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 you know of or are involved with: I'll be sure to update this journal to include them here.
Monthly Photography 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 May edition is now live and you can take part 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.
communityrelations Photography Chat Events
With the launch of CRPhotography, some changes have been made to the monthly photography chat events. From now, they will be held in #CRPhotography rather than #CommunityRelations, and there are plans to make this a fortnightly event, with one being scheduled to suit European photographers and another planned to suit artists from the Americas. The next chat event is on Wednesday 15th May at 21:00 GMT. Further information can be found here.
Abstract-and-Surreal April & May Contest
In related news, abstract and surreal's main group has now hosted their April & May contest. The theme is Waves & Ripples and is open only to abstract and surreal traditional artists. The contest ends on the 28th May, and the only real stipulations are that the image must be new; that is, taken since April 1st, that the piece is in the traditional art category, and that entrants are members of the group. Full details of the contest can be found here.
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 put together the abstract and surreal section of the article, and one can find all relevant news and updates for Abstract & Surreal photography from the last two weeks. The latest edition can be found here.
That's all for now; thank-you for your time.