I know time is very precious.
A glorious, happy image, and I am grateful for the kindness.
I wish to thank everyone who linked me to a Valentine they made, AND to those who sent me a Valentine through the
this year. It really meant a lot to me, especially knowing I wasn't here, to also participate in the same way. They were all so lovely to return to dA to see!
However, I have them all in a Custom Box down the left-hand side of my Profile Page, for a while.
And they are already permanently located on the journal pages.
from the NEW GROUP:
which is run by both the awesome Beverly
and the fabulous Lynn
Please come by and check out this really neat group! Personal NOTE
I've been back for about two weeks, and still, I feel overwhelmed with catching up...
but I know that so many can relate to this.
I just want to say thank you for the immense support I received from some of my friends here,
even during the time that I was away... believe me, the support really helped to keep me strong and get me through.
I also appreciate every single good wish I have received from everyone!
My mom still has a long way to go with her recovery, and because of that, it was really difficult to return home.
But it was good that I went, and I am glad that I did. It was an experience I won't forget...
I mean that in every positive way, even if it was a challenge.
She is still having some trouble, but I am hoping Physical Therapy is going to give her the next bit of strength that she needs. Sometimes, it really is difficult to be so far from family.
Thank you all again for your help and support during this time. Help Me Celebrate FIVE Years on dA, with FIVE Works of ART!
Dear Friends and Watchers of dA,
I admit, that I am excited because I am celebrating FIVE years on dA!
As of March 9th, 2008, I have been a member of this amazing art community!
I've never left, I've always been here, except for the occasional visit to family, small vacation, or the time that I moved out of state.
I came here, shy for a while at first, but through much encouragement and support, I feel I've become more outgoing, and I have certainly learned a lot, and met some of the very best people EVER!
I came for art, originally, but I've come to realize that MOST of all, I have stayed because of the lovely people and the dear friendships I've made.
If ANY of you, who may read this, would like to help me celebrate my FIVE years on dA,PLEASE SEND ME A NOTE with the following information:
TWO thumbcodes or links of your own work, that you really like!
THREE thumbcodes or links of work from a FRIEND of yours here on dA!
I will feature all FIVE works in my next profile journal!
I may even have a tiny surprise for those who participate!
Any Media is Welcomed!
Just NO Mature Content, please.
I prefer that the friend you choose is someone you wish could get more EXPOSURE for their work, but really it is up to YOU, who you choose.
You do not have to be a Watcher of mine to participate... ANY member of dA, could participate.
Currently, I am NOT placing a limit on the number of artists who send me these five thumbcodes, but I can let you know when or if I feel I might have too many. I look forward to seeing WHO might help me CELEBRATE this exciting time,
by participating in this FIVE for FIVE activity! Special Groups & Info.!
is my main group!
Our Newest News Articles:
January's TOP Subs of Unframed-Nature and NEWS!Welcome to January 2013’s Top Submissions of Unframed-Nature.
As several of you may remember, I was due to be away for much of February, and therefore this news article about January was due to come out very late in this month of February...
I've only been back a couple days, and I've been working feverishly to get this article together and out before the end of this month! I know it is especially late, but I appreciate your patience and understanding!
Thank you for being here whether you are a Member yet or not!
We welcome you and your support!
We continue to grow each month, with more talented artists of a variety of art media!
A GRAND Welcome to ALL of Our NEW MEMBERS!
And a HUGE thank you to our loyal Members who have been submitting your fabulous Nature Work to our Group for a long time now.
Without you, we simply wouldn’t be here.
VOTE on February! And Other News!:iconblueflowerplz: Voting on Top Submissions of February 2013! :iconblueflowerplz:
:iconlovegreenplz: TIME TO VOTE ON FEBRUARY 2013's FOLDERS! :iconlovegreenplz:
:iconlovegreenplz: :iconlovegreenplz: :iconlovegreenplz: :iconlovegreenplz:
~~~ :iconpoppy3plz: ~~~ HOW TO VOTE ~~~ :iconpoppy3plz: ~~~
Most Months, we hold a WHOLE GROUP Membership Voting, and we Welcome our AWESOME MEMBERS/[plus ADMIN.!] to VOTE on what each feel are the TOP Submissions from the Month, out of our Folders!
We believe this is the Group's Group.
We will continue to ONLY vote on our FIVE original folders...
As for our new special folders, work WILL be highlighted from them periodically, in certain Special News Articles.
You May Vote on:
2 from "Birds, Iverts., Aquatics, Repts., Amphibs. FEB. 2013" - HERE: http://unframed-nature.deviantart.com/gallery/41857264
Our NEXT Theme is currently going on:MARCH'S THEME: "Flying Nature"
You can read all about in the above news article or...
directly inside the Submitting folder, HERE: [link]
It opened: Mar. 1st, 2013
It closes: Mar. 31st, 2013
Our NEXT BIG
Contest, is likely to begin on APRIL 1st!
Also if ever you might be interested in becoming a part of the ADMIN. TEAM at our Group,
Administrator Application for Unframed-Nature#Unframed-Nature's Application for Administrative Position
Accepting Applications for Administrator Positions at #Unframed-Nature is now: OPEN!
Before you apply, please know that volunteering for a large and active group here on dA, such as #Unframed-Nature is a real and true commitment, which will take up some of your time on at least a weekly basis, maybe more.
#Unframed-Nature is special in many ways, but from an Administrative view point, it is very special because we have always had good luck with our current Administrators, most of which have been with the Group, as Administrators, for a very long time.
We are a very friendly Team, both with each other, and with the Members, as well. This means when we do have to decline works, we do give a reason, and we are friendly about it. It means, that upon occasion if there is something that we disagree about within the Admin. Team, we disagree nic
And remember, that each item listed in the application section is NOT a requirement, but as a whole, we are simply assessing what might be known by the applicant.
Also our Group's Points
Account is HERE: ~Unframed-Nature-PTS
Thank you to ALL, who have donated so far!
#SolutionsSanctuary Have you ever wanted to be part of the SOLUTION??
This might be the Group for you!
Check out their most recent News Article:
DD Suggestion Drive: Results!After a long wait...
We at last can reveal the statistics and winners of this year's Daily Deviation Suggestion Drive! This group began as a response to `thorns' infamous Complaint Challenge, and the DD Suggestion Drive was the first project in that response.
Last year we had a total of 210 deviations suggested (mostly in the Literature and Photography communities) and about 60 of those suggestions were accepted throughout the year. This year....
Total Deviations Suggested: 559
Suggestions Accepted in January: 47
Total Suggestions Accepted as of Today: 62
Number of Participants: 42
At least one suggestion was accepted on average every day in January! Excellent work people! You should all be proud of y
This great educational group about "The Love of All Dog Breeds"
has been on dA for a long while now!
They also support animal adoptions, in general!
Featuring February's !RARE! Breed of the MonthInfo, Rules & Guidelines || The F A Q || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || RARE! BotM Features || stopBSL on FaceBook
Welcome to Our !RARE! Breed of the Month Feature!
January’s !RARE! Breed of the Month
2011 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
Also, from the Founder, and my friend, Sass Operation TNR
Recent News Articles:
Go Get Funding - Operation TNROperation TNR in NorthEast Ohio
Official Operation TNR logo / webpage header, which is being used as the header of all website pages by Operation TNR's Website, created by a very, very dear friend of mine; all thanks to ~cKyfan7788
• Home Page | • Feral Cat FAQ | • Meet Our Ferals
• Our Rescued Cats | • In Memory Of | • News & Success | • Contact Us
Operation TNR @ gogefunding.com
First I wan
You can also find out more about them on their official site:[link]
Thank you to those who've helped or spread the news in any way.
They continue to need help!
This awesome group is holding a great year-long project:"ART FOR TREES"
Art for Trees - project:iconspringtree-1plz::iconspringtree-2plz::iconspringtree-3plz::iconspringtree-4plz::iconspringtree-4pl5:
"When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today."
- Chinese proverb
Trees are important, valuable and necessary to our very existence. It's not too hard to believe that, without trees we humans would not exist on this beautiful planet. Trees are the largest and longest living organisms on earth. To grow tall the tree has become a miracle of engineering and a complex chemical factory. It is able to take water and salts out of the earth and lift them up to the leaves, sometimes over 400 ft above. By means of photosynthesis the leaves combine the water and salts with carbon dioxide from the air to produce the nutrients which feed the tree. In this process, as well as wood, trees create many chemicals, seeds and fruit of great utility to man. Trees also remove carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, from
Also, the Founder and my friend Mirach,
is holding a game! WIN POINTS
sifro. - solve the codes and win points! Dec/24/2012 We have a next winner! It's =WintersRead, winning 306 points!
Nov/11/2012 - The second winner is =nuvak! He generously refused the point reward, so there is still a lot of points in the pool for the next winner!
Oct/12/2012 - We have the first winner! It's *ninquetari, who wins 475 points!
The easy day was yesterday! Today, the game begins! And It's just in time for dA's birthday!
First cipher: http://sta.sh/013oovslpt00
Submitting system: http://blazing-galaxy-3308.herokuapp.com/
to participate, you need do one (or both) of the two following things:
a) donate points into the pool on my front page (they are points solely for the prizes in this game) - you can donate any number of points, starting at 1, if you didn't already
b) post a journal about this game
(c) or at least this journal, if you really don't
This is a positive Group spinning the world of dA NEWS your way!
Check out these recent news articles, found in this wonderful group:
Looking For More Love: A FeatureUnder Appreciated: Find more artists to love!
This journal feature was solely written and compiled by =fluf-studios. While it is highly encouraged to promote the artists in the feature, you are not allowed to reproduce any of the text without permission from the author.
Hello to all! This is fluf-studios, at your service. Today, I'm completing Week 8, 2013 of #deviant365, which is to make a feature of 5 under appreciated artists. But to hell with minimum requirements! I'm going to do more than what is asked of me...
What am I, Fluf, planning for this? I'm afraid you have to read the whole feature to find out! Now sit back, and relax, and enjoy this imaginary e-popcorn I am offering you. (If you prefer pizza or cookies, we have that too.)
The Rise Of The Artist, You Are The FutureFebruary 27, 2013/by $techgnotic
Watch #depthRADIUS →
You Are The Future
Forward by $techgnotic
Picasso seeing a seven as an upside down nose?
Right brain warriors in the new age will be the coveted candidates ordained to lead and guide us; lifting the torch to light the way forward into a brave new beautiful world.
Artists have always feared that they are unappreciated and that the march of progress comes only from business, science and their machines. 1984 was imagined by an artist projecting these exact fears. Our guest essayist suggests the computer will never be our master, but only the super high speed counting machine it was meant to be leaving humans with only one pure task— being creative.
The Right Brain Revolutionby
Self Harm Awareness Day 2013: RecoveryHello all
You may have seen ^NicSwaner's wonderful article on Self -Injury Awareness day already, but at this time of year, I always post an article on this subject too anually. Self Harm is a topic which is personal to me as I am sure it is to many others. It's been 8 years since I last harmed myself, and since then I have been involved not only in personal recovery, but projects and organisations that also offer help, information and advice to those who need it.
Today, March 1st, is Self Harm Awareness day all over the world. It is a day where people are encouraged to look beyond stereotypes, ask questions and try to understand a little more about self harm. It is also a time where I feel it is important to speak out about personal experiences and raise the awareness beyond sharing the facts.
Please sign the Petition for Afghan womens rights!Dear friends!
We have reached more than 1200 signs on the petition! But we need many more! The English version is finally online!
Please visit this journal for further information!
16th Feb 2013
A petition - the IAH e.V. made - is now online on avaaz.org! Please sign the petition so we can reach the president of the afghan parlament. Here is the Link:
I couldn't find the english version of it so here is the translation of our message why this is so important for us, in English (You can find the German version through the link above):
According to the constitution of Afghanistan women have the right to participate in public life.
But the reality is that Afghan women, who have the courage to participate in public life, are exposed to nasty slurs, violent assaults and even death threats and assassinations. In just the past few years, dozens of Afghan
Project Educate: Techniques of AnimationI wanted to compile a short but sweet list of different styles of animation that can help show you definitions and hopefully you will enjoy trying at home! Typically called a style, but more correctly a technique, animation has been applied in any sense possible over an entire century of experimentation.
1) 2D 'Traditional Animation'
This can come in a variety of different forms. Mostly they start with a 'pencil test' which is paper, pencils and pegbars. These are then studied and scrutinised and thrown away until correct.
In olden times these were then sent to the Ink and Paint department (usually full of women) who systematically inked and painted the cels by hand.
This method was widely used up until the 1990s!
After the 1990s many studios started to use computers to do all the colouring work! Disney developed its CAPS system and used it from The Rescuers Down Under (1990) till The Little Matchgirl (2006) when they stopped using it. Since then
Artists: Born or Created?Are artists born or are they created?
These are questions that has been debated throughout human history. Are certain individuals somehow given a trait at birth that allows them to excel at creativity? What about others that desire to become an artist? Can these individuals be taught the skills necessary to become an artist. Or, is it a melding of both inborn talent and knowledge gained from the study of artistic techniques?
The poll: What do you think?
"Are artist created or born?"
Becoming an artist takes education and practice.
Artists are born with a natural creative ability.
I don't know?
If you have not participated,
feel free to jump over and cast your vote!
We decided to take a poll here on deviantART through the #seniormentors group to see what the community thinks on this
Keep your eyes
open for what's next!
Not only does The Well help grant dA wishes, but we host
various weekly and also, monthly events:
Besides our ongoing weekly and monthly events, like..."TUESDAY TREATS"
Tuesday Treats: The Best of Friends... life wouldn't be fun without friends ... "WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY"
Everyone has a best friend. Some friends are family, some are furry, some are fearless ... but they all know what it means to be a good friend. Find a deviation that either shows you with your best friend or shows what your best friend looks like and link it in a comment on this blog! One deviation per member please. Each submitted deviation will be featured in the next TT! Enjoy and have the best day ever!
Last time, we showed a little envy...
Have a suggestion? Just send the group a note with subject of Tuesday Treats Suggestion!
Wonderful WednesdayHello Dear Members, Watchers and Visitors
It's the middle of the week again
Share the artistic talents of your watchers or friends
Here is what you can do to help promote your watchers or friends:
* Visit your watchers or friends list and pick one from the list you would like to share.
* Visit your chosen deviants gallery and pick one deviation from their gallery.
* Copy the deviation link and paste the link into the comments of this blog.
Next: Tell us "Why the chosen deviant and deviation is Wonderful?"
Example deviation: the deviation reminds me of bright and sunny day.
Example deviant: the deviant is always positive, kind and friendly.
Please remember to leave a comment and link to this blog on your friends or
watchers profile page, by doing so they will know you are helping them
gain exposure in a very positive way
Wonderful Wednesday will be featured w
All of it gets reported in..."WISHING WELL WEEKLY"
WishingWell WeeklyThe Wishlist | Granted Wishes | Featured Member | Featured Print FEB. Nomimations
Point Features | Well Wishes | Tuesday Treats |
The Noms: FebruaryThe Noms
Get your fill!
The Special in February
February is all about sharing the love and giving back! #deviantHEART, a group we are affiliated with whose goal is to "Promote Positivity," is hosting an event, "14 Days of Features" (courtesy of one of their amazing admins, `Infinite-Heart!). On Day 14 (Valentine's Day), there will be a huge feature on what YOU think of LOVE! No need to join the group. No need to watch the group. If you want to participate, simply note `Infinite-Heart with your thoughts on love or love-related deviations. Or, you can comment on the February Noms that come out on the 1st with your thoughts, and the Well will send them to #deviantHEART. Get lovey-dovey! Get featured! Be happy!
=Xcalibur86 has been one of the most helpful deviants I've had the pleasure to come across here on DA ... Always ready to extend a helping hand
Look for MARCH Noms, to be out soon!
A Group about Love and Positivity!
Here's some great things to take note of:
Heart Art Submissions Open!Heart Art Curator `The-Lantiis
Submit HeartArt Here
Submit your 3 most positive deviations to the current Heart Art folder, and you might earn points and features! You have two opportunities each month to participate, once in Week 1 and again in Week 3. Don't delay! Check out the activity guide for more information ♥
Two votes are needed to have your work added to the folder. Please consider what you are submitting. Hearts, smiles, love, happy emotion, laughter, red, etc are just a few of the things you can submit (so many more possibilties), but simply cute or well done submissions that don't appear to be "HeartArt Material" will be declined.
in no particular order
is hosting a really fun contest!
If you like music, this contest might be for YOU!
Yellow Contest & Other Stuff
:iconmanip-your-music:'s "Yellow Contest" has begun!
It is based on the band Coldplay's "Yellow" which you can view & listen to here:
Coldplay - Yellow
Contest Starts on 3-15-13 and finishes on 4-15-12
It will be based on Originality, Concept, and Creative Intuition.
Any medium with the exception of Film will be accepted as long as it falls into the group's guidelines - Manip-Your-Music's Guidelines
Limit 1 entry per person
Admin Cannot Participate
Please submit your entry into the "Yellow Contest" Folder.
The following link is the where the submissions are on view;
I personally will be a judge along with :iconteaphot
A wonderful and pet friendly group!
To help this lovely group finally become a SuperGroup,
consider donating POINTS
Thank you so much to those who donate
Other Great Active Groups to Consider Joining,
and participating in their awesome activities! AWESOME CONTEST Being Held By a GOOD Friend!
is hosting a very wonderful contest about "changing the world for the better"!
This is an awesome idea!! PLEASE read more about it HERE:
How will you save the world this year?UPDATE:
SO FAR TO THIS DATE THERE HAS BEEN ONLY ONE ENTRY FOR THIS CONTEST, IM NOT SURE IF EVERYONE IS WAITING TILL THE LAST MINUTE TO PUT IN THERE ENTRY, OR SOME HAVE FORGOT, OR ANY OTHER REASON. SO I HAVE DECIDED TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE BY 2 WEEKS.
EVEN IF YOUR NOT ENTERING, PLEASE FORWARD THIS CONTEST TO YOUR FRIENDS AND WATCHERS, YOU NEVER KNOW WHO MIGHT HAVE A BRILLIANT WORLD CHANGING IDEA.
IM STILL LOOKING FOR 2 JUDGES AND ANY PRIZE DONATIONS, FEATURES, POINTS OR PREMIUM MEMBERSHIPS, OR EVEN PRINTS.
Today I am announcing the new contest for sa
What would YOU do, to make the world a better place, if you could? The South Coast Humane Society
here, on the SW Coast of Oregon continues to keep me very busy... I do the photoshoots of their animals for adoptions for "Adopt-a-Pets" and "Pets-of-the-Week" for the newspapers, plus I work on the photos for the animals and upload them to their page at Petfinder.com. The same photos go their fb page. I share SOME, of these same photos with you here on dA!
It's always busy! The Shelter Project! Info. From The TWO ANNIVERSARY
The Shelter Project: Two Year Anniversary!Special Edition News Article:
HAPPY TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY to "The Shelter Project"
:iconlovetigerplz: :iconwalkingcatplz::icondoggyplz::iconblack-kittenplz::iconlilplz: :iconlovetigerplz:
:iconhurrahplz: As of this month of August, "The Shelter Project" is TWO Years Old! :iconhurrahplz:
~~ Intro., Purpose of Article, History, and Info. ~~
Welcome to The TWO Year Anniversary of "The Shelter Project"- http://teaphotography.deviantart.com/gallery/2537930!
EVERYONE is welcome to be here, to be a part of the celebration, to learn more about this project and why it continues to be so important, and find out all about those here on dA who have even made this worthy cause even possible as something to participate in, right here on deviantART!
Truly the MAIN PURPOSE of this News Article is to give thanks and gratitude to ALL of the outstanding AFFILIATES of "The Shelter Project", as THEY are the ones who have made this
Thank you so much to everyone for all the truly outstanding support of this project during its FIRST TWO YEARS,
and since then!
It has meant so very much.
REMEMBER- The South Coast Humane Society
DOES welcome The Shelter Project: [link]
as an official fundraiser of theirs.
They are happy to have this, and help of any kind. EXTRA SPECIAL THANK YOU'S! First of All...
THANK YOU, [AGAIN] to those who have
'd "Part 2"
of THE SHELTER PROJECT,
HERE: The Shelter Project
was presented first, HERE:
I had updated with:
as a SPECIAL Thank-You to ALL dA Affiliates of the Project.
This was the most recent upload which thanks those who purchased during 2012, and gives the total donation amount for 2012:
Thank you to all who continue to
the Project to at least simply spread the word, about helping animals in need.
is a big deal with a project like this, because by
'ing it DOES at least spread the word for a good cause. An Extra Special Thank You
to the Following Artists and Groups who have recently featured for the FIRST time, or re-featured The Shelter Project
on their Journals or Profile Page, created something or even donated
on behalf of the project.
Those who CONTINUE to feature, have featured other times before, or also maintain
a Promotion of The Shelter Project
on your Profile Page or Journal- Thank you for your ongoing support.
The names of those who have taken The Shelter Project further in a variety of ways, through their various types of features of the Project,
on behalf of the project, and Purchases DIRECTLY through Tea Photography
© are placed on my Profile Page inside the Custom Box, titled: If Only- The Shelter Project
and are listed in the AFFILIATES
SECTION, because their type/s of support have earned them their official AFFILIATION with this project. Their names, or Group's names are also placed inside,
in the Artist's Comments sections of each one of certain official pieces of associated with The Shelter Project
. This is a permanent status. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS KEPT AND MAINTAINED PROMOTIONS & OF THE SHELTER PROJECT ON THEIR JOURNALS OR PROFILE PAGES! THIS IS MORE THAN I COULD HAVE EVER EXPECTED!
The EXTRA Special THANK-YOU Features for DIRECT PURCHASES,
are also on the Profile Page, on the Left-side.
is there for the OTHER project that we worked on together, where she sponsored the 5-piece set of framed prints of my images for the Shelter, as asked of me by the manager to donate, HERE: [link]
. While not the same as The Shelter Project, "The Shelter ART Project" STILL went to benefit that SAME Shelter!
are still there, and remain there, for their business AND repeat business of my work.
Repeat business, is not even all that a few of them have done, even though that's the epitome of awesome, and is direct help. But the repeat & ongoing promotions on the Journals and Profile Pages of Philippe, Jocelyne, Cheryl, Dana, Cecelia, Sandy, and Teresa, is phenomenal.
They have worked so hard to help promote, in addition to their purchases. I never could have imagined, not just awesome customers, but as if partners, throughout this whole Project.