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Holiday Card Project 2012

It's back!  With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the deviantART Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.
In past years, the Project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 1,000 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by deviantART members to local Los Angeles, CA hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for hospital staff members to hand out to patients.
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month Premium Membership to deviant
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Merry Christmas + What is love?
:star:  LOVE IS...
Once upon a time, many moons ago, Pachunka asked me, "What is love?"  I'm not sure the kind of answer he was expecting, but he received the following response:
Pretend that you're hungry.  Really, really hungry.  Famished.  You come home after a long day at work and fix yourself the most perfect sandwich ever.  It's the sandwich to end all other sandwiches -- made from the freshest of materials, exactly to your specifications.  Just as you're about to take the first bite, your significant other comes through the door and mentions how good the sandwich looks.  You then give away your sandwich away without a second thought.  This is love.
The holiday season provides an opportunity for people to reflect on, and be thankful for, the good things in our lives -- health, family, friends and success.  But after a conversation with a good fri
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Mountain of Good Times by Heidi Mountain of Good Times :iconheidi:Heidi 41 11 Day 42 of my 2016-drawing a day resolution by shonechacko Day 42 of my 2016-drawing a day resolution :iconshonechacko:shonechacko 78 23 A Giant Bee - Colored by SakuraMizu A Giant Bee - Colored :iconsakuramizu:SakuraMizu 19 49 Hand in hand by SilverPK Hand in hand :iconsilverpk:SilverPK 21 9 Hand by Dead-Beat-Nick Hand :icondead-beat-nick:Dead-Beat-Nick 842 303 A snowy day by SeptemberDragon A snowy day :iconseptemberdragon:SeptemberDragon 13 8
Holiday Card Project 2015!

The DeviantArt #HolidayCardProject is back for its 9th year!  With the goal of bringing a bit of holiday cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects artists from around the world, applying their tremendous artistic abilities to designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.
In the past few years, this project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 2,000 deviants from 60 different countries/political regions. Cards are then divvied up and distributed by DeviantArt members to local Los Angeles hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for DeviantArt volunteers and hospital staff members to hand out to patients.
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who sends i
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Collaborating with Jim Gogarty #2 by hadas64 Collaborating with Jim Gogarty #2 :iconhadas64:hadas64 29 5 Another Collaboration With Jim Gogarty by hadas64 Another Collaboration With Jim Gogarty :iconhadas64:hadas64 15 0 Starry nights? by shonechacko Starry nights? :iconshonechacko:shonechacko 124 27 collaborating with Jim Gogarty by hadas64 collaborating with Jim Gogarty :iconhadas64:hadas64 19 14 On A Saturday Morning by Katerina423 On A Saturday Morning :iconkaterina423:Katerina423 92 92 Worthless Piece of Shit by Katerina423 Worthless Piece of Shit :iconkaterina423:Katerina423 57 88


Ivan's Templum fractal. What to say about it. Well, for one, this is probably the longest I've stared at one single piece of art, anywh...

hi GlazeAnna. You know, I'd never really looked through yr art, cause -yeah, I'm one of those ppl who couldn't look past the at first s...

One can not critique this photograph, without looking at the other 2 photographs of this series. So pls see for full critique here unde...

sorry it's long, cause here's 3 critiques in 1 post. Can not pull these apart. For one can never exist without the other.. ) hi Kat you...

1. The colours you're NOT working with have NO place on your table.  Put them away, or you may grab a wrong colour.

2. Always test your colours on a little piece of paper before using them on your board.

3. With complicated colour schemes, do yourself a big favour and write down your numbers (or colour names) on a little piece of scrap paper.

4. Never start a complicated movement or colouring job when you can't finish it (like just before going to bed or leaving for work).

5. Try to make your movements over the board , or paper, in one sitting.  If you stop and come back the next day, either you will hold your pen in a different manner, or your movements will not have the necessary fluent strokes.

6. Do NOT make any big decisions about which way your drawing will go, just before going to bed. Sleep on it, and make those decisions with a fresh head, and teh actual time to apply what you're seeing.

7. Don't make a trial movement on your original work. Use scrap paper. Test it, the movement, or your colour scheme, before applying it for real.

8.  Once your put your pen, or marker, on paper and make an actual stroke, you're engaged.  You will have to finish what you started.

9. Do not EVER eat chocolat or licorice over your work. Or candy. Or anything. You may drool.  Plus your hands get dirty.

10. NO coffee or other drinks even remotely close to your work.

11.  After doing the dishes, make sure your sleeves are DRY before heading back to work. You WILL smudge your work.

12. After eating, go wash your hands. Anything coloured, or sticky, WILL smudge your work.

13. If you have a dog that likes jumping up to you, always check if you're alone.  If not, lift your pen slightly OFF the board, so you can't
accidentally put a mark where it doesn't belong.

14. If you're heavily relying on one particular colour in your work, make sure you have an extra marker. You do NOT want to run out with not a way in days to obtain a replacement.

15. If you're not sure your marker will last, and you have for instance 24 circles that need colouring, do not start at nr 1, then 2, then 3.  Instead, try to divide your work.  Skip one.  Or do three, then skip three.  Or do four, then skip four.  That way, your work will always end up even, and you could use another colour in what you skipped. Your work will still be balanced out, no matter what colour you use.

16.  A mistake is annoying, but it is NOT the end of the world, NOR the end of your artwork. A mistake is often less noticeable than you think. Try to work with your mistakes.  Make one, see if it is possible to put the same mistake, on purpose, in all your other shapes over the board.  That way, they will all still look the same.  Sometimes, it may shape your artwork in a unplanned manner, and make it actually better, or different, than you may have intended, but is often actually a positive change. One that would have never been able to sprout from your brain, so you may surprise yourself.  Also, always remember two things. First, your working traditional. It's not supposed to be prefect like a computerized mandala may be. That's the charm of traditional work. The second is the Amish.  They will often put in one mistake or imperfection in their work. Because they consider only God is perfect.   

17. When you prep your board with your compass and ruler, do not forget that being slightly off in the centre, may actually cause a quite wide gap at the outside.  A hair length in the middle may cause a half an inch difference at the outside of your circle, so always take your time and measure carefully. 

18. Don't skip over prepping (like get somebody else to lay down the pencil version of your circle) for it's really important you learn how your prep work influences the success of your mandala.  Be responsible for the whole thing from start to finish, and you'll feel even more proud of your accomplishment.  Also, you will learn how, with your prep work, you influence the shape of the whole circle.  Wide spaces, or tiny spaces between circles?  Think about it.

19.  In the end, you're ever only as good as your last circle. While at the same time..

20.  Don't worry too much about the outcome of your work.  What matters most is the actual making of it.  The time you spend, and your intention. It's nice to finish a mandala, and have it look good.  And get comments or thumbs ups or compliments about your work.  But in the end, it matters not.  Ever seen the monks make sand mandalas?  They spend days, if not weeks, meticulously putting down sand in the most beautiful intricate shapes.  After they finish, they look at it, stand around it, and with ceremony, swipe their hands through their just finished work.  Scooping up all the coloured sand, mixing it together until it loses their shapes, their colour and their shine.  And.. the result is gone, for it no longer matters. That is a mandala.


Artist | Traditional Art
Avatar: my wheaten terrier, Molly. She just seems to come along wherever website I go. :) Check out both my dogs here on an old youtube account…

Personal Bio:
My name is Louise, and I am still a relatively new artist. I was born in The Netherlands, lived in France for 10 years, backpacked through India, Sri Lanka, and trekked in Nepal. I arrived in Canada 12 years ago, and am married to a Canadian, who often advises me on my artwork, gives me new ideas, and is really my very best critic.
We both love bird photography. We're blessed with the most beautiful birds in our backyard and close surroundings, so a camera in hand comes naturally.

Artistic Bio:
I've been posting on DA regularly for the past 2 years; photographs and traditional art. I received 4 DD's (Daily Deviations) for both categories, one of which is a depression awareness poster. Over the years I participated in the Ottawa Art s-in-the-Parc Show, sold some of my works there as well as in our local Christmas fairs. One of my earliest and prettiest works is even adorning a big dental office in town. I am feeling incredibly happy to have touched some people with my artwork, enough for them to want to look at it every day. It's a special feeling, knowing your original artwork is hanging on a wall somewhere in different places.. in Holland, Canada and the US. Inquiries for purchasing any of my original works are always welcome.

Two years ago, I started with acrylic paint out of pure curiosity as to the feel of it. I worked on canvasses with paint, white, silver and gold pigment ink. Then I discovered foamboard and artboard. And I went from paint to Sharpies, on to Copic-, Touch-, Pro- and Prismacolor- markers and finally moved over to Bristol (vellum) and drawing paper, and Faber-Castell Polychromos colour pencils.

Artistic vision:
I most love working tedious and intricate designs. So it wasn't long before I discovered mandala's (circles) Working on one shuts out the world, my mind goes blank, and at the same time, I become extremely alert. Drawing them is a kind of meditation, or I rather call it personal training. Sometimes, what looks like a mistake was done on purpose, and other times, a true mistake does happen and offers opportunities that I hadn't counted on but accept happily, since it ends up making the piece different and more interesting. I try to never, ever waste a sheet of paper. Mistakes or not, I will finish my circle. However, I don't post everything I make ;)
Suffering depression and anxiety, I found working with art can be a wonderful outlet.
Current addition:
Over the years I've posted so many deviations, that currently I'm in the slow process of cleaning my page and reducing my gallery to a more manageable quantity.

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Selakora Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Hello! I just wanted to tell you I used your stock here: Chirpy Friend - Inktober 2017
Thank you for letting us use your beautiful photos.
DarkDollArt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hoop dat alles goed met je is? ik mis die goede oude DA tijd wel een beetje.....
balibob Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017
.........Did you ever make it to Nepal ?? Just wondering.... Hope you are well  Louise !
bgerr Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi there, I love your mandalas! I only recently started drawing mandalas and I love it. Your work is very much inspiring - I've got a ton of ideas for new projects! :love:
karencreftor Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the watch and +fav ! Love 
piethein21 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey hey
Ik zag net je mandala. Echt supervet ^^
Toen bedacht ik me dat het misschien gaaf is om samen een werk te maken.
Ik kan iets maken dat in een bubble past wat ik dan rotatie symetrisch kopien van kan maken en dan kan jij met je mandala skillz ertussen allerlei gave dingen doen (dien je het wel uit te printen...).

Aardig idee?
Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015   Traditional Artist
Ha die piethein! Dank je wel!  Ja, dat is een aardig idee, inderdaad. Dank dat je aan me dacht! Ik heb hier even over moeten denken, daarom niet meteen geantwoord.  Maar ik moet deze keer jammergenoeg verstek laten gaan.  Ik ben hard aan t werk voor possible expo, er hangt or hangen binnenkort 1 of 2 werken in ons local Theatre.  Daarbij heb ik ook iets gaande voor een trouwcadeau, waar ik nog aan moet beginnen. Dus gewoon, geen tijd om ook nog iets anders leuks tussendoor te doen.  Hopelijk komt daar in de herfst verandering in, en kunnen we dan iets samen doen?  Ik vindt het een leuk idee! :)
piethein21 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Geen probleem dat het nu niet uit komt, maar later nog wel kan.
In de Herfst is goed :) moet ik het alleen niet vergeten xD
jiajenn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Photographer
Used your stock here…
jiajenn Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Professional Photographer
Used your red bird here…
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