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Fall makes me think of cute little creatures and pumpkins. Every fall, my husband and I go to a pumpkin patch and pick the perfect pumpkin. I've always wondered what happens whenever the pumpkin patch closes and everyone is gone. I like to think this is when all the animals come out from the woods to hangout and nibble on the leftover goodies.
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"Moving In" is a diorama depicting my memories of moving to a shared house with my friends.

Why did I choose this memory? First and obvious, it occured during fall season, some years ago.

But it was brought to my mind mostly due the relation of this particular season with the Vendemnia topic.

It is a task in which a community works together, harvesting the fruits of summer and getting ready for the winter.

In this case, the fruit summer gave me was a job that allowed me to move in with my friends. The entrance into the house works as a symbolism of preparing for winter. You can see some more references to the grape harvest in the vineyard motifs of the house's grates.
Community work with those people that one loves is the cornerstone of vendemnia, and of this friendship memory.
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This is my second entry to the diorama contest. Like the last one, I made it according to the specifications, and I made everything in it (except for the light behind the moon. I did not fabricate my own lamp). The perspective is meant to be looking straight up into the sky.

This memory is from an October way back in high school when I saw a harvest moon. It was so huge, it looked like if I could just get a ladder I'd be able to climb up on it. It was also a deep orange. I think it epitomizes the feelings associated with fall. There's something otherworldly and fey, something wild about that time. The warm wind and the orange light make me want to run through the forest at night like a madwoman.

I chose to show myself and others actually climbing up to the moon on ladders to emphasize the magical feeling that nothing was impossible. I made the moon out of paper mache, wood glue, and acrylic paint. The ladders are shish kebob skewers, the people are cardboard, paper mache, and sculpey. The trees are watercolor paper.


*I AM IN UTTER SHOCK THAT I WON. OH MY GOD, THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!
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This picture is of my grandfather, Joseph Malfara. He passed away May 21, 2013, and this picture was taken in January of 2013. I know this contest is mainly about literal monsters and scary things, but what my grandfather was fighting, was incredibly scary. He smoked 2 packs a day, for 50 years, causing COPD and Stage 3 Lung Cancer. He also had diabetes, congestive heart failure (seen by his pace maker in the photo), and many other health issues. My grandfather is my hero for fighting this horrific fight. No matter whether he was in the hospital, a rehab center, or in the comfort of his own home, he was ALWAYS joking around and making everyone smile, even when he could not. The cancer and many other health problems he developed from smoking 2 packs a day for 50 years was a scary, and horrific thing.

Rest in peace, Joseph Malfara.
November 1, 1940 - May 21, 2013

*I was given permission by him before he passed away to use this photo for anything I wish, which is why I am entering it in this contest.*
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Just a preview of the traditional Bengali meals we have in my family.This meal was made by my mother and I did the decorations and the arrangements of the meal.

This meal was set in Bangladesh. It took four hours to get this specific meal ready as we had a lot of guests that day and we made a lot more dishes (which are not viewed in this picture).
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For this contest - What Does Your Artistic Journey Look Like?

My artistic journey is a machine that never stops building itself. It's made equally of rigid parts - rules and techniques I've honed over the years - and strange organic creatures - products of my imagination run wild. The Factory has endless rooms and stores infinite memories. Every object is a symbol of some sort, referencing something else in the maze. As it stretches ever higher, colour and creativity follow closely behind.

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For the Give the gift of art Challenge:  ”To see through my eyes

For who:
My in real life friend CynaraNettle :iconcynaranettle: who has been my friend for 16 years. She is my sister in spirit and she is always there when I need her. She has the most amazing eyes for artwork and everything she touches turns to gold. I see a pile of firewood: she turns it into a Christmas decoration. I admire her sense of simplifying everything, making it look amazing and complicated. That is why I would love to give her the gift of seeing herself and her work though my eyes; because she cannot always see it herself.

Why?

I wish I could give you the gift of seeing through my eyes. Look and see the way I see you, through the eyes and through my mind’s eye. See how beautiful, kind and amazing you are. I want you to be able to see your own talent, see what an awesome artist you are and how your creativity shapes the world around you.

I want to give you all the colors of the universe and all sorts of papers, canvases, brushes and pencils to pick from so you can paint or draw what you see through my eyes.

I want to give it to you so you share more of your work with the world. 

I can never physically, emotionally or spiritually give you this gift so you would really truly understand. I cannot make you see through my eyes, but I can give my best to try to paint it for you.


Why an eye? Everyone draws eyes!

The eye is essential for art (not all art, but the visual). Its physical form and function, its way of telling our emotional story and it is said that the eye is the window to the spirit and the soul. This was the first gift and person I came to think about and the eye with the hands visualizing what they are going to paint is my best representation of my gift for her.

To draw and create art you need to start seeing the world around you. See what you really see and not what you think you see. See how a tree has grown, see how a glass of water acts and is truly shaped and how to make it look three-dimensional. It takes time and effort to learn how to “see”. That is why I choose to draw an eye.

Tools:

Pencil, paper, mirror, my eyes and hands, desk, lamp, computer, scanner, pen-tablet and pen, photo-edit/art computer program (PSE) and my homemade texture made from watercolor-paper and coffee.

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My second entry for the contest and... Wow, I can really tell that I put all my efforts into this piece :heart:

Me as the White Queen [without the crown and the white-ish hair, it wouldn't fit me]
Aww, I had a lot of fun when coloring it, though it was way too troublesome :XD:
I like the details in the dress, they're wuite beautiful :heart:

And... I couldn't think on a better title 8D~ oh well...
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Used:
Black White Marble Texture by `FantasyStock
Snow flakes brush by ~AnnFrost-stock

And the corset pattern was made by =cloaks
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This is a desert made by me. It is a jello with three different colours. Red, yellow and purple. Cream topping with a blackberry as decoration.

I tried to catch the contrasts in this shot. The colourful desert vs. the old and not so colourful house. With a view over the threes that yet havent got any leaves. Colours versus grey. You get it now?

I havent tried to make it look as a rainbow, but I've been trying to focus on the colours, and not what the colours represent - as you might would think ''ah, a rainbow?''. Because a rainbow contains a lot more colours than red, yellow and purple.

Well speaking about how much of an effort i put to this desert, the jello took 12 hours.

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The camera thats been used is a Sony alpha 290.

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The photo was taken today on 19. of May 2012.

Hope you like it!
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I made a second quick image for the contest, for fun, taking a comic-like approach this time. The style used was inspired by Michael Turner's work. One of many artists who's line work I love. I was going to put more work into this, but seeing that today is the deadline for the contest... and you know me, I tend to just give up after awhile, this is what I got. lol

This image is suppose to be a symbolic representation of the old Lara Croft, who you see is behind the newer version, being "reborn", the new Lara afront. I'm just stuck with the torn decision of keeping this version up or putting up the debris/blood free version, which IMO looks nicer.
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