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Hallo everyone, and welcome to October. Winter approaches, finally; the long nights bring forth much in terms of atmospheric lighting.

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 you know of or are involved with: I'll be sure to update this journal to include them here.



Monthly Photography Critique Thread


Watched over by Kaz-D and 3wyl, 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. The October 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 nine images that I enjoy most will be published in a special Feature Friday article.


Monthly Photography Chat Events


Any updates relating to chat events will be published here. Currently there are no scheduled chat events for the next few weeks, but there is an ongoing photo-hunt event that can be participated in.


Monthly Feature & News Roundup


Here is the main source of updates and features from the major abstract and surreal groups. Please do check out the links and features which follow this introduction, as there is much to be found of great interest and intrigue throughout their content. Additionally, I have included news updates from relevant sources, and personal journals worth another look.

Administrators needed!Send us your application!Requirements:
- to be active on Deviantart (preferrably daily);
- to be in charge of max. 2 more groups;
- although not mandatory, being a photographer is a plus;
- again, it would be great if you had previous experience with being an admin.
Your application should be a message sent to us which includes five pieces that you think would fit the group theme, and that you would vote "yes" withour any doubt.
October Theme: Decline and September Winners!September Winners
Well done to all those who entered the 'Emotion' themed Abstract and Surreal Contest. Without further ado, here are the winners!
1st Place

2nd Place

Prizes
1st Place: 200 points and 6 months of Premium
2nd Place: 100 points and 3 months of Premium
October Challenge
This one is open to all mediums - Digital Art/Photography and Traditional Art as long as your deviation is classed as Abstract or Surreal, it will be accepted. It also has to fit the theme...Decline


Rules
1. Work must be your own!
2. Any medium listed above is allowed.
3. Work must have been created this year. 
4. 1 submission per member.
5. Contest closes on the 30th.
6. Submit here!
7. Mu
The best of galleries 5Welcome. Take a look at some fine photography that can be found in the group's gallery. Enjoy.
  

  

  Dawn behind the Golden Gate by nathanspotts
Panoramic Manhattan with Nightfall by AugenStudios
A Brand New Life by MyLifeThroughTheLens No Housewife by NickSachos Invisible by Laura1995
Here's your fairytale II. by DianaNohelova
 Beneath The Crown Of Cranes by disies drop cahter by globalunion
Volga by TriinErg
Ustka by sekcyjny Fritillaria meleagris III by Aphantopus Lost in Space by erezmarom
Sunset Hills by parkflavor
Marriage of True Minds by fiathriel *** by Tarasov Olya6 by NerySoul
1000 Roses by zemotion
Tulip Still Life II by aimeelikestotakepics Tea Time by Jules1983 8 bit teatime (Pac-Man) by dinabelenko
Abstract and Surreal Spotlight Vol. 35Einsilbig's
Spotlight Vol. 35
Abstract and Surreal
The Spotlight
Usually So
by AngelaNorthen
head on
by davespertine
Birmingham
by jonniedee
Cotton Composition
by dynax700si
Ways
by el-karamelo
What soul sings behind windows
by Dylou-Lee
Between long silences
by YourForgiveness
I'd like to be in America
by scheinbar
Abstract and Surreal Spotlight Vol. 36Einsilbig's
Spotlight Vol. 36
Abstract and Surreal
The Spotlight
set_240_call
by Fedorrrz
Untitled
by Menoevil
a frozen smile
by scheinbar
fracture_1
by grivachoz
En Peising
by Fassod
7771
by cameraflou
We are shadows to one another
by YourForgiveness
reflections 5
by CosmicKat
....
Ode to simplicity - Monthly special XXIIIWe proudly present a glorious selection from the September Gallery submissions Ode-to-simplicity.
Open your eyes.
Open your soul.
Feel the beauty flow within.
Don't forget to :+fav: this journal if you like it.





Table lamp by Menoevil :thumb402731444:

Oxalis by MissUmlaut far, far unfit to bear the bitter cold by BlauBeerKuchen Stripes by JtheQ

:iconthankuplz:
Collected and arranged by augenweide
Kind regards,
Ode-to-simplicity team
i love things simple by simplicity-fan keep it simple by simplicity-fan
***
POINT OF SIMPLICITY
free e-magazine about fine art photography
http://point-of-simplicity.blogspot.com/
Best of SeptemberHi there,
It's dekorAdum, I've collected the top submissions from each Gallery.
Here are the best of September.
Abstract Photography

      
Surreal Photography

     
Abstract Traditional Art

     
Surreal Traditional Art
Nature-Abstracted : September Selection









Curves by Schnitzelyne
The Wind Brushes II - color by Art2mys
Embracing the elements by PeterJCoskun
Untitled by thergothon
Illusion by yuvi2
by
:iconVisitingFahrrad::icondynax700si::iconVexingArt::iconPiscisvolantis::iconright-angle:
:iconDasGhul::iconjohnsonleealex::iconsth22art::iconHatch1921::iconEvaMcDermott:
:iconSchnitzelyne::iconArt2mys::iconPeterJCoskun::iconthergothon::iconyuvi2:
Selection by :
:iconjakezdaniel: :iconinsolitus85: :iconfant0me:
October Gave A Party


October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,—
The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And every thing was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band....
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky....
~George Cooper
1st Beautiful Blur Anniversary
Happy birthday Beautiful-Blur!!!
Exactly one year ago Beautiful-Blur has been founded by NicPi
and for almost the entire year she's been managing the group on her own.
Congratulations NicPi, you may be proud of yourself and the group.
However, where would a group be without it's members.
Thank you all for for your support over the last year.
To conclude this journal, I've made a selection of my own favourites,
ranging from the the very start to today,
which I like to bring to your attention one more time.
Enjoy!

 

 

 
Light Hunters Feature - Monochrome:iconvenatoreslucis:





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VenatoresLucis staff:
:iconmichela-riva::iconmarinacoric::iconmarcosrodriguez::iconbokehlight::iconlula939:
DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK 21



  The race against evolution dissolved. by skyline03 ps139 by Campo-Diaz

Talk me Out by WonderMilkyGirl  Moving V by veramente
Moscow Night Story by inObrAS Till Tecken by JabLab  Talk me Out by WonderMilkyGirl
Tree+wall+field+frost1 by Coigach Moscow Night Story by inObrAS YBR V2 by KizukiTamura

Balance by Einsilbig YBR V1 by KizukiTamura
YBR V1 by KizukiTamura We are shadows to one another by YourForgiveness
hORIZON (dE sOINS) CABOSSE by TofstoFs We are shadows to one another by YourForgiveness I'm Waking Up... by Corvidae65
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That's all for now; thank-you for your time.


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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, Darren !
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arctoa Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Photographer
No worries; it's an interesting project.
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks. I am still surprised myself about the results ...
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scheinbar Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for showing my last news :)
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arctoa Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Photographer
No worries.
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jussta Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:
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arctoa Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Photographer
Heh, thank-you kindly.
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RhynWilliams Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
:dance:
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arctoa Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Photographer
Much obliged.
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