Taste Cove

Yesterday I visited Taste Cove

… there are some wonderfully photogenic areas, here…

… really interesting architecture…

… with rich colours and gorgeous textures…

… and a couple of interesting murals…

… there’s the obligatory lighthouse, but it has a really pretty house behind it…

… sadly, the ever-present lighthouse has not prevented the ubiquitous sunken trawler incident from occurring, more than one of which seems to have happened, here…

… I’d read that there were rentals, here, so I only explored the sea-front area. There are steps that go up to more buildings, but I totally loath being evicted, with a split seconds warning, from sims that are supposed to be visitor friendly (until they suddenly aren’t), so I didn’t explore those areas, though I would have liked to. The whole sea-front area has many pretty scenes for photography…

… and it was nice to see that at least one fishing boat has managed not to hit the rocks (:

Views of my Home II

I have been working, and working, since my last post about my new home, and have been having a hugely enjoyable time. I had over a thousand prims to play with, for my re-decorating/re-landscaping, and using them has been such sweet pleasure…

… I initially left my previous home open for visitors to enjoy. One day, I came home, and two total strangers were having sex in one of my bedrooms. They never even had the decency to say anything to me, just vanished a few minutes after my arrival. I was so pissed off, I have since made my home out-of-bounds to all unknown visitors. I have placed several prominent, pleasant, but definitive, signs around my new home, stating that visitors are welcome to explore my grounds, and my galleries, but will be evicted should they attempt to enter my home…

… my new home is, for me, a visual joy…

… and I feel my landscaping has only added to that visual beauty…

… I have been collecting sculpture/statuary for over a decade…

… and there are several in the grounds of my new home. This one is of an ancient goddess, who is so powerful…

… that even her statue has an effect on nature, causing a noticeable agitation in her surroundings…

… others, though just as ancient, are less powerful…

… though just as beautiful…

… I am Seraphim, queen of this place, older than all my statues combined. This is my magical queendom, you are very welcome to visit, just not my actual home, unless I know you, then it’s all cool (:

Black Kite Dreaming

It’s been nearly two years since I did a Black Kite post…

… so I thought I’d better rectify that reality…

… and spend a bit of time sleepwalking through this hallucinogenicly gorgeous landscape…

… watching the stars fall from the sky as harmless motes…

… wading through the endlessly shallow sea…

… hearing the soft rustle of butterfly wings…

… and following them to the rainbows end…

… feeling the jasmine-scented breeze as it blows softly through my hair…

… wondering what was in these huge bottles, and where is the giant who emptied them?…

… watching the butterflies, now reborn as rainbows themselves…

… and feeling really happy (:

Scenes From my New Home

I recently decided my gorgeous Onsu chateau was just too ludicrously big, like, it was beautiful, and I loved it to bits, but it was three floors, three bathrooms, diety-knows how many rooms, and I had to fill them all, the place was a black hole for prims…

… interestingly, while I was looking for something less prim-sucking, I discovered Onsu no longer sells the chateau, I wonder if it was just too big for most buyers? Anyway, I bought a much smaller, way more modern home, only two floors, and only 5 rooms! I won’t name the creator, as I’m sure they rake in plenty of lindens without free advertising…

… but it’s a gorgeous build, and I love the fact it is only 5 rooms! I was still getting lost in my chateau, almost a year after buying it! This new home, I have to be far more discerning with what I put in it, and getting rid of the chateau, and buying this, instantly freed up 1500 prims, once I’d deleted, taken back, everything I had put into the chateau, stuff no-one ever saw, hardly even me!…

… of course, no home I ever have is ever complete without my stunning Pegasus gate…

… I love the Frank Lloyd Wrightian lines of this build…

… me being me, the place is filled with cuteness…

… because reality would totally suck without cuteness…

… I’ve spent many happy hours landscaping my new home…

… and look forward to many more…

… I’ve set up enough SL homes to know these things are never static…

… I just can’t help tinkering with my homes…

… I actually live in my homes, they aren’t just window dressing , they are my real home…

… so it’s very important to me that I love them (:

Babes on the Water

Witchy introduced me to the art of watching boat races, today. of course, me being me, I had to photograph this gorgeous spectacle. As I’ve never been to a boat race before, nor tried to photograph one, I had no idea how hard it was! These catamarans, once they got going, were blasting through the water, crossing who knows how many sim crossings…

… this made getting good pictures pretty hard, certainly on my first ever attempt to do so…

… getting a camera lock on these rapidly moving craft was tricky, then I’d have to wait for their textures to properly rez…

… panning down was a nightmare, this close to the water, and panning around was asking to totally lose the boat…

… I’d have a shot all lined up, and they would go over a sim crossing, and I’d either lose them, or they would freeze in place, while each boat coming up behind them would also freeze in place, creating jams of several boats, all frozen together in a bizarre lump…

… out of the hundreds of images I took, I have stitched this post together. The sequence of these images probably bears zero relationship to the actual order of the real race, but it makes a nice little sequence…

… and I’m pretty pleased with these few decent images. I found the whole event quite exciting! Not just because I was franticly attempting to get good images, but because, zoomed into the participants, you can hear the sounds of the cats ripping through the water, the sounds of the crew adjusting rigging, and just seeing them perform their art, you realise how technical it all is, these avi’s are really piloting these craft, they aren’t just automatically going through the water…

… and there is huge potential, here, to get some fabulously dynamic images…

… so I’m totally hooked, and will be back for another round of the steep learning curve involved in photographing gorgeous avi’s blasting through the water on their sailing machines (:

22 Art Space

Yesterday, I visited the delightful 22 Art Space gallery, in Bellisseria, again. I was shocked to discover that I have not been here for eight months, since I first discovered it, in fact. I have no excuse for this, other than, um… aliens. Anyway, I hope to not leave it so long until I visit again…

… I really like this little gallery space, for several reasons. One is it’s very clean, minimalist environment…

… another is the fact that it is a suburban house in an extremely suburban hood, a very unique setting for an SL gallery, in my experience…

… another is that, despite it’s minimal decor, what there is is gorgeous…

… I like the actual space so much, I treat the windows, visually, as part of the exhibitions…

… the work on display, in the current exhibition, isn’t the kind of work I’m normally drawn to, but I found myself grudgingly liking these works. They are extremely well composed, and I found that, for me, the sum of their parts added up to more than those parts, which is obviously the intention with these kind of works. I find, personally, that so much of this style doesn’t add up to more than it’s obvious elements, which are light, shade, texture and contrast, so much of this kind of work strikes me as ‘clever’, but, also, ‘cliched’…

… I didn’t feel that way at all, with these works. They are, without doubt, clever, but also intelligent and sophisticated, which always beats cliche…

… so, once again, I really enjoyed my visit to this space. I will do everything in my power to thwart those damned aliens the next time they try to stop me coming back here!

InSilico Mars

Although I have been to InSilico many times, I had never been to InSilico Mars, before, never even heard of it till yesterday, which is when I knew I had to visit…

… as with InSilico, so with InSilico Mars… the place is gorgeous, and, especially for the totally unknowing, first-time visiter, wonderfully mysterious. I wandered around for about half an hour, before I found much more than rocks and plants and swarms of red insects and, of course, dust storms. It’s a no-fly sim although, after about half an hours walking, I did discover I could point and double-click to get to less accessible places, in some sims this irritatingly zaps you back to your landing point, but not here, so that was worth the try. Whilst I could see big buildings in the distance, I couldn’t figure how to get to them, initially. I finally managed to get inside the big pink-glassed building, behind me, in the picture above. It was quite interesting inside, but I was locked out of the more interesting areas, so I went back outside…

… eventually climbing high above the pink building to a kind of temple, where I found this beautiful little, insect-winged craft, straight out of Edgar Rice-Burroughs…

… a quick scan of it’s simple controls convinced me I could fly it…

… and I could! The little machine was extremely responsive and easy to fly…

… and I found myself flying high above this wondrous landscape…

… the insect wings that held me aloft blurred into invisibility as we soared past and over marvellous structures and fascinating scenery…

… this place is huge, and I flew over at least one sim crossing as I buzzed through the air…

… this is a visually stunning build, and a lot of fun to explore, especially from the sky…

… I eventually found what looked like the perfect landing area…

… and, by now, feeling fairly proficient at the controls…

… guided my little craft in for a gentle landing.

Art Treasures

My gallery has always been as much about showcasing my own art, as it has been about showcasing my SL art treasures…

… most of which are gacha. I think the art treasure gacha aspect is about the one-off-ness of gacha, for some reason, lots of gacha creators create stunning works of art that simply have no copy/mod equivalent…

… which I find very interesting because, like RL art, SL gacha art actually has an art collecting price ‘appreciation’ aspect, in that the really good stuff actually continues to appreciate in resale value…

… I don’t collect for the price aspect, but, seriously, some of the stuff I won for L$50, is now worth thousands of Lindens! I collect for the actual artistic merit of what I collect. I adore cute stuff…

… and I love whimsy…

… I have a new gallery annex, which showcases some of my recent work, but also lots of my private collection of gacha art…

… I collect dolls, and have put a few of them on display in the new annex…

… I’ve recently been surprised at how many arty avi’s I know that don’t know that there is genuine ‘art’ to be found in gacha. There are actually many wonderful reproductions of classical art works to found in gacha, with gorgeous frames.