Retrospective Installation

I decided to hang a retrospective installation, featuring some of my digital portrait paintings. Portraits have always been my favourite theme, both for painting, and photography. People who know me will know the work I’ve been showing the last year or so is quite different from what I used to do. I have two digital styles, one I call my ‘comic’ style… I’ve always been interested in sequential art, and, a lot of my early digital paintings, which I started doing around 2012, are in this style…

… they are potential panels for that stunning graphic novel I never did, because I simply could not satisfy my own inner critic about the quality of my work…

… my other style is my ‘photorealistic’ style, where I actually had to learn when to stop polishing, because the paintings end up being so like photographs, it kind of defeats the actual painting process… I still want people to go ‘oh, that’s a painting!’…

… my earlier stuff was pretty dark… dark, but gorgeous, and was always about very scary girls…

… by 2016, even my ‘comic’ work was looking pretty realistic. In 2015-2016, I did a lot of Suicide Girl fan art. My work was easily some of the best on their fan art page, but hardly anyone ‘liked’ them, because I painted portraits, not nudes…

… I also paint singers I adore, and babes from films. These images are just 8 of my paintings from 2013 to 2018. I’ve done a whole lot more. The choice, for these, was to start as early in my life as a digital painter as I could find, the rest was actually dictated by what was easiest to find on my chaotic, two terabyte hard drive (:

Hello, Kitty

‘Hello, kitty’ said the girl…

… ‘hello, girl’ said the kitty…

…’I’ve no idea what’s going to happen, next’ said the kitty…

…’that’s ok, sweetheart’ replied the girl ‘no one ever really does’…

… ‘Crap, everything is still fucked up’ said Bambi…

… ‘awwww… what?’ asked the baby unicorn…

… our focus is drawn to the fountain…

… but, we realise…

… it’s all a distraction, and the girl and the kitty are gone.

Finian’s Dream

Yesterday, I visited Finian’s Dream. I’ve never been here before, I have no idea why, because this is my favourite kind of sim…

… a beautiful, ancient forest, filled with mist and moonlight…

… before long I heard the whirr of tiny wings, and these two gorgeous little Fae began following me. I deliberately didn’t turn around, because I didn’t want to scare them off…

… but I needn’t have worried. Because I’m not human, but not Demon, either, they were very curious about what I was, eventually working up the courage to ask me…

… I told them I was from another planet, from another star-system, and that I was 4000 years old. Although they didn’t seem to grasp my interplanetary origin, they were delighted to hear I was almost as old as them, and they started calling me ‘sister’, which really made me happy…

… we came to this bridge, and they grew very agitated, warning me not to cross it. When I asked why…

… they said something terrible lived in the clearing on the other side. They begged me not to keep going, but I assured them I hadn’t lived 4000 years because I was defenceless, and that I’d be alright. They weren’t convinced, and kept pleading with me to stop, but I assured them I’d be fine, and told them I’d come back and visit them soon…

… in the clearing I was immediately buzzed by this dazzling little, luminous Sprite…

… these creatures are more like me than like Fae, they are connected to universal energy, so, more like space creatures than Earth creatures. I felt her scan my mind, and suddenly she was talking to me in my mothers language. She told me the Fae were frightened of her because they couldn’t understand her, but that she never hurt them. I could tell this was true, and promised to explain that truth to the little Fae, next time I saw them. The Sprite wished me luck on my travels. Coming from a Sprite, that was more than just words; in all likelihood my travels should be very interesting, in future…

… I had a wonderful time in this mystical forest. There is a village, and a castle, full of lovely art, but, for me, this forest is the best thing about Finian’s Dream.

In the Ruins

I went to Soul Deep, yesterday, just on sunset…

… I was showing off my legs, with my new skimpy shorts…

… because I have new ink that I love…

… I was in a playful mood…

… teetering around on rocks in the water…

… like the big kid I am…

… feeling like a nymph in a Maxfield Parrish painting (:

Night Light

During my midnight camera-drone jaunt, the other night, I realised that the bottom of the steps from my wild garden to my managed garden were pretty dangerously dark for anyone not familiar with what was where…

… so I installed some of my trusty Japanese stone lanterns and a bit more paving, so the path was more obvious and manageable from the bottom of the stairs to the old path that used to run down the side of my chateau, before I pulled the chateau down, and let nature run wild in what was left of it’s footprint…

… the lights and extra paving work really well. After I took these pictures, I went for another midnight camera stroll…

… there’s lots of sweet fauna amongst my flora…

… this little Fae and her friend come most nights…

… and sit here, endlessly entranced by the water running into the bucket from the fountain. The bucket is plumbed back to the fountain, so it never fills up, but is always filling. Perhaps the Fae and her friend don’t know this, and think the bucket is a magical thing?…

… a fox has recently made a den under some rocks. If you are patient…

… she will come out and scan the area…

… making sure it’s safe for her pups to come out…

… and play.

Midnight in my Yard

I needed to recalibrate the gyros on my camera drone…

… and make sure it’s night-time pathfinding abilities were still accurate…

… so I went on a midnight spin with it, last night…

… gliding silently through my little, magical Queendom…

… checking out the nightlife…

… the beautiful things that I protect…

… who have always been safe here…

… sleeping peacefully in their beds…

… not even noticing as my nano-drone hovers silently around them…

… my drone’s senses picked up every little rustle, every chirping night insect…

… I zeroed in on my wonderful little Fae-on-a-toadstool…

… she was contentedly looking at the stars.

A Dawn Stroll Through Bay City

I started my morning in a cute little Bay City gallery

… then went out into the dawn…

… for a stroll around…

… it’s a while since I’ve wandered around Bay City…

… don’t know if it was just the light, but the place was looking really nice…

… the buses were even running, this early in the day…

… the sun through the clouds was like a gorgeous, smouldering ember…

… one of the things I love about Bay City is that you seem able to go most places…

… without getting some crappy message telling you to piss off…

… by the time I actually did get one of those messages…

… I’d been strolling for hours, had over four hundred pictures, and just TP’d home.

Art From the Trenches

More images from my valiant struggle to explore and shop and document…

… so many beautiful little scenes…

… places to meditate…

… so much to learn. Did you know there are Chicken Centaurs?… me, neither…

… most of the great scenery was on sim/shopping area crossings, artistic little oases…

… my hands-down favourite of all the areas, was Valhalla…

… it is absolutely magnificent…

… a stunning tribute to Norse grandeur and the scale of mythology…

… very cool…

… really impressed with this build…

… epic (:

Fantasy Faire 2021

I finally made it to this years Fantasy Faire a few days ago, and have been chipping away at it, a bit at a time, since then. They are always so big, and often confusing, so they are always, for me, serious shopping missions, I tend to just put my head down and wade on in, so I don’t usually take pictures. But I kept seeing amazing scenes and places, so, today, I started taking pictures…

… each day I’ve managed to find some nice stuff to buy. Today I bought this gorgeous crown of thorns with roses…

… there are some stunning locations to see…

… like this one by a famous SL artist whose name I forget…

… my outfit matched the scenery perfectly…

… I’m not sure there were even any shops in this one…

… there was a cave with this scene in it, the same style as the outside…

… but in colours I’ve never seen this artist use, before.

La Vallée Crush

Seems I have a bit of a crush on La Vallée. I came back in the dawn light, this morning, to explore some more…

… the whole sim is actually a showcase for a building system…

… one that gives you builds with this level of phenomenal depth to the landscape…

… I absolutely love it…

… such a rich little world-in-a-bubble, a world from a fantasy novel, hidden in a pocket of time and matter, somewhere in matter and time…

… you know you’ve been here before, long ago, you just can’t remember how far ago in time that was…

… the centuries blur together, turn to dust, and blow away, down the corridor of dimensions…

… yet you are always here…

… waiting…

… with the foxes.