what folk get from a painting, whether it works.....my artwork is my 'voice' but it's fascinating to find out what others see in them.

All the paintings I post on here are of course inspired by Midge and painted to Midge and Ultravox music.

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#87000 - Wed, 24 Dec 2008 17:22:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Lovely stuff Jen. The faces are disconcertingly real and slightly unnerving!

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#87001 - Wed, 24 Dec 2008 19:46:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Lovely stuff Jen. The faces are disconcertingly real and slightly unnerving!
Thanks Pete....thats quite a compliment! The boys faces were actually based on one of Midge's photos from his trip to Sierra Leone for Save the Children in 2006......I needed a reality base for this one. I tried to vary each face slightly whilst keeping similarities to be in keeping with 'We Are One'. And btw the hills behind Westminster are based on one of his photos of the Ethiopian hills.

Credit goes to Helen for the profile pic of Midge and to Midge for the Sierra Leone and Ethiopia pics !

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#87002 - Thu, 25 Dec 2008 01:33:00 Re: pure art & soul
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oh shucks.... Jeez, enough will ya!
Looking good Jen..... distinctive as always, very definately your style. I envy you, to have your own distinctive style.... something that could not be emulated.
Keep up the good work hun! wink laugh

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#87003 - Thu, 25 Dec 2008 02:22:00 Re: pure art & soul
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I'm no artist - well aprt from a p**s one!!
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And YOU say I have a way with words. he he. You made me chuckle there, Snash wink

Yes Jenny, nice work yet again. How long did it take to complete? Through my photography involvement I get to meet a few painters now and again, usually in galleries and similar places that display our work. One such fella showed me a painting of his and he said it took him A FEW months to do!! eek He said he didn't always have the right frame of mind to chip away at it, so he just went back to it whenever he felt inspired.

Yes, nice stuff, Jen. The artwork sits very well in the blue mount too. Very well presented, which is important.
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#87004 - Thu, 25 Dec 2008 03:25:00 Re: pure art & soul
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...... to have your own distinctive style.... something that could not be emulated.
....but let's face it who would want to lol!

That aside thank you! Appreciated!

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#87005 - Thu, 25 Dec 2008 03:43:00 Re: pure art & soul
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[QUOTE] How long did it take to complete? ..... One such fella showed me a painting of his and he said it took him A FEW months to do!! eek He said he didn't always have the right frame of mind to chip away at it, so he just went back to it whenever he felt inspired.

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Thanks Ash. This one took several weeks and still needs some tinkering.....bit disrupted by the flu. I had a couple of others on the go too. One which I wrecked after several days work lol and another which is getting there.....will post it on here....one of my wierdest!

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#87006 - Sat, 27 Dec 2008 06:36:00 Re: pure art & soul
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[QUOTE] One which I wrecked after several days work lol and another which is getting there.....will post it on here....one of my wierdest!
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#87007 - Sat, 27 Dec 2008 18:35:00 Re: pure art & soul
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[b] [QUOTE] One which I wrecked after several days work lol and another which is getting there.....will post it on here....one of my wierdest!
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I second that.

Why did you "wreck" one of them? Was it a case of you just didn't like it or you had an accident with it which would have been a shame.

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#87008 - Sun, 28 Dec 2008 11:16:00 Re: pure art & soul
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One such fella showed me a painting of his and he said it took him A FEW months to do!! eek
Often a painting can take several weeks or months, that's not really unusual.

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#87009 - Thu, 01 Jan 2009 07:49:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Well, this is the 'wierd' one........I've had innumerable attempts to photograph it but can't get the colours as they should be. The original is more vibrant and 'alive' (but the warm colours not so um bright lol) if that makes sense! I'm not too sure whether this one works.....and hesitated about posting it but what the hell! Need an objective view even if its to tell me its rubbish! Not quite at the point of destroying it having already wrecked two others now....mistakes that couldn't be rectified....watercolour is rather unforgiving!



Provisional title...'MEDLEY WITHIN'. Any better ideas appreciated!

Thanks to Helen for the profile pic which helped.

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#87010 - Thu, 01 Jan 2009 19:27:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Not quite at the point of destroying it having already wrecked two others now....mistakes that couldn't be rectified....watercolour is rather unforgiving!



Provisional title...'MEDLEY WITHIN'. Any better ideas appreciated!
Don't you dare wreck it Jen!! It looks fantastic to me. Why throw all that hard work away?

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#87011 - Thu, 01 Jan 2009 21:17:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Hi Snashy,
I don't think she'd deliberately wreck it, but mistakes do happen, especially if you over work something. I think watercolour would be a bit of a nightmare for this (which is why I never use it! LOL)
Jen.... as with all your work it's very unusual. I wouldn't go as far as to say it's "weird"..... what is weird anyway? There's no such thing as weird/ bad/ crap/rubbish art (as mine have been called in the past) as it's all subjective.
I think it's strong Jen, I like it..... I wouldn't fiddle with it anymore though! It's better to have an unfinished piece than an overworked wrecked one! wink

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#87012 - Thu, 01 Jan 2009 23:26:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Thanks Snash......Helen's right.. its more a case of overtinkering that wrecks paintings though sometimes I do destroy them if I don't think they work well enough. Watercolour can be a difficult medium for the type of paintings I do but despite that its the medium I prefer. Trouble is the artist knows all the imperfections of a piece of work so its hard to be objective.....which is why its so useful to get feedback from other folk.

Helen.....your feedback means a lot to me....thank you! Even if only one or two folk like a piece of work that's enough to know it was worth the effort. As to 'wierd' it was kind of meant 'tongue in cheek' because some people have used that term.......'disturbing' was another one lol! (And a tendency to be self deprecating might just come into it too! ) As you so rightly say its all subjective.

Back to work.......2009 seems to have been ushered in with a flurry of inspiration from Mr Ure so I need to translate the ideas onto 'paper'. With only six weeks to go to the exhibition January is set to be a very busy month I think.

Thank you both again!

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#87013 - Thu, 01 Jan 2009 23:29:00 Re: pure art & soul
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There's no such thing as weird/ bad/ crap/rubbish art (as mine have been called in the past) as it's all subjective.
Glad to see comments like that haven't put you off - nor should they. If I really didn't like something I would just not say anything rather than hurt the person's feelings.

On a different subject - a few people would say the radio show I've just done is a pile of s***. I enjoyed it, hopefully the patients liked some if not all the music I played. It was after all, different to my normal Sunday show.

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#87014 - Thu, 01 Jan 2009 23:33:00 Re: pure art & soul
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I like to use the words refreshing, different, unusual, unique to describe your work Jen. I may not neccesarily understand what you are trying to get across as an artist - doesn't mean I can't still enjoy them all the same. Keep up the good work. smile

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#87015 - Fri, 02 Jan 2009 00:34:00 Re: pure art & soul
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I like to use the words refreshing, different, unusual, unique to describe your work Jen. I may not neccesarily understand what you are trying to get across as an artist....... smile
Thanks Snashy.....fortunately those words have been used more often than words like 'wierd'! If you ever want more info on what's behind certain paintings access them in the art gallery on my site as some of them have blurb about them. Not all....some I've left deliberately open to interpretation or the 'clue' is in the title.

PS Just added a few words about 'Medley Within' to the site.

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#87016 - Fri, 02 Jan 2009 17:24:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Thanks for that Jen - I'll definitely take a look at your site.

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#87017 - Sat, 03 Jan 2009 20:20:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Just been looking at the sunset & Inverness shots on your photo gallery. Sunset 4 is my favourite from this category & I was especially in the Inverness castle shots - castles being a favourite thing of mine. Never been to Inverness, but years ago I took shots in & around Edinburgh & Stirling castles. Aahh - Happy Days!!

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#87018 - Mon, 12 Jan 2009 19:12:00 Re: pure art & soul
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'IMAGINE THE POWER OF THE SONG'

This one was inspired by Mr Ure in the early hours of New Year's Day.....spent much of the next ten days working on it with almost non stop Midge and Ultravox music.....such hardship! wink Anyways its finished and ready for the exhibition......and hopefully works reasonably well.

Credits: Midge for the pic of the boy & Helen for the MU profile/guitar pics.......they helped!

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#87019 - Mon, 12 Jan 2009 19:48:00 Re: pure art & soul
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I like this one a lot Jen. That's a brilliant likeness of Mr Ure. Hope all goes well with your exhibition. smile

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#87020 - Mon, 12 Jan 2009 21:44:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Thanks Snashy....very much appreciated! I've just posted a better image of the painting......finally managed to get one in natural light even though a dull, wet day.

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#87021 - Mon, 12 Jan 2009 21:47:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Yes Jen - it's all good stuff.
Well done once again smile

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#87022 - Mon, 12 Jan 2009 23:24:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Wow, that looks even better. I love that shade of blue you use & the orange.

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#87023 - Wed, 14 Jan 2009 07:06:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Thanks Ash and Snash!

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#87024 - Wed, 14 Jan 2009 07:19:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Just waiting for NASH THE SLASH to comment on your work now Jen wink biglaugh

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#87025 - Wed, 14 Jan 2009 19:10:00 Re: pure art & soul
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She's already had Snash The Lash - one of my old school nicknames!!! roflmao (One of the KINDER ones I hasten to add!!!

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#87026 - Wed, 21 Jan 2009 05:03:00 Re: pure art & soul
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'Call for Peace'

Finished this one today....peace....something the world badly needs. Title is provisional.

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#87027 - Wed, 21 Jan 2009 05:07:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Bearing in mind a new President who has probably talked about peace in his inauguration speech - didn't pay much attention to it as politics bores me - how about :

A New Beginning.

Great work as always Jen.

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#87028 - Wed, 21 Jan 2009 05:38:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Bearing in mind a new President who has probably talked about peace in his inauguration speech - didn't pay much attention to it as politics bores me - how about :

A New Beginning.

Great work as always Jen.
Thanks Snash.......there could end up being a painting relating to the hope of a new beginning that Barack Obama symbolizes so may use that suggestion there.
This one needs 'Peace' in the title but undecided between 'Call for Peace', 'Give me Peace' or even 'Peace Invocation'

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#87029 - Wed, 21 Jan 2009 20:07:00 Re: pure art & soul
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This one needs 'Peace' in the title but undecided between 'Call for Peace', 'Give me Peace' or even 'Peace Invocation'
I don't know what invocation means but that sounds a good one to me. smile

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#87030 - Thu, 22 Jan 2009 22:09:00 Re: pure art & soul
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This one needs 'Peace' in the title but undecided between 'Call for Peace', 'Give me Peace' or even 'Peace Invocation'
I don't know what invocation means but that sounds a good one to me. smile [/b]
In this context ....appeal, entreaty, call for etc etc. Thanks Snash for your input.

I'm going with 'Invocation for Peace' as the final title by the way.

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#87031 - Thu, 22 Jan 2009 22:44:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Glad to be of help. laugh Invocation does sound better than appeal or call for. wink

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#87032 - Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:38:00 Re: pure art & soul
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hiya hunny,
I'm sorry I haven't posted on here before now. I love this last painting, really really like it A LOT! Not sure about the title though hun..... shouldn't it be "invocation OF peace" not "for" it? You're going to hate me, but I prefered "call for". I think Invocation sounds a bit pretentious (but you know me). I personally would have stuck with "call for" or something like "cry for". Anyway, nice piece of work hun!
I'm away to go and post on your other thread wink

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#87033 - Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:46:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Thanks Helen.....sounds like I should have stuck with my original instinct which was simply 'Call for Peace' lol......well not too late to change it as my final list hasn't been submitted. Sometimes simplest option is the best! Yeah I was quite pleased with this one.....and the previous 'Imagine the power of the Song' one too. Its rare for me not to want to keep tinkering with them lol as I'm having to do with this post.......black keyboard with white letters which have worn away so keep hitting wrong keys and having to edit!!

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#87034 - Wed, 04 Feb 2009 03:24:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Just replaced the 'Call For Peace' image with a better 'presented' one and also 'We Are One' at the beginning of the thread with finished painting if anyone is interested in taking a look.

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#87035 - Mon, 02 Mar 2009 06:13:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Some new ones...



SYNERGY 2009


WORDS

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#87036 - Mon, 02 Mar 2009 07:27:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Well done again, eh Jen!
How long it it take you to complete 'Words'? I remember you saying the text was hand written and I can imagine it was a long and drawn out experience. But patience is a virtue as someone once said. A quality which comes in very, very useful in the artistic world, as you'll know yourself. The peices look great in the blue mounts too. Good stuff.

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#87037 - Mon, 02 Mar 2009 09:28:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Thanks Mr Paparashley wink

Yes ure right.....the words on Words were painted with a brush and would have tried the patience of a saint.....which I'm not! Hard to say how long....over two weeks or more but was working on another one at same time.Only did finishing touches this week. My daughter loves it....says its pop art...

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#87038 - Mon, 02 Mar 2009 21:40:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Stunning stuff as always Jen. Do love that deep blue you used on "Good Vibrations".

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#87039 - Mon, 16 Mar 2009 07:31:00 Re: pure art & soul
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This is my first attempt at acrylics on canvas ...hope it works but getting a digital image that captures its 'life' and the vibrancy of the colours has proved to be impossible. This image is as good as it gets seemingly! I've spent hours photographing and tinkering with settings and even in natural good light the image really doesn't do it justice...kind of dulls down what is actually quite an 'alive' painting so if anyone else has photographed artwork and can offer advice it would be appreciated...bear in mind I only have access to a Practica DCZ7.1. I thought photographing watercolours was bad enough but....


FOCUS ON AFRICA

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#87040 - Mon, 16 Mar 2009 16:25:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Jen,
There's some 'Pointers' on the internet for this type of photography. I haven't photographed paintings before so I'll leave it to those in the know. Give these a try. I hope the links will help you. Cheers. smile

A Short Tutorial On Photographing Paintings

Q & A - Photographing Artwork

Short Guide To Photographing Paintings

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#87041 - Mon, 16 Mar 2009 17:48:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Thanks very much Ash. Some useful tips there. It seems I've been on the right track with photographing work outside on a sunny day but in the shade...always has the best results. Without the right equipment I'm never going to get a good result indoors anyway. But the ISO setting I used with this one was too high so I'm going to give it another go.

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#87042 - Mon, 16 Mar 2009 18:16:00 Re: pure art & soul
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I'm going to Paris in 2 weeks with my daughter - do you think those nice people at the Louvre will let us take the Mona Lisa outside to get a good shot? wink

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#87043 - Mon, 16 Mar 2009 18:59:00 Re: pure art & soul
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I'm going to Paris in 2 weeks with my daughter - do you think those nice people at the Louvre will let us take the Mona Lisa outside to get a good shot? wink
You'll get a good shot alright. wink

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#87044 - Mon, 16 Mar 2009 19:34:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Aye, strite atween the eyes wink

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#87045 - Tue, 24 Mar 2009 01:10:00 Re: pure art & soul
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#87046 - Tue, 24 Mar 2009 15:43:00 Re: pure art & soul
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Great Stuff Jen!

Love em

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