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Art is a human activity, consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of external signs, hands on to others feelings he has worked through, and other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them.


—  Leo Tolstoy

My friend lovelessdevotions tagged me, and I decided to come into the sandbox and participate in this lovely activity for the holidays.

 

Step One

 

Make a post to your DA journal. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a ______ icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("all I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV."). The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

 

If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

 

Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your DA or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.

 

Step Two

 

Surf around your friends list (or friends' friends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now, here's the important part:

 

If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use -- do it.

 

You need not spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf -- to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not -- it's your call.

 

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Give, and you might receive. and you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

 

 

My Wishlist


1.   I wish there were a sort of “Adopt an Artist” regular activity/challenge on DeviantArt, in which users would pledge to promote an artist of their choice for a certain period of time, doing their best to encourage them further by means of favouriting their pieces, leaving comments and constructive critique, submitting their pieces to groups, gifting them a Premium Membership if and when possible, etc., during that period. That’d help a lot of the less known and not so popular artists flying under the radar and would engage non-artist users meaningfully.

 

2.   And speaking of DeviantArt, to make more friends here is one of my fondest wishes. There are so many nice people that I’d be pleased to have a chance to talk with.

 

3.   I wish there were more oil paintings. There’s something romantically unique about this old-school technique that stirs my soul in a way digital doesn’t. Chivalric themes attract me more, but I like others as much too.

 

 4.  That JamesZapata finishes, publishes and autographs my copy of his Moon and Crow project one day.

 

 5.   In the upcoming year, I hope there’ll be several new pieces by KejaBlank for her How To… series that I’ve enjoyed so much. I’m sure there are many that she could do in time, and the series deserves to grow larger and perhaps an artbook of its own.

 

6.   Though not a gamer myself, I've lots of love for game-inspired artworks, and I’ll be glad for all new art on the Assassins—Ezio, Altair and Edward especially—the Witcher, Bigby Wolf, as well as the Legend of the Cryptids and Magic the Gathering franchises.

 

7.   For the Tolkien realm: One craves for more Silmarillion art, the likes of Túrin, the Fëanorians, Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the Noldorin kings and secret cities. One has already plenty of dwarves and Hobbitsesss…

 

8.   It would be wonderful if more people would leave comments on the Illustrating Westeros interviews series, to let the artists feel their appreciation for the work they share.

 

9.   The release of George R. R. Martin’s The Winds of Winter by next year must be my most optimistic wish on the list. No matter, better to hope and be crushed than not hope at all.

 

10.  And last, a painting of any of my favourite male literary characters in all their glory would certainly brighten my Christmas. The entire year, really!

 

People I tag:

SigbjornPedersen, KejaBlank, ladygwynhyfvar, MirachRavaia, Gold-Seven, MalKnox, Eeren, DejanDelic,C-Yen, Knight-of-sand, and all who want to join!

On painting

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 7, 2014, 7:29 PM
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