Member Rara Avis
Julie has encouraged me to address this topic, so I figured I'd better give it a shot. (I find the verb "encouraged" gets me in a lot less trouble than that other verb that comes to mind. And her "encouragement" was so tactful, too!)
First, let's talk about the existing greeting cards at Passions. While it probably isn't readily apparent, I can absolutely guarantee you'll find those images no where else on the Internet (unless someone, uh, borrowed them). Each is the child of my camera (all of the models were real people, photographed in my own studio) and my computer (few, if any, of the backgrounds exist in real life). For those who don't know, art was my first great passion in life, and many of those greeting cards were as important to me (and as time consuming) as my poetry. And everyone knows how little of that I get a chance to write! In short, coming up with roughly 4,000 more like them is probably pushing it.
But that's not to say we can't have "something" in the form of greeting cards. I'm just not sure what, yet. A link isn't going to cut it, though. I will tell you that one of the reasons I avoided replying to this topic before today is that there are a few surprises I have planned for the new software, ways that I hope will tie the main site and the forums closer together. There is a strength in each, lacking in the other, and if we can get a synergy developed I am convinced the sum will be far greater than the parts. I hate to give too much away at this point, both because I like surprises and because I don't have them fully implemented yet (and I hate to fall on my face in public ).
I know we have several talented artists at the forums. Poet deVine is one. Darquewing is another. The new server is going to have lots of disk space. So - where do find about a thousand unique and pertinent images if that's the route everyone wants to take?