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Contest: Couples and Duos
Many things in life come in pairs! So why not hold a contest around this theme?
In other words: this contest is all about the Couples & Duos.

--------- .: General Rules :. ---------
:bulletblack: This contest is open to all kinds of media! Everything from Literature, Artisan Crafts and Photography to Traditional and Digital Art is more than welcome.
:bulletblack: Entry has to be specifically made for this contest.
:bulletblack: You can join with up to 3 entries.
:bulletblack: Judges and donors are also more than welcome to join.
:bulletblack: The more original your ideas are, the bigger the chances will be to win!
:bulletblack: You can submit your entries by sending a note to me (Cataclysm-X) with subject title CONTEST ENTRY and a link or thumbnail to your work.
:bulletblack: Please link back to this news article or to my stamp in the description of your contest entry! Thanks! :heart:
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Make a Difference || Intense Lit #9
Artists join deviantART to share their art and appreciate others. Due to the many artists out there, it’s easy to get towed under and generally obscured from the public.
Make a Difference aims to do exactly that. As there are a lot of writers who, I feel, are more underappreciated than other types of artists, I’ve decided to deviate from the weekly articles made. Instead, Intense Lit will become a series within a series of articles that will hopefully make a difference to you as well as the artists featured fortnightly. Just by giving one minute of your time to write constructive comments, favourites and even watches will make a difference to these artists.
:iconmauginthestonepilot: ~ I'd rather three people tell me how to improve than a hundred simply saying "good work"
mauginthestonepilot writes in a variety of different styles. She definitely merits more critique and a wider audience.
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Unique Ink Drawings
Drawing is a visual art that makes use of any number of drawing instruments to mark a two-dimensional medium. Common instruments include graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoals, chalk, pastels, markers, stylus, or various metals like silverpoint. An artist who practices or works in drawing may be referred to as a draftsman or draughtsman.
A small amount of material is released onto the two dimensional medium which leaves a visible mark—the process is similar to that of painting. The most common support for drawing is paper, although other materials such as cardboard, plastic, leather, canvas and board, may be used. Temporary drawings may be made on a blackboard or whiteboard, or indeed almost anything. The medium has also become popular as a means of public expression via graffiti art, because of the easy availability of permanent markers.-->
Ink drawing is for the artist a kind of verification of his
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Common Sense Watercolour Advice
I'm occasionally asked for advice on watercolour. Not that I consider myself the greatest watercolourist or anything, but I've been using the medium almost daily for years, so I've picked up a few helpful pointers along the way. I thought I'd share a few hints and tips for the beginning watercolourist (and then when I get asked "how do you paint in watercolour like that?" I can just give them the link to this News Articl). :D.
1. The Rules
Forget them. A watercolour purist will tell you never to use black and never to use white. This is patently nonsense. They'll tell you "you must make your own black, and use the paper as your white". If you know the history about why they made up these silly rules, you'll see why you ought to ignore them: the notion of not using black watercolour started because good blacks were unavailable after whales became scarce.
Hunh?  It's true. Ivory black was originally made by burning whalebone. When whalebone became virtually unavailable, black w
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Haiku Theory Part 1 -2009-
A Lot of Words About A Little Poem
An Introduction to Haiku Structures
Part 1
A haiku poem cannot be defined according to the number of syllables and lines it contains (nor by the number of syllables in each line). Although I do not wish to go into the reasons why at this point (I will save that for a later discussion) the form of modern English haiku, as Haruo Shirane writes, “is a short poem, usually written in one to three lines.” (in Gilbert, 2009)  At this point our definition sounds very vague. If the number of syllables and lines do not define a haiku poem, then what does? And if a haiku poem is simply a short one, two or three-line poem then what separates it from other forms of Western short-verse or, in the case of one-line haiku, a sentence?
Patricia Donegan writes, in agreement with the Western haiku community at large, that “syllable counting... is not the important thing for haiku in English. Haiku is an experience, not an act of co
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I haven't been here in quite some time. So here's a note to say I'm still around, and should be posting some new (and new to here) things.
Minerva (Sold)
Minerva measures 5"x 7", and is acrylic on gessobord. I was looking to make an intriguing expression but with lots of texture. She's still one of my favourites.
I'm the featured artist for ArtSquared in San Marcos, Texas! December 12th at the courthouse.

Come visit!


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Terrible Beauty
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Personal Quote: It is finished; do you see the Light of the Saviour inside this machine? ~ Saviour Machine


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RoseSpectrum Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
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:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

It's October 25th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

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JJJMadness Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018
Hey! Stopping by to thank you for the watch. Whether it's because of my art or because of my features, I hope you will continue to enjoy and follow my work.
Have a great and inspired day!
NoraMarquez Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for :+fav: on:
The Expansion by NoraMarquez  
DawidZdobylak Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :)
HalfFormedThoughts Featured By Owner Edited Jun 15, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D :hug:
MarioFegan Featured By Owner May 15, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thanks for watching!
ebjeebies Featured By Owner May 9, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch! ^_^
cristell15 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the support! by cristell15  
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