Monday
Oct282013

Time is Running Out

The "October Surprise" expires on 10/31/2013

There are only a few days left to get your

business cards at this incrdedible discount.

It is also time to get those Christmas cards

ordered so that you have plenty of time to

get them in the mail.

Go to our digital store front to see templates,

or create your own custom cards.

Friday
Oct252013

Deserve Victory!

This vintage World War II poster hangs in Don Parks' office. It is there because "victory" for us at Parks is to keep our customer happy. The poster reminds us every day that  we have to work to deserve that "victory".

Churchill was also fond of saying: "I am easily satisfied with the very best". We like to think that our Parks customers feel the same way because that is what we constantly strive to deliver.

 

Friday
Oct182013

More on Grand Prize Winner Steve Nass...

Many of our friends have been asking for more information about Steve's Paint the Parks award.

 

Paint the Parks is a national competition, sponsored by the Coutts Museum in El Dorado, Kansas. Participants compete for the right to be included in a national tour of paintings which depict our National Parks. The U.S. is divided into three regions, and 100 winners are chosen, 33 depicting each region, plus one national grand prize. A monetary prize is awarded for each of the three regions, and a purchase award is given to the grand prize winner.

 

The 7th Annual Paint the Parks judging was held in September, and the grand prize went to Steve Nass of Lubbock, for his painting, "September". It depicts Lake Jenny in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. It is painted in acrylic and measures 30" x 20". It will go on tour in 2014, at various participating museums and galleries across the country. You can read more about Paint the Parks and the Coutts Museum at http://couttsmuseum.org/. Paint the Parks has been active for seven years. It is the successor to Arts for the Parks, a competition which was based in Jackson, Wyoming.

Nass, Steven - "September" 30"X20" Acrylic

2013, Lubbock Texas

 

Steve has been entering these competitions for many years. Several of his paintings have been chosen for the tours, including one regional winner in 2011. "September" is his first grand prize winner. His first painting to win a place on tour, "Aloft", a landscape of Yosemite National Park in California, gave him the opportunity to travel to Jackson Hole for the Arts for the Parks awards ceremony. While on that trip, he was able to visit several national parks and photograph scenes that he has used as subjects for many of his later paintings. His 2011 regional winner, "Park Avenue", used his photographs from Arches National Park, in Utah, as sources.

Nass, Steven - "Aloft"  30"X20" Acrylic

1999, Lubbock, Texas

 

Nass, Steven - "Park Avenue" 18"X36" Acrylic

2011, Lubbock, Texas

 

Steve says he knew he would be an artist from an early age. It was his interest in developing his art skills that brought him from his home in El Paso to Texas Tech University, where he graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. He paints for pleasure when not working on the technical side of art at Parks Printing, where he prepares artwork for printing.

Tuesday
Oct152013

Steve Nass Wins National Artist Award

 

Nass, Steven - “September” 30”X20” Acrylic

October 2013. Lubbock, Texas.

 

 

His painting “September” has won Grand Prize in the 7th Annual Paint the Parks competition. Steve is a graduate of the fine arts program at Texas Tech University and a long time employee at Parks Printing Company, where he heads the prepress department. 

Monday
Oct142013

10 Quotes About Procrastination

Here are ten of our favorite quotes about procrastinating. Speaking of procrastinating, the prime time to order holiday cards is now.

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  1. “You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. 
    What mood is that? 
    Last-minute panic.” 
     Bill Watterson
  2. “You may delay, but time will not.” 
     Benjamin Franklin
  3. “Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” 
     Charles Dickens
  4. “If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.” 
     Rita Mae Brown
  5. “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” 
     Abraham Lincoln
  6. “God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.” 
     Augustine of Hippo
  7. “The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.” 
     Alan Dean Foster
  8. “Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.” 
     Steven Wright
  9. “I'm a big believer in putting things off, In fact, I even put off procrastinating.
     Ella Varner
  10. “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well".                               ― Mark Twain