Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year from Palais!

Hello readers,

How are you? I hope you’re excited and ready for the New Year! I know I am! May the coming year be even better than this year!

Since coming back from the Christmas holiday, I’ve been looking around for awesome New Year sims. I typed in New York Times Square in the Places section of search in my Phoenix viewer (BTW, the Phoenix developers are doing a great job with the viewer, latest version is 818 and if you haven’t already…join the Phoenix Viewer Support group) and I got one result: New New Years Eve. I hit teleport and landed at the Aeropines sim, that’s where you can skate and ski, it’s a winter resort sim. At the landing platform you should get 2 notifications, one is for a landmark of the place and the other is a note saying that on December 31st, there will be a New Year’s Eve party at Aeropines at 9pm SLT, I believe. Here’s the landmark to the place: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Equus/72/193/22, go and check it out!

If you type in New Year’s in search, you’ll get a lot of stores where they sell New Year’s decorations…very nice. I went to this one store that had a flashing New Year sign and balloons just in the front courtyard (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Engrailed/184/18/222). There are so many others, so see how many you can see. Warning, you may be tempted to buy a lot of what you see…but don’t do that. You never know when you might need to spend on HUDS, building supplies, clothing, and other non-holiday goods. If you’re like me, you’ll manage to find some free holiday stuff. I went to a store that sells skin and hair and I found some free New Year’s stuff in the front lobby, cool eh? And if you went to the Winter Maze, you would find some free sweaters and hats. It’s quite fun to walk around and explore. It really does feel like “walking in a winter wonderland.”

I wish you all a very Happy New Year! Be safe and stay warm!




go to www.jeffjonesillustration.com for more stock illustrations.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pretty Pin Ups

A re-release of some fun pictures. "Pretty Pinups: A Tribute to Gil Elvgren" is back in the for of a 2011 calendar. Originally this was these were the "Pin-Up" part of a 1954 Roissy Calendar.












Palais Orleans Art Studio and Designs. Gift cetificates will expire at the end of the year and this is priced very low. Enjoy.

SLURL http://slurl.com/secondlife/Tasogare/38/68/22

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cat Bocacio's Calendar Girls Exhibit...last chance to see it is Thursday!

Hello readers!

I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends, I know I have!

I have some great news to share with all of you! Cat's calendars have sold well, sales have exceeded expectations and donations for The Hunger Project have exceeded expectations as well! Congrats to Cat and a big thanks to all who have helped out! We couldn't have done it without you!

Your last chance to visit the exhibition is Thursday, December 30th! So bring your friends with you...you don't want to miss this! Let's end this year on a high note!

Happy New Year from all of us at Palais!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Callipygian Christensen: Sunsets, Sepias & Other 'scapes


"I have been photographing SL, and creating photographic art images from these shots, for over 4 years now.  Recently I have found myself fascinated by sepias and colourized images, and am pleased to be showing a new selection of  this style here at Kiku Gallery.

I was asked to include a small selection of previous work, and have done so, but there are also  20 new images offered for your enjoyment.  Many were shot in the Amatsu Shima sim  and others in some of the other SL locations I enjoy.

The images will be in dispaly until January 30th. Please feel free to visit at any time and to IM me with any questions.

Calli"



I had visited this collection earlier in the week and was not disappointed. Callipygian Christensen had shown "the Body of a Woman" at the Palais Orleans gallery earlier in the year. "Sunsets, Sepias and Other 'scapes" showcases her diversity as well as her talent for setting moods.

Visit the collection at Kiku Gallery here.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Update to the Charities in SL Article

Life moves fast in Second Life. In the time between the writing of this article and the publication of this issue, the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum has closed their doors.

They were forced to close due to the loss of their licensing agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation who own the intellectual property rights to Frank Lloyd Wright's estate.

The loss of the licensing came as a complete surprise to the museum staff who had been in negotiation with the Foundation. All builds had to be taken down within 12 days of the cease and desist order. The sim where the museum was located will be renamed shortly, removing the Frank Lloyd Wright name.


We spoke to Rosalie Oldrich, the former co-executive director of the museum, who told us she feels a great educational application of Second Life has been lost. However, the staff of the museum have plans for another virtual museum at the same site. We will remain in touch with them and keep you posted on their progress.

More details on the closing can be found at:
http://primperfectblog.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/frank-lloyd-wright-virtual-museum-to-close-sunday/

December Music Review: Diesel

Strum Diesel has a reputation that precedes him and we were not new to his performances before we went to do our review. Mr. Diesel performs nearly every night, so, you won't have trouble finding him! We caught him at the Phoenix Falls live music venue a few days before Thanksgiving. At first, there were challenges with the venue, with the sim crashing early in the show. The crash took Mr. Diesel with him, but the stream survived, and, as the venue slowly filled, we looked at an empty stage for a while, still listening to the performance. Finally, things settled down and we were able to focus on the music. Both of us went into the show a bit down on Strum. We had seen him once before and remembered several songs that focused on left wing political views. We are as liberal as anyone but get annoyed when being preached at. And, so, there was a hurdle for Mr. Diesel to overcome. The venue did not help things even when it was stable after the crash. Trivia questions in local chat were downright annoying and badly distracted from the performance.
However, the performance itself was a pleasant surprise. Mr Diesel performed standing upside down his piano,as is his habit, and on this night the element of indoctrination was missing from the show, which was a positive change from before. The level of musicianship in the show was astounding - the piano and his voice are a potent mix. The material was a mixture of covers and originals. One odd element in the show was Mr. Diesel's many hints to mortality, which made us guess that someone known to him and his group Strum's Strumbolis must have passed shortly before. In this context, at the end of the show, Mr. Diesel read a quote from Marcel Proust which was so beautiful that we would like to repeat it here.

"People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they
continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad."

More information about Mr. Diesel and his music can be found at:

 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Moulin Rouge's Production of Chicago, you don't want to miss it!


Hey readers!


How are you all tonight or today?


I have some exciting news! Saturday, December 18th from 7-9pm SL time, the Moulin Rouge venue is hosting the musical production of Chicago! Among the cast members are Palais's very own Elizabeth Weinberg and Kiushu Rau! Go over and support all the actors! Show your support for Moulin Rouge! Here's your ride: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Moulin%20/Rouge/37/185/29.


Come and enjoy Chicago..."and all that jazzzzzzzz."


Happy holidays and stay warm!


Victoria Lenoirre

Monday, December 13, 2010

Winterfest and Sanguinus!


























Hello readers!





I hope you're all doing well! I've been busy exploring and talking to people! Second Life is such a sociable, fascinating place! Anway, I have 2 things to share with you!





From the latest issue of SL's magazine The Sandbox, I found the winter maze. I teleported in and found myself in a hockey rink. Really cool! When you go, don't forget to dress warmly! I made my way out of the rink. I had to go into the locker room (fortunately or unfortunately, there was no one in there haha.) and I walked out the front door. Once outside you look for signs that point you in the direction of the maze. I saw 2 sizes. Here's the LM, it sets you right at the entrance of the maze! http://slurl.com/secondlife/Empty%20Net/156/146/63/Net/156/146/63/ . See if you can find your way out...I dare you! ;-)


My second piece of news is that I found a lovely shop that features dress silks, Sanguinus Silks: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Laetitia/20/107/26. The shop is owned by Veronica Vervain. These are not the freebie silks you can find in most freebie stores. These are quality silks that come in several colors: red, green, gold, purple, and white. Below I have included some pictures.




































































The sim is not a Gor sim, but she says "we (at the sim) do enjoy some of their traditions." She also creates skins, shapes, makeup layers, among other things. She has about 20 skins that she gives to new residents who can't afford to buy them. She also does custom work. She has designed skins and shapes for many people. Also, she does some scripting. She is working on designing clothing that can compliment Open Collar software. In real life she's a graphic artist. Her work is detailed and brilliant! Currently she is working on expanding her store to make room for her other creations. Won't you come by for a visit?



















Saturday, December 4, 2010

December and Christmas!


Hey lovely readers!

It's Victoria here! I have been exploring and collecting ideas for future entries here.

As you know, the theme this month for Palais Magazine is Business. It's quite fitting, since this is the month when business thrives. There are lots of sales going and some lots of fun hunts going on in SL.

I intend to interview some SL business owners. I hope to post one by next week. Stay tuned!

Happy hunting, reading, and exploring!


Friday, November 26, 2010

Calendar Girls of Second Life 2011

CAT BOCCACCIO
Calendar Girls of Second Life 2011


This 2011 calendar is a collaboration between photographer and model (most of the models are Cat's friends and clients) to create a unique tribute to some of SL's most interesting and beautiful women, while opening our hearts to those less fortunate.


The calendar celebrates 12 sensual women in 12 backdrops reflecting the "star signs" theme. All proceeds from the sale of '"Calendar girls of Second Life 2011" go to THE HUNGER PROJECT. http://thp.org


Heartfelt thanks to the models and all who help support this most worthy cause.

We invite you to meet with Cat Boccaccio and the models that devoted there time to this effort tonight at the Palais SL Magazine Gallery. This event will begin at 9:00 PM SL Time, Friday, November 26.


This exhibit is sponsored by LUMIpro Photography Systems and Palais SL Magazine.


January

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving From Palais SL Magazine!

Hello Readers!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Palais Magazine! Relax, enjoy it and stay safe!

Don't forget to visit this page after the holiday weekend! December's issue will be about SL businesses. You might see some blog posts about some cool shopping places in SL!

Best Regards,

The Palais Magazine Staff


Monday, November 22, 2010

December Preview

Dear Readers,

here is a little teaser of what to expect for the December issue. We will be looking at money in Second Life from various angles, and as usual there will be some poetry as well as a few things unrelated to our main theme. Below is a preliminary table of contents. Expect the new issue on or around December 15th at a kiosk near you, in the group messages and on our blog at http://palaisorleans.blogspot.com/.

The Price of Being a Fashionista: It's not as high as you think by Shon Charisma

Second Life Economyby Linsey Carter

Charities in Second Lifeby Felicia Wyx

Suicide and Survival in Second Life by Flor Nachtigal

The Edge of Suicide by Maggie D

Poem: Clock Out by Allure Vultee

Poem: Hide and Seek, Author: Allure Vultee

Look for the next issue in stands soon!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thoughts on Sex in Second Life

January’s issue will focus on Sex. Sex is such a loaded topic, no matter where you come from or from what viewpoint you look at it from. Critics of Second Life have said that sex is so rampant, but isn’t it like that in real life too? Second Life just seems to show it more explicitly, because SL is mainly about images and sound. In real life, you can see and feel sex all around you…in magazines, in store catalogs, on billboards on the street or in the mall, in TV commercials, on the radio, and especially in movies. I’ve even heard that there are some people who always think about sex in their every waking moment, perhaps it’s always on their mind when they sleep as well.

The other night I was conversing with a young man about his experience on Second Life. He says that he prefers to consider it a game. When I asked him why he said that it was his way of not taking things too seriously in SL, a way to protect himself from getting hurt as he has been in real life. I’m sure he’s not the only one who calls SL a game for that reason. So now, there is this game element, which I want to examine here.

If SL is a game, why do people get hurt so easily? Why do some people avoid sex on SL, after all it’s “just pixels” and it’s “just a game”? From my experience and from what I’ve heard from people I know, people can get seriously hurt on here, even if it’s not really us on the screen. It’s like online dating except with a myriad of things to do and see. You spend time getting to know people, you start feeling close to them, and eventually without knowing it, you come to expect things from them like honesty, trust, or a relationship, just to list a few of the things anyone can expect. When they don’t deliver any of those expectations, we feel disappointed or devastated.
What does this all have to do with sex? Well just like real life, SL sex can complicate relationships and friendships. Some people think that just because they have had sex, they’re an exclusive couple. However, others do not see it like that. Others think it’s a game and they have SL sex with many people on a constant basis. It’s nothing serious, right?
So what should one do? Here’s my advice for those who want to just have fun and avoid the nasty drama:

Avoid drama llamas or drama mamas, those people create drama like rain; they can call it up at will and make it sprinkle or pour like crazy.

Don’t enter into a relationship if you feel like the other person really wants a serious, steady, exclusive relationship. Usually serious relationships don’t work in SL and there will be much pain later on. Save yourself the heartache and headaches, dare to be free and always be happy with how you are. If you feel really good as you are, stay with the status quo.

My last piece of advice is to remember why you’re here (Who’s here for the drama? Very few, I think)….have fun!

Carley Noonan's Exhibit Passionate Reflections

"Passionate Reflections" is a collection of erotica from SL and RL artist Carley Noonan.  Carley captures the exotic and erotic in her own inimitable style. Ms. Noonan avoids the cliches of BDSM as she explores the subjects of bondage and lesbianism.

Opening this Monday, November 22 7:30 PM SL  at the new Palais Orleans Art Studio and Designs.  SLURL here.


Friday, November 19, 2010

LUMIpro

One of our advertisers, LUMIpro, recently found a new home in Tasogare. If you are a SL photographer or thinking of exploring the grid camera in hand LUMIpro can do that. Rez it anywhere and pose your models anywhere.  Photography on the go.  The adjustable lights give you the ability to add more depth to your compositions. If you model moves. They move with the model so there is not that constant readjustment.



madison arnahan self portrait taken with LUMIpro


LUMIpro is the creation of RL photographer Stefan Buscaylet and is available inworld here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Introducing Victoria Lenoirre

Greetings, Palais Orleans blog readers. We here at Palais hope you enjoyed the latest issue, our November issue.

Here's a bit of news, Palais Magazine has acquired a new member, Victoria Lenoirre. She will be manager of this blog and will post once a week, besides myself.

Victoria has been a member of SL for over 4 months and resides in Benares, where she serves as one of the estate managers. If you like to live by the water, want privacy, and love people...come live at Benares. Feel free to IM brinda Allen for more information!

Victoria loves to write, enjoys good music, and likes to build. Since August, she has written for Wonderful Evenings, which is owned by Edge Catteneo. She writes about museums and art galleries. Her particular favorites so far are Ubi Yifu's Sky Sculptures Gallery, Mountain String's Mountain String Poetry Gallery, and Fuschia Nightfire's techno gallery that was up during the summer. Also, she has written an article about Midnight McCarty for Cisum Webzine, a web magazine that interviews real life musicians who also perform in SL.

We welcome her to the team and hope to see great articles from her!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

World of Art and Fashion Closing

"Please be advised that World of Art & Fashion will be officially closing down at the end of this month (11/1). RL is making it hard for me to pay for the tier and the lack of donations and not being able to find a reliable event manager does not help. So it is with great sorrow that I will close down the fruit of my hard work. I did everything I could possibly think of maintain this gallery and make sure artists are being recognized but not help does not make it easy."

Having received that annoucement I am lamenting the closure of yet another wonderful SL Gallery. Nicci Winsmore announced this yesterday to her group and will be closing her outstanding gallery, World of Art and Fashion. I have enjoyed working with Nicci and had the honor of displaying some of my work on her walls.


Whatever may be said I know she can hold her head up high. She was uncompromising with her standards. Nicci presented intelligent and intriguing concepts from an array of artists and never compromised her standards to feed the bottom line. I have seen so called erotic “art” fly off the walls. Most of the BDSM art that sells so well is simply crap that rarely evokes an intelligent essay of an idea

When I see galleries succeeding that are selling things that I know were simply ripped off from the Internet or simply Eastern European porn it is discouraging. We need more Nicci Winsmore's. Good luck to Nicci and thank you.

World of Art & Fashion

Friday, October 22, 2010

Palais et Palais

I was thrilled to be asked to show my efforts at the Palais de Roissy, for two reasons.

The Palais de Roissy was without equal, the Queen of builds in Second Life. It could have been none other than a labor of love. I loved to visit, even when there was nothing going on. The memorials to those in Roissy who had died in the other life, some of whom I knew, always gave me pause, to think of how their lives had touched others before they logged off one last time.

Having some small idea of what it took to conceptualize the original, with its hidden rooms and secret walls, I spent a long time sending my camera through floors, walls and ceilings. I spied out furnished rooms with no obvious egress. Building is not my forte and perhaps that is why I appreciate building (and anything else requiring style and skill). Simply marvelous.

The second reason was that I always considered my SL pictures frivolous, tongue in cheek. Fun. Narcissism of the highest order. But not art. So when Elizabeth persisted, after several opportunities to involve others instead, I had to consider that to at least one other, what I was doing had some merit.

Then, within two days of taking my show down, the Palais de Roissy was no more. Gone without a trace. Like water poured on hot sand. Like Virtual Starry Night, the interactive van Gogh museum, my second favorite place in SL. Just a memory for those of us that knew them, question mark for those who hear about such places from those who did. As I muse about the realities of our virtual existence, I recall Woody Allen's line: "And I wonder if memories are something we have, or something we have lost?"

But all is not lost.

Like the cherry blossoms returning in the spring, like the phoenix rising from the ashes, another Palais has arise, le Nouveau Palais. More compact than the original, but again built by Miss Deusen Marx, surely one of the most gifted architects in Second Life, it is still magnificent.

Built with the same rich wood textures throughout, there is still a spacious dance floor and a stage, suitable for masques, balls, poetry slams and orgies like the original. An alcove to either side of the stage offers both room for intimate art exhibits and stairs to the loges. The upper floors on either side offer larger display areas.

Schedules being what they are in SL, I cannot say the same artists' work will be displayed by the time you read this, but on 23rd June, 2010, this is what you will find there, main floor first, in alphabetical order.

Rob Barber offers an intriguing mix of images, at once modern in subject yet primitive. It should be noted that "primitive" is a recognized style, and does not mean lacking sophistication. Barber's colors and subjects echo van Gogh, perhaps not surprising as he too is Dutch.

Love Couple 2007 (for Thalia),Rob Barber/Rob Steenhorst is unusual in two respects. First, while the other images are clearly modern and urban, this shows a nude couple. He is dark-skinned and erect, while she is fair, and stroking his erection. I have a strong sense of deja vu. I believe this is similar to paintings done in the early years of the American Colonies, depicting the natives encountered by the whites. And thirdly, this is the one picture not offered for sale, although it is a copy.

Fuschia Nightfire says, " I am an artist, RL and SL. You can see some of my art on SL by visiting the galleries in my picks." Additionally, two YouTube videos are referenced, but there is no indication whether on not this artist is their creator. Fuschia offers both images and sculptures, flowers and what might be a blending of the two, pictures of sculpted figures. I am not describing then well, I fear.

Easily the most startling and innovative image in the new Palais is "falling daisies by fuschia nightfire." At first it seems a straightforward picture of daisies with a small daisy sculpture on the floor. Then you realize the daisies on and near the floor are parts of the larger image, blossoms tumbling out of the frame and into your life.

On the upper floor there is a little more space because there are no staircases. And Nero Grunstein uses that space very effectively. His theme is bondage and restraint. And, by using a couple of additional walls the viewer is somewhat constrained in their movements. Which accentuates the impact of the images. These are very consistent in lighting and texture and I found myself thinking of MC Escher as I viewed them, although Nero's and Escher's subjects could not be more different.

While the mirror image was a close second, I found "Trifles" the most pleasing. One sees a great deal of bondage art in Second Life but I have seen few I would want to hang on my virtual wall and look at every day. I think I would not bind a girl for an indefinite period and it seems to me having any other picture from this sumptuous collection would make me feel I had. Which is my limitation, not the artist’s.

Carley Noonan lets her images speak for themselves. Drawings rather than photographs, they are starkly different from Nero's. Where his are restrained, hers flow freely, the women have their hands free, to explore and expose their vaginas, to hold a penis to their lips. Bondage and restraint are present, but are not the central theme.

The most startling image is also the most disturbing. "Ready for Service" shows a clothed woman in a fetal position and one wonders if she is to serve or be served. Additionally, below the picture are scrawled the words "Slut," "Whore" and "Cum Bag." And now one wonders if her position is in repose or recoil at having been called such?

All in all, a nicely varied assortment of images, and if this appears in print, I hope it is before those offerings are taken down. Or, if not, you had a chance to enjoy them as I did. In either case, and exhibit or not, there will be something to see.

The Queen is gone, and it benefits none to cry about it now. The Queen is gone, but her daughter lives and will carry on quite nicely. She is not her mother but soon the present generation will have known only her. As has been said countless times,

"The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen!"

Elbereth Exonar

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Kika's Curse

Kika's Curse

a Greek Myth

by Elbereth Exonar

Prologue

Long ago, the world was different. It was an idyllic place, before men shackled Time, slicing it into weeks and hours, when each day and night was a delightful search for food, drink and pleasure.

***

Once upon a time, on the slopes of Mount Olympus, there lived a young satyr, Leimakika, daughter of the satyr King, Silinus and the meadow nymph Leimakid. Now as you know, satyrs were never plentiful and female satyrs even less so. Yet she lived.

Lovely as her mother, lusty and powerful as her father, she was never without a willing and eager companion - until she beheld the youth, Narcissus. As he gazed at his reflection, she fell instantly in love. She danced her most seductive dance, but Narcissus, aware of nothing but his own beauty, ignored her. She called out to him. No reply. And truly, Narcissus has his own story, so we will not trouble him further here.

As she danced, hoping to attract the youth, Kika (for so she called herself) was observed by a most comely young man. He approached, and spoke to her but, besotted with Narcissus, she rebuffed him. Unfortunately, the comely young man was none other than Zeus, in another guise, who took great umbrage at her rejection.

So he cursed her.

His curse was simply this: she would be attracted to all creatures as before, but only one in ten would desire her in return. And, no matter how much stimulation she might receive, from herself or others, it would never be enough to satisfy her until she had thrice willingly taken Zeus into her body. Now of course you and I know this, but she did not. All she knew was a terrible, sweet longing that left her constantly breathless. And being not without pity, Zeus allowed that when she danced, her desire would ebb. But only so long as she danced.

And so it was that she danced and desired day and night. She encountered nymphs and elves, sprites and fairies, as well as a human or three. And to her dismay, most rebuffed her, even those who had sought her favors not long before...

Kika discovered that sprites were easiest to entice, though they quickly tired and flew away. Fairies were more substantial and more fun, but still all her efforts at achieving the shuddering satisfaction she had once enjoyed were elusive as a sprite.

Day followed night and night followed day and still she desired, hovering on the brink like a hummingbird, only to have her release flit away. So Kika did not know how long it had been, only that orgasm was becoming a distant memory.

One day she found a fairy that did not flee, and they were enjoying themselves quite nicely when a faun came along and pulled the fairy off Kika. Kika leapt up to protest but he was determined. Although smaller than she, he was nevertheless powerful and with one blow to her jaw, knocked Kika unconscious. She crumbled and he left her, turning once again to the fairy.

But Zeus was not the only one on Olympus with power and vision. Hera watched her husband as he knocked Kika senseless after assuming the form of a faun and in that instant determined to intervene. Hera made Kika sleep, while at the same time casting a glamour over her so the young satyr was invisible to all, then assumed Kika's form.

Zeus began using the fairy for his own pleasure, but as Kika had discovered, they reach their climax quickly and go on to other things. Panting, still full with desire, the faun remembered Kika. He lay on his back, eyes closed, manhood still stiff, wondered if he might take her before she regained her senses - and at that moment, she mounted him. Closing her own eyes as his shaft filled her, as he began to thrust, she began to moan.

Hera / Kika rode the faun, rode the faun for hours, laughing to herself all the while to best her husband in such a delightful manner. She alternately pinning his arms and let him stroke her back or tug the chain dangling from her nipples. She turned her back and rode him that way until the faun's body erupted and she felt him grow limp.

They lay together on the cool grass as night closed in, and she took him again when his manhood slowly came back to its full glory. So in this way Hera satisfied two parts of the curse while Kika slept, mercifully free of yearning for a time.

Kika awoke to find the morning well advanced and set about finding food. Returning to the pool in her cave, she let the water sluice over her body and began to feel the returning yearning. Rubbing a sore spot on her jaw, she stepped out of the pool and it was then she heard the giggling.

Entering her bedchamber she found two sprites cavorting on her sleeping furs. As they pleasured each other, Kika crawled nearer, beginning to feel wetness from within. She ached with desire, all the while knowing they might flee. She lightly stroked the green leg, slowly searching for the heat like her own. Her moans mingled with the moans and gasps the green one was bringing forth from her partner and all too soon it was over. They paid little attention to her as they sat, catching their breath and said not a word as they flew away.

Kika lay there, continuing to moan as her fingers began the dance of love, all the while knowing it might end in frustration. She cried out in surprise as rough hands rolled her to her belly, cried out in shock as a hard shaft spread her nether lips and cried out inn pleasure as he began to thrust.

Such delicious, lingering torture! After the flighty sprites and impatient fairies his deep, measured thrusts and quick, penetrating jabs soon had her moaning in earnest. As he turned her around and pushed her to her knees, she realized this was the young man who had asked for her favors some time ago, but as she took him in her mouth she cared only for the fact he had already stayed with her longer than the sprites. Her desire knew no bounds and she loved him with her mouth and made no protest when he laid her down and began tonguing her sex.

She writhed and moaned and made no protest when he stood and thrust himself into her once more. She flexed her hips, meeting each thrust with one of her own. His fingers pulled her tail, and invaded her backside. She cried out in frustration, wanting the pleasure to continue and needing release so very badly.

All at once a tidal wave of pleasure swept over the dam that had held her on edge for so long, bursting it asunder and she wondered for a moment how many hands he had before surrendering to the shuddering ecstasy.

Smiling, she opened her eyes and saw no one there. She could feel the thrusts still, was still thrusting herself onto him but the cavern was empty. Slowly she sank to the furs, still trembling, and rolled to her side. As she drifted into a peaceful sleep, she thought she heard a woman's voice in her mind saying "all is well. I am watching over you."

***

Epilogue

Hera smiled as she watched Zeus rutting with yet another plaything, then went back to overseeing all things from Olympus. Let him play, and continue to think he was in charge, for it kept him out of her hair. She took a moment to whisper to the sated satyr, and smiled again as she thought about giving Kika another nap. Soon. Two could play Zeus's game...

******

(In early summer 2010 the pictures illustrating this story, some 20 or more, were on display at the Blackthorne Gallery. As we are not permitted to post pictures containing nudity or sexual situations on these pages, your imagination will have to suffice - and might do a better job anyway!)

(c) 2010

Fright Night Photo Contest



1. Contestants must have created the entry after the date of this announcement and own the work that they submit.

2. Photographs will have an aspect ratio of 3:4 or 4:3.

3.  Maximum of two entries per contestant.

4. Entries will be judged by a panel of five judges and prizes awarded by the most outstanding use and presentation of the theme.

5.  Pick up entry form at : Palais Orleans Artist Park.

6. Submit entry forms to madison Arnahan or Ananda Crystal. Once an entry is received you will be shown where to place your submission.

7. Entries must be submitted before October 30th.

8.  Contest Awards will be announced on Halloween.
 
PRIZES

1st Prize:  $3000L  1000 Palais Orleans Gift Certificates
2nd Prize: $2000L     750 Palais Orleans Gift Certificates    
3rd Prize:  $1000L      500 Palais Orleans Gift Certificates

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Alanis Gallery Sensual Images

If you read "Growing up Roissy" in the Palais SL Magazine October issue you would know that Alanis and Palais Orleans had their grand openings on Palais Square in Roissy 2 on the same week.

Of the three galleries that we reported about only one had remained in Roissy, that was Alanis Gallery Sensual Images. Yesterday they proudly announced their new location. More room for more art. And the lovely luscious angels still flutter about.

I visited briefly this morning. Sylvia Fitzpatrick was busy as ever tweaking things. Michiel Seetan was of course in his usual element.  Congrats to both and good luck.




Visit Alanis Gallery Sensual Images here.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Moulin Rouge Revue at the Maison Bleue


The Moulin Rouge Revue will be presenting live the Burlesque show at the Maison Bleue Club at Palais Orleans, Friday, October 15, 2010 at 7pm SLT. The Moulin Rouge has a long and rich history mocking the aristocracy while entertaining them as well.  Burlesque is a kind of bohemian parodist show born from Victorian England and later imported to the United States.  Burlesque makes fun of the world, the habits and the past times of the Nuevo rich in order to entertain the less well-to-do classes.  Through the performance of extravagant numbers sensuality is transformed into comedy and offers a parody of femininity.   We hope you enjoy this fine performance of the Moulin Rouge Revue Dancers.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Toran Babenco - Live Music - Dancing - Art - Contests

Friday October 8, 2010
Starts at 1:00 PM SLT 

Toran Babenco will provide his signature Blues and Jazz.  Dancing. Music. Art.

Join the fun and festivities of an October Festival at  Buscaylet Square Artists Park in Tasogare. Formerly known as Palais Orleans Artist Park.  The square is loosely based on Jackson Square in New Orleans.

Halloween costumes optional but could be fun.

Current Exhibitors:

Brie Pinazzo, Iddgie Magic, Julianna Johnstone, madison Arnahan, Elbereth Exonar, kyra Roxan, Ganso Artis

Noteworthy: Room for couple of more artists. If you would like to exhibit here please contact madison Arnahan.

Ongoing: Fright Night Photography Contest - please enter.


Second Life Event Details

Monday, September 6, 2010

Palais Orleans Presents Nicci WInsmore's "Wonderous World"

Nicci Winsmore has been enjoying art since she was very young. Her aunt even bought her a sketch book when she was about ten, feeling that she might do something with it. She did and created some of the sketches you now see.

But her true love was born when a professional photographer visited her high school and talked about his profession. This was it and she thereafter pursued photography as a passion.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Darkley Aeon "Flawed Opening Friday at 1:00PM

"Flawed" is an exhibition of portraits by Darkley Aeon, which show  more than a beautiful avatar. SL abounds with those.  In Darkley's world the avatar reflects the human side.

Would the "sling and arrows of outrageous fortune" leave their marks ? Their scars ?

With their scars intact, their flaws, Darkley engages us not with SL Barbie Dolls, but  with a glimpse into our humanity.

"I don't want to be Barbie.......I want to be Barbie with a gun" Darkley Aeon.

Darkley Aeon was a RL photographer for many years and has been working in SL as a photographer/artist for the last 2, firstly working in a studio and then moving onto using secondlife places as a backdrop.  Darkley loves the possibilities of working in SL, the potential to realise ideas not possible in the outside world. Darkley uses the name of Guerrilla Photography as there is no home base, just 'have poses, can travel'.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Rob Barber Collection: A Review

Rob Barber's art reminds me of Creation, creation  of man and, of course, women.   I mean by that Mr. Barber creates visions  in his work that show man coping with the perils and the pleasures of life.  The creation in which man is placed is ominous and indeed sinister.  His work suggests that man is somewhat oblivious of his predicament as he struggles to maintain some sort of stability in the chaos around him.   Yet man proceeds to live the life he is given, moving through the perils of creation without understanding the meaning of their presence.

Jn Mr. Barber's  work entitled Straattoneel/Streetscene, 2008, a man stands in a fog laced street scene playing a trumpet as a boy and a girl play with a dog in the background.  The scene is surreal and somewhat antithetical to what might be considered  a pleasant afternoon in the park.  The scene  suggests a certain choas in the nature that engulfs the man and the children.  Birds that seem almost predatory swoop in toward the trio as if to warn them of some inpending doom.  The birds  are seemingly unnoticed as the man continues with his music and the children continue with their play.  While their environment may be hostile, the trio cope with the dissension that surrounds them as if it were not there.

The portrait suggests that the presence of danger is only perceived by the admirer of the images.  The trio are unaware of the imminent danger.  They simply continue.  We on the outside can only dispair of their innocence and their fate.

In Wintervuur/Winterfire 2009, Mr. Barber continues with his theme of man coping with the chaos of his environment..  A larger than life man sits unclothed in a snowstorm.  The man points toward space but his gesture directs the viewer toward the  man's awkward  physical appearance.  While he sits by a small fire, his distance from the flames seems strange as he is too far to benefit from the fire's comfort,  He focuses instead upon something in the distance and we are left to imagine his thoughts.

The man pushing the wheelbarrow through the snow provides a oblique but opposite comparison to the angry man in the foreground.  The man also  struggles against the trials of a harsh environment perhaps at the direction of the rather brutish man in the foreground.

To say I understand the context of Wintervuur/Winterfire would not be accurate. I do not.  What I do see is a primitive man juxtaposed with a contemporary man, both struggling against a harsh environement.   Mr. Barber has again suggested that man and woman lives within a choatic universe with which they must content and survive.  Interestingly, Mr. Barber's characters willingly accept their fate and move through the perils of a chaotic universe with grace.

Among the many gems in the Rob Barber collection, I find Zeemist/Seafog, 2008, the most intriguing.  Here Mr. Barber presents man and woman's true physical and spritual nature revealed in the setting of a chaotic jungle like environment.  The man and the woman are real, not idealized.  They find their pleasure in  each other even as the wild monkeys swing about them.  They are not distracted by the formidable world in which  these Adam and Eve figures find themselves.  Instead their attention to each other brings order to their sinister and frightening New World.  They are within themselves a universe of their own making.


Rob Barber is a talented artist who brings meaning to his vision of reality. He assigns meaning to the world through his images.  I consider Rob Barber to be one of the most talented artists in Second Life.

.Mr. Barber's work can be seen through  August in Le Nouveau Palais de Roissy.




by Elizabeth Weinberg

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Palais Orleans Art Group - Blackthorne

The Blackthorne Gallery represents the Palais Orleans Art Group's desire to represent new and inspiring young artists and provide a venue where their art will receive well-deserved attention.

Currently we are debuting the works of two SL Artists. Ananda Crystal and Avae Lexigle.   You may visit the exhibits at the Blackthorne Gallery here.



Monday, July 26, 2010

Palais Orleans Artist Park

"I sought to create something reminiscent of Jackson Square in New Orleans. A beautiful park with the perimeter adorned with works of art. A casual atmosphere where people could stroll and enjoy the sights and sounds" madison Arnahan

Presently at the Square we have the duo of Zolar Merlin and Lifer Bloobury, award winning photographer Cat Boccaccio. Also we are introducing a new artist, Naija Avro. Van Caerndow presents astonishing images created in real life using oil paints on glass.



Alaex Aeon took this wonderful picture of the park. If you are an artist and would like to exhibit here please contact madison Arnahan.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

"Body of a Woman" New Exhibit at Palais Orleans

Body of a Woman

The images in this exhibit flow from my fascination with light, shadow and contour.  While landscapes and still lifes allow me to play with those elements, they lend themselves best to  images of the avatar, especially in its feminine form.

Light and shadow allow me to capture mood and feeling, even emotion - here in a place where so many will tell you the 'cartoons' cannot display such things.

The images here are a blend of old and new, and some challenge the traditional notion of what the body of a woman looks like. I hope you enjoy them.


Callipygian Christensen has been creating photographic art, using images shot in Second Life, for over 4 years. Her images have won both juried and fan-favorite competitions, and have been shown in numerous galleries and special exhibitions.  Specializing in portraits, landscapes, and sepia period images, Calli  views SL through the lens of her SL camera, and records her view of the world to share in her art.

Our Grand Opening for Calli's exhibit is Monday, July 26 at 7:00 PM SL Time. 




Palais Orleans Galerie d'Art

Wednesday, July 14, 2010