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A Kat and A Mouse

I’m slowly getting back into SL and taking photos. I’m also slowly getting back into Photoshop and editing photos.  Sometimes, though, you get lucky.

Last week I was wandering around Yorkshire, a sim I have visited before.  Changes have been made, of course, so I went back to see what it was like now.

It’s still beautiful, though in a different way than previously.  Before, it was bleak and dark (but not in a depressing way).  Now it’s more light and sun and relaxation.

I do edit my photos, but I play around a lot with windlights and focal lengths and effects in-world as well.  And sometimes, I manage to find a combination that works.

I found this little scene in Yorkshire and was immediately enthralled.  I’m not sure why, because I’m not a pickup truck or outdoorsy girl.  But it spoke to me in some way, so I…

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Sisi, Kayly and Debbie in Second Life

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Sisi Biedermann’s Gallery and Garden – Sisi Biedermann

I recently paid a further visit to Sisi Biedermann’s Gallery and Garden, which I last visited in November 2018. Since that time, the gallery has undergone a revamp, so I was curious to see the new look, and also the two exhibitions that opened at the start of August and will remain so through until the latter part of September.

The upper three floors of the gallery continue to present Sisi’s own artwork, which as I’ve noted before is the most extraordinary digital work. Produced in the physical world and then uploaded to Second Life, Sisi’s art is the very definition of crossing and re-crossing the digit divide: a physical world artist who produces the must remarkable digital pieces for upload to a digital world, allowing it to be seen and purchased by a global physical world audience.

Sisi Biedermann’s Gallery…

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Drune IV: an Aftermath in Second Life

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Drune IV: Aftermath – August 2019 – click any image for full size
In January 2019 we visited 2019-XS by zee9. At the time, I noted:

The region has an adult edge to the role-play, and is intended as an extension to her previous (and now departed) build Drune. I’ve not seen that design, but will say that while compact, 2019-XS has a certain ambience that is hard to define, but has seen me make three visits to it in order to fully appreciate the ambience and setting.

Well, we’ve recently had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in Drune design, as zee9 2019-XS has been remodelled into the fourth chapter in the series, Drune IV: Aftermath.

Drune IV: Aftermath – August 2019

Maintaining much of the look and feel of 2019-XS (and previous Drune builds) in terms of general layout, Drune IV Aftermath presents an environment in which it…

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Images and questions in Second Life

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Joanee’s Gallery

Three Questions, an exhibition by Joan Mayflower at her own new gallery space called Joanee’s Gallery, cleverly involves portraits and words in a revealing exhibition.

Set within a floating garden sitting against a backdrop of stars, Three Questions presents a series of eight avatar portraits – presumably of Joan’s friends – but that’s not all, as Joan explains.

Joanee’s Gallery: Three Questions

The exhibit consists of portraits of Second Life avatars that I have done, accompanied by a set of three questions asked of each portrait subject. The questions/answers note cards are accessible by clicking on each portrait.

– Joan Mayflower, describing Three Questions

This makes Three Questions an intriguing exhibition, bringing together as it does two elements within each picture. On the one hand, Joan’s portraits of the avatars, each one of which has been carefully framed, cropped and presented, offer us insight into the subject…

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we are on summer break …

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summer break.png no show – just break ! ! !

and it is that time of year again = we are here but we are also not here. translation? good content will come back, drax is refueling via meditation, solitude, long walks and reading. and possibly making music too.


oh and what should YOU listen to and read and “consume” while we are gone?

well we have some ideas:

  • our fave radio show / podcast which we can’t live without has been and still is on the media. their recent show on internet toxicity is a must listen:

  • xaos princess is roaming the virtual grids = lots of good thoughts from many folks incl yours truly:

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Upcoming August & September Artist Opportunities @ Kultivate

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Kultivate’s list of artist opportunities are now available:

We are excited to announce our upcoming artist opportunities for August to September!

The Edge Gallery (black and white imagery only)
Next exhibition date: Sunday, August 18, 2019 @ 1pm slt
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Summer Sensuality Exhibition (Adult themed artwork, sim will be adult rated)
Dates: Friday, August 23, 2019 to Sunday, August 25, 2019
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Windlight Art Gallery
Next exhibition date: Sunday, September 1, 2019 @ 1pm slt
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Kultivate Select Gallery (themed gallery, all artwork must be in theme)
Next exhibition date: Sunday, September 8, 2019 @ 1pm slt
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Art for a Smile (In support of Feed a Smile Charity event)
Dates: Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15, 2019
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Kultivate Presents Art by Jamee Sandalwood


Join us this Sunday, at 1pm slt for the grand opening of the Art by Jamee Sandalwood exhibition.

Jamee Sandalwood HeadshotJamee Sandalwood is a professional photographer, artist, model, stylist and blogger in SL. She is a 2015 graduate of Visionaire Institute of Photography and since graduation has explored all areas of photography and art in Second Life. Jamee is known for her work with shadows and lighting and considers herself to be a shadow artist as of this time, though she continues to explore more areas of photography and art.

Jamee produces landscapes, abstract art, fashion photography, and professional invitation/graphic art for various projects around SL.

Jamee thanks you all for coming to enjoy the art show and hopes that you find peace and inspiration through her art. Thank you all for your support.

For more of Jamee Sandalwood Photography visit :


The event will feature live performers Wolfie Starfire (1pm to 2pm slt) and RyAnee (2pm to 3pm slt). Dress code is casual.


Revisiting the fabulous art of Peter Vos in Second Life

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Peter Vos in Second Life

Three years ago, in July 2016, I wrote about an exhibition that I found utterly engaging and one of the most captivating exhibitions of physical world art to be reproduced in Second Life – and it remains so today.

That exhibition, Peter Vos in Second Life, celebrates the work of Dutch illustrator, humorist, caricaturist and artist, Peter Vos (Septmber 1935-November 2010). A recent conversation brought the exhibition to mind, do I decided to make a return visit, in part because I wanted to once again immerse myself in the wonderful art of a phenomenally talented artist, and in part to again draw attention to the exhibition through these pages for those who may not yet have visited it – because it remains an absolute must-see.

Peter Vos in Second Life

Put together by Vos’ son, known in-world as Karkassus Jigsaw, Peter Vos in Second…

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Wednesday July 31st Live at The Dirty Grind!

The Dirty Blog of The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community

Happy Wednesday everyone! A great party awaits you at The Dirty Grind IAC, thanks to our incredibly talented musicians! Join us and let’s hop over this Hump day with some awesome tunes 😀


5pm Lexie Luan

Lexie has been performing most of her life; her soulful style of singing lends her female energy to each song she sings. She will have you feeling her emotions right down to the core of your being, with a style that has been described as stunning and very much her own; an experience not to be missed!

6pm Winston Ackland – ?

Winston has a gift with connecting with his audiences as they relax in the cozy atmosphere his presence creates and enjoy innovative songs crafted from a blend of rock, bossa nova, folk, blues and jazz.

7pm Twostep Spiritweaver

From Blues to Bluegrass, Beatles to Bach, Grateful Dead to Van Morrison and all…

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Lab pauses Blocksworld development and promotion

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Blocksworld was a sandbox type game allowing users to create and build from blocks, purchase specialist packs, and even sell their own creations through a marketplace

Linden Lab has confirmed it has “paused” development and promotion of its iOS sandbox app, Blocksworld.

For those unfamiliar with it, Blocksworld has been a part of the Lab’s product stable since 2013. Initially developed by a trio of Swedish guys calling themselves Boldai AB, it was acquired by Linden Lab at the time the company was looking to broaden its product offerings under the stewardship of former CEO Rod Humble. This effort encompassed:

  • The in-house development of games like Creatorverse (Android and iOS, 2012-2013 – now defunct) and Dio (browser based, 2013-2014 – now defunct)
  • The acquisition of companies and their products (LittleTextPeople  and Versu, 2012 – IP released back to the original developers, 2015; and Boldai AB with Blocksworld).

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Isla de Sol in Second Life

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Isla de Sol, July 2019 – click any image for full size

A little while ago I received an invitation from Noirran Marx to visit Isla de Sol, her Homestead region, which I gather is open to the public. It took a while for us to get there, but we did in July and found it to be a quiet, balmy tropical island that makes for an easy, gentle visit.

At the time we dropped in, the island offered a roughly north-south orientation, with the clearest signs of human habitation at the southern end, most notably in the form of a large house sitting within a low walled garden, with two trailer-style homes sitting close by under the boughs of tree that might be more at home in more northerly latitudes than suggested by the rest of the island’s styling.

Isla de Sol, July 2019

To the…

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Trains, Boats & Automobiles

Virtually Sheree

After spending yesterday recharging at the beach and using Ocean View Motel’s facilities, I was ready to hop in Ferdy and see where the day takes me. With no plans set, anything was possible.

With my accommodation located close to Second Norway Airport, I had a little drive in Ferdy where I hopped on a train for a view of the world around me without needing to concentrate on the road. Along part of the train ride I came across Sophia who traveled a short distance. Always nice to see commuters using public transport but I also enjoy driving.

There are two trains. One which is an express train for airport travelers and the red train which circles Second Norway, the train I traveled which takes you over canals, an extensive bridge crossing system, underwater tunnels as it stops for residents to head into town.

One circumnavigation later and I’m…

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A return to Natural Falls in Second Life

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Natural Falls, July 2019

DannChris might be a hamster in Second Life (and love the Maverick profile photo, Dann!), but he’s a hamster with a love of water settings. I discovered this when visiting his Natural Falls V in early 2017 (see Navigating Natural Falls in Second Life) and again with a visit to A L T I T U D E earlier in 2019 (see Gaining a little A L T I T U D E in Second Life).

At the start of July 2019, Dann dropped me a note thanking me for writing about A L T I T U D E which was nice in itself – and to inform me that a new Natural Falls would be coming along soon. More recently, friend and fellow traveller, Miro Collas poked me to let me know it had arrived. So hoping it has retained…

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Kultivate 4th Anniversary art show

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Kultivate 4th Anniversary Art Show

Sunday, July 14th marked the opening of the Kultivate Magazine 4th anniversary art show in Second Life.

Since its inception, the brand has grown to encompass the website, the side-by-side Kultivate AIR and the Windlight galleries, The Edge gallery, specialising in black and white images, and the arts community as a whole through the provisioning of personal art spaces on the Kultiate home region of Water Haven. In addition, Kultivate has provided fund-raising support for Team Diabetes of SL, Rock Your Rack (supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation – NBCF), and Feed a Smile.

Kultivate 4th Anniversary Art Show: Vee Tamas

For their fourth anniversary, Kultivate presents a 2D and 3D art exhibition in a steampunk-themed setting. Some 27 artists are participating in the event, which also features a week of entertainment as well.

Obviously, with so many artists…

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The Closing of LEA: My Thoughts..

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My thoughts on the closing of Linden Endowment of the Arts (LEA)…

I have been asked by various people in Second Life on how I feel about the LEA sims closing and how it impacts art. I wondered why I was even getting such ims and questions, but it hit me that people remembered that I was on the LEA Advisory Committee and I have a big interest in the arts in Second Life, first with Kultivate and I am an artist in both worlds.

So here are thoughts which are all mine and no one else’s:

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show #226: lara donnelly – vintage glam noir [deep inside vr]

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lara donnelly writes vintage-glam spy thrillers according to her website and upon having been alerted by twitter to lara’s oeuvre as well as the exquisite genre description, drax extended an invitation to the virtual world of sansar. not only did lara accept: she also issued precise “orders” about the visual details of her avatar embodiment: a rabbit in a tuxedo ….. enjoy the conversation:

and here is some more stuff to chew on context-wise:

  • the original unedited live stream:


  • a few highlights of the conversation[aspiring writers listen up!]:

  • the REAL lara [just so everyone believes she is not…

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Designing Worlds visits the Second Life Sixteen Birthday (SL16B) Part 2

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In this episode, we pay the second of two visits to the Second Life 16th Community Birthday Celebration, or SL16B for short.

The show goes live on Monday 22nd July at 2pm SLT on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel, on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist – and you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

In this show, we visit some of the major Mole-built installations, such as the Welcome Area, the Main Stage and the Tapestry of Time. In addition we check out the latest in Linden Homes – the campers and trailers.

Tapestry of Time at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

These will be set out as part of the new (and rapidly growing) continent for new Linden Homes, but they have a very different landscape setting from the new houseboats and traditional homes. These…

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Tilia: how to ensure your process credit information is on file

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Update: it appears the Additional Information page has problems loading in browsers other than Google Chrome.

On Friday July 12th Linden Lab hosted a town hall meeting on the subject of Tilia Inc., and forthcoming changes will affect those who have a US dollar (USD) balance associated with their Second Life account, and those who transfer US dollar amounts out of Second Life.

The changes to the latter – withdrawing US dollar amounts from Second Life referred to as credit processing)  –  will in particular be subject to ensuring all those wishing to do so, have provided documentation to Tilia Inc., to verify who they are, in order to meet various US regulations related to money laundering, etc.

During that town hall meeting, Grumpity Linden (Senior Director of Product for Second Life), the Lab would both provide a means…

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A place where you can get visually (and musically) high

Second Sighting

Altitude (noun): the vertical elevation of an object above a surface […], the angular elevation of a celestial object […], vertical distance or extent, position at a height, […] a high level (as of quality or feeling) (Merriam-Webster, 2019, Altitude).

Altitude: at sea level Altitude: at sea level

Altitude: a mix of elements Altitude: a mix of elements

Altitude is not only a club for alt music, but also a place for an alt visual. As alternative rock is difficult to define (because it’s actually a collection of many different subgenres, some of which are, themselves, also complicated to characterize), so is Altitude’s landscaping. It has a bit of surrealism, but not in a classic way, and some industrial and post-industrial elements, mixed together with a diffuse dystopian feeling and resorting, to a certain extent, to the aesthetics of destruction or decay, with a sense of loneliness and desolation.

Ricco on the landing point Ricco on the landing point

Abandoned house at a distance Abandoned house at a…

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