Fragments from a Fractured Mind

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well-usedSometimes you have to let go of an idea. One thought I’ve clung to for some years now is that I could attract a audience – a BUYING audience – in my beloved home town – Columbia, MS. Hoping to bring this idea to fruition, I exhibited at a very fine local gallery for two years, or thereabouts. During that  time, I exhibited differing sets of prints from my collection of imagery. I sold exactly four prints – all at once – to a lady from a western state, who was in town to visit friends. This was almost a year ago. To the locals, I’ve sold – nothing.

So. Last August, I decided to try a new tack. I closed my gallery exhibit and then, in November, I began to show my work at another shop in Columbia. This new exhibit included a few of my prints and a calendar I’ve created, one featuring images from Columbia and Marion County. I’ve sold a few calendars, but not enough of them to cover my production costs. Prints? I’ve sold none. Not a one. That exhibit closed this week.

I dunno. Mebbe it’s my work. Perhaps I’m not communicating to good effect. But then, I DID sell a set of prints to the lady from out west. So, it could be that I’m just not communicating LOCALLY. Or mebbe the folks here in my hometown and county aren’t interested in purchasing quality art at professional prices. Not photographic art, at least.

So I’m thinking that it’s time to get my work in front of some new eyes. And actually, even  THAT is not a new effort. I created a website a little over a year ago – http://www.jaigieesephotoart.com – in an attempt to extend my reach. Haven’t had any luck there, either. Yet.

Now, I am told that I am possessed of a stubborn streak. I do tend to vigorously defend myself if I feel I’ve been wronged, often to a fault. I’ll expend the same energies for other people and other causes if I feel that these are deserving of my support. And I do NOT like to give up, to yield what I see as a valid point. Or points. When I was a kid. my brother sometimes opined that I’d argue with a fence post. Which I will, mind you, IF I think the thing is worth the trouble.

So here we go again. About a month ago, I began to post low-resolution images from my portfolio to my own Facebook page and to a page I manage – “Fragments of a Fractured Mind” – and to, as of this writing, five different Facebook artist and photography groups. And I’m looking at a few other groups, as well. I’ll not list them here just now, but if you’re REALLY interested in where you may find these posts, well, then, drop me an email at jaigieese@icloud.com, and I’ll send you a list.

I’m posting, roughly, an image a day, and it seems to be getting somewhere. I have gathered a nice set of likes and comments and some little praise. One hopes that someone out there will be captivated enough by my work to actually BUY some of it. Will this work? We will see, won’t we?

The song plays on.

New Stuff!!!


phonecases-cropJaiGieEse PhotoArt has some new stuff to shout about.

To begin with, we now offer phone cases! Yep. And they all feature our imagery. You can now wrap your favorite phone in a truly unique case! These cases come in two styles for most iPhones and for the Galaxy S7, and they’re priced from $40 to $50. Check’em out now! Just pick out the image you like and then click on the “Buy” button. Then select “This Photo” and you’ll find several choices. Phone cases are right at the bottom, just below the link to our showcase of keepsakes. (Havalook at those while you’re there!) Choose a style and size to fit your phone and you’re there!

JaiGieEse Photoart has also updated its selection of calendars and daybooks for 2017. As we did in 2016, we began with the Columbia/Marion County calendar/daybook. And soon, we’ll add some nifty new choices.

Let’s not overlook our extensive selection of prints and wall art, in a wide selection of size, media and mounting options.

Go. Look. Choose. Buy!!

Them Changes….


Early Morning GladeSome several months ago, we announced that JaiGieEse PhotoArt had entered into a partnership with VIDA Voices, a manufacturer of modern clothing items, to feature new designs based on our imagery. Well, now, we’ve given it some time, and we’ve made a (very) few sales, but for many reasons, we’ve decided to end our relationship with VIDA. We could go into some detail as to exactly why we’ve come to this decision, but given today’s litigious atmosphere, let’s just say that the thing didn’t work out quite as we’d hoped it would.

Our VIDA Voices storefront will remain open for a time, – http://www.shopvida.com/collections/voices/jon-stephenson – but not for too much longer.

BUT, there IS some exciting news to pass along. Y’see, we’ve added several new items to our website – http://www.jaigieesephotoart.com – and you’ll find them in the FRESH gallery. It’s right up there on the tool bar at the top of each page.

Oh, and there’s a new gallery for your perusal. It’s entitled “Savannah Daydreaming.” Just hover your mouse over the GALLERY list, again in the page-top tool bar, and then slide down the list until you find the new gallery. “Savannah Daydreaming” features imagery from our visit to one of the South’s unique and beautiful cities. BTW, with these new additions, JaiGieEse PhotoArt now showcases 300 snippets of my imagination. Um, 300 images, that is.

Hope you’ll have a look at our new additions, and maybe even (gasp!) actually buy something??

Sold!!!


A 12-pounder Napoleon smoothbore cannon sits in front of the Snodgrass House, on the Chickamauga National Battlefield, Chattanooga, Tennessee. After a day of bloody fighting, Union forces formed a line of battle anchored on its right here on the Snodgrass farm in an attempt to halt the advance of Braxton Bragg's Confederate army, which had steadily pushed them back during the day. It was not to be. The Union line broke, and Union commander, William Rosecrans, was forced to withdraw his Federal army back into the city of Chattanooga.

Sold! First one!! This print was sold on a website I don’t really use any more. Stopped uploading to that site some time ago. And this isn’t the first tme they’ve notfied me of a sale – but that first order, placed nearly a year ago, was canceled before it could be produced. So, while I am truly pleased, I’ll believe this when they show me the money!

http://fineartamerica.com/saleannouncement.html…

This particular image, and many more, is also available on my primary website – www.jaigieesephotoart.com. So….go ahead, make my day! Fill your walls and websites with my work!

PHOTO DESCRIPTION: A 12-pounder Napoleon smoothbore cannon sits in front of the Snodgrass House, on the Chickamauga National Battlefield, Chattanooga, Tennessee. After a day of bloody fighting, Union forces formed a line of battle anchored on its right here on the Snodgrass farm in an attempt to halt the advance of Braxton Bragg’s Confederate army, which had steadily pushed them back during the day. It was not to be. The Union line broke, and Union commander, William Rosecrans, was forced to withdraw his Federal army back into the city of Chattanooga.

Gettin’ to be famous here……


A mishap of some sort has left a gash in the bright green-painted metal covering on a warehouse door in Jackson, Mississippi.

A mishap of some sort has left a gash in the bright green-painted metal covering on a warehouse door in Jackson, Mississippi.

JaiGieEse PhotoArt is pleased to announce that we are being profiled by the Arts Business Institute. We are the ABI’s newest Feature Artist. Find the profile here: http://www.artsbusinessinstitute.org/artists/artist-profile-jon-stephenson/.

Actually, this is a profile of Jon Stephenson, who owns and operates JaiGieEse PhotoArts from a quiet little hilltop on the edge of the Pearl River swamp, south of his old home town – Columbia, MS – but it’s all the same horse, so to speak. So havalook and then perhaps you’ll want to browse our website – http://www.jaigieesephotoart.com – to see our wide selection of wall art, calendars, and keepsakes.

And maybe you’ll also want to step on over to our VIDA Voices profile page – http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/jon-stephenson – to discover our new apparel line.

In addition to all this stuff, we’ll soon offer a selection of photo books, and I might have another card up my sleeve, as well. But that’s for later. For now, please do go and see what I offer.  If you like what you see, well, heck, BUY something!!

Knick-knacks and Gee-gaws…..


Bright morning sunlight combines with an eclectic paint job on the surface of a rural propane tank to create an intriguing study in light, shadow, pattern and texture.

Bright morning sunlight combines with an eclectic paint job on the surface of a rural propane tank to create an intriguing study in light, shadow, pattern and texture.

JaiGieEse PhotoArt now offers a selection of keepsakes, all featuring our imagery. Just Click “Buy” on any photo page to select from 4″x6″ postcards, mouse pads, mahogany desk organizer, keepsake box, 11oz and 15oz white mugs, 11oz black mug, photo puzzle w/box, coasters, photo luggage tag, photo key tag, large and small refrigerator magnets, tote bag and playing cards.
We’ve also added several new items to our VIDA Voices collection. Oh, and did I mention that a percentage of our purchase prices go to some very good causes? Yep! Now you can look nice and do some good, to boot!
You’ll see a new link in our page-top tool bar. It’s labeled “APPAREL.” Click on that to view a sampling of our new offerings, and if you see something you like, click on the handy link down at page bottom, and you’ll be transported over to our VIDA Voices sales page.
And do not forget our collection of wall art, available in a wide selection of  sizes and media. You can get frames and matts, too.
If you’re on my mailing list, you’ll know when new items are available. If you’re not on my mailing list, and you’d like to be, well, use that other button up there on the page-top tool bar, the one labeled “REGISTER,” and you’re in!

More to See!!!!


VIDA PromoSet2JaiGieEse PhotoArt has added several new lines to our VIDA Voices collection.

These new collections give you even more chances to lay your hands on one-of-a-kind apparel, featuring JaiGieEse PhotoArt’s imagery. At present, we offer tops and tees – woven and knitted, sleeved and sleeveless – scarves and handkerchiefs. We hope to expand our product line soon’s we can. And, lest we forget, a portion of the purchase price of merchandise bought through VIDA Voices goes to benefit good causes. So you can don a unique look and do some good, to boot.

There’s two ways to see our treasures. To begin with, you can visit our website – http://www.jaigieesephotoart.com. Once you’ve arrived, take notice of the new link in our page-top toolbar – the one labeled “APPAREL.” Click on that for a sampling of our new offerings, and if you see something you like, click on the product photos OR on the handy link – just below the listings –  to be transported over to our VIDA sales page.

OR, you can jump directly to our VIDA Voices sales page by clicking this link: http://www.shopvida.com/collections/voices/jon-stephenson.

So, now there’s more to choose from, AND there’s more and more to come. If you’re on our mailing list, you’ll know when new items are available. If you’re not on our mailing list, and you’d like to be, well, step on over to http://www.jaigieesephotoart.com and, again, go to the page-top toolbar and click on the button labeled “REGISTER,” and you’re in!

I’ll sell you the shirt off my back – sort of….


VIDA PromoSet1JaiGieEse PhotoArt is very pleased to announce our new partnership with VIDA Voices, creators of a unique line of women’s apparel.

Now, you can lay your hands on one-of-a-kind apparel, featuring JaiGieEse PhotoArt’s imagery. At present, we offer tops and tees – woven and knitted, sleeved and sleeveless – scarves and handkerchiefs. We hope to expand our product line soon’s we can.

There’s two ways to see our treasures. To begin with, you can visit our website – http://www.jaigieesephotoart.com. Once you’ve arrived, take notice of the new link in our page-top toolbar – the one labeled “APPAREL.” Click on that for a sampling of our new offerings, and if you see something you like, click on the handy link – just below the listings –  to be transported over to our VIDA sales page.

OR, if you’re the impatient sort, simply follow this link directly to our VIDA Voices sales page. http://www.shopvida.com/collections/voices/jon-stephenson.

We’ve just a few items to choose from right now, but there’s more and more to come. If you’re on my mailing list, you’ll know when they’re available. If you’re not on my mailing list, and you’d like to be, well, step on over to http://www.jaigieesephotoart.com, and, again, go to the page-top toolbar and click on the button labeled “REGISTER,” and you’re in!

Lookee Here!!



NEW STUFF!!!

CalPromo1JaiGieEse PhotoArt has released a new product. Calendars, I mean. Now you can keep track of the days while looking at some of my images. 

I’ve begun with a pair of calendars focused on my old home town – Columbia, in Marion County, Mississippi. To see these new items. just go to http://www.jaigieesephotoart and click on the button on the tool bar at page top, the one marked “CALENDARS.”  You’ll be taken to the right place. And once you’re there, you find a nice 2016 8″x 10″ wall calendar. And a 2016 11″x 8.5″ daybook. I’ve included some slide shows on the “CALENDARS” page so you can get a small look at these new items.

Oh, and should you decide you’d like one of these little niceties, there’s a “Buy Now” button, which’ll get you right to the nuts and bolts of making a purchase. It’s right above the calendar list. Y’see, these particular items do not go through my regular store front. You order and pay right there on the “CALENDARS” page with either a PayPal account or with a credit/debit card. Just make your selection from the drop-down list and then follow the instructions. It’s easy.

Hope you’ll like these calendars. They’re truly unique. You won’t find them anywhere else. Well, mostly. I’ve a few of the wall calendars on sale at Swank Salon & Boutique, 715 Main Street, in downtown Columbia, Mississippi. And that IS a LIMITED number. Get’em while y’can!!

BTW, this effort represents the beginning of this new line. As we move into 2016, I’ll be offering still more calendars, daybooks, and the like. If you’re on my mailing list, you’ll know when they’re available. If you’re not on my mailing list, and you’d like to be, well, use the button on the website’s tool bar, the one labeled “REGISTER,” and you’re in!

Time’s A-wastin!!


SepOct

Harry’s Camp – old hunting and fishing camp on Old Highway 35 South, on Mill Creek, built by former Citizen’s Bank President Harry Rankin

To quote one of my favorite John Wayne movie lines, “Slap some bacon in a biscuit an’ let’s go! Yer burnin’ daylight!!”

Just 16 shopping days left until Christmas 2015, and fewer than that if you need shipping!

JaiGieEse PhotoArt’s new Columbia-Marion County 2016 calendars are available now – at Swank Salon & Boutique, 715 Main Street, Columbia, MS, and on our website – www.jaigieesephotoart.com.

Get’em while they’re as hot as my grandmama’s fresh-baked scratch biscuits!!

You’ll also find a few of our framed prints at Swank, and lots, lots more on the website. We’ve just the thing to fill that blank spot on your wall, as well as that yet-to-be found present for someone special.

It’s time to make those holiday selections, y’all!!!

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