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...lay true artists.
Often overlooked due to their symbols, it is my intention to bring to light the talented people you call Gallery Directors.  Thanks to Thunderstatement for choosing the thumbs to showcase.  Note: This is a repost as the original posting was bugged and not showing up properly, my apologies to those that commented.


^garrit - General Photography
^garrit is an artist gifted in not only spotting the beauty in nature, but also in capturing and retranslating it without losing any of the magic in the process.

flowing by garrit just sports by garrit lunch time by garrit
silence III by garrit GENESIS Edition I by garrit
insubstantial by garrit actinic light by garrit Genesis by garrit



^superkev - General Photography
Best known for his mastery of lighting and his superb portraits, his 'elemental' work is truly phenomenal and his travel photos are brilliant. This photographer connects with his subject and his spaces. His passion translates well through his images.
Kae Sun 2 by superkev Battleship Helsinki by superkev Orb by superkev
Nicole by superkev Together Forever by superkev Gothic Cheer by superkev
36 Weeks - Land of Creation by superkev Magnetewan - Wetland Portrait by superkev Jen Elemental by superkev



^hesitation - General Photography
Her travel photography surpasses most that I've seen  and she makes every location interesting and colorful. Whether it's a bench, a structure, or a crowd of people, you'll wish you were there too.
Belgian Deviation by hesitation Lunchtime Pattern by hesitation Paris after rain by hesitation
The Russian by hesitation Someone to Watch Over Me by hesitation Sundown by hesitation  
More Than I Can Stand by hesitation The Chosen Ones by hesitation Castle on Water by hesitation



^radiopooh - Stock Photography
Truly a free spirit, his work is easy-going and far from pretentious.  You can find a touch of his quirky humour in every piece and you'll easily come to understand that he learned long ago not to take life, or himself, too seriously.
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:bigthumb26419120: :bigthumb26263129: :bigthumb26256933:
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^scottb - Artistic Nude Photography
The nude form has long since been a muse for many artists but it takes a certain breed to ride that thin line between beauty and obscene.  His gallery is full of proof that he is a photographer that can find beauty in any form and does so with compassion and respect.  
RED BED V by scottb Serpent II by scottb ACROSS by scottb
BOOTS by scottb SANDSTONE X by scottb ANNE III by scottb
Maid Up by scottb Lie by scottb Apart by scottb



^serpentinekiss - Fetish Photography
Not only a gifted model, her work behind the lens as a photographer is truly inspiring. Her photography is alluring, sexy, provocative and tasteful. If you didn't have a fetish before you looked at her gallery, you will now.

Astral Dreaming by serpentinekiss



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Quick Update

Thu Jan 5, 2006, 4:11 AM
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If you aren't checking the gallery pages everyday you're missing out on great news items written by members of the community and the incredible Artist Relations Staff:

Photography , Traditional Art , Digital Art , Poetry , Prose
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My grandmother's surgery was yesterday and instead of moving part of her lung, they have removed the whole thing.  She is in a tremendous amount of pain and she's scared.  She'll be in ICU for a couple of days before they move her into her room.

I am maintaining regular hours for the most part but I admit to being in a 'digesting' phase as I process what's going on right now.  So while I am here working, for the rest of the week I anticipate being rather reflective and to myself.  Should you require anything please note or email me as that will be the best method.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

:heart:

Contests

:bulletgreen: Doppleganger Photo Contest - deadline January 15th, 2006

:bulletgreen: Winterdream 2005 - deadline January 31st, 2005

:bulletgreen: Dreaming in Pixels - deadline February 1st, 2006


If you would like me to feature a deviantArt contest here please note me with the details.




IdeAS 2005


I'm Here for the Long Term by realitysquared I Support Policy by realitysquared# Help
Behind the lens Support The "Evil Penis" by arachnid15 Community supporter stamp by deviantStamps
Support World AIDS Day

  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Only - Nine Inch Nails
      





A very happy new year to everyone here at Deviantart! As promised, here
are the results of the Christmas 2005 Skin Contest. Its been a while since
we had any skinning competitions, so it was a pleasure to see several
entries of skins for various applications. The contest was judged by none
other than nieman, a veteran deviant and skin aficionado.


1st Prize
:bigthumb26786146: - christmaswinamp by xIsoMetrix

A cute, neatly done homage to the immortal Santa Claus with classic
colors, basic shapes, and traditional decorations, all mixed cohesively
over a modern pallette made this skin stand out from the rest.

2nd Prize
A Deviant XMAS - dA Skinned by chaosmuse - A Deviant XMAS - dA by chaosmuse

Points to the artist for picking a more out-of-the-ordinary platform to
skin from, also for creating a great, lighter, classic colored skin for
the site. Clean and Christmasy was the theme here, and it was pulled off
tastily.

3rd Prize
A Charlie Brown Christmas Skin by luigihann - A Charlie Brown Christmas by luigihann

A tribute to one of my personal favorite movies that I always remembered
watching year after year growing up; this classic Winamp skin used various
character images and items effectively while not making it too gaudy to
use. A very soft and friendly skin to use.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all the other artists
who participated in the contest. The winners will be contacted shortly
regarding their prizes. Once again, have a great year!


Countdown

Sat Dec 31, 2005, 12:49 PM
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If you aren't checking the gallery pages everyday you're missing out on great news items written by members of the community and the incredible Artist Relations Staff:

Photography , Traditional Art , Digital Art , Poetry , Prose
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"There is a brief moment when all there is in a man's mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes, his hands, his attitude. This is the moment to record."

Yousuf Karsh


Reflection is a natural activity this time of year.  I pause and think about the past year and what I've learned and think about what I would like for the new year.  Some people make resolutions, I tend to stay away from those.. I'm not sure how many people actually stick to theirs.

My general feeling of 2005 is good.  Great things happened this year.  I quit my corporate job and started a business with one of my best friends, that despite little advertising on our part, has flourished amazingly and I love my job.  I also started working for deviantART, alongside a team of people that I adore, respect and admire, as both collegues and artists in their own rights.  Have you checked the galleries of some of your administrators? They're some incredibly talented people! Too often we miss the artist for the staff member and I implore you to discover them if you haven't because it's a side of your administration you should really get involved with.  We are all the same.

I completed some huge projects, made some great personal achievements with my photography, connected with new friends and watched as people I love achieved amazing things... (this is the mushy part so deal with it)

Mom - A woman who's strength and passion inspire me everyday and she is coming into her own and finally starting to realize that her dreams and desires are important.  Everything I am, and everything I achieve I owe to her example.  She will always be my idol.

Grandma - The oak tree of strength and determination that it all comes from.  She's been through hell and battled more demons than any person should have to.  She is preparing for her next battle but she still has that light in her eyes.. the one that tells me that she's ready for this fight for her life.  

Michelle - My best friend and a remarkable and amazingly talented artist who continues to shock and amaze me with the rate at which her talent improves.  The world is finally starting to take notice and when it catches on to what she has to offer.. she's going to own it.  Aside from this she remains one of the most beautiful women I know and one of my biggest supporters.  There are moments in my life I would not have made it without her.

Stephen - My adoring husband.. my support and one of my biggest fans.  I'm blessed to have him in my life and I'm so proud of him for achieving everything he's set out to do.  Watching him enter 2006 in the position he's strived his whole life to get is absolute kismet.

Sparky - My business partner and dearest friend.  He tolerates my craziness and off-the-wall ideas and we make a phenomenal team.  We're going to take over the world .. mark my words ;)

To my best friends whom I seem to have known forever and continually support and love me; Ian, Chuck, Age.. you're all so important to me and will continually have huge impacts on my life. I love you all dearly.

superkev, Davenit, arachnid15, Ghouldaddy, fourteenthstar, Thunderstatement, spot, robert, garrit, devilicious, cweeks, nocaed are people you may know but regardless of whether they are aware or not, I love them all dearly and they've made significant impacts on my life :)

I look forward to 2006.  I don't have any grand plans (aside from taking over the world of course) but I can say this... I will love more, I will forgive more, I will accept more and I will enjoy more.

I wish you the best for the new year, we're going to kick some ass in 2006.  Did I mention i had the best team in the world in Artist Relations? They're going to rock your socks ;)

Cheers everyone :heart:

Contests


:bulletgreen: Project 8: Abstracts -deadline January 5th, 2005

:bulletgreen: 3Faces Contest deadline January 5th, 2005

:bulletgreen: Doppleganger Photo Contest - deadline January 15th, 2006

:bulletgreen: Winterdream 2005 - deadline January 31st, 2005

:bulletgreen: Dreaming in Pixels - deadline February 1st, 2006


If you would like me to feature a deviantArt contest here please note me with the details.




IdeAS 2005


I'm Here for the Long Term by realitysquared I Support Policy by realitysquared# Help
Behind the lens Support The "Evil Penis" by arachnid15 Community supporter stamp by deviantStamps
Support World AIDS Day

  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Death from Above - Romantic Rights

AR Newsletter




:iconmoonbeam13: deviantART » Director of Artist Relations
Moonbeam13


Hello!


The purpose of Artist Relations is to strengthen the community spirit as well as network with fellow artists so that we may bring outside opportunities to you, and help you to hone your skills. The Gallery Directors are the first people you should go to regarding your galleries. They are the people you need to make gallery suggestions to, and ask questions about your specific genre, or seek knowledge from. They also act as your lifeline to the administration.  They are here to support and listen, and I can tell you we've got incredibly talented, devoted and passionate people on this team, so get to know them!

We have created a chatroom at #artistrelations, to give you an opportunity to speak directly with the gallery directors and core staff in real time! Help show your support by sporting our new stamp artsitrelations by zilla774

Due to time constrictions object2bdestroyd has resigned as the gallery director for Vector Art and we thank him for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors. damphyr has made the cross over from Artist Relations into the new and improved Policy Violations Team and we know from working with this dynamo that she's going to do an awesome job.  You can count on additions to our team early in the new year in an effort to fill more of the gaps.

Category clean-ups and additions are happening but the tool is slightly touchy so there will be some noticeable issues that we are aware of and dealing with.  Specifically, you may notice some 'unused' categories floating around.  They will be removed, just ignore them for now. If you notice anything out of the ordinary please feel free to note or email me at moonbeam13@deviantart.com

I look forward to the new year working with this fabulous team and it's equally impressive community :heart:



The Key System


As you can see at the very bottom there is  a Key System. The way this will work is simple. If you have a specific inquiry or suggestion for a specific department, begin your comment with the appropriate Key Code, that way we can search the page and compile them and address them in next weeks update. Neat, huh?




:iconsuperkev: deviantART » Photography
superkev


The Doppelganger Photography Contest is underway. This is your opportunity to put your own spin on the style of some of dA's more well-known photographers. Get your entries in before January 15! You can see the entries that have already been submitted here.

Full contest details are available here.


:icongarrit: deviantART » Photography
garrit


Winterdream 2005 Photography Contest.
Winterdream is the theme. Interpret it as you will,  if you happen to live in a region where it just happens to be warm and there is no snow you can still participate. The key here is your Imagination. We want to see your vision of Winter, dreamlike or real. Cotton, powdered sugar and salt are all great replacements for actual snow in creating your winter setting, gingerbread house and all. Be creative! The contest will run from December 15th 2005 until January 31st 2005 So head out and create your own Winter Wonderland... You will find more information here</b>


:iconscottb: deviantART » Photography » Artistic Nudes
scottb


The Artistic Nude gallery has seen some great additions in the past two weeks based on a holiday, festive or Christmas theme. Possibly because of the high spirits of the festive season, commenting has been generally more constructive and kind with considerably fewer rude and nasty messages left than usual. It has been a nice place to post work and visit so please lets keep it this way :).

I have started a news feature called Nude Nation. This a new article designed to feature artistic nude talent throughout the world on a country by country (or group of countries) basis. The choice of country featured is purely on a random basis - the first edition explores the United Kingdom (UK). The next installment will be France.



:iconserpentinekiss: deviantART » Photography » Fetish
serpentinekiss


The first Fetish Photography competition - A Taste of Fetish - is now closed and judging has been completed. Winners were announced last week in the news. Thanks to all who took part, we had some excellent interpretations of the theme 'Restriction' and encourage you all to take a look at the submissions found here We had a slow yet good response to the contest and a few people asking as to when the next one will take place, so if we have encouragement from the community we will go ahead and make this a regular thing. I will also be featuring the Glamour Portraits Gallery and am considering holding a contest for this category also, if you would be interested in this please let me know. As always, please note me directly with your suggestions for Fetish and Glamour DDs.

cig I by ThreeLibras

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the morning by wasted-photos
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:iconradiopooh: deviantART » Stock Photos
radioPooh


Choosing a Daily Deviation is rather serious business in the fact that it get’s so much exposure within our Community and seems to evoke so many emotions both good and bad.

There seems to be a lot of misconception as to the reasons a picture might be picked but it’s pretty simple in the case of a gallery director.

The choice is based on what the gallery director believes represents the best from their gallery and from that point it is left up to that individual as to what they may or may not base their decision on.

Basically it’s a Staff Pick – nothing more or less – and it is important for both the artist featured and the gallery they represent so a Gallery Director does not take the responsibility lightly.

But like all art appreciation .. It’s always subjective – what I like may be something you hate .. It does not mean my choice is bad or your taste is wrong – all it means is we simply see things different ..

I am still trying to evolve and so appreciate all the suggestions I receive. I promise I look at each and every one and please don’t take it personal if yours does not get chosen this time around, I encourage you (in my case) to keep your good suggestions coming.

I would ask you provide me with a link to a particular example and the reasons you feel it worthy that often helps in the write-up that each Daily Deviation deserves.

Also, please only send me suggestions for Stock Art – There are Staff who post over multiple galleries but Gallery Directors (denoted with a  ^ sign ) only choose Daily Devs from the galleries they represent

............................................................

Gallery Spot Light - :iconresurgere:

This group of highly professional stock artist has set a benchmark to the quality that should be found in stock art.


:iconabhimanyughoshal: deviantART » Skins & Themes
abhimanyughoshal


I don't know what actually happened, but all these skinners just began to crawl out of the woodwork and started submitting some great work. December was  a great month for the S&T Gallery. The Christmas 2005 Skin Contest was something of a success. Nice to see skins for some not-usually skinned applications, like Trillian. nieman will let us have the results on
New Years Day.

Lots of new categories have been added, and this is just the beginning. I'm also accepting notes regarding more categories that might be required. Also, keep your eyes open for new skinning groups that are going to be initiated soon. More contests are being planned too, so sharpen those 1337 skinning skills, and leave no opponent unscathed!


:iconzilla774: deviantART » Wallpaper
zilla774


Things are progressing nicely throughout the Wallpaper Gallery. Although it appears to be relatively quiet across the holiday season, I am infact a seathing mass of activity, honest. I predict great things in the new year, so keep up the good work everyone!

Must see pick: Reality 1920x1200 by EranFolio


:iconhalfliquid: deviantART » Digital Art » Pixel Art
halfliquid


The Dreaming in Pixels contest launched successfully and is open for submissions. Please read the rules in the article carefully so that your entry is valid. You have all of January left to get your pixel on. Take your time and have fun, guys!

watchers has a Pixel Portrait Project that ends on January 18. Small portraits of 16x16 faces using only 10 colors? I'm in! Let's chug those mugs out.

azzumail has a Pixel Avatar Contest going on with no set deadline. Make her happy and submit something (with a chance at winning a 3-month sub in the process, if one tickles her fancy and you win!).

And finally, for those distraught over the flow of miscategorizations in the gallery, I am planning to set new gallery descriptions in the future that will utilize images (deviations that serve as ideal examples) for people who choose not to read (or can't for language reasons!). Visual aids can do a much better job of letting others know what pixel art is, don't you think? We'll see how it stumps this trouble-area and go from there!

Looking foward to another year of pixeling so stay safe over New Years!


:iconbornghost: deviantART » Designs & Interfaces
bornghost


Designs & Interfaces is coming along slowly but surely. The Santa's Extreme Makeover contest came to a close on the 29th and the winners will be announced in the new year. There will be more Daily Deviations posted in the coming weeks. All is definately well and good around our parts.


:iconimperfect: deviantART » Poetry
imperfect


The Literature Gallery recieved an early and rather odd shaped Christmas present this year. It turned out to be a coshdaddy! (I'm not quite sure what that is either!) who will be joining MinorKey and I as the third gallery director.

The poetry and prosegalleries have been super busy with the realease of Unknown Writers Feature, and hundreds of entries to the Merry Litmas Competition. We were overwhelmed by the support shown for the competition, and the quality of the entries; picking winners was no easy task, but we arepleased  to announce Reindeer Pause
by triptychr as the winning prose submission and consuming christmas by MystWilliams, who took the top slot for poetry. You can read more winning entries here.




:iconzeruch: deviantART » Traditional Art
zeruch


I would like to reiterate that folks wishing to submit to mixed media please read the description of the
category before doing so:

Mixed Media refers to art created by using multiple traditional techniques in a combined manner.

This does NOT refer to works produced through a combination of traditional and digital techniques. Such works should be submitted to either the Traditional Art or the Digital Art gallery as though it were entirely one or the other. See the notes on the Traditional Art and Digital Art galleries for more information.



Thanks for reading this update. We look forward to reading your feedback and to answering your comments and suggestions in our next update.

To direct your comments towards the right gallery director, optionally prefix your comments with the following acronyms:

PREFIX LEGEND
AR:for Artist Relations
PH:for Photography
AN:for Photography > Artistic Nudes
FP:for Photography > Fetish
SP:for Stock Photos
DA:for Digital Art
AA:for Digital Art > Anthro
DF:for Digital Art > Digital Fantasy
PA:for Digital Art > Pixel Art
ANI:for Anime
AC:for Artisan Crafts
COM:for Comics and Cartooons
CON:for Contests
DI:for Designs & Interfaces
ICN:for Icons
POE:for Poetry
PRS:for Prose
ST:for Skins & Themes
TA:for Traditional Art
VP:for Visualization Presets
WP:for Wallpaper
SEN:for Seniors



Merry Yule

Sun Dec 25, 2005, 7:47 AM
:community:

If you aren't checking the gallery pages everyday you're missing out on great news items written by members of the community and the incredible Artist Relations Staff:

Photography , Traditional Art , Digital Art , Poetry , Prose
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There are eight sabbats (divine holidays) in the Wiccan calendar and currently we are entering into Yule :holly:

Known also as the Winter Solstice, this is the longest night of the year and is akin to the Long, Dark Night of Soul. Sabbat celebrations often echo both of these sentiments, often beginning in silent darkness and ending in a blaze of light, fire, and laughter.

Yule is a time of rebirth; of new beginnings and the setting of new goals for oneself. It is a time of putting aside regrets, resentments, and that which causes us unhappiness. But before we can rid ourselves of these, we must know them intimately. And thus, the season starts in the silent darkness of the cold winter's night; a time when we cannot escape ourselves through pleasurable outside diversions. The beginning celebrations are a time of meditation and inward thoughts; of recognizing the cold sorrows of the season of barrenness as both those within the frosted panes of our souls, as well as those raging outside the frosted window.

From my  Book of Shadows (Witch Journal if you will)

Yule Ritual

I sorrow not,
though the world is wrapped in sleep.
I sorrow not,
though the icy winds blast.
I sorrow not,
though the snow falls hard and deep.
I sorrow not,
this too shall soon be past.

I light this fire in Your honor, Mother Goddess
You have created life from death;
warmth from cold;
The Sun lives once again;
the time of light is waxing.
Welcome,
ever returning God of the Sun!
Hail Mother of All!

The wheel turns; the power burns.

Great God of the Sun,
I welcome Your return.
May You shine brightly upon the Goddess;
May You shine brightly upon the Earth,
scattering seeds and fertilizing the land.
All blessings upon You,
Reborn One of the Sun!

The Winter Solstice fell on December 21st in the Northern Hemisphere.  This is the longest day, a time for contemplation and decision making.  A time for rebirth of the spirit.

In keeping with that theme, I have the following question for you.

What three things occured in 2005 that had the most impact and why?

Merry Yule to all of you, may love find you and keep you warm and safe.

Blessed be :heart:

Contests


:bulletgreen: Christmas Skin Contest 2005 - deadline December 25th, 2005

:bulletgreen: Santa's Most Extreme Makeover - deadline - December 29th, 2005

:bulletgreen: A Taste of Fetish - deadline December 31st, 2005

:bulletgreen: Project 8: Abstracts -deadline January 5th, 2005

:bulletgreen: 3Faces Contest deadline January 5th, 2005

:bulletgreen: Doppleganger Photo Contest - deadline January 15th, 2006

:bulletgreen: Winterdream 2005 - deadline January 31st, 2005

:bulletgreen: Dreaming in Pixels - deadline February 1st, 2006


If you would like me to feature a deviantArt contest here please note me with the details.




IdeAS 2005

I'm Here for the Long Term by realitysquared I Support Policy by realitysquared# Help
Behind the lens Support The "Evil Penis" by arachnid15 Community supporter stamp by deviantStamps
Support World AIDS Day

  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Ongoing History of New Music - Alan Cross
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If you aren't checking the gallery pages everyday you're missing out on great news items written by members of the community and the incredible Artist Relations Staff:

Photography , Traditional Art , Digital Art , Poetry , Prose
_______






"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we had when we created them" - Albert Einstein

Good old Albert pinned it down perfectly.  I've been working through many transformations lately and the added stress of having my whole family at Christmas on top of the usual everyday stress.. had me pulling my hair out.

I'm almost finished painting the last room (the second bathroom) in the house and that's done, yay! This weekend is mass organization and putting together items to donate - toss out the old..

Every room becomes temporary chaos before it forms into calm order.. just the way my OCD likes it.

This morning was extremely interesting.  I had left the house to pick up a package.  I did almost all of my shopping online this year, I'm officially turning into one of them.. and truthfully I like it.  I pick up the package and come home to find a cat that looks like my youngest cat, Balzhur, sitting on the porch.  He's  gotten out once before and I'm cursing myself as I run up the steps to retrieve him.  I realize as soon as he's in my arms.. not Balzhur.  Oy.. now I've touched him.  He's probably about 6 months old and he's gorgeous.  We took him to the vet to find out if he was microchipped, which he was, however they never registered so it's useless.  I've reported him found but if his owners aren't found, we have a new member of our household.  This would bring the black cat total in the house to four.  We're currently throwing around the names; Poe, Salem, Banzai and Puck.  So far he's too tired to care about any of them and crashed out on our bed.

:new: EDIT it turns out that despite telling us that the microchip wasn't registered the company actually contacted the owner without telling us or our vet.  So after taking Loki in this morning for his shots and to treat his flea situation.. they got a visit from the owner saying the company told them the vet had their cat.  Very confusing.. anyhow.. about half an hour ago I returned Loki (blackie is his actual name apparantly) to his rightful owners and I've cried about a million times before and since then.. serves me right I suppose but I'm happy for having known him and I hope they are very good to him.



I also became a foster parent this week.  Two girls; Sonita and Sharmila, who are hope children that live in India.  Hope children are children with HIV.. I get the full package of information in the next couple of weeks so I'm sure I'll share more then.

:flame: minor correction- grandmombeam doesn't have a spot on her liver, she has an abnormality in her adrenal gland above her left kidney.....   l

:flame: Another correction! It seems I may have led people to believe that I'm actually cooking at Christmas but I'm not ! It's Mombeam that  is slaving away at the cooking, I'm merely providing the home and the kitchen :) Yay supermom :heart:


deviantART & Artist Relations news!

We have just released our second installment of GD5: Theme Scene

We have published our first Artist Relations Newsletter which will become a regular posting so we can keep in touch with the community. Ain't communication grand.

There is also a flurry of contest activity so find one and get submitting!!

:heart: :community:

Contests
:bulletgreen: Avatar Gallery Icon Contest - deadline December 20th, 2005

:bulletgreen: Merry Litmas - deadline December 20th, 2005

:bulletgreen: Christmas Skin Contest 2005 - deadline December 25th, 2005

:bulletgreen: Santa's Most Extreme Makeover - deadline - December 29th, 2005

:bulletgreen: Doppleganger Photo Contest - deadline January 15th, 2006

:bulletgreen: Winterdream 2005 - deadline January 31st, 2005

:bulletgreen: Dreaming in Pixels - deadline February 1st, 2006

:bulletgreen: A Taste of Fetish - deadline December 31st, 2005

:bulletgreen: Project 8: Abstracts -deadline January 5th, 2005

:bulletgreen: 3Faces Contest deadline January 5th, 2005

If you would like me to feature a deviantArt contest here please note me with the details.




IdeAS 2005


I'm Here for the Long Term by realitysquared I Support Policy by realitysquared# Help
Behind the lens Support The "Evil Penis" by arachnid15 Community supporter stamp by deviantStamps
Support World AIDS Day

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  • Listening to: White Christmas - Bing Crosby





This holiday season, Deviantart is proud to present the Christmas 2005
Skin Contest! This contest is open to all categories under Skins & Themes,
and will be judged by nieman. Entries must be Christmas-themed, in
terms of colour schemes, design or both. There are great prizes to be won
as well! The deadline is midnight, December 25, 2005 (PST)



Rules:

1) Submissions must be completed, working skins for their respective
application.

2) Submissions must be titled skinname for applicationname, under Contests -> Christmas 2005 Skin Contest

3) Submissions must pertain to the theme of Christmas as mentioned above.

4) Only entries that are submitted on or before the deadline Dec 25th, 2005 midnight (PST)

5) The judge's decision is final and binding.

Prizes galore!

:xmas: First place: 1 year subscription to DA + 1 print (gloss/lustre/matte) (Up to $40)
:xmas: Second place: 1 print (gloss/lustre/matte) (Up to $30)
:xmas: Third place: 1 year subscription to DA

Hurry, send in your entries now!








Every year around this time, Santa begins his planning of the Christmas holiday. But this year, he wants to try something a little different,  so he contacted bornghost to get some designs for him from our community here at deviantART. He said he still wants to work with his usual red and white, so here is what he wants:


:xmas: A brand new website design.
:xmas: A CD cover for his album "Look At All The Ho-Ho-Hos.".
:xmas: A DVD cover for his movie "Ho-Ho-Hos: Live From Red Rocks."
:xmas: A new interface for his naughty/nice computer application, ChildFinder.
:xmas: Advertisements for his arrival this year.
:xmas: Buttons to be put out to the public.
:xmas: A new logo to represent him.
:xmas: Some signage to warn people of reindeer while they're driving.
:xmas: A re-designed Santa suit.
:xmas: A new layout for Elf Monthly.
:xmas: Some flashy graphics for the side of his sleigh.
:xmas: Surprisingly enough, a tattoo design.
:xmas: Some corporate swag such as letterheads and business cards. His
current stuff is WAY out of date.


So as you can see, he's making use of all the corners of Designs & Interfaces. Make him happy and the fat man shall award you nicely.

How nicely?


:holly: A 1-year subscription for the best overall design.
:holly: A 6-month subscription for the best in each category.
:holly: A 3-month subscription for the runner-ups.


Doesn't sound too bad, right? Get designing, and he's watching! Contest ends the 29th!

Please submit to contests -> santa's extreme makeover

note: You just have to do one of the above.

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The time has approached us once more and after a fantastic effort last year deviantART is proud to present the Winterdream 2005 Photography Contest



Winterdream is the theme. Interpret it as you will!  If you happen to live in a region where it just happens to be warm and there is no snow you can still participate.

The key here is your Imagination. We want to see your vision of Winter, dreamlike or real. Cotton, powdered sugar and salt are all great replacements for actual snow in creating your winter setting, gingerbread house and all. Be creative! The contest will run from December 13th 2005 until February 28th 2006 So head out and create your own Winter Wonderland...



The Contest

:bulletblue: Photograph what winter is for you. Is it tobogganing with friends... building a snowman that resembles your math teacher or sitting in front of a romantic fire with a loved one?

:bulletblue: the contest will run from December 15th 2005 until February 28th 2006

Submission Guidlines
Please read the guidlines carefully as your submission will not be accepted otherwise

:bulletblue:Photography Only. No Manipulations. Any effect that can be accomplished in a darkroom is allowed. (contrast, brightness, toning etc.)

:bulletblue:Maximum of 400 devwatchers. If you have more than 400 watchers you can't participate.

:bulletblue:Only one submission is allowed for each deviant. And it must be something that you have never submitted before. That means it has to be something new

:bulletblue: Submit the photo to your own gallery under the Contest category : Winterdream 2005

:bulletblue: Deadline for submissions is January 31st



Prizes

:bulletblue: 1st Prize will be a one year subscrition to deviantART and a Premium Prints Account
:bulletblue: 2nd Prize will be a six month subscription to deviantART and a Premium Prints Account
:bulletblue: 3rd Prize will be a three month subscription to deviantART and a Premium Prints Account

please note: if the winner already has a Premium Prints account they may choose to donate it to another deviant or receive $25 in deviantART merch.

The Jury
garrit, hesitation, nighty, Ghouldaddy and flumpie

Additional info
If you have any questions please send a note to either garrit or Ghouldaddy or pop into #photographers
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Want to support Winterdream 2005? Contact garrit or Ghouldaddy to be sent the code for your journals or put this stamp in your journals

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Warning: Contains Mature Content

Every Tuesday, at least four Gallery Directors will select 5 of their favorite canvas prints that meet a particular theme. Our goal is to help artists get a little more exposure, give some inspiration to people looking for ideas, and to have a little fun.

All selections must fit the theme of the week and be available as canvas prints. While Gallery Directors may make selections from within their respected galleries, they are not restricted to them and may deviate.

We will announce future themes by a week or two in advance to give everyone the opportunity to be creative and submit themed deviations to their galleries, however, this is not a contest, there are no prizes, and this is not a replacement for the Daily Deviation. The GD5 Theme Scene is just a gallery of favorites selected by our Gallery Directors that are based on a particular theme.

Check them out!

Week 2: Conflict and Chaos


Jumbled lines I write

My scribbles are art to some

Chaos breeds chaos



Titanic clashes

No retreat, no surrender

The struggle goes on



Chaos and conflict initially provokes thoughts of war or argument, especially in this day and age, but the meanings are so much broader than simply that. There is chaos in nearly all aspects of life, as well as conflict. Selections for this week’s gallery are those that our directors think best exemplify either (or both) of the two, but in interesting ways…either obvious or cleverly subtle.




:icongarrit:  Photography Gallery Director garrit's Picks

:bigshop122132: :bigshop82315: :bigshop189391:
:bigshop94042: :bigshop119730:




:iconscottb:  Nude Photography Gallery Director scottb's Picks

:bigshop214073: :bigshop180115: :bigshop208897:
:bigshop61325: :bigshop141997:




:iconbornghost:  Design and Interface Gallery Director bornghost's Picks

:bigshop66347: :bigshop237535: :bigshop72513:
:bigshop129960: :bigshop241559:



:iconserpentinekiss:  Fetish Photography Gallery Director serpentinekiss' Picks

:bigshop118280: :bigshop182716: :bigshop14202:
:bigshop54966: :bigshop175742:




:iconmoonbeam13:  Director, Artist Relations Moonbeam13's Picks

:bigshop103583: :bigshop42223: :bigshop70467:
:bigshop67522: :bigshop49282:




:iconrobert:  Prints Director robert's Picks

:bigshop21478: :bigshop77352: :bigshop118963:
:bigshop7748: :bigshop213257:




WEEK 3 THEME:  Sword and Sorcery
       WEEK 4 THEME:  Time and Entropy




Random Insights and Notables

Sun Dec 11, 2005, 5:05 PM
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Just a few random bits of information that may or may not interest you while I work through finishing my incessant need to organize my house and office.  

1.  If you haven't checked out dxd's journal you should.  If I could fave journals, this would certainly be at the top of the list.

2. There are many new things coming out of Artist Relations that we're very excited to share with you, soon.. sooooooooon.

3. I once again was honored by the <a href='www.thespiderawards.com>2005 Black and White Spider Awards and while I wasn't a winner I did get nominated in two categories (abstract and still life), beating out scores of other entrants for those nominee positions.  One day maybe I'll win but I'm satisfied with myself and my progress as a photographer.  Over the next couple of months they will move the information about the 2005 outcome to the front page :P

4. I had a Native birth chart completed that gave me the following information:

   :pointr: My elemental clan is the Butterfly Clan - Clan of the Air which means (I'm summarizing because it's huge) that I am graceful, energetic, exotic and buoyant (no not fat). I also tend to be lighthearted, idealistic and visonary.  I seek evolution for  myself, the species and the entire planet. I can also be open-minded to a point that infuriates others ;) It is the butterfly clan people who most like to play games, make jokes and bring the gift of humor to those who tend to take their journey around the medicine wheel a bit too seriously.

   :pointr: My animal totem is the deer which represents the heart and is the gatekeeper to the spirit world. Deers excel in adaptability, camouflage, grace, beauty, speed, healing, sensitivity, altertness, creativity, heart energy and connection with spirit.

   :pointr: My plant totem is moss agate which helps to remove the boundaries between mental and emotional bodies. it helps to find truth and courage within, even in difficult circumstances.  It alleviates depression, enhances ability to dream as well as ground and energize.

   :pointr: My color totem is white and green where the white represents formlessness, perfect purity, and innocence.  The green is healing and deep restoration.

   :pointr: My plant totem is the yarrow which is to stimulate my inner strength

Interesting in it's full versions and I guess symbolic of where I am and what I'm enduring right now.  

5. I'm hosting Christmas for 19 of my family members this year.  Egads.  My list of things to do before that happens is obsene even to me and causing my OCD to fly right out of control.

6. Grandmombeam Update: - On January 4th she will be going in for surgery to remove a portion of her lung.  They are optimistic that she will recover well but it will be a challenge for her to say the least.  This news was positive.  The concerning part was the unidentifiable spot they have found on her liver.  She is schedueled for an MRI to determine what that nasty surprise is all about.  


I will post a more logical journal soon, just a quick update for you :)

Contests
:bulletgreen: Avatar Gallery Icon Contest - deadline December 20th, 2005

:bulletgreen: Merry
Litmas
- deadline December 20th, 2005

:bulletgreen: Christmas Skin Contest 2005 - deadline December 25th, 2005

:bulletgreen: Santa's Most Extreme Makeover - deadline - TBA

:bulletgreen: Doppleganger Photo Contest - deadline January 15th, 2006

:bulletgreen: Winterdream 2005 - deadline January 31st, 2005

:bulletgreen: Dreaming in Pixels - deadline February 1st, 2006

:bulletgreen: A Taste of Fetish - deadline December 31st, 2005

:bulletgreen: Project 8: Abstracts -deadline January 5th, 2005

:bulletgreen: 3Faces Contest deadline January 5th, 2005

If you would like me to feature a deviantArt contest here please note me with the details.




IdeAS 2005


I'm Here for the Long Term by realitysquared I Support Policy by realitysquared# Help
Behind the lens Support The "Evil Penis" by arachnid15 Community supporter stamp by deviantStamps
Support World AIDS Day

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Every Tuesday, at least four Gallery Directors will select 5 of their favorite canvas prints that meet a particular theme. Our goal is to help artists get a little more exposure, give some inspiration to people looking for ideas, and to have a little fun.

All selections must fit the theme of the week and be available as canvas prints. While Gallery Directors may make selections from within their respected galleries, they are not restricted to them and may deviate.

We will announce future themes by a week or two in advance to give everyone the opportunity to be creative and submit themed deviations to their galleries, however, this is not a contest, there are no prizes, and this is not a replacement for the Daily Deviation. The GD5 Theme Scene is just a gallery of favorites selected by our Gallery Directors that are based on a particular theme.

Check them out!

Week 1: Fruit and Candy


Fruits not vegetables

Grows in trees, not underground

Please bake me a pie.



Sugary delights

Confectioner’s dream for me

Baker’s dozen please

Selections for week one are simple celebrations of fruit in all of its wonderful colors and forms, as well as the miracle of sugar (just in time for the holidays). What would you do for some chocolate?


:iconsuperkev:  Photography Gallery Director superkev's Picks

:bigshop79250: :bigshop232811: :bigshop106642:
:bigshop63207: :bigshop96196:





:icongarrit:  Photography Gallery Director garrit's Picks

:bigshop82764: :bigshop194242: :bigshop112812:
:bigshop219296: :bigshop229522:




:iconbornghost:  Design & Interface Gallery Director bornghost's Picks

:bigshop33836: :bigshop28916: :bigshop204165:
:bigshop176052: :bigshop80394:





:iconscottb:  Nude Photography Gallery Director scottb's Picks

:bigshop143550: :bigshop175315: :bigshop143788:
:bigshop221216: :bigshop196418:




:iconmoonbeam13:  Director, Artist Relations Moonbeam13's Picks

:bigshop184209: :bigshop11246: :bigshop213153:
:bigshop220944: :bigshop57136:




:iconrobert:  Prints Director robert's Picks

:bigshop1115: :bigshop15637: :bigshop953:
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WEEK 2 THEME: Conflict and Chaos
       WEEK 3 THEME: Sword and Sorcery




               





The primary focus of the Unknown Artists Project is to expose talented, yet underrated, artists on deviantArt.  In spirit of that goal, we will present to the community a monthly feature showcasing unknown artists in photography, traditional art, digital art and literature.



:pointr: selections by ^garrit

uncle Misha has gone for vodka by philipz:thumb19284240::thumb22840644::thumb23459946:
Eclipsed in the Overshadow by BeautifulTyKatharina by DerMarkoDisplaced by crinklechip




:pointr: selections by `ghouldaddy

:thumb14631120:White coffee III by Emielciauntitled :ben: by pixelstitched1936 Indian Head by UffdaGreg
:thumb19757776::thumb11990740:Glass of vine by ESafian




:pointr: selections by ^superkev

Sundown by photocrafterCity view by agguska2hanging around again by hepikiedbeauty5 by candas
Everywhere Inside of Her by agie:thumb25514742::thumb25527262:










:pointr: selections by ^oedalis

the swimmer by mwink:thumb21259484::thumb24264794:20 by chuckG

Sisyphos Takes A Break by albinoferret
The Field by Frozen-SkadiLeaf by MarjoleinARTCyklop by Anuk




:pointr: selections by `twosilverstars

After death in beautiful fall by artforheart:thumb22243039::thumb20815694:White Rabbit by vesuvia
-Not quite so little- by VarethaneHorses in the wood by ArkadiyKGolden Leafs by MarjoleinARTGoddess - Lady of the Flowers by ravynnephelan




:pointr: selections by ^De-Profundis

Curtain Series - Three by cashewgirloko by surartSelf-Portrait in Mixed Media by Overachiever22ShAME by solitarium
Reflection by JBDaveeEntwives of Valinor by kaiortonUntitled by GrenDieZar:thumb25378735:










:pointr: selections by =IfrozenspiritI

PrequilOf all the scantily clad lovelies in the room, Deirdre was the one that caught his attention, fast and hard like a punch in the jaw.
    She had a nametag on, pinned to the shimmering piece of cloth that just barely passed for a shirt. Her leather pants were tight and flared, as black as the boots she wore, as black as the tight ringlets of her hair. Her eyes were a mess of liner, mascara and glitter eyes shadow. It looked like someone had roughed her up, but she explained that, “That’s the whole fucking point, Sport-O.”
    Sport-O was a long pale stretch of flesh in jeans and a Fuck Me, I’m English t-shirt. He gave her a grin that had charmed ladies all over the state, charmed them out of their panties and into his lap. Deirdre looked like a seasoned vixen, but he could see the tinge of a blush creeping up her neck, even through the disconcerting flash of strobe lights and disco balls.
    If she was
&quot;The Cafe&quot;
     Another rainy night, and another dingy Café filled with smoke and the odor of its innumerable unwashed patrons; a room of 5-'O-Clock shadows and long coats, all hiding from each other in mugs of bad coffee under the same dim, urine colored light.
     Most of them were by themselves, shrunken in their collars and playing it cool as if they were the only ones in the room. Others sat in small clusters, hunched over their tables and quietly discussing life as if their stories were some secret entrusted to them by a higher power. The others in the huddle would play along, listening intently to the hushed whispers of the speaker, taking in every mundane detail and never even pausing for a moment to think, "What the hell am I doing here, listening to the sob stories of a man no different than me?"
     I suppose the same men meet in the same place every night at the same time to listen to these mindless accounts
The Tea Party"Forgiveness is my sin," she says before dragging heavily on her cigarette. "I forgave when I should have forgotten."
She trails off, her eyes glazing over as the smoke forms a halo around her in the afternoon light, her white lace dress with the green grass stains glowing so brilliantly I half expect a chorus of angels. I look down and notice that her tea cup is still full, and some forty minutes after pouring it, that she has forgotten all about it.
"But don't worry," she continues, coming back to this world with an animated start. "I always forgot when I should have forgotten."
It is now that she looks down and sees her chipped tea cup, still full but now horribly cold. She looks at it with a confused puzzlement, and then frowns. I learnt earlier that I shouldn't ask questions, so I look to my side and admire the luscious red roses growing wildly all around us, their fragrant smell mixing with the burning leaves smell of the late afternoon and the hazy ashy smell of her cigarettes.
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Mama
Mama had always had a love for other people's possessions.
Before she sat in the ash of sunrise, before she rocked with the force of illness and decay, before the phone stopped ringing and the shades were drawn; before they took her away.
Out in the yard, apples rotted, fermented, their skins turning oily and soft and melting beneath the field grass. Newspapers formed a smooth soggy mound on the mat, headlines long forgotten.
Maybe we could have known, by the way she smelled (of smoke and antiseptic), by her transparent skin, her grey fumbling lips or her creaky yellowed mattress. Or maybe we couldn't.
Either way, mama lost her mind one day in June. A day where the sun was weak and the wind was burnt and her hair was like a white flame on her pillow.
Mama didn't know us by then; age and disease had swept the blueness from her eyes like pale sand. Mama didn't know of the bed she lay in, or the elm tree reaching towards her window, or the purple stain on the stairs where I had spilled gr
I Loathe the Undead
I loathe the undead.
They're always whining about "brains" and "guarrrgh" all the time and they're clawing at you with their nasty clammy maggoty-infested hands and biting your wife with their rotten yellow teeth and trudging along in a big stupid horde, losing their limbs all over the place and blocking traffic like they owned the world. Would you believe there was a zombie stampede on the I-41 this morning? Yeah, they held up traffic for like an hour. It was a huge stampede. They made me late to work and I think they almost cost me my job. Never mind that the boss has been later for less important reasons than a zombie stampede.
Some day I'm going to stick him in a room with a zombie in it and see how he likes it.
Anyway. I would have been later to work this morning ('cause I think that stampede's still going on, I mean they just said on the news half an hour ago that the last body count was like sixty, and that's way too many for just an hour-long stampede) if I hadn't gone and inst
:thumb24303332: Every Person Is A Shopper
These people you drive by everyday, these cars that you pass, these ears that you wish could hear you as you scream at the top of your lungs 'Go!' or the various profanities that you choose to use, every single one of these people are heading somewhere. Heading to work, to the grocery store, to the airport, somewhere, their minds bent toward that place, their voices shouting out those words that you used only moments ago, they are all making a choice in their lives that might change it entirely. Most people don't really think about these things, or at least they think that no one thinks about these things. You never really know what someone is thinking, you never really know where these people are heading, you won't truly and honestly care if their car swerved at the last minute and crashed into some other car. Nor would they care if you crash, as long as it didn't affect their drive, didn't affect the path that they decide to take. These people that you drive by everyday, these people




:pointr: selections by ^imperfect

:thumb15935750: Elegance in Simplicity.
I slept upside down last night
with my face against the mattress,
thinking of you and me
and sex; sometimes I want you.
As I peek out from beneath my hair I see
two, shiny eyes
surrounded by teeth.
You smile above me
and your ink spreads
among my body.
I will always remember
that you are imperfect,
and unbeautiful.
Elegance is priceless in times like these,
and mine is severely lacking:
          You are worth diamonds
          but only to me
          because I love you.
Simplicity reigns,
and saying more means so much
less.
Ghosts of Saturday
I'm haunted by the ghosts of that Saturday night
The shadow of your thumb on my lips
And your lips on my neck.
Standing side by side at the table
With beer-flavoured mouths
That we couldn't keep off each other
Swaying in your arms to the rockabilly guitar
You smell like the cologne my friend used to wear
(I laid on his basement couch watching subtitled movies)
Pressed against your body for hours
Our sizzling chemical connection
Exacerbated by music and alcohol, the first two ingredients we had in common
I remember smiling looking at you
And you saying that I'm "awesome"
Someone later telling me we're a damn good looking couple.
I'm haunted by the ghosts of that Saturday night
The shadow of your thumbs on my hips
And your lips on my breasts.
I am therefore I'm Screwed
Upon a mosquito's bite
             I am presented with a dilemma
Do I kill it?
And potentially destroy the creature
          Who would slay the next
      Genocidal Maniac
           Inadvertently assuming indirect responsibility
           For millions of deaths.
Do I spare it?
And potentially unhinder the creature
Who will slay the Slayer of
       The Next Genocidal Maniac
    Inadvertently assuming the indirect responsibility
For millions of deaths.
I am,
       Therefore,
                     I'm screwed
Angel
The Queens have overthrown the Kings
The Jester's gone astray
The twos and threes are on their knees
You've no more cards to play.
In fear you'll run and try to hide
Your sanity and health
You'll close your eyes and realise
You're running from yourself.
For fear spreads like a wildfire
A cancer of the mind
The dark it bring will burn your wings
And soon you're running blind.
When it seems hope's disappeared
You'll turn your thoughts in prayer
From your cocoon you'll face the moon
And find your Angel's there.
Her silhouette against the stars
Strikes faith into your heart
She watches you, you rise anew
As fear starts to depart.
You spread your wings of sunset gold
A phoenix from the fire
Your soul takes flight into the night
A new star to admire.
The darkness starts to clear now
Yet the sun is still to rise
With no regret, her silhouette's
An Angel in your eyes.




:pointr: selections by =zebrazebrazebra

disquiet, unearthed, untitledI.  Disquiet
The intangible art of
       hiding behind curses and             the
impractical urges
  of the soul are somehow
said to fend off Satan          himself.
Do you accuse me?
    Am I your adversary,
you mole, you grave-robber!
I remember, now,
              a diamond
              in a haystack
                                    and wonder at
my own void,
  beholding the inescapable warnings:
a broken hip,
a bruised thigh;
and my own sacrifice
/could the dullness
the politics of sleep
you can feel
the bone-chirp,
the black hands of old whores,
the economic
foot-shuffle,
love.
5 am,
we are the mere jangle
in God's pocket.
The Broken Cowboypork chop
   boo   ree   toes
likened to a
   prim
      rose
forest      grove
   in need of a
      DRASTIC change
(and on the edge of sight lies a dead man, taught all he knows by a talking horse and a mute, handsome cowboy)
meant to flow
   from sea
      to stinking
   see?
touch
feel the air
   around you
touch
feel the sand
   under your feet
touch
feel the tick
   tock
   tick
   tock
of the mechanical
   heart                              beat on
                                        the drum
beat on the dearskin drum
beat the taut life
   lost for song
beat the music
beat the music
      maker
beat the music
      writer
beat the music
      singer
beat the music
beat the music
beat the
             drum
beat the world for
   pork shop
   boo-ree-toes
and for a chance
   to meet the horse
      with a broken cowboy
:thumb24850411:
:thumb25120534: Seasonal Change
The air is cold, and
every word that
                            drops
              from
                                  your
                                             lips
freezes and hits the tiles
like a bottle top--
clink, clunk.
I scoop them into a plastic
cup of lemonade
(the sugary kind we spilled on the sand
when the sun was pink and the ocean green
and the sky overhead was an e
scribtation haxidatior
[scribtation haxidatior]
  the cement seduces my toes
through worn-thin rubber
     rubbing on fractured cracks,
  filling potholes with toes
for adelineWe had met before, I'm fairly sure,
in some weary exposition
(before you'd been assigned
all of your proper anecdotes).
Walls were ragged then, slender and unpainted,
my gaze wondered in the void
time sometimes carves in conversation.
It is rare with you.
Your arms outstretched - two cardinal points - spinning.
You broken compass, you zenith,
you are idleness and indirection, and I am glue.
We both went crawling after the clouds
when they receded, convex -
kneaded into a fine line.
Still, I never once saw ships in them.
Something about the coiled hands and quiet rooms
gone from violent light
pale blue like the blurring of your eyes
was drifting the long weight of silence entwined.
On your pillow were syllables,
you put them underneath, and stared at the ceiling.
I was blind, but my grief deserted me.
And that unrelenting distance
offers no use for my words, dismantled.
Would that we could lie here again
and be overgrown.











:pointr: selections by =camelhijackation

The Legend of Norman the Bull by Blanco-PanteraMonkey On Our Backs by istvanna:thumb24849496:late summer port by darkoem
Different View by FrostTLUFeral - Beast form by CarniviusCD Case 02 - The Division Bell by mr-pharandBack from crusade by lost-update





:pointr: selections by ^alyn

another dry river by joshushundChambers by ZoranCHunter by ArwenoneWhere The Wild Things Are II by psion005
The Interloper by vestascent by GhostforreQuiem:thumb24893366:








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Pura Vida the Costa Rica Experience

Sat Nov 19, 2005, 1:14 PM
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Costa Rica by Moonbeam13



This could prove to be an incredibly long journal if I try and outline everything but I'll do my best to be quick and concise so as not to bore you!

Costa Rica was not our first choice, Mexico was, but with the hurricane that option was removed and I found Costa Rica was the better of the two options by far.

Costa Rica has two seasons; rainy and dry and we would be there during the end of the rainy season.  This seems like a bad idea but it's the perfect time to be there.  Rain means light showers that happen for about 5 minutes in the middle of the day.  The only heavy rain came when we were in the rainforest and then you're so sheltered by the trees you don't notice until you come out, and then it would end.  We were there for almost 8 days and of that it rained maybe 4 times for about 15 minutes.  Otherwise it was gorgeous.  They refer to the rainy season as "green season" because everything is a lush green as opposed to the brown colour during the dry season.

We were an immensely popular topic at our resort both among the staff and the other resort patrons.  Apparantly it was our hair.  Most of you know that mine is flourescent red (picture above) but my business partner (Rob)  is a brilliant purple.  The kids in Costa Rica just loved us ;)

ok so what did we do.. aside from take advantage of the free drinks :P :

Day One:

Arrived at the resort, unpacked, and went for a walk along the black sands of the beach. The volcanic activity results in the most brilliant black sand.  There are some white sand beaches around but the black is quite awesome.  We ate dinner, which is when I learned that I should learn to love gallo pinto (rice and beans) because the vegetarian fare in the Costa Rican diet is limited.  I was incredibly exhausted from the lead up to this vacation and the wicked insomnia bout I'd been living through for months and decided to try taking a nap around 9pm with the intention of getting up in an hour or so.. 9 hours later I woke up with a start with no idea where I was.. gotta love the crash (Rob will not ever let me live this down)

Day Two

Anyone who has been to a resort (this was my first) will know that they subject you to an 'orientation' to familiarize yourself with what's available to you.  We booked a couple of tours through them and then went into Liberia because I needed some city exposure and out of the resort.  Costa Rica is divided into provinces and we were staying in the province of Guanacaste, where Liberia is the major city.  The big university is in Liberia. Education is mandatory there and university is free.. what a brilliant concept.  As a result, Costa Rica has the highest literacy rate of all the latin countries.  The people are incredibly friendly and the city, while an obvious mix of very poor and very rich, is very clean and inviting.  The colours of the houses are bright, vibrant and rich. We walked around for several hours while I took pictures and went in and out of local stores.  Then we headed back to the 'compound' heh.

Day Three

It was an excursion day, time for adventure!  We took a bus to the Buena Vista Rain Forest.  It's important to note here that the roads in Costa Rica are absolutely brutal.  Tourists have died trying to drive these streets, it's a major concern for the tourism industry there.  The bus drivers and taxi's know what they're doing and even then it's an adventurous ride.  By the end of the week I would have welts down one side of my body from thrashing against the side of the bus during rides.  When we got to the springs we attained a couple of horses and rode through the rainforest to the hot springs.  Nothing like a rainforest experience on horseback (if you're not used to it though it can really hurt your butt ;) )  The hot springs were very relaxing.  You steam for 5 minutes, then apply volcanic mud to your body, let it dry for 5 minutes, then go sit in one of 5 hot springs each set at a different temperature.  mmmm.  From there we headed to a canopy adventure.  This one was a series of 9 cables each 150 to 400 feet long strung between 12 other platforms.  You're approximately 150 feet from the rainforest floor and you literally fly through the rainforest via your harness attachment and the zip lines.  For someone who's afraid of heights I love this experience.  I would go looking for a longer one later ;p.  This is the best way to see wildlife in the rainforest as they tend to stick to the higher branches in the canopy and we would come face to face with several howler monkeys, birds and lizards.  Not to mention one very, very big boa constrictor I wanted to make friends with :P

Day Four

We headed to Arenal Volcano and the Tabacon Hot Springs.  We started in the hot springs which was 3 hours of pure bliss.  The springs are heated by the nearby volcano that you can see perfectly while sitting in the various pools.  Natural waterfalls occur in almost all of the hot springs, so I just let one run over my back for quite a while until there were no remnants of stress left.  If that wasn't enough we went to the bar at the springs and ordered a couple of margaritas which the bartender was kind enough to make a triple.. oy.. yeah no more pain anywhere.

Day Five

This was a free day to relax and explore what other things we wanted to do.  I spent most of the day taking pictures and *gasp* reading a book.  After plying Rob with alcohol, I convinced him to go into the resort 'disco' (Note: most resorts call their clubs 'discos' but costa rica is actually still somewhat trapped in a disco era.. haha) It was amusing to say the least :)

Day Six

I needed another canopy tour so we were off to Witchs' Rock, it was just meant to be, it called to me.

Ironically that's the legend I suppose.  A man and his wife were swimming out to the large rock in the middle of the Papagayo bay and the wife got tired and drowned. It is said that her spirit stayed around the large rock and she calls to travellers via a siren song.

Well she got me that's for sure. This tour is much more demanding.  There are more zip lines that are incredibly long, in fact it's the biggest canopy tour in the country.  Witch's rock was made famous by the movie Endless Summer II.  

Day Seven

A boat ride through the mangroves of Palo Verde National Park.  This park is one of the most important wetlands of central america.  Throughout the year, the rivers, mangroves, marshlands and seasonally flooded fields provide sanctuary for thousands of resident and migrant water birds. Aside from the birds, there are many reptiles, bats, crocodiles (we got very close to one.. oy), monkeys, anteaters and various other mammals.  We would also notice the wide variety of butterflies.  Costa Rica is home to 2000 species of butterflies, that sort of diversity is just unheard of but it's tribute to the magical and pure nature of this land. Many, many pictures to be had on this day :)

Day Eight:

A sad departure day, but I know I'll be back.  I've already pinky swore Rob that we have to return.  There's not enough room here to properly describe Costa Rica.  I've only outlined the daytime i left out the copious amount of drinking and eating but it's all part of the relaxation process :).  I'm in love with Costa Rica, a land where "Pura Vida" is just a way of life, The Pure Life.

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:new: Grandmombeam update Her exploratory surgery was yesterday and we are now certain we are dealing with cancer on her lung.  It has grown very quickly however, by naked eye there are no signs of it having travelled to anywhere else, nor spread to the lymph nodes.  The doctor will be going over the biopsies in those areas to ensure it hasn't spread, as well as consult the results of her other tests to decide the next course of action.  It would appear that she will be heading to surgery to have half of her lung removed but I'll know that better early next week I hope.

Thank you for the love and support I have passed it on to her and it's very appreciated from all of us.
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I am home safe and in catch-up mode.  I will write a journal on my experience later, I just wanted to let you know I'm back in business.  Please grant me some patience as I weed through the hundreds of emails and notes in my cue.  I will get this cleared up by the weekend :)

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I will be in Costa Rica from Monday November 7th until Monday November 14th.  If you have an Artist Relations related question, comment or concern, please contact the appropriate gallery director below and they will work toward getting you an answer.  Otherwise I will get back to you on the 15th.





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:new: Update:

Apparantly :iconthunderstatement: is my print genie.  I loved this guy before but his timing in this case was impeccable. This is the prime example of a good friend. Be sure to go show him some love, he really deserves it and if you don't know him, get to, you'll thank me later.  He rocks my socks. :heart:

As my World Turns ....
Well to say the week has become more interesting would be an understatement.   My partner and I were running errands on Tuesday, parked the car headed on our way.

Came back a couple of hours later to find the window smashed in (the poor mini :( ) and my bag missing.  Granted my bag was hidden so you couldn't see it from the outside but, it seems they were lured by something and found the bag anyways.  Contents of the bag were things really only important or useful for our business aside from my beautiful palm pilot and my (month old) prescription sunglasses.

We walked around the nearby area and through the garage and eventually turned up my bag with everything but the palm pilot and glasses but regardless..

It always interests me to see which way I go when I hit my breaking point.  Upon realization of what happened and figuring out my bag was missing.. I just started laughing and stopping wasn't happening.  

That drama aside i have replaced the missing items and BMW is repairing the damage to assaulted Mini.. in the meantime they lent us a bright yellow mini haha it's cute.

Thank you Mystery Person...

I noticed a package from dA prints yesterday but I figured it was a couple of Diny's prints that I ordered and didn't open it until this morning.

Seems I was wrong, some incredibly kind person has purchased this print for me..


I don't know who you are or why you did it but thank you.  A combination of your gesture and the image broke through whatever wall I built up and the tears I wasn't able to shed properly before I have now.  With your small gesture of kindness you've restored my lacking faith in humanity and I can't say thank you enough for that. :heart:


Update on Grandmombeam...

She went for a lung capacity test to determine the current state and strength of her lungs which would tell them if she would be able to undergo surgery to remove part of her lung should they need to.  She passed the test with flying colours which is very much a yay! While the worlds 'remove the upper half of your lung and relearn how to breathe' may sound scary.. 'I'm sorry we can't do anything' sounds much scarier. After all the reading and research I've done, the surgery seems like one of the best options for her if the cancer has not spread into her lymph system. So yay one small win for the good team.


Update on Costa Rica..

4 sleeps

Update on deviantART..

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I'm stepping outside of my normal self and I'm going to get very personal with you because I feel the need to unload and frankly, I need an ear.

I have been dealing with some family things for the last few weeks. My grandmother wasn't feeling well, which turned into pneumonia that wouldn't go away.  Finally she went for a chest x-ray where they found a 'mark'.

Deciding not to get frantic, we patiently awaited the cat scan today which determined that the mark is indeed a tumor the size of a fist on the upper portion of her left lung.

I feel like I've been kicked in the chest by a team of horses.

She will go for blood work and lung capacity testing next week and then in for exploratory surgery on the 16th where they will decide the next step.

Options include; removing part of her lung, chemotherapy and radiation, or.. should she not be able to endure those treatments.. leaving it alone.

After a lot of conversation and as per her wishes, yes.. I'm still going to Costa Rica.  Nothing of any dangerous nature is occuring until I come back and she's not going to tolerate me not going.  However, my head is spinning so quickly I can't remember the day.  I can't process the information fast enough.. I'm not ready for this.

My grandparents have been an integral part of my life since I was born.  My mother and I lived with them when I was growing up and my grandfather was my surrogate father figure.

I've inherited some of my best qualities from my mother and my grandmother.  These women are forces.  The things they have endured would have broken most people but their fight is awe-inspiring.  My grandmother lost some of this in her last battle against breast cancer and while she came out like a prize fighting champion in the end, delivering cancer the final knockout almost killed her.  I want to fight it for her.. but I can't.  I can cheer her on from the sidelines while she enters the ring a second time and pray.. with everything I have... that she's still the force to be reckoned with that I remember.

Thank you .. I just needed that.

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By no means feel the need to respond to this. I realize the uncomfortable situation one gets put in by news like this.  This was for me.




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