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Well 2014 is here and that leaves me with a complicated set of challenges ahead. Aside from some turmoil around aging parents (my Dad will be 94 this year!) I’m about to take on a major upgrade of my home PC. This will almost certainly impede my creativity for a period, though I can’t tell how long at this point. With luck I come out the other side with enhanced capabilities and can get back into accepting freelance work. My fingers are crossed and I’m holding my breath.  

I’m also starting to plan for my trip to Italy, later this year. I’ve never been outside North America so it’s going to be an exciting journey for me and my wife. I need to start cramming on learning Italian, if only to be able to ask where the bathroom is and to learn to say, “Sorry, I don’t speak Italian.” We’ll be visiting the northwestern part of the country and staying with good friends.

And then there’s the usual: concerns about the health of my business and body. The on-going struggle. So I’m a bit intimidated by 2014, but I’m just trying to tackle these challenges in an organized manner. Not my most exciting blog, huh?

Well… enough dull personal updates, how about we get back to some juicy art recommendations?! It’s been a while and some great stuff’s been making it way into DA galleries. Click the thumbnails for the embiggened experience!

Zhora - MISS SALOME AND THE SNAKE by MarkRaats Barbarella by JessiBeans Terror from the Deep by Shimmering-Sword ShhhhyryryrrRRRRRRRRrrrrrsssssssssss by Ptrope Warm Light by QAuZ Rekonstruktion II by IgnisFerroque SpaceExploration: Alien Planet 33-C by Rubisko Thunderbird 5 in Orbit by Chrisofedf Realistic Painting Attempt - Nostromo by Mars636 Prospecting Callisto by William-Black Desert Rat by rOEN911 .r e. .c h a r g e. by vashperado Selfie by Loopydave nesting oviraptor by Calisius Calm by KuldarLeement Phoenix Station by GlennClovis got your pink slip? by artdude41 Battle on ancient city by Waffle0708 The Interceptor by RAF-MX QR Space Station by Talros Armada Aerospace Interceptor by JJasso Marvel Bathroom by paperlab Sealaunch by ABiator The Kyrabilli by Abiogenisis

  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: Bagel Radio
  • Reading: The Frozen Sky by Jeff Carlson
  • Watching: My frozen breath
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dana-redde Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have a great trip and good luck with the computer!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Computer is mostly behaving, which is nice. I hope to add a few finishing functional touches this weekend.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Apologies for the lateness of my response.

First off – Happy new year – and that can be covered by the year of the nag 

Anyhoo, I am sorry to hear about your folks, but 94 is a whoah! Even so, you have my support my friend.

Am thinking of investing in a new PC myself at some point, especially when XP dies.

Going abroad? You’ll be fine – most of the EU speaks English. It’s the ignorant F***s in the UK who cannot speak any foreign lingo.

Well sir I wish you the best on all fronts  just be weary that the UK is in the midst of a serious rainstorm!!

Have fun!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Much thanks! I wish I was stopping by the UK so I could say "hi". Maybe next trip?.....
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! Be honoured sir.

However, Italy is nicer - have fun my friend!
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Mars636 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Thank you lots for featuring my work, much appreciated! Along with everyone else I wish you luck for this and ALL years to come. P.S. There's nothing like stepping out of your comfort zone!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
True enough. We never learn if we never deviate from our routines.
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Cheers for the Feature man :), hope all goes well in 2014, and in Italy :)

Chow!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
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tommerch Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Have a nice trip!  Make sure you don't anger the locals by asking for the wrong Italian cuisine!  :)

Thos. Merchant
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