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Not Quite Yet...

Sat Mar 16, 2013, 11:52 PM
My break from dA is kinda over now, but I'm generally just lurking for right now.

First, I want to apologize to everyone for just up & leaving like I did. And for worrying quite a few of you. I just had to leave for a little while. A lot of shit happened and I was hurt very badly. My heart was torn. I felt utterly crushed, betrayed, and pretty much worthless. I was in a very dark place for a while and quite honestly...I just didn't know what was going to happen to me. 

Things are still very hard for me, but as of today I am dealing with it a lot better than I have the past several days. I basically just want to leave it behind me already, I'm so very sick of feeling that way and crying so, so much. My eyes are sore and my body won't stop aching. It  will take a lot of time for me to heal and move on, but the point is that I am making the effort to move forward. 

Nothing can fix what was done...but I want to say how very grateful I am that things did not happen for the absolute worst. I don't know what would have happened if things went differently. I am so very happy for this friendship, it means the entire world to me. I've had a handful of best friends in my life, but none of them is quite like this one and I want to treasure it forever. I'm so tired of ruining things and I do not want to ruin the thing that means the most to me. 

So...second, I will slowly get back into things back here. I have been attempting this so much the past few months, but this time I feel things are right. It seems no matter how low things get for me and no matter how much time I take away from here, this place will always be special to me and draw me back time and again. I only hope that I don't ever have to take a break like this one ever again. I t will take time for me to get back into the swing of things once again. 

And...I want to thank you guys for your support, concerns, and general love you gave me when I was at my lowest. It means a lot to me, it really does.

Thank You, Guys Heart by maftie


Going Away

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 12:05 AM
So...bye

I really don't know when I'm coming back




If you wish to talk with me still, go here www.facebook.com/quolia17 or here quolia.tumblr.com/


Lovely Features

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 3:12 PM
Hello, lovelies! :flirty:

Finished taking out my monstrous inbox and felt like sharing a few of the awesome stuff I came across :love:

Please enjoy and if you're in a featuring mood as well, create your own feature & share some awesome stuff from your own inbox! :heart:



Stars by kubo-isako

Ahh...kubo-isako's work is always so inspiring!

Marine Tube by Namie-kun

I'm such a dork for Pokemon...and this is so awesome!

Sylveon by ichigo-tan

Speaking of Pokemon...She is so cute! Though, I think she hardly resembles Eevee like the rest of the Eevee-lutions do

*** by oprisco

oprisco's photos always wow me and each have many stories :la:

Morrigan by mad-jill

Been playing Dragon Age again...so this was pretty cool to see :dummy:

No Need to Knead Bread by cloduy

Just... Drooling Tard by BurgerBunny

Away She'd Fly by C-91

C-91's fractals...They make me melt with joy :lovelymelt: by admx

kingdom hearts by Tomoji

I will always love Kingdom Hearts Heartless La for Kyut530 by litecrush

heart galaxy by mintyy

This emote is so gorgeous! :happybounce:


Clavies work is always so colorful and inspiring!

Storyboat by TheCameraGirl

So dreamy... :heart:

Blue Caravan by justjingles

Ah, love the colors in this!

Ninfia (test) by rosuuri

So lovely *w*

Clarity by SymmetryBox

Love the hearts! :heart:



...And let me stop there before I post all the things :XD:

Things are getting better and my brother will be visiting for a few weeks soon :aww: Thanks to all who commented on my last journal and gave encouraging words Heart by maftie


5 seconds hug by Bad-Blood


© 2012 pica-ae | Background image by Subtle Patterns

Not the Best Valentine's Day...

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 4:24 PM
Yeah :hmm:
It's so weird...sometimes right before or after something bad happens or bad news comes my way, I get these weird dreams? I can't recall the dream now, but it made me wake up feeling anxious. And not long after I fell back asleep Mom comes to wake me up very early to tell me that my older brother tried to commit suicide. Even now as I'm typing that, I still can't seem to grasp it completely. He took pills, but help came in time and he's in the hospital now. Dad will most likely be flying out there soon and depending on how things go, he might have to bring my brother back here with us.

This whole day has been kind of hazy to me and I've felt sick to my stomach...and now I feel weak and have a terrible headache, probably because I haven't eaten much.

And I keep forgetting that it's freakin' Valentine's Day. It sure doesn't feel like it. I'm not really feeling up to it all. I glanced at my horrendous inbox and saw that some of you sent me valentines and it made me smile. I just can't look at them right now, but I want to thank those who sent them and I want you guys to know that it means so much to me that you're thinking about me, even though I've hardly been here. I've had to work a lot this past week and did not feel up to turning on my computer or checking dA or much of anything else.

And I'm having such a hard time typing this now, what with my head pounding and my eyes hurting from looking at the screen. I suppose that's it on updates with me. I'll try to keep in touch.

Thank you again for the valentines :heart: You guys are so sweet ;w; I hope you're all having a nice Valentine's Day <3


All Better!

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:55 AM
...Though, I never got the chance to say I was sick :B

But I'm all better now :dummy: It was the worst flu ever...I would sleep most of the day and then feel miserable. I'm glad it's all over now.

I came back to my laptop covered in dust :lol: And my inbox a big heaping mountain :nuu: I am slowly going through it, so it will take some time to catch up :eager:

...And that's pretty much it for updates :aww: I'll be getting back on track with things soon :heart:

Hope You're All Well :huggle:

&

Congrats to :iconkrissi001: on Deviousness! :love: :heart:



Quolia's Showcase: Vol. XIV

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:13 AM


Welcome to the 14th volume of Quolia’s Showcase! The goal of this series is to bring to light a deviant with amazing artistic talents, enormous community spirit, or overall wonderful to get to know. I hope to spread positivity & some good old dA lovin’ by sharing with you various members of our amazing community!

So...let's let the magic begin!


:iconmagic-plz:


In my fourteenth volume, I'd like to share with you the wonderful world of...

:spotlight-left: Beauty :spotlight-right:




Beauty is a wonderful photographer with a truly magical gallery!


calypso



I adore the colors, sharpness, and microbeads! 
:dalove:


overdose oblivion



Brilliant shot with deliciously poisonous colors!
:love:


keepsake



Stunning and enchanting...and I love the flow of the ribbon!
:iconchristmascandyplz:


More of Beauty's Work:











Thank you for taking the time to stop by! :iconicecreamchairplz: Shower this deserving deviant with plenty of comments, :+fav:s, :+devwatch:, and overall love! And please be sure to add the article to your favorites to help spread the word & dA lovin’! Next volume will be up February 5th! If you have a deviant you’d like to see featured here in this series, please send me a note  with your suggestion & why you think they should be featured. Or comment in this journal, Suggestions for Interviews & Spotlight Artist.

Have a wonderful day!

:dalove:






Birthday Thanks! + Updates

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 13, 2012, 7:46 PM
Hello :heart:

First off, I'd like to thank everyone who has wished me a Happy Birthday today :la: Seeing the messages made me smile so much! You guys are so sweet :huggle: I'll get to replying to your messages soon :eager:

My birthday was actually pretty mellow and relaxed. I have been busy at work again and was happy to have the day off today. I would be on dA a lot more if it wasn't for my Mom :XD: We have been having a huge Walking Dead marathon trying to catch up with the series. Mom is actually off work because of an incident at work that has resulted in her having to have a small procedure next Wednesday. Don't worry guys! It's nothing life-threatening or anything like that. She just can't be at work till she's had the surgery and recovers. So...I've been spending a lot of time with her :D However, I do plan to tackle my mountain of an inbox again tomorrow :lol:

Presents!


Stalked by a Peacock by TeaPhotography
:tea: Tea, you are such a sweetheart! :heart: It's lovely!

And thank you Tea for featuring me with other lovely people in WishingWell Weekly :love:


Mom got me this matching owl hat and gloves :happybounce:


And I got myself this necklace to add to my growing collection *u*

Yes, I have an Instagram :lol: I'm Quolia17 :heart:

I also picked up a few books :la: I really want to start building a bigger collection. But then I also want to have a Kindle or something of the sort one day :lol: Mom also got a book, too. We then had pot pies and vanilla Coke for dinner :hungry: And a lovely strawberry & chocolate cheesecake *o* We watched Big Bang Theory and just relaxed. It was a nice birthday :meow: But we will be going out to celebrate more this weekend when we go see The Hobbit :dummy: And I will most likely be purchasing my first graphics tablet :woohoo: I can't wait to start drawing digitally, though I know it will take patience and practice to get into it.

Anyhoo, I hope you're all doing well :3 So many things are eating up my time and I often feel bad for not being able to actively be on dA :noes: Not to mention I'm having such horrible issues with chat :shakefist: Most of the time I can't even get it to open chat because of our slow internet...and then when I can get it to open, I often have to refresh and start the whole process over :stare: We should be able to get faster internet soonish, but I'm pretty impatient :shifty: Oh, well :XD: And...wow, so many emoticons in this journal :giggle:

I'm off to watch a movie :eager: Night!

And Thanks Again, Guys! :love:


Hello oAo

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 30, 2012, 8:35 AM
Hi, everyone :nuu: I must apologize for my recent inactivity. Things had been pretty busy last week. Worked a lot and on Thanksgiving as well :faint: And not to mention spending lots of my time running around with Mom shopping and doing an assortment of errands.

But...now things are settling down a bit again and I am dedicating today to working on my scary inbox :noes: I will admit, I bombed quite a lot of journals and all polls and the like. If there is something you want me to check out or something you think I should see, please feel free to send it my way :la:

I'd like to give a shout out to the recent additions to the CV Team :love:
Congrats to Endorell-Taelos, Katara-Alchemist, Nyiana-sama, PolyMune, TheLastHuzzah, neiio, ValaSedai, lost-angle, maytel, arctoa, and rydi1689! :squee:

And...I left all the art in my inbox because I want to view all of it :lol: My love for art is endless and I just can't bring myself to bomb those. That will take some time, but I hope to get through a majority of it today while I finish up my collab with happy-gurl :la:

I know that I haven't made any articles recently :crying: It pains me not to have been able to work on any. But now I'll be able to start working on them comfortably again :meow:

I should probably also mention I recently got Sims 3 and a few of the expansions for my computer :giggle:

I missed you guys like crazy!
How have you all been? :love:



Quolia's Showcase: VOL. XIII

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 6:32 PM


Welcome to the 13th volume of Quolia’s Showcase! The goal of this series is to bring to light a deviant with amazing artistic talents, enormous community spirit, or overall wonderful to get to know. I hope to spread positivity & some good old dA lovin’ by sharing with you various members of our amazing community!

So...let's let the magic begin!


:iconmagic-plz:


In my thirteenth volume, I'd like to share with you the wonderful world of...

:spotlight-left: aiki-ame :spotlight-right:


New doors by aiki-ame

aiki-ame is an anime and manga artist with a gallery full of awesome pieces! She even dabbles in watercolors and photography occasionally :la:


Redness



Great concept and use of colors!
:dalove:


The girl who turned into a bed



A beautiful watercolor piece depicting a neat and funny poem!
:love:


Our Home



aiki-ame's contribution to the Kingdom Carousel Charity Book!
:iconrainbowsheep2:


More of aiki-ame's Work:


Shera and Nefans by aiki-ame self by aiki-ame

Ignorance by aiki-ame Let's Have Fun! by aiki-ame

Destroy by aiki-ame Rainy Days by aiki-ame

Mocha by aiki-ame Commission for Elwood-Edward-Howes by aiki-ame



Thank you for taking the time to stop by! :iconicecreamchairplz: Shower this deserving deviant with plenty of comments, :+fav:s, :+devwatch:, and overall love! And please be sure to add the article to your favorites to help spread the word & dA lovin’! Next volume will be up November 17th! If you have a deviant you’d like to see featured here in this series, please send me a note  with your suggestion & why you think they should be featured. Or comment in this journal, Suggestions for Interviews & Spotlight Artist.

Have a wonderful day!
:dalove:





Spreading the dA Love: Volume 18

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:25 AM
:heart: :icongoldendaplz: :heart: :icongoldendaplz: :heart:



As the title suggests, this news article series aim to promote wonderful aspects of the deviantART community, from showcasing beautiful works of art, to informing you of great groups, and to interviewing inspirational deviants. I feel so happy being part of such a wonderful community and I hope to make it better, even if it's only a little bit, by making these articles. My goal is to bring to light everything that impassions me and, hopefully, inspire you!



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:squee: Showcasing Gorgeous Artwork :squee:



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A showcase of art that has simply left me speechless from all genres, from digital/traditional, artisan, emoticons, fractals, etc.



Koeda Halloween ~ by KyouKaraa Autumn Totoro by rontufox sonata of corruption by erebun


Surfer's Dawn by DusanMalobabic Mi Rubi L'Anima by Gwendolyn12 black Cloudcat and Moona by Melonkitten


Galaxy Nest by ldiehl Lost Treasures by C-91 Crucial Matter by heavenriver


Skyward Sword :: Furnix Cake by cakecrumbs sailor cosmos by AngeniaC 1:12 Scale Pumpkin Pie by fairchildart


Monsters Inc by Synfull Take a stand against bullying by AtskaHeart Pile o' Pumpkin Tribute Project Entry by a-kid-at-heart



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:squee: Showcasing Wonderful Photography :squee:



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A showcase of photographs that have left me in awe from all genres, from nature, macro, fashion, conceptual, abstract, etc.



Maybe there's hope for us after all by fiathriel queen by oprisco Cloudy 3 by silverwing-sparrow


Dream Leaf by piximi The end of autumn. III by dragonfly-oli Happy Halloween by Kara-a


between the pages by hayzy The silence comes suddenly by NataliaDrepina Orange Flavor by xOronar


spider4 by evirgen2008 Pickle Square by Matt-ikus :thumb334081329:


When Magma Meets Ocean 2 by AquarianPhotography 8717 by TomWasilewski A September Remembrance by kkart



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:squee:  Showcasing Lovely Literature :squee:



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A showcase of literature that has motivated & moved me from all genres, from prose, poetry, flash fiction, short stores, etc.



women in scornwe bought a fire pit and put your bones in it
(end to the days in which we wore
your limbs on our eyes,
on our hearts,
heavy with contempt)
and we burned you;
wrapped the wreaths around our heads
and undressed bare to dance
in exaltation of
our freedom
(a king is dead tonight
and a queen 
reborn)
La Petite MortI’ve tried to find that place
in the coastal-plains forest
where he took it,
that first time
when I shivered
in the Southern summer
and couldn’t meet his eyes,
but it was always secret
and now it’s lost
down the twists and turns
of narrow roads.
I only remember scratching bites
for weeks, little red reminders
of what I’d lost in the pine straw.
Later, it was never
rolling waves of hot pleasure
or toe-curling, mind-melting anything,
so I started to think I was broken,
that he’d broken me.
I stopped caring –
Men were built like mountains
and trees and draft horses
and I liked the smell of them.
They would curse and bless and pray
into my shoulder,
intoning my name like a prayer
to some primeval goddess.
Later, we would laugh at steeples
poking the dark sky
with their stern white mimicry.
I always felt tall sitting naked
in their dark-haired arms
with a glass of red in my hand
and the words fluid in my mouth.
Nothing much ever came of it,
but I always l
sunshine streamingwaking up begins with
i. counting the freckles
   along your shoulders
   like an astronomer maps
   constellations; then get
   distracted and
ii. make love between the
   sheets and perhaps
   roll off the bed and land
   on the cold floor laughing
   with sparkling teeth,
iii. brush them in the
    bathroom sink and
    exchange small smirks in
    the mirror because your
    tousled bedhead is just so
    goddamn
iv. gorgeous, you whisper as you
    close the clasp of my
    diamond necklace and touch
    my bare, unfreckled shoulders.
    the heat of your eyes may
    just undo the zipper of my
    new red
v. dress pooling on the floor, we
    just can't contain ourselves.
    don't make me late for work.


Boylan BooksI first see Neal across the open sparkle mall floor, paused in serious contemplation thought speaking solely to self, whispers not for ears or voices only thoughts, shining thoughts, open thoughts thinking marvelous wonders of books and dust and corporate-but-not bookstores.  His hair is green not really but blue and green pirate green, red bandanna is he a pirate? asks the little girl with pigtails and chocolate snot embarrassed mother shoo be nice that's rude tugging hand with look of so sorry, she's five, not smart enough yet, please forgive and Neal with open half-grin smiling not really there but almost, not speaking but almost, not accepting or forgiving or out-loud speaking but just shelving, shelving, shelving.
And when I stretch across open sparkle-sparkle tile mall floor (checked with gum and scuffed tile and not-allowed skateboards) Neal looks up, somewhat barely, face open innocent quiet not-there.  I ask applications? Are you hiring? because I need a job but
Will-o'-the-wispShe wears a necklace made
of bones,
ossified phalanges gripping
her throat
like a rasping phantom.
Her heart is hard
and heavy,
full of dust and debts
unpaid.
Her corset is laced
too tight;
her ribs are being crushed
by lace
and internal pressures crawling
up her throat,
where the necklace chokes them all
back down.
They never found her
lover's head,
guillotined under train wheels when
he tripped
over rails hidden from the pool
of light
cast by the cast-iron lantern.
The railroad
men said it was a tragedy.
She said
he was pushed.
They carried
her by the arm, back to her porch swing
and left.

The hushed glow of distant
lanterns
beckons; her petticoats rustle
as she rises
from the patio chair
and trails
her fingers along the windchimes
dangling
like strung femurs.
They saw the floating light
near the
incline where he fell and one
nearly
made the same mistake twice, but
the light
shone just so when he stumbled
and he
righted himself and nearly waved
his hat
but the light was alr
Acid WashEven if it were true
That to savor each and every second of our time on earth
Would be as foolish an attempt as counting all the
Specks of sand spread across the shores
Of the east coast waters,
If by doing so would mean that I could
Undo time and distance's doing and
Have you by my side once more
Then trust me, babe, I will start counting
From this moment on, diligently so-
With burning eyes and drowning senses,
Till my fingernails turn to specks themselves
And my hair reminiscent of sea foam
There will never be an obsession like mine- over your soul
The lack and longing from my core leaves me salivating,
Leaves me a special kind of sick and a raving kind of mad
You're a combustible burning ball of gas- a star, babe
Each and every time I recall
My fingernails clutching
The back of your leather jacket as we shared our final
Embrace and French kiss,
I fail to realize that all my longing is fruitless-
You've died long ago, without my consent, and
That death is cause and reason for
The bl


Origami Stars--C.I've kept every one of the origami stars you made in an empty glass Coke bottle, filling it to the brim over seven months of brief letters elegantly scribbled on delicate strips. My tiny paper galaxy sits between the empty velvet-lined box and the shattered picture frame, on top of my heavily-used thesaurus (you know how difficult it was to find words at times).
The weatherman called for rain the day we met. You were static and sour limes and I almost couldn't swallow the lies you were spewing, but when you called me beautiful, I smelled cherries. And no, no, no, I'm not looking for love or even romance from you. I just want to feel human.
Yet you taunt me, pheromone tendrils yanking
on my conscience; those slips of paper were
love letters, but were they meant for me?
There's a star overhead
and it looks
like the twinkle in your eye
when you're nervous,
so be honest,
darling--
the letters I found
stuffed in a sock
at the back of your drawer
weren't written for me.

"I bet
Disillusioned
"You girls need a ride?"
October looked up, letting her eyes stray from the gravel beneath her feet. She had been walking along the highway for so long she had started counting her steps to pass the time, hoping that when she finally looked up she would see civilization. Abigail ran to the truck driver's passenger door, haphazardly pushing past October as if she had never ridden in a vehicle before.
October glared at the driver's soiled clothes, greasy hair, and crooked teeth. She imagined his smell which made her gag uncontrollably. It was as if his unkemptness was setting off red flags in her head: "Never talk to strangers. And never accept rides from hillbilly truck drivers in the middle of nowhere."
"Where are you headed?" Abigail questioned playfully. Even though she was a few years older than October, it seemed to make her more reckless than wise. Before the driver had the chance to wheeze whatever location in Kansas he was headed to, October yanked the sultry temptress to
ChromesthesiaI
I've for long known that beauty is not a sum, where units of measurements could consist of physical attributes, or of anything that could be perceived by bodily senses. The vivid, lush green of a finally quenched apprehension is just as graceful and lovely as the wrinkled and sunburnt blues of a distant memory's wall flowers. Beauty is a spectrum of vigour, the fluctuations of ideas, concepts, actions and thoughts, which become their own purposeless musical colours and flavours. No consensus creates allure, only a great, breathless leap into the disarray of affective venture may lead the consecrated energy to emerge.
II
I have seen the light about you, silken sheets on your glowing skin, glistering pools of gold in your eyes, and beams of radiant bliss, flowing ethereal from your core. No particular shade of mind made you unpleasant in my eye;  I am so accustomed to your façade, I tend to let the trivial slip. I waited long nights in blindness, clouds of desire still dorman


The DoppelgangerThe first time I saw the other girl, I was standing on one side of the high street. Because it was the end of September, and we were in Britain, it was raining, but the main bulk of water had passed before lunch, so all that was left was the kind of rain that's annoying in its intermittency.
I watched her look in both directions and then cross the road, stepping carefully through the pool of mingled rainwater and rainbow engine oil in the bus bay. She was unusual, not just because she wasn't carrying a handbag, or wearing a coat, but because she was dressed in a chain mail and leather dress, and leggings. The second strange thing was that no one else, and this was a busy street, even in the rain, gave her a second glance. Their gazes slid benevolently over her, like she was an endearing, but not unfamiliar, child. Her booted feet crunched over some shattered glass as she approached, and then the third strange thing happened.
As she got to within a few feet of me, she winked out of exis
:thumb287195436: The Eyes of the Painted HeiressOnce upon a time, in a country that was prosperous, and settled many miles away from the sea, an heiress to the throne was born. She was blessed in having soft hair of a deep brown colouring; tiny beauty marks that rarified her skin at intervals; and eyes the exact blue of the night sky, which had been bequeathed to her from her dear father, the King. She was both impressive and endearing, in the ways she moved and spoke as she grew older, so that the Queen esteemed her the prettiest rose of all the ages, no matter that she was still a long while away from blooming.
Years passed since her birth and the rejoicing that it caused, each following the one before it in rapid succession, until the Heiress had grown into a beautiful young lady of seventeen, and time seemed to slow down once more. The King and Queen were both unspeakably in love with their daughter, so that they wanted her life to be filled with only gifts and things to be grateful for, and the latter, one day noticing that she


the reasons we should not divorcei.
we have a breakfast of egg whites and turkey sausage (mine); coffee and tomato soup (yours); and discomfort (shared). you are unthinkingly deferential and a touch antipathetic, speaking over your bottom lip to the cherrywood table. i bought this table last week,  after you asked me why we didn't have a table. i said it was because we ate at the granite island. you said you would prefer a table, and we are sitting at the table now because it's the small things that make our lives normal, but the table does not make a difference when you will not look at me. you say, "we need to talk."
i say, "about what?"
you say, "about retirement. you're bored. and you miss him."
"viggo, why would i be bored? this is what we wanted."
"this is what i wanted." you are looking at your nails instead, and when you finally look at me, you look at the wall behind me. you ask, "what was he like?"
and i answer, "not you."
ii.
i owned this house before i met you; i owned this house before i knew
silverthe silver face of the moon has cracked a smile
and rained down shadows onto your eyelids.
 
your black lace dress swirls around your hips
as you spin, fingers outstretched, reaching for notes
that hum just out of reach like butterflies,
as if you could swallow them from the air.
 
I almost think you could;
 
I taste them on my tongue,
lingering like burnt toast at 3am
when we stumble home, a web of guilt
spun in the gap between our bodies.
I can feel it, rough against my skin, wrapping around
        my bones like a chinese burn.
 
your shoulder is soft against my lips
as we fall into a sultry haze
of heat,
        and breath,
                        and-
ReincarnationFrom this third-story window,
all that is visible is the sky,
vast and beryl beyond
giant oaks that s t r e t c h
for stars just out of reach.
Browned leaves float on
as though suspended by wires;
free-flying, they know
no boundaries
as weak as gravity.
Shortly I will return
to the discarded tissues and
still open textbooks on the floor,
and when at last I sleep,
I should like to be reborn
as a scarlet autumn leaf.



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:squee: Showcasing Fun Groups  :squee:



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Here I will inform you of cool groups I have come across or have been recommended to that I feel need some more exposure.


:happybounce: :iconnewsportal: :happybounce:



NewsPortal is a very new group with the goal of collecting news articles submitted on deviantART :dalove: It's also branched out on Facebook and Twitter!

Group submissions have recently been opened, so please come join or watch :+devwatch: the group!




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:squee: Suggested DDs :squee:



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A selection of DDs I have suggested this month and any that have been accepted.



:favbomb: by Cmotes Tutti Frutti - 1:6 assorted fruits by thinkpastel Marcus by Gerry-And-Me


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:squee: Interview: happy-gurl :squee:



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Here I will interview an inspirational deviant I have picked or one suggested to me.



:hooray: :iconhappy-gurl: :hooray:



Name/Nickname?

People call me Roze :happybounce:



The story behind your username?

I just randomly came up with it when I was around 11 :XD: I wanted to change it to the name I use everywhere else, but it was already taken :grump:



Tell us about yourself:

I'm just a girl that loves chicken :icon8buckplz:



How did you discover deviantART?

I don't really remember how I first found it, that's too long ago :nuu:

I actually forgot about my account until I randomly came back just before dA's 11th birthday. Then I won myself about two years worth of subscription so I stuck around :lol:



Specializes In:

I specialize in emoticons :la: But I plan on trying out other art forms. I really want to start making miniatures (I wish. I'm way too impatient for it :XD:) and pixel dolls



Your Personal Favorite(s) From Your Gallery:

Emote Arnolfini Portrait by happy-gurl I can't believe it turned out the way it did :la:



Favorite Inspirational Deviant:

LeoLeonardo because his works were what got me interested in emotes

SparklyDest because her contests were the ones that got me into making emotes :zombie:

Quolia (that's you :stinkeye:) Because she's the one that helped me join the community once more :love:

Mirz123 Because she's a great artists in several mediums. She often has hardships, but she just keeps bouncing back up to make even more amazing art :heart:

...and many more :happybounce: If I kept going, the news article would have to be split into 5 parts :lol:



What are your favorite aspects of deviantART?

I like the chats and the community the best :nod: The friends I've made over the chats have supported me and kept me going with my art :love: When I first started my account, I had not one friend, and I think that's why I didn't really stick around ^^;



Where do you draw your inspiration from?

From everything :dummy: Food, TV, friends, random thoughts, food....



How do you strive to further improve your work?

I'm not very good at striving :shifty: But I frequently go around and revisit my favourite artists' deviations and drool over them :B I find that that gives me the motivation to make art that someday they can drool over too :XD:



Do you have any advice to fellow aspiring artists?

Practice, then practice some more :lol:

But also, don't forget to have fun with your work :D



MORE FROM THE ARTIST

EMTC Support by happy-gurl FREE Space Pirate CAEK by happy-gurl Baby April by happy-gurl Request kayleero Fanceh Dragon by happy-gurl Request - Spiderman by happy-gurl



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Divine Motifs: Vol. III

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 25, 2012, 6:56 PM

motif - a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., especially in a literary, artistic, or musical work

Candy Shop - tardberry cake by BurgerBunnySweetsCandy Shop - tardberry cake by BurgerBunny

1818 by CATLQEDelicate process by popoksdoes anybody want ice cream by vewolffRings plates by OrionaJewelrycup cake love by michellis13Secret Santa - anikakinka by Aka-ShiroAngry Bird Cupcakes by VeruscaBig Chocolate Eclair by elliez1Waffles and Berries by fairchildartPeony Cake From Above by KiilaniGrell's Home Made Cake by wickedAlucardSalvador's breakfast by WildOrchidRain+Hardcandy+ by saharaamMocha Cupcakes by bittykateChess by Evelin-NovemberduskThank You by NinjaticSweets by zetallisIce Cream Land by potatoe-kun. picnic . by luleiyaEntremet by kupenskaMiniature Fruity Icecream by ChocolateDecadenceRainbow GingerBread House 2012 by PetitPlatTiramisu - Valentine's Day by p0pieteWhiskey-chocolate flourless cake by TakatoshikaStrawberry Drizzle by LashelleValentinesuspenders by einleeThe Mad Hatter and March Hare by asahimanyouCandy Corn dragon by The-SixthLeafCloverLife is Sweet by BlackJack0919Super Nintendo Cake by atrotter719The Cake is a Lie by TaltyHard Candy by NaBHaNPumpkin Jam by Z740Japanese Candy Store by conroncaYummy Biscuits. .. by light-from-EmiratesPastries Editorial Series by DavidBenolielSweet Love by Namie-kunChocolate and Orange Cookies 2 by KiraTakutoblueberry cupcakes by photofairyS'mores Prep Board by Bon-AppetEatschocolate and pearls by SavalisteShall we start by Rin54321Banana with honey and cinnamon I. by xSpelaxSweet Tooth Bird by LeaLionPumpkin Pie by TheCameraGirlKrispy Kreme Doughnuts by Zhoiravanilla panna cotta with strawberries by MoramarthHappy Birthday Bro by ichan-desu

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Quolia's Showcase: VOL. XII

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:00 PM


Welcome to the 12th volume of Quolia’s Showcase! The goal of this series is to bring to light a deviant with amazing artistic talents, enormous community spirit, or overall wonderful to get to know. I hope to spread positivity & some good old dA lovin’ by sharing with you various members of our amazing community!

So...let's let the magic begin!


:iconmagic-plz:


In this volume, I'd like to share with you the wonderful world of...

:spotlight-left: LiskFeng :spotlight-right:


happy 2011 by LiskFeng

LiskFeng is a truly inspiring deviant who creates beautiful traditional pieces! I adore her style and the way she uses light and colors!


clown



My personal favorite from her gallery! Love the details and design. Truly inspiring!
:dalove:


Mango lake



I really like the textures used in this piece!
:love:


2010swork



I adore the bold colors and patterns!
:iconcolorfulsparklesplz:


More of LiskFeng's Work:


PRAYING FOR JP by LiskFeng sun diary 2 by LiskFeng

just a little dream by LiskFeng spring is coming by LiskFeng

RED LINE by LiskFeng THE DEATH by LiskFeng

SUNSHINE by LiskFeng room1 by LiskFeng


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Have a wonderful day!

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Oh My, Another DD!

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 10, 2012, 2:52 PM

What a Week!



I woke up today to a text from my friend Nee-to telling me I had gotten another DD for my Strawberry Decadence emote :omfg: I want to  give a big thanks to both IceXDragon for suggesting it and to ChaosEmeraldHunter for featuring it! ♥

Strawberry Decadence by Quolia

And I want to give thanks for everyone who has given me all this support and love :love:



This whole past week has been quite an exciting one :squee: After getting hired I've been scrambling around getting prepped and ready to begin work. I had my orientation class for the job on Monday. That lasted quite some time and they cram so much info :faint: I felt overwhelmed, but then the very next day I was scheduled to work my first day. I got more overwhelmed, but it went well and I just felt so happy to be able to have the job. I'm in love with the location (I can walk to work :woohoo:), I like my co-workers, and I just feel really great :heart:

And then I wake up the next day to a DD :lol: It was a very nice surprise and I'm very grateful :la: It means so much to me!
And now I'm off to tackle my mountain of an inbox :iconanimefaceplz:

How Are You Guys? :dalove:


Quolia's Showcase: VOL. XI

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 2:22 PM


Welcome to the 11th volume of Quolia’s Showcase! The goal of this series is to bring to light a deviant with amazing artistic talents, enormous community spirit, or overall wonderful to get to know. I hope to spread positivity & some good old dA lovin’ by sharing with you various members of our amazing community!

So...let's let the magic begin!


:iconmagic-plz:


In my eleventh volume, I'd like to share with you the wonderful world of...

:spotlight-left: C-91 :spotlight-right:


Fella 2 by C-91

C-91 is a lovely fractal artist and a very friendly deviant! Her fractals always inspire and amaze me. She has also recently made an 
Apophysis Tweaking Guide. Check it out! :happybounce:

Parade



The title is fitting! This fractal is very festive and I especially like the "fireworks"!
:iconfireworks2plz:


Underwater Districts



One of my personal favorites! Truly magical and wonderful depth!
:love:


Malaise



A fantastic bloom with gorgeous colors!
:iconflowerdrop2plz:


More of C-91's Work:


Deoxyribose by C-91 Lye by C-91

St. Julian's Nights by C-91 Ephemeral by C-91

Awakening by C-91 Ethernity by C-91

Nothing to Say by C-91 Protection by C-91



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Have a wonderful day!

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Spreading the dA Love: Volume 17

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 30, 2012, 1:29 AM
:heart: :icongoldendaplz: :heart: :icongoldendaplz: :heart:



As the title suggests, this news article series aim to promote wonderful aspects of the deviantART community, from showcasing beautiful works of art, to informing you of great groups, and to interviewing inspirational deviants. I feel so happy being part of such a wonderful community and I hope to make it better, even if it's only a little bit, by making these articles. My goal is to bring to light everything that impassions me and, hopefully, inspire you!



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:squee: Showcasing Gorgeous Artwork :squee:



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A showcase of art that has simply left me speechless from all genres, from digital/traditional, artisan, emoticons, fractals, etc.



Koeda by Elieda leave this world by kubo-isako Loki by kou-chann


Want some sweets ? by Grayalzz A Tiny Adventure by miyumon Our future by viki-vaki


KOKUHAKU by redjuice999 Rosee du matin by Digithalie Flares by FractalDesire


Obsesie by synconi Polymer Clay Lemon Pie Earrings and Pendant by Talty New Cupcake Pendants 1 by PetitPlat


deviantART Pixar by IceXDragon amelie by staticwind Commission for f-wd by Mimru



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A showcase of photographs that have left me in awe from all genres, from nature, macro, fashion, conceptual, abstract, etc.



Siberian Stories by DariaPitak violin by Sssssergiu Chiaki. by zemotion


Abstract Nature by Somebody--else mush-mush by dev1n the ring by augenweide


When the Rain Comes by DemonMathiel Sternenkind. by Blueberryblack Hush Hush by UgurDoyduk

 
Pacific Drifter by roarbinson Puppy VII by Nole-M long horn by anggaQiupeefee


Moraine Lake by porbital Side Roads by Einsilbig dusseldorf.0002 by insolitus85



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A showcase of literature that has motivated & moved me from all genres, from prose, poetry, flash fiction, short stores, etc.



Music and SilenceThere is nothing quite so beautiful as watching shards of rain cut through the haze of the pollution that litters this air, washing away every intricate speck of smog and letting me see the nuances between the everyday and its replacement. Seeing the pearlescent droplets settled on my lashes, and through them, watching your distorted image shift in the singing wind, following the beat of the rain's pitter patter as you twist and sway, your arms waving like a flag in the wind.
I'm watching you but I don't see you because the rain is drowning my senses, leaving me spinning in circles trying to decide which way is up, and the music and silence that are too loud for my fragility make me speak louder, filling the air with my bated breath and eloquent commentary of tonight and yesteryear. I have to take a break, let the beat resonate through my bones and sinew, and work off the haze in my mind as I spin and roll my body through the air, feeling the eyes on me like a drug that makes me move m
Disposable KitesI don't wait for
Tomorrow morning.
Kites are sheathed
In moth ball plastic,
Unanchored
To reels and wrists,
Breezes and drafts.
Attic musk
Wafted through
The lived-in rooms
When the kites
Are retrieved
In the early evening.
On the backyard patio
Kites daubed with
Finger-grime
Are constructed
From kits.
Moth-nibbled fabric
Is stretched over
A spinal framework,
Tinker-toy sticks
And hexagonal-
Holed spools.
Porous, the kites
Are acutely aware of
The barometer's breath;
I handle the mast
And sails like steering
Wheels in a skid
When a breeze propels
A kite and I towards
Patio steps, expediting
A passerby parent
To exhale—
Exhale,
Rubberneck,
Smile and
Continue watching
A familial crew re-
Construct a childhood.
Porch lights are turned on;
Circumnavigating moths
Are motioned closer to
Porch lights by a non-
Sensical sensation
Of a sun still
Rising.
Past the patio
Kites are banished
To the night breeze,
Tethered by a
Reel, makeshift
Bracelets and
Shoestrings.
I run until I'm far enough
Divination as a Means of Finding a Way Back             1.  I say nothing I am thinking.
For twelve years I have wanted
to do exactly this, but suddenly
pronouncing my own name calls up
the question of who it belongs to
in the same breath Like
Solomon I was born a singer
but in the wrong key and my
chords will not carry me, will not
summon the wolves to me only
packs of hungry dogs
stupid with domestication
but nearly feral And like
a hungry ghost I have learned
not to speak against those
who will give me food
             2. A sketch of myself.
                                 He says I must have been born
in the wrong culture, he says. I got a taste of
the crackling heat here, heat to drive you crazy,
and suddenly I open my wide arms for
New Orleans, find myself needing the wind from
the Great Plains. Like a buffalo I have the spirit
of the Sun and I carry it with me. I am a plant
of burnt umber,
                                 brown, ready and waiting like
sage bushes, like the hill you go to that is best
for collecting jun


my body is a funeral servicethis morning i emptied your ashes into the sky, hoping to watch them sift through my fingers like an eagle taking flight. but the wind carried them backwards and my face became an ashtray for memories. you came back to me, like you always do, like a kiss or a reoccurring dream that i can never forget. i became cloaked in black grain, the remnants of your body. your cremated smile was caught somewhere between the stinging in my eyes and the ash on my jacket.
in that moment my body became a funeral service. my lips preached your names to the trees. i forgot what it was like to feel anything but hymns pressing down on my back like the heat of the sun. i smelled of incense and bones burning in a fire people are paid to create. it was more than i could bear. for weeks, i obsessed on how someone could lift a motionless shell of a body into an inferno, watch people die a second time and accept their paycheck at the end of the day.
i wanted to step into that crematorium and pluck pulses like f
slip-The memories of her come in portraits:
heavily scented with her cigarette scent,
dusty autumn coats on the faded ink.
--
"He dreamt of a woman who moved like the sea,
perpetually flooding the alcove of his mind,
bearing eyes as blue, with hints of green,
like water in cupped hands,
slippery-
slip-
slipping through thin fingers to pour
past the shoreline,
falling deeply in love with the ocean tide."
--
The memories of her come in poems:
brief as her kisses and
lonesome as the night.




metamorphosesif i wished, i could easily divide my life
into two acts:
before you and after you.
i might like to write my life as
a shakespearean play, with you as the hero
or as an epic poem,
just as ovid and virgil once did.
my story may not be as intricately woven
as the tapestries of the iliad or the aeneid
or even woven at all—
perhaps the silk worms have not yet spun its threads
and it is untouched, unsullied by human hands
perhaps its time has yet to come
i can split the play of my life into two acts:
one before i met you
and one after.
before is punctuated with sadness. drops of laughter scatter across an empty horizon,
fleeting against a background dull and grey as the walls of my cage(home)cage
birds call and children play, yet the world is
somehow empty, somehow
monotone.
i see you one morning
and i instantly want to see you again
for you are shown just as quickly as you disappear
the snakes of my mind beg me to pick the forbidden fruit
but accustomed to my world of cool metal bars
WanderlustMilo dreams of caves; hundreds of thousands of seemingly endless feet, yards, miles of tunnels that twist and fold into each other like a frayed ball of string. Sunlight doesn't reach the caves, they are cold and dark as an abandoned tomb and even the air breathes thicker as mushroom clouds of dust fall from the ceiling and rise from the floor. The overwhelming feeling is of being buried alive and Milo wishes to beat on the coffin and beg for his freedom. The ceiling is too high to reach though, and rather than silence his cries are met by a cacophonous chorus of his own echoing voice. Milo turns on the spot but fails to choose a direction; all the tunnels stretch on in the same desolate brown making it impossible to differentiate not only path from path but, Milo thinks uncomfortably, motion from stillness. He does walk, though, if only out of fear he will become part of the cave itself if he stands any longer.
As he walks Milo runs his fingers along the cave walls leaving a breadcrum
needle limbsshe slumps like a flower with a snapped stem,
held tight by the skin of her teeth.
consciousness grasps at the
pain in her gut and when her eyes bounce down
to a lower level, the blood splatters her vision
imperfect and the ground scuttles
up to meet her face-on. [concrete parties
crashed by light-headed envious skeleton girls,
flying on shoulder-blade wings.]
hung by a measuring tape from her closet rod,
a pendulum with a scratched-up
face swinging back and forth,
and her cheekbones frown, caught on the
sharp edges of a world tearing ragged
at the seams –
she is a stack of needle limbs with aching joints,
thread wound through the
looped eyes of her silver bones and tied around
the next, grating together with each step.
[the pebbles of her spine begin to crawl
like trapped spiders searching
for escape –]
and she murmurs with a dry-paper-voice that
soon, it will be worth it.


TwinMy twin is usually luminescent
elegantly translucent
and filled with glowing substances
from infrared to ultraviolet
but today the colors look washed
the glow is almost impercetible
even in the dark before the sunrise
and it refuses to wear the clothes I give it
instead putting on an old faded uniform
"Private First Class Spencer", it says on the tag
I do not know who PFC Spencer is
but my twin looks adamant and refuses to budge
so I give in to the faint glow
step back
and watch it do the motions
through a two-way mirror, with a chipped lower left corner
located in a hallway
with the commuters hurrying past
and the scent of the hospital lingering in the air
and, when it has performed its duty
it simply stops there
like a showroom dummy
and the people that hurry past
pay no attention
retreating to the library
I listen to the sound of my steps
hide behind the bookshelves
and between the pages of the obscure tomes, rarely opened
become writing
turn into characters
obscure script on an old
Soft ParadeDown the darkened four AM streets
Morrison leads the Soft Parade
I've had enough beer for it to be all wavy
like watching a movie underwater
Bridges burn behind them
hearses falling off into the river
The string of bad luck and trouble is almost over
gone quietly in the early morning hours
Not with a bang or a whimper
only an extended sigh and the shake of a rattlesnake's tail
I watch as always from my window
feeling the dawn aching to come



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Here I will inform you of cool groups I have come across or have been recommended to that I feel need some more exposure.


:happybounce: :iconartistle: :happybounce:



"Artistle is
made to be a platform for all kinds of artists to share and exchange their
knowledge and skills. We're going to have projects where we'll pair two artists
together as a teacher and his/her apprentice. Those can be artists of the same
field, but also interdisciplinary pairs. :)

We're also
aiming to write tutorials and lessons especially for you!"



This group is still fairly new and growing, and often host critique events!




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A selection of DDs I have suggested this month and any that have been accepted.


:star: Akiko by Ai-wa :star:



Awarded DD on: 9 - 7 - 2012



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:squee: Interview: winehaus :squee:



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Here I will interview an inspirational deviant I have picked or one suggested to me.



:hooray: :iconwinehaus: :hooray:




Name/Nickname?

I am JoseFelipe(M)! :dummy:




The story behind your username?

Well, JoseFelipe is my first name and I added the M to it because it's my last initial and josefelipe is taken. :shakefist:




Tell us about yourself:

Hi! I am Jose and I'm currently in high school like just about any other teenager. :D I am 14 years old and my hobbies include reading, listening to music, and singing. :)

On deviantART, I am a senior member as of last summer and I am currently running a year-long project to collect points to give out 100 premium memberships to different users in December. :)




How did you discover deviantART?

A friend of mine I went to school with was a user of the site for a few months and later introduced it to me. For a while, I focused on the chat portion of the site like her. I later found the rest of the site and fell in love with the art and the community! :dalove:




Specializes In:

I guess my specialty is deviantART Related/Community Projects. I'm not an artist, really. If anything I am an art appreciator!




Your Personal Favorite(s) From Your Gallery:

100 Premium Memberships - Animated Stamp by winehaus 
This is a simple stamp but I feel that it promotes my project well and encourage others to share it. :D

Sta.sh Writer Tutorial by winehaus 
This is another of my favourites because even though it is hardly needed anymore, when Sta.sh Writer was first released it was quite popular and helpful. Many were confused on how to use Sta.sh Writer and since it was necessary to submit Journals at the time, it was quite appreciated.

Pink Flowers by winehaus 
Lastly, I like this one because I'm obsessed with macro. :B



Favorite Inspirational Deviant:

Far too many! I have always been a fan of namenotrequired, as he was a big part of the community, even prior to volunteering or seniority! Over time, I have come to really appreciate deviants like bradleysays, neurotype, you (Quolia), and way too many others to name!




What are your favorite aspects of deviantART?

My favourite aspects of deviantART have to be the community, obviously and how they interact like in chat and forums! :dummy:

It gives the site character and something to talk about and provides another area for those who aren't really as artistic, like me!



Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I don't draw but when I make stamps, they are normally about music or deviantART! :la:




How do you strive to further improve your work?

I compare my work to others'. A great stamp maker is ClefairyKid and I hope to be able to pixel in my stamps like she does. :love:



Do you have any advice to fellow aspiring artists?

Do what you like! Explore all aspects of traditional art, digital art, and photography!

Remember that you're not expected to be the next Vincent van Gogh and always upload whatever you draw to receive constructive feedback from your peers. It helps, trust me!



MORE FROM THE ARTIST

Part of Me by winehaus VS: PremiumMembership Wishlist by winehaus VS: Featured Description by winehaus Writer's Stamp by winehaus



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OMG FINALLY

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 27, 2012, 2:42 PM

I'm Hired!



:iconsuperw00tplz:

I got the job at the CVS! :squee: I'm so happy to finally be able to have a freakin' job. All these past few years I have been cursing myself and almost believed that I had all the worst luck in the world since I was never able to land any kind of job. 

But now things are finally starting to look up and hopefully things will begin to get a lot better :heart:

And I want to thank all of those who wished me luck on my poll and to anyone who cheered me on :tighthug:

And now to clear out my inbox :lol:

So, tell me how you guys have been! :la:


Divine Motifs: Vol. II

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 23, 2012, 12:17 PM

motif - a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., especially in a literary, artistic, or musical work

:dreamcatcher: by Toxic-Fox-GirlDelve Into Dreams:dreamcatcher: by Toxic-Fox-Girl

 

winter's day by marutomoi
Rolling in the sky by BiaReysDeer by Yaphleen
bride by kubo-isako
04: TiCk-ToCk by ayasemnJellyfish II by cherriukiEDP: For the Last Time by Kaytseki
Cosmic Supermarket by XkY
:::Make a Wish::: by designtuCassiopeia by Paintagram
D U A L I T Y by tincek-marincek
Artificial Stars by zungzwang
swimming sky by Akimiya
It was a dull night... by AlexanderJansson443 by azammii
halfway to nowhere by shusical
Night II - Dreamwalker by phoenixleotwelve months.4. by smokepaintMake a wish by chernotrav
The Lights by alicexz
Kingdom Carousel - Salamander Ride by ono-monoYue by zetallis
Breathing by zhongbiao
Inner Sanctuary by yuumeiButterfly by joodlezLonging by KingaBritschgi
Hurricane - artbook cover by oione
chemistry of common life . by megatruhWay Back Home by Raayzel
Afternoon tea by 86hrhr
Psalms of Acadia by kaninnvvenBadkar by MartinoiceSTROBO NIGHTS by LuluSeason
The Ragged Astronauts by AlanGutierrezArt
Happiness by AFineWarCrazy Cyclist V by FrodoK
flight by koyamori
Born of Passion by AndantoniusForest whale by Hel-giThe Tree of Life's Sprout by UnkaiTenshi
Sternenrose by Licheus
Nadiezda by NadiezdaThe Place Where Forgotten Dreams Dwell by Tolkyes
Divine Night by EnferDeHell
Fake reality by MiyukikoLittle Mermaid by miimorkAllerleirauh by ayayxxxx
Ocean, Stars, Sky, and You by muddymelly

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Quolia's Showcase: VOL. X

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 7:20 PM


Welcome to the 10th volume of Quolia’s Showcase! The goal of this series is to bring to light a deviant with amazing artistic talents, enormous community spirit, or overall wonderful to get to know. I hope to spread positivity & some good old dA lovin’ by sharing with you various members of our amazing community!

So...let's let the magic begin!


:iconmagic-plz:


In my tenth volume, I'd like to share with you the wonderful world of...

:spotlight-left: goRillA-iNK :spotlight-right:


I'm Never Out by goRillA-iNK

goRillA-iNK is a varied artist who has a vast gallery filled with awesome art. He frequently dabbles in macro photography, especially capturing magical settings with water drops!


Come On Over



I'm in love with the vibrant colors and the texture of the feather!
:dalove:


Time After Time...



A beautiful macro shot with lovely lighting!
:love:


Sir Top Hat Quady



An adorable digital piece of a cute and fancy octopus!
:iconlikeasirplz:


More of goRillA-iNK's Work:


When We Fall We Fall Hard by goRillA-iNK You Don't Know Me But You Found Me by goRillA-iNK

Unamusement Park by goRillA-iNK It's Not What You See...Well Maybe It Is by goRillA-iNK

How Do I Make You Love Me? ...Any Way I Can by goRillA-iNK Those Little Dark Places by goRillA-iNK

Faerie by goRillA-iNK Red Light Means Go! by goRillA-iNK



Thank you for taking the time to stop by! :iconicecreamchairplz: Shower this deserving deviant with plenty of comments, :+fav:s, :+devwatch:, and overall love! And please be sure to add the article to your favorites to help spread the word & dA lovin’! Next volume will be up October 17th! If you have a deviant you’d like to see featured here in this series, please send me a note  with your suggestion & why you think they should be featured. Or comment in this journal, Suggestions for Interviews & Spotlight Artist.

Have a wonderful day!

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+ FAQ +

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 5, 2012, 1:42 AM
Hover a question to see the answer

Skin by pjuk


Quolia's FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions



Thanks for taking a look :la: Simply hover over a question to make an answer appear!

Got a question that you don't see here? Ask below and I'll add it :eager:




General Art Questions :gallery:



How long have you been emoting/making pixel art?
For a little over a year now :dummy: I was attending the Staff Appreciation Week of last year and there was a fun stamp contest going on. At that time I was becoming acquainted with my good friend happy-gurl and we both made entries. After that we became fast friends and encouraged each other to emote and such :heart:



What Programs do you use for your emotes/pixel art?
All my emotes and pixel art are made with MS Paint. Since Paint does not support transparency, I use pixlr.com to get my transparent backgrounds. As for the few animations I have dabbled in, I have used iaza.com.



How long have you been drawing?
Since forever basically :XD: It was my older brother who inspired me to draw and I've been doing it on and off for years. I have hope of picking it up more and improving once I can get my hands on more supplies and such :happybounce:



What tools/medium do you use for your traditional art?
I use pencils (usually mechanical) to sketch and draw with it. I also use pens to do my lineart and outlines with. I use quite a variety of pens, whatever is available to me really. As for coloring, I use Prismacolor colored pencils :D



Do you take commissions?
Actually, I do :lol: I just don't advertise it that much anymore since there was little interest in them. I offer Chibi commissions and the info can be found here.



Do you take art requests?
As of now, I do not normally take requests. I suppose the status on that would be "Special" or something XD I have to be in the right mood and be motivated to start off. And if the request interests me enough, I may do it.

Right now I'm really trying to experiment and improve more with my pixel and emote art, so I may be more inclined to take a request for them ;)



deviantART Questions :devart:



Who made your current avatar?
The lovely happy-gurl made my avatar :love:



What does your username mean?
It is my name :la: Or rather, nickname :giggle:

Big, shiny star to anyone who knows where the name comes from :eyes:



How did you get your page to look like that?
Magic :iconwoooplz:
Nah, it's all from careful planning and such. If you have a specific question about how I did a certain thing on my page, please feel free to note me and I will be happy to help out if I can!



How can I become Spotlight Artist/Deviation of the Week/interviewed/etc?
Each month I select a deviant, along with a few of their deviations, to feature on my page for the whole month :love: I pick them out on my own, but if you have a suggestion, feel free to note :note: me with your suggestions or comment on this journal here.

For my Deviation of the Week, I pick something out directly from my inbox. So, unless I watch you or your deviation appears in a group that I watch, it's unlikely your piece will be there. They're supposed to represent my tastes and what I personally like :heart:

As for my Spreading the dA Love articles, I select an inspirational deviant here in the dA community to interview! Deviants can send in their suggestions in the journal linked above or by shooting me a note :note: :meow:

For more info on my article series, check here in this journal :dalove:



How long have you been on deviantART?
I signed up for deviantART back on August 20, 2007 :la: So, a total of five years now!



What does the ` in front of your username mean?
On June 29th of 2012, I had the honor to be selected as a Senior member along with other lovely deviants :flirty: You can read about the announcement here!



Why did you give me/ can I have a llama?
I love to give out llamas for fun and I do so when I'm browsing around deviantART.

And of course you may have one! :iconllamajumpplz:



Can I have some points?
My answer to this will almost always be no. I believe it's generally rude to go to someone's page (and in lots of cases a page of someone you haven't even talked to before) and ask for points. I give out points to deviants I choose. I enjoy giving points to those who deserve them and that will go to a good cause. I occasionally offer points as prizes in contests and chat events as well.

But for random people who just comment on my page or note me begging for points? Not very likely :aww:

And for those of you who do frequently ask other for points (you know who you are :stare:), please refer to this journal written by RockstarVanity!



Can I have a Premium Membership?
I'm not even joking, someone once noted me before asking me to give them a Premium Membership :stare:

My answer to this will always be NO. In all my time here on dA I have only given out two Premium Memberships, one of them through points. I like to give them out to deviants who really deserve them and not let it go to waste.



Did you make this journal skin? Or was it made by someone else?
Nope, the awesome pjuk made this skin :happybounce: It says it real tiny underneath the title :lol: Here is the journal skin.



Personal Questions :rose:



What is your name?
Quolia is my name...or rather it's my nickname I have had for quite some time now. I prefer to called Quolia as well :meow:

If you're one of the few select people who know my real name, then you are cool B-)



How old are you?
Outside the internet this question really amuses me :giggle: I hardly look my age and people always seem surprised when they hear that I'm in fact older than they assumed. I suppose this means I'll be one of those "ageless" people like Leonardo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt :flirty:

So, my age...I am currently 21 :D



How tall are you?
This question pops up often when I state how small I am, which usually just adds to the whole I'm-not-as-old-as-I-look thing. I really wish I was just a few inches taller :grump:

I am 5' 0" :crying:



Where do you live?
What, will you come get me? :eyes: Haha! Anyway, I currently live in Arizona, USA :squee: It really is lovely here!



Are you in a relationship/dating anyone?
Yeah, people have asked this a couple times :lol: As of now, I'm not in a relationship with anyone.

:iconjuap:



Who is Kyle, Hanketsu, and/or Siaa?
Whether it's one of my avatars or something on my webcam or me just babbling on about Kyle/Hanketsu/Siaa  :blahblah: ... You might have heard me mention these names once or twice :giggle:

Kyle is an OC of mine from a novel I will never finish writing am currently writing :la: Though, recently I have been using him in an RP with my friend, Nee-to. I won't go into detail about him since I don't want to babble on :lol:

Hanketsu is another OC of mine from the same novel. He was the reason behind my previous username :paranoid: And like I said with Kyle, I won't get into details about him either. But if you're curious, you're free to shoot me a note :note: sometime!

And Siaa is Nee-to's OC, who is in a relationship with Kyle in our RP :date:



So, you RP? Will you RP with me?
Um... actually, before becoming friends with Nee-to, I never RP'ed before :lmao: It sort of just happened.

I am still not very confident in my RPing skills :shifty: So, as of right now I'm not looking to RP with anyone else. Maybe one day when I feel I have gotten better and I feel in the mood, I may want to find someone new to RP with :dummy:



Stalk Me! :dummy:



Facebook
Quolia's Facebook

I do not get on Facebook very often :slow: I get on maybe once a day and post even less. I mainly have it to just keep up to date with family and friends.



Tumblr
Quolia's Tumblr

I almost always keep my tumblr up to date and check it frequently throughout the day. It is a blog that I enjoy filling with beautiful art and things that inspire me, mainly anime/manga art :heart:

Note: Since we have gotten this more basic internet, our internet has become slower :stare: And in turn, filling my queue for tumblr has become a pain, thus I post less than I have done in the past. Hopefully we will have the internet speed we once had and I'll be able to post more like I used to :la:



Anipan
Quolia's Anipan

Terrible signature is terrible :shifty: Only had a mouse so...Anyway, my ID number is #1842 :la: I'm still lurking there and looking at pretty art and testing things and such. I see anipan having lots of potential and can't wait to see new things and changes as the site grows :happybounce:



Pinterest
Quolia's Pinterest

I really need to start getting more active on here :eager: I really do like it a lot. I pin things that I like and catch my eye :heart:



Skype
Quolia's Skype: quolia17

I'm usually on whenever I'm online, but I don't usually use it too much. Just be sure to add who you are on here when you send me a request :D


Spreading the dA Love: Volume 16

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 31, 2012, 3:39 AM
:heart: :icongoldendaplz: :heart: :icongoldendaplz: :heart:



As the title suggests, this news article series aim to promote wonderful aspects of the deviantART community, from showcasing beautiful works of art, to informing you of great groups, and to interviewing inspirational deviants. I feel so happy being part of such a wonderful community and I hope to make it better, even if it's only a little bit, by making these articles. My goal is to bring to light everything that impassions me and, hopefully, inspire you!



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:squee: Showcasing Gorgeous Artwork :squee:



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A showcase of art that has simply left me speechless from all genres, from digital/traditional, artisan, emoticons, fractals, etc.



pm by mintchoco Roost by Lumichi :::Secret Dream::: by designtu


M U S I C by tincek-marincek Crimson Peacock by Aurorella mallows 4 mom by chernotrav


St. Julian's Nights by C-91 The Horizon Bleeds And Sucks Its Thumb by SRudy Sky on fire by AverrisVis


Lady Nadine (Updated) by ShadowedPorcelain My Little Dragon: Wood Spirit by Santani Cordova the Mechanical Birdie by monsterkookies


EMTC August 12 by happy-gurl Snow by Ikue The Avengers Decor Pack - Bright Version by Gasara



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:squee: Showcasing Wonderful Photography :squee:



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A showcase of photographs that have left me in awe from all genres, from nature, macro, fashion, conceptual, abstract, etc.



.Multicolor. by Psychosomaticc alex ... by MoniqueDeCaro 28-52: secret sense by ntscha


Inconsiderably by alterOFnotion All I see is... by Fra-Emer m y s t e r i o u s by Lethiel


Love is everywhere by Kara-a When life gives you kiwis... by naked-in-the-rain A Dream Created by Kezzi-Rose


Keep Moving Forward by MyLifeThroughTheLens Predator and Prey by brandtcampbell in the beginning by mj-magic


Send me the moon by werol Crossing by dekorAdum Monte Bianco by TobiasRichter



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:squee:  Showcasing Lovely Literature :squee:



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A showcase of literature that has motivated & moved me from all genres, from prose, poetry, flash fiction, short stores, etc.



The MartyrIs that you
My skin and bone stalker?
Oh, how your flesh is in want
Of a beautiful martyrdom
And our silence rectifies this.
Peeling back the ply layers
In satin-shimmering sheets
Reveals a blinding bandage wrap
And the nails in your mouth
(Sucking out the iron to fortify
The caustic, slipshod nerve
Needed to be the sacrifice)
We will use to pillow
And prop you up
Under that lineal briar crown
summertime.i've realized i miss you most in the summer. when we were together, we belonged to the cold; trees would lose their leaves, winter winds would blow, but the summer was ours. it was a time when we could leave essays and exams behind and start dreaming. a time for stargazing and raindancing and treeclimbing. for the wild. for us.
i feel so out of place. in the light of a bonfire or the wind of a highway, i find myself thinking: you would have loved this. and i get lost in memories of running through a subway station, reaching for lights across the dark ocean or swinging by a lake and dangling our feet in the stars.
this has always been a season of early sunrises and fast-moving clouds. of picking strawberries and meeting strangers. i thought june would last forever.
but it's august. and back then, whenever i drove home at midnight or walked across the city at dawn, you were by my side. you feel far away from me, and listening to your music doesn't bring you any closer. i mi
Psalmi. earth
your kingdom come
easement grass
swaying tall like wheat
the galloping horse
who eyed my stick with fear
and mistook my approach for vengeance
earthworms
dawn into the open by rain
moles
caught by the spikes
of traps that father placed
where the earth was soft
the thundering lump
of the pine tree
being cut piece from piece,
it's limbs falling,
the workers squinting against the sun,
and I, woken by the noise,
sitting dazed on my bed
ii. sea
In the strawberries
growing flush and firm
on Californian fields.
In the small girl
groping among berry bushes
as it is in her father
keeping a watchful eye.
In the blood
that seeps from her leg in bright droplets
when she falls and skins her knee
as it is in the tears that bundle
tight in her eyes.
Although I am sitting many years
and many miles away at the beach,
soaked and nursing a foot cut by a shell
(and thinking I have tasted this ocean before
perhaps in the tap, in the rain,
in orange I had for breakfast),
the sea


Self Preservation"The rules of the game are as follows:
Win or lose, you're all in this together.
To ensure your compliance with said rules, we have implanted you all with microchips that monitor your vital signs. If any of your hearts should fail, a signal will be sent to err, shall we say, activate, the rest of your group's microchips." With this, the officer opened his hand up like a blossoming flower and said quietly, "Boom," His accompanying grin was psychotic. "The teensiest little explosion can have an impressive effect on something so fragile as a brain, you know."
I knew that speech off by heart by now, could play it back in my head whenever I wanted to. Or, more precisely, whenever my subconscious wanted me to. Id've forgotten all about it if I could - that was the plan, in fact, get a quick payoff and forget about it - but it's impossible to forget about something when it's changed your world view, your whole way of life.
From that moment on, our lives were connected. Whether w
:thumb317358043: the girl who didn't get shoti am all aches and pains and coffee stains--
am i the smell before rain, the blood in your veins?
my life is composed of memories and scraped-up knees,
failed attempts at surgeries
of my mind and of my heart, of whatever stops me
when i'm trying to start.
i am all the shores they never graze, that haze
when the sun burns rainwater on roads.
i may feel warm but know this--i get cold,
i get frozen stiff and when i'm bent i won't fold.
the marrow of my bones hold blue-grey skies,
murkier than the rampant clouds in your eyes
but when i'm rib-caged i still have someplace to fly.
i am all the forlorn poets, for i've lungs and a tongue,
i'm rung and stung and a song unsung.
there are secret meadows in my mind, with
lacklustre dews and tarmacadams that shine;
it's where the blood of my bruises tastes like wine
and the words in my throat tunefully intertwine.
i am all the streetlights telling you 'no',
telling you to 'slow down', and eventually, 'go' --
am i second hand smoke? does sp


Gnome Noir  "I did it for the money and I did it for the girl.
        Well, I didn't get the money – and I didn't get the girl."

::  Walter Neff - Double Indemnity
So I point the flintlock at the guy – and that's no easy thing, big musket like that on a little gnome like me – and I peer down the sight. Not many people know what it's like to stare at a man through a glass. But in those sacred moments, the whole world takes a breath and it's just you and him. I line up the shot, and I think about the girl, and--
What? That is the start. What do you want, Sheriff, my life story?
Alright, well, I'm Gniles Brody the Third – that's GNILES, silent 'g'. G-N-I-L-E-S. Your boys over there in the robes got that? I'm a Risk management clerk. You've heard of Royal Gnomic Treasury, right? Well, that's me and the guys. You got a risk, we cover your back for a modest sum. We're like alchemists - 'cept we turn gold into more gold.
What? This IS the interesting bit! You have any
origins of the universei do not know what it means
when you look at me a certain way,
like a child seeing god for the first time
or maybe for the last. i just don't know
why we orbit each other like we are the only
celestial objects left in outer space, binary stars
that gravity decided to keep
together. you are my primary star
and i am your comes, the secondary,
and you will always shine brighter.
i don't always understand why it is
we fell like meteors tearing down
and unprepared for sudden impact,
but i do know the entire universe
was created for this, for you
and for me. when we die it will die with us
but first i'd like us to buy a one-way ticket
on an asteroid passing by Titan
just to hear the song Vonnegut tells me it sings.
we'll grab a connecting flight
that will propel us to faraway galaxies.
the entire universe was created for this
and i will see it for all it has to give.
fireworksstallions of stellar white gallop atop the queasy ocean
which rolls and tumbles and twists and turns itself into
giddying eddying midnight tides against the cove
whispers become breaths become gusts become
gales of freezing air ruffle the hair of the ground
and the tiny people huddle closer into their coats
not us though, for we are like fire to the airborne ice
as we dash through the choruses of the cold
towards the sea (the sea!) which beckons us in its madness
spots of spray bombard us as the waves try to get us
but never quite succeed (all is soaked already though)
as they my friends swig of their bottle of liquid flame
isn't pretending wonderful? they probably think as they
flounder about in their so-called drunken stupor
but the clouds are angry at them and they gather in rage
and as they start to rain on our parade (touché monsieur)
of course they clamour to the one with the crap umbrella
who happens to be little, sober, cold old me
isn't it pitiful that those who think the


:thumb319430633: creating something beautifulmy skin is raw red and wedding-white from when the watches' honed hands lacerated me as they melted, but i am no salvador dali.
[48]
the writer says, i can feel the words with my thoughts but not with my fingers, and i cannot trust my thoughts because objectively they are not real. repeat after me: i will only believe what i have physical, sensual proof of. i will only believe what i have physical, sensual proof of. physical sensual proof - the writer says, i process that with my thoughts; therefore, there is no proof, no physical, no sensual, no reality, and no "me."
"blood" will not splatter my fingers incriminating crimson; "skyline" can't stain my palms abstinence-blue or offer me refuge in cathartical clouds;
            but i can write. i can write something beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful i can produce.
to create something beautiful, you need a canvas: if you are no salvador dali, life will do. have your drea


Conflagration   Smoldering coal seam
long-ignited by friction
   Festers for decades
beneath a weathered-thin crust
   Venting sparks flare-ups
and breeds scarification
   Continual stress
can express raindrops from stone
   Buried heart is breached
through constant undermining
   Fiery blowups
give rise to false martyrdom
   The broadening rift
crumbles into a chasm—
each calls it the other's fault
Lightning Bug CosmosI lace my skin up like a corset, peel back the blinds on my eyelids, and take a step forward, waking from the poppies to the
                    lightning bug glow of truth tapping on my eardrums.
In front of the mirror I stand, but what I notice is not the awkward crook of my nose or butterfly lashes. I look into the lighted mirror as if searching for answers hidden under
Ribbon-like sets of
                                    veins, arteries and nerves.
Sometimes it all flows correctly; sometimes everything becomes
     knotted up in all the wrong places.  Skin toughened by beatings brought about by the
            
Writing FairytalesI told him, "I think I'll write a book."
He said, "Do it right, November. Write a best-seller and send me a copy with your autograph on the inside cover."
"I can do better than that," I promised, our fingers intertwined for the last time, "I'll write the best damn book you've ever read. It'll tell the story of lost love and lost innocence, of found friends and staying out too late on a cold night, and the story of endings without closure. It'll be about boys and girls and break-ups and hook-ups and how everything happens in the backseat of cars."
"They'll interview you on television because everyone wants to know who inspired the story," he continued, "And you'll smirk like you always do because you know the answer but no one else has a clue."
I laughed, "Everyone will cry when they read my book, because it's the saddest story that's ever been told. Everyone will cry but you and I won't."
"We can't cry. It's your book, and I can't cry for you. You can't cry for yourself either, it's ba


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:squee: Showcasing Fun Groups :squee:



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Here I will inform you of cool groups I have come across or have been recommended to that I feel need some more exposure.


:happybounce: :iconprojecteducate: :happybounce:



"Project Educate, originally launched in 2008 by the Community Relations team, is a project to promote and support artistic growth and knowledge throughout the community. The project includes contests, interviews, and various other events for artistic and community involvement."



Please consider watching :+devwatch: the group to get updates and news :heart:




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:squee: Suggested DDs :squee:



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A selection of DDs I have suggested this month and any that have been accepted.



Alien by Cizu free pudding DA icons by PyroGoth Madoka at night by xXMiyu-chanXx



:star: Morning by SoukiNori :star:



Awarded DD on: 8 - 16 - 2012



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:squee: Interview: TeaPhotography :squee:



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Here I will interview an inspirational deviant I have picked or one suggested to me.



:hooray: :iconteaphotography: :hooray:




The story behind your username?

"Tea" as in :tea: has been my "name" for a long time now. My friends started to call me "Tea" about 15 years or so ago, during a time when I was studying Alternative Energy Healing, and received my Certification… and I was especially really into the study of medicinal herbal teas. The name really caught on. Now, practically everyone calls me "Tea" on and off line.

"Photography" goes to the art that I most publicly share, and currently utilize in my business, though it is not all that I do.

Together, "Tea Photography" has a nice little ring to it. ;)



Tell us about yourself:

That's a broad question, but I will do my best to share a few things, and maybe include a couple things that even my closest friends on dA didn't really know too much about…

I was an elementary school teacher for nearly 15 years. I have a bilingual teaching credential, in order to formally and legally be able to communicate with both students and families in their first language, and in some cases teach in the first language, as needed, to certain students. Besides English, I also know Spanish.

It took me a little too long to realize and accept that I had to give up my career due to my very challenging medical issues.  

And the transition was very difficult.

These are the few things that I have been previously reluctant to share publicly, because I want to be known for my abilities and the things that I can do, much more than known for the difficulties I face.

Yet, I am more realizing that all of my experiences, make me who I am, and there is nothing wrong with the truths and realities of what I have had to face.

But, moving on, I have also been much involved in other types of arts, throughout my life.

I am a very musical person… I love a wide variety of music, and I have participated directly in various musical groups.
I play the piano, clarinet, a number of percussion instructions, and a little guitar, which I learned in my adult years.

I also studied ballet for eight years, as a child.

During my adult years, I also earned a black belt in a most wonderful mixed style of Martial Arts, called: Kemscrima-Doh
and I have to say deciding to train in Martial Arts, has always been about the best decision I've ever made for myself in my whole life, for many reasons!

I grew up in the middle of California, but I used to travel quite a bit and quite far, but it has been a very long time, since I've been able to do that. Nevertheless, my love for travel is still as strong, and I have learned about the value in the simple day-trip.

We did finally move out of California, April of 2011, to the state of Oregon, and I have to say, that has also been one of the best decisions I've ever made!

Currently, I work mostly as a photographer in my business of Tea Photography, which has previously been mostly online, such as through dA and also my other more personal website teaphotography.com . I create prints, do some framing, and also create photo greeting cards.

Lately, I've been able to expand locally where I live, a goal I've always had, and this has been a great experience.

Currently, I am also the photographer for The South Coast Humane Society where I am currently volunteering since Summer 2011. I take the photos of their animals for the newspapers here, for the adoption sections.  They are also used on their petfinder.com and face book pages.

I also run The Shelter Project: fav.me/d5ctp73 as an official fundraiser for them.

I love living near the ocean, more than words could possibly say! Nature of all kinds, abounds here where I now live, and the air is so much cleaner and it just feels healthier to be here.

I also must add, how much I adore all of my nieces!!! :heart:

So, I could think of another thing or two, but let's just leave it at that.

:thanks:



How did you discover deviantART?

Well, I started researching the internet early January 2008, for a place to host my new business of Tea Photography.  dA was the first place I looked at, and while I continued looking into several other art-related internet sites, by March 9th, 2008, I came back to dA and signed up as an official member, and over 4 years later…
well, I've never left! :heart:

It's truly an awesome place to be, for so many reasons! :dalove:



Specializes In:

Well, in reality I am a multi-media artist, but on dA and for the business of Tea Photography, my most obvious specialties have been photography, photo art, and some literature, especially visual poetry.
Additionally, I also am greatly involved with creating my own prints, some framing, and creating handmade photo greeting cards.



Your Personal Favorite(s) From Your Gallery:

This only difficult because of the fact that each work I upload holds such deep meaning for me.

A few of those that stick out are:


If Only: The Shelter Project by TeaPhotographyOn Behalf of The Shelter Project by TeaPhotographyThe Magic Life of Sunbeams by TeaPhotography
My Heart by TeaPhotographyTraining Day K-9 Unit by TeaPhotographyMade Stronger by TeaPhotography
Almost an Octave by TeaPhotography



Favorite Inspirational Deviant:

So, SO many… and beyond any list I could make. :heart:
The problem with beginning a list like this, is that I already know I will leave some very special people out. :hmm:
There are some favorite inspirational deviants, who I have met since nearly the beginning of joining here on dA, who I still communicate with now, and who remain supportive friends. I think that is remarkable, and very noteworthy when this happens. That is inspiration alone.

But that being said, to name some of my favourite inspirational deviants:

JocelyneR Tigles1Artistry sesam-is-open philippeL Brian-B-Photography JamminJo ArtByCher SavageFrog Shirimasen Annissina Iluvbiscuit2 kurios-kat DanaAnderson Lirulin-yirth davincipoppalag hiaamir bewilderedconfused creativemikey Miarath kurios-kat BrightStar2 Arte-de-Junqueiro LadyAliceofOz TheDarkenedBride Trippy4U The-Lantiis LUCILALEYLA ArtBYbeverly Samcatt seven-s cowboyB0B Heidi-V-Art
etc. ……

gosh, so many more, and the more I think of, the more I can think of those I am leaving out! :hmm:

So please know, that there are many more, and I'm sorry for not being able to include everyone!

But I also wanted to say: Quolia
Thank you! :heart:

And…

All the Admins., I work with at Unframed-Nature DevNews dAWishingWell deviantHEART and my other groups, too. :heart: :groups: :heart:

And also all of the Affiliates of "The Shelter Project" = fav.me/d5ctp73



What are your favorite aspects of deviantART?

Gosh, there are so many. :aww:

But, I'll start with the fact that when I first came here, I was somewhat shy about the idea of sharing my art, writing, & photography for the first time ever on the internet.
But, right away I noticed the overwhelming amount of support and encouragement that I was receiving, and I was so surprised, because I never even thought about that level of support from an online community.  :aww:
So, I would say that the way that deviantART is able to foster such an amazingly supportive community, is the first aspect that comes to mind, that is my most favourite.
And this is very important, because it is easy to not always feel comfortable when you are exposing your artwork, which for me, is always deeply personal.

That being said, I also love the fact that there is also this aspect that easily fosters a "Pay-it-Forward" theme, that seems to run through the site.
In other words, for me, given the amount of support I had received from the very beginning, I have found that dA is a place where there is plenty of opportunity to give BACK to the community, by helping out others through encouragement of their own work, through helping other groups, and other causes and projects, too.

Because of the support I have received, I have made it a part of my dA activities, to do whatever I am able to do for anyone else, with that "Pay it Forward" philosophy.
And just like in life, dA mirrors the reality that there are always needs that people, and groups of people have, and we can all work together to help fill these needs, both in life and on dA. And dA is a part of life for many of us, anyway!

Of course I adore the artistic aspect of dA, too! I love that dA is a place for such a wide variety of art media!
I think it's fantastic that we have a place to be together among many different types of artists, and if we so choose, in this way we are able to learn more about various types of art, and meet other types of artists, and support each other across the artistic board. :nod:
So not only, are we able to learn from each other, and meet each other within our own artistic specialties, but we can learn so much about other artistic areas, as well.

And again, through this aspect, we are creating more community!

I think to best sum it up, at this point,
"I have come for the art, but I've stayed for the community."

:iconspreadmoreloveplz: :community::community::community: :iconspreadmoreloveplz:



Where do you draw your inspiration from?

"Life is Art, Messy yet Beautiful all at Once."

This is just a personal quote, which I've lived by ever since fully emerging art with life, in general, and realizing that for me, they are one in the same.

It sums up where I draw my inspiration from. :aww:

First, I draw my inspiration, from LIFE itself, and everything and everyone around me.
And I view life as art, and vice versa.

I draw inspiration from the grand number of outstanding deviants right here on this very site, too.

But, I can't forget all that's brought me to where I am today, and this includes any of my friends and family, who have been supportive of me, who are not here on dA.  And really, everyone is a teacher, just because there is something I have learned from everyone I've crossed paths with.

Also, it is important to mention that the needs I've found in the world around me, have inspired me to combine my passion for art with my compassion for all such situations, in whatever ways this might be possible.

Those who might know me best on dA, know that one of the most obvious examples of this, are
the needs of animals, because my photos of them at the humane society where I volunteer at The South Coast Humane Society are placed in the area's newspapers and on petfinder.com and on fb, to help with their adoptions. :aww:

Sometimes, I upload a few of the photos to dA, as well, to share the message of such needs and what I do, right here on dA.

Also, any of my animal works in the form of Prints or Greeting Cards, go to The Shelter Project: teaphotography.deviantart.com/… which began in 2010, but now go to the 2nd humane society I work with, since I had moved.

The two year anniversary, is this month of August 2012: fav.me/d5ctp73

I've had such support of this project from right HERE on dA! :dalove:

And because of this, the Affiliates of "The Shelter Project" have been especially inspirational to me, because without them, there would not be such a project, especially as it exists on this site. :heart:

But in general, animals, nature, people, and the world around me, are honestly truly inspirational for me.



How do you strive to further improve your work?

Practice, Patience, and Persistence, and repeat!  ;)

Always and forever, because really there is no need to be completely perfect, because there is always room for improvement, and if a state of perfection could be reached, then that would be that, and what more would there be?
In other words, it is important to realize that there will always be room for improvement, no matter how long a person has been practicing something.  It keeps a person humble at the same time.  That is why the "repeat" is the most important part. :nod:



Do you have any advice to fellow aspiring artists?

Hmm, I'd say patience and persistence.
And you can practice both at the same time, and the combination, can yield improvements in art, as well as quality of life, in general.

So many times, people expect to be instantly wonderful at something right away.
Or they expect to have instant recognition for something whether they may be great at what they do or even not so great yet.

It's that "instant gratification syndrome" that is common enough.

Art, and life as a whole with everything we want to do, is an unfolding process, and sometimes many people forget to take stock in the journey itself. Therein lies the true value. I believe we should exercise a lot of patience during our unfolding journeys, because this is where all the learning comes in.

We really aren't here to become famous overnight, and win the big prize at every turn, or the biggest award there is.  Maybe someday, such things could be a part of the future, but there is much to do first.

Do you think the Black Belt in Martial Arts, got his or her black belt in the first week, or even year, of training?  I should think not.

And even a Black Belt is only the beginning of the next level of training. :)

After all, we are never done learning.

Patience, is the key.

The next key, is persistence.

I've seen too many people who want to give up something really soon, because they didn't feel they were very good at it, or someone ELSE told them, they weren't that good at it, which was a crushing blow.

If they still love art, I advise giving oneself much more of a chance, and persistence with it, so you have time for improvement, and don't listen to anyone who simply makes you feel bad. Ask for constructive feedback, but don't tolerate rudeness.

Life is about persistence, and not giving up on the things that you want to do, but being very patient with yourself at the same time. There is no need to kick yourself, if skills or even external awards don't come, or don't come right away, if those are your goals.

Remember, life is a journey… take it steadily along, and take in the scenery while you're at it.

After all, that's what art really IS about-
The scenery along life's journey!

:meditate:



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