Today, I am HeartbrokenThis past week our nation witnessed one of the most horrific violations in history. A beast that I refuse to name, planned and then killed 12 people in a theatre in Colorado. I won't go into details of how, why, or who committed this atrocity.
What I WILL address is the idea of our Constitutional "right to bear arms". The misconstrued perception of this "right", saddens and confuses me. The archaic belief that having a gun in our houses will enable us to "defend ourselves" is not only statistically improbable, it is metaphorically AND literally unsettling to those who live with us. A loaded gun in a house says,"I don't trust people", "I am afraid someone will break in and hurt us", and also "I am willing to shoot to kill another human being".
If you have a gun in your house and it is NOT loaded, the statistical probability of you being able to get to it, load it, and confront a home invader AND for the outcome of that confrontation to be positive in ANY way, is insignificantly small.
Everything is Beautiful...NOT!In the 1960s, Ray Stevens wrote a song titled "Everything Is Beautiful" and it won him a grammy. Perhaps it was the idealism of those times or maybe a personal philosophy that gave birth to this song. It starts out with children singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children", a song I remember singing in church when I was a child.Everything is Beautiful...NOT!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world"
Like Disney's "It's a Small World", this song has a worm like infectious tune that rolls around in your brain like a marble in a barrel. A child, once he has learned this song, will hum it, whistle it, and sing it until adult ears bleed. Not only is the tune contagious, the lyrics are ideal and Pollyanna to the point of near myopic blindness.
After one chorus of "Jesus Loves the Little Children", Mr. Stevens' song moves into his "Everything Is Beautiful, in It's Own Way" mantra.
The notion he pu
Grow some balls.I don't mind people voicing that they don't like my work or the content of my silly little cartoons. Most of the time I find it funny! But what really grates is when the individual doesn't have the spine to do so via their day-to-day DA profile.Grow some balls.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
They set up a new one. One which they use to rattle off whatever flatulance they believe passes as worthwhile commentary in the real world, most likely in the wake of mummy and daddy slapping them on the wrist over something - angsty, juvenile pricks that they are.
And juvenile they must be, as anyone with a mite more experience would realise that any weight you hope your words might have is completely lost when someone visits your "slander" profile and reads the numbers "0 Deviations", "0 Favourites", "0 Watchers", "No Journal entries", etc.
It renders your words as vacuous as your gallery.
So if you're going to type stuff like "I feel like some of the smut you draw takes away from the credibility of your art as a whole." or
Crossing the LineAlmost 99.9999% of the comments I get on DA are very nice and complimentary. For this I am grateful and appreciative. I also appreciate the occasional criticism that suggests I try a different crop, color, or lens choice. Even after 35 years I feel it is vital to listen to all the input I get because there are occasional jewels of ideas that come from learned professionals and beginning amateurs alike. Sometimes I even like it more when someone who is new to photography makes suggestions because they aren't stifled by the "rules" we all learn when we start out.Crossing the Line3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Recently, I've had a few people say some interesting and absurd things. These comments are related to my having taken down my gallery of nudes. First of all, let me say, my motive for this action was simply time management. I run a business so I don't have time to respond to all the comments or even read them all.
The suggestion has been made that by me removing the nudes, by responding to horrid comments then hiding and blockin
From Stock to Art: A Feature and DiscussionAs a stock provider, nothing pleases me more than to see a notification that an artist has used my stock in their art. It’s a gift, not only in the art itself, but to know that my stock inspired an artist to create. I am constantly dazzled by the artists who take a simple photo and turn it into an entire fantasy world. Artists take the ordinary photo and turn it into something extraordinary. This is one of the reasons my fellow stock providers and I create stock. We share a common bond of dreamers and possibilities.From Stock to Art: A Feature and Discussion3 years ago in Personal More Like This
”All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream.”
– Edgar Allen Poe
A single stock photo can be interpreted in a thousand different ways, by a thousand different artists. Each artist is inspired by their own unique views and tastes. Where one artist sees a stock photo
If I Could DDSTOCK & RESOURCES PROJECTIf I Could DD9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
The list is almost endless,
but a few of my favorites are
Bulls Eye II by kuschelirmel-stock
A Yellow Disposition by DustwaveStock
Boiling Point by DustwaveStock
Temples by Punkystock
Lormet-Fountain-0271-01sml by Lormet-Images
Light in the tempel by petronellavanree
DSC 0084 Timber Boathouse by wintersmagicstock
Nature 278 by Dreamcatcher-stock
Graveyard 01 by SaturniaStock
St-Jean Fire 06 by HermitCrabStock
Places 567 Loch Ness + Castle by Dreamcatcher-stock
Burn 4 by JewelsStock
Little bit fishy 03 - Stock by Thy-Darkest-Hour
RockStocks 12022 by RockStocks
Stock 39 - Ruined wall by MariaBilinski
Blue Secret Garden by EveLivesey
Nature Stock - Stone Circle by Pau-Norontaus
mega leaves by erdmute
****FEATURE TIME****1****FEATURE TIME****2 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
SPECIAL MENTIONS FIRST
The people whose Icon appears below deserve special mention because nothing has been too much trouble for them...Notes, questions and emails they have answered them all and always have time for me. They always put up with me, and you all know what I can be like!!!....That's what being friends is all about though and they exemplify the community spirit here at Deviant Art...Thank you my beautiful friends
People to Watch!Stock GalleryPeople to Watch!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
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People and Groups I've Added to my devWatch Lately
A group dedicated to collecting legitimate stock and resources so you can be 100% sure that the stock you are using is legal:
A stocker I just found! Check out those gorgeous landscapes:
Lion 1 by raindroppeGeothermal Area 41 by raindroppe
Legend of Zelda Feature of Awesomeness!:iconstardivplz::iconstardiv2plz::iconstardiv3plz:Legend of Zelda Feature of Awesomeness!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So it's about time I did another feature. : D Since I've been on a major Legend of Zelda kick, I wanted to find all sorts of stocks that would work well for Legend of Zelda pics! : D (Hey that rhymed. Sort of.) First I will show off the pics I myself have used for LoZ artwork, then we'll get into other awesome stuff. Ready? Enjoy!
And remember to read and conform to the stockers' rules C:
Oh and I'd love to see what you make from these!
So these ones I have used. I have shown the artwork and the stock pic both side by side. I actually used two pics for that first one but one of them has disappeared. D: Same with the second one, it's in storage. (It's the same pic LOL) But if you click on the deviation of the second one, the thumb still shows up in the artist comments for some reason.
Another DD - Yay! Stock FeatureThanks so much to my gal :iconmercurycode: for recommending me, and :iconPirateLotus-Stock: for putting me forward. You guys rock!Another DD - Yay! Stock Feature1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The honorary deviation:
Well, you know, get some love, give some love back, so it's time for a Stock Feature! A collection of some of the pieces I've faved over time. I'm sure there are many great stock artists I've not managed to include, so my sincere apologies. Enjoy!
Texture 498 - for my valentine by Sirius-sdz E008 by glassthroughskin Texture 125 by cloaks Texture 116 by cloaks Circle of Light and Dark by mercurycode
Surreal SCI-FI Background by mysticmorning SCI-FI Mountain bckg by mysticmorning
Member Feature #4 Welcome to DesignYourDreams !Member Feature #41 year ago in Art Features More Like This
It's feature time (sorry for the late !)
Digital Painting and Drawing :
Drake by Lastsiren The Legendary Blades by ourlak Fairies Strike Back. by Vasylina END OF MOUNTAIN by Byzwa-Dher Red Velvet by InaWong Loading-screen---Forsaken bastion's fall by Vaejoun Hell Dorado Water Djin by Vaejoun Panecia by KLSteeleArt Fairy and blackberry by Traaw Meanwhile, In The Future by NikolaDrca
Mythos:Golem by itsbxd The Tower Of Chronologist by VarLa-art Lost In The World: Sentinhell by RusalkaD DeaTron by MachiavelliCro Magic Touch by WillCook Our Ends Are Beginnings by ParadisiacPicture La Fin du Printemps by theSong Reality glitch by igreeny Die by the Sword by kimsol Le campement by MaliciaRoseNoire Fairy-attraction by Forjani Tell a Story - Desktopography version by Wesley-Souza At Night by tamaraR Temptation Past by kimsol R A P H A E L by Carlos-Quevedo Fairy of the Lake by Whendell Castle Quest by JJasso This-Land by Mr-Xerty Little Red and her Grandmother by PerlaMarina the circle of Seven Towers by Helga-Helleborus
Eyecatcher by elreviae Wu Fangzi by curious3d The call for Bahamut by Guile93 Any Survivors... by Lanasy :thumb46467
Stock Features 2013 - #01Providing stock to the DA community is maybe one of the most demanding and least rewarding jobs here on DA!Stock Features 2013 - #013 years ago in Personal More Like This
Stockers need to put up simple rules, like crediting and providing a link back to where the stock was used.
Maybe it's just me, but I think this should be a natural response to do. People have no problems with expressing their gratitude when it comes to any deviations other then stock. Most of the time people comment on stock because it is the stockers rule to do so.
A nice piece of recognition for a stocker to get is a DD.
These Daily Deviations are sometimes hard to come by.
Luckily for us stock providers we have the wonderful Elandria and PirateLotus-Stock to help keep us motivated with awarding those so desired DD's!
Having said this, I would like to finish this journal with some of my personal favorite stocks that really should have a DD notification under their stock photo!
For DD consideration...
Stock and Resources DD Roundup June 2014:iconpiratelotus-stock:Stock and Resources DD Roundup June 20141 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Features by PirateLotus-Stock
Hill Stock 01 by thereexistsonex
Texture 65 by NinjaRabbit-Stock
Liquid gold by dani221
Frost Window (zip collection) by TanyuuuPadawan-11 by Random-Acts-Stock
Features by CelticStrm-Stock
dw-II by mistyt-stock
fly by jliorFemale Stock Soldier 06 - Aiming by Freeport
sunset2 by margarita-morrigan
Medieval Lady Maid Riding Stock by LuDa-Stock
Poor Man's Eye Tutorial -Insertion part 1 by Dolanna
Monstrous Stock [Bullet; Orange][Bullet; Orange][Bullet; Black][Bullet; Black][Bullet; Black][Bullet; Black]Monstrous Stock2 years ago in Personal More Like This
[Bullet; Orange][Bullet; Orange][Bullet; Orange][Bullet; Orange]
Finally...MONSTERS! It wouldn't be Halloween without spooks and monsters, would it? And so for the last feature of this Halloween season, I present them here.
As always, pay attention to the stockers' rules when using any of these pictures. C:
Right-click and open thumbs to see them if they won't click normally.
(Disclaimer--no I don't think real witches, such as Wiccans, shamans, and other such are monsters
Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/11Time is certainly displaced. We're not really suffering jet lag but it's obvious our bodies are weirded out by being here.Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/114 years ago in Personal More Like This
My girlfriend and I traveled today to Atsugi, about an hour train ride from Tokyo. We had some business to take care of there. It was a bit frustrating because we couldn't get everything done we needed to, but the traveling to and from was delightful.
I was amazed, looking out the train window, there was not ONE piece of litter. I think we traveled 20 miles or more before I saw so much as a tissue paper beside the tracks. The Japanese, even in the less affluent areas, are incredibly tidy.
During the morning commute, the subway trains are packed so full there are literally uniformed individuals called "pushers" whose job it is to shove people into the cars as tightly as possible. As the doors slide shut they get very aggressive and carry out their job of sardine commuter packing very seriously and they do it with smiles and white gloves and a charm that everyo
***DA SHAME ART THIEF ***You will all be pleased to know that the art thief I caught copying my art earlier has had the 'art piece' taken down by DA. This is refreshing and a moral victory for us proper artists..Although I reported a min ago that he had closed his account, HE HASN'T. I was mistaken so beware guys he is still out there and free to steal your art as well. I am leaving his icon up in this journal as a name and shame, so others can be on guard againt him and as a warning to any other thiefs out there. I will name you.***DA SHAME ART THIEF ***2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today I have discovered a new art thief. I submitted this art work yesterday....
Today I happened to notice that this person had come by my page several times so I happened along to his page.....http://eross-666.deviantart.com/art/sin-corazon-408812720 and discovered that he had copied my work almost EXACTLY! I have reported him to DA and am awaiting a response from them. If you see this icon beware. He will copy yo
Favorite Resources FeatureA few of my current favorite resources here on DA!Favorite Resources Feature3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Some old. Some new. All wonderful.
Creepy Tree 1 by Ironmountain01 Cloud Stock 3 by Nikkayla
Red Blood 05 by chiaconan Ophthalmological Phoroptor 2 by FantasyStock :thumb271178702:
Package - Fanged - 4 by resurgere Package - Sculpture - 2 by resurgere Dark Goddess by letinhastock Poulnabrone Dolmen - Exclusive HDR by somadjinn Fountain 03 by ArnaTornwolf
Baroque room 4 by Random-Acts-Stock S u r g e r y C e l l 2 by KornKidSamStock Road to nowhere 2 by FrantisekSpurny Fog 73 by lumibear museum two by chop-stock Abandoned Station 2 by pelleron-stock
Exotic Tendril II by YBsilon-Stock Branches 2 by passagere-DA Shiva Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance Statue PNG by EveLivesey 3D sphere renders by in-the-skies Small glass bottle PNG by raduluchian Moondreams by YBsilon-Stock
Dawn Brushes by differentxdreamz
My Resources/Shameless Self Promotion.
:thumb354997282: Broken Glass Tutorial by AbbeyMarie Speck Brushes by AbbeyMarie
Shadowness: http://shadowness.com/AbbeyMarie | Behance: http://www.behance.net/abbeymarie
Stock and ResourcesToday I'm going to give you a tour of Stock and Resources. The motto of Stock and Resources should be, "We're here to help and inspire you!"Stock and Resources1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Stock Terms that are going to pop up in the article:
Stocker: Stock provider
Stocking: Act of making stock
Who are the community volunteers for stock?
Stock and Resources has three cv's, CelticStrm-Stock, Elandria, and PirateLotus-Stock. These three ladies are very helpful and friendly.
So what exactly is stock?
Today's Headlines From The News Desk 4-9-15Today's Headlines From The News Desk 4-9-155 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Today’s Headlines From The News DeskApril 9, 2015
Hyrule Gets ‘Game of Thrones’ Intro Treatment
Some amazing artists put together this animated sequence, which mimics the opening credits of Game of Thrones, except with a map of Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. We have to give some major props for this video’s uncanny ability to make us feel incredible amounts of GoT-related excitement for this weekend as well as mist
Stocks FeatureStocks Feature1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I’ve been making a collection of some STOCKS
that it was submitted to the group gallery .
Lollypop stock 4 by lightlanaskywalker Stock Duchess 7 by AncA-P By the fence by CathleenTarawhiti White by dsweetz Lilith 09 by EmeraldVenom-Stock
Clownfish Stock by firenze-design Brachiosaurus PNG stock by KarahRobinson-Art White Stork 04 by animalphotos Deer stock 9 by Random-Acts-Stock Wild animal 285 - front of elephant by Momotte2stocks Brown Bear 001 by MonsterBrand-stock Deer 24.0 by Sed-rah-Stock Jellyfish by ascenciok :thumb341133756:
Objects And Others:
Lamp by FrankAndCarySTOCK Artistic Flower by FrankAndCarySTOCK :thumb425777943
Inspirational StockInspirational Stock2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Fractal Stock 14 by barefootstock Wood Texture by CelticStrm-Stock by CelticStrm-Stock Various 34 - prehistoric paint by Momotte2stocks RockStocks 1739 by RockStocks Boat Stock - Tasmania by cbidgie
witch house by lemon-stock Winter Twilight by Burtn Natural History Museum HDR by kippa2001 Building 26 by bukashka
Summer Fairy and Filly by elusiveelegance AT-Stock Ruin039 by At-Stock fractal stock 332 by SparkyStock
Stock-Premade background13 by Gwendolyn1-stock Loft by ceeek-stock leafs 25 by xxcaramelxx Medieval street Curemonte 02 by HermitCrabStock Blue Teardrop Gem Stock by Melyssah6-Stock
Cosmic Beach Premade Background by little-spacey Barn Owl - 1 by Seductive-Stock Metal Scratch: 2 by ArtOfDecay-Stock SMOKEY TEXTURE PACK by intano-stock Misc background Stock 06 by Malleni-Stock Purple Hair 20 by dazzle-stock
st Mary the Virgin Church ,Wilts_stock7 by PatrickMcDonald1 Old Town Western Stock 1 by jojo22
To honour all the beautiful Model StockToday I like to honour all the beautiful Models and they Photographer, I also like to "Thank you that you STILL offer FREE STOCKTo honour all the beautiful Model Stock3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You all are just amazing if you are the model or the photographer you are outstanding in your own way
106 by MoraNox-Stock042 by MoraNox-Stock
Stock Cristina 1 by Ariel87-Stock:thumb306286671::thumb306566203::thumb292397486:
[Heart] :iconAurelia-Isabella: [Heart]
[Heart] :iconauroradreams: [Heart]
Pink Frills Archives by auroradreams:thumb117662517:Waiting in Vain 16 by auroradreams:thumb266435983:
[Heart] :iconCathleenTarawhiti: [Heart]
Ruby 3 by CathleenTarawhitiPink Maiden 5 by CathleenTarawhiti:thumb308626823:Cassandra 3 by CathleenTarawhiti
Fantastic Stock and Where to Find It - Feature 27I've been making a collection of some of the brilliant stock artistsFantastic Stock and Where to Find It - Feature 272 years ago in Art Features More Like This
works that I have come across. It started off as stock I can't provide
myself so I look for other peoples so I can suggest them. The way I
choose is quite odd, when I see a stock image I have an instant image in
my head of what I could do or create out of that piece of stock. The
image also has to be crystal clear and easily altered.
Anyway, Check them out, I'm sure you'll agree, just click on their deviation.
My Precious! by FurLined Two for the Price of One by FurLined Bumblebee stock 4 by Manonvr Those Wild Eyes by RhiskandPeril Bird of prey 11 by Random-Acts-Stock Bird 18 by Dracoart-Stock Snowy Owl 1 by SalsolaStock 010 by JLBuffy :thumb374918783: Red Kite by Parides :thumb375578577: BARN OWL BABY STOCK 1 by Theshelfs Friesian Stallion - Stock 03 by Hikari-kirin Suricate by vikielaterreur Bird by ImmortalArrow :thumb378277029: Nicobar Pigeon I by Track-Maidens Free Insect Stock (9) by wonderlandstockX :thum