Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Booklovers Eggnog Hour at the Shoshin Cafe in Second Life - This Sunday!


The books are piled high, the Christmas Tree decorated and Zoe Foodiboo is stood by with the mince pies and eggnog, so come join the Booklovers for their last gathering of 2017 and chat about recent reads at the Shoshin Reading room, Sunday, Dec. 10th, 1pm SLT.

For more information keep in touch with the group Inworld or visit their Facebook page.
Visit the  Reading Room at any time.  You will find the bookshelves are not simply for scene setting but  feature reading material from the Shoshin Group, Erotica, links to blogs, short stories, poetry and other writings are all there, or touch the book on the table for 100 Word Stories by Lawrence Simon..


  

Monday, 27 November 2017

TESTING 'VOICE' at VOICE ECHO CANYON - SECOND LIFE

Voice Echo Canyon
If you ever want to hear how you sound on Voice try visiting Voice Echo Canyon, 
Not much else to say about this destination except avoid the circling white shark created by Aura Linden. Oskar Linden's two shipping container boats on the other hand seem harmless enough.
There are several videos available demonstrating Voice Echo Canyon, I have attached here a link to one by Torley.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

WANDERING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND - SECOND LIFE

The Forest - Winter Wonderland
I was reading through Second Life travel blogs when I noticed that Veyot referred to a sim, 'The Forest'  as a 'cheerful winter place.' I felt like a bit of winter cheer, so I put on some warm winter clothes and set off to explore. On arrival, the first place I found was the Tree Farm:
Collecting our Tree from the Twin Pines Tree Farm
The signs at the arrival point promised skiing, sleigh rides,ice skating, train rides, a ski lift, winter walks and more,  and I honestly meant to do something energetic, however the Hot Chocolate Bar right next to the Tree Farm was very tempting:
The tempting Hot Chocolate Bar
and so I settled down against a very comfortable Reindeer for a nice warming drink:
A very comfortable Reindeer
With the drink finished and the Reindeer restless, it was off up the ski-lift
The ski lift which does not pause at the top!
At the top of the mountain we found the North Pole Toy Co with the Great Man himself sat outside taking a break with his sledge parked at the side of the building.
The Great Man Himself
With so much crisp white snow about , we just had to try our hand at building a snowman:
Building a snowman
To get back down the mountain apart from using the ski lift again we had a choice of skis, saucer sledge, or conventional sledge
Free saucer sledge, skis and basic sledge all available
Somewhat recklessly I chose the saucer sledge:
I am not sure if you can see the fear in my face from this distance!
With the day drawing to an end there was just time for a ride on the train:
Riding in the train to round off the day.
So the day came to an end, I must go back and try the ice skating rink, shop  and walks
Here is the taxi to The Forest Winter Wonderland; I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

La Club 2020 & Friends in Second Life

Shrek, Annie & Donkey
I was looking through a recent blog by Japanese Second Lifer Yana, when my attention was drawn to a picture of her posing with Shrek. Jealous of her meeting such a famous celebratory I decided to investigate further and found myself at LA Club 2020& Friends.
Donald Duck & in the distance Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Owned by Nhaomi Morrisey, LA Club 2020 is a music club with an impressive line up of  live acts five days a week. Currently surrounding the dance floor is a snow scene full of photo opportunities and this is where I concentrated my time today..
LA Club 2020
Dancing with Dumbo
I am slightly nervous of the cat
Discussing the set up for the next shot with Snow White

Nhaomi Morrisey owner of LA Club 2020
LA Club 2020 can be found on Facebook and Flickr,  and details of their acts can be found in their Events Calendar. 

Monday, 20 November 2017

LOVING VINCENT - THE ART OF VINCENT VAN GOGH IN SECOND LIFE

Screenshot from 'Loving Vincent'
The  public's on going  fascination with the 19th Century tormented genius Vincent Van Gogh seems set to continue with the recent release of  'Loving Vincent', a remarkable feature length painted animation film.

Visiting 'The Art of Vincent Van Gogh' exhibition
 To coincide with the release of the film the Blue Lagoon Club has organised an exhibition of over 80 of Van Gogh's paintings on display at the Upper Art Gallery at Harmony Castle.

Each painting is individually labelled
Unfortunately I missed the opening night on Saturday when DJ Colin Scientist played music from the film together with some French classic music contemporary with Van Gogh, but managed to drop in earlier today.
Visiting the 'Art of Vincent Van Gogh' exhibition
There is a notecard biography of the artist together with notes for all the paintings on display and each work is also individually labelled; reading them I was surprised how close the dates of the paintings were to each other,  Van Gogh clearly had bursts of prodigious creativity.

The Blue Lagoon Club are known for their regular classical music events, the next is a Hungarian and Polish Classical Ball Tuesday 21st November 2.30 - 4pm slt

Saturday, 18 November 2017

RETURN TO MILLY SHARPLE'S SECOND LIFE 'CREATIONS'

Creations - Milly Sharple
Barely a month ago I blogged the good news that artist Milly Sharple had returned to Second Life  in response to the many messages of support  she had received since announcing her retirement from  virtual art and had opened a new Gallery, 'Creations' at Cynefin  with over 50 works on display.
'Creations' Milly Sharple
 I had imagined with such a prodigious outpouring of creativity there would be little more news from Milly for a while, but last week I received a message from Milly that she had been busy and as a result  needed to add a further floor to her gallery!
'Creations' Milly Sharple

So today with my curiosity raised by Milly's note I returned  to Cynefin which according to the place profile is " A Welsh word for a place where a being feels it ought to live. It is where nature around you feels right and welcoming." 
Milly is perhaps most well known for her beautiful and very striking fractal art however the new gallery shows a change in emphasise which the artist acknowledged stating "the reason I called the Gallery 'Creations' is that the art is mixed media - combinations of photography, fractals and various other media and filters.
'Creations' Milly Sharple

As Milly had indicated, a completely new floor has been added to the gallery almost doubling the number of pictures on display; and what works they are; stunning is the best one word description that comes to mind.  Rich and vibrant colours,  butterflies, birds and flowers, woodland scenes and more! I have tried to capture  the feel of the art in my photographs but they have to be seen in the gallery to be fully appreciated. Milly has made one of her works available free for collection from the gallery; however there is a limited supply so I would suggest a visit sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.
'Creations' Milly Sharple

Should you wish to own one of these magnificent works in real life they can be purchased online.
I am so pleased that Milly seems to have rekindled her enthusiasm for Second Life and look forward to seeing more from her in the coming months.
Taxi to 'Creations' Cynefin, Second Life

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Milly Sharple's 'Creations' Cynefin, Second Life



 
Back in August, artist Milly Sharple, retired from the Second Life Arts scene, closing the doors of her “Fractal Insanity” exhibition at Timamoon bringing to an end a nine year career in virtual art, but such was the clamour from disappointed supporters that Milly has relented and opened a small gallery  “to keep the peace”
.Milly is perhaps most famed for her beautiful and very striking fractal art, however the new gallery shows a new phrase in her work “ The reason I called the gallery ‘Creations  is that the art is mixed media – combinations of photography , fractals and various other media and filters.
 If like me you fall in love with Milly’s work you will the pleased to know that all the pictures are for sale and you can even buy them in the real world  https://amanda-moore.pixels.com
 Milly Sharple's new gallery Creations, Cynefin, Alma.