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Karen
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I really don't have much to say.  I just grew tired of dropping by my dA page and seeing a several-year-old journal entry.  I wish I had something more profound to add, but I don't usually even have time to pee during a normal workday, so I'm afraid this is about as deep and meaningful as I'm likely to be these days.

Peace, all.  Keep making art. ♥



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Proud of our Wisconsin teachers. When the product of your labor is a child's future, you must stand up for what you know is right. Funding my publicly-educated autistic son's paraprofessional should come before funding freeway interchanges. Period.


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“The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.”

~Maryanne Williamson


It was nice to look at my dA artist's page today and find myself pleased with all my "newest deviations."  Usually, I find myself wincing at one or another, thinking about what I didn't like and what I could have changed.  But today I surprised myself and felt only contentment.  Maybe it's because I haven't had much time to render -- less quantity, more quality and all that.  In any event, it was a nice moment.

I can't believe we're in 2015 -- and that we're almost 1/12th of the way through it already.  My twins turned 11 just before Christmas!  I'm going to pretend that I will age more like fine wine and less like smelly cheese... though I'm from Wisconsin, so that might not be the case!  Anyway, my resolution for the year is to not have resolutions!  I'd very much like to be more mindful and in-the-moment than I am now.  It's nice to have plans and all, but I feel I could benefit from letting go of my schedules and expectations.  I'd like to see where the year takes me.  After all, you can't be disappointed if you have no expectations, and I think I'd be happier if I could live by that idea.

As always, I have some wonderful art to share with the world!  Check out these amazing artists...

Featured Artist: : parrotdolphin

:iconparrotdolphin: parrotdolphin has long been a favorite vendor/artist of mine for her terrific commercial texture and material products.  Not surprisingly, she is also gifted outside of her virtual shop, delighting us with gorgeous 3D renders and dazzling fractals!  And while you visit her artist's page, be sure to check her journal and offer your condolences on her "untimely demise. "  (Read her journal and you'll understand!)



Featured Artist: : jacktomalin

:iconjacktomalin: Speaking of amazing 3D content creators... jacktomalin is a god among men when it comes to modeling AMAZING 3D architecture and scenery.  I have no idea how he manages to be so prolific without compromising on quality.  (But I'm sure glad he is!)  The art in his gallery isn't just rendered beautifully, it's modeled that way, too.  (Be sure you download the images for the full-resolution experience!)



Featured Artist: : BJPentecost

:iconbjpentecost: When I first stumbled across the amazing gallery of BJPentecost, I was blown away by the incredible detail displayed in every breathtaking image.  She is truly a master of visual, digital art!  I can't possibly express in writing how rich, emotional, and glorious her works are -- and I don't have to because they speak for themselves.  It's also worth noting that her comments are nearly as delightful as her art!  She has a wonderfully down-to-earth voice that is both humorous and thoughtful.  

Mature Content

I will not be coming back this time by BJPentecost
:thumb437254218: Book Of Lies by BJPentecost A Green Boak by BJPentecost Figure Drawing Class by BJPentecost The Story of Tamacier by BJPentecost :thumb470919771: The Mystic Flutist by BJPentecost :thumb441423946: Pentecost Rainbow Gryphette (Old Version) by BJPentecost




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Proud of our Wisconsin teachers. When the product of your labor is a child's future, you must stand up for what you know is right. Funding my publicly-educated autistic son's paraprofessional should come before funding freeway interchanges. Period.


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“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”

― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


It's been a very sad few weeks.  In addition to the recent loss of the amazing Robin Williams, our little DAZ community has also bid farewell to one of our dearest, finest members.  Jaderail, mentor to soooo many people on the DAZ forums (and elsewhere) has left us with holes in our hearts -- but a smile in them, also.  He was featured in my journal when he passed, so I thought I'd take a moment and single him out.  He will be missed.

Please remember... cherish your health and support education and research of chronic illnesses that affect  the body AND mind.  Chronic physical illnesses rob so many people of things many of us take for granted... and chronic mental illness is frequently invisible to the casual observer.  In all cases it is wise to remember that chronic illnesses can be debilitating and deadly.   There is so very much about our bodies and brains that still mystifies us.  But one thing that both of these men demonstrated in their lives was COMPASSION.  Sometimes the love and acceptance of another person is just enough to help us through another day.  And sometimes that love and acceptance follows us into another place, where freedom from those illnesses is finally possible.

Rest in peace, gentlemen.  

Featured Artist: : Jaderail

:iconjaderail: We were blessed by your talent, your sense of community, and your humor.  Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!




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Proud of our Wisconsin teachers. When the product of your labor is a child's future, you must stand up for what you know is right. Funding my publicly-educated autistic son's paraprofessional should come before funding freeway interchanges. Period.


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"“Scenery is fine - but human nature is finer.”
~ John Keats"

SInce it's been a reeeeeeally long time, I thought I'd update my journal.  I've been going back over my gallery, looking at strengths/weaknesses, etc.; but I'm also looking at my own particular style.  I've come to the conclusion that I enjoy character studies.  The "stories" in my images are more biographical than narrative.  But I like that.  While they're technically less involved than action scenes or multi-character images with highly complex backgrounds, I find beauty in the simple portrait.  With summer here, I've taken on a purely fun project.  Some people I made an online connection with are making an RPG (D&D/Pathfinder) setting and were looking for an artist to generate NPC images.  I'm not working for commission, just for fun.  Less stress, more flexibility, and the chance to immerse myself in what I think I do best.  Makes me happy!!

Another change is on my horizon, and a good one.  I'm finally able to settle in with my fiance and my family and slowly step away from being the lone adult in my house.  An extra income means I can work part time, and I've found a wonderful position coordinating and teaching k-12 engineering outreach educational opportunities for a large university.  I'll be working with wonderful people in a low-stress environment and doing something I love.  I'll have more time for the kids and even some spare time to bring in income making 3D content again.  

All in all, I'm looking forward to the summer, with a bright fall creeping into view.

And now some awesome art!  I've chosen to highlight a few of the Bald Wizards this time.  I hope you enjoy their creativity and humor as much as I do!

Featured Artist: : lucia45

:iconlucia45: has amazed me with her wonderful creativity, month after month in the RRRR (Random Runtime Roulette Renders) contests in the DAZ3D forums.  Her dry humor is expressed with works that are technically well executed, and bursting with details and colors.  I was delighted to find her deviantArt page.  She also has some lovely portraits and wonderful work with FilterForge. Here are a few of my favorites:

The puffy pants picture is my favorite RRRR image ever.  I giggle every single time I see it!


Featured Artist: : 4EYesRoleplaying

:icon4eyesroleplaying: Is the guy who keeps the RRRR contests running!  While he only has a few dA pictures, I absolutely must share them.  Totte's talents aren't simply limited to art, he also writes modules for D&D in his spare time! Here are the contents of his library!</p>


Featured Artist: : Jaderail

:iconjaderail: Is both a Bald Wizard, but also an admin on the Daz forums and a very nice guy to boot!  He has an amazing array of talents and an awesome gallery.  Have a look!




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Proud of our Wisconsin teachers. When the product of your labor is a child's future, you must stand up for what you know is right. Funding my publicly-educated autistic son's paraprofessional should come before funding freeway interchanges. Period.


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"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."
~Dale Carnegie

I took a look at my gallery today.  And do you know what I saw?  Someone trying hard to express deep meaning in her art.  Admirable, for sure, but... When I look at my earlier works, I realized that my inspiration used to just be, well, fun. I've recently started to work so hard at showing the world that Poser a