Amazing Art at 30/31 Event

We are about halfway through the current round of Kultivate Magazine’s 30/31 event.  There are some fantastic artists and designers featured, including this fabulous piece:

Aug 3031 Emma

This gorgeous watercolor is by Emmalena Damour.  Titled “Abstract Lilac Watercolor,” this amazing piece was created from a photograph of a lilac branch, and then manipulated in a graphics program to produce the end result.

Simply stunning. I love abstract art, and this piece is definitely going to hang on my wall. 🙂

Priced at $331L, you can get your copy here.  The 30/31 event only runs through August 7, so don’t wait to get yours!

August Round of 30/31 Event

The newest round of the Kultivate Magazine’s 30/31 event is now open.  Kultivate (formerly Windlight Magazine) has some amazing artists and designers participating in this round.

Aug 3031 Brie Dress

One of the items you can purchase is this amazing dress from Prism.   The Brie Urban Leather Dress comes with a color change HUD and the texturing on the dress is stunning.  It’s only $331L and you can pick it up here.  It comes with fitted options for Standard, Hourglass, Slink, TMP, and Maitreya bodies.  I paired it here with a great necklace from Meva and some strappy shoes from R.icielli.

Of course, there is also some fantastic art in this round.

Aug 3031 Journey Art

I love this piece – it speaks to contrasts.  The area looks isolated, with huge rocky mountains looming in the background, but then you have this lovely little area with its well-worn chairs and table, and an unfinished game just waiting for them to return.

I’ve spent many a long hour playing games with family and friends and this picture evokes all those lovely memories. 🙂

Should you desire a copy for your own home, you can find it here.  It is copy-only, but it is a fabulous piece that would add to any home.

Both pieces (the dress and the art) were created by Journey McLaglen.  I took a quick peek at her Flickr, and she is amazing.  After you finish drooling over her photostream, don’t forget to head over and pick up these amazing items – the round only lasts until August 7!

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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…

Source: Basic Post-Processing Photography Class! – Windlight Magazine

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.

Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe 1

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. 😀

Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe 2

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.

Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe 4

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. 😀

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.

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

Tutorial: Low poly artwork in Photoshop – OLIVIA BAINBRIDGE

I saw this article and decided to give the technique a try.

It was much more time consuming than I had anticipated, even with a relatively simple subject.  It did, however, appeal to both my OCD and my love of abstract artwork. 🙂

Here’s my attempt:

Polygon Experiment
This is just a rough and rather rushed attempt, but I like the way it turned out.  There is a definite ‘art’ to creating your polygons and keeping the shading realistic.

With this attempt, I drew each polygon with the lasso tool as I went.  I think next time, I might attempt to use the same polygon shape each time (create an action and make it less hand/mouse intensive).

But it was very calming and cathartic work.  Try it out!

This week I’ve been having fun experimenting with low poly art work in Photoshop to create some clean, modern, and colourful work like this parrot. It’s a pretty simple process so here&…

Source: Tutorial: Low poly artwork in Photoshop – OLIVIA BAINBRIDGE

Windlight Magazine’s 30/31 Event

Windlight Magazine has created a new bimonthly event aimed at introducing people to 2D, 3D, and decorative arts in SL.

The inaugural round began at 12am SLT on March 31st (so that means it’s open NOW!).  There are some amazing artists in this round, including pieces from Johannes1977 Resident and Myth.

Johannes1997 Resident (the owner/creator of Windlight Magazine) has some of his own fabulous art available in this round.

3031 Johannes1977 Resident

The stylized watercolor paintings would make a wonderful addition to any art collection.  This round of 30/31 only last until April 7th, so make sure you don’t miss out on some of these fantastic pieces.

You can find the “Medieval Hideaway” at the Epic Chromatic Gallery, and the “Residez Schlossvom Balkonaus” at the Windlight Art Gallery.  Both pieces are available for only $331L.

Myth has two very different items – one is a piece of 3D art, and the other is a decor item.

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The Butterfly Frame 1 is a gorgeous piece of art with 3D butterflies that seem to leap out of the frame.  A steal at only $131L!  So pretty!

Cascade is a piece of wall art, made of interlocking shapes and lit candles.  Also priced at $131L, it would make a fabulous addition to your interior decor.

The Myth mainstore has a lot of great items, so take your time and wander a bit – you never know what you’ll stumble upon!

Windlight Magazine’s 30/31 Event

Windlight Magazine has created a new bimonthly event aimed at introducing people to 2D, 3D, and decorative arts in SL.

The inaugural round begins at 12am SLT on March 31st (so that means it’s open NOW!).  There are some amazing artists in this round, including pieces from Artemis’ Corner and BluPrintz.

Artemis’ Corner is a new-to-me creator, and I was impressed with her work.  She creates mesh statues (some of which I will be picking up for use in my sets!) and her piece for 30/31 is fantastic.

Titled ‘Lady in Gown,’ the statue features a woman draped in an elegant red gown.  You can pick up your own copy for $531L during the event.
AC Lady Mar 3031

When you visit the store, be sure to take a look around at her other fabulous items.

This round of 30/31 also features BluPrintz, another new-to-me designer. (I love finding new stores to shop!)

BluPrintz has created a set of art prints in three different designs.  In the ‘Elemental Splash’ series, there are three sets – Earth, Sky, and Heart.
BP Sky Mar 3031

This is the ‘Sky’ version of the prints.  The texture on these is simply amazing, as is the art.

You can check out other BluPrintz items at the mainstore.  While there, pick up your own Elemental Splash art for $131L.  Enjoy!!

Exploring the Crystal Gardens

I haven’t had much time lately to wander and take some photographs, so yesterday I just put everything else on hold and made time. 😀

During my explorations, I found the fabulous Crystal Gardens.

Crystal Gardens 1

I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a thing for lighthouses – probably because we don’t have any where I live.  😛

There were a ton of areas to explore on this sim, and the landscaping was just gorgeous.
Crystal Gardens 2

I loved this view – the majestic mountains in the background (something else I don’t see much) and the hot air balloons floating gently above.

Crystal Gardens 3

The little thatched cottage and windmill are adorable, and I loved all the farm animals wandering around.

Crystal Gardens 4

I don’t know who made these rocking chairs, but I want one!  The scroll work on the arms and legs is so elegant and well done.

This is the sort of gazebo I would love to have but can’t, because I live somewhere that 30-50mph winds are pretty standard.  All this loveliness would be two states away after a stiff breeze. 😛

If you have a few minutes free, take a quick trip over to the Crystal Gardens and have a look-see.  It is truly enchanting.

Eerie Everwinter

I’ve been busy taking all kinds of classes (and teaching a few!) lately, trying to learn new things.

I recently joined the Journey group on a Photo Challenge expedition.  We all traveled as a group to the Everwinter sim – a build featuring an abandoned amusement park.

It’s dark, it’s grungy, it’s post-apocalyptic, and it’s fabulous.

Everwinter 1I had an absolutely fantastic time playing around with windlights and angles and everything.

That’s something I love about SL – I would never wander someplace like this in RL, or even watch a movie with a setting like this.

Everwinter 2But some of the places were just breathtaking. 😀

I didn’t get to finish the photo challenge, because I was called away in RL.

Everwinter 3I did, however, manage to spend enough time to take a boatload of photos. Everywhere you looked, there was something else to see and explore.

When you land, you are given a gas mask and a flashlight.  I didn’t wear the flashlight at first, but after seeing the cool effects that other people’s flashlights were making, I quickly grabbed it.

Everwinter 4It’s always interesting to learn how others like to spend their time in SL.  When I snapped this photo inside the abandoned diner, there was a young lady laying across the counter, just laying quietly.

She was there the whole time I was exploring.  I’m not sure what she was doing, but I was careful not to disturb her. 😛

Everwinter 5This was probably the creepiest thing I saw during my visit.  I hate clowns anyway, and seeing this outside my window would freak me out. And I mean that literally.

Everwinter 6There were tons of things to see, and these pictures are just the tip of the iceberg.

If you enjoy grunge, urban decay, or post-apocalyptic genres, Everwinter will be a delight.  Don’t forget to grab your mask and flashlight!