This is just a short piece of correspondence to let you know about some current Community Relations-led events that might be of interest and relevance to the Abstract & Surreal community. Feel free to take part, or to inform me of other abstract and surreal happenings that I could promote.
Photography Monthly Critique Thread
Watched over by Kaz-D and 3wyl, this is a monthly initiative to get people to comment and particularly critique on the works of others. It also offers artists the chance to submit one piece of their own work for critique by their peers. This is a worthwhile cause, and I feel it may be useful to members of the abstract and surreal community whose work struggles to garner feedback. The March edition is now live and you can take part here.
A new group based around photography has been founded. It is home to the Photography Community Volunteers and any other members who are involved or interested in photography. It aims to support members of the photography community in a variety of ways; through announcements, editorials, critique, contests, fun and games, promotion and much more. Be sure to check it out, and to add the group to your deviantWatch.
communityrelations Photography Chat Events
A continuing feature for this year is a monthly Photography Chat Event on the first Wednesday evening of each month. The next of these events is on the 6th March, in #CommunityRelations. As quoted in the original journal - "Photography Games Night with ^Kaz-D, ^3wyl, and ^dekorAdum in #CommunityRelations. Bring your camera, bring your inspiration and come along for the chance to win some fantastic prizes!" - further information, including information about other chat events, can be found here.
Abstract-and-Surreal February Contest Results
Abstract-and-Surreal's February contest is over and has been judged. The theme was Heavy Texture and the winners, chosen by poll, are Senecal and freMDart. Their images can be seen below and the relevant article is here. Please join me in congratulating the winners, and do please take a look through the other contest entries.
Abstract-and-Surreal March Contest
In related news, the same group has now hosted their March contest. The theme is Nightmares and is open to all surreal art mediums. Nightmares can take almost any form, so I think there is plenty of opportunity for artists to take part and produce some imaginative work for the contest and beyond. The contest ends at the end of the month, and the only real stipulations are that the image must be new; that is, taken since March 1st, and that entrants are members of the group. Full details of the contest can be found here.
Monthly Abstract & Surreal Thumbshare
This is a recurring feature of mine that invites all abstract and surreal artists to take part and share a selection of their own abstract and surreal work. It doesn't matter about the medium; I feel that the genre is more important than the processes involved in creating an image. If you don't have any relevant work of your own, or simply if you'd prefer, you're also welcome to share the work of others that you particularly enjoy. The regular edition of the thread can be found here, and the premium edition for subscribers can be found here. At the end of the month, the nine images that I enjoy most will be published in a special Feature Friday article.
Photography Fortnightly Roundup
A fortnightly compendium of news and information around the site, this round-up is invaluable to those with a general interest in the photography category on deviantART. Each fortnight I help put together the abstract and surreal section of the article, and the latest edition can be read here. Within, one can find all relevant news and updates for Abstract & Surreal photography from the last two weeks.
That's all for now; thank-you for your time.