Rust in The Colder Water

It would be a shame to call Alia Baroque just skin designer. This full avatar is a piece of art, created for "A Clockwork Spiral", which closes after tomorrow. I amd fascinated by the rusty surface, but used my own shape and hair. Many other combinations are possible.

The wonderful sim "A Colder Water"  designed by Jordan Giant is a pefect match. It is formed like an atoll and has a dark mood. The sand is almost black like volcano ash. After a theory by Charles Darwin atolls are the tops of volcanos in the sea.

At Clockwork Spiral: ANNA full avatar by Fallen Gods; other: FRANCINE hair by Lelutka

Taxi to The Colder Water: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Daydreams/168/134/21

Taxi to A Clockwork Spiral (only until Sept. 30): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cursed/78/128/1001


Two Gallery Openings Today

1 PM SLT: VALO Gallery is back!

That is good news: Instincta and Stem van Helsinki reopen their gallery with and exhibtion by Kikiri Tuquiri ans artist from San Francisco, California. Her works in different techniques and themes are worth to be seen. For the opening Dj Graavi Kaupas will play his set deep house & urban music.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Taygete/33/80/1000

2 PM SLT: LTD Gallery shop reopens with a live act

After a summer break the next Love To Decorate magazine has been released and I collected again 12 art pieces which are be presented in the latest issue and shown in the gallery shop at Aakriti Arts with works by Bryn Oh, Fuschia Nightfire, ohsolemio, Milly Sharple, Firlefanz Roxley, Louly Loon, Mistero Hifeng, Kubbrick and others: http://lovetodecoratesl.com/2014/09/24/ltd-art-scene-septemberoctober-2014/

The opening today features a live music act: Echo Starship is live ambient/ experimental/ electronic music performer using live synths, loops, drum loops, guitar and other gadgets he finds lying around. Every show is a different story and sound hence it's all improvisational music, done with an empty set and recorded over the course of one hour. Similarity with bvdub, Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, Sigur Ros, Thom Yorke etc...

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amadora/204/185/22


Home Expo: Some Impressions

It's the last weekend of Home and Garden Expo and you should take the chance to look around lag free at the 9 sims. Here some impressions:

Taxi to Home and Garden Expo: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Home%20Expo%201/108/51/23


The House of the Airship Princess

The Home and Garden Expo is always a highlight for me. So much inspiration for new decoration. As Always the events offers products in favour of RFL. So stop by and look around on 9 sims of new ideas. An outfit of another event, A Clockwork Spiral, inspired me to the theme of this post.

At Home and Garden Expo: Maison d'Ete by Spargel & Shine Homes, Fence Set by Dorian
Other: Trompe Loeil - Madina Stone Path, Hedge Section by ANTIQUE ARTISTRY HOME AND GARDENS, Lion King by EFE Design, AppleTree, Oak Tree by Thespian Products, sweet memory tree by forest feast

At Home and Garden Expo: {NanTra} Dozer's Divan, Ete Decor Se Box by Spargel & Shine, "Bombay" Elegant Wall Table Set by [CIRCA]

At Clockwork SpiralTufted Armchair + Hatstand + Clef + Gramophone + Trunk by 22769,  Brass Homunculus in Bell Jar by Chaos, Panic and Disorder, 

At Clockwork Spiral: :{MV}: Libertine Outfit Copper,  Majesty Boots by Roawenwood,  Faery Pince-Nez: Rainbow by Atomic Faery, Amacci Hair Ayana

At Home & Garden Expo: Ete Dining Set and Ete Decor Set by Spargel and Shine
Other: Wall Clock + Bookcases+ Carpet  by W.o.W

Mesh Chair by Decor Junction, Gun Cabinet and Carpet by W.o.W.

At Home and Garden Expo: Wrought Iron Set by Cleo Design,
Other: Natural Pumpkins by Serenity Style

At Clockwork Spiral: AZE Impedimenta Gear Necklace - Gold, Ring The Deep Gold by Unrepentant

A.V. Fountain Octagonal by Atelier Visconti, The Airship by GOD
Roads of Florence by Fanatik

At Clockwork Spiral: Airship Princess Outfit by DG Designs, Stand and Deliver Hat by House of Rain,
Gyroscope Walking Stick by Chaos, Panic and Disorder

The airship is fun and easy to ride. The Airship Pincess had a nice viw down to her house :)

More about Home and Garden Expo: http://slhomeandgardenexpo.com/

Open until Sept. 28th!

Taxi to Home and Garden Expo:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Home%20Expo%201/108/51/23

Taxi to A Clockwork Spiral: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cursed/182/101/1002


Love To Decorate is Out!

The next issue of the Love to Decorate magazine just has been released and I contributed again an art collection that is shown in the gallery shop at Aakriti Arts at page 128-131:

Sunday, Sept. 28th we'll have an opening event at 2 PM SLT.

Taxi to the Gallery Shop: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amadora/204/185/22


Gallery Hopping

For a strange reason people often more focus on that what they lose insteast of that what they win. I often hear people complain that so many artists and gallerists left, I never hear compliments of those who are new on the scene. I think for some artists thevirtual techniques are loosing their attraction after a while or RL changes and time is limeted. We have to live with constant changes and I sure you find in theiy post places or artists you never heard about before. Enjoy!

Ini Inaka: Long way down

This photo artist is the second time guest in the Nitroglobus gallery for a good reason. Her images are always of a great sensitivity, mirroring many emotions and make us feel strange and familiar at the same time.  All mesh sculptures shown in the main hall were made by the gallery owner, the artist Nitro Fireguard.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Costa%20Blanco/198/117/770


I like themed exhibitions. They bring artists together , which habe not much in common and inspire artists to works they probably never have thought of themselves. Gallerists Holterand Wayne asked for pink. Ok, Fuschia Nightfire is more or less a must with the theme, but also the others are worth to be seen: Awesome Fallen, Bianca Xavorin, ByrneDarkley Cazalet, Tomais Ashdene and Ziki Questi

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Holtwaye/82/113/54

Oil versus Glas

For a while I follow the work of Uleria Caramel. Her exhitbition Oil versus Glas in the newly opened Timeless Grace Art Gallery is beautiful and ist is interesting to hear about the techniques she used. I just miss that she includes the  possibilities of virtual art in her work. Of course it is possible to upload RL works to have a platform for a multinational audience, but SL offers artists so much more. And as you see with the oil paintings above. SL never can reflect the surface of an oilpainting. But the show is worth to see as well as the other displayed artists: Aurora Mycano and Kandece Weißbrod.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shoals%20dAlliez/211/215/1502

Albo Artist 

Every time I see a new artist in Second Life I am happy and hope that he/she gets caught by the virtual art. Here is a new RL artist exhibtiting the first time in Second Life: Albo Artist, painter in real life as well as a teacher of art. Born in France from an Albanian family, he lived and studied in Italy before moving to the US where he continued to study art and education obtaining a Master of Fine Arts in New York. All paintings exhibited by him on SL are his real life paintings.
Let us give him a warm welcome and to wish him a long, productive virtual life :)

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Han%20Loso/204/36/76

Aakriti Arts

Next week the Gallery Shop will come after the closure of the wonderful exhibtion of Lilia Artis and Moeuhane Sandalwood back to live. They had to refill a lot of holes in the walls and let's hope that the stucco is drying on time ;)

In the meantime opened new exhibtions at Aakriti Arts with ChapTer Kronfeld, Creativesam India, Spiral Silverstar and Toysoldier Thor. All are very talented artists but I must admit that I especially fell in love with the anumated fractals by Spiral. But the works of all artists should be seen!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amadora/198/189/22


Now Open: A Clockwork Spiral

I am wearing: Emmaline Mesh Outfit by Roawenwood at ACS

The events of the Cursed team are always special to me because of the outstanding sim design. Life is a battle as to be proved here^^ 

The battle was obviously especially for the designers as many has not been done by the opening. I am not surprised as maybe the flood of events in Second Life increased to much. Therefore you must not hurry to check the sales (with a charity part in favor of the National Kidney Foundation http://www.kidney.org/).

This event is not only special because of the great design. It has a creative blogger group too. The best is to follow the posts on Flickr to find the backlinks to the blogs.

Bliensen + MaiTai - Luminiferous Dragonfly - Brooch at ACS

A Clockwork Spiral is open until October 1st.

The blog: http://aclockworkspiral.wordpress.com/

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cursed/78/128/1001


Visiting the Sailor

The last day of 24squared and I have to hurry to present this male oufit by Bravura. It comes in 3 different colors and has a maritime touch. There fore we made Scatterheart a sailor and I visited him in his house at the seaside ;)

Scatter is wearing: Corduroy outfit ( more here: http://martydalglish.blogspot.de/2014/09/bravura-homme-24-squared.html),  SWB SKIPPER Cap, Bubble Pipe for DU2013
I am wearing: Picnicbike by Aphrodite, Sardinia Dress by Kastle Rock Couture, Belle Heels Cream for Slink High by Miss Canning, Cllia hat + hair by Ohmai, Fishscale Bracelet Silver by 22769
Structure: Sailors Home furnished and Pier by Heart Homes

Shoreline Cuddle Chair - Group gift at Serendipity Designs,  'Kikki' Side Table -maple- by Silent Woods,  Coffee for TwoGrunge Console Entertain Us by 22769 bauwerk, Books, Etc. + Cozy Basket with Lid  by Cozy Homes, Sleeping Kitty by Urban Daisies

Driftwood Console Table by Serendipity Designs, Wall Clock + Berry Vase by Cozy Homes, 'Kikki' Side Table -maple- by Silent Wood, Dove Cage by Kaerri - Group gift at CASA

All decoration non metioned is part of the Sailor's House
Olivia Shelf and decoration by Dreamscapes Decor, Desk Clutter + Pitcher of Lilacs by Cosy Home

I am wearing: lu-crazy colors dress exclusive for Happy Holi Fair, Milk Hair~ Go for girly, Superb Rose Diamonds Necklace by JUMO, Narin Sunglass by ZOOM
buffet table nro. 1 by Aphrodite, Hades Lamp by Heart Homes

Taxi to 24squared: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%2024%20Squared/16/148/23



Interior: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Frame Chair Black, A.V. Vanite' Pouff + Foxglove in vase LTD-Group Gift + Decorative Balls (mod.), Black Velvet Cat Armchair by Boudoir, Mirage Mesh Curtains retextured black victorian curtain with tassle
When I was studying one of my teachers used to say the strongest of all human instincts is the the pursuit of social differentiation. Nobody wants to look and live like the neighbor. 

Scatter is wearing: Zuloo24 Sq LE Men's Urbane Sophisticate Outfit limited at 24²
I am wearing: GIA Coctail Ensemble by Faster Pussycat at 24², Hair Day. Heather (Limited Flower Edition) at 24², Belladonna Crystal Beaded Earrings and Necklace by Maxi Gossamer, Skin  Melissa Tan and smokey eyeshadow by WoW Skins limited at 24², Izzie's - Lipstick dark red

Not easy in a digital world where a copy is just a mouseclick away. The event 24² offers a wide choice of over 80 Limited Edition Exclusives offered by some of SL's Top Designers.

Scatter is wearing: Draven - GQ Orient Tux group gift by 69 Park Ave at 24sq,  Wingtip Brogues by Kauna
I am wearing;  Midnight in the Garden (Limited Edition) by Kastle Rock Couture, booN KED937 hair black, .:JUMO:. Consort Black Diamonds Earrings at 24²,  Melissa Tan, Cherry Lips, smokey eyeshadow by WoW Skins limited at 24²
Interior: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Decadence Leather Sofa Black + Kraken End Table, Helena Armchair by Atelier Visconti,
Art: Bang! + Showgirl by Barbie Adored , crows on tree by by Rodriguez Munro

I am wearing: dress Felina Black - Limited Edition by Dead Dollz, Victoria Hat Black by [Modern.Couture] Jewelry
24 Exclusive Shoes by LIKE DESIGN, all items at 24²; Pose Yanira 5 by PosESioN
Interior: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Kraken Dinner Table black + Dinner Chair Leather Black +  Lillies in Glass Vase + Decorated Picture Frame + Black Console + Books with Skull Holder, Helena Carpet by Atelier Visconti  Black Lacquer Chandelier by Abiss
Art: Tura Satana 3 by ROD NORTH via Tart Gallery,  Byrnedarkly Cazalet

Hair Joan by Analog Dog limited at 24², Melissa Tan + smokey eyeshadow by WoW Skins limited at 24²,
Belladonna Crystal Beaded Earrings and Necklace by Maxi Gossamer

22769 ~ [bauwerk] Concert Grand Black + Concert Grand Stool Black +  Violin + The Nevermore Black/Iron
The photos are taken in a Skxbox: The Little Penthouse by 22769 ~ [bauwerk].

More about 24²: http://sirenproductionsl.com/

24² is open until Sptember 13th.


The Drax Files: Virtual Health

Funny, it happened by chance that I wrote several posts in the last time about about mental diseases and Second Life and Draxtor Despres passed the link to his latest machinima:

Of course, this virtual world is a great platform for physically disabled too. Not only to do what they hardly can do in in real life, such as travelling, dancing, meeting others, but also for mental training.  The NOVA Southeastern University College of Healthcare Sciences, USA is running a three year study in Second Life. Assistant professor Sandly Winkler is exploring how mental training in a virtual world can help amputees hoe to better master their daily life. She said: “Second Life is the perfect place for amputees to overcome emotional trauma by sharing stories and realizing they are not alone!” The study, called  "Dissemination of Amputation and Prosthetic Evidenced-based Medicine" is already running over a year.

Taxi to the inworld location:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Health%20Adventures%20I/128/128/31

I am sure that this study will end as great success, because many residents of Second Life realize that they "accidental" gained skills through their online activities. This might be some kind of creative work, but also working in certain computer programs or such as writing in a foreign language as I do here in my blog. A friend recently said to me: "Call me crazy, but I am sure that I dance better in real life since I dance at music events in SL!" Also a "real" physical body is virtual. You don't believe me? A dear old aunt of mine lost her left leg as little child during WW2 when her parent's house has been bombed. She is a wonderful person and has been honoured by our president for her life long activities and support of disabled sports. I admire her because she did all that with almost constant pain, pain at the stump in the prosthesis but even more phantom pain in the lost leg. 

Draxtor Despres as well enhanced several skills through Second Life. For the latest German magazine UpToDate I did a Skype interview with Draxtor. He told me that he learned in SL a lot about filming techniques, writing plots and organizing a video production. These are skills that help him in his RL job as journalist. If you happen to read German, please read the article here at page 100: