Wildlife artist, nature photographer
Chickadee is a licensed diesel mechanic by trade. My hobbies include wildlife painting, wildlife photography and gardening. I have 2 boys ages 20 and 18. Hubby takes me all over the world to get the wildlife pics I need to pursue my wildlife painting! Have been serious about photography for about 4 years.
I live in the country in St. Andrews Manitoba. Am involved in wildlife preserving and donate art work for the cause.
Please be kind to animals!!
To all of you who have shown me nothing but kindness and support. I apologize and needed a few days to think of what to write to you all!
First of all I am completely not only speechless but overwhelmed with all the beautiful and heartwarming words I have read here. I find it hard to express myself and to thank you all for not only making my day but the encouragement and support is mind boggling to me! You have all brought tears of happiness to my eyes and have taken any sadness away. You are all a HUGE inspiration to me and just make me try harder to create what takes me into my own little world of art. Thank you Janelle,Angel,Tellust,Tony B.,Kathy EB.,Taylor,Donkey,HEK,Intrepid,Shakeadog,Cleo, Levon7,Adr1an, Lynnkah,Pegsart, Fila4, Yourbren, Helvi, Bush Images, Marieann, Pattigirl,DavidF and of course Sange (Sunshine).
Thank you just doesn't seem like enough here!
March 11 at 11:23AM
Sange : Awww... You deserve all the attention and recognition Chickie girl! You are one of the reasons God created paint brushes..sable ones! ;) wink..
ya tebe lyublyu..... Ha! I Do... all days! :)
March 11 at 8:57PM
bushimages : We all walk together:)
March 12 at 7:09AM
avmurray : I totally agree with Sange. Your work is excellent, and the Lion really deserved to end as the winner of the monthly contest. I never got the chance to give you my congratulations, so I will do it here and now.
March 12 at 7:14AM
helvi2 : Love you My Friend and your artistry! You are beyond AMAZING! :O) Helvi
March 12 at 2:52PM
Cassandra01 : You deserve it all! Your paintings are amazing!
March 14 at 6:41AM
artist mya : Congratulation!Very well deserved,your artwork is simply amazing! Mya
March 15 at 7:36PM
eileen0204 : Congrats Mary on this fabulous drawing/painting! You are the best one! Make it home ok?
April 6 at 9:37PM
Blackjaxe47 : WOW, Mary...your Redpoll is one of the best paintings I have seen from you. Sure has been a long time, you need to stop in one evening and have a coffee. Give me a call when you can.
May 3 at 12:27PM
ahutc67 : we all thankyou for your great work, thats all we could ask from you.
May 21 at 10:12PM
FanArtReview wrote to chickadee :
EYE am KING! is the new Traditional Artwork of the Month!
March 9 at 12:10AM
JanellesArt : Congratulations!! Well deserved! :)
March 9 at 1:17AM
Tellust : Many congrats
March 9 at 4:47AM
Tony B : There is a small group of artist that shape us, to help us learn. You my friend are one of them, your work encourages us to be better, it influences us in so many ways. Somehow this award is not fitting enough for the body of work you have assembled and the impact you made on so many people.
March 9 at 7:19AM
KathyEB : Congrats! You sooooo deserve it. You are fabulous.
March 9 at 8:10AM
Katz'nDogz'nOtherz : Congratulations, Chickadee, on a well deserved win. There were some great pieces and it was a great contest. Your work is inspiring. Taylor
March 9 at 8:20AM
donkeyoatey : Congratulations, A lovely picture! Donkeyoatey
March 9 at 8:28AM
Sange : Yipppeeeee! Congrats Bear! You are an inspirationand a constant encourager to all on the site! You are a talented artist and photographer. Your hands were kissed by God Himself. The details and real to life eye clarity you get are ahhhhmazing!
I am a proud owner of several of your pieces that Deck my walls.... if eyes could smile your paintings are the reason why......Bravo! ;)
March 9 at 8:51AM
hekartstudio : Well done and well deserved-HEK
March 9 at 9:32AM
Intrepid : Congrats, my Manitoba maven.
March 9 at 9:33AM
Shakeadog : Well deserved Mary, this was terrific like all your artwork. Congrats !!
March 9 at 4:28PM
cleo85 : Congratulations. you truly deserved to win. a beautiful picture!
March 9 at 4:32PM
Levon7 : Congratulations Mary for your wonderful win! You certainly deserve it. Your lion is just so beautiful.
March 9 at 5:05PM
adr1an : i knew it would be mary-really superb work as usual-keep it up gal!!
March 9 at 5:10PM
lynnkah : congrats , no better painting in the bunch well deserved win!
March 9 at 5:37PM
pegsart : congratulations on your win! It is so well deserved. Your work is stunning.
March 9 at 5:50PM
fila4 : Congratulations!
March 9 at 9:42PM
yourbren : Congratulations Mary. I am always happy when you win because you are so gifted and deserve the recognition and because your heart always shows in your work.
March 9 at 10:07PM
helvi2 : You So deserve every accolade you get! Congratulations My Friend! :o)
March 9 at 10:40PM
bushimages : excellent, excellent! did I say excellent,well that was a understatement!
well done :)
March 9 at 11:10PM
marieann green : You are such an inspiration. A lovely woman creating lovely works of art. Well deserved win..
March 10 at 12:46AM
pattigirl : Oh, yes, heartfelt congratulations to one of the very finest artists ever! Your work deserves every recognition there is, and this is certainly well earned! Your talent and work are masterful always!
March 10 at 5:15AM
david F : oh congrats on your win Chickadee , was a close run thing in the end , some great entries , such a sky high standard for us mere mortals to aim for
March 10 at 11:33AM
Sange : Yippeee! FANART Awarded Chickadee with 7stars for EYE am KING!
A seven star rating from the Contest Committee for the recognition this post has received from the FanArtReview community. While this was not a Contest Committee decision, the committee recognizes this achievement with a seven star review.
Ha! Fanart gives you only 7 stars..ME? I empty the Sky of stars! You are a shinging star Girl! So PROUD of you! W.L.Y.S.B?
March 10 at 11:18PM
Cephus : Congratulations - Do not know how I missed this one.
You do great work and having the honor of owning one of yuor pieces allowed me to say that they look better in person. Very well desered.
March 11 at 5:16PM
Katz : Congrats Chickadee superb work!
March 13 at 3:15AM
chickadee : Thank you all soo much once again! You all make me try and reach higher standards for myself! I am touched by all your kindness! Thank you!
March 17 at 12:57PM
Gosh darn, seems like some members are promoting my work! How awesome is that!! I will have to pay it forward and feel soooooo blessed! Thank you soooo very much!
February 10 at 1:43PM
Sange : Hmmmm! Well I wonder if it is my secret promoter?! You deserve it! You are so flippin Talented and off the charts AHHHMAZING! Yeah You! You Rock! So does the secret promoters! It is fun to support others works! Pay it forward peeps! ;)
February 11 at 10:57AM
sparkie66 : Your work looks so real They're beautiful.
February 21 at 2:05PM
chickadee : Thanks you Sparkie, blushing!! As for you Sunshine you are tooo darn sweet!!
February 26 at 11:23AM
dragifortuna : Congratulation! Fantastic work of art!
March 1 at 8:47AM
Katz : Congrats! Well deserved Chickadee sensatIonal work!
March 1 at 3:38PM
Sange : Oooh Rah! Congrats on your Eye am KING painting Bear! It is simply.... Ggraaaate! ;) Yippeee!
March 1 at 6:50PM
chickadee : Awww gosh thank you sooo much! You guys are the best!
March 6 at 10:48AM
Oh gosh everyone of you are too amazing! Thank you soooo very much for this honor! I am blessed to have so many friends here and all this kindness just blows me away!
Phil, I don't think it worked Sange stills claims she will be using me as her tri-pod! Sheesh no respect! l.o.l.
Tony your kindness has no bounds and you always say the sweetest things! blush,blush!
Sange. well your wish is my command BFF, your Ahhhhhmazing!
You all made this day so special and no words can express my gratitude!!
February 9 at 10:31AM
helvi2 : YOU blow us away My Friend! SO LOOOOVE YOUR WORK! :o)
February 9 at 12:16PM
Sange : Your work? hmmmm it is ok...YOU?
hahahahaha..You are the reason God invented Sable brushes! Ohh Rah!
February 9 at 12:25PM
filly421 : Congratulations chickadee!
February 9 at 12:38PM
yourbren : Congratulations Chickadee! So happy to see you doing so well. Bren
February 9 at 3:26PM
Skyangel02 : Congratulations Chickadee. Brilliant work!
February 9 at 5:18PM
Intrepid : You art work is beautiful. Well deserved award.
February 9 at 9:57PM
david F : another masterpiece Mary , such a worthy winner , congratulations , david
February 10 at 2:55AM
chickadee : Once again cannot express the gratitude with all you kindness, thank you just doesn't seem enough! Sigh! You all make my world go round!
February 10 at 1:40PM
eileen0204 : So beautiful Mary, and well deserved! I am humbled by your talent. Here's to the winner! Great job!
February 10 at 7:43PM
ozzyart : CONGRATULATIONS! Chickadee, your artwork is brilliant! I'm so pleased for you! Irene
February 11 at 12:42AM
FanArtReview wrote to chickadee :
Blue Angels is the new Traditional Artwork of the Month!
February 9 at 12:10AM
phil1950 : Congrats! Chickadee well done.
February 9 at 12:42AM
phil1950 : Maybe Sange will show you some respect now and not use your head for a tripod. :)
February 9 at 1:49AM
Tony B : This is a great honor and well deserved. Chickadee you are a premier artist with in this site, your work is professional, brilliant and so much fun to look at and review. You are defiantly one of the artist that make this site what it is.
February 9 at 7:02AM
KathyEB : Congrats and a super job. You deserve it.
February 9 at 8:07AM
Sange : Ha! My MOYA Zirka! Congratulations! You have taken my photo and turned it into a flawless painting. You hands were Blessed by God because you paint His creations so well. Yipppeeeee! To think this will hang on my wall! Thud:::::::::::! --}O So proud of you Bear! Bravo!
February 9 at 8:47AM
Sange : Psst...tell your pal Phil... I am still using your head..shoulder...whatever works as a tripod! NO tripod? Use whatever is handy, like your BFF! ;)
February 9 at 8:49AM
donkeyoatey : Congratulations on a well deserved win!
February 9 at 9:13AM
avmurray : This was so well deserved. Congratulations !
February 9 at 10:41AM
helvi2 : No SURPRISE to me! Congratulations My Friend. Exquiste is thy work! :O)
February 9 at 12:14PM
marieann green : Congratulations, Chickadee! A well deserved win.
February 9 at 5:55PM
Phyllis Stewart : Bravo! I knew this would win when I voted for it, and I'm so glad I was right. This is actually too good for a mere website. Is it sold? Have you thought of mass producing it as a numbered print?
February 9 at 7:52PM
hekartstudio : Congrats on such a well deserved honor-HEK
February 10 at 10:47AM
pattigirl : Congratulations for a well deserved recognition! Your work excels in all arenas and is that of a master of the arts! Always a special pleasure to view your work!
March 10 at 5:19AM
Imagine, I was going through the comments on the artist of the month contest and well who ever you are you are back at it??? Nasty remarks such as" this is the worst bunch of art I have seen yet!" whomever the culprit is GROW UP, there is enough hatred and crap in this world, why bring it here. If you are not happy here kindly do everyone a favor and leave! You won't be missed!!!
February 5 at 3:53PM
Sange : Amen Girl!
I find the ones who are the most rude and unkind here to be the ones who lack any talent. Or they get no reviews and become bitter. If you are bold enough to be rude and mean spirited, then be bold enough to stand up and take ownership of your words.
And..... lets see your artwork. Remember .... silence is golden...only cowards make statements like that and never sign their name to it. All who are in the contest are talented. They used their hands to speak you? You only used your hands to type a evil comment and you hide behind it.
February 5 at 4:19PM
chickadee : Well said Sange.
February 5 at 4:33PM
Echo7 : I guess its been removed now =D. Its utterly sad that someone takes the time to write something so ridiculous.
Sour grapes huh. Clowns.
Will happily wipe the smile of their face when i stick Aberdeens stock of haddock in their pillow.
Stay smiling my friends. =D x
February 5 at 5:01PM
chickadee : As always you come to the rescue with your touching comments Don. Tom took care of it by the way. I suppose boredom in said nasty persons life spews ignorance!
February 5 at 5:05PM
MGTF Blue : Yes some of the comments are just not needed are they.
One in the 'hood ornaments' contest said "best by a mile , the rest are so boring".
That wouldn't be quite so bad if they were but they weren't.
February 5 at 5:49PM
chickadee : I agree Blue, some people just are lacking class and good judgement. Makes the site truly not enjoyable to me.
February 5 at 6:10PM
phil1950 : It's easy being a coward hiding behind a keyboard typing out nasty BS.
February 5 at 6:51PM
chickadee : It takes a real person to apply their name on their nastiness Phil. Obviously not the case here! Then again a real genuine person would never intentionally hurt people they know,in this case in cyber space. I am a true believer of "what goes around comes around"
February 5 at 7:45PM
phil1950 : You got that right Cickadee. Every dog has it's day.
February 5 at 7:51PM
Skyangel02 : Those kind of comments are most likely from standard anonymous members who have nothing in their portfolio.
Lot's of rainbows on this site for example who have nothing in their portfolios to show us.
I am not blaming any rainbows but I am just saying there are many anonymous members like that on this site.
Immature people however need to be understood and accepted and loved in my opinion. They need someone to love and accept them in order to teach them how to love others.
Rejecting them because they appear to be insensitive only makes them more angry toward those who are supposedly so kind and sensitive.
Never let other peoples opinions upset you. They are just opinions. Treat them the same way you would treat a small child.
Before you (plural) say something to them, ask yourself how would you feel if someone said that to you?
There are some people who just express themselves awkwardly and don't mean to upset others by what they say.
I know because I am often one of those who is perceived to be wicked and cruel by people who simply misunderstand and misinterpret my words.
However, as cruel and wicked as I am in some peoples opinions, I am not responsible for those comments in the contests and not condoning them either. I am just saying to all you kind people, don't be so hard on those who upset you sometimes. Telling them to leave and you won't miss them is also a cruel and unkind thing to say.
It just proves we can all be as cruel and unkind as each other.
Beauty and goodness is always in the eye and judgment of the beholder.
February 6 at 1:01AM
Katz'nDogz'nOtherz : I agree with Chickadee. I have seen some comments on this site that have not been warranted. I'm not referring to constructive feedback which should always include some positives. And I understand that sometimes someone my wish to give a constructive feedback but perhaps don't word it in quite the way they intended. Everyone's opinion is subjective and different people like different things. I'm talking about blatantly rude and offensive comments. I did see the comment posted in the Traditional Artwork of the Month Contest which said "worst list ever". Totally unwarranted. My slant on this is: if someone doesn't like a post or doesn't understand the technique used, they should not review it. I once received a review of a photo which stated "Cute cat but I see nothing about this photo that warrants attention on this site". That's not constructive. It's offensive. True artists will support each other. There are many different levels of expertise on this site. A beginner loves what they do as much as an experienced artist. All should be treated with respect.
February 6 at 7:16AM
Sange : Well stated Taylor! I am sick of the rudeness. And yes Sky, everyone deserves a chance and we should try to "love" on them more, but sorry it does not always work. I have been here almost a year and have been harassed and bullied behind the scenes as well as publicly here in reviews. Some of the bullies are now gone from here, but some are still here. People just get angry over rankings and "popularity". All these breed contempt.
Chickadee's comment is warranted. If one is miserable..leave..ask for help..lashing out hurts people. I had to mute only two people on this site because of harrasment behind the scenes in emails. One has since left and sorry, cannot say I miss that person or their sneaky way of bullying.
I mute when bullied not because of a low rating review.
February 6 at 8:48AM
chickadee : Thank you Taylor and Sange for your support as always! As for Skyangel, not sure if I agree with the cruel and uncalled for comment as being forgiven or acceptable. We as people are raised from young to respect and love one another. To accept cruel and hateful comments that intentionally hurt others is not only spiteful but unacceptable here and in this world. This is clearly an adult who has no respect for others feelings and though I always have it in my heart to forgive this sort of behavior the intentional and the guilty one certainly knows who they are and just prey on the weak of heart with no intent to ask for forgiveness! This just breeds contempt and hatred on the site and all over the world. If people cannot be accountable for their actions or words where do we as a society stand. Murders, rapists, molesters of children would be running rampid because we need to forgive their cruel actions??? That is where our judicial system comes into play and forgiveness comes when they redeem themselves as humans. Accountability is the main concept here and we as a site should all stick together and eliminate the hateful beings and not accept them until they redeem themselves. Everyone has opinions but how and where they are used is where it counts. I have seen much cruelty on this site and for the most part most have redeemed themselves and have been forgiven. This comment and others of such nature are spiteful and sinister and not accepted by anyone. To accept this just makes the guilty one feel like they have done no wrong. Much like children, if they are not disciplined when they cause pain or hurt they will repeat their actions thinking this is acceptable.
February 6 at 11:50AM
Sange : Well Stated Chicky! This is why you are my BFF! YOU always stand up for what is RIGHT! May I keep you? Hmmmm?
February 6 at 1:11PM
chickadee : okay, sound good to me!
February 6 at 1:32PM
Skyangel02 : I agree with what you say Chickadee. I was not saying that unkind comments are acceptable. I understand they are not acceptable. I am trying to explain that comments which often appear to be cruel and unkind are not always intentionally meant to be that way.
To all who are following this thread....
Love and respect to some people is all about honesty. That honesty can come across as disrespectful to some depending on how they interpret the words.
How can we judge if others intend to be hurtful and disrespectful if we don't even know them or their motives for saying and doing what they do?
What makes you think any person intentionally preys on the weak of heart? Why would anyone do such a thing?
Do you really think people who are weak of heart would bother joining a forum where any strangers can make cruel comments on their work? If we want honesty we need to understand that some people are very blatant in their honesty but we still need to understand their opinions are at least honest and respect that honesty even if it does hurt our egos a lot at times.
Do we want honesty or do we want superficial niceties?
This is an art site. It has nothing to do with the cruel actions of murderers and rapists. I would kill those people myself I could.
We are talking about peoples written opinions, their likes and dislikes toward art.
One persons opinion is just their opinion even if they do think most work on this site is .... (use whatever adjective you like to describe bad work)
If we eliminated all the hateful hurtful people on this site, should we eliminate all the people who say cruel and unkind things to me and mute me? Should we eliminate all the people who say unkind things to Blue and mute him? Should we eliminate all the people who are muted by someone else because they happen to have offended and hurt them at some stage? If you did that you would need to get rid of me, Blue, Annie, Lucien, Echo, Cephus, Badger, Sinbackkk and a pile of others.
People who have never been muted or rejected by anyone don't know what it feels like to be hated and muted and rejected yet they like to hate and reject others and often don't give them second chances.
They seem to think they are so kind and wonderful because they only say sweet nice things to those who are nice to them, yet those same people say unkind things about those they don't like and they very often do it behind their backs and not to their face. That in my opinion is worse than telling people straight out that you think they are mean and nasty and you prefer they were not on this site. Underhanded people like that are in this world and on every site on the internet including christian ones. They appear to be sweet and kind to your face and are quite the opposite in private.
Sticking together is about accepting each other warts and all. After all, not everyone can be as perfect as "me" :-)
Redemption is all about buying back something you sold for some reason. When poor people do not have enough money to redeem what they sold, then someone else can redeem it for them and give it back to them.
When you freely give something away like an opinion, there is no need to redeem it.
People hand out honesty freely. If you don't like what they give then don't accept it and don't get offended by their offer. Don't blame them for offending you when they are merely handing out honesty. People who get offended by others handing out honesty and then reject the giver as well as the gift are those who need to take stock of themselves and reevaluate the way they treat others. What goes round comes round to all of us so I figure if I get hurt I must deserve it for all the times I inadvertently hurt others and was misunderstood by them. Misunderstandings happen in life and all of us are guilty of that.
Every human born on earth has the capacity to be a hateful being as well as a loving being.
What we say and how we say it is not as important as why we say it and how it is received.
Forgiveness is something we give to others whether they deserve it or not. It is about giving love in exchange for hate. Giving back hate for hate is what creates tension and wars inside us as well as in this world. To withhold forgiveness till people grovel and beg for it or redeem themselves is not forgiveness at all in my opinion. It is punishing people for hurting us. Some obviously don't deserve forgiveness in the opinions of others but those who withhold it are destroying themselves with their hate far more than they destroy the ones they hate.
If I paint a picture and my husband says it is crap, I know that is honesty spoken in love. Others might look at the same picture and tell me what they think I want to hear. They might do it to try to build up my confidence make me feel really good even if they hate the picture but they are not doing me any favors by being nice. Do you understand what I am saying? Sometimes the most harshest and cruel words are the most loving and honest and the person who is brave enough to speak them is being more respectful to us than those who are so superficial and afraid to hurt our egos. I accept anyone who says my work is crap and I will never mute or reject them for it. They just challenge me more to make them say my work is good because hearing that from them means more to me then hearing it from someone who never says anything unless they say something nice. Those people are superficial in my opinion and you can never trust them and are always wondering if they are just saying what they say for their own benefit and care more about how many people like them than about being truthful.
For those of you who are Christians think about this. Jesus was murdered by religious people for his honesty. He offended the super sensitive with his truthfulness and they crucified him for it.
Super sensitive people will always crucify those who point out their hypocrisy.
Such is life. Whether we are offended by others or not does not depend on what others say to us. It depends on how we react to what they say. We cannot control what others say but we can control our own reactions. In my opinion those who wish to crucify the honest for their honesty are no better than the Pharisees in the bible stories who crucified Jesus.
That is my personal opinion. Take it or leave it or crucify or mute me for it as you wish. I will never apologize for my opinion or the way I express myself because I am that I am.
Thank you to those who bother to read and consider my words.
If the heat in the kitchen gets too hot, you all know what to do. ;-) If you sack the chefs dishing out the HOT meals, you will have no more food for thought. Lukewarm undercooked slop is not always pleasant to eat. ;-)
February 6 at 5:57PM
chickadee : Ok Skyangel, so I do respect the fact that someone has something disrespectful or hurtful to say, but truly I don't believe they said it not knowingly. There is a fine line about speaking out of line or saying something when you are angry, but to be so blantant about it does not in any sense of the word make me question if it indeed was a mistake on their part. I think it was a deliberate hit and has been done in the past the same hurtful and spiteful way. If you can accept this as an error where the person did not realize they were hurting many people, well your choice. As for the others you have mentioned I do think people have the right to stand up for themselves and not everyone here will get along. Muting someone for their hurtful comments, okay, but not coming forward and saying who the person is to me is a coward and really, are like a annoying bug. I do believe in forgive and forget but when the attack was on all the artist, hmmmmm!!??? As for the site and the members, yes there will be arguments and misunderstandings but for the most part are sorted out. These people come forward and say their piece or comments whether they were warranted or not and do it in a respectful manner. The problem here is one person, or possibly people are attacking without a name. That to me does not warrant a mistake and do with everything in me think it is deliberate! I have never muted a member and truly have never had a dealing where I have not been okay with the end results. People argue and disagree and there I have no reason not to forgive and forget.
I see you have mentioned names, which is not only unnecessary but a bit out of line. We are speaking about one member who repeatedly has spoken to many members completely disrespectfully and certainly not out of love! l.o.l. The members you have mentioned have only my highest respect and always will. If you make a big deal out of all members making comments, well so be it, but then again to correct the problem or comment would you not need to know who the person is?? How can you judge a ghost writer and forgive this when the person may indeed and probably did in fact do a deliberate attack on many members out of hatred. They should hang their head in shame not be forgiven for the deed. Those who hide behind cyber space and be anonymous is clearly not only cruel but a coward of the highest degree. If I have a problem with a member I sort it out by messaging them personally. That to me is respect.
Maybe siding with the coward will only give him or her the okay to continue doing so! In my opinion this person should apologize for their hurtful comments to all the members that he/she was referring to. Maybe then and only then would I find it in my heart to forgive!
February 6 at 7:25PM
Skyangel02 : Chickadee, I agree with you that it is a very cowardly act to hide behind an anonymous comment but many people do it because they are afraid of the consequences of honesty when they do it openly. Therefore they hide behind anonymity in order to be truthful and say what they really think. For all we know it might be a member who says one thing openly and is the sweetest person you can think of and says the opposite behind the safety of the anonymous comments in contests. I personally think it would be far better if the contest comments had authors names on them the same as any other comments we make on peoples work.
There are schizophrenic people on this site and if you know anything about the sickness you will understand those people are not always in control of their own actions and they often really don't know what they are saying or doing. "Jekyll and Hyde" types are mentally challenged and often speak and act without thinking of the consequences of their actions.
Those of us who are healthy and sane need to understand that some suffer from mental illnesses and not take their offensive remarks or actions personally. Art to these people is a kind of therapy and they feel better about themselves if they think their work is better than anyone elses so putting others work down is the way they lift themselves up.
My mentioning names is not out of line. I am simply pointing out that some of the nicest people can say offensive things in the perception of others. What they say or how they say it is not the issue. It often depends on how it is received. It is about learning to communicate effectively and also receive the communication effectively. When things go wrong in the space between the transmission and reception of a message, then one needs to look at both areas to find the problem instead of the receiver blaming the transmitter or vice versa.
If you knew the person who offended you was mentally unstable would your reaction toward what they say be any different? Would you be more compassionate toward them because of their problem? People who need to hide and are afraid to reveal who they are have mental problems in my opinion. They are obviously very afraid of something. When you are not afraid of people then you are not afraid to say what you think to their face. The fear of rejection is what stops many people from being honest to your face so they do it in ways that make them anonymous. Anonymous people always make me suspicious but I justify them and forgive them by telling myself that they are unstable and afraid to be honest because they fear rejection. They usually get what they fear anyway so fearing what they expect to get is foolish in my opinion. I prefer to believe they have no clue what they are doing. If they do understand then they have my pity and compassion not my rejection, judgement or hatred. Something obviously made them very angry if they are deliberately lashing out at the whole world for no apparent reason. If they are doing it to test peoples reactions then they only find out who returns hate for hate and who refuses to forgive freely but wants compensation for getting offended instead of understanding the offense is their own reaction and they cannot blame others for it. It is very enlightening.
I do not side with cowards. I pity them but I understand why they are afraid. Being offended by a person who is afraid of me is foolish in my opinion. If they are afraid of being hit with a sledge hammer or getting thrown out of a group, they are not going to come out of hiding are they? If they know you will accept them as they are, they are far more likely to come out of hiding. Placing high expectations on people who do not have the ability to rise to meet those high expectations is unrealistic. Not all people have the same abilities. I do not think anyone should apologize for honesty even if their honesty does hurt the feelings of other people.
I use the principle in the bible story as a general example to follow even though I do not call myself a Christian because I have been rejected by too many Christians. I do not like their so called Christian "holier than thou" attitudes. They claim to want honesty and truth but when you give it to them they mute you or throw you off their sites for it. That is what makes me and many others angry and that anger is justified. Do you think Jesus should have apologized for telling the Pharisees they were hypocrites? Truth can hurt a lot but no one who speaks the truth should apologize for it.
Some people prefer to be crucified, muted or thrown off a site than apologize for calling a spade a spade. Others grovel and crawl to please the ones who try to control them and lord it over them by listing a pile of rules by which they need to abide. There is a balance point and those who find it are never offended by those on either side of the balance point.
February 6 at 10:23PM
MGTF Blue : What annoys me is when somebody reacts with a nasty PERSONAL attack on an individual to a general comment made.
If you don't like what was said then POLITELY suggest to the person that they ought to re-phrase the comment or not say it at all.
There is NEVER any need for personal insults on here.
February 7 at 2:53AM
Badger : How did I come in to this?
This is fabulous stuff, I could write a FAR News story based on this thread. Talking of which, I wonder if people think it is cruel of me to post them?
Sky. Jesus didn't get muted by religious people because he offended Rome's sensibilities with his honesty. His trial was a CRIMINAL trial and his crime was the advocation of tax evasion. When Governor Pilate found out Jesus was leading a successful tax revolt, he was tried and killed by the Romans ~ 'And they began to accuse him, saying, we have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king' - Luke 23.2
February 7 at 5:48AM
Katz'nDogz'nOtherz : Well, gee, this has really opened up a can of worms. I understand some of what you are saying Skyangel and I accept that this is your opinion, which you are totally entitled to have. A lot of what you say is valid. I do have difficulty with one thing, though. If we apply your logic to all situations in life, which I assume you do, then anything horrid done by a person can be justified by saying that it's up to the recipient as to how they will react. We know that all people are different, so will react in many assortment of ways and that fits with what you are saying. We are, indeed, responsible for our own reactions. However, each and every one of us is also able to make a choice as to how we behave. Regardless of our circumstances, we still choose our own actions. I know this is getting off the FAR site issues, but a man who beats his wife may argue that he has no control. But he will most likely limit his beating to places that no-one can see. That, to me, is a form of control. Someone acting in a distasteful way and justifying it by saying that the same was done to them as a child is correct in saying that this is a reason, but that reason cannot be used to excuse their behaviour. Their bad behaviour is still wrong and they must own that. Yes, on the occasions where a person has a chemical imbalance in their brain, ie. a diagnosed mental illness, that person will at times behave in a manner where they may not have full control. We can understand that this person does lose control, but the behaviour can still be hurtful and the recipient is entitled to feel hurt. So, getting back to FAR issues, a person who attacks another artist unfairly (I'm referring here to something blatantly rude, not an attempt at constructive criticism) has still made that choice to do so. We can take into account the reasons that they may have done so, but it does not make what they have done right. People have the right to be offended if the comment is clearly intended to offend. I would never tell another artist that their work was crap. If I don't like it I may, instead, say that it's just not to my taste or abstracts are just not my cup of tea. This does not mean that the piece is bad, because my opinion is subjective and what does not appeal to one may well appeal to another. Also, the artist is still trying their best and they deserve encouragement rather than discouragement. If it was a piece of art that I thought I could offer suggestions for improvement, I would do so but I would ensure that I have also pointed out all of the positives as well. This is not an attempt to be falsely nice but, rather, my way of treating the artist with respect. This feedback may still offend and this is where your comments have validity, as in that scenario it is also the responsibility of the recipient to decide if they will take the feedback on board or choose to ignore it and take offense. This can be a really controversial issue and people will have many different points of view. The great thing about people is that they are willing to share their opinions and others will hear them, even if they do not agree.
February 7 at 6:30AM
chickadee : Kuddos to you Blue and Badger.l.o.l. Truth be told at times is just enough! Taylor I'm wholeheartedly with your whole message.
Sky you seem to have taken this to a new level when the problem at hand is truly just what it is, an insult to many members with no accountability for what they have done. To forgive is one thing but I feel you are going all over the place and making excuses and missing the whole point of the concern. To forgive is warranted as well as a mental sickness, but really do we need to go to that extreme? I think or hope to think you understand the basis of the whole nasty comment. Bringing mental illness,excuses and Jesus into the conversation, really?? Nothing here tells me the culprit did not mean what he said and now you are just feeding the flames to warrant what he/she said was OK! Your stirring the pot for this person and don't even realize it, then again maybe you want to get his/her attention so this just continues! Wow! Just for your information all the artist names are clearly written on their work!
February 7 at 2:38PM
Skyangel02 : Hi Badger, Did you hear me calling you name? ;-)
The specifics regarding why anyone is "crucified" is really irrelevant in the big picture. Those who hate others create any excuses and make any false accusations to get rid of them.
Christ never opposed paying taxes to Caesar so anyone who accused him of that was making false accusations. He said to give Caesar what was Caesars. ( Mark 12:17) He also paid his own taxes and his disciples taxes (Matthew 17:27. That shows the accusations against him were false and their motive for crucifying him was not because of tax avoidance. ;-)
I look at the overall principle of the story and I see that whether a person is guilty of a crime or not depends on the perception and judgments of those who decide to make themselves the judges over them.
The same story can be seen in many different ways.
Thanks for your interesting input. ;-)
February 7 at 6:43PM
Skyangel02 : Hi Katz,
Whether something "horrid" done by a person can be justified or not does depend on how the ones who judge them see the whole scenario. That's why there are lawyers, judges and juries in this world. Some are found guilty of an act and others are found not guilty of the same act depending on motives and circumstances.
I agree that people react in assorted ways and they are entitled to react however the feel they need to react. Often the reactions are automatic anyway.
We could debate about whether people behaviors and actions are good or bad till the day we die. The fact is there will always be at least two totally opposite ways to see anything at all and between those two extremes there are a huge number of variations.
I know we can all be hurt by the actions and word of others. That is perfectly normal and there is nothing wrong with it but if we understand our own hurt and why we get hurt, we can learn to not go into knee jerk reactions out of hurt and end up regretting our own reactions.
I agree with you that people can choose to take any feedback on board or choose to be offended by it if something is said which they do not like. The great thing I see about controversial issues is that there are always people with opposing views. I see that as a good thing because in discussing those opposing views all of us can learn something about the opposite view point which can give us a far better overall view of the bigger picture in the long run. If we take it on board, our own point of view will not be so one sided and we won't end up with one eyed tunnel vision thinking certain behaviors are good and others are bad. In the bigger picture we cannot put certain actions in boxes because even actions which appears good and kind on all outward appearances can have a sinister ulterior motives and that would make the actions bad even though they appear to be good.
February 7 at 7:22PM
Sange : Amen Chickadee! Sheesh! SKY...can you ever make a POINT in less than a paragraph! My gosh! Chickadee is right. Take a breath. Give it a rest. Stop defending one who deliberately insulted several talented artists here. No excuses.
February 7 at 7:46PM
chickadee : Short and right to the point Sange! Amen!
February 7 at 8:04PM
Skyangel02 : Chickadee,
Thank you for putting up with my opinion on your thread. Whether people are insulted by others words or not is a personal choice. I personally choose to never be insulted by those who are too afraid to face me or to own up for their actions. People are accountable to their own conscience not to me.
I am not missing the whole point of the concern. You are concerned that anonymous people are insulting members and you think they ought to own up and apologize. I understand that and can totally see your point.
I am merely trying to show you another point of view. You perceive the comment as nasty. I am saying that is just a perception which may or may not be correct in the bigger picture. You or I do not know the persons motives for writing what they did so how can we judge the person as being nasty? As in the scenarios I mentioned, the person might not have been deliberately or intentionally nasty at all. However if people are determined to believe the anonymous person was being deliberately nasty, I cannot change their resolve. They are the only ones who can do that.
To forgive others is not going to any go extreme in my opinion. It is basic love and it is giving people the benefit of the doubt instead of kicking them like a dog because we took what they said personally and decided to let it offend us.
The culprit most likely did mean what they said but whether they meant to offend anyone with the comment or not is a matter of perception. An honest opinion is only offensive to those who take offense at it.
Regarding pot stirring, I was merely helping you get the culprits attention. That was what you wanted to do with your first post was it not? If not, why did you start "cooking" the culprit in the first place? ;-)
You are the one who lit the fire and placed the pot on to boil.
In any court of law all accused are allowed a defense lawyer before the jury gives the verdict.
In the end individuals are still the ones who make the decision regarding guilty or not guilty.
I just prefer to give people the benefit of the doubt and prefer to believe the best of others rather than the worst. I never wish to be part of "hanging" an innocent person even if the outward appearances do make them appear to be guilty. Look on the heart motive instead and when you(plural) have evidence of that, then you can make educated and informed wise judgements.
Every person is innocent till PROVEN guilty. Nothing has been proved here other than some people decided to let a few words offend them and made a big deal out of it. You could easily have just ignored it and so could I but since you started it, I decided to jump on the bandwagon like the rest of the crowd, only I decided to be the defender of the accused instead of just another accuser. Every accused person is entitled to a defense and the benefit of the doubt are they not? If not, why not?
February 7 at 8:10PM
Skyangel02 : To answer you question Sange, It depends on the point I am trying to make. ;-)
February 7 at 8:12PM
Sange : I do hope you are better at playing Darts!! Sheesh!
I have lived through hurricanes that have had less wind! You blaming Chickadee for stirring the pot is absurd!Chickadee is a talented artist on this site known for her amazing paintings and photos. She is kind to ALL.You have made this much bigger than it is by your defense of the guilty party. Let it GO!
February 8 at 7:05AM
ahutc67 : dont worry about what other people say cause they are not worth it so ignore it, if they are jealous means you are better than them, so smile and cheer up.
May 21 at 10:15PM
Well so this is it, friendships made and friendships lost. Me though not the best start in life find myself blessed with a husband who loves me unconditionally as well as a BF that loves me as well. Friendships though seems most cannot truly say they have found true happiness in either a marriage or a friendship mock others happiness with questions that truly have me question where have you gone wrong in your life?? Save your breath and time and go find true happiness, vulgar questions asked are a cry for help on your parts! Read between the lines and I am sure you will only point the fingers at yourselves! Learn by others happiness and leave it at that!!
January 27 at 2:24PM
MGTF Blue : Wow, what has brought THAT on chickadee?
I am always puzzled when people talk about personal issues on here, to me this isn't the sort of site to deal with them.
Better, I think, to just stick to art and photography.
January 27 at 2:51PM
chickadee : People are evil, just leave it at that! Just focusing on the ones that are at fault MGTF.
January 27 at 3:01PM
David T Francis : My sympathies there. I have been through the best year with my fianc√©e and it became a bad year in just a couple of weeks, but I have my true friends and photography to fall back on. Time to focus on me and my interests for a bit I think!!
January 27 at 3:12PM
chickadee : I only focus on people who bring joy to my life and those the ones that count David! I ignore the ones who try to bring evil in my life! I am truly happy with my life the way it stands!
January 27 at 3:20PM
Intrepid : Chickadee: You confuse me with all this philosophical language. You know I am just a simple person. You need to use little words and spell things out. No holding back now. What are you trying to say to me.
January 27 at 4:27PM
Echo7 : I hope to he'll everythings okay with you. Your a good friend & an extremely important lady. You deserve nothing but security & genuine happiness.
For the two clowns here....who gives a rats ass how confused you are & who made you the profile thoughts director Blue?. What right do you have to tell anyone on here what they should & shouldn't share?. If you don't want to look at others thoughts....don't come on here...
January 27 at 6:19PM
Badger : Well said.
January 27 at 6:35PM
MGTF Blue : Isn't that a bit ironic Echo7?
Are YOU not suggesting what *I* should and should not say?
January 27 at 6:37PM
phil1950 : I think I can guess what happened here. Keep your chin up and don't let bitter and twisted people drag you into there dark world.
January 27 at 6:37PM
Anonymous One : I thought we might be friends "Little Boy." "Your dead to me" now. "We" can't wait to here your spin on this now.
January 27 at 6:39PM
Echo7 : Did anyone ask you turd?. Did chickadee ask for your opinion on what she shouldn't & should post?...let me answer that for you.....NO. When people are obviously hurt or saddened by others...your feel it's the time to address them with your arrogance. Your like a fart in a spacesuit.
January 27 at 6:44PM
Sange : BRAVO Echo! And as BFF.... Chickadee...Tiamo Mia amica...per sempre! You are Ahmazing.... own it!
January 27 at 7:00PM
chickadee : Well said Echo and may I say you are my hero! The guilty know who they are and the meaning is quite clear in what was said. Those who are cowards are or seem to always be the anonymous ones, hmmmmm what are you truly hiding??? Sinister and venomous beings live in their own wee little worlds! For shame that our world is composed of such beings! Thank you Phil, Badger and of course Echo, you make the world what it is to me and honored to know you! To those of you who truly don't know me my life is surrounded only by important people who don't drag me down and make me smile daily! If you can't accept that then you are truly not happy in your own skin!
January 27 at 7:10PM
chickadee : Was waiting to see you step in Sunshine! Kuddos to you dear friend and just know you are loved for who you are, nothing sinister here!!
January 27 at 7:12PM
Sange : You are my BFF/ Sister.... I will always have your back Bear.. ALWAYS! YOU are the most Ahmazing Chick on the planet! Soooo keeping you! DON..you are always the voice of reason and fairness! You have helped me many times! Thanks for being a true GENTLEMAN!
January 27 at 7:21PM
chickadee : Spoken like a true and amazing friend Sunshine, thank you for that! Can't agree with you more and Don has always been the voice of reason on this site! Bravo to you Don!!
January 27 at 7:27PM
phil1950 : I am having a beer toasting friendship :)
January 27 at 9:26PM
chickadee : Yippee! Let all the friends join in!! Cheers!!
January 28 at 10:12AM
Okay this really has to stop!I was voting in the contest voting booth and came across a comment for the white art contest booth.
"BEST OF A BAD BUNCH"
Are you serious?? Who does this and did you honestly stop to think about what you were writing before you bashed all the artists in the contest! Not only that but to do it without posting you name, you are truly a coward. Though everyone is entitled to their opinion, wow really?? Shame on you!!
October 30 at 8:05PM
Sinbackkk : Not the first Time I have seen that comment! Anything TOM?
October 30 at 8:35PM
cynnocence : This is outrageous, but I was just completed a review on an entry in the contest, voting is still open, it is blind... and they replied that they are going to win anyways...
What a malicious bunch of people there are within us.
October 30 at 8:55PM
Happy Snappy : Disgusting! Name and shame I reckon
October 30 at 8:57PM
chickadee : Have notified Tom of the comment and will see how are fearless leader deals with this one!
October 30 at 9:23PM
phil1950 : That is one of the downsides of the net it allows sniveling cowards to hide behind a keyboard and spew out rubbish.
October 31 at 12:00AM
avmurray : It is sometimes a lot of strange comments attached to contests, and I think I have even seen worse examples than this. I agree that it is a bad way of telling what you really think, and could easily have been said in the forum instead. After all you are entitled to have your opinion, but then you also have to face the fact that somebody might disagree.
Cynnocence, I read the review and the reply you are referring to, but don't you think it is a good idea to include all the comments, and in a correct way ? First of all it was said "could win" and not "would win". When you asked why the member had this thoughts, the reply was that it was sitting on the top of the list at the moment, but that you were of course right. It was too early to know for sure. I think it is a lot worse to call a member malicious.
October 31 at 6:49AM
phil1950 : If the malicious cap fits wear it.
October 31 at 7:03AM
chickadee : Our fearless leader has been notified of the comment and has told me the site is now dealing with the matter! Thank you for your support and comments!
October 31 at 10:29AM
Djohnson1 : Yeah people really Need to stop and can u vote for who art u want to win if so can u let me know thanx.
November 5 at 11:01AM
the rhatzz : I got that comment as well in a contest I went in at the time. Not to nice
November 11 at 10:40AM
Djohnson1 : hello every one have a happy new year and hoped u had a merry christmas
December 30 at 2:58AM
Hi everyone! Well there seems to be a ghost promoter running around the site! My work has been promoted and I am thrilled and can only say THANK you with all my heart! You are the best!!
October 30 at 7:58PM
Sange : A ghost? Hmmmm? Think it is my Ghosts? Yep I said GHOSTS......I have 3 now!
Wow! I find it so amazing to have people PUT others before themselves. It is encouraging and it restores hope. You Deserve it Bear... you are ALL that and then SOME!! You are the BEST! I thank ALL my Ghosts as well as yours! Ghosts, promoters and secrets oh my!
October 31 at 1:57PM
FanArtReview wrote to chickadee :
Memories is the new Traditional Artwork of the Month!
May 9 at 12:10AM
david F : hey congratulations my friend for yet another beauty of a piece , a really worthy winner, (again) well done , david
May 9 at 1:27AM
avmurray : Congratulations !!
May 9 at 4:25AM
donkeyoatey : congratulations, my friend!
May 9 at 9:03AM
chrissie. : Many congratulations. You know that I just love this fabulous art work. Well deserved!
May 9 at 10:38AM
Sange : Congrats My sweet friend!! So PROUD of you SC! This is a personal favorite of mine. You are as amazing as your work. yipeee! doing the happy dance! The details in this shot are SUPERB! This is using your extra talent sprinkles! Bravo! Lifts right hand..HIGH FIVE SC!
May 9 at 10:55AM
darniforgot : Congratulations on a well deserved win. Another wonderful piece of work!
May 9 at 1:44PM
Daddy'sGirl12 : Congratulations! your art work deserves to win in the category.
May 9 at 4:11PM
Jorge Gaete : Congratulations, well deserved.
May 9 at 6:06PM
fila4 : Congratulations!
May 9 at 6:29PM
cleo85 : Cogratulation!!! It makes m e verry happy to see you winning again. It is well deserved.
May 9 at 7:33PM
marieann green : CONGRATULATION CHICKADEE. WEL DESERVED
May 9 at 10:14PM
Zilyram : Congratulations, as always totally well deserved.
May 10 at 5:20AM
phil1950 : Congrats! well done
May 10 at 6:34AM
Delia1111 : Congratulations girlfriend :) You are so deserving of this !
May 11 at 12:38PM
chickadee : Thank you sooo much for all your kindness and touching words! All your well wishes and support have made me glow with happiness!! THANK YOU!!! Hope you all have a marvelous weekend!
May 11 at 2:32PM
Sange : Yeah... Peeps.. we made Chickie Glow!
May 11 at 5:23PM
table : cong my friend u deserve to win for the good work u present and for the good information behind every photo and paintings too, im happy for u , table.
May 14 at 10:49PM
Delia1111 : Glow Chickie Glow :)
May 20 at 1:51PM
Sange : HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAR! WHAT a GREAT DAY! Whooo HOOO You were born today! My BESTEST!Moiya ZIRKA!
Luba...ya tebe lyublyu!
August 30 at 12:38AM
filly421 : I hear it's your birthday. Happy Birthday! All the best to you chickadee.
August 30 at 10:39AM
I am getting totally put off by the this site. I write long narratives with all my images or painting and seems most do not bother to read them! Most of the time I receive critique comments about just what is explained in great detail about the image or painting and still find some members finding this as a fault where it is a natural thing that has occurred in the image not to mention again explained in great detail.Also finding new members raving about my and other members images and painting with no critique and receiving a low ranking. Always thought this was pretty clear in the rules which obviously they have not read! Again I know many of you have come across this problem as well and in fact find it rather irritating to say the least. Even asking why the low ranking gets no response. Lastly I will not be on the site as often as I would like to be and feel the site is not nearly of the quality it was when I joined a short 8 months ago! Wish all my friends nothing but the best in the meantime!
March 4 at 4:29PM
Keri Harrish : The reviewing system can be so frustrating can't it? I'm in a debate as to whether or not I will continue my subscription here. Sometimes I feel like I just can't win lol! Maybe you just need to take a breather?
March 4 at 7:30PM
chickadee : You may be right Keri, time for me is precious and sometimes I find the site just overwhelming! So much to do and just finding the time to spend on the site is driving me crazy and working midnights is not helping in the least. Maybe I am feeling somewhat guilty about not keeping up with the reviewing as well. You may be right about the time out and taking a break! Just sooo too many great people on this site doesn't help matters either! Sigh!
March 4 at 9:17PM
amfunny : I totally agree.. rave about the work and how perfect it is. then give you a four star rating or less. And too many photographs end up on the Traditional Art side.
March 4 at 11:02PM
Keri Harrish : I know what you mean. Take some time off and regroup, don't feel guilty we all need that - makes us better! There are great people on this site and I'm sure they would give the same advice to you :)
March 5 at 12:44AM
Shakeadog : You cant leave me here alone! But I understand the frustration and the time consuming involved in raising member dollars to post and raise an image too!
March 5 at 1:34AM
bpzzr : frustrating isnt it? There are times when an experimental photo, ie one where yo are trying a new technique, only gets comments like. Wonderfull, or I enjoyed this picture, or some other comment that is nice, but does not help. I do not mind a low mark, IF IT has comments to help. I do few ratings, only on pictures I can judge or help or suggest on. OK so this means I do not hepl people get the rosette, but they do get comments, info, or critique (helpfull). Wish a few more people would do this. And yes I have had to develop a thick skin as some people do not want any advice or critisism. Makes me wonder why they join.
March 5 at 7:35AM
NinaDd : I haven't been posting or reviewing too much lately for the same reasons. I just find everythig here kind of "meh" now. I still participate a bit...but it is hard to get excitied about the site anymore. I still love your work Chickadee!!!
March 5 at 11:50AM
chickadee : Gee glad I am not the only one seeing the problem here! From what I see the rules have not changed but feeling the lack of respect for explanations for the low ratings is driving me crazy. Just wish everyone would comply with the rules and judge images and art by what they read or lack of. We are all human and improving our skills as photographers or artists need critique from another point of view and the low ratings are not the solution and certainly not the way we learn or excel!I always thought this was a photography and art site with members judging you for your skills???? I do believe I truly need a time out to figure out what I am going to do with this site. Seems to be a HUGE money grab and the more dollars you rack up the more you submit and work you way up the ranks! Quantity not quality is taking over unfortunately! Pretty sad but things are quite pathetic when you need to put your photo on the art side which I think should be monitored by the site! Pretty straight forward when you submit! Art or photo??!!! Seems to be a frenzy going on and have seen and read some reviews done in very poor taste! I think we should all step up to the plate and bring this site back to where it once was, a joy to be a part of with many wonderful people taking part!We are all friends here lets play nice and by the rules!
March 5 at 11:58AM
NinaDd : YES!
March 5 at 12:48PM
I agree with your comments, I have not been putting as many photos on this year and when I do some people give you a 4 star or less and tell you how good it is - I know not all that I post are good but I thought the idea was to get advice on how to improve, so if a poorer quality picture is posted then technical comments would be useful. I know I won't be renewing my membership when it comes up, which is a shame as I have met some lovely people on site and appreciated the genunine reviews giving advice and encouragement.
March 5 at 7:16PM
chickadee : Hopefully we can all pull together and restore some well needed happiness and friendship back!
March 6 at 2:03PM
Lndslmn : I agree with all comments made. Toooo many cookie cutter reviews that truly appear to be cut paste and void of any meaning. I always liked your liner notes. You should be putting together a nature guide book instead of wasting your time with FAR. Be well Chickadee
March 7 at 6:07AM
chickadee : Book hey?? Well have never given it much thought but might make me happier than here!l.o.l.
Maybe by some miracle things will improve here! I will not hold my breath though! Whats with all the animosity???? Can't people play nice!???
March 8 at 10:54AM
table : yes i agree with u in lots of things that there are things that should arange but dont thing that u are not appreciated i always found u amazing with the work u present and the interesting story u writes, so hope we see more of your work because u are one of the best, table, maria.
March 12 at 12:51PM
chickadee : Thank you Maria for the kind words and appreciate them and hearing from you as well! Miss all the wonderful people on the site and find it heartbreaking so many changes have happened and in such a short time! Wish there was a solution but seems so many known members are just not there anymore or maybe just pop in and out. Kind of sad to see this happy site lacking he enthusiasm it use to have!
March 12 at 8:00PM
table : yes i did notice and it is a shame i use to enjoy it more last year it happens to me ,i do try to give the best i could for what i present and i would want that others see my work and revew and tell me where i am, and if im doing well because that is onest like u and others, but than u find others that u always send them the revews and never receive from them not much may be very few and that is not good we have to remember that we are learning from each other like photos i realy like to revew becaus i eppriciate more the nature of god and learn more from the stories u write that are very interesting too, well hope things get better so we will be glad and know where we are, table.
March 13 at 2:35AM
marieann green : Chickadee, I understand your frustration. At one time, I let it make me frustrated and crazy and now I just ignore it....or try to. I suggest to the reviewer (who praises and gives a 4) that they read the Guidlines for Reviewing. No response. Then there is the pompous ass, who is usually new to the site, who is quite sure that he knows it all and is rude as all get out. They are my favorites! Then there are that Chickadees, Willies, Cannon Shooters and all the lovely people who have become a part of my daily life.
THAT is why I stay and enjoy FAR. The great people, certainly not the system. I would miss you so much if you abandon me!
March 13 at 12:31PM
Lndslmn : Let us know when the book is published, I'd like to have a signed copy :)
March 14 at 6:16AM
Cecilia Putter : My problem is that many of us, joined to sell our works as well as the comments, but I do not see a way that that will happen. I also feel like I am wasting my time here and have to spend too much time, to "earn" points to post and keep it posted. I found that many people use the exact same words every time they comment, because they just comment to get the points to be able to post again and that is why it happens that they will comment as if they did not read your notes.
I get much more orders and coverage on my Facebook page and I do not have to earn points to post there! We should start a FREE group on Facebook, where everyone can post in their own album and repost when they want to, without having to work for a post! See my Facebook page, for a link to this new art page. I am under Celia Putter. Befirend me and we start something where everyone can win!
March 15 at 12:20AM
Cecilia Putter : BEFRIEND me, It;s too late in the night, y'all!
March 15 at 12:22AM
chickadee : I agree with all you comments Cecilia and feel the site is not only lacking in reviews, or the context of them and the sales here are almost non existent. Seems there are other sites and though the grass is not always greener on the other side have rules that are not followed here. I have noticed a huge difference here in the past few months and sadly not good to say the least. Quite of bit of nasty comments flying around as well. Hmmmmm?
March 15 at 11:38AM
Wrights Wow Pictures : I have been away taking care of family business. Could not have said it better myself. I have greatly reduced the amount of time I spend on site mostly because of the C*&^ that is passed off as photography when my 5 year old grand son would have taken better snapshots. The other thing is that unless you pay hard cash to get the job done for your reviews, you have to write at least 60+ reviews to get your work recognized.
March 15 at 4:41PM
logcat : Hey Girl, I know the feelings, I havent been on much posting as my hard drive crashed and I lost all my pictures, but the last few I did post the comments were the same way, people should give commentary along with scores. Its hard to make improvements or corrections when you dont know what they thought was wrong. As for a site on Facebook, altho a good idea the picture are not copyright protected. I am heading back to Alberta, and would love to stop in or near your town in July when we go, private message me if this is agreeable with you.
March 17 at 8:18PM
chickadee : So where are all the regular members now??? Seem to be seeing less and less of them! Sad state of affairs! Too bad nothing is being done to improve the quality of the site! Miss you all!
March 20 at 1:29PM
Intrepid : Mary, I miss you. You are one of the bright lights at this site.
I joined this site about a year ago. I wanted to have fun, show off some photos, get some constructive criticism and socialize a little bit with people who shared my hobby. The site seems to be in a state of decline, both in the quality of photos presented and the quality of reviews. I have have been posting much less this year than last year. I more or less just enter a few contests here and there.
I'm afraid that if things don't change soon, most of the good artists will be leaving this site.
March 20 at 5:57PM
chickadee : I miss you as well Intrepid and wish things were different on this site. As you said the state of the site is a far cry from what it use to be. Lacking something, maybe the fun and friendly end of things. So many members leaving and truly miss the correspondence and friendship we all shared. I think the site is indeed in a state of decline and really not sure how to bring it back to the level it use to be at.
I miss your humor the most and you always brightened up my day when I read your reviews! Thank you for that!
I am afraid you are right and many members are put off by what is happening here and just dropping out of site with little or no notice! Sad and use to love the site for what it use to be! Now just something missing and just not the happy friendly site I loved so much!
March 21 at 2:20PM
Kato666 : Hey Sis, and here i was hoping this site would have improved since I have been sick, guess its still not worth trying. Toodles
March 22 at 8:31AM
chickadee : Not much in the improvement area I am afraid! Wish I could make some positive changes here but seems to be not working in my favor.
March 22 at 10:25AM
bosch2 : I don't have as much a problem with low ratings given as I do with high ratings not deserved! I certainly don't mind being critiqued honestly, but it is the photos I see that get high ratings when I wonder - what??!!! Makes me reluctant to post...
March 23 at 10:52PM
chickadee : I agree with that as well but still have a problem with a low rating with no explanation. If their is a reason I look to better myself but otherwise wonder what the person saw that I didn't. Rather confusing at times!
March 24 at 12:23PM
Kato666 : have to agree with both points. Reviews are only given, or so it seems to me, so people can accumulate the almighty $$$$$. (not all fit in this catagory) I am not a great photographer by far but believe I do have a good eye. I try to explain, as per the TERMS OF AGREEMENT which takes time. After all that to get absolutly trashed for my efforts just were giving me to mush greif to continue here. It wasnt the points it was the explinations to justify. Couldn`t agree more
March 25 at 9:01AM
chickadee : Thanks Kato! Too bad the site is falling apart in my opinion. Seems quite a few of the members just don't understand the meaning of giving a good productive review to help improve the photographers image or just a nice review of how they feel about the image would be nice to see as well. While the majority give wonderful reviews the few that don't really have put a thorn in my side in general! Maybe reading the TERMS OF AGREEMENT would help but feel this is not the case and as you said the mighty dollar steps into the picture far too often for my liking and many others as well! Pity and sad for the site! I believe this is a learning curve for all of us and sad to say some can't play the game according to the rules.
March 26 at 12:21PM
cen12964 : I agree with you chickadee, I have been spending less time on the site and not posting as many photos as I did when I first joined last June. Miss seeing your wonderful photos and some of the others that have just disappeared. I too am quite put off about the low ratings with no explainations. I too joined to learn and low ratings do no good if a reason is not listed. I think the site should require all listings 4&1/2 or lower should require a reason and if one is not given you should be able to report the reviewer to the site with them following up to make sure a good reason is given. I have also received some low ratings on some of my photos just because the person reviewing the photo did not like the subject matter, had nothing to do with how good the photo was. I am still hanging in there for the time being but I am not sure if I will renew my membership when it comes due. I have missed your reviews though. I alway liked to hear what you had to say about my photos. I respect your work. Just seeing your photos has helped me be a better photographer, and you have made comments that have been very helpful. Oh well, only time will tell if the site is just going through a phase. If it will come back or just die due to many of the really good members leaving. Seems like it doesn't take many bad apples to spoil the whole bunch.
March 29 at 6:46PM
chickadee : I am sad about the whole issue Rebeca and though miss the site so much am feeling much like you are. Maddening to see the low rankings with no explanation to follow. even asking the member for a answer seems not to get you anywhere. I was thrilled to find this site and the many wonderful people here just made this site a joy to be a part of. Will still post from time to time but right now just talking to members who are put off and are doing the same as we are, not posting. So many are gone and really makes the whole idea behind the site lacking somehow. The fun behind posting is just not there anymore. Miss you as well and your images are truly a joy to see. Your unique chickens have taught me about the many amazing breeds of these beautiful birds.
Thank you for your support and you compliments have put a smile on my face.
Seems to be something missing in my life without all the great people here and now mostly gone now.
I will not renew either when my contract is up. A real shame it has come to this.
Take care my friend and would love to keep in tough with you!!
March 31 at 2:35PM
table : i have wrote a comment and don t know what i have touch from the keyboard, so im writing again, well hope u are all good? i understaqnd u all i did not send anything this whole week but i missed the members and im missing u and your work, the members should do some thing about this im always going down from the list, i do not except that i should be at the top but like u we all have other things to do and it takes alot from the time to send revews and do the work to post, i do enjoy doing the gold liner it does coast me money too and i feel im not doing well with it i have to creat myself too like u do all with your work but i still have it here and try to enjoy some of what i did, hope u do with yours, so why are we are letting our self down i wish the members of this site do somthing about all this, well miss u ,table, maria.
April 1 at 9:08AM
chickadee : Hi Maria, nice to hear from you and good to hear you are still doing your wonderful and unique art work. Still having some issues with the site and feel sad to see so many people leaving the site and posting less than they use to. I still am painting and will post soon Maria! Keep telling myself need to get back to it and to see if in fact anything has changed. Still feel things are getting worse just by reading other members comments. Take care and try not to let the site drag you down, you have too much talent Maria!! Miss you as well my friend!Hoping things change for the better soon.
April 1 at 6:56PM
Mitcham : Hi Mary,I have just got back to the site after a few weeks working on a personal project and found not only yourself but many others are now inactive. I came to your portfolio to to check what you are doing and found this ongoing diatribe;most of which I agree with. Walking away wont change the system though, there will be plenty of JDs willing to buy their way up the rankings in the delusion that the higher they get the better they are. Personaly I dont bother about how high I get I am here to present my work to a larger audiance than I can get on the local club circuit. So I urge you to come back with your awsome pictures and allow me once again to pull them apart for not bothering to clone out the odd twig.I miss you and the other fans who have inspired me. Mitch
April 2 at 8:52AM
darjenka : Hello my friend, was wandering what happened to you and your beautiful art work..now I know..I 100 % agree with you about how so many people here work..so many times,i found my self in disbelief, after writing my notes in emotion and detail to make people understand my work and the direction, just to be ignorantly put down for something that was explained thoroughly ..very very frustrating..the rating system is ok, but so many people don't even bother to try to follow it, for what ever reason..I have given up on this site many months ago..gave it another chance, because of the wonderful creative people I got to know here, one of which is you...more then a few times I swore I would stop ..seeing the fine creative artists leave, has re enforced my original feelings, I too will leave very soon..Another thing, my art work hardly ever gets put into the traditional art work of the month, and I have worked very hard on my paintings, I know they are worthy..this really bothers me, not to even be put into the draw..I WISH YOU THE BEST THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER! take care, and keep creating your wonderful, creative art
April 4 at 12:32AM
chickadee : Thanks Mitch and though I do miss the site and the interaction the timing is all wrong. Will try and post more images in the near future! Am not running away just feeling a lack of fun and just the old members not around seem to make the site almost sad and lacking the fun that I use to find here all the time! Loved your reviews and the branches are and always will be a thorn in my side!l.o.l. Darn branches! Sad to see so many friends leaving the site! Glad you are still around though! Someone familiar to joke with!l.o.l.
April 6 at 1:42PM
chickadee : Hi Darjenka: I am sad to see you leaving as well and so much is now missing from the site with no one seeming to bother changing or respecting the old members feelings. A shame and so sad to see us all split up because of the ignorance of others on the site now. Really put off by the ones that run the site and lack of answers when asking a question. Truly not the way to run the site! As far as your art work not being selected on the artist of the month contest, well truly a loss and shame for the ones who pick the work. I love your art and find it to be refreshing and unique to say the least!Seems the site does not play by their own rules and now not surprised that the new members play by the site's ignorance as well. Have tried to review and post and find it somewhat disheartening to find the members are only posting to go up the ranks and miss the whole point of the image or art work. As you said too bad it has come to this and really makes you not want to be here. I will truly miss your work and you most of all. There are other site to go to and treat you well there. If you are interested let me know!!
April 6 at 1:51PM
EvaB : I was wondering where you have been and know of another of my favorite reviewers who is on the verge of leaving. I agree with your observation, and when I first joined I actually complained to FAR that I felt the rules weren't being observed, but on the opposite end. I purposefully posted work that needed help in hopes of getting honest, helpful feedback. And I did from many, but way too many gushing 5s with nothing of substance. I do hope the site improves as I've been missing many of you. It was disappointing that I suggested that my sisters join the site relatively recently, and neither were at all impressed.
If you move to another site, please let me know so I can continue to follow your beautiful work.
April 6 at 7:24PM
darjenka : Hi Chickadee! Iam interested ! let me know..you can leave a message on my site at doriafochi.wordpress.com/
April 6 at 10:36PM
globeboater : Hi Mary-
no use for me to repeat everything which has been said above!!!!
I DO agree 99.9% - it is sad....
I am VERY interested as well to find other sites, can you suggest something?
It is a real pity - this site has so much potential
Be well and don't let you drag down - it's not worth it!
April 7 at 8:54AM
Mitcham : I do hope admin are reading all these comments. If they dont responds with some changes swoon they won't have a site ti adninister to. Mitch
April 7 at 2:59PM
helvi2 : Hi Chickadee, I was wondering where your lovely artwork was? I have missed it. I can understand why so many here get discouraged with the site. Here's my two cents on the subject at hand.
The people who REALLY care about what YOU and all of us create will ALWAYS read your notes. They will be supportive beyond measure!
Artists like you are so inspirational to the rest of us. It is a JOY to see artists here who can take your breath away with their artistry...photographically or any form of art. I hate getting low reviews from people who say your work is wonderful then give you a 3 or 4 star rating. If you ask them what you did wrong most likely you never hear from them. It hurts and is unfair!I DO appreciate any reviewer who is honest and willing to give suggestions. What I try to do is REALLY listen to the artist and photoraphers I respect here. I know their input or praise is invaluable. :o)
I don't get to post as much as I like because of all the certificates needed to post my work. I know with my meager funds I won't get tons of reviews. It is the talented people here that make me stay because their review means everything! I don't understand why some reviewers here don't always read the author's notes or why photos end up beneath artwork. How can some people have such a lazy attitude with their work and reviewing?
I just want all of you to know how much you are appreciated by the ones who love your work. I would REALLY HATE to see you go! I know the frustrations of this place.I'm hanging in here because of wonderful people like you! It is a joy to see your work and be reviewed by you.
To Chickadee and all who read this remember there are some here who really appreciate your author notes and artistry! I AM one of them! :o) Helvi
April 7 at 6:14PM
chickadee : Hi Mitch and agree wholeheartedly with you. Have written to the admin and no response and has been a few weeks. Not sure what they are doing and I always thought the members run the site for the most part. Any problems should be taken seriously and so far no one on admin seems to care less! Certainly not the way things should be done and any concerns should be dealt with!!
April 7 at 7:11PM
chickadee : Hi Eva:
Not sure what the problem here is lately and seems to be getting much worse and not better. The site will not answer my concerns and that in itself is a HUGE problem that they don't seem to take seriously. Maybe I missed something but always thought the site was to improve your photography skills. Seems the main focal point lately is to get as many member dollars say little on your post only to post more and move to the top of the rankings. A race to the top! l.o.l. Crappy way to run a photo/art site if you ask me! Can see why your sisters where not impressed and certainly glad my friends who I invited said the same and did not join up. I would have had a lot of explaining to do! Things are changing at an alarming rate and not for the better. You know yourself who use to be here and now they are gone. Some told my why they have left, just not happy with the goings on of the site, while others just left! I think you have my e-mail address and we could discuss other sites and see what we come up with??
April 7 at 7:19PM
chickadee : Hi Helvi and as usual you are a dear lady with so many lovely words to say! Appreciate your thoughts and kind words and do also appreciate your reviews that always made me smile and make my day just so much brighter. There are other sites that are easier to deal with and my understanding the cost is much less than this site! Have to do some homework but will check a few out. In the meantime dear lady just know you were always a great friend to me and something that is just fading quickly is the friends that I have met on the Far site. Seems most are leaving for the same reasons, just not happy with the site! Truly a shame and very sad for me to say this! Miss you very much and may still post in the future, just not sure just now!
April 7 at 7:25PM
janvan723 : Hi Chickadee! I just wanted to tell how in awe I am of your drawings and paintings. You are so talented. I live animals so I am naturally drawn to your work. I am a "Newbie" on FAR. I try to critique any works I look at fairly and rate accordingly. I can see there have been some problems with some new members and wanted you and other veterans to this site that I welcome your honest critiques. I can honestly say that I have already picked up some very helpful tips & pointers. Again, your work is amazing and I look forward to new post from you. Jan (janvan723)
April 24 at 11:28PM
darniforgot : Chickadee. I've wondered why your posts slowed way down and I wasn't seeing much of your work. I admire your work and always look forward to the next image you post. Now I understand why you haven't been posting much. I still visit the site often, but have really slowed down on my posts and reviews as well. Mostly due to the reasons already listed above. I have noticed that some of the low rankers are using this to their advantage to drop our images off the front page and to allow theirs to move into the top images of the day. I also do not receive feedback as to why they gave me good feedback and a low rangking, just to notice their images on the leader boards. What a shame people will stoop to that level to get their images moved up and drop some really good images off the main page. I wish that type of activity could be monitored and stopped so those of us who use the site for feedback and learning opportunities could get that back. I've been posting my images at antoher site recently and have actually started making sales (something I've never pursued before). M
May 9 at 2:00PM
darniforgot : (It cut me off before I was done). .... I was going to mention that seeing your work has inspired me to use my photography to create my own unique digital images rather than just pursuing photography. I am also using this other site to promote my work and sell it which is something I've wanted to do for many years but didn't feel I could ever pursue a career in this field. You wonderful comments have encouraged me to move forward with that dream. I made my first big sale a couple weeks ago. I really enjoy your work and enjoy reading your logs about the images. I really hope to see you stay, but I also understand your frustrations with the site now days. I have the same frustrations which have really slowed down my posts to the site. Best of luck in whatever decision you pursue. You have wonderful and inspiring work.
May 9 at 2:08PM
Wrights Wow Pictures : If you think the site has not gone down hill look at the number of postings and the number of reviews written. Used to be that in a day you would see 400-600 postings. Now they are lucky if the break 150. I do miss your posts. I have cut way back on the ones I am doing. I am using this site to promote other sites.
June 19 at 5:33PM
6ukcats : chickadee, I don't remember when I was on this site before today, but I admired and loved everything you did. I enjoyed our little chit chat's back and forth about our love of photography and birds. I was always in awe of your creativity and talent. I appreciate the sweet comments you have said about my pictures too. As a "Newbie" I would like to add some comments from that perspective. I signed on looking for constructive comments that would help me better my photography. I really, really wanted to get better and I thought that was what I was getting. I did get some great pointers from a couple people, granted I didn't add too many pictures. In order to "promote" your own pictures/art you have to "critique" other works. But! 1. they all looked great to me 2. what was I doing putting my stuff on here compared to other works I saw 3. what am I supposed to do to "critique" the works on this site??? I didn't know what I was doing, that's why I signed up to start with so I could learn!! It's time consuming, I couldn't offer anything that really helped people with the art I saw. Everyday became harder and harder for me to come to the site until I finally stopped. I couldn't get any real help and I felt ridiculous trying to critique someone's work--like yours!!! I loved and still love to see it, but this site was a disappointment and failure for me. As with so many of the comments I have read here I don't see the point, I didn't sign on for a popularity contest. I miss seeing some of the incredible pictures/art but I won't be back to this site. You do fantastic work, just keep the creativity and talent flowing! Thanks for your friendship while I was here!
June 30 at 2:10PM
FanArtReview wrote to chickadee :
Intimidation is the new Traditional Artwork of the Month!
February 23 at 12:10AM
Wolfdancer13 : Congratulations, Chickadee!!
February 23 at 3:15AM
emeraldheart : Congratulations Chickadee! Great artwork!!
February 23 at 8:32AM
chickadee : Thank you so much for everyone's support and votes! A great surprise to come home to after work! Yippee!
February 23 at 9:44AM
Angelheart : Congrats chickadee.Your work is always stellar!
February 23 at 10:20AM
filly421 : Congratulations chickadee!
February 23 at 11:08AM
amfunny : Congrats, my good friend. I think you are the best artist and very deserving of this. Well done!!!
February 23 at 11:17AM
avmurray : Congratulations ! Very nice work of art.
February 23 at 12:38PM
nikonbug : Hey, way to go! Awesome work.
February 23 at 12:48PM
Echo7 : You totally deserve this my friend. Massive well done. Well worthy winner =D
February 23 at 1:27PM
trailblazer101 : congrats. You go girl. Maybe you should stick around after all.
February 23 at 2:27PM
cleo85 : Congratulation, A well deserved honor!!!
February 23 at 3:05PM
Shakeadog : Well done !! so deserved!!
February 23 at 5:17PM
hekartstudio : Congrats! Like your expressive work and media-HEK
February 23 at 5:34PM
4 I AM : Congratulations dear on all your well deserved success! Ron D'H.
February 23 at 6:44PM
donkeyoatey : Well deserved, a lovely piece, especially those eyes!
February 23 at 7:51PM
Jorge Gaete : Congratulations, it is a beautiful piece. Well deserved.
February 23 at 8:21PM
simonka : Way to go , Congratulations‚?¶Great work! Simonka
February 23 at 10:07PM
ducilla : Congratulations Chick!.. A real beauty..dennis
February 24 at 1:40AM
adr1an : super job well deserved win
February 24 at 12:19PM
darniforgot : Congratulations on a well deserved win. You do great work!
February 24 at 5:15PM
ckbesq : A little late, but a heartfelt congratulations on your wolf! Loved it.
February 25 at 12:04PM
FanArtReview wrote to chickadee :
In The Reeds won the contest "Painted Green"
December 18 at 12:10AM
MarthaHolloway : Congratulations Chickadee. Very deserving.
December 18 at 2:53AM
avmurray : You really deserved it. Congratulations !!
December 18 at 6:17AM
Echo7 : Well done Chick =D. You deserve it
December 18 at 8:02AM
Manchild60 : Congratulation on your win. That frog really leaped for you . Lol!
December 18 at 10:59AM
pattigirl : Congratulation on this wonderful win! Well deserved!!
December 18 at 11:05AM
donkeyoatey : Wonderful! Way to go! Lovely piece! Donkeyoatey
December 18 at 11:08AM
corrinas creations : not surprised, you had it in the bag, well deserved win you are a true inspiration!
December 18 at 3:00PM
Intrepid : It looks like you hopped right up to get this contest win. Congratulations.
December 18 at 3:47PM
helvi2 : COngratulations my Friend! You more than deserved the win! :o) Helvi
December 18 at 3:57PM
cleo85 : Well deserved! Congratulations!!!
December 18 at 6:04PM
NinaDd : 'Grats! :)
December 18 at 7:08PM
Shakeadog : Very well deserved!!!! :D
December 19 at 1:43AM
adr1an : well done chickadee i knew that was a winner ribbit! ribbit!
December 19 at 7:18AM
helena6052 : Congratulations! Winning the contest "Painted Green" Well deserved. Keep up the good work!
December 19 at 2:43PM
yourbren : Congratulations Chickadee! You totally deserve the Painted Green win. I hope you have a beautiful Christmas and the New Year brings you even greater acclaim. Bren
December 19 at 5:09PM
Zilyram : Congratulations, another great work. Definitely deserving of the award :) Mary
December 19 at 6:29PM
Rivergirl51 : Congratulations,Chickadee.....I just saw your award on the frog. You certainly deserve it..Linda
December 19 at 11:00PM
ckorthase : Congratulations Chickadee. I knew this would be a winner hands down. Craig
December 20 at 4:30AM
Tillom : I came by to add my sincere congratulations on your win!
December 22 at 1:29AM
4 I AM : Last but i hope not least-congratulations on a well deserved
win-Chickadee! Nice Christmas present.
December 22 at 1:54AM
chickadee : Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the truly amazing words of congrats! You guys are the best! Bless you all!! It was a HUGE honor for me and thank you for all you encouragement and support!
December 22 at 2:11AM
helena6052 : Congratulations! chickadee on winning the birds photography contest. Well deserved !!!
February 18 at 7:16AM
digitalscud : CONGRATULATIONS to you 'chick' for your wonderful picture ADDORABLE winning. Well deserved.
February 18 at 10:42PM
victoria54 : nice shots, excellent
February 20 at 12:27AM
FanArtReview wrote to chickadee :
Congratulations! The October winner of the Recognized Artist reward.
October 11 at 11:58AM
donkeyoatey : Well deserved..way to go!
October 11 at 10:48AM
Jorge Gaete : Congratulations, you deserve it.
October 11 at 10:54AM
donnadiann : Congratulations on your win, Chickadee!
October 11 at 10:55AM
G.P.Photography : Congratulations ckickadee! Way to go,you deserve it!!
October 11 at 11:12AM
amfunny : Congrats....well deserved, my friend.
October 11 at 11:26AM
chickadee : Oh my what a amazing honor! Thank you so very much to everyone! Must have been asleep not to have noticed this amazing honor! Thank you, thank you!!
October 11 at 11:49AM
The Condition Black : Excellent, you are quite a fitting artist for the recognition gained. Congratulations!
October 11 at 12:30PM
pattigirl : Congratulations, my friend! Well deserved! You are one exceptionally talented gal!
October 11 at 1:27PM
jpskier13 : Congratulations! You absolutely do derserve this award. Keep up the great work.
October 11 at 1:45PM
Wrights Wow Pictures : Congratulations. Your work is always pleasing to review. Keep up the good work
October 11 at 4:16PM
Shakeadog : Well done Chick!! Well deserved winner!! :)
October 11 at 4:27PM
Tillom : Hi, Came by to congratulate you on being the fan art recognized artist! I look forward to seeing more of your work. Jo
October 11 at 5:28PM
Tillom : Oh, I've just read your bio and learned that you are from Manitoba! I am originally from Winnipeg and have visited St Andrews several times over the years. A diesel mechanic? Wow! My husband is a mechanic and has seen a few females come and go...none who have remained in the field. Way to go! You are an impressive woman!
October 11 at 5:31PM
MiloMunch : Congratulations, Mary!! Well deserved & well done!!
October 11 at 5:46PM
AlanC : Congras! And have many returns!! :-)
October 11 at 6:38PM
Zilyram : Congratulations Mary, definitely well deserved just to have half your talent would be amazing. :)
October 11 at 6:49PM
fila4 : Congratulations, Chickadee!
October 11 at 7:56PM
globeboater : My oh my - congratulations, "Bird". You really deserved it!!!
October 11 at 10:38PM
EvaB : Congratulations and well deserved!
October 11 at 10:59PM
ducilla : Congratulations!! A great choice!..dennis
October 12 at 12:21AM
ande500 : Well deserved and amazing work! Congratulations!
October 12 at 2:16AM
RPat : Congratulations I'm sure there will be more to come
October 12 at 5:06AM
photobeat : cngratsssssssssssssssssssssssss ") beny
October 12 at 8:45AM
Sam S : Congratulations. You are so deserving.
October 12 at 9:26AM
pictures : Congratulations! super job !
October 12 at 10:33AM
Angelheart : Congrats,my friend :)
October 12 at 11:56AM
cen12964 : Congratulations. You definetly deserved it.
October 12 at 3:41PM
shieldsE : Good on you!
October 12 at 9:53PM
taylortia : Have been away for awhile.
congratulations on all your great work. love it. wendy.
October 12 at 10:54PM
jennifer28 : Concrats! Great job!
October 12 at 11:48PM
avmurray : Congratulations. You know how much I appreciate your work
October 13 at 8:37AM
chickadee : Thank you so much everyone!!I appreciate your amazing comments and hugs to all of you!! As said a great honor but your responses and kind words make it so much better! You are all the BEST!!
October 13 at 9:04PM
ppapeljr : Congratulations for a well deserved reward! ppapeljr
October 13 at 10:43PM
JenniLynnPhotography : Congratulations Chickadee!! You deserve this award so much! You are very talented and I really look forward to more of your work!
October 13 at 11:42PM
Deloralock : Dear Girl, you have been blessed with one of the most creative gifts. Actually it's a mixed media gift: PHOTO ART. You deserve to be lauded for your work. I love it., Congratulations.
October 14 at 1:25AM
Art Aliz : congratulations chikadee for winning the artist's award for October.
October 14 at 5:46PM
anna ryan : You rock Mary, congratulations. Well deserved award. :) :) :) xoxoxo
October 14 at 9:34PM
esgjag : Big smile Mary? Awesome achievement and couldn't think of anyone more deserving.
October 15 at 5:26PM
helvi2 : You are SO deserving of this my friend! I only wonder what took them so long in giving you this Honor :o)
October 15 at 10:55PM
seshadri_sreenivasan : I am not at all surprised. You are very talented and gifted. God Bless!
October 18 at 8:37AM
seshadri_sreenivasan : I am not at all surprised. You are very talented and gifted. God Bless!
October 18 at 8:39AM
4 I AM : It does not surprize me at all.
Congratulations Chickadee! God Bless!
October 20 at 9:16PM
ALYSSAA : Congratulations for your award. You are an amazing artist and so well deserved. Great job !!!
October 30 at 8:36PM
remington k : I so love you photo's and cna fell your respect and love of all god's creatures..Congraduations!
November 5 at 11:32AM