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  1. Excellent!! I was so psyched to find a site that focused on “constitutional, freedom and liberty loving” art! I spent years in the art program back in my college days in the “conservative closet”. That is where I really learned that there was absolutely nothing liberating about the liberals I was surrounded by.

    Finding this site made my day! I signed up- I’m “Don’t Tread”. I run two blogs, one is http://treadnotonme.blogspot.com and my main project is:

    Keep up the great work- I’ll keep in touch- and make art too!
    -Eric D.

  2. Eric, thanks for following my page. I am so glad to hear I have a new fellow in arms. I will be sure to check out your pages and get back to you with some feedback. I, too went to art school (SCAD) and had a hard time philosophically in some of my courses.
    Check out this link: http://www.modernconservative.com/liberatchik.php I am working with some great people on a Conservative Art Movement. If you are interested, please get in touch with me frances@machinepolitick.com. I need as many artists involved as I can get of all genres to build a viable investment pitch to patrons. Strength in numbers. I also do a featured art post, weekly when I can. Right now there are just a couple of us, but I’d love to expand my list. We don’t charge commissions, we just link directly to the artist.
    There’s a manifesto, handbook and sign up list for fellow propagandists. I am currently working on an essay to explain propaganda, its significance, cultural impact, and why we as Conservative artists need to step up and represent our views. I would love to hear what you think.
    Please give me a couple of days to look at your work and get back to you. I’m looking forward to it.

  3. Frances and Eric,

    I too went to college and majored in Fine Art and my story is much the same as yours. I never undrstood and still do not understand why when you create a work of art that captures a moment in time in this great country, ie, people enjoying a party or a beautiful countryside or people just enjoying some other great freedom that we have here, that it is not considered art??????? It has to be a photo of a person with a bull whip up his butt or a room filled with road kill sculpture or an ephagy of a conservative president to be considered art. (or at least to get any media) Why does the NEA give millions to soft porn directors and film makers but not to true artists with real talent that use that talent to help people? I could go on and on and since I held a small political office myself, I could REALLY go on and on and on but for now I just want to say that it is great to have found you and please let me know how I can help the cause in any way!

    Have a great night!

  4. WOW! I’m very glad to have found fellow freedom-loving artists! And, believe me, there are many more out there! I am on the design side, though I have a BA. It’s always baffled me as to why so many artists out there hate freedom. Freedom spawns creativity – and these same haters always self-proclaim to be the most creative among us. Anyway, so glad that I found this site and will pass the link on to my fellow artists!

  5. Hello

    As a former conservative, I find your website fascinating. I appreciate the notion of a movement for artists that don’t fit into the mold that is given to them. When I was a conservative, I would have embraced this site whole-heartedly. I always was disappointed that the conservative by definition was for promoting the establishment and how things have been done in the past. I was conflicted by my inner drive to not conform (and tell people off on occasion) and the fact that my values were that of the establishment. Your site provides a very interesting voice to the dialog of art and politics, and I am glad that I found it.

    I am curious though, why there is so much explanation with your art. Most artists let the art speak for itself. It seems that the descriptions that you are providing for the viewer do not allow for the viewer to bring themselves or their own interpretation to the piece.

  6. Thanks for taking a moment to comment and connect Elizabeth. I’m certainly not a typical Conservative by any stretch of the imagination, so I understand your point of view. Political terms are so misused and maligned these days, I hardly care to shoulder the burden of a party label. I am glad you enjoyed your time on the site and look forward to any specific comments you may have regarding the work.
    The descriptions came about on the advice of several people who have been following my work for many years. The main reason they suggested I post the descriptions was to alleviate misunderstanding of my work by those who would be potential collectors. My style and personality tend to pigeonhole me as a Liberal. That in combination with the general lack of interest by Conservatives in the arts led me to write about my work. As it turns out, the descriptions have led to some pretty interesting conversation about the work. I have found that Conservatives appreciate the fact that so much work and thought has gone into the art and it appeals to them more because of it. Last year I tried my hand at working with the Atlanta art establishment and withheld the descriptions. I recently had a great conversation with a Liberal friend about the meaning of the work and the intriguing idea that I try to find someone from his side to organize an artistic dialog. Finally, I find that people typically have an opinion of the work by the time they get around to the description.
    Again, thank you for taking the time to connect to me and my work. I would love to hear any further thoughts you may have. As a person who doesn’t fit well in any group, it is encouraging to get feedback from someone in a similar situation. I like to joke that I make people mad every where I go, but there’s more than a little truth in that statement. Good luck out there – it’s a crazy world and I’m glad I inspired a conversation.

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