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Confess by Mivala
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Like a cyclone of broken glass. flower petals, and thoughts; a brain shredding itself. We see: A portrait of a person of indeterminate ...

Dead Trees. An Angry Sun. by NMatychuk

A moody minimalist mirror-painting. Firstly, the composition does a good job of balancing the unequal parts of what could be considered...



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Brett Semenzin
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I approach my art as a balancing act. It's a way for me to counteract tendencies within myself towards pessimism, while avoiding the territory of blind optimism. It's about understanding and accepting all the beauty and ugliness that exists in life and about determining where to place reverence and ridicule appropriately. It is one part therapy, one part escapism, and one part confrontation. It's a personal journey of self-improvement both as an artist and as a person. The act of creation is, for me, a cross between what I imagine religious ecstasy must feel like and what it must feel like to remove your own fingernails and toenails with pliers and dull spoons. There is both pleasure and pain, inspiration and frustration. It is a journey toward an impossible goal of perfection, but a journey that needs to be attempted to avoid stagnation and death.

I mainly choose themes, materials, and techniques based on whims and what interests me in the moment. However, humour and nature play large, and continuing, roles in my art. Generally, I rely on "out-of-the-blue" inspiration, or ideas from cultural influences that either mesh with, or contradict, my personal beliefs. If it's an idea that makes me laugh, I usually feel it's worth following through on. I have returned to creating art after a long break and feel there is so much to catch up on that I am currently in an unfocussed stage where I want to try all mediums and techniques. Most often, my tendency is to turn to the digital format (Corel Painter 12) due to the ease of preparation, but I have a deep love and respect for traditional formats of all kinds. I've particularly come to appreciate the boldness and vibrancy of oil pastels. And though I have yet to use it, oil painting is the one medium that holds the greatest appeal for me as it seems to symbolize the professional and historical qualities that I think of when I consider the term: "Art."

My current work is focused more on colour, and positivity than my early works. It is a response to the negative attitudes of the first half of my life. I am attempting to improve my understanding of the basic elements of visual art, and improve my techniques beyond a prior reliance on cartoonist styling. I don't feel that any of my works can be considered truly finished. They are always open to new interpretations and expressions. As I grow as an artist I want to feel free to adapt past works to reflect how I currently feel about their content. And I want others to be able to use them as branching points to express their views, one of the reasons why I include most of my work under a Creative Commons license.

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Warming Spice by chriswhite87 spite by evilbalrog spire. by musicandphotography Spile by FreshClub

Muses by nell-fallcard Buses by jackta  Tri-Fuse by flaviuspopan
fame. by Ateenie Le Cadeau by DeaconStrucktor Really Lame by Darth4114 same by ErinBird

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Hey Deacon, hope you have been keeping well. Forgive my silence I am bit in a void at the moment. Could I ask what the type of artwork you use/still do where a bunch of artist collab together each having a block to fill in the larger picture and anything goes so long as your block flows with the rest of the other art blocks?

Could you share some links to those again.  

Thanks and kind regards :D
DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist was the one I mentioned earlier but the site is down now it appears. There might be some other sites with similar theme, if one did some searching.
I would love to know what are the basic rule, hoping it can improve online team engagement or communication. Hope you are keeping well
DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I don't know the technical side of the process, but basically the person who began the "quilt" or "tileset" determined a grid of (n)x(n) amount of image tiles with (n)x(n) amount of pixels. One artist would download (save a copy of) the beginning tile and would complete an image on it. Once they had finished and re-uploaded it to the site, it would remain unavailable for download and viewing until the tiles surrounding it were completed. The surrounding tiles would become available for download and would only show a few pixels of detail (determined by the quilt starter) for the succeeding artists to work from, much as an exquisite corpse game… is played. The process would repeat until gradually the entire image was revealed. They also had the ability to force a deadline so that tiles that had been "checked out/downloaded for completion" would be available again once a certain length of time had elapsed.
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
Just stopping by to say I'm bAAAACK (again finally) :lmao:
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