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Symphony Jones is a picture-story poem about a girl, a garden and moving forward when life gets difficult.

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Elaine Menendez

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A few years back my son became very ill and had to have a very long and complicated surgery.  In order to keep from losing my mind in the waiting room, I brought along a drawing pad and a set of colored pencils. As I doodled flowers in different shapes and colors,  "I'm planting a garden said Symphony Jones, far from my troubles, close to my home." kept running through my head. In the next few days hanging around in the hospital, I finished this poem. 

I'm am now in the process of finishing the artwork in acrylics and planning on completing 15 paintings to illustrate the poem. So far I have 9 paintings finished.  For those of you who don't know me, the ants you see in every painting are a part of my signature.  I'm always looking for new things for them to be doing, so if you have any suggestions, please feel free to send them my way.

Below is a little sample of "Symphony Jones".

"I'm planting a garden" said Symphony Jones, far from my troubles, close to my home
"I'm planting a garden" said Symphony Jones, far from my troubles, close to my home
"With a patch of soft grass where I can lie - and gaze at forever through a window of sky"
"With a patch of soft grass where I can lie - and gaze at forever through a window of sky"
"I'll plant things that smell pretty"
"I'll plant things that smell pretty"
"And things that taste sweet "
"And things that taste sweet "
"and things that feel cool under tired bare feet"
"and things that feel cool under tired bare feet"
"I'm planting a garden" said Symphony Jones, "far from my sadness, close to my home"
"I'm planting a garden" said Symphony Jones, "far from my sadness, close to my home"
"Far from report cards and busy go-getters"
"Far from report cards and busy go-getters"

I am on pace to be finished with the illustrations by the end of August, when the Kickstarter campaign ends. The goal is to get the book printed before the end of September, but I set the delivery for October.

What I'm spending the money on:

 Artwork - Supplies (Canvases, paint, brushes)

 DVD's - Media, cases, shipping envelopes

Video - editing, post production, duplication

Audio - studio time to record the soundtrack

Soft Cover Books - Printing, layout, shipping

Although this is a completely separate venture, I work in a family-owned video production company, so recording the original ditty (the Symphony Song) that I wrote (it's mostly instrumental) and putting together the video book, will be no problem. 

If you would like to see a few samples of our company's work, you can visit our youtbe channel www.youtube.com/upstreammediainc where we have over 200 samples.

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