Angels

The sketches in this are mine…about half from earlier years, half current.    The RL photo is of my mother, who taught me how to draw.  Over her lifetime, she created more than 1,000 sketches, in every medium.  She was entirely self-taught, wildly talented, and incredibly loving.  My heroine, my best friend.  She embraced life within her soul, and I am lucky enough to have inherited this from her.  Her presence in this is of special importance to me.  I just know that from somewhere in the heavens, in the universes, both my mother and my father are smiling.  And that makes me very very glad.

The music — “Angels” by Robbie Williams — I love not only for the theme of angels, not only the performance and electrified energy but truly the collaboration, the oneness between artist and audience.  Incredibly powerful.  Gives me goosebumps.  Angels makes me fly.  Every single time, everywhere, always.

(Oh, and the slideshow tool is very easy to work with and – bonus – free.)

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Pas De Deux

Because I help out at the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace, I have the pleasure of seeing many of the new fashions that are created by the seven talented designers who currently have a shop there.  I always love sharing news and pictures of these creations with you.

Here’s “Star Butterfly,” the latest creation from designer Misteria Loon from her brand Pas De Deux .

Star Butterfly gown from Pas De Deux by designer Misteria Loon
Star Butterfly gown from Pas De Deux by designer Misteria Loon
Misteria’s creations definitely have an ethereal leaning.  Some might say a faery sensibility.  In fact, although I’m wearing a different set of wings (my current favorite from another creator…I can’t seem to part with them), Misteria’s gown (in two skirt lengths) does come with its own wings that match the garment perfectly in its floaty blend of light and color.   Floaty…I wonder if that’s why I felt compelled to take these pictures under the sea in Shengri La.  I do so love the water…it’s idyllic and divine.  Along with that, I had spent many hours under the sea when I was a newborn (at first, quite accidentally, but then I soon discovered a whole world there), so there’s something incredibly thrilling and comforting about water.  And with the night setting, the sea became a wonderful backdrop for the photos.  

The next two pictures hint at the gown, but I liked their composition so I thought I’d post them, too. 

Star Butterfly gown from Pas De Deux by designer Misteria Loon
Star Butterfly gown from Pas De Deux by designer Misteria Loon
Here’s (below) the front view.  I’m surprised I could sit still on the seabed what with all the sharks nearby.  Luckily, as it turns out, they were incredibly harmless…although one of them does have an avatar sensor and keeps gravitating to you if you’re in the area.
Star Butterfly Gown from Pas De Deux by designer Misteria Loon
Star Butterfly Gown from Pas De Deux by designer Misteria Loon

Dunno if a shark nudged me to my feet, or if I just like this pose…

Star Butterfly Gown from Pas De Deux by designer Misteria Loon
Star Butterfly Gown from Pas De Deux by designer Misteria Loon

…I just like this pose.  The waters are perfectly safe in Shengri La and a wonderful place to dream.  Do check out both Shengri La and  Misteria’s ethereal designs by visiting Pas De Deux in the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace.    Misty’s creations are scrumptuously lovely.  And not only is Misty incredibly talented, but she is one of the sweetest souls inworld.

Moving Heaven and Earth

In SL, it seems we can touch the sky. 

While flying about and practicing inworld photography, I stumbled across what many talented photographers already know of and use expertly.  No, not photoshop…although that’s another one that I’d like to learn one of these days.  I’m talking about that little earth shattering/sky shattering (and apparently clock shattering) tool, the environmental editor. 

Here’s a “before” picture, with the environment set at the region default.

Sky set at region default
Sky set at region default

Here are a couple of pictures that resulted after moving the sliders around in the environmental editor.  You can pop the stars out and cause the moon to traverse the sky.  (It’s very cool to do this somewhat rapidly…it’s the same effect as fast-forwarding the sky in a film.)  You can even flip the moon and the sun around and spin the world on its head.  So to speak.

Moving the Moon
Moving the Moon

 And then there are several preset options, where the work of manipulating the sky, the clouds, the atmospheric density, the light, and stars has already been done and saved for the choosing…if you should choose not to do that work yourself.

Possibly one of several environmental preset options?
Possibly one of several environmental preset options?

 

Or maybe this was one of the presets?  I forget...
Or maybe this was one of the presets? I forget...
This is no new discovery for many, but it was great fun and very new to me.  I’ll have to open up that editor more often and play around with it…see what “lay of the land” (and the sky) it holds.  The nice thing is if you really create a strange mix of colors and light like I did several times, you can always revert back to the region default.  It’s nice that there are things that remain timeless…some things truly are and always will be.  Everywhere, always.