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My latest picture for The Gallery of Light

My latest picture for The Gallery of Light

The latest Gallery of Light theme is Beginnings. What I like to do when I’m given the new theme every couple of weeks is to sit down and brain-storm a list of images and ideas that come to mind. Then I decide which ones I’m most interested in. Finally I narrow it down by which ones I can actually pull off within Second Life; I try to keep if from Second Life as purely as possible (without any major use of brushes or stock images) for my entries to the Gallery because by presenting it there I am saying the work is my own – there is no description underneath telling people where anything was sourced from.

Lots of things came to mind for “beginnings” but the one that caught my imagination and was easier to do in Second Life was story-book / fairy-tale beginnings. I love dressing up in fancy ball dresses, and had a perfect castle in mind, so I did the classic princess shot, “Once Upon a Time”. She can either be trapped in the tower looking wistfully down for a saviour, or pinning about her loneliness, wishing for adventure, etc. To me she is thinking about how dull and meaningless her everyday life is even though she’s a princess, and unaware of the excitement that is about to unfold.

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FearHere is my picture for the 4th theme at the Gallery of Light: Fear.

I struggled at first with deciding on the concept I wanted to represent, but I soon decided on at least something I didn’t want to do. I didn’t want to do a “fear OF” something. I wanted to represent either fear itself or some deeper message about what it is to have fear, and so I came to this picture.

The general idea is that Fear comes from within, which it does. We all have certain needs – food, water, air – but we rarely have fears associated with not having our most fundamental needs met. If you ask someone what they fear they will tend to answer at a “meta-level” – some sort of societal consideration, such as disappointing loved ones, public humiliation, public speaking, being alone, etc. And this was the direction most of my friends also partaking in the gallery seemed to go (or think about going – I haven’t been in world much lately due to the surgery so not sure what ended up there). Those sorts of fears are things we can work on over-coming. They are the sorts of things that if we look inside ourselves we can try to understand and overcome, for our own betterment. So in a way their work inspired my own picture – a reflection on those types of fears.

The picture itself is hopefully clear in (at least some of) its symbolism: The hand is out to ward off the seeming external threat, but the true darkness – the real origin of the fear – is within. The fear shining out from within colours the perception of the outside world, distorts its true image. The face is both revealed and hidden in the light of the fear, in the same way that we hide ourselves away in our blanket of fears and yet unintentionally reveal so much of who we really are when we tell and show people what we fear. She looks outside of herself to keep an eye on the danger, and holds her hand to herself in a protective way, without understanding that the attention is misdirected.

I don’t know what the next theme is but as always looking forward to it. Thank you as always Bailey for the opportunity to be part of your Gallery ❤

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After reading Kimber’s very loving and touching post about me on her blog (I plan to return the honour sweetheart); reading Bailey’s Thanksgiving post on her own blog; and recently deciding to temporarily drop my friends pick in my profile, I’ve decided to write a public “yay” for Bailey Longcloth.

Bailey was one of the most important people in my SL life before I ever fully appreciated it – she was a manager at Three Lions (RIP) and is one of the owners of Crown and Pearl. It took me far too long to step up and get to know her properly – I thought she wouldn’t be interested it getting to know me! It took an argument involving someone else before we finally talked openly and freely with each other, and I think mutually realised how similar we really are: Our sense of humour, the way we see the world and how we should express ourselves in it, and the people we hold dearest.

She gives so much to SL, the latest gift is The Gallery of Light: When galleries across SL are closing down or considering closing down because of the open sims disaster, she opened up one instead. And not just any gallery – one that openly invited and accepted new-comers to the art scene. It can take quite a bit to break into the SL art world because it is understandably flooded with talent, and things like taking part in her gallery is a great way to get some exposure and to even feel like your art is being appreciated and enjoyed.

On top of her generous nature she is also a sweet person, perhaps too sweet. I’ve watched people use her and take advantage of her, and her forgive them for it and not confront them in the way they deserve. I’ve done my best to support her during those times and try to help right the wrongs, and encourage her to act on that deep well of strength I see in her. She’s a fascinating and multi-layered person, and the more I find out about her the more I like 🙂

So next time you’re hanging at Crown, or living on the land you rent from her, or viewing her gallery, or looking at her own creations of art which I know will eventually take their place among the great SL art-works, maybe consider flicking her a quick thank you. Because your SL wouldn’t be as great as it is, without this lovely woman being part of it.

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My 2nd Entry for Gallery of Light

My 2nd Entry for Gallery of Light

My second entry for the Gallery of Light on Angel Square. The theme is “yourself”. I had grand plans for this picture, but not the skills yet to get them from my head to the screen. I did though learn a few new tricks in the hope I’d get there, which was worthy.

This specific picture is a little close to the bone and so I was reluctant to enter it, but I figured most people won’t get the meaning anyway so what the hell. But since you bothered to figure out where my blog was and to actually read it, I’ll share a little of its meaning with you. Basically, the idea is two parts of myself – one being the public face and the face I show my friends and family, the other the unspoken self which is always there and never really talked about. All of us have these two aspects to ourself, so it’s somewhat universal, but I feel more than any other image that to truly represent myself I had to split myself into two parts in this way.

There ya go. Hope you like it 🙂

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Bathing in LightThe wonderful enterprising Bailey Longcloth – co-owner of The Crown and Pearl, owner of Angel Square, and generally talented and sweet individual – has invited me to be a regular contributor to her new Gallery. The Gallery of Light is a lovely open aired and welcoming location, situated on Angel Square sim. I’ve been part of an exhibition once before and that was neat, but being given an in-world forum to consistently contribute to like this is very happy-making. The picture attached is my first piece being shown there, under the theme of “Light”. I call it “Bathing in Light”. I’m already looking forward to the next theme ^^

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