Thursday, October 20, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
These are just a few of my favorites.
And that's not all!
Morgana is kindly offering a free photo sitting too!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Tibetan Book of the Dead
Friday, July 22, 2011
I know it's been awhile, but I've been feeling a bit sad that Palais Magazine isn't in operation. But it'll be ok.
Van asked me to blog about his western gallery, so here's my post on it.
Van has a whole collection of Wild West portraits that he sketched and painted.
The LM to his rustic gallery is here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Monissius/226/138/26
Sunday, May 22, 2011
She also has a great blog where she writes about her friends, her thoughts about Linden Lab, and the life in which she sleeps. I always enjoy reading what she writes. She's a good writer as well as such an interesting person. Her vision and view of people is just so eye-opening, refreshing and...soulful. She is one of my favorite persons in SL, besides being my first true friend. Without her, I wouldn't have done so well in SL or have stayed even. When you feel like giving up or that you've lost steam, you can talk to brinda and she really knows how to put things in perspective. I'll admit that there were times where she roughed me up a bit, but I deserved it and it did me good.
To many, brinda is like a rock and a mother. She shelters us and makes us feel that we're safe and we're doing okay. She encourages us to do our best and go for our dreams not just for SL but also RL. I am not the same person I was when I first joined SL. I have learned so many things, made many mistakes, and though I still make mistakes here (who doesn't?), I know that she's there and even if we don't speak, I feel her presence and I can imagine what she'd say to me. She'll always tell it straight...no sugar coating and no prettying it up. If anyone needs a reality check, that's what they'll get, believe me. We all need to have our feet down on the ground.
It's not all serious with her though. She has a great sense of humor and she's fun to be around. I'm always fascinated by what brinda does behind the scenes, like making textures, traveling places, or just working. Also, brinda loves to help new residents and show friends around. She also likes to go to concerts like ones by Hexxie or Porter Paquot. I remember she took me to Burning Man in October, that was quite exciting. She loves exhibitions and art like that. Some of her oldest friends in SL are famous artists and/or SL content creators. She has "connections" in SL...lol. Not the underground kind, the good kind. ;-)
Brinda has helped hundreds of new and old residents in SL. I was one of the newbies that she has helped and raised. She is like a mother figure. Most of all, she is a true friend. She'll be there to talk or listen or help.
Ling, her longtime friend set the celebration up. Myself and other of her friends tried to help out as much as we could. It was a surprise party we held that night. A bunch of us were there, waiting for her to show up.
There was a DJ who came to provide the tunes, he works at The Mill, a venue owned by Porter Pequot. The party lasted from 7pmSLT until 9pmSLT. A lot of her friends came and the music was awesome! I ended up staying the whole time, despite it being a work night. I was so glad I stayed. Brinda really enjoyed herself, I think. Some old friends came as well as some new ones. We all came to show our support and love for brinda. Our SL experiences and even our lives would be so different without her.
Friday, May 6, 2011
BTW, do any of you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? I know some places in SL had some Cinco de Mayo outfits. I don't remember which store though. I get notices from What's New SL. It's a great group for SL merchants and SL shoppers.
I'm an SL merchant.
In case you're wondering, I did in fact create that banner. I created it in GIMP. It's amazing what one can do in photo editing software!
I'm only a GIMP novice, but I think I'm getting the hang of it. It can be fun! I may not be the best at painting, sculpting, or shaping, but I am good with detail and color. I envision images in my head and I try to translate them to the screen.
If you want to see my stores, view my pics inworld or you can access my web profile from secondlife.com.
Happy Friday and have an awesome, awesome weekend!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Hi readers! I have some news!
From May 1st to June 5th there is the 2nd Darkadia Fetish Arts Show! Here's the message that they sent to us, thanks to Mandy Galileo:
We wanted to give everybody a heads up that our next Fetish Art Show will be opening in a few weeks on May 1 here in Darkadia. This will be a wonderful follow up to our last show in December with many wonderful artists from across Second Life participating in the exhibition. We look forward to showcasing their work and to seeing you all there. Look for more news on events associated with the Fetish Art Show in the coming weeks.
Visit the show here
Here's the link to the first blog post
and here's the link to the poster in Flickr
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I'm glad so many people voted in the poll. Sorry for the late acknowledgment. Editing and writing duties have kept me busy. I also have a store where I sell poses and some clothes and sculpts, Lady Victoria's Shop. The group is Miss Vic's Store Group. I'll write more on that at a later date. And I will write about Wonderful Evenings later too. I have not forgotten.
I plan to write more art reviews. I absolutely love art in SL and in RL.
I don't have a solid art background, but I have several art contacts. I am slowly making my rounds of the SL art world. And let me tell you...it is amazing! I have met many nice, brilliant artists. Spending time with them is a treat. I can hardly wait to get started on my next art review.
And hey, if you hear of an artist and want to get my opinion, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me an IM, Victoria Lenoirre, inworld! Two R's and one N! *giggles*
Take care y'all and be well!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
What's up? How are you doing? Feel free to comment if you wish. You can be anonymous, logged in with your google profile, any of the choices in the dropdown list when you go to post a comment. We want to hear from you! We'd like to know what you think about Palais!
I've been busy editing. The articles for May's magazines are looking good so far!
There's an article by madison Arnahan, 2 articles by Michiel Seetan I believe, one from Traci Nubalo, some from Elizabeth Weinberg, one from Jullianna Juliesse, and more!
It's going to be good!
Did you miss me?
I will try to post more often.
I have been working on an updated guide for Bloom by Sabrinaa. It is a Wonderful Evenings Guide, more on that later. I will be sure to post a few excerpts and some of the pics I take.
Take care and live well!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
The April issue of Palais SL Magazine is out on stands and at blog. Very cool!
And I have one announcement to make.
Jullianna Juliesse is now a part of the Palais team! She'll be writing a monthly column for the magazine. It'll be stream of conscious and narrative-like writing. She's a poet and a writer.
Big round of applause for her!
Question to Palais staff: Have we done a meet and greet party yet? :-)
Also, I am working on my first Palais article for May. I'm a bit excited about that! I hope you guys like it!
Take care, y'all!
Monday, April 4, 2011
Here is the final version of the letter to the editor regarding the "Political Activism in SL" article in the Palais SL magazine April 2011 edition.
I have learned a lot through this interview that I will carry with me through the rest of my career. For that I am grateful. This is the first interview that I've done that has left me feeling so maligned. The other interviews that I've granted have been treated with much more care in making sure that my meaning was conveyed. I felt a comfort that I shouldn't have and I didn't do enough research into your style before I did the interview. I also need to prepare myself a little better.
I've always tried to be transparent and open and willing to talk to anyone, no matter the difficulty in the conversation. I tend to ramble and so when you picked out and pieced some of the things together, they took on a different meaning than I intended.
I do feel as though I was misrepresented and that I don't like. But your article, your writing is yours and it certainly isn't my place to tell you how to go about it. It surprises me that you would take that angle with people who are trying to do good work. I hope that maybe we managed to change your mind a little about why we're here and what impact that might have.
I thank you for the lesson and really do hope that you come away with a few of your own.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: PALAIS SL, APRIL 2011 EDITION
Re: "Political Activism in SL"from: millay Freschi
“Everything we do is futile, but we must do it anyway.”
Tonight, as I was sitting here preparing a blog post, I got an early copy of the April edition of Palais SL Magazine which includes an article titled "Political Activism in Second Life". The magazine’s editor, Flor Nachtigal interviewed three of us from the community; Plot Tracer, Trill Zapatero and me. There are more than a few corrections that need to be made as many of the statements are taken out of context or my response only negligibly included. I was, frankly, disappointed in Ms Nachtigal’s representation of me, Four Bridges and the Afghanistan museum.
Let’s start with the corrections:
And let's begin with mine -
Four Bridges does not “represent” any of the organizations that are housed here. Each organization is represented by its own leadership. This was my mistake in wording. I happen to be the virtual world coordinator for Amnesty and I am the group leader for BORDC, Aserela, Cepacet but those are volunteer positions aside from the Four Bridges Project itself.
Four Bridges is a community. We share resources. We collaborate on events and we work with student groups. Our mission is based on human rights, social and economic justice, respect for nature and a culture of peace.
It bothers me that it sounds as though Four Bridges has an agenda of any sort. We used the same word in the interview but I meant agenda as a focus. Not the way that it was portrayed in the article.
I didn’t like that my words were taken so as to seem that our mature rating was a choice between “universal access and freedom of expression”. There are ratings on movies, music – all sorts of things to empower the parents of teenagers to be the guides in their child’s access to particular information. My son at 14 was not ready for some of the issues that we deal with on Four Bridges without an explanation - which I would prefer come from me. I don’t believe that restricting access to those under 18 is compromising “universal access”. Nor was the choice to do so based on the teenagers. We have always been a mature rated sim because TOS requires it - we allow mature content (which is a completely different rating than “adult”). As a parent, I want to be involved in what my child sees and I believe that we have a responsibility to respect those ratings. This was also made clear in our interview.
Another point was about the number of members in the groups. She specifically mentions Amnesty International – E and the Four Bridges Project groups. She compares these numbers (200 – 400) to the number of people in groups like those based around clubs and art galleries and music. I recognize that there are groups based similarly on communities like Four Bridges and Amnesty that have a much larger membership base. I have to be honest here. Things like traffic and members as a numbers have never been what this has been about. I’ve never wanted to compete or compare - only collaborate. When the issue was brought up, though not included in the interview, I clearly stated that our goal was to reach out to these other communities and that, in many ways, we have. Amnesty has kiosks all over the grid with information for all. There are different levels of involvement – varying and personal degrees of activism. The numbers game to which Ms Nachtigal referred is not a game that we’ve ever been interested in playing.
Another thing that troubled me was that she seemed as though we ought to be disappointed about the turnout for the solidarity “demonstration”. She says that “…in real life terms some thirty people do not amount to much, no matter how loudly they chant.” It’s difficult to tell through the rest of the reading whether or not our conversations had any effect on this notion but let’s not forget for a moment the power in even one person to facilitate change. Mother Theresa, Gandhi, Susan B Anthony, Meena, and Mandela…history is full of the voices of the few and we all know the Margaret Mead quote by now…”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Further, I was disappointed in her treatment of Trill and the Afghanistan museum. The majority of the museum is centered on understanding a culture that is very different from our own and inaccessible to most people at the level in which it is presented through Trill’s work. Rather than looking deeply into the potential of that understanding, she mentions feeling “queasy” at the RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) exhibit and the reality of the life of many Afghanistan women…queasy to the point of keeping a “respectable distance”. I found especially troubling the insinuation “equating” Afghanistan to the Gorean culture in SL. The Gorean culture is, I assume, based on TOS, an adult community where the participants are willingly such. To “equate” this lifestyle to the entire population of Afghanistan does a great disservice to mending the cultural divide. Also, I know that Trill has passionate feelings about this and that these were diminished, by Ms Nachtigal’s interpretation. To insinuate that Trill “did not feel much of anything about those” undermines the incredible efforts that Trill has made to bridge this divide.
To my knowledge, Ms Nachtigal did not look around the Four Bridges sims or try to connect with any of the other activists that I mentioned to her after her request for names.
Again, activism is a personal, and I believe intimate choice. I respect Ms Nachtigal’s choices and, were this article presented as an editorial piece, I would simply chalk this up to different experiences. But this is presented as a journalistic piece without actually quoting those of us that she interviewed. In this context, I have to question the integrity. In Ms Nachtigal’s defense, she repeatedly warned me throughout our interview that she was going to ask “tough” questions. Frankly, I didn’t find any of her questions to be difficult to answer or ones that asked for information that I wasn’t prepared to offer. I believe in transparency and have practiced that belief – especially admitting when I simply do not know. What I was not prepared for was the extent to which my responses would be edited and misstated. In fact, no direct quotes were used at all in the article.
My intent in writing this is not to call Ms Nachtigal out. Perhaps she might consider treading a little more carefully that line between the quotation marks and the veiled insinuations. My point is that I don’t want just part of that information out there. I don’t want people who are interested in being active to feel as though their efforts here are somehow less. And I certainly will not be misrepresented without having a say in return.
I do wish for Ms. Nachitgal peace and will continue to work for the rights of all humans to freedom of speech.
I would simply remind that with every freedom comes responsibility.
Friday, April 1, 2011
We are proud to announce the opening of a new exhibit at Galerie 17. The extraordinary artist Bobbi Laval will be showing a Victorian-themed exhibit you do not want to miss. The opening will be on Sunday, April 3rd at 8 pm SLT.
See you then!
Adele Kling and Deningun Parte
Please come to Sabrinaa's memorial on April 3rd at 1pmSLT at her home sim, Bloom by Sabrinaa.
I am currently working on a Palais feature about this brilliant, sweet artist. Stay tuned for more information.
As Sabrinaa would say,
Live your dreams, follow your bliss...
Thursday, March 31, 2011
My first stop was to Nordan Art. This is owned by Flora Nordenskiold and I have added a link to the her blog under our "Blogs of Note" section.
The announcement inworld read:
"Nordan Art exhibit, showing Rebeca Bashly, Rose Borchovski and Helene Lytton, from March 12 to April 30, 2011Nordan Art exhibit, showing Rebeca Bashly, Rose Borchovski and Helene Lytton, from March 12 to April 30, 2011"
The SLURL is here.
|"Memories" Exhibit at Nordan Art|
The three featured artists all bring something special and unique. I had wanted, hoped for and anticipated something that would make me think when I began the trek. I am happy I came here first.. One could feast here for hours.
Rebeca Bashly - Iced
Ms Bashly delivers prim sculptures with an ice or frozen appearance. Following a journey inside the head, inside the mind of one sculpture, one finds the curious litter of thoughts and symbolism. I became trapped trying to ascertain how one side fared so badly on the chess board with so little development by the other side.
Rose Borchovski - Memories Susa Bubbles. And from the minds eye. I found this point of view disturbing. I could feel anxiety. Tension. Is this subjective on my part ? The grimaces and the discomfort of Susa tell me differently. Do you have a memory that does that to you ?
Helene Lytton - I need more Linden. I need to buy "First Time We Met (1)". How does one create so much sensuality in such a small gesture. I am going back.
Toby Zsun is the owner. Erotic Art of the BDSM kind.
Showing Toby Jackman - "Dominance"
Also see www.hardcurves.com
madison Arnahan: some very lovely lovelies on the wall ..
Toby Zsun: The studio is on two floors. you can join our group here too:_)
Toby Zsun: Thank you
Toby Zsun: Please look around and enjoy:-)
madison Arnahan: How long have you been open here ?
Toby Zsun: Since the 1st March
Toby Zsun: The gallery was at Roissy for year before thet
madison Arnahan: Oh really ? Are you associated with Zena Zemlja in some way ?
Toby Zsun: Yes she ranthe gallery before and has been my patron in a way...but I now run it myself but she has helped me set it up here.
madison Arnahan: I had been banned from Roissy.
Toby Zsun: Sorry Madison oh you were banned?
Toby Zsun: Are you an artist?
madison Arnahan: I can easily see what makes it erotic. I cannot see art that easily.
madison Arnahan: Well some people say that I am.
madison Arnahan: I am a photographer.
Toby Zsun: Well I term myself a photographer as you see...
madison Arnahan: These are yours ..
Toby Zsun: Yes they are.....
madison Arnahan smiles
Toby Zsun: All my own work...as they say
madison Arnahan: I am having a dilemma with BDSM art lately ..
Toby Zsun: Oh in what way?
madison Arnahan: Even my own work so do not take my criticism personally .
madison Arnahan: or observations
Toby Zsun: lol I'm used to criticism...go on:-)
madison Arnahan: I just have not seen too much that makes me think ..
madison Arnahan: and I am not speaking of this here and now specifically . generally .
madison Arnahan: Some pretty pictures.
Toby Zsun: Ok...
madison Arnahan: I did enjoy Expose 12 ..more than others
Toby Zsun: Believe it or not that was the first piece I did!
madison Arnahan: Really
Toby Zsun: The idea came form a work by the late Bob Carlos Clarke
madison Arnahan: There are elements in it I really like . the gloves . the posture..
madison Arnahan: the background
Toby Zsun: It is proving to be one of the most popular
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The Mind’s Eye by Michiel Seetan. The inntro starts off with a quote from the Shakespearean play, Hamlet. Hamlet says he sees his father in his ‘mind’s eye’. Mr. Seetan is not arguing that nothing exists outside of our minds, though he admits that our reality is a lot about what we feel, taste, and touch with our senses. Our reality is a kind of ‘virtual reality.’ His main point is that our reality is just as real as virtual reality in Second Life. We experience life through immersion in the ‘real world’ of SL, through observing the works and creations of other resident.
Conquering Good and Evil: One perspective of the movie Black Swan by Elizabeth Weinberg. Black Swan is a movie about a ballerina, Nina, who loves to dance and at the same time, her love for dance threatens to destroy her. She wants to dance perfectly. Her desire consumes her. Nina is bulimic and hates herself to the paint that she mutilates herself. Elizabeth writes that Nina reminds her of the ‘deeply troubled people’ in the world who punish themselves ‘for their on [sic] humanity.’ Her struggles help us to see and understand the reasons for their behavior and internal conflict. “Nina’s struggle with her artistry is a metaphor for the many who seek perfection at the price of their own happiness.”
Frets Nirvana Lifted Up by Music by Traci Nubalo. Frets is ‘an amazingly ecletic player’ who has been performing for all of his life. Frets would play and play while others would party away. He honed his craft. He can play songs from Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed to Delta type blues. Traci says his sound is ‘pure audio magic.’ Frets plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, a 1930 resonator guitar, and a 1990 resonator guitar. Now that’s variety! Frets is really into sound. He has experience working as a recording engineer. He says “Sound has always been what draws me first. If it’s not there, I don’t listen.” Besides really knowing what kind of sound he wants and all the elements needed, he also plays tambourine with his foot! This man is quite versatile! The song that started his love for music…”Louie, Louie.” If you haven’t heard that song, have a listen! His parents bought him his first guitar when he was 6 or 7. He tried lessons and then ended up teaching himself to play. His style is so diverse. He says life is everchanging, going up and down. In his own words, “Music mimics life.” That it does, Frets. Keep on rocking, man!
Second Skills Education in Second Life by Flor Nachtigal. Flor recalls how she learned to be a resident in Second Life. She knew educators used SL as a teaching tool, but she felt that SL was a place to learn about virtual worlds and about desires and fantasies. Second Life is filled with ‘rich content.’ There are a lot of technical schools to be learned in SL. Her first instructor was Brinda Allen (like me). Brinda has helped thousands of residents in SL. But she doesn't just help them, she touches their hearts. She makes them feel loved and special.
These are only a few of the great articles packed into this issue. I hope you read through the entire magazine! :-)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Brinda Allen, the sim owner of Benares in Second Life wrote a great blog entry about Flor. If you read Flor's article in Palais's most recent issue, you'd have read about Flor's learning experiences in SL. Brinda was her first mentor. Also, brinda was my first mentor and first true friend in SL.
To sum up what Brinda wrote, Flor always liked to build and took interest in building early on. Flor is a great content creator. She even has products posted at marketplace. Read the blog article here.
Flor is the brains of Palais and we are proud to have her behind the wheel, driving Palais forward.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Premiere I: Sunday March 20th, 2011 - 2.30 PM SLT
Premiere II: Sunday March 27th, 2011 - 2.30 PM SLT
SL Globe Theatre Gift Shop - aka, Skin City (224, 33, 3096)
Mahoney City, Shipstone (226, 139, 3202)
Performances on Sundays in March/April/May:
Globe 2.30 pm slt: PREMIERE 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, LAST 5/1
Mahoney 2.30 pm slt: PREMIERE 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, LAST 5/8
1. Girls - Sailor: Girls, Girls, Girls - 6 dancers
2. Soldier - Sade: Soldier of love - 8 dancers
3. Romance - Lady Gaga: Bad Romance - 6 dancers
4. Way - Alicia Keys & Jack White: Another Way to Die - 9 dancers
5. Oggi - MINA: Oggi sono io - 5 dancers
6. Unusual - Nicole Kidman: Unusual Way (NINE) - 1 dancer
7. Senza - Zucchero: Senza una donna - 12 dancers
8. Bye - Sailor: Girls, Girls, Girls - 15 dancers
9. Surprise - 16 dancers
Alazi Sautereau, Aminata Potez, Arabella Luminos, Aspen Wrigglesworth, Emyly Beaumont, Eva Bohemian, Falkon Wickentower, Felicia Ibanez, Jeni Luik, Jie Loon, Lee Kenyon, Line Rayna, Luna Myanamotu,Randy Thor, Ric Lyle, Xanthi Oridium
Master of Ceremonies - Alazi Sautereau
Idea/Concept/Production leader - Jie Loon
Choreography - Jie Loon
Tutors of dances
Aspen Wrigglesworth: ‘Way’, ‘Senza’
Jie Loon: ‘Soldier’, ‘Romance’, ‘Bye’, ‘Surprise’
Line Rayna: ‘Girls’
Xanthi Oridium: ‘Oggi’
Music stream hosted and sponsored by Sandro Sonnenblume (2222-Server-Hosting)
idea/chosen by: Jie Loon
designed/sponsored by: Analee Balut (ALB DREAM FASHION), auster Elan (GizzA), LeeZu Baxter (LeeZu), Nile Karas (Flowerdreams-Couture), Saby Clary (Utopia)
coordination: Line Rayna
Land sponsored by:
sLiterary - Globe
degoya Galthie - Mahoney
Performances on Sundays in March/April/May:
Globe 2.30 PM SLT: PREMIERE 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, LAST 5/1
Mahoney 2.30 pm SLT: PREMIERE 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, LAST 5/8
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Opening March 1st 211
Opening reception, 7:00 pm SL time
Bobbi Laval is known for her competitive SecondLife surfing and is often seen dancing at live music venues around SL. However over the last few years she is becoming known for her artistic inworld photography, digital manipulations, and digital paintings. Her subjects range from classical portraits to the wildly abstract. Bobbi's work is expressive in that it portrays the feelings and emotions that she often struggles to express in words. Sometimes tugging at heartstrings, sometimes a bit on the naughty side. Bobbi continues to explore and push her limits, each show or series of art she does tends to be unlike anything else she has done before.
"What Bobbi Sees" is a new exhibit featuring new work with just a few old favorites. It is a look at sensual forms through Bobbi's eyes blending into abstract works that represent the feelings and emotions that escape from Bobbi's head onto the digital screen.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
PRAKA Fashion District
On Feb. 13, I visited an art exhibit in the PRAKA Fashion district, “Through The Eye of A Woman”. It opened on Feb. 12th and runs until March 14th. The art exhibition is about women’s attitude toward the life and also how the world views and acts toward women. They say a picture paints a thousand words. Well in my mind after seeing this gallery, I feel that these artists painted a thousand words in each painting and my review cannot do full justice to the works.
This art exhibit features work from Cat Bocaccio, Maloe Vansant, Callipygian Christensen, Del May, and Dantelicia Ethanial.
I was there around 6pm SLT and I spoke with Katarina Aries, PRAKA owner briefly. I also met Pray Xonfor another owner of PRAKA.
The first exhibit I visited was Dantelicia's. Her theme was "In Motion" As I stared at her work I felt as though the women were suspended in motion...they were seeing something beyond the camera and beyond the observer of the paintings. I wondered what they were contemplating and just what had them enthralled. Whatever it was, they were helpless to deny or ignore its power over them.
Del May’s theme was "Furnished", I found it both captivating and eye-opening. Women were contorted and covered with furniture or the furniture acts as a foil to highlight their nudeness...their vulnerability and fragility. It was truly an eye-opening look at femininity. To me it symbolizes a harsh world that forces women to bend and submit to its harshness. I think just about everyone can recall at least one time in their life when they have felt oppressed and burdened by something or someone.
Callipygian's work was intriguing. Her theme, as described in my words, was sexy buxom women in corsets, garters and brassieres. Her work symbolizes sexual freedom and also how restricting clothing and fashion can be to women. She also has a phenomenal calendar that she's selling, which you will find near her artist photo.
Cat Bocaccio's work was sensuous and brilliant, the theme was "Field of vision."
Her work featured blurring effects, the pieces looked like water color paintings. The message I gleaned from it is that vision is misted over when it comes to society's view of women.
The last exhibit I visited was the one with Maloe Vansant's work. Her theme was "Soul of a non existing woman". There was a painting that portrayed a golden woman. The golden woman made me think that she's near death but still holding on to a last tentative breath. The woman symbolizes a brilliant female who is strong and intelligent, but life is trying to tire her out to the extent that it nearly kills her. But still she fights on.
If I had to sum up the jist of this whole gallery, I’d say that the entire body of art symbolizes a woman’s strength to live and feel in a harsh, uncaring world.
Pictures by Amber Hird
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Dear Friends -
We are proudly announcing the opening of Galerie 17. We set ourselves the goal of displaying and promoting art that captures our imagination, and hopefully yours, provokes thought and adds to our beautifully diverse steam age environment. We will start off Galerie 17 with an exhibit of the art of Kira Westland, opening Sunday, February 27 at 7 pm SLT.
Kira Westland became a resident of Second Life in November 2007. Kira comes from Chicago, Illinois. For several years Kira respresented a variety of brilliant artists from many of the galleries located in the Chicago area. Kira's father and uncle were both artists.
Kira is an artist, illustrator and photographer in Real Life. She has illustrated several childrens books, and sells location photographs to several organizations.
Kira has a background in modeling and movies, and as such has adapted the art of body positioning and emotional expression to her work. Her works center around the human form and human emotions, including places and landscapes that move the heart and soul.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Adele Kling and Deningun Parte
Hope to see you there!
Monday, February 21, 2011
by Flor Nachtigal.
Did you ever think Second life isolated you from the real world? Today the real world came calling. I had a message through one of my groups that a demonstration against air attacks on demostrators in Libya was going on in in the sim of the United Nations, at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Clearwater%20Beach/151/101/25
Accepting the teleport, I landed in a crowd of well over 20 who had spontaneously gathered as soon as the news of the attacks broke.
[11:28] Maua Bisiani: FREEDOM AND PEACE FOR LIBYAN PEOPLE
[11:29] Hatim Back: STOP THE BLOOD SHED & MASSACRE IN LIBYA THESE ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
[11:29] Hatim Back: STOP THE BLOOD SHED & MASSACRE IN LIBYA THESE ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
[11:29] Hatim Back: STOP THE BLOOD SHED & MASSACRE IN LIBYA THESE ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
[11:29] rozee: ﺔﻤﻴﻬﺑ ﺶﻣ ﻰﺒﻴﻠﻟﺍ ﺐﻌﺸﻟﺍ ،ﺔﻤﻴﺨﻟﺍ ﻮﺑ ﺎﻳ ﻝﻮﺒﻬﻣ ﺎﻳ :D
[11:29] Hatim Back: STOP THE BLOOD SHED & MASSACRE IN LIBYA THESE ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
What did you think of this month's issue? Let us know what you think! You can post at this blog, but please only post constructive criticism here...anything that seems obnoxious will be deleted or censored.
One topic from Palais's Febuary issue that I would've liked more discussion on was Monogamy in SL. Do you think it is possible? And more specifically, can it be satisfying?
I'm probably not the most qualified person on this topic, since I've never had a partner in SL (my first rezz day is in July), but I'd just like to put in my opinion and hopefully get some dialogue going.
Though I know of only two SL partnerships that are true and lasting, I believe that monogamy is possible. Just as rodo said, people are most likely to be themselves in SL. It's hard to pretend to be something you aren't, even in a setting like SL.
In today's world, monogamy is a big deal. When kids enter junior high school, they all want to date and have a boyfriend or girlfriend. In high school, it is no different except that kids start driving and they start to take relationships a little more seriously. After college, many or most people marry or settle down with the love of their life.
Proceeding to the heart of the matter, we feel this need to be with just one person. You could argue it's peer pressure. People will call you a loser if you're single. But I think that that's only part of it. We really want to find our "other half", to sound a bit cliche. We just want someone who understands us and who will accompany us throughout life.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
This month's issue features an article written by Traci Nubalo, one of the newest members of Palais SL Magazine! Her article was about Pilgrim75 Swashbuckler AKA Pete Mroz, an aspiring musician who is trying to get a recording company to sign with. The article features amazing pictures and a thorough look at what Pete Mroz is all about. We wish him the best of luck! When Traci met with him, he had finished performing to an amazing SL audience. The audience loved him! If you haven't heard his sound, join his fan group for when he plays and contact Traci if you have any questions that you don't think were answered in her article.
Michiel Seetan's article "Larkin' around" is about Philip Larkin, author of 'school girl-spanking-fiction' and how he brought about a new wave of 'sexual freedom.'
In the article "Cybersex beyond SL" by Lady Torri Loring, there is a discussion about virtual sex...what it is and how couples can find satisfaction from it. She first defines virtual sex. In Wikipedia's words, virtual sex is "a sexual act where two or more people gather together via some form or communications equipment." She discusses animated copulation, cuddling and caressing, and real life orgasm. Which method is your preferred one for sexual release? Read this article which starts on page 19 and decide, as well as see what Lady Torri favors.
The article "Men who pose as women" recounts the stories of two men who are in SL as women. Both men are heterosexual in real life and find their sex lives fulfilling. As you have probably learned by now if you've been in SL for months, you can be what you want in SL. For one man, the journey started when he switched to the female form from the appearance menu. At first it was challenging and intimidating to them. One of them noted that women are more open and honest about their experiences. But they soon found that it felt right to be a woman in SL. Overall, both find the experience fulfilling, a rewearding learning experience.
"Understanding my submission" by Elizabeth Weinberg is about domination and submission, about how the author was raised to believe that she had to be in submission of men. But she didn't like any of the men in her life. Was there any way around that? She couldn't find a way. Until she saw the movie, The Story of O, she thought submission was disgusting. The movie revolted her at first. Halfway through, she felt fascinated by a scene in which O is forced to have sex with another man in front of Sir Stephen. O's ultimate desire is to be completely exposed and humiliated. The subimission the writer sees in The Story of O is voluntary but the submission she knew from when she was growing up was forced and oppressive. This article makes one rethink the meanings of sexual submission and dominance. Well done!
"Monogamy: Is it Possible in Second Life?" is written by rodo. He admits to being a 'horrible flirt.' Also, about 90% of the people he cyber'd with aren't single and it does seem like cheating. What if you are involved with someone in RL and with someone in SL? It can get sticky. It can feel like being unfaithful. Why have only one partner in SL? In SL, you're free to be who you want, do what you want (within reasonable limts), and see who you want. And yet, it is possible. "It depends on the person" and what works for them. Just a little aside, I have noticed that the ones with an SL partner are mostly monogamous. I only know of one couple who enjoys "swinging." But even then, they are like a married couple who are so very much in love, despite their inclinations to see other people.
Elizabeth Weinberg's book review of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is the next article you'll find in this month's magazine. It describes how the novel is either one you hate or one that you love. It's political and reflects Rand's views about life and politics. Rand was born and raised in USSR (now known as Russia). The book shows one man's solitary life and struggle against the cold, harsh world that he lives in. Elizabeth recommends the book for those who aren't "looking for powerful social interaction or a passionate love story." Roark is a struggling architect who stands up for his work (art) and doesn't try to compromise with people who want to alter his work. I have read the novel in its entirety some years ago and I also recommend it. I caution you that if you're expecting some idealistic, optimistic, ordinary book about life and struggle, this might not be the book for you. The novel is unapologetic and blunt.
And now, the article that you must all be interested in..."Shemales", which was written by Elizabeth Weinberg. In this article she defines them as an avatar with female breasts and a large penis. The males "look female in hair, skin, shape, and legs." Shemales speak to the mysterious interchange between females and males. Elizabeth has many shemales friends and she finds them "fascinating, unpredictable, extravagant, explosive, and most of all seductive." Does this have you more intrigued? I hope so. So why don't you read this article? You might learn something that you didn't know. Smiles.
The last article is "Exploring Voyeurism & Exhibitionism" by lana Melune. lana explores The Keyhole and Dirty Talk with her partner. At the Keyhole, upon arrival you get a notecard that informs you that the place is for voyeurs and exhibitionists and there is no privacy. They spoke with "Annie" about the experience at the club. Annie works there. Annie said that most guys could get aroused by skilled cyber text, the visual was only the support. She only knew of one guy who was great at cyber text. While lana and her partner were there, they watched as 3 individuals got aroused and orgasmed. They could hear them really get into from the voice chat they overheard. Did the author and her partner try it? Read and find out!
The second destination they visited was Dirty talk, a classy looking sex lounge. The place has a nice seating area and a small stage where the host addresses the audience to talk. The conversation was mainly about the audience's fantasies. There were a few "shows" in which people could voice and get turned on. lana found Dirty Talk to be a venue more conducive to sexual fulfillment. Why not visit these destinations with your honey and see if the two of you can find satisfaction?
Well there you have it, a fairly brief preview of what you'll read about in the February Issue of Palais SL Magazine.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
It’s that time of year when we think about hearts, as though we spent the other 350 or so days not thinking about the heart and matters thereof.
“Heart” can mean a lot of things but for the moment let’s restrict the discussion to love, and by extension, happiness. Love itself does not guarantee happiness, and perhaps one can be happy in the absence of love but right now I am thinking about the difference between grudging acceptance and radiance. As I woke this morning I found myself thinking about radiance. Let me explain….
A couple of years ago I was at a Halloween party. There was a woman there who was not only beautiful but also radiant. I knew her, tangentially; for she was a client of my former employer and we had spoken on the phone on several occasions over the years, but never met in person.
So I never knew what she looked like as a man.
I never knew if she/he was radiant as a man, but I suspect not. She is in a long-term Triad relationship, all three professionals and having the operation was something all three agreed upon, and supported her before she went to somewhere in SE Asia for the surgery. That sort of surgery is not something one would undergo lightly so I conclude the love was there and the surgery allowed the radiance.
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I was on a bus in North Wales, in the UK, and a few sears ahead and across the aisle was a young woman who was positively radiant. She also had a jagged scar down her cheek from her right eye to near her chin. I cannot imagine the cause being anything other than a knife.
I thought of the trauma potential of such a wound and of course I could not know if there were other wounds, but her animated radiance as she conversed with her companion told me she was no longer touched by that trauma. Or she was blind.
So here was a case of radiance without the certainty of love.
In SL, we often feel love, with or without radiance, with or without happiness, with or without love in return. And in the absence of a webcam, we are totally blind.
So the conclusion is that a large part of love and the attendant radiance lies within the individual and the belief, the conviction that our love is reciprocated. We are uplifted by this belief and this is the source of the radiance, knowing that the one we love loves us. Or knowing as the transgendered woman clearly did, that she was “right,” as good as she could be, as herself as well as a better member of the family relationship.
Receiving a valentine may make your day if it is from the right person, because it affirms you are love-able by someone you care about. Not receiving one may ruin your day, for therein lies a lack of that affirmation. If we can cultivate the radiance internally, not dependant on the actions or affection of another, however lasting or transitory, would we not be ahead of the game?
I am hopeful we do need a sex change or a scar to achieve it.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
A young girl and her pre-teen brother are on a train. It is perhaps a long journey, perhaps a short one. Perhaps they are tired, cold or hungry. Perhaps she is cranky at his fidgeting. She looks down and sees he is wearing no socks. She may have called him stupid, perhaps something less self-righteous, but she was critical.
Soon thereafter, the train arrived at its destination, and they were separated.
Their destination was Auschwitz and she never saw her brother again.
She had a lot of time to think on this and she resolved never to say anything to anyone that could not stand as the last words they heard from her.
Think about this. One way or another, one day or another, every person you have ever spoken with will have no chance of hearing you say another word to them.
What will those last words be?
Enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere of our lovely sim. Have a browse. Sit down and relax and have a drink. Check out the teleporters- they will get you to the main locations. One is at SLURL here.
Take your time and explore Alanis Gallery- erotic artworks and the lovely angels in the garden. Upstairs, Sylvia Fitzpatrick has her gallery of real life portraits. Come check it out! SLURL
Rentals are available- check it near the main pier at Ayla's Estate Office- or IM Ayla Guisse.
FREE GALLERY SPACE AT ALANIS
We know that some of you take lovely photos and invite you to send a full-perm texture, with a short title and your full name in the description, to either Sylvia Fitzpatrick or Michiel Seetan. It will then be displayed (not for sale) on the balcony overlooking the garden of Alanis Gallery, Roissy 2 – Sylvia has put up some boards and, once they have filled up, there will have to be a waiting list; so act fast to bring your talents to a wider audience.
Open to Alanis and/or Michiel Seetan Group members. The Alanis group has over 550 members. Join now!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I am torn between a deep-seated belief that we all shuffle off this mortal coil when we are supposed to, as part of some grand scheme, and wondering if suicide is the same as any other death in this scheme. Is it predestined that this person should die by their own hand, rather than in a traffic accident, disease or being murdered? In the end, dead is dead, right?
Once (more than once, I suppose you might say) I thought I had the right as well as the ability to end my life on my own schedule. I was wrong or at least failed in several attempts. I am intrigued that when it came time to shake hands with Mr. Brink from external causes, I clung to this existence for, if you will pardon the expression, for dear life.
The incident recounted below took place in July of 1992 and seems a lifetime away. I was feeling overwhelmed with pressures and doubts and it just seemed moiré than I could face. I am as convinced now that suicide is never the answer as I was that it was the only course then.
The barrel of the pistol was cool as I nestled in my ear on that hot July afternoon, and the click as the hammer fell on the empty chamber uncomfortably loud. So far, so good. Pity I had to buy 100 shells, as one shot was likely all I would be able to take. I thought about what I had heard, that a .22 doesn’t have the velocity to exit through the skull, that the slug just tumbles around like a pinball, doing low-level but hopefully lethal damage to the soft tissue. Not ideal, but I could hope to die quickly, or be unconscious as my life drained away.
I had picked the spot, the place we had called “Rabbit Gulch” for its isolation. More a path than a road unless you knew where to go, I sat in my rusty, orange 1974 BMW 2002 facing the Front Range of the Rockies a few miles south and east of Boulder. I felt a twinge of guilt about the oil that was dripping onto the thirsty ground, but it could not be helped.
I test fired one more time, and slipped a shell into the chamber. I composed myself for the act, and briefly considered the fact I had written no note. What was there to say? My wife would be free to return to England, I would be free of my student loans and the bleak job prospects in Cornwall. It would be best, for all concerned. I jammed the barrel into my ear.
Then, in my rear view mirror, someone on horseback appeared, coming towards me. And another. At least a dozen, ambling in single file. I could not risk spooking a horse with a gunshot, did not wish to be responsible for someone else’s injury, so far from anywhere. So I waited.
And I waited. The plateau we were on is broad, and the riders were strung out, in no particular hurry, the sort of string a dude ranch might put together. I was a fool to pick a Sunday, it seemed.
As the last swishing tail vanished as they rode down the rise, another party appeared from the west, coming toward me again. Same leisurely pace, same dude ranch “feel,” I suspected many had never been on a horse. “Bloody hell,” I thought, “it’s a conspiracy…” It seemed so appropriate – my soon to be widow claimed it just sounded wrong when I said ‘bloody,’ my American accent made it sound vulgar. She could keep her proper English ways, we’d be free of each other soon enough. Son as the horses passed, even more in this second group.
I thought about Penelope Jane. She wasn’t a bad person, we had some good times, probably more good than bad; I thought about my dad, who would say suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. As I watched the last horse vanish I picked up the gun once more.
The day had waned and the sun was now setting. Not just any sunset, no. A picture postcard sunset. I had to watch. I thought about never seeing Jane or my family again, never tasting homemade ice cream or hearing Enya or Sade or Beethoven and I drove home in the fading dusk, to face whatever life had in store.
That was not my first brush with suicide and I would try again later that year, but it was long ago and while I often think I would be better off dead, I know one thing: it is not up to me to decide the hour of my death. If it was, I would not still be here.
I never knew I did not want to jump into the Grand Canyon until I stood there. Sometimes you need the view from the edge.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
It’s the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. For more than a generation, abortion has been legal. And for more than a generation there has been strife, a polarization between Pro-Choice and Pro-Life.
In truth, there are many shades of belief, I suspect, within those who favor Choice, at least. I do not favor abortion. I see it as a last resort, not a convenient form of birth control for those who cannot be bothered to use another method. But I still favor the rights of the individual, the freedom to choose the course of one’s life. I simply cannot see it any other way, and I realize this is a flaw in me. I struggle with the issue of when life begins, struggle with the morality. But I would never impose my struggle on another or resort to violence.
Abortion clinics have been bombed and abortion providers murdered, by people who may genuinely believe their cause is just and their means thus justified. Yet why is this unlike what recently happened in Tucson? How does a “Pro-Life” person justify the risking of or taking another’s life in order to advance their cause? Can it advance their cause? To be fair, we do not know for certain what the Tucson shooters motives and beliefs are/were, but his victims are just as dead as the abortion doctors. Again, I show my own failings, perhaps, in seeing no difference between one murder and another.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
A Symposium for Gallery and Studio Owners
Thursday, January 20
Morgana Nagorski 6:30 PM SLT
Curator for PRAKA
Having an exhibition ?
|"Brand It ... and make it Sizzle !"|
Monday, January 17, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
I know I don't usually post about tech stuff, but I think this is important. Linden Labs just enabled 42 groups on the grid as of yesterday. You get 42 if you're in V 2.4. If you're in Phoenix 1.52.818 you get 40 unless...you log into V 2.4 and join at least one group, log out of 2.4 then back into Phoenix or whatever viewer you're using.
If you can't get it in Phoenix, go to debug settings from Advanced. In debug type Phoenix40groupsupport and select true. Then x out.
This is great news for those of us, like myself, who find that they have filled all group slots and want more groups or keep on leaving groups. I can never keep an empty group slot for long and I try so hard. Haha.
Check this link for more details: http://blogs.secondlife.com/community/technology/blog/2011/01/13/technology-improvements-for-q1-including-raising-group-limit-to-42
Happy Friday all!
Be safe and be happy.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Traci Nubalo is a veteran of the RL music industry. She has won awards for her work as a performer, musical artist manager, tour director, music journalist and rock radio station executive.
She arrived on the Second Life music scene in January, 2009 when her music blog “Traci Nubalo: The Word” (http://tracinubalo-theword.blogspot.com) first went online. The Word is now home to more than thirty of Traci’s articles. She was quickly syndicated by Virtual Times, increasing their circulation many-fold before they stopped publishing last year.
She currently writes lifestyle pieces for Best Of SL Magazine. Her long-form SL music reviews can be seen in the pages of PURE Magazine, which is also home to her monthly column “Bytes & Pixels”, a collection of short bits and pieces on our music/entertainment scene.
In January 2011 Traci joined forces with Palais, where she writes interview/articles on her great love, the Second Life music scene.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the Palais team,”, says Traci (yes, THAT Traci!). Commitment to excellence is important to me and I’m finding that in a big way here.”
Monday, January 10, 2011
Opening Jan 11, 2011 7:30 PM
Palais Orleans Galerie d'Art
aka eddie01nz Florio
Outrageous ? Outlandish ?
Extraordinary images from the talent known as Missy. Thirty selected pieces from her body of work that reflects her unique style and point of view.
Click for SLURL
Monday, January 3, 2011
Here is where I like to relax. The Twisted Orchid Bondage Club. Not only relax. I enjoy dancing here. The atmosphere is warm and wet. I confess that I love the decadence.
I have fun just being in the audience as well and watching the very skillful dancing that takes place here on a regular basis. These girls have pushed the world of "emotes" to an art form. This morning I watched Becky Kenaan, Ulla Zepp, cindy Kundiman, and Alou Kenyon.
You can find this place, the Twisted Orchid here.