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Are highly intelligent or very talented people better able to hide their misery from loved ones, thus making it all the harder to “read” them and help them?

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Weekly Feature #11

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 15, 2014, 11:23 PM
Tales of the North by nina-Y
Confidencias al mar by Marazul45 The fall by JennyLe88
Calm before the storm by Gejda
Reminiscence of Spanish Inquisition by Manink Ghostly Figure.. by Alz-Stock-and-Art
Sleepwalker by Liancary-StockAquarius by RazielMB mermaid by Lolita-Artz Luna by Celtica-HarmonyNyx by Emerald-Depths A Door To Sea World by DARSHSASALOVElife is but a dream by Andaelentari
Time to go Home by Antonio-Figueiredo Take Notice by CrystalClear-Art In the wind by dema-dodi
Flora by Antoshines
Witch Blade by Gwendolyn1 Devil by Amiltarea
Capricorn by Litavismindartist Flutter by areemus
Forest discovery by tamaraR
The Mistress by ziggy90lisa Crowned by Black-B-o-xEndless days by scared-princess Goodbye Summer by shiny-shadows-ArtField of Dreams by SpellpearlArts
Roses by IrKos Maria by SvetlanaKLimova Into the Void by LavitaDistressFields of Hope by RazielMB

My latest work.
Fighting the Darkness by VeilaKs

Farewell Summer...!

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 9:52 AM

 The summer is almost over so I wanted to do a
memoir of all the beautiful flowers that made me so happy this summer,
to share my passion with you guys,

I also went and visit the galleries of my dear friends
and added some of their  summer photography only of (2014) in this journal:)

It is the first time that I feature my own photos in a journal.
I hope not to be perceive as egotistical I just wanted to say
farewell to a big reason for my summer smiles,
and immortalized their beauty for all to see:)

Thank you for viewing, my dearest friends:) 

My friends photographs:
Purple by Inspired-KOOlnessCilantro by barananduen
Birdie Food by nolaknowsJulia Dryas Iulia butterfly by Bimmi1111
Leaves of Change by TalonTaliWhite-letter Hairstreak. by AdrianDunk
BTFL by AmnHaussCosmic Rose - Free Premade Stock by somadjinn
the vineyards by little-one-girl. by vfrrichPoppies dancing in the wind by AStoKoPink Flower by ExclusiveArts-StudioFrozen In Time by sesam-is-open
.::Flower::. by zaranixNature-044 by Sys2013
Aquilegia by Ophelia-Yvainewhat could be found by Eve-23
Macro flower with drops by aleexdeeRISING by morningstarskid
Rhododendron by Lior-ArtFor dear Irene by sivandogan1212
Abrazame by LUCILALEYLAPostcard from Manhattan by maxlake2
for saira and josh . you are my life roses . by cobra2014Life by korwis
Humla by Richard-Cederfjard

Flowers from my garden:

Good morning... by virnagrayAzaleas...! by virnagrayBeautiful pink by virnagrayPicsArt 1410788824047 by virnagrayPretty pink Dahlia by virnagray
Pink Carnation by virnagrayA lovely touch of pink by virnagrayPetunias by virnagray multi-colored dianthus by virnagrayRosie cheeks ( dianthus ) by virnagray Pretty unknown plant in my garden by virnagray
my little rose plant by virnagray Carnation. by virnagray
Pink rose by virnagrayPretty pink by virnagray
My roses are for you by virnagrayHappy Mother's day...! by virnagray


Blissful summer by virnagrayTropical foliage by virnagray
Tropical (Elephant ears) by virnagraybaby elephant ear by virnagray

Orange and yellows
my first Marigold of the summer by virnagrayA lovely pair of roses by virnagray
Little bee by virnagrayflowers in my mother in law's pond. by virnagray

My assistant. by virnagrayGiant Mary golds by virnagrayNature's cycle! by virnagray
Bathing in sun light by virnagrayWild beauty by virnagray
off to work... by virnagrayDay Lilly by virnagrayYellow tea hybrid rose bush by virnagray
Yellow Columbine by virnagrayTiger lily by virnagraystar clusters by virnagraybeautiful little friend by virnagray


Violet viola. by virnagraypurple clematis! by virnagraywild irises by virnagrayThe joy of gardening by virnagrayA pretty purple flower by virnagray

Open moon flower by virnagrayTiny flower! by virnagrayMoon flower by virnagraywhite giant lily by virnagrayLittle daisies by virnagraytogetherness by virnagrayMoon flower close up! by virnagray

My red rose for you... by virnagrayLittle lily by virnagrayMy morning surprise! by virnagrayHollyhock flowers by virnagrayBeautiful butterfly by virnagraylittle Carnation flowers by virnagrayred rose by virnagrayTropical foliage by virnagray

A special showcase of last year favorites from my garden:
getting something to eat... by virnagraybeeeautiful... by virnagraysomething yellow, this got deleted by accident by virnagraydots by virnagrayworking hard. by virnagrayso what's up? by virnagray
butterfly by virnagrayAt the Ohio butterfly observatory by virnagray

Thank you for your lovely attention to my many posts:)

I love all of you Through my love for your works,
And the friendship that some of us continue to build:)


Stock & Resources

Premade Backgrounds are a popular resource for both stock providers and artists. They can become a wonderful learning tool for beginner artists, or those simply seeking a bit of inspiration. They also can be a source of uncertainty if certain protocols are not followed.

What you need to know about Premade Backgrounds:

What they are:

- They are the photo-manipulations of the Stock & Resources world. They typically consist of two or more images that allow for adaptation and redistribution that are properly credited.

- They must be at least 1000 x 1000 pixels. They also need to be usable and available for other artists to include in their finished art piece.

They must come from resources that allow adaptation and redistribution:

- Your own photographic (etc.) resources.

- Other stock providers who give permission to use their images for premade backgrounds.

- Some public domain images. Note: Not all “public doman” images allow for adaptation and redistribution. Some still require direct link source crediting, as well. (i.e. wikicommons)

They MUST NOT include:

- Images from websites such as, dreamstime, depositphotos, getty, istockphoto, etc. This includes any pay to download sites. Most purchases do not include exclusive rights for redistribution. These sites often have non-redistribution clauses in their EULA.

- Images from Google, Celebrities, movie screen shots, or other potentially copyrighted materials.

- Resources from providers that otherwise do not allow redistribution in whole or in part.

They must:

- Have their original sources credited in the artist’s comments area. This includes your own images and images from other sources.

Here is a statement from the Help Desk regarding Premade Backgrounds:

” Premade backgrounds fall under the same copyright rules as any submission to deviantART, that is you must either have created it entirely through your own means or you must have permission to use any materials you did not create.

With premade backgrounds being distributed as a resource if they do use materials created by others then they must comply fully with the license of that image. If a stock image does not allow redistribution in part, whole or as part of a larger piece then it must not be used as part of a premade background.

deviantART policy is that you must document any sources you use in your creations and we strongly encourage direct linking to the source material. Deviations that do not provide reasonable documentation will first be addressed by volunteers and may be addressed by staff if further action is required.

Any user that uses stock and resources should always check carefully that they are not inadvertently infringing copyright or violating someones license. This is why we require documentation of source material. We would strongly advise that if a premade background does not cite its source material then it should not be used. Any deviations using invalid stock will be moved to scraps and the invalid stock scrapped or removed.”

Relevant Premade Background FAQ:

FAQ #809: What are deviantART's stock image guidelines?

FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?


Use sources that allow for redistribution. Credit your resources, including your own. Make sure it meets the minimum guide lines of 1000 x 1000 px.

What To Shoot

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 12:00 PM by NovelExpression:iconnovelexpression:

Stock & Resources

It’s often easy to figure out what you want to shoot when you have a creative, artistic idea as inspiration - you are bringing to life your vision. However, as much as we would like it to be different, there is not always a market for our artistic visions outside galleries. Stock gives artists a way to distribute their works, though sometimes there is a bit of a limit as to what will be sellable to a wider market.

Creating stock doesn’t mean you have to give up all your creative aesthetic or ideals, but it may mean you have to alter them a bit in order to make them more appealing to potential buyers.  At Novel Expression, we had to figure out how to get the most out of our shoots to appeal to the largest number of buyers possible.  While it would be much more creative to shoot our models in various locations and fancy them up a bit with Photoshop, leaving the backgrounds clean and shooting with somewhat flat lighting gives our end user a clean palette with which to work.

novelexpression NX0974 by NovelExpression

If there is something in particular you enjoy shooting or illustrating, do a bit of research and see if there is a site or company that distributes that type of work. There are numerous niche agencies out there for all types of topics, so you might find the perfect home for your work. However, if you are looking to get in with some of the bigger, more general agencies, you might have to make some concessions. 
YA Briana0830 by NovelExpression

First, find something that is missing in the existing collections.
Stay away from things that are common and find something unusual. Do you like to shoot flowers? Flowers and landscapes are beautiful, but they are very popular to shoot so make sure you find something that makes it stand out from what exists or shoot something in a unique way. 

How about food? It’s currently a very popular subject, but there are still some areas that can use imagery. When I did the occasional food shoot, I found there was a lack of regional dishes and international foods. I found the vegan market was lacking imagery, as were various cuisines such as Persian, Salvadoran, and Peruvian. I was able to make some lovely, marketable images and still stick with my enjoyment of shooting food.

onion salsa2B by NovelExpressionCincichilli by NovelExpression

If you can find the magic intersection between what inspires you and what might appeal to someone looking for stock imagery, then you are getting closer to turning your creative passion into a possible source of income. 

Dessert by NovelExpression

Halloween contest 2014

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 16, 2014, 1:45 PM
Ok so it's almost time for In-Obscuro 's annual Halloween contest. This is the only contest we host through out the year, so I would like to make this one big please.

Prize Donations

Ok so first an fore most we need some prizes for the winners. Any and all donations will be accepted. You can comment here or note me.  As always, after the contest I will do a feature for all those who donated to say thanks.


We need a theme. Last year I just thought one out, but this year I think I want to hear from you what kind of contest you want. Keep in mind that it has to be related to Halloween. You can post your theme nominations here, I will later post a poll so everybody can vote on it. 


here are some works from last year that were made for Halloween, just to get everybody back into the spirit.

Halloween Haul by Neikrom October Nights by IvannaDark Halloween Poster by streetX222 Happy Halloween! by thezork All Hallow's Eve by zummerfish Halloween 2013 by Nikulina-Helena Jack and Zero by Bonniemarie Halloween by inSOLense Jack by Ry-Spirit Paper Dream by LiliaOsipova The Guide to Trick or Treat by zummerfish Halloween Thrill by TitusBoy25 Sweet Halloween by Blavatskaya Bad Influence by alexnoreaga Halloween night by Anna-Marine Dead Man Walking by DominiqueWesson Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo by PerlaMarina

News + Weekly Gallery Highlight

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 16, 2014, 12:45 AM


community related news

:bulletgreen: The theme for September monthly challenge organized by Artisan Crafts galleries' volunteers is: pet crafts. You can learn more about monthly challenge here… You can see who are the winners of the previous monthly challenge here…

:bulletgreen: As part of Gallery Descriptions month, we have two articles about Artisan Crafts galleries:……

:bulletgreen: You can see the monthly DDs roundup here… and here and for sculpture…

contests and giveaways

:bulletgreen: You can find a list of Artisan Crafts contests and events here

interviews and features

:bulletgreen: Brookette highlighted several crafted mandalas…

:bulletgreen: The latest beadwork feature covers beaded Hello Kitty objects…

:bulletgreen: Brookette did a Hello Kitty feature…

:bulletgreen: Brookette posted a feature of Guardians of the Galaxy inspired crafted…

sales and special offers

:bulletgreen: MorganCrone has listed lot of her items for auction and they start at up to half the original price, so make sure to have a look

:bulletgreen: Peter-The-Knotter is having a modest sale of some of his necklaces to raise funds for a sorely-needed camera for exhibition photo's and for making pix for his book on knotting and macramé. For more info, please see here:


:bulletgreen: FrockTarts is looking for some pointers on the types of resin that would be best for the project she is working on and that you can learn about in the journal here…

:bulletgreen: Kat-Skittychu is trying to find someone who could make a little bit bigger version of her crafted bee.

Weekly Gallery Highlight

We decided to highlight some of the best submissions to the group gallery every week. I'll go with 25 featured submissions per week. This selection is purely subjective and represents my favorite submissions to our galleries. If you disagree with my selection, please feel free to go to our galleries and :+fav: any deviation you enjoy, artists also appreciate comments on their works! Spread the love! :dalove:

Chainmail Coif Tutorial by ofmyhats dragon Paw lamp by Lazareus Goat milk soap by FionaRain Kugel Dream by JacekGlejzer Anubis prototype by rcdog Werewolf Bass guitar - Complete - Body shot by Dans-Magic Bryonia cretica, Bryony - Elven Leaf Necklace by QuintessentialArts The Time Flies... by merimask Watchband by simoniculus Handmade Green Journal - Sea of Grass by GatzBcn Hellraiser Lemarchand Puzzle Box by Destro2k The Swan by sivousplay kwan yu by ILoveClayHouse Watermelon Carving 14 by ShadowOfAdriana Kiwi by AndreaMorrow Moon Flower - Lampwork Bottle Pendant by andromeda Triteia by AmandaKathryn Two in Eternity: the Lady and the Phoenix - IX by KiraLisicka Norwegian Viking by wyverex Scary, Hooded Plush, Stuffed Creepy Plushie by Saint-Angel Cyclophina by SweetSign Noelle - before and after by IvyHeartDesigns September honey ring by UrsulaOT Green and Turquoise LuxeWire, June 2014 by Artsee1 Insect Pin by Kaos-Nest

Again, this was a selection of my favorite submissions and does not represent a qualitative or artistic evaluation!

If you would like to help the group by writing features such as this or anything else, please get in touch with me via note to the group and let me know what you would like to contribute and how often (for example a weekly feature of 20 deviations from the group galleries or a monthly article written about something craft related). We are always looking for fresh blood. :D

Daily Lit Recognition for September 17th, 2014

We are proud to feature today's Daily Literature Recognition!

You can show your support by :+favlove:ing this News Article.

Please comment and :+fav: the features and congratulate the artists!


Featured by: TwilightPoetess

And To Your Healthi ripped an abalone from the craig,
kicked up on sour rocks that made my feet bleed and let salt lick the wound
i dropped her on the shore, i
picked up a rock and SLAMSLAMSLAM
and i
      gourged myself on raw flesh, the same sunset blush
of the outer shell,       true and true and true
i licked the mother of pearl,
      and she whispered to me,
"are you all like this?" in her innocent, dying breath
and i had the decency to tell her

And To Your Health by creataire

There is a breathlessly beautiful 
quality to this piece by creataire 
that will leave you haunted and slack-jawed.

Featured by: chromeantennae

planetscattered in techruined
are memoirs of an idea;
a belief
that gave rise to empires,
built on nothing but paper
and dreams
and gold.
countless searchours:
they will soon find me.
i, unlike dust,
cannot scatter in the wind.

planet by abunai59

Unique diction and quirky line breaks 
along with the wonderful imagery, 
the piece makes for a truly great read.


Suggested by: SilverInkblot

Featured by DrippingWords

Cleaning Up - FFM 2014 Day 19I sighed as I shoveled through the radioactive waste. They didn't care enough anymore to make us wear protective biohazard suits, so I left mine out in the break lounge. After nuclear war broke out hundreds of years ago, humans adapted to radioactivity anyways, so the worst that could happen would be similar to a stomach flu, at least at the levels this waste is emitting. I've heard some horror stories with the clean-up crew of fresh nukes, but that's not my job. Mine's at least 50 years old; there's no problems here anymore.
My job is just that of a glorified janitor, picking up remains of nuclear wars past and trying to revitalize the land for reurbanization. Sure, I have some clever gizmos that trick the uranium to decay faster that it does naturally, but that's just par for the course. It pays well enough, and I don't have to worry about impressing chicks, since this drives them away quicker than a rocket launch, saving me even more money. I don't need status, and I've got a house

Cleaning Up - FFM 2014 Day 19 by cjpolodo

Suggester says: A janitor in a 
post-apocalyptic world is still a janitor, 
jaded and worn down 
by the menial job he has to do.

Featured by: OfOneSoul

BansheeComes and sit a spell Child, your Uncle’s got a little ditty for you.
I’m-a tell you about the fate of little lads that wander far from their folks. What happens when you get away and hear the whistling in the trees.
The Banshees, boy, are woodland spirits. They climb high in the trees and watch you from above. When you walk alone and you hear the ripping wind, it’s really the Call of the Banshee. They cry and they cry for their own young, for they’re spirits who’ve died but don’t know how to move on. When they died, they didn’t know it, and because they didn’t, they can’t find their own on the Other Side. So when young lads and lasses go out walking, the Banshees cry from their high perches. And if you wander too far from home, the Banshees might swoop down and get you too.
Here’s a story about such a boy. A boy that looks a lot like you. He was a fine lad, he was getting tall and strong. And his head was big, too big for his

Banshee by Seaxwulf

A haunting piece of prose that appeals 
to our fears and uses old tales to draw us in.

Foreign Language

Featured by Malintra-Shadowmoon

The Lost Long Ship
[English translation further down]
Rimfaxe, Skinfaxe,  himlafålar
dragit fyra droskor då
ransplog ristat fast fåra
över Endils ursinniga ängar.
God vind vägfararnas välgång.
Vår väg som bi från båge,
framför draken; resans mål.
Gladde gjorde gynnsamt öde,
glömt var Nornas nycker.
Hejdats hade Hräsvelg.
Töcken täckte alla ting.
Härskade gjorde Hels håglöshet.
Sjöhästen stampa stilla, stoppad
av Ängrirs stilla här.
Som ur ett banesår
kämparnas krafter
vågsveparna vispade väck.    
Ur djupet ett odjur
babord spjut söndersleto.
Förnöjd krossaren
väntade vårt slut.
Hels bleka leda lättades när
missmodigt öde förbytes.
Himlens låga tändes oväntat.
Ögats väg låg utan hinder,
havet som en spegel.
Främmande kust
väckte vår

The Lost Long Ship by PeKj

A narrative poetry piece in 
traditional Viking style. It is a saga 
of the Nordic Gods and Viking warriors. 
Interesting piece to read. 
Extraordinary and mythical.

For more information, including how to suggest a Deviation

to be featured, please visit us at DailyLitRecognition.

Thanks so much for supporting the lit community and this project!

~ The DailyLitRecognition Team ~

Prepared by: TwilightPoetess

Skin by SimplySilent

Contest Winners Feature!!

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 10:18 AM

Sorry for the delay, but here we go.

Earth Lady by Gawarin Avatar of Air by AdMacART Rain Catcher by NTGreen Lithium by itznikki530 Poppy Field Meadow 2 ~ Stock ~ AStoKo by AStoKo Uranium Elementals Contest by CD-STOCK

Rotkaeppchen by kuschelirmel Say Goodbye to Prudence by shoutsandwhispers I'll Cut Your Hair by Wesley-Souza

Congrats to all the winners!

Heart to Heart Interview: egil21

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 9:37 AM by jenifferlee:iconjenifferlee:

Hello Everyone!

Welcome back for the Vol. 11 of deviantHEART’s Journal series, Heart to Heart! The goal of these feature articles is to learn more about our featured Heartists overall as well as on a personal level.

Today's Heart to Heart Interview will feature Egil21!

Elsa is a business owner from Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. While she doesn’t consider herself to be an artist (despite being a deviant for 5 years!), she is a proud art lover and hobbyist photographer. When she’s not snapping photos of breathtaking scenes, you can find Elsa browsing deviantART looking for art and reading.

Art Feature

Sweet Little Kisses by Egil21Pyramid of Khafre by Egil21Magnificent by Egil21You are the sunshine. by Egil21Caribbean Love by Egil21Let's go to...Obidos by Egil21

What is your favorite work of art that you created?

My sons :) They are beautiful pieces of art, each took 9 months to complete.

Tell us about your #1 source of inspiration.

Nature, always nature – the most amazing art pieces are created by nature and I’ll always be amazed.

Do you have intentions of becoming a professional artist?

Maybe, one day – I can see myself painting on a daily basis 30 years from now (considering that I’d be still around) and maybe selling some pieces. But what I would really like is to have is a gallery. I have an awesome place in a busy street, which is rented to a domestic appliances store now, but I think that in a decade or two I can make the gallery idea come to live.

What’s a favorite piece of work that you’ve created and one created by another artist?

I love the work done by MayumiOgihara, my favorite work of hers is this one: Ebony-Haired Angel - ACEO by MayumiOgihara

I have it in my hands and you can’t imagine the perfection of this small piece – it fills me with joy.

Is there any advice you’d like to give to aspiring artists?

I would like to say never give up, believe in yourself and be confident.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, you will learn with your mistakes, and have no regrets – we can only regret what we didn’t do – so, be bold.

Thank you Egil21 for taking the time to answer these questions!

I wish you all a deviously fantastic day and hope to see you for next week’s Heart to Heart!


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