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:

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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!

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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.

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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. 😀

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.

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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. 😀

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!