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La Lune :iconkelogsloops:kelogsloops 5,200 238 self2 :iconpotworow:potworow 31 5 The Sea Inside :iconalexndramirica:AlexndraMirica 89 34 Bailey II :iconm0thart:M0THart 658 21 raw VII :icongretatu:GretaTu 187 9 Taylor Marie Hill :iconandriymarkiv:AndriyMarkiv 243 34 Un Romancero :icongrafnarq:grafnarq 170 26 Untitled 5 :icongrazapp:grazapp 313 31 'Divine' :icongraemeb:graemeb 140 34 Universal :iconthe-inner-observer:The-Inner-Observer 95 25 November :iconjoarosa:JoaRosa 447 38 Victoria :icongaolst:gaolst 689 36 Breathe in, breathe out :iconagnes-cecile:agnes-cecile 2,200 50 In the Midnight Garden :iconthienbao:thienbao 672 14
Ars Materia
Leaving your country starts with getting rid of as many things as possible. You give your old CDs to your sibling’s friend. Donate your art books to a teacher. Throw out as many childhood mementoes as your mother allows. Sell your car. Swap your thick hoodies for your sibling’s t-shirts. Donate the rest of your clothes to a homeless shelter.
You pack books from your old lovers and birthday presents from your current lover. You pack art supplies because they’re expensive to replace. You pack your country’s flag. You buy power adapters.
You cross the world with everything you own in two suitcases and a messenger bag.
On the other side, you rent the first decent apartment you find. For a few days you sleep on an air mattress and eat sandwiches off paper plates. You buy a used table and chairs from an Irish couple down the road who are returning home. They give you scratched pots and pans for free. You buy a mattress new.
You get a new phone and a cheap data plan be
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Bullets, Flowers, Leaves
I have drawers for bullets
and flowers
and leaves.
The rain sometimes comes
more sometimes than other
The sun sneaks out and splatters
waves on the wall; trees in the wind.
Bullets, flowers, leaves.
The world here is made of rocks
ground down some
and some leave me to wonder
about the works
of simple men
that do so little,
not even as much as the rocks.
Bullets, flowers, leaves.
Spring in Winter
Winter in Summer
and Fall never,
with the sea angry at your elbow
and the people the people the people
who drive the roads back and forth
howling the pavement to
the next whatever
that cannot ever arrive.
Flowers and
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by AmBr0

Concerning the painting itself (and most of all, the technique involved) I feel utterly unable to write a critique in its traditional s...

by Miriye

When considering the background story of this painting, I really like how you managed to depict the radiating glow of the orb around wh...

The whole picture is simply sputtering sprightliness all around, especially the cheerfully coloured background and the light complexity...

The contrast between the fuzzy white face down and the sharp edged feathers covering the rest of the owl's body is sublime. Actually, w...



Look, all of us have souls of birds
but cling to cage bars anyway
as if they were most precious things.

Pure force you'd need to pry us loose
from gutters, flagpoles,
and sometimes even billboard frames.

At night we feel the pull of earth
and flap the wings
we clipped ourselves.

When in the morning sky blue dawns,
the chance so near to flee for good,
the price for flying is too dear.
Souls of Birds
The German language may be difficult to master due to the articles that adjust to the cases, but then again the sentence structure is more than liberal. Thus, I have also taken some liberties to not merely translate the words into English but also convey as much of the original rhythm as possible. 

Adapted from
Wir alle haben Vogelseelen,
doch klammern uns an Käfigstangen,
als wär's das Schönste auf der Welt.

Gewalt wär' nötig uns zu lösen
von Regenrinnen, Fahnenstangen
und manchmal selbst von Werbetafeln.

Des Nachts verspür'n wir Erdenschwere
und schlagen uns're Flügelstümpfe,
die wir uns selbst zurechtgestutzt.

Wenn morgens dämmert Himmelsbläue,
die Chance da zu flieh'n den Zwängen,
ist uns zu hoch der Preis für's Fliegen.
Some thoughts want to be expressed as visual art, others call for the written form.

Please find the English version under this link:
Concerning the painting itself (and most of all, the technique involved) I feel utterly unable to write a critique in its traditional sense, wherefore I will turn it into a hymn of praise instead:
The hedgehog is wonderfully framed in this piece of work, not only by making it the central point - the eye turned to the audience almost directly in the centre while the snout points down as if just casting a quick glance upwards before continuing to rummage (thus adding action) - but also by surrounding ti so beautifully with the fallen autumn leaves. The shade of the leaves is soft enough to have the pricks with their stark white reflections stand out just enough without breaking the ranks of the entire composition. Not even to mention the details in the fur, the nervures and the hedgehog's expression - as if raising an eyebrow. All of this added up to the five stars in technique.
As I am also certain that this detailed piece will inspire other artists to emulate your deeds, I gave you four stars for the impact.
Now to the ratings on vision and originality where I retracted a few points: Firstly, I could not determine whether you used a reference photograph and if so whether this was one of your own or provided by somebody else. Secondly, while the technique is flawless to a fault in reproducing reality, I miss the detail that raises it beyond and above a reproduction, something inherent to the drawing that would distinguish it from the photograph other than the dedication that is certainly visible in every stroke.


Greta Habich
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
Hello everyone.

In real life I am a PhD in neurobiology currently residing in Bern, Switzerland. Totally sciency and just a little bit scatterbrained as this is what is expected from a serious researcher. ;)
But as Goethe's Dr Faust already declared: "Two souls alas! are dwelling in my breast."
I do love the mathematical neatness, the wonders of neurons that fire action potentials bringing us to think, feel, dream... But just as well I enjoy letting myself be drowned in the imaginitive pell-mell process of fabricating artwork without questioning its scholary value all the more treasuring its intangible appeal to human kind.


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