Windlight Magazine May 2016 Issue Is Now Available!

A big thank-you to John for including me in this month’s issue. Take a peek – lots of great and informative articles, and some amazing art!!

Windlight Magazine

This issue features Rebeca Bashly. This issue also features, Peace is a Choice Gallery, cabaret dancer Kat Feldragonne and Meshopotomia’s owner Reven Rosca. The Windlight Magazine Contributors have many articles for you also! Veruca Tammas brings you another voyage, this time at the Embryo Sim; Ilyra Chardin features artwork inspired by sea ports, Kamille Kamala interviews writer Netera Landar, and The Edge Editor in Chief, Eleseren Brianna has tips on how to style in the age of mesh. The Edge Contributor, Stavaros Gracemount makes his Windlight debut with a great article on male fashion, and to round off our fashion articles in this issue, we bring you a great interview with the new Miss Virtual LatinoAmerica 2016. Very special thank you to Inara Pey for her cover photo! Click the cover below to view the issue:

Windlight Magazine - May 2016

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Basic Post-Processing Photography Class! – Windlight Magazine

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If you want to learn about post-processing your photos, this sounds like a great class!

Windlight is pleased to offer our next free in world class: Please fill out the form below if you are interested in attending the Sunday May 1, 2016 beginners photography class with Windlight Owner…

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Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe

I’ve visited the Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe a couple of times before, but had never taken the time to wander around and check out the surrounding build.

After seeing it on the Destination Guide, I decided to head over and spend some time to see what I could find.

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The first thing you see is, of course, the cafe.  It’s wonderfully decorated – these pastries look so scrumptious! My sweet tooth had me drooling all over this display case.😀

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Once you leave the cafe and wander a bit, there are lots of little hidden nooks and crannies filled with all kinds of cute and wonderful things.

These baby ducklings are adorable!

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On past some seating areas I found a bridge, which led to another area.  Here I found all sorts of fabulous buildings, including this quaint little cottage, complete with working water wheel.

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This building was my favorite – the round window reminds me of the all the rounded doors you find in the Shire where the Hobbits live.😛

It was all just so homey and inviting.

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Of course, my travels wouldn’t be complete without a lighthouse, and Cheeky Tiramisu did not disappoint!  The lighthouse is just lovely, especially with all the floating lanterns tied to it.

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Beyond the houses and the lighthouse, I found another bridge that led me into yet another area.

When you visit, make sure you take the time to explore thoroughly.  There were several other areas I found that aren’t pictured here, but were gorgeous and beautiful and relaxing and soothing.

Cheeky Tiramisu is definitely going to be on my ‘return to’ list of places – beautiful, serene, and fabulous.😀

Strawberry Land

I’ve visited several art installations by Cica Ghost and found them all enthralling.

When I heard about Strawberry Land, I headed straight on over to explore.😀
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The build is full of strawberries, of course, but much of what captured my attention had little to do with the giant strawberries littered all around.

There were tons of little vignettes, filled with whimsical pieces.

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It must be very windy in Strawberry Land.😛

At the landing point, there is a LM giver to Cica’s store, which I highly recommend visiting.  You can find some of her whimsical creations for sale there – lots of fabulous items.

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I like the yellow better, but it seems this fellow is having a hard time making up his mind.:-)

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Of all the pictures I took (and there were a lot!), I think this is my favorite one.  I love how the wind is affecting everything – hair, clothes, flowers, balloons.

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I spent a bit of time wandering and trying out different windlights and photo effects.  It’s always so much fun to play around and try to interpret someone else’s build.

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I love the look of this wooden hutch – I should have looked to see who made it!

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I found this little bi-plane tucked away on a corner of the sim.  Seeing this was a homey touch for me, because a plane like this is often seen overhead where I live.:-)

If you haven’t visited Strawberry Land yet, set aside some time and go have a look-see.  Don’t forget your windbreaker!

Using Photoshop Art Brush To Make A ‘Painted On’ Effect

I saw this brush technique tutorial and decided to try it out with a LOTD photo that I was having trouble finding inspiration for.

You know, those photos where you work/play around editing for hours, and it just doesn’t seem to come together?

After letting this one sit for a few days, I decided to try this technique using the photo.  I haven’t spent a lot of time playing around with brushes and making my own, so it was nice to refresh my memory about some of the settings.

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Not quite the same effect as in the tutorial, but I was using a different kind of photo.:-)

It was fun to play around and see how the different brush settings created different effects as I worked on the layer masks.

Give it a try and see how you like it.

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Time Flies

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Time flies when you’re having fun, according to the expression.

And indeed it does!

I received a notice today that I have been blogging here for 3 years!  I can’t believe it’s been that long already.

The blog has gone through several changes, and will likely go through several more before I am through.

I had actually been considering whether to continue blogging or not.  Over the years, I’ve tried a few different directions – some worked, some didn’t.

And I think all bloggers reach a point where they wonder if they have anything left to say.  I think I do, so for now, I’ll keep blogging.😛

I’m having a lot of fun exploring SL and taking landscape photos, so you will definitely continue to see that in the blog.

Dance and LOTD posts may take a bit of a back seat to the photography, but I’m sure they will sneak back in here and there.😀

For now, I’m off for a drink to celebrate my 3 year anniversary!

Tranquil Beauty at Selidor

I’ve often visited Selidor, home of Fallen Gods.  Alia Baroque is well-known for his amazing skins.

However, I had never taken the time to wander around the sim, which is a shame, because it’s beautiful.
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After seeing Selidor listed on the Destination Guide, I decided to take a quick jaunt over there and see what I could find.

What I found was a wonderfully decorated sim.  I discovered two new areas I’d never seen before, including the island building in the picture above.

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A beautiful, tranquil, and magical place. There’s even a ‘Lost Town’ just waiting to be found.:-)
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My favorite spot, though, was the absolutely fabulous gardens.  There are little hidden areas everywhere, each filled with lovely statues, furniture, and more.  I spent quite a bit of time exploring, because there was something new around each bend.

Ancient statues, hidden coves, gorgeous waterfalls – it was all just stunning.

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I would love to have a fountain like this one in my own garden.  Though many of the statues seem to have a Grecian influence, there were also statues with an Egyptian flavor, as well as a bridge that reminded me of Viking ships with their dragon figureheads.

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Of course there were fantastical elements all over, including this amazing statue.  The sim is a treasure trove of wonder, and you never know what you’ll find around the next corner.

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So if you find yourself shopping at Fallen Gods, don’t forget to step outside the store itself and explore this amazingly gorgeous area.