Skye Glas

I visited Skye Glas, today…

… I’m a huge fan of the very talented Mr Bader and all that he creates…

… not only does he create and sell some of SL’s absolute best landscaping elements, as well as much else, but he has created these sanctuaries to advertise his work, but made them as free-to-visit and photograph…

… back when I was a noob with visions of using full-perms materials to create wonders that would enrich me, I had cause to ask him a few dumb questions; he was always very kind and never condescending, which, in itself always makes me like a creator…

… but, on top of that, he just creates the most amazing scenery elements…

… that I’m sure many of you will have seen in almost any decent sim build you have ever been in…

… which he has used to create this stunning, open-air sales room…

… that is a gorgeous wonder…

… all by itself (:

Stars

I visited Cica Ghost’s latest work, Stars, today…

… I was straight away struck by the gorgeous chocolate/gold palette…

… the cute golden star canopy is impossible to ignore, and below is another Cica Ghost world filled with wonderful critters…

… both big…

… and small…

… there’s a much greater feeling of wide-open space here, compared to her other stuff. I also found the whole thing feels more ‘industrial’ than her previous worlds, still very organic, but, somehow, more industrial, almost ‘Steampunk’, even, though only very loosely, and filtered through Cica Ghost’s wonderful mind… perhaps ‘Surreal Steampunk’?…

… I never leave one of her worlds without checking the shore, out. I managed to find a tiny island, a little way from the shore…

… where I could delight in the star canopy meeting the horizon.

Neverland

Yesterday, I visited Neverland

… this is a pretty sim, which is made up of several small tableau…

… each a little bundle of colour and charm…

… a wonderful place for whimsical photography…

… wistful, even…

… like J G Ballard meets Disney…

… I think this little bridge crosses into another sim…

… but it’s just as dreamlike.

H&G Expo 21

Over the last 3 days I’ve been exploring the wonderful Home & Garden Expo 2021. There’s something here for pretty much everyone, apart from the hardcore yucky element in SL, and, who knows, perhaps there’s yucky stuff here, too, but I didn’t see any, which was really nice, because I do get sick of seeing that infantile shit. There’s beautiful, reverent stuff…

… and crazy, silly stuff…

… there’s a plethora of fabulous elements for your garden…

… there’s musical instruments you can try and buy, there are horses you can ride before you decide if you need a horsey…

… there’s art…

… I’ve never explored one of these expo’s so systematically/thoroughly, before, but I don’t remember ever seeing much art in them, before. I could be wrong, probably am, but there seemed to be much more art for sale in this expo…

… there’s all manner of adorable cuteness to see, here, too.

I always find these shows far too big and confusing to ever explore them as thoroughly as I did this one, I always get lost, and eventually just give up. The reason I was able to so systematically explore this one was thanks to Annie Brightstar’s wonderful blog. She has a post, there, where she has provided SLURL’s for every part of the expo. Whenever I got lost, which was often, I’d just look at that post and pick the next TP, it was super-helpful…

… the highlight of the show, for me, was to be there for the traditional launching of the paper lanterns. I think this is only the second time I’ve witnessed one of these events. I joined a handful of avi’s on a rooftop, and we all watched in delight…

… as these pretty things guttered there way up into the the darkness…

… slowly spiralling higher…

… and higher…

… carrying whatever meaning they had been imbued with…

… till, one by one, they flickered out, and vanished.

Placebo Gallery 101

Today I took possession of shop 101 in the little village of Wythburn…

… while I liked the walls, I felt the overall feel was a bit old-world…

… Sethos Lionheart, the charming sim manager, was more than happy to change the decor so it was more to my liking. I have to say, I have rented a few gallery spaces, in the past, and have never encountered such personal, friendly service, before. Sethos made me feel like I was already a valued member of the little artist community, here…

… my first step is always to set out the most important aspect of the space: the canvases…

… followed by some furniture and carpet…

… and, of course, plants…

… finally, the work. These five images are the latest in my current progression of ‘imaginary landscapes’…

… it’s always wonderful to see them this big…

… I’m really enjoying creating these works…

… which you can see for yourself in Placebo Gallery 101, in Wythburn Village, Thirlmere (:

Thirlmere

When I visited the Raven Crag Art Center, recently, I determined to come back and check out the whole sim, Thirlmere, which looked interesting at a quick glance. Yesterday, I came back to do just that. Not far from the gallery is Wythburn Village, a little village built around a small lake. To my pleasant surprise, I discovered that almost every building in this little village is an art gallery…

… with some wonderful work on display…

… this one was my favourite!…

… next to the village, and around the lake, is a sweet wilderness area…

… with little woodland cuties peeking out from the trees…

… a winding dirt road to follow…

… with a little stone bridge over a stream…

… the road leads you to a gazebo in a clearing with all kinds of cuteness inside. For you horsey folk, there is equestrian transport, should you choose not to walk. There’s also an underground area to explore. I liked it here so much, I am in the process of renting one of the little gallery spaces. That will probably be the subject of my next post (:

Raven Crag Art Center

Yesterday I visited the Raven Crag Art Center

… I’ve not been here, before, so was pleasantly surprised by both the presentation…

… and the quality of the work on display, here…

… there’s some really gorgeous images…

… and a wide variety of subjects and style…

… all the things I love in a good art gallery…

… I will most definitely be coming back…

… not only to see what exhibitions are here, next, but also to explore the sim the gallery is in, because it looks quite interesting in itself.