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Do you believe that art can fundamentally change your sense of who you are?

Vote! (58,799 votes) 745 comments
76,074 Deviants Online

Spotlight Vol. 78

Animals, Plants and Nature

JULY Challenge WATER vote and win points

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 25, 2014, 6:35 AM



All works here thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…

Hello deviants :wave:

This is the new way to find our winner of our monthly challenge: instead using a Poll with the ten most voted of the period, we'll be using a blog to showcase the 20 MOST VOTED on this theme!

This means, or so I hope, more exposure for your pieces and galleries.

The idea is simple: each work has a number and all deviants have the opportunity to vote like if it was a poll...with the difference that you will choose not one but 3 favourites! 

All deviants may vote, INCLUSIVE who is participating; the participants may vote for themselves and ask friends and watchers to vote; this blog may have publicity by all means and be submitted in groups. 

The work with most votes wins 130 points;
the second place wins 80, the 3rd place wins 50 and the 4th wins 25 :points:.

These prizes can be updated for the next themes with the help of our friends:

:iconthe-average-alex: is giving 100 points for every theme during this year, on a total of 1200 :points:.
Thank you so much Alex!

You may also help by clicking on our stamp :iconthefavouritecontests::iconthefavouritecontest2: and making a donation.

Follow the RULES to VOTE...

EVERYONE VOTING and :+fav:ING THIS BLOG will enter a draw to win 10 :points:.
The participants may and should click the Favourite Button too - this will give you another chance to win more points!
And so you can have more possibilities to win I'll give 5 prizes of 10 points!

Vote and let your friends know about this voting!

NOTE: The participants who don't vote aren't eligible to win.

Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! RULES to VOTE Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! 

(read careful, it's very simple)
*everyone can participate, you don't have to be a member of TheFavouriteShowcase.

1. Choose your favourite 3 works from below;

2. See the correspondent number before the thumb? Comment on this blog by writing the numbers of your favourite works, like this:

29, 45, 67

You have 3 votes to give and you must give all the 3 votes, not 1, not 2, not 5 - it's 3 votes!
Comments with fewer or more than 3 votes will be ignored.

3. To have the possibility to win 10 :points: entering a draw, FAVE THIS BLOG!

4. You don't have to do anything else :thumbsup: 
This voting will be open until the 30th July and the winners will be announced on the 31st July.

Thank you for participating!

(I'm sorry for the full size but dA don't let me edit the blog - and full size is better than little thumbs :D)

:icontransparentplz: Traditional Art1...
 Living Water by AmBr0  by AmBr0

:icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz: Traditional Art
2... Splash by Paul-Shanghai  by Paul-Shanghai

3... Nature's tears. by mylittlebluesky by mylittlebluesky

:icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz:Traditional Art
4... Summer Rainfall by lemgras330  by lemgras330

:icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz:Traditional Art
5... Color Wave by AmBr0  by AmBr0

6... Freudentraenen by SchwarzWieEbenholZ  by SchwarzWieEbenholZ

7... Summer Night in Vancouver by dashakern  by dashakern

:icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz: Photography
8... Snoqualmie Falls 2 by jxsnyder  by jxsnyder

:icontransparentplz: Digital Art
9... sleepy mermaid by Lolita-Artz   by Lolita-Artz

:icontransparentplz: Photography
10... Heart of the Whitsundays by Questavia  by Questavia

:icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz:Traditional Art
11... Splash! by lemgras330  by lemgras330


12...Golden drops - Strange world by AStoKo  by AStoKo

:icontransparentplz:Traditional Art
13... Winter weather by doma22  by doma22

14... Listening to the Sea by Brightsmile-didi  by Brightsmile-didi

15... Lake Tahoe 140527-72 by MartinGollery  by MartinGollery

:icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz:Traditional Art
16... Water dream by marcobusoni  by marcobusoni

17... She holds her pose by gigi50  by  gigi50

:icontransparentplz:Traditional Art
18... Waterfall by diana-0421  by diana-0421

:icontransparentplz:Traditional Art
19... Ichthyosaurs by EsthervanHulsen  by EsthervanHulsen

:icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz:Traditional Art
20... Wet 3 by Paul-Shanghai  by Paul-Shanghai


Submissions open here thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar… on the 1st AUGUST

Elsa, Egil21 :iconpinklilyplz: on behalf of  :iconthefavouriteshowcase:


ART Feature

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 25, 2014, 4:09 AM

Feature Time

My latest works

Between good and evil by RazielMB

Enchanted night by RazielMB

Meaning of life by RazielMB

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Give some love to these amazing artworks!!!

after the disintegration by KPEKEP

Mobius - White light by KPEKEP

Visitors by Whendell

Alien Plant by Nitrok

Good Morning My Little Fairy by Lilac90

Transylvania by vampirekingdom

Missing You by TaniaART

Thorned Rose by Corvinerium

Stay Home by werol

Joan by megan7

Feel Me by Bojan1558

Insomnia by stellartcorsica

Agony by maiarcita

Enigma-primer plano by Marazul45


Two Worlds. by CaoChiNhan

Leap of Faith by neverdying

EDEN by Carlos-Quevedo

Manga Concert Portrait by rsiphotography

The Ghost in the Machine by Andaelentari

Hurt by Ideasplayer

Incubus by J-u-d-a-s

Fallen by Katarina-Zirine

A last drink before going... by La--Boheme

Friendship II by SweediesArt

You are back to Neverland without me by Marjie79

Feel the Magic by EstherPuche-Art

Time by Aelvalein

rapids rapidfiring water by Marl1nde

Bayern, Neuschwanstein region sunset by alierturk

Welcome to wherever you are by Teddy-Cube

First Something :) by RobinHalioua

THE FALLEN by Deharme

Petal by escume

Foreboding by EnchantedWhispersArt

M y s t i c a l by Aeternum-Art

Eclipse by ChrisCold

Calm After the Storm by k-i-mm-i-e

Thor-commission by derylbraun

White knightsI haven't spend much time on my computer last weekend, but enough to see that DeviantArt was kept busy by a troll that apparently did really well for as much as trolls can 'do well' on the internet. A little over 4000 pageviews in just 4 days the account is online proved not only the artists involved in the matter took offense... but apparently a lot of other DeviantArt members as well. Even those that seemed (to me at least) totally uninvolved with the troll or the particular type of art.
For those that wonder about the issue; It's about Foxbun's rather cynical joke about the 'closed species' matter. (I'm usually against name calling here. But this account has intentionally created for its goal. It has been all over the site already and would've been in the comments within 10 minutes, even without me mentioning here. I don't provide a link, though. Use your search engine if you want to research it.)
The term white knight is to most older members of DeviantArt (or the interne

Gift: The voice of the silenceWithin the oblivion and the neglect
The world declines in isolation
The fire and the water in a perpetual battle
As the smoke, the eyesight, drowns
Onto the land where the sun illuminates
In the first rays which touch the burnt soil
And lost souls, the whispers, are collecting
At the rough play, for the prevalence
And in the end the will still exists and stands
Garnering the sounds and the echoes
  Gift: Behind the NightDeep into the darkness, the night seems endless
Shadows wandering aimlessly, are hunting lost souls
Sparkling eyes haunt the sunrise, pinning the light in red rivers.
In places dreadful and fearsome, even the moon is reluctant to rise
The darkest moments, hide the deepest secrets
And the mysteries of the world disappear with the wind
As the tremor is ruling the world’s madness
And the nature, remain silent, hidden in the shadows

Across the Room by SharonLeggDigitalArt

Passione by FrancescaDelfino

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Have you all a great day!!

big hugs

Gene Raz


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Through-a-Lens Feature Friday #62

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Spotlights on... #16

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 4:06 AM

What's up people?
It's cool to see that despite summer, people on this website are still as active as usual ahah. Oh and btw my DA 1 year anniversary is coming veeery soon (on August the 2nd). :D Nostalgia nostalgia.
I changed a little bit the way I'm doing these features, now I'll also be featuring deviants that are worth your attention, because of their skills/spirit/kindness/etc.
Hope you'll enjoy!

Plum facts #9 : I studied classical literature and how to analyse prose/poetry with the use of literary and lyric tools. That's why I think I might be very sensitive of the author's style, which defines IMO the quality and the richness of the text. 
Have you studied any classical authors or even modern literature?   

I am a dummy! DEVIANTS AND DEVIATIONS I am a dummy!

Kurtzan - Awesome support, well-educated man and fantastic artist with his own universe.
shehrozeameen - Prolific writer, kindness at its purest, and he's got a very good community spirit.
shep4life - Very kind and wise man, a huge inspiration.
jojo22 - Utter artist, cultivated and smart woman, and got a good tast for art and things in general.

thursdayfloral quilt & floral lace
bitter wrinkled limp
my bed sheets smell like chlorine
but the teddy bears don't flinch
splintering plywood & composite
draped in batik sarongs
fairy lights and fireflies
a bible kept beneath the bong
Epitaph1. Here lie the ashes;
grey dust mixed with earth,
the memory of a ghost
escaping into oceanic fog,
wisps of sterling vapour
disturbed by feathered wings;
Placid before watering eyes.
2. Here lie the roses;
barbed and wilting,
bloody carmine petals
like her favourite lipstick,
caught amongst golden beams
dusting luscious curls;
Mischief glittering besides.
3. Here lie the memories;
cracked and declining marble,
dark as midnight velvet
caresses searching fingers,
indiscernible letters flourish
on ever crumbling pages;
Fade to an ache with time.
A Cool Winter Breeze That Never Stays...I spot you from far,
With your hands on the bars,
You're doing yoga, you see me,
Look down and give a glee.
We flow past each other like a cool winter breeze,
Enjoying the sensation of tacit feelings release,
Words unspoken and no greetings exchanged,
Just shyly looking at one another like a couple newly engaged.
But as soon as it's 8, it's late and you leave early,
Or if I sit close you maintain distance surly,
No signals given, right or wrong,
We're strangers after all, familiar to unsung love songs.
And one last breeze blows as you leave,
A little goodbye glance and then we proceed,
These sensations felt with so many yet nobody says,
They're a cool winter breeze that never stays...
teai. he was the type
to drink people up;
filter their dreams through his
mind, and sip their essence until
they were but drops, sitting dainty,
on his upper lip
ii. he told me I wasn’t,
exactly, his cup of tea
that I was not pleasant enough
to soothe his weary mind and that no sweetener
could dissolve my memories into
manageable swirls as he stirred my world
iii. I was something a little
too harsh, too angry for him to
swallow in one sitting - and
he was the type to never sit for long –
that I burned as I went, shattered
the air like a teapot kettle and
broke every china glass he tried
to sift me into
iv. I told myself that
the glass shards that splintered
weren’t because of me- but him- and that
maybe I wasn’t tea but something different and
I need an alcoholic because I’m not easy
to handle
(shot glasses don’t have handles)
DesecrationYour fingers crept up my spine.
I must confess I am shocked into silence. But the surprise fades as I watch you unceremoniously remove my clothes realizing I can’t fight you off. So instead I just watch you with a glassy stare while you tear your own clothes off eagerly. It’s not long before you’re tracing your tainted fingertips over my cold flesh. I vaguely wonder if I should be mortified, disgusted with your behavior. Though I know it won’t do much good since my mouth refuses to open to protest your ‘affections’. Instead I only observe, oddly amused, by your pathetic attempts to thrust your hips into my limp form. I hardly feel violated even as you reach clumsily to tug at the nubs of my breasts. In fact, I’m curious. Is this your first attempt at lovemaking? Is it everything that you expected or are you disappointed with the results?
You finish rather quickly and collapse on top of me with evident satisfaction. After a few moments you recov
PushYou are the solar flare,
I am the black hole.
Teeth gnawing,
pulling your light to me.
It is never enough.
I delight in your explosion.
I am never content
to let you illuminate.
I want everything
to glow
into black.
SeveranceI was born to the sea. 
The salty ebb and flood within my veins answers to the same tidal pull that drags the ocean across the shore like a lover’s kiss. My depths contain their own mysteries, their own light. And when the surf pulls sand from under my feet, I have always been drawn to follow.
Selkies, they say, are water spirits that can become trapped on land, if one obtains their skin. Like a creature out of my element, my eyes have perpetually been called away by the lure of the broad Pacific, since my very first taste of ocean water. (“You’d better go get your daughter,” my mother had said, once her scan had spotted me in the foam, barely able to crawl yet — heading straight out to sea. “She’s ocean-bound.”)
The years wore me away in waves, patiently eroding my dreams, my plans, my intentions. Life grew richly in the interstices, the tide pools of my soul. Lost treasures washed up on my shores; tides took o
Nocturne You open your eyes
To a serene scene;
somewhere, your soul flies.

You slip in between
shadows and cracks; Yet,
you remain asleep.
Landing in regrets
You couldn't help but keep,
Dream becomes nightmare.

Sweat upon your brow;
Scared beyond compare.
What will you do now?
The watershed moment dries, stilling your tears
As your bleating alarm allays all your fears.
The Trees and Me...
The trees speak with their enchanted sea voices
I listen them, silently
and if for a moment nothing happens
then, distinctly
I understand their ancient language, in the wind's sway
so perfectly
as far as I understand the movement of the tides the same way
so completely
as the water within myself comes and goes
captive of the Moon
The trees sing with their mermaid voices
I write for them... by them, gently
and if for a moment nothing happens
then, oddly
I free my fingers to caress the low branches, almost stray
wave likely
as far as I can free my feathers as if they were leaves themselves
no longer emerald green, restrained
but golden brown amber, bloody ruby... yet free

... as my own words
over my own paper leaves...
© copyright of KAY MARCH - All Rights Reserved.
Dream of an angelI'd like to walk
with you
in a field of poppies,
showing you that
the beauty of the nature
is nothing 
compared to
I'd like to run through
that field with you.
I imagine you
dressed as a bride,
smiling like an angel,
holding my hand
and then kissin me
like a lover.
We would go
across the oceans
of love,
It's not reality,
it's just a dream,
I don't want to 
wake up
I want to make it 
With all
my endless love...

nihilum by GinkgoLouveEnvironment Concept by AlexanderLevettPNEUMA by menervaTauHe is back! by ai-eyeHappy Wednesday (speedpaint) by sanieslupinusNightcrawler 2 by DanielGovarVolcano Entrance by KatastrophimattHear The Silence 9 by welshdragon

Click link to see: (Says you need to open another tab to watch this ^^;

Everyone I could get :meow:

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If you know someone I didn't tag, help me lol, or if I ACCIDENTLY tagged you..... Enjoy anyway XD

I Love, You Love Feature

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 1:22 PM

The feature for the last I Love, You Love, which is a bi-weekly activity that hopefully encourages you all to share work you love and discover new deviations you might fall in love with as well! Heart

I Love... Twilight


'Frostfall' by Nitrok

Frostfall by Nitrok

You Love...



Savage City by Draken413o

catching the last light by Lain-AwakeAtNight

If Only I Could by photoflake


"Colrado is so beautiful in any light.  I love the way the sunset sparkles off the water."

Colorado Sunset by Not-Courtney

"It reminds me of Twilight, The Quality of light, the last golden rays that slip away. This one is so pretty like an old world fantasy forest full of gnomes and elves."

Forest Rays by Liudochka

"Not really twilight it is actually a white night phemon but I love the contrast of this photo"

23:43pm by VoliaDionysia


I really love how the last sunbeams are playing on the sky at twilight, making fiery sculptures of clouds or beautiful pure gradients on clear sky, sometimes speckled with stars. I always try to find the art in everyday life and this looks like nature's art. :) (Smile)"

City is silently asleep by PicsByI

Urban dawn by viteaz

Milky Way over the Apennines by attackment


When I look at these photos I am filled with amazement and wonder. Some days I feel like I just want to give up, to end my time in this life.  But just taking some time to experience nature always makes me see that this life isn't worth missing. Nature's a reminder that there is beauty in everything, you just have to take the time to look. Twilight is the greatest example of this. Every night the sun goes down so passionately, and every morning and the sun rises, promising another day, a new day, never ceasing to fill those who witness it with a raw, beautiful kind of hope - and for me, the message that everything's going to be okay."

Zlote popoludnie. by Fiedka

Torquay Sunrise 2 by DanielleMiner

Silhouette at Sunset by Phantom303


"I really adore twilight also as one of my favourite day-times. It gives the scenery some touch of solemn peace and sort of calmness :) (Smile)"

Twilight by Nelleke

Twilight 2 by olejny

Twilight by skamyx


It's an absolutely breathtaking landscape, and the small amount of sunlight really bring the piece to life Heart"

Val d'Orcia/Tuscany by JPawlak

"In it's simplicity this is just so beautiful and peaceful :) (Smile)"

Blue Ridge by armortheairlock


Celebrating Diversity - #57

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 3:00 AM

Seclusion by Shadow-Wolfancient by Wildering
Hidden Emerald by Isvoc
Blue Healing by MaquendaArt trade with Kirppuliini123 by MrChibbeMarcy's Caribbean Holiday - Commission by GoldenDruid
Black's Hill by BubbleWolfMidnight Sun by rajewel
Alley cats by Blackpassion777Frrreeedooom!! by Vvlad-vVolfen
Igon by SpikieNowhere and Everywhere by Jetera

"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry

Fan Hello and welcome to the 50th edition of Fan Art Fridays :wave: I'll be featuring 10-15 pieces of fan art, by fandom each week. This week is a little different however.  This week will be our Summer Special Female Pin Up edition :la: Using the words pin up very loosely here!

Pin Up Of Life by Faustisse Pin Up Leona by Yunipar Emma Frost by rianbowart Pin-Up Calendar [June] - Elika by pu Rinoa Pin Up by jsheaisaninja Tharja by desmondWOOT lonely sunset by aramismarron Pin Up Leia by ninjaink Disney:pin-up Snow White by Antoanela91 Sweet Pea fully armed by PlanetDarkOne Beach Girls by kyuubikun Lust  Fullmetal Alchemist by RikaMello Soul Calibur IV - Amy by fatalis-sacristia Michiru by Marristia

Suggestions? Want to see past issues?

If you want to suggest a book/game/anime/cartoon/movie/etc to feature fan art of, please comment HERE

Fan Art Fridays Past Editions

If you missed one of our past issues or want to see what's been covered, please take a look at that list!


Community Relations Stamp by communityrelations Community Operations Stamp by fourteenthstar