Arttextry is a business owned by entrepreneur William Garcia, that was founded in October, 2011. The ideas behind the company, however, were conceived many years prior. William Garcia started out as a self-pronounced poet in the 1980's; he created a business named "Willhe Publishing Inc.", whose main concept was that of "Poartry" -- the combination of poetry and art. Though Garcia was motivated and creative, his original business fell through. In 2011, he revisited the ideas he once had and began to tweak them, until he came up with Arttextry. Arttextry was like Poartry, except it was the "marriage of art and text", so that now both poetry and quotes could be included within the artwork. Garcia held an art contest at the Miami Art Institute to find a suitable artist for all of the ideas that he had invented inside his head. He found one artist there, and the others through recommendations from the first. Now, the artists, together with Garcia, are working on completing the full set of 35 original Arttextry pieces.
In May, 2012, William Garcia also became a published author, with the release of "NOW O'CLOCK", which is also inspirational. Here is a blurb about his book:
"The title of the book “Now O’ Clock ” simply reaffirms what each and everyone of us experience every living moment of our lives .... the present. Now O’ Clock is an inspirational self-help book that takes my readers on a journey from now in ‘time’ and towards their own and last inevitable ‘now’, some ‘time’ into the future. It is about “Time” as being the pure essence of life and about life as being a “Doing” proposition. We seem to have a conflicting relationship with “Time” and “Modernity”,... modernity being a driving force that mostly serve as a big distraction from doing “now-to-life”. We really need to slow down. There seems to be no time for ‘now’, when in reality, ‘now’ is all there is and all we have. The idea of tomorrow is only an expectation of an imaginary ‘time’ to come. “Now” is as real and as fleeting as it gets. We need to realize that we do not run out of ‘time’; we simply run out of ‘life’. Then, there is life’s most powerful and intriguing paradox: We live our entire lives in the span of an instant; yet, a lifetime is not enough time to do it all. Life indeed lasts but an instant, and so it is always Now O’ Clock."
Arttextry.com now brings customers 8 original pieces of inspirational art and text (either poem or quotation). The company's mission is to help you "Think", "Be", and "Do". It hopes to create a positive and influential message in your life, which will help you follow your own passions and desires. Arttextry's posters make wonderful additions to any home, especially when framed. They also make great gifts for that special person in your life, or for someone you know that is going through a hard time, who might need that extra bit of motivation.
Arttextry has the following posters available for purchase:
- Now - "The statement “Life Lasts but an Instant” inspired me to write this poem. It gently admonishes us not to take our life and the people we love, for granted. It further reminds us that ‘now’ ‘is’ all the time there is and all the time we have, to live and to do. It tells us that it is, and as it always has been, ... "NOW"."
- Respect - "The thinking behind the quote, “Respect”. We all appreciate love and friendship and the two essentials make for very special relationships between people. But when there is a lack of respect for the “Self”, there is very little or none to offer someone else; there is very little or nothing to expect. Love and friendship suffers."
- Lady Feminique Classic - "The thinking behind the poem, “Lady Feminique”. Lady Feminique is the story about a girl who dreams about the life she imagines she wants to live. Over time,and as she grows she learns to understand life and its meaning. She is sculpted by time and experience and becomes strong in character yet delicate in her ways. She engenders respect and admiration simply by being the lady she has become."
- Lady Feminique Contemporary - "The thinking behind the poem, “Lady Feminique”. Lady Feminique is the story about a girl who dreams about the life she imagines she wants to live. Over time, and as she grows, she learns to understand life and its meaning. She is sculpted by time and experience and becomes strong in character yet delicate in her ways. She engenders respect and admiration simply by being the lady she has become."
- Nothing - "The thinking behind the quote, “Nothing”. In life there is no such thing as “nothing”. In death there may be no such thing as “something”. Still here we are, knowing only that we are alive and able to do something about almost “anything”. It is what life is all about; … “Doing” something with someone else; "Doing" something for someone else."
- Cooperation - "The thinking behind the quote, “Cooperation”. Things get done simply because someone believed in the “self” and in someone else. When both believe, creative ideas and productive solutions come about. Belief can be transmissible as leaders capture the imagination of the minds of those they lead, harnessing their cooperation for a specific purpose. Imagine three minds. Imagine the exponent of an army of 300."
- Open to Life - "The thinking behind the quote, “Open to life”. We should always challenge death, not by living recklessly but, by living hopefully, purposefully and passionately. You don’t have to carry the weight of the fear of Death on your chest as you go through life. As you stand in your door and face the sun, think of Death as just a shadow behind you. Step outside with the lack of care or concern Death deserves.You have life now. Live it."
- Purpose and Passion - "The thinking behind the quote, “Purpose and Passion”. It is to say that the road you travel on, in life, will not end simply because you’ve exited. It is about how you live during the time you have now and how your story ends having traveled that road. It is about your story and about and how it is told. The roads of life and time endure and continue. They were here before your "Being" and will remain for those who survive you."
All Arttextry posters are high-quality, as they are produced in a Heildelberg Showcase facility with Heildelberg 5 and 6 speed masters. They possess in-line UV coating and state-of-the-art direct-to-plate systems presses.
The prices of the posters vary, but range from $14.99 to $24.99. They are available in two standard sizes - 16" x 20" and 18" x 24". You can purchase them right from Arttextry.com. Right now, there is a 30% discount on any inspirational poster, so now is definitely the time to buy one. Here is the code to put in when you check out to receive the discount: AMBI19.
I will be sharing my review of an Arttextry poster when I receive it in the mail. I hope to hang it up somewhere in my new apartment, for a source of inspiration when I am having a long and tiresome day. I know that medical school can be very taxing, and I will need all the support and motivation that I can get!
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