This is just a short piece of correspondence to let you know about some current Community Relations-led events that might be of interest and relevance to the Abstract & Surreal community. Feel free to take part, or to inform me of other abstract and surreal happenings that I could promote.
%photohunt Chat Event
The PhotoHunt chat, hosted by ^AshleyxBrooke, is holding a special event on the 12th January at 14:00 EST. Lots of prizes are being given away and it's definitely worth your time if you've a free few hours to take photographs in a time-limited theme-set environment. Full information about the event can be found here.
%Abstract-and-Surreal December Contest Results
%Abstract-and-Surreal's December contest is over and has been judged. The theme was Christmas Colours and the winner, chosen by the judges, is Christmas Tree Bokeh by *SnapShot120. Their image can be seen below and the relevant article is here. Please join me in congratulating the winners, and do please take a look through the other contest entries.
%Abstract-and-Surreal January Contest
In related news, the same group has now hosted their January contest. The theme is Shapes and is open to all art mediums. This is a very open-ended theme, and I think people will be able to produce a fine variety of abstract work from the keyword. The contest ends at the end of the month, and the only real stipulations are that the image must be new; that is, taken since January 1st, and that entrants are members of the group. Full details of the contest can be found here.
Monthly Photography Critique Thread
Watched over by ^Kaz-D, this is a monthly initiative to get people to comment and particularly critique on the works of others. It also offers artists the chance to submit one piece of their own work for critique by their peers. This is a worthwhile cause, and I feel it may be useful to members of the abstract and surreal community whose work struggles to garner feedback. January's edition is now live and you can take part here.
Monthly Abstract & Surreal Thumbshare
This is a recurring feature of mine that invites all abstract and surreal artists to take part and share a selection of their own abstract and surreal work. It doesn't matter about the medium; I feel that the genre is more important than the processes involved in creating an image. If you don't have any relevant work of your own, or simply if you'd prefer, you're also welcome to share the work of others that you particularly enjoy. The regular edition of the thread can be found here, and the premium edition for subscribers can be found here. At the end of the month, the images that I enjoy the most will be published in a special Feature Friday article.
That's all for now; thank-you for your time.