Sharing Stories at the Park – June

Reblogged from Hollykaiart

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Stories at the Park, is a series presented by Seanchai Library, which coincides with each of our Art at the Park exhibitions at Holly Kai Park. At each event, members of Seanchai Library will read stories or poems inspired by selected works of our Invited Artists. Each story must be precisely 100 words in length, no more, no less (known as a “drabble”), while poems  can be of any form, so long as they do no exceed 100 words.

The May / June Stories at the Park event took place on Sunday, June 5th, and featured Caledonia Skytower, Trolley Trollop and Kayden Oconnell reading stories and poems they and Rosedrop Rust (who was unable to attend the reading due to work commitments) had written to the works of our Invited Artists for this period, Ceakay Ballyhoo, Eleseren Brianna, JudiLynn India, Lantana…

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Shadows of a Dream at Nitroglobus Hall

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What a treat this was! Since  we met at my own gallery some time ago, Sheldon and I have been going back and forth with updates on our latest expositions. When he invited me to have a look at  Angelika’s and his work at Nitroglobus Hall I was in for a pleasant surprise. Such a wonderful gallery!

The Black and white interior, the mirroring effect in combination with the animated floor, is something you really need to experience for yourself! Dido Haas is the owner of the gallery and her friend Nitro was the genius who came up with this idea for a gallery. Brilliant indeed.

The exposition Shadows of a Dream consists of works from SheldonBR and Angelika Corral. They always do shows together and it’s a wonderful mix of works to look at.

Though their subject matter,  the human (often female) body, and love for Monochrome is a joint factor, their tools are different.

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Sheldon works with charcoal, pastel and conté, drawing beautiful shapes of female bodies, with gestures and motion. His drawings of the sensuality of  a female back are a joy to look at.

Angelika works with digital tools, photographing in SL and using her own poses to translate her moods and ideas into images. It is hard to see whether her pictures  are pixels of pixelated people, or pixels of real life ones. Her skills of use of light are something to aspire to! She has a flickr page: Angelikacorralsl.

Both artists, besides having subjects and monochrome in common, also seem to share an attraction for sensuality and melancholy in their works. Shadows of a Dream is a fitting title indeed.

This exposition (Feb/March 2016) as well as the Nitroglobus Hall itself are very much worth a visit!


Sollitude at CKB Art Gallery

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This time I looked for inspiration for a new theme  on Flickr. I asked 8 of my favourite SL-Flickr photographers to join me in an art show about Sollitude. With different people you get different takes on the topic and that’s one of the things why I like doing shows like this. However there seems to be a dreamy touch to each of the artists’ works. Maybe a coincidence, maybe it’s part of why I like their work in the first place!

Rawnie’s creative side is sparked by the beauty of the landscapes she encounters. She used to have a gallery in here and will be bringing it back inworld sometime this year. Her Flickr page can be found here: Rawnie Lane & Artscapes Gallery

John (Johannes1977) loves black and white photography, mixed with sepia and vintage tones in order to channel a vintage look. John is the owner of Windlight Magazine and Windlight Art Gallery.  He also has a personal gallery called Epic Chromatic. He has had several art shows including ones on the Burn sims, LEA and the Virtual Chelsea Hotel art gallery. His Flickr page can be found here: Johannes1977

Whims (Whimsical Aristocrat) is an admirer of artistic nudes photography and often revels in the possibilities SL provides to express sensuality without the constraints of RL. Human forms are mostly her subject matter. Due to all the lighting and avatar appearances available she feels the technical barriers between artistic realistic nudes in either world are diminishing. She tells great stories and shows interesting views, together with her better half Fiona, on the blog Scallivanting.  You can find her Flickr page here: Whimsical Aristocrat (Whimsical Me)

Peep Sideshow has been taking pics inworld for many years, fascinated by this virtual world of SL. She spends a lot of time on her platform, building sets and roaming sims to look for picture opportunities. She writes about her roamings on her blog Pics by Peep . Sollitude is a theme that finds its way in most of her pictures, roaming SL on her own. She has a personal gallery on 5th Avenue .  You can find her Flickr page here: Peep Sideshow Darkward

Sera (seraphiel galaxy) is a great example of the dreamy style I admire so.  She is also inspired by all the beautiful sims people create in here, admiring all the detail people put into their hard work. Sera wants her pictures to speak for themselves. You can find her Flickr page here: Sera Galaxy

Hana is a storyteller. Each of her images, whether it is a virtual one or one from the real world, draws you in and makes your imagination go for it. Read her stories at Cybele Shine Blog. She has had art shown at Holly Kai Art in the Park, Windlight Gallery, Lollygagger Lane and Chelsea Gallery 23. You can find her Flickr page here: CybeleMoon

Jamie (Jamisson Burnstein) is a great photographer in both worlds. Inspired by landscapes, people and art. He doesn’t show his work inworld often, but I am very happy he made an exception this time! His pictures are inspirational, when you see the landscapes, you want to go there yourself. Many a good sim have I found through his pictures. See if it works for you too? Here’s his Flickr page: Jamisson Burnstein

For me, CK, it’s all about the great landscapes and art that people do in here. There will be people in my pics now and then, but more often will you find a lovely landscape with lovely colours in it. Recently I’ve been discovering black and whites which I also enjoy doing. A completely different sensation to things! For Sollitude I chose the angle of feeling small in nature, getting lost in the vastness around me. My Flickr page is here: Ceakay Ballyhoo

Inara Pey is someone I knew from blogging before I started following her on Flickr. If you want to be up to date with anything having to do with the virtual world, she’s your gal! Anything from technical news to wonderful sims and artshows to visit you can find on her blog Inara Pey – Living in a Modem World.  Her pictures are primarily used to illustrate her blogs, but as the quality of them is high, she’s often asked to show them at expositions. She’s curator for Holly Kai Art at the Park. A lovely place with great art and nice for a walk as well. You can find her Flickr page here: Inara Pey

That’s all the artists in the Sollitude Exposition, which will be showing till the end of March 2016. Hope you will stop by Mistwood Isle to have a look at all the great pictures they’re exhibiting.


Kilda Abandoned

Some time ago I came across the Kilda island on the marketplace. Made my Fanatik Design it looked so awesome. The textures were so real and beautiful, I just had to have it.

It is a huge island and it didn’t really fit in any of the builds I’ve done on my isle.

And then, it suddenly hit me. Why not build it in the sky?!

And so I did.

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My version of St Kilda, is an abandoned, windy island, home to birds and sheep.  There is a bird watch tower with a list of birds that can be spotted. There is a ruin of a cottage and remants of gardens and other bits and pieces.

I’ve looked at lists of flora and fauna on St Kilda and have tried to keep as close to the real thing as possible.

With the waves crashing on the shores, the wind howling and the bird sounds, it really makes me feel like I’m on a distant Scottish island.

A perfect place to sit and ponder, staring at the land.

If you want to come visit, go to Mistwood Isle and take the TP from the ground there to Kilda (NO LONGER EXISTS!)

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Silas Merlin, Pastel Portraits

During my roamings I came across a small gallery which currently exhibits works from  Silas Merlin. An RL artist from France with an inworld avatar as well.

I was blown away! His pastel portraits draw you in, the detail and lighting are incredible. Most definitely worth a look!

You can find it inworld here:

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and his RL website is here:

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The girl is my personal favourite!

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I Blog, Therefore I Am

These days, you need to be a blogger, so I finally decided to go with the flow and share my thoughts with the world.

This blog will mostly be about Second Life. The little corner of it that I call Mistwood Isle and where I can play with prims, the art gallery where I can show off my own and other people’s creativity in pics, my roamings through the landscapes and great sims people have built in here, and the occasional rant or thoughts on the ways and workings of SL.

Probably like many a blog in here, but hey, I blog, therefore I am!