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I just made a dA account for my grandmother, Esther McGraw. I've been scanning a lot of her drawings and photographs lately, and thought it would be nice for her to get some new recognition. She really was good! Check her out at  esthermcgraw.deviantart.com
  • Listening to: L Valse des Monstres - Yann Tiersen
  • Reading: Wired Magazine
  • Watching: computer screen - duh.
  • Playing: house
  • Eating: Atkins Bar
  • Drinking: Air
dA came out with a design or drawing program a while ago - anyone remember what it was called? and if you have any experience using it - did it work well?
  • Listening to: L Valse des Monstres - Yann Tiersen
  • Reading: Wired Magazine
  • Watching: computer screen - duh.
  • Playing: house
  • Eating: Atkins Bar
  • Drinking: Air
anyone want to connect on facebook with me?

only people who are already interacting with me here, please :)

just note me with your facebook name and URL, and i'll befriend you there :D
  • Listening to: L Valse des Monstres - Yann Tiersen
  • Reading: Wired Magazine
  • Watching: computer screen - duh.
  • Playing: house
  • Eating: Atkins Bar
  • Drinking: Air
EDIT: oh well... figured this one out (sort of) by looking at the FAQs and searching keyword "storage" since it wasn't in any of the listed FAQs - anyway... it's an option under management of deviations, so yeah, it's done by the artist themselves, to hide something without actually deleting it. hrm... not sure why someone would want to do that, but hey, different strokes for different folks :)

here's the link: FAQ #307: What is the Deviation Storage Tool, and how do I access it? Can I temporarily hide deviations?:

what does deviation in storage mean? i keep looking through my old faves, and finding several of them have been "stored" away. the interesting thing (other than where the heck is "storage"), is that you can't click on them to remove them from your gallery.
  • Listening to: L Valse des Monstres - Yann Tiersen
  • Reading: Wired Magazine
  • Watching: computer screen - duh.
  • Playing: house
  • Eating: Atkins Bar
  • Drinking: Air
can't believe i've been gone from here for over a month!

just really busy over the holidays. and vacationing in the mountains where i didn't have internet access.

sorry, folks. :/

hope your holidays were happy :D
  • Listening to: Get Free - the Vines
  • Reading: Wired Magazine
  • Watching: computer screen - duh.
  • Playing: house
  • Eating: Atkins Bar
  • Drinking: water
i just wanted to clarify that
A), i have been on the internets since the 80's, thus am aware of phishing scams, etc, and would never click on any links in an unsolicited email, and
B) the email from dA was legit - what they wanted was verification that me, myself and I (and not someone else) had actually requested the password change. if so, then i should go to dA and verify that, and, if was NOT me who had done that, to ignore their email. which i did. :)

i was just wondering if this is a common hacking ploy on dA specifically, or just across the world wide web.
  • Listening to: Car Wash -
  • Reading: Nothing - I'm cleaning house!
  • Watching: computer screen - duh.
  • Playing: house
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water
someone tried to hack into my dA account, i guess, by requesting a password change.

of course dA emailed a message notifying me of the attempt and asking for confirmation.

anyone else have this kind of thing happen? anyone hear of it working?
  • Listening to: Car Wash -
  • Reading: Nothing - I'm cleaning house!
  • Watching: computer screen - duh.
  • Playing: house
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water
i bought a real-live oil painting at a garage sale for a whopping $1 this weekend.

so... it's a brightly colored and highly textured, impressionistic scene of an italian town on the edge of what is probably the Mediterranean  or Aegean sea. probably just a somewhat cheap painting to sell to tourists, but it's not badly done.

the only problem is the overly bright, Disneylandesque colors... so, i'm thinking that some kind of glaze would tone it down, make it look a little more 'old' or sophisticated.

any ideas on what would work?
  • Listening to: Goodbye and Hello - Tim Buckley
  • Reading: Edible Landscaping book
  • Watching: computer screen - duh.
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water
last journal entry was too sad, so figured i should move on.

family is visiting from germany, but i think they get to go traveling and have all the fun - i need to stay home with the boy to make sure he gets to school each day :)
  • Listening to: crickets chirping
  • Reading: My Life in France by Julia Child
  • Eating: abendbrot
  • Drinking: water
my grandma passed away 2 days ago. we were very close, and i'm having a hard time with her death. she was 89 and had been suffering for awhile, yet she's been so incredibly strong, she just kept plugging away at life. i'm going to miss our 2 hour long conversations.
  • Listening to: L'eau qui dort 2:58 Autour de Lucie
  • Reading: My Life in France by Julia Child
  • Eating: hard boiled eggs
  • Drinking: water
so, i'm not upset, just curious - i had a photo zasu.deviantart.com/art/Just-a… moved from Street, and into Urban and Rural/Miscellaneous. so i'm wondering why one is more accurate than the other.

the Street gallery info states it is for:Street photography featuring people in candid situations in public places.

my photo features a little boy looking down from a window overlooking the street.

the Urban and Rural/Miscellaneous gallery info states: Urban and rural photography focuses on cities and skylines, farmland and buildings and suburbia.

i don't see anything specifically about people in that. not that it specifically excludes people either, but how do i determine the difference? is this clearer to you than it seems to be to me?

i'm a member of ::iconthe-yard-collective:
  • Listening to: A Ma Place - Zazie & Axel Bauer
  • Reading: The Adobe Photoshop CS3 book by Scott Kelby
  • Eating: roasted sun flower seeds
  • Drinking: lo-carb Milk
there's a new club on the block, for street and industrial photos. looks very interesing, so i'm looking to join myself.

here is their stamp: :iconthe-yard-collective:

check it out if you're interested too!

Edit: so.. now that i've been accepted, i can say, "I'm a MEMBER of :iconthe-yard-collective:" :boogie:
  • Listening to: husband painting walls and my computer humming
  • Reading: The Adobe Photoshop CS3 book by Scott Kelby
  • Drinking: lo-carb Milk
1. Where is your cell phone? lost?



2. Your significant other? günt



3. Your hair? reddish



4. Your mother? ok


5. Your father? ok



6. Your favorite thing? son



7. Your dream last night? boring...



8. Your favorite drink? milk



9. Your dream/goal? paid



10. What Room are you in? homeoffice



11. Your hobby? photography



12. Your fear? success ;)



13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? anywhere



14. Where were you last night? here



15. Something that you aren't? disciplined


16. Muffins? carbohydrates! :shocked:



17. Wish list item? camera



18. Where you grew up? sanfrancisco



19. Last thing you did? uploaded



20. What are you wearing? pyjammas


21. Your TV? new


22. Your pets? annoying!



23. Friends? miss



24. Your life? unfulfilled



25. Your mood? even


26. Missing someone? no



27. Your car? subaru



28. Something you're not wearing? shoes



29. Your favorite store? costco



32. Your favorite color? asparagus



33. When is the last time you laughed? today


34. Last time you cried? 2daysago



35. Who will resend this? nobody



36. One place that I go to over and over: bathroom



37. One person who emails me regularly: mom



38. My favorite place to eat: persian



39. One place I would like to go right now: france


40. One person I think will respond: nobody



41. One TV show I watch all the time: it'smeorthedog
  • Listening to: husband grunting and my computer humming
  • Eating: trail mix
  • Drinking: lo-carb Milk
sorry to have reappeared and then re-disappeared, but i've been very, very sick. went to the hospital twice the past month. first time in an ambulance. second time they kept there for 4 days on an IV to give me liquids, nutrients and morphine, as i couldn't eat or drink. turns out i probably have pancreatitis, which is usually associated with gallstones and/or alcoholism, but as the doctors told me, i have neither problem, so i'm among the 10% that have a different cause - they just don't know what it is yet. one of my wonderful aunts flew out from ohio to take care of me the past couple of weeks, as my husband was in germany during both pancreatitis attacks. he's back now, and i'm feeling much better. :)

we've been working on finishing the remodel of our house in the mountains, and are now preparing it to rent out to european guests. i designed a dry creek bed to fill our front yard there, and i'm pretty excited that i was able to do something for once in my life that looks so beautiful. it's actually become a bit of a tourist attraction in the area! we're going up to the mountains this weekend to put some more finishing touches on the interior.

i've created a slide show of the home and surrounding wilderness and sights... i'll link to it here once we get it uploaded.

i'm going to upload a series of photos of the bedding and curtains of the maison where we stayed in france - it's more for my long-time friend manuela, with whom i've reconnected recently, to see. as she is a talented seamstress, and wants to make me curtains like the ones i saw in france - for our cabin in the mountains in exchange for some nice copies of some of my photos. i'm so excited :D
  • Listening to: news on tv upstairs and my computer humming
  • Playing: mah jong
  • Eating: milka german chocolate (nougat w/chili pepper!)
  • Drinking: lo-carb Milk
forgot to mention, i guess, that we were also going to be going on a longer vacay back to ohio to visit my grandma and other family. we actually DROVE - a lost mode of long distance transport, but, hey, someone's gotta do it, and i really wanted wolf to be able to experience america first hand. well, at least highway 80. :)

exhausted now, so don't expect too much from me for a while :D
  • Listening to: birds chirping & windchime chiming
  • Eating: trail mix
  • Drinking: lo-carb Milk
going to the mountains for a few days, see y'all when i come back :bye:
  • Listening to: Local Weather
  • Eating: Blueberries
  • Drinking: Milk
so... for the first time, i've offered a photo officially as stock (i say officially, because i have offered my photos to other manipulators on my devwatch, but never marked as stock). anyway.. my first taker has done a fantastic job, and i'm pretty psyched about it ;)

here is the EltonFernandes.deviantart.com/… to his image which uses my "arc angel" image of an arched window in the castle chenonceau in france.

check it out :boogie:
  • Listening to: dead can dance - towards the within
  • Eating: 40 clove chicken
  • Drinking: screwdriver
thanks to fangfingers helpful instructions, i've finished collecting my own pictures into categories... what a time-consuming job...!

next project is to create categories and organize my faves gallery into them.... :shocked:

*runs off to gather courage and re-energize myself... somehow*
  • Listening to: La Dama d'Arago - Maria del Mar Bonet
  • Eating: Atkins Advantage Peanut Butter Bar
to people who've faved one of your images, then apparently deleted it immediately from their faves gallery?

it's only happened a couple of times, that i know of.

when i go to someone's site to thank them, i sometimes get caught up in going through their faves. not to search for mine, but just because i find so many great artists that way.

well, today, i searched through one, and discovered my photo wasn't anywhere to be seen.

i'm not upset - just wondering if i still owe a thank you for faving my picture. :)
  • Listening to: quand j'y pense - demain les chiens
  • Eating: Atkins Advantage Peanut Butter Bar
sometimes photos i post look so great on my computer, but really lose something when i upload them to dA or other sites.

take the inflight photos of the landscapes and storms i just submitted - why do they look so good at home (even the small file i make to upload), yet dull on here?

i wonder if increasing the color saturation and contrast on the uploadable versions would bring them back to what they look like at home  - or if that would only increase the noise?

anyone else have this problem?

any suggestions?

sigh.