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On My Way Back

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 23, 2018, 4:00 PM
Hi everyone,

I would like to apologise for my sudden and prolonged absence from DA.  Things just got on top of me last year.  After losing my Dad.  Since the there have been several bouts of flu and a sudden house move.  It has been a really draining time, and I just needed time out.

But now the move is over and the unpacking has begun, I wanted to let you all know I am well and on an even keel now.  I will be back fully after Easter, by then the most of the boxes should be unpacked.

I hope everyone is doing ok, I have missed you all.


Winners Feature

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 6, 2017, 3:14 PM

The winners Of The " Nothing Extra Contest "
Hosted By


Level 1


floating in stock images by Multiartis

Level two


The secret theater by Amaranta-G


Not Your Lolly by AWPhotography607


The Locomotive by Mandelblute

Advanced level


Falling Apart by SlichoArt


The Book Of Shadows by silviya

Congratulations to all of the winners, and Well done to all who took part in this fantastic contest.

Stock Feature

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:27 PM

News Flash

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 31, 2017, 4:27 PM

Breaking Good News!

After all there is plenty of bad news right now in our divided world.  So I am going to spread a little goodness lol

I have decided to make some of my HDR images available as stock.  Please check out my HDR STOCK GALLERY within my main STOCK GALLERY

All of my stock is UNRESTRICTED USE.  All I ask is to be credited and for you to link back to my image page.  That way I get to see your wonderful work and share it in one of my features.  Below are the first few images made available as stock images.  Enjoy

Please note 

only the images in the HDR Stock folder may be used in your artwork.

Up The Steps by supersnappz16    The Old Market by supersnappz16    Under The Bridge by supersnappz16    Quaint cottage by supersnappz16


Contest and Feature

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 12, 2017, 12:40 PM

Via30+ Members Feature

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 10, 2017, 4:09 PM


Photography Gallery Feature 

A small selection from our Photography Gallery. 
 Other gallery features to follow soon

Time by tahirlazim

Whose are cones in the forest? by Daykiney  Cannes. France. by jennystokes

Eyes Full Of Questions by InayatShah

Longing for Spring by EyeOfTheKat  Old Jewish Cemetery V. by rembo78

Starolesnianske pleso 1986 m. n.p.m. by miirex

After Darkness,shines the Light by JonnyGoodboy  Close to home V by EyeOfTheKat

What's a blue bike doing here? by jennystokes VII... by roblfc1892  Juvenile Iora  by vinsky2002

Green grocery tuk-tuk. by jennystokes

Blue Ochid by vanndra  Summer dance. by Phototubby

Ein Tag ein Bild - 103 by Merkosh

Creston Valley by kootenayphotos

Winter Blues Contest Winners Feature.

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 9, 2017, 5:25 AM

Winter Blues Contest Winners

 hosted by :iconstewed-tomatoes: 

Congratulations to all of the winners, and a big well done to all contestants.

First Place


Winter Friends by supersnappz16

Second Place


Contemplating Crossing by BluScreenPhotography

Third place


WinterBlues by KarmaRae

Level 2
First place. 

Winter's tale by Lubov2001

Second place

Little Fox by mrscats
Third Place

The Lone Southern Wolf by JayGraphixx

Level 3 
First place

Winter Blues by annewipf

second place


Hungry by SlichoArt

Third place

Winters Guardian by Splat-Shot

Christmas / Winter Feature.

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 22, 2016, 5:40 AM

Autumn Contest Winners

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 8, 2016, 3:39 PM

Autumn Contest Voting Rd2

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 4, 2016, 4:57 PM

Autumn Contest Voting Open.

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 1, 2016, 11:34 AM

Autumn Contest 2Days left.

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 16, 2016, 3:34 PM

Creatures of the night - Contest Winners Feature

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 14, 2016, 5:15 AM


Little Vampire by Asteltainn

Oh hi by StargazingMongrel

Sheruff Ollie by StargazingMongrel   LeahRGD by StargazingMongrel  The flying ship of Orraul by StargazingMongrel

Creature of the night by ashihmin  63 by ashihmin   Star Souls by ashihmin

aMuddledAttempt by wafar2798  theFallOfAllThings -Watercolor by wafar2798  ScalyBaby -Watercolor by wafar2798

Demented Werewolf by Anesthetic-X

Zombie Transformation 2.0 by Anesthetic-X  Dead Star Cat Prosthetic by Anesthetic-X  Bats! by Anesthetic-X

Full Moon by she0wolf

Caracal by she0wolf  Friendship by she0wolf  Realistic Wolf by she0wolf

Congratulations to all the winners and entrants of the contest.

Halloween Special Feature And Group News

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 30, 2016, 6:36 AM

Prize Donators Feature

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 22, 2016, 5:16 PM

Autumn Contest on Manip4Fun

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 16, 2016, 6:13 AM

Featured Artist Of The Week

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 10, 2016, 3:36 PM
This is a repost from the talented hands of Phillis 

You must read this all the way through....
Thank You.

The Dedication of Stock Providers:

Stock Providers on DeviantART work to provide free or low cost stock for the community. They put in their own time at their own expense to provide quality stock for use by any Deviant (and often allow offsite use as well). Because of their generosity, time and expense, the very least anyone can do when using the stock is to Read the Rules and to Properly Credit the Stock Provider!

Credit is important. First of all, it shows respect for the stock artist; Secondly, when a Stock Provider is properly credited in the Artist Description at the same time the Deviation is submitted, then the Stock Artist will be notified via mentions. When the stock credits are typed in when editing later, then the mentions will not notify the Stocker.

HOW to Properly Credit the Stock Provider:

Type or copy/paste a Direct Link to the stock used into the Artist Description. Simply putting the stock provider's site name isn't sufficient. Why? Stock isn't always readily recognizable once edited, and it helps the Stock Provider to show others the stock that is available on his/her site. Even when using your own stock, at least put in the Artist Description you're using your own resources. It avoids confusion when submitting to groups that check resource links.

Core Members can use up to six (6) thumbs in the Artist Description; however, it works best to keep the thumbs at FIVE (5) until ALL the stocks and brushes are credited, because, for some reason, DeviantART's code won't allow another thumb to be pasted in order to be converted to a link after six thumbs have been placed into the Artist Description. So, to avoid issues, decide which five to use until all links have been included, then choose the sixth thumb. Also, it is best when using a thumb to provide a text link as well, in case the Core Membership runs out sometime in the future.

Non-Core Members must use links in the Artist Description, since using thumbs is a Core benefit.

Once the Deviation has been posted, notify the Stock Provider as per the Stock Provider's Rules (more about this below*). Rules may require notification in a comment of the stock or brush, via note or profile comment. If multiple stocks are used from a single Stock Provider, it may be okay to notify the Provider via Note explaining which stocks were used. Check the Provider's rules to be sure. 

Proper Crediting Example: 

The following is a Mixed Media Deviation along with the Artist Description showing Credits for Stocks and Brushes (mixture of both links and thumbs ~ click to open full size in
As Posted by TheStockWarehouse 

Sweet Dreams Young Prince by TheStockWarehouse  Crediting in Artist Description by TheStockWarehouse


Well it is just over a month since I started this group and we already have 53 members. Below is the latest member introductions. If you have not already done so, why not click the link in the next paragraph and introduce yourself to the group. It is totally voluntary and you can give as much or as little info that you feel comfortable with.

Member Introduction

Welcome to the first of our new member introduction feature #2. The idea of the feature is not only to show off new member artwork but to allow us all to get to know each other a little better. If you have not done so already why not follow the instructions in A warm welcome to Via-30+  And you will be added to a future edition of Member features.

Your real first name: Melissa, aka Mel

Country you live in / born: Maine, USA

What your skill is and how you got started: My focus is digital art and photomanipulation. I actually got started as a writer looking for stock and tutorials on how to make my own ebook covers and everything evolved from there. These days, I write AND create book covers for other indie authors at

Your very first image posted on Da:
My 3rd Birthday by msfowle

Three of your choice from your galleries:
Fairy On Stage by msfowle
Firefly Theater by msfowle
Disillusional by msfowle

A little more info: I'm a mom to an energetic almost-7-year-old, a wife to a hardworking husband, I would literally lose my mind if I couldn't write, I'm thankful for finding the dA community to help me discover an artistic side of myself I didn't realize was there, and I'm very blessed to have all that I do. Love

A random selection of images taken from our galleries. I must say looking at the selection below, leaves me speechless of how high quality work is in our galleries. 

Hard At Work -III by InayatShah  Torside Reservoir... by TheBaldingOne  Rise by AnthonyPresley   Biddulph Grange 2 by WilliamEiffert   The Dutch Cottage by supersnappz16

Summer Wheatlands XXI. by realityDream  House by the river by Pajunen  Strandarkirkja by LordLJCornellPhotos  Misty Gold Mountain Sunset by somadjinn  May Lily by Deb-e-ann

tree002 by ov3  In my heart and in my soul by Merkosh  Red Canoe by kootenayphotos  Double Trouble by InayatShah  St Ives Harbour by Deb-e-ann

Ratrace by SlichoArt  Just Like Me by StarfireArizona  Entrance to the Promised Land 2016 by nudagimo  The Nanny by StarfireArizona  Clocks And Stairs by TheFantaSim

Gathering by robhas1left  Queen Of Nature by Elchanan  Sleeping fairy by IgnisFatuusII  The Return Of The Prodigal by Lora-Vysotskaya  Drowning in to valentine by shades-of-art

Desillusion by SlichoArt  Spring Time by supersnappz16  My lonely place 4 by IgnisFatuusII  Sometimes..............things just happen. by jennystokes  A morning in a magical forest by shades-of-art

Broken stairs by SabakuNoShi  When darkness falls by petronellavanree  Death And Taxes by Lora-Vysotskaya  The Ruins 2.. by AledJonesDigitalArt  The King And His Queen by TheFantaSim

Autumn by HILIF