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Abstract and Surreal DDs for September

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 30, 2012, 6:54 AM

I hardly need to abstract things, 

for each object is unreal enough already.
(Max Beckmann)


Enjoy this summary of last month's DDs for Abstract & Surreal Photography:

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In My Head by hakukamizaki
still ineffective. by Hamish-Frost
Reves d'urbanisme by LeMatos
white paper 2 by jonesblachowicz
Reverse Reality by TheFoxAndTheRaven
with sleepless eye by Inextremiss
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XXVII by Garance-Verdier
Meteor Shower by DismayedSense
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Silence In The Wings by silenceinthewings
.S t r a n g e r s. by AnonimousDreamer
through by xristospn
The City Crumbled by Osx86
SWEET NIGHTMARE by puken
0915 by hikedaya
Kazimir by gndrfck
Neant d'impossibilite by Nahuask
A sad song in my sweet heart. by mixdown
In my mind... by ZanaSoul
Autumn Impressions by sekcyjny
Night Forest by Eredel
light-bath. by lecumedesjours
Mind Cosmos 3 by PansaSunavee
Peace on Earth by kparks
Rain on me by Menoevil
Taika by argyria
Hollow 3 by misza-pawlwoski
and swords bore down on ice. by whiteviolet

Thank you very much for sharing your fantastic artwork!

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On a personal note:

Some of my recent DD features had to meet with opposition from a fair amount of dA users 
who are apparently not able or not willing to see beauty and meaning in minimalist pictures. 
For them every artwork has to be "impressive" or "sophisticated", 
they tend to think that an artist who creates minimalist artwork 
doesn't have to put any efforts in his work, which is totally wrong

That is why I'd like to close this feature with a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add,
but when there is nothing left to take away.


Thank you for reading.


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121027

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:05 PM
la pioggia in arrivo


285 by serkantdotwarzyci by InPluvia
isolation by Mandarino1301 by narva
Luka by o0she0oShade upon the sun by disies
as falling to the weeping tree by walkingbirdson the glass sky II by walkingbirds
But you've ruined my tale IV by MoosiatkoInnocent Souls Go To Heaven by Canankk


Iron that wanted to be a boat by AnhenKitchen by daily-telegraph
spinning around by geissa:thumb205110951:
leave me with the past. by Hamish-FrostX-meet by s-ascic
istanbulda sabah by leichenblassIHRE15 by DanielEyre
sad but true by amelyshatoshelter by rapidograf
like stairsteps by farbanomalier wl by HaruNiji
07137 by akihiroeMidnight Mistress by LemonLemonLemon
:thumb169281503:12 by mcxm138
And I am dying in this living human shell. by immugraah:thumb199910179:
skull by 8LittleMissFreak8:thumb213728689:
the view by ladenu:thumb295546579:
woman by SevincYusifovalunar duelists by shamanski
bnm by anja-onopiuk135 by DoinaVadanovici
schizophrenia by Lover-and-the-Wild

Nightmare Before Christmas by Kara-a
Brick building by HohertzArtsDay of Bathing by ViestursLinkswhat's on your mind? by davespertine
Jane On Tracks by PHaarhusDiva Dive by Menoevil:thumb330610638:
:thumb317658798::717: by 8o-clockdesire by rooze
Hide and seek by Menoevilufo by Sophie0305Ocean dreams II by Menoevil
:thumb332711900::thumb329784281:Scar V by GoldenSands
:thumb330940817:associated by amelyshatoLimbo by youreyestellies
twist black II by AnimalerrantEye Without a Sight by Osx86full moon by geissa

coffee by HaruNijiIntimate by DominikKuceraTronco e condito by martaraff

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Friday night Street Specials v2.1

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 3, 2012, 8:03 AM
what is STREET photography - Streets of Athens


A weekly selection amongst the images that were suggested as DDs
or simply impressed me and I think they deserve more attention.
Enjoy them, comment on them and remember to visit the photographers' galleries as well.

If you like what you see, :+favlove: this article
so it can reach as many deviants as possible.


Song for the Giants by Draken413o



Coming Soon by DougNZ



Marilyn! by taujp



three vs 3 by onabibano



Blend In To The Surroundings by oO-Rein-Oo



the bus station by marius1956




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well, my last feature, Legend of Zelda myownlittleworld247.deviantart… seemed to be a success :) so i'm now going to do a Disney feature! i know alot of you see the name disney and think "HELL NO!" but that's often because the most recent of disney's stuff it terrible, with only a few okays inbetween, and the famous classics are all about princessess... which i do love those ones too ^^ but there are a lot of really good ones that arent so famous, but certainly as good, so i'm going to gather together a group of my favourote classic Disney images!! i hope you enjoy!

Exotic Disney by kittynpink Disney by SonARTic ::DISNEY ALADDIN:: by meisan pocahontas - Disney Jam by DanielaUhlig Disney's Mermaids by daekazu Disney's Ariel by ProfelisAurata Pocahontas of Disney by joaquimbundo Cub Mufasa and Sarabi by charfade Cub Taka and Zira by charfade Tangled by smitth "Real Life" Princess Jasmine by JirkaVinse Jasmine by alicexz John Smith Sketch by LathronAniron Beauty and the Beast by Amelie-ami-chan Beauty and a Beast by JohnSu Belle by AuroraWienhold Belle by ChristyTortland I CHALLENGE YOU, HERCULES by Disney-Funker Megara doesn't need Hercules by Eitak-Monster Megara + Jasmine by daekazu gaston...bub by Prydester THREE GIRLS of Gaston by rebenke Ariel by Eternal-S Ariel by Terrauh Ariel by DanielaUhlig Patchwork King Triton by LaSirenOfEire All the colours of the wind by bealor Mulan by PriscillaTR Mulan by rynarts Mulan's decision by alicexz This Provincial Life by alicexz Rapunzel by alicexz Esmerelda by littleyellowfishy Esmerelda by driftingstar Esmerelda by ShannonDenise Melody by IreneMartini Melody... by Inner-Butterfly Disney Heroines Cosplay by tabeck Baby PrincessAurora by GF by GFantasy92 Real Princess: Aurora by LiberianGurrl Snow White by ProdigyBombay Snow White resubmit by sakimichan Snow White by WitchiArt :thumb108698635: Princess Tiana by Silvercresent11 Real Princess - Tiana by uppuN Alice in Wonderland tattoo by lillylil Alice in wonderland by Maevachan Alice in Wonderland by skottieyoung Tinkerbell by MOD37 Tinkerbell : The fairy by Laurine-Tellier Tinkerbell by zen1990 Peter Pan by AMSBT Peter Pan and Captain Hook by ssst Hook by miss-understood Wendy by allee-rose Tinks Cuzin by Silvestar Scar by kathrynlayno BatB: What? by Nyxity Evil Queen - Snow White by Maevachan Cinderella by Maevachan Bambi in the Light by RexKing Bambi by Brunamf Bambi and Thumper by KerstinSchroeder  Bambi-ness by shazy The Jungle Book Characters by Sandoval-Art The Jungle Book by MissMikopete The Jungle Book by Sandoval-Art Tarzan by ABRZA Tarzan by neek-zique ..Tarzan and Jane.. by AnnevdHorst Moses, the Prince of Egypt by devsash Prince Of Egypt River Lullaby by LuKung-Pkbasic The Heart of Atlantis by alicexz

again i've tried to indlude a lot of different media, but i'm certain i've left out a movie or two, and that perhaps i haven't got enough of other characters beside the main ones.

i'm going to keep making features because it's so fun to search through all of the images with an actual purpose :D

if there is a particular feature you would like me to do, please comment, and i'll probably do it, depending on whether or not i know what it is :P and i would prefer to do general features, like say is someone wanted a Rukia feature, i would say i'll do a Bleach feature.
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Friday Feature: Issue 011

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 3:04 AM
Friday Feature #011
A Collection of Recent Discoveries in Abstract and Surreal Art


To see work similar to what is featured here, browse through my favourites.
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Black Widow

Journal Entry: Wed May 9, 2012, 8:53 AM
creepy Spiders by galaxy89 creepy Spiders by galaxy89 creepy Spiders by galaxy89 creepy Spiders by galaxy89 creepy Spiders by galaxy89


I am your black widow
I lay all my eggs in your eye
I'd kill all my darlings for you, my love
If only you would stay one more night...........


The Hex by lostknightkg 0943 by narva grasp of the emptiness by NuSunt Castle in the sky by lostknightkg Last dream (you inspired) by mehrmeer so let me go by AlicjaRodzik Dark Mirror by lostknightkg Blind me by arayo Forsaken by lostknightkg my nothing by Flubberwurm about mythicism by asruldwi rose 4 by stevenfields ETERNAL SUBMISSION by dchon A little bit curious by lwc71 Raven King by lostknightkg No tomorrow by lostknightkg Vipassana by Azaleos destiny is dead III by LostOneself :thumb287050975: wave by korrox in time by arayo


I do not know why you love me so
I'm floating through your veins...........


Spiders by desmo100 creepy Spiders by galaxy89 Spiders of my Eyes by demiurge Spider by Uken Spider by Joe-Roberts


I sway you in a silken shroud
In the end I'm going to swallow your heart


Oblivion by anaPhenix Together in solitude, part two by JPtHart :thumb299946926: FOABP Final II by RavenBlakh vivienne by jarrod343 0241 by TomWasilewski shoreline by kannagara From These Wounds by AlexCozaciuc WONDERLAND by dchon Les Jours Tristes by IMAGENES-IMPERFECTAS Moonlight by Eckenheimer 829 by SlevinAaron Polluted walk by Murderdoll17 SOMNAMBULIST by dchon A Strange Obsession by intao ann2 by jarrod343 JANUS by dchon 06 by Aerobozt lazy day II by arayo seventh wave II by kriegsmaschine



lyrics; Susanne Sundfør - Song: Black Widow




creepy Spiders by galaxy89 creepy Spiders by galaxy89 creepy Spiders by galaxy89 creepy Spiders by galaxy89 creepy Spiders by galaxy89

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"Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground."—Prof. Albus Dumbledore


Early life becomes an exploration of invisible parameters, circles beyond circles, as one pushes out to test the boundaries of safety. There is one’s bedroom, one’s home, neighborhood, school and town, state and nation. Early on, maps become important documents – declarations of being and rights and privileges. In the art world, throughout history, maps have been a constant measure of human progress, from the Phoenecians recording their trade routes over 2000 years ago, or pre-Columbian times in which maps pictured the world as a flat chessboard balanced atop huge elephants or whales, the oceans spilling over the edges as waterfalls in infinite space – to the latest details of the surface of Mars, courtesy of the Curiosity probe. There’s something beyond the purely practical in always knowing where you’re at, look no further the mania of checking in with digital GPS devices. Somehow, just knowing you have a map in your pocket to guide you, maybe even one that speaks to you is a kind of a liberating power over the common frustrations of life.







The opening credits of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” features a massive raised relief map of the series’ warring kingdoms. In genre fiction, maps of the mythic lands in which the stories take place have always been a special enjoyment. From finding the Garden of Eden, to elaborate maps guiding Indy on his quest for the Holy Grail, or the map of “Hyborian Times” sketched out by Robert E. Howard to better immerse you in the wanderings of his barbarian hero Conan, storytellers have always known that there’s something about the “authentification” of seeing a map that can make even the most dubious quest seem real.



Mythical Maps are currently enjoying a resurgence in our favorite videogames, detailed 3D virtual "maps" upon which the mayhem of Call of Duty, Skyrim, and Gears of War are played out, are things of wonder in and of themselves. The DLC cry of “new maps” has become the call that new magical killing fields are at the ready to be tested for their vicarious thrill-potential. Where once explorers sought out maps to the Fountain of Youth or the gold-paved streets of El Dorado, today’s adventurers seek out the perfect multiplayer map.







Let us celebrate the imagination of our mythic mapmakers on deviantART.


From our shared common knowledge of the islands and coves within Peter's Neverland, to the navigation of the Dothraki Sea, to the celestial cartography of hidden maps to unknown worlds within the stars above us, mythical maps have carved out a space for themselves right along side, and just as important as, the maps based on a “knowable” earth. The importance of a map to any fantasy story reader is the key, the literal base anchoring the fantasy, to be referred to over and over again as a story unfolds. So much background information, and so much added story texture, can be conveyed to a reader through the art of a carefully thought out and executed map.


A small part in each of us is the sense of where we are not only physically but psychically and spiritually. Whether real or not, a great map tells a great story. One could argue that a masterful cartographer must be a skilled storyteller as well. As we create our mental maps of the fantasy realms we prefer to inhabit as part of our existence in the sometimes mundane world, let us celebrate the imagination of our mythic mapmakers on deviantART.


















QuestionsFor the Reader


  1. What’s your favorite map of a fictional land?
  2. Do you think the increasing similarity of “cosmic” maps as created for videogames and superhero movies is dulling our collective sense for adventure?
  3. Which videogame maps do the best job of totally immersing you in another world?
  4. Is there an actual map hanging anywhere in your home, and what is it of?









One's geographical sense of place within the world is one of childhood's important components of that inner puzzle that contributes to ones sense of identity.Early life becomes an exploration of invisible parameters, circles beyond circles, as one pushes out to test the boundaries of safety. There is one's bedroom, one's home, neighborhood, school and town, state and nation. Early on, maps become important documents – declarations of being and rights and privileges. In the art world, throughout history, maps have been a constant measure of human progress, from the Phoenecians recording their trade routes over 2000 years ago, or pre-Columbian times in which maps pictured the world as a flat chessboard balanced atop huge elephants or whales, the oceans spilling over the edges as waterfalls in infinite space – to the latest details of the surface of Mars, courtesy of the Curiosity probe.

Writers: techgnotic
Designers: marioluevanos

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by techgnotic
Fri Jul 8, 2011, 7:59 PM






Marble, Granite, Bronze, Silver, Gold!

Early statuary depicted one’s god’s, and since the medium is
as much the message as the visual message itself – the medium had
to proclaim: This god is as forever lasting as this stone that His
rendering is hewn out of! But all that is solid eventually melts
away into the air, even the most powerful ancient gods and kings –











By the time of the Renaissance, sculpture had managed to evolve away from the more ancient obsession of
depicting the Gods Themselves (indeed, with the encouragement in the belief that statues of gods were literally
material manifestations of gods or at least housings for gods’ essences) and became more focused on tableaus depicting
epiphanous moments from religious narratives...







...like Michelangelo’s Pieta







...or even human non-god heroes from the great stories like Michelangelo’s David.








For the next few centuries, sculpture continued to seek an eternal permanence for human (mainly military or political)
heroes as much as for religious figures, to which anyone having visited the Lincoln Memorial or Mount Rushmore can attest.  
But the impulse remained to somehow keep beings, whether gods or humans, somehow “alive” by capturing them in immortal materials
that would not crumble away as readily as mortal flesh.








Modernism finally released sculptures from the strait-jacket of being 3D portraiture of living beings or tableaux. Modern sculptures allowed
abstract expressions to take their place as solid manifestations, provocative and mind-engaging as Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings
on canvas.  The desire to capture the essences of gods or great humans’ beings had finally evolved into the artist’s
desire to capture the essence of thought. The artist perceptions, to ours – the desire to capture desire itself.  
It seems that modern sculpture is not about inducing a feeling of awe in the beholder, but being in the presence of a mighty god, warrior or king.
Observing is like a dream, memory or desire – suddenly becoming solid out of the thin air.








Questions for the Reader


  1. Paintings can burn.  Digital can be deleted.  Is permanence what draws the artist to the medium of clay, stone, steel, wood, bronze, etc.?
  2. Does a sculpture, which must be allowed to occupy a more substantial space than a flat plane on a wall or PC screen, make a statement or create a provocation that can less easily be dismissed?
  3. What is it that personally draws you to sculptures and the fuels your desire to create through sculpting?  What was you first experience with encountering and being emotionally, psychically affected by a sculpture?


I plan on revisiting this topic early next year by interviewing the leaders in the Sculpture community here on deviantART.   If you have any suggestions as to the artists you would like to me to interview please let me know in the comment section.  I will be featuring a wide variety of the sculpture community in that feature.











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Writers

techgnotic



Designers

marioluevanos


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