Abstract/Surreal Pinboard: October 2013

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Hallo everyone, and welcome to October. Winter approaches, finally; the long nights bring forth much in terms of atmospheric lighting.

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 October 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.

Monthly Photography Chat Events

Any updates relating to chat events will be published here. Currently there are no scheduled chat events for the next few weeks, but there is an ongoing photo-hunt event that can be participated in.

Monthly Feature & News Roundup

Here is the main source of updates and features from the major abstract and surreal groups. Please do check out the links and features which follow this introduction, as there is much to be found of great interest and intrigue throughout their content. Additionally, I have included news updates from relevant sources, and personal journals worth another look.

Administrators needed!Send us your application!Requirements:
- to be active on Deviantart (preferrably daily);
- to be in charge of max. 2 more groups;
- although not mandatory, being a photographer is a plus;
- again, it would be great if you had previous experience with being an admin.
Your application should be a message sent to us which includes five pieces that you think would fit the group theme, and that you would vote "yes" withour any doubt.
October Theme: Decline and September Winners!September Winners
Well done to all those who entered the 'Emotion' themed Abstract and Surreal Contest. Without further ado, here are the winners!
1st Place

2nd Place

1st Place: 200 points and 6 months of Premium
2nd Place: 100 points and 3 months of Premium
October Challenge
This one is open to all mediums - Digital Art/Photography and Traditional Art as long as your deviation is classed as Abstract or Surreal, it will be accepted. It also has to fit the theme...Decline

1. Work must be your own!
2. Any medium listed above is allowed.
3. Work must have been created this year. 
4. 1 submission per member.
5. Contest closes on the 30th.
6. Submit here!
7. M
The best of galleries 5Welcome. Take a look at some fine photography that can be found in the group's gallery. Enjoy.


  Dawn behind the Golden Gate by nathanspotts
Panoramic Manhattan with Nightfall by AugenStudios
A Brand New Life by MyLifeThroughTheLens No Housewife by NickSachos Invisible by Laura1995
Here's your fairytale II. by DianaNohelova
 Beneath The Crown Of Cranes by disies drop cahter by 1poz
Volga by TriinErg
Ustka by sekcyjny Fritillaria meleagris III by Aphantopus Lost in Space by erezmarom

Marriage of True Minds by fiathriel *** by Tarasov 
1000 Roses by zemotion
Tulip Still Life II by aimeelikestotakepics Tea Time by Jules1983 8 bit teatime (Pac-Man) by dinabelenko
Abstract and Surreal Spotlight Vol. 35Einsilbig's
Spotlight Vol. 35
Abstract and Surreal
The Spotlight
Usually So
by AngelaNorthen
head on
by davespertine
by jonniedee
Cotton Composition
by dynax700si
by karamelo-serenity
What soul sings behind windows
by Dylou-Lee
Between long silences
by mehrmeer
I'd like to be in America
by scheinbar
Abstract and Surreal Spotlight Vol. 36Einsilbig's
Spotlight Vol. 36
Abstract and Surreal
The Spotlight
by Fedorrrz
by Menoevil
a frozen smile
by scheinbar
by grivachoz
En Peising
by Fassod
by cameraflou
We are shadows to one another
by mehrmeer
reflections 5
by CosmicKat
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Ode to simplicity - Monthly special XXIIIWe proudly present a glorious selection from the September Gallery submissions Ode-to-simplicity.
Open your eyes.
Open your soul.
Feel the beauty flow within.
Don't forget to :+fav: this journal if you like it.

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Oxalis by MissUmlaut far, far unfit to bear the bitter cold by bluePartout Stripes by JtheQ

Collected and arranged by augenweide
Kind regards,
Ode-to-simplicity team
i love things simple by simplicity-fan keep it simple by simplicity-fan
free e-magazine about fine art photography
Best of SeptemberHi there,
It's adumvgh, I've collected the top submissions from each Gallery.
Here are the best of September.
Abstract Photography

Surreal Photography

Abstract Traditional Art

Surreal Traditional Art
Nature-Abstracted : September Selection

Curves by ElyneNoir
The Wind Brushes II - color by Art2mys
Embracing the elements by PeterJCoskun
Untitled by entropic-mysteries
Illusion by yuvi2
Selection by :
:iconjakezdaniel: :iconinsolitus85: :iconfant0me:
October Gave A Party

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,—
The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And every thing was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band....
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky....
~George Cooper
1st Beautiful Blur Anniversary
Happy birthday Beautiful-Blur!!!
Exactly one year ago Beautiful-Blur has been founded by NicPi
and for almost the entire year she's been managing the group on her own.
Congratulations NicPi, you may be proud of yourself and the group.
However, where would a group be without it's members.
Thank you all for for your support over the last year.
To conclude this journal, I've made a selection of my own favourites,
ranging from the the very start to today,
which I like to bring to your attention one more time.



Light Hunters Feature - Monochrome:iconvenatoreslucis:

VenatoresLucis staff:

  The race against evolution dissolved. by skyline03 ps139 by Campo-Diaz

Talk me Out by WonderMilkyGirl 
Moscow Night Story by inObrAS Till Tecken by JabLab  Talk me Out by WonderMilkyGirl
Moscow Night Story by inObrAS YBR V2 by KizukiTamura

Balance by Einsilbig YBR V1 by KizukiTamura
YBR V1 by KizukiTamura We are shadows to one another by mehrmeer
We are shadows to one another by mehrmeer I'm Waking Up... by Corvidae65

That's all for now; thank-you for your time.

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EintoeRn's avatar
Thanks a lot, Darren !