This week at Ce Soir Arts…

As the now-closed BEACHES Art Exhibit enriches our memories of summer and the grace of sunshine and shorelines, we enter the transition into autumn with joy. Even as we face challenges in the physical world including the forest fires and tropical storms happening now in the US – and other challenges, around the world – we celebrate the wonders of coming together here to enjoy beauty, friendship, and adventure.

This week, we have an emphasis on the spoken word at Ce Soir Arts. Do come join us at The Magic Tree for some marvelous readings – and more – from Poet Laureate Russell Eponym, MrG DarkroseÆon Woodford, Bryn Taleweaver, and Dubhna Rhiadra. Each one has a stellar set of readings to share, and we can’t wait to settle in and enjoy! Note that Caledonia Skytower is unable to share with us this week…but she will return on 19 September with more of her outstanding programming. In the meantime…


It will be an enjoyable week of poetry and prose with a variety of topics. From the lighthearted to the more deeply ponderous, we have quite a selection to share! We know you won’t want to miss any of it, and we are ready to welcome you! The Magic Tree is indeed one of our favourite places in Ce Soir Arts. It lends itself to all kinds of spoken word wonder…so do come along!

Of course, Russell will put a definitive wrap on the week on Thursday at Château Ce Soir…opening up a glorious weekend as the seasons change. Come along for the beautiful music and the warmth and fun we share! Russell is an outstanding musician in every sense of the word. His repertoire is rich and his presentation engaging. We hope to see you there!

The Magic Tree           Château Ce Soir

Come…be inspired tonight!

As the seasons change…

The world is a very interesting place, and we’ve always been fascinated by the weather. Having family around the world, we hear about the temperature and precipitation patterns experienced in various countries on a regular basis. It’s intriguing and kind of funny to keep up with the activities and involvements of different ones – depending on where they are residing at the moment. (I say “at the moment,” because it seems that some of us are increasingly mobile – which adds to the intrigue!)

We run into this issue fairly frequently, as we are hosting artists, musicians, and poets from around the world. Just with our last art exhibit – BEACHES – we had participants from the US, Spain, Australia, Italy, Greenland, and Puerto Rico! All of these locations have a different weather temperament and seasonal flavour. From the frozen north to the balmy tropics, there is astounding variability – not to mention the vast seasonal differences between the northern and southern hemispheres. Our Australian friends are warming up to spring, just as we are looking ahead to cool autumnal beauty.

Of course, we are thinking of terrible storms and forest fires of recent days…and some that are brewing in various locations. In the US alone, wide swaths of forest fires in the Pacific northwest are raging as I write this, and many people have been evacuated from their homes for safety’s sake; sadly, some will return to devastation and need to rebuild or move. Others will be affected by the economic impact on the area and by smoky skies that can be harmful to health and well-being. We send our best to all of those affected and to the brave and caring firefighters and first responders who are doing incredible work to save lives and property. We keep watch and hope for a manageable outcome for all involved. Some will discover rich reserves of strength from deep within themselves…and we hope all will find the gift of kindness surrounding them.

When it comes to storms, the US and other countries bordering the Atlantic basin have seen their share of weather damage and threat in recent times; even the Labor Day holiday was not a respite. Hurricanes and tornadoes have wreaked havoc in many areas – both coastal and inland. Of course, Hurricane Harvey, the epic storm that has left the gulf coast of Texas under water is fresh in our minds. The storm itself lasted days…but the damage and recovery will take months and months – even years. The broader impact will be measurable for a long time to come as we all do what we can to assist. Donations to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other reputable charities are sorely needed, and we thank all who have given of their time as well as their money or goods toward the compassionate efforts to help the people who have been in many cases completely uprooted. They have our thoughts and prayers…and anything we can do to be of practical assistance.

And just when we turned our thoughts to recovery for those along the gulf coast, another series of tropical storms have started forming. One or more of these threaten the Caribbean nations as well as the southeasternmost part of the US: Florida seems to be in the bullseye of Hurricane Irma, which is presently predicted to be one of the largest storms on record. Although at this writing the storm is many miles out to sea, the forecasted potential for damage is astounding all along the possible plotted paths the storm could take. We gather our courage once more as citizens prepare for what could be yet another epic storm. As we watch and wait, our compassion rises; let us all be prepared to continue doing all we can to help – remembering that every little bit makes a difference. Whenever we lament that we can only send a few dollars or have only a few blankets or pieces of clothing to share, we must remember that each bit touches someone with genuine care and real help.

As we return to focusing on activities in our virtual world, our hearts and minds are focused on these incredible events taking place in the physical world. Let us be reminded that there are many, many concerning happenings going on around the globe at any given time. Natural events and those perpetrated by individuals can leave us shaken, but we must remember that love is what matters most. Our virtual lives can be both a respite from the stresses of that “other life” we are all living concomitantly…and a way for us to come together to share caring and support with those who join us here. Kindness is a treasure – no matter where we find it. May we all make it a focus of our being…in all the worlds there are.

Beaches Art Exhibit – Artist Interviews…paula cloudpainter & Mireille Jenvieve

As we wrap up this series of interviews, we want to say what a pleasure it has been to interact with this group of artists and to learn more about their individual processes – their hopes and dreams as they move into the future. In celebrating their collective and individual successes and explorations over their careers – and in the BEACHES Art Exhibit – we have been inspired by their creativity and energy. Each one has a specific focus, an overall message, if you will. It’s been an enlightening and enchanting experience, and we are grateful for their time and focus.

Last night’s BEACH PARTY was a fitting closing celebration – exuberant and joyous! Even though the exhibit remains open through the American Labor Day, we thought it time to pause for another celebration of beauty! BAZ was on-target with his fantastic beach music, ANJ brought his A-game (as always!) with an array of very danceable tunes, and Nuvolino rounded out the night with a rousing hour (plus) of CHILL music that had us dancing under the stars! Over the course of the evening, artists Dolph Beornssen, Skyspinner Soulstar, Olyvia DeCuir and paula cloudpainter joined in the fun!

We will have more parties coming up, as new art exhibits and special events come along this autumn…

As for the remaining two artists from the BEACHES Art Exhibit, I must begin with myself. I have one piece in this exhibit, and it is a favourite: Ruins at Eventide. This photograph was taken at Ce Soir Arts, and it captures for me the lovely intersection of dark and light that strikes its perfect balance at dusk…eventide. My work in SL focuses on this meeting of contrasts, and you will see the tension between two opposite elements in all my work – photography, mosaics, and writing; for me, this focus is inescapable. I am so pleased to be part of exhibits at Ce Soir Arts, and when I am, I usually hold it to one submission. This pleases me, as my role is really to curate the presentation of art from others – one of the greatest joys of my Second Life®  experience. Visit my small gallery space at The Oracle Parlour in Ce Soir Arts.

Our other remaining artist – the lovely and gifted paula cloudpainter – has shared a magnificent and wonderfully unique painting for the BEACHES Art Exhibit. The title is perfect, as it describes the work beautifully: cloud essay – storm at the cape is comprised of two main depictions of cloud formations and environmental conditions as a storm at the cape takes shape. Each of these paintings could stand alone in beauty and wonder; they are powerful, in and of themselves. However, this work has a story to tell that is quite complex and innovative. In addition to the two central works, three other paintings are placed along the side to further illustrate the storm in its development. We can observe the gathering of weather energy, feel the flow of air across the ocean’s surface, and see it as it reaches land. The eye is drawn to each segment of the work, in turn, but the beholder also experiences the piece in its moving totality. cloud essay – storm at the cape is a fascinating piece of art for the story it tells – and for the beauty of it. The white background allows the elements to flow beyond their borders and escape into the atmosphere…and the viewer can feel that. Truly, I seemed to have felt a change in the air just by gazing at this beautiful work. You must come stand before it and feel the wonder that paula has created. She is represented in SL® by the Visions of Beauty Art Complex / Whinlatter Galleries. Do visit to enjoy more of her work!

THE INTERVIEWS…

Mireille Jenvieve:

M: What started you off on the adventure of creating art in your life – in-world or otherwise? Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked your creative energies?

M: My first artistic effort was in an art class in elementary school. Our teacher, Miss Marsh, asked us to gather leaves from the playground or home for a project. I love autumn and remember meticulously choosing about a dozen leaves of varying type and colour, and laying them out in a circle on my desk. Miss Marsh seemed to be interested in my arrangement (and the fact that I had so many leaves). As we made wreaths, gathered clusters of leaf bouquets, and traced the leaves on wax paper and parchment to paint them, I felt happy and focused. It was a feeling I wanted to experience again, so I pursued artistic expression with passion. I enjoy that rewarding feeling when I write, create a mosaic from various media, or work with a photograph.

M: What do you like best about the Second Life® experience? How has it enriched or otherwise informed your artistic work – your process, perspective, choice of media?

M:  Æon and I learnt about the platform at a conference in 2004. We were interested, but did not pursue it. After the New Year in 2007, we checked it out personally and were instantly engaged. We loved the visual and almost tactile nature of SL® and the emotions that rose and fell as we wandered, exploring freely – even though we had few skills. Soon, we had a home to decorate, and it was not long after that we discovered live music, art exhibits, classes for building, and groups for all kinds of interests including health and education. This exploration continues and we are constantly learning about the technology and how to use it to experience the expressions of others – and to express ourselves. I fell quickly to the camera and to writing, which I have always done. My RL work (called “Words & Pictures”) has found its way here, and I love that.

M: Inspiration is important to us at Ce Soir Arts. Where do you most often find the inspiration for your work? What about for your work in the BEACHES exhibit?

M: Inspiration abounds in this virtual wonderland – and, we hope, at Ce Soir Arts. Inspiration is the centrepiece of our work, and we aim to provide an environment of peace and beauty that will allow souls to rest and reflect. Whilst inspiration can come as a flash of bright light, striking instantaneously like lightning, it can also unfold more gently…and uniquely for each individual. It is that intensely personal – as well as the more open and shared – aspect of inspiration that we so value and wish to foster. I feel inspired at Ce Soir regularly – something will catch my eye as I turn a corner or take flight. Like the music, poetry, art, and theatre that are shared here, inspiration comes readily in this playground of dreams. The theme for SL12B was “What Dreams May Come”; you can see my work for it at The Oracle Parlour at Ce Soir Arts. When it comes to the joy I experience sharing art in SL, I must give thanks to artist Owen Landar who exhibited my work at his gallery and in his SL12B location that year. He encouraged me and, well, the rest is history!

M: How about the future? What do you forecast or dream for yourself in regards your artistic vision and other creative endeavours?

M: I will always make and acquire pretty things. I am a Libra in search of harmony and balance – and that includes every aspect of my life, in-world and out. I am so pleased that we were able to purchase one of the astounding artist Bryn Oh’s beautiful sculptures as a bronze in RL. The Dancer captures so much that I love about beauty and movement; it is a treasure indeed! (See more about this at Bryn’s website.) As an artist (and I finally do see myself as an artist), I will continue to write, take photographs, and share my work. I may bring some of my RL work in-world in future, but I’m pondering just how I wish to accomplish that, if so. I plan to continue to create spaces in SL for the artistic expression of myself and others, and have a couple of collaborative projects percolating in my mind and spirit. I don’t know what direction(s) all this will take, but I am eager to learn – and learn more about how to accomplish what dreams may come.

M: I enjoyed this process…it reveals some interesting things about myself I need to know and examine.

paula cloudpainter:

M: What started you off on the adventure of creating art in your life – in-world or otherwise? Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked your creative energies?

paula: I grew up around art and my very earliest memories involve creating art and feeling the joy and celebration in art. My mother was a painter and father an engineer who created mechanical drawings, so I was fortunate to have those influences in my life from the very beginning. As a child I drew every chance I could, and that has never changed. I studied painting, photography and design in college and I’ve been searching for amazing clouds and landscapes ever since. When I came to SL® and saw all of the wonderful art being created and music being played here, I wanted to join in and share my artwork with everyone.

M: What do you like best about the SecondLife® experience? How has it enriched or otherwise informed your artistic work – your process, perspective, choice of media?

I enjoy the immediacy and flexibility of working and showing my art in SL. I can create a painting in the morning and show it in a gallery in the afternoon if I choose. I can create art without being concerned about gravity or cost of materials or size. And my favorite part is sharing my work with the SL® community and the warm reception I’ve received. People seem to enjoy my clouds and my vision of the world. Part of my mission as an artist is to share with people different ways of looking at the sky.

M: Inspiration is important to us at Ce Soir Arts. Where do you most often find the inspiration for your work? What about for your work in the BEACHES exhibit?

paula: The sky provides endless inspiration for colors, textures and ideas. I watch clouds for hours to understand their movement and form. I find inspiration all around me … in the way light plays on a leaf or the way shadows fall on a mountainside. I also read a lot of philosophy and art journals and incorporate those into my work. The clouds in my paintings are often a metaphor for something that is going on in my life. My work often speaks of change. The watercolor featured in the Ce Soir BEACHES exhibit looks at the change involved in a couple of hours at a Cape Cod beach and utilizes a map, weather satellite imagery and several sketched views to speak to that change.

M: How about the future? What do you forecast or dream for yourself in regards your artistic vision and other creative endeavours?

paula: I will continue to explore color, light and movement using clouds as a vehicle. I’ll keep working in any medium that will convey what I want to say with my art….oil on canvas, watercolor, gouache, pastels, conte crayon, graphite, and ink…in addition to digital works on my computer and iPad. I’ve also played around with animations and will continue to do that. Through my creative expression i try to send out positive energy and by doing so, try to make the world…or at least my little corner of it…a better place. : )

M: paula, we have been so pleased to host your work in this exhibit. We love your expansive subject – clouds – and the very specific and lovely ways in which you express their beauty and import. Thank you for being part of the BEACHES Art Exhibit!

This series of interviews with the 12 artists exhibiting at the BEACHES Art Exhibit at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn has been a true pleasure. We thank you for reading – and learning along with us! The BEACHES Art Exhibit will be open through Labor Day in the US; we will be happy to see you visiting as summer comes to a close itself. There are many events planned for autumn, and we look forward to that.

Come…and be inspired tonight!

Beaches Exhibit Closing after Labor Day…Beach Party Celebration Thursday!

The BEACHES Art Exhibit will be open through August (and through Labor Day in the US); we hope to see you enjoying these wonderful impressions of summery shores. Please note: a three-hour BEACH PARTY will be held on Thursday, 31 August at Ce Soir Beach to celebrate this exhibit and the nearing close of summer. It’s going to be a great three hours, so come on over and dance under the stars!

First up on Thursday however, is our wonderful Musician Extraordinaire, RUSSELL EPONYM! He will play his regularly-scheduled 90 minutes of folk, blues, and beyond, LIVE from Wales at 2 PM. We gather at Château Ce Soir for a delightful time with Russell and friends each week, and you are invited to join us! Russell is known in both RL and SL (and other virtual worlds) as a top-drawer musician. His own compositions are poetry – lyrically beautiful and musically rich. Sweet melodies and toe-tapping tunes showcase his unique finger-picking guitar style, his velvety voice, and his talents with the harmonica, banjo, and even the kazoo! From dreamy love ballads to songs that will tickle your funnybone, Russell has them all – so come enjoy this singular musical experience!

Your chariot to Château Ce Soir…!

After a bit of a break, we will gather again at 5 PM – but this time at beautiful Ce Soir Beach. We’ll be celebrating the marvelous BEACHES Art Exhibit that has been showing at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn since July. What a beautiful exhibit this has been! We have quite a collection, ranging from original paintings and drawings brought in-world to some of the most striking in-world photographs found anywhere. And so, we celebrate!

Your surfboard: Ce Soir Beach

Come…be inspired tonight!

 

Beaches Exhibit Artist Interviews Continue…Olyvia DeCuir and Art by Pieni…

Can we just say this: we love fashion! Æon and I both love to shop (well, I do edge him out just a bit!)…and we like exploring the possibilities for our avatars’ appearance. Olyvia DeCuir is someone who has her eye on that; she is a fashion maven in Second Life®. Through her photography, she captures an array of gorgeous scenes that showcase fashions in all their uniqueness and style beautifully. Her Savvy Avi Studio is home to her work and she takes clients for photographic imaging. Her history as a model in-world holds her in good stead as she has been the subject of photos taken by others including the inspirational Skip Staheli. What a great opportunity to explore varying perspectives! In her photography, Olyvia captures the feelings the fashions imbue…the response of the subject to both the clothing and the setting…and it gives the viewer some insight into how those pieces might be experienced. Her book – Styling a Savvy Avi is available for purchase at Amazon, in the Kindle format, and her Flickr account presents more of her photographs for viewing. This is her first exhibit, and we are so pleased that she agreed to launch this part of her career here at Ce Soir Arts. Do come enjoy!

Pieni – in her work with Art by Pieni – often explores our virtual world and then paints it or draws it digitally. Quite creative, she also takes pictures and creates collages – all in concert with other artistic pursuits. The three works – each a numbered work entitled Seashore – that she has placed in the BEACHES Art Exhibit are excellent examples of her interpretation of the virtual sea and how it interacts with the shore – which holds much in common with such scenes in the physical realm. These three pieces offer us stunning views of beaches, painted exquisitely in lush and finely grained pastels. Varying tones and densities of seafoam and spray enfold the views in tender beauty. One can practically smell the ocean breezes, swirling amidst those silvery mists, heightening the senses. By sensitivity to light and the play of shadow on the water and the land, Pieni has captured three unique moments at the shore – all of them lovely and engaging. She owns her own gallery (showing her work and that of other artists) called Galleria Kakku; it is an expansive gallery, and you must visit – just as you must come see these specific works at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn.

THE INTERVIEWS…

Olyvia DeCuir:

M: What started you off on the adventure of creating art in your life – in-world or otherwise? Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked your creative energies?

OLYVIA: When I was a new model, it seemed that the only way to get experience was to enter contests, and to enter one, a contestant had to submit a picture. At the time, Skip Staheli was the King of Contest Pictures, and they were so beautiful, it inspired me to start trying to do my own pictures. I wanted to be just like him when I grew up *lol*, but I was never able to achieve the sort of quality that his pictures had because I lacked the technical skills in editing software. This year, I received the gift of a LumiPro™ photography system and it was like lightning struck me. The versatility of the system took my work to where I wanted it to be and I started to create ART instead of just pictures. (Editor’s NoteLumiPro™ is the creation of Stefan Buscaylet and his team. Information about this photo tool HUD can be accessed at the team’s blog; visit them in-world at LumiPro™ World Headquarters.)

M: What do you like best about the Second Life® experience? How has it enriched or otherwise informed your artistic work – your process, perspective, choice of media?

OLYVIA: Second Life® has been an amazing 10 year journey for me. I’ve discovered all kinds of talents I never knew I had. I never thought I had any sort of artistic talent…my sisters were artists and I couldn’t draw a straight line, let alone paint a portrait of someone in oils. After being in SL for a few years and discovering digital art, I realized that I just hadn’t had the right medium for my talents.

M: Inspiration is important to us at Ce Soir Arts. Where do you most often find the inspiration for your work? What about for your work in the BEACHES exhibit?

OLYVIA: I find the inspiration for my work in a combination of the particular outfit I’m shooting, and the sim I find to shoot it in. Often, the pictures just take themselves because I am inspired by the amazing creative work of the sim builders and the designers that send me their amazing things to photograph. The idea comes fully formed into my head when I see a particular build or scene. I love the creativity that abounds in SL and it’s been an inspiration to me all along. I was “hooked” on day one because I understood what sort of creativity could take place in such an environment.

M: How about the future? What do you forecast or dream for yourself in regards your artistic vision and other creative endeavours?

OLYVIA: My only goal at this time is to refine my skill set and continue to be as creative as I can with an eye toward creating ART and not just pictures.

M: Thank you, Olyvia, for stepping out and sharing your lovely work with us in this exhibit. We look forward to your new directions as you continue to be inspired in this amazing virtual space!

Art by Pieni:

M: What started you off on the adventure of creating art in your life – in-world or otherwise? Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked your creative energies?

PIENI: My grandma painted and made art out of things like pine cones and rocks to form images on the ground. She had a small garden in a block of flats, and was able to use it for her creative ideas. She also painted porcelain, I have a gorgeous tea set from her that she gave me for my confirmation gift. My mom does all sorts of crafts. She used to paint mainly watercolors when I was little, but now she does scrapbooking and cards in a whole new level of techniques that make me jealous of her skill. With relatives like this, it is hard to pinpoint the moment I wanted to make art. I just always had pencil and paper, if I wanted. They encouraged me to write and do crafts.

M: What do you like best about the Second Life® experience? How has it enriched or otherwise informed your artistic work – your process, perspective, choice of media?

PIENI: Second Life® means a lot to me because the friends and family I have found here. Many people are part of my so-called real life now. Techniques are pretty much what I happen to have at that moment. But I do make art where I have taken SL snapshots and then modify them on Gimp. That has turned out to be a way to make some really unique pieces. I know a lot of artists must be doing the same. I love seeing art by other people. That is why I own a gallery.

M: Inspiration is important to us at Ce Soir Arts. Where do you most often find the inspiration for your work? What about for your work in the BEACHES exhibit?

PIENI: I usually get my inspiration from what I have been doing that day, other people, how the light hits the room I am in. So many ways. The works I made for the BEACHES exhibit were an experiment with the technique I mentioned of combining SL snapshots with digital art. I seem to get inspired by watercolors a lot. Any art by other people inspires me. World events. I find myself doing a lot of things I wanted to when I was younger, but was too busy to sit still for it, such as zines online.

M: How about the future? What do you forecast or dream for yourself in regards your artistic vision and other creative endeavours?

PIENI: My most important goal is to keep the social aspects of SL supportive and friendly. I want to be part of an accepting and open-minded art community. With friends like these, I will never run out of ideas and inspiration.

M: Pieni, thank you! We are touched by your goal of helping to create and keep the art community – and other communities – of SL warm and accepting. To us, this is also important and we appreciate your focus. We are pleased that you have shared with us through this exhibit, and we look forward with you to more creations!

This series of postings about the 12 artists exhibiting at the BEACHES Art Exhibit at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn – two by two – is a joy. As we are learning more about some of those who share their work in-world, we welcome you along! The BEACHES Art Exhibit will be open through August (and through Labor Day in the US); we hope to see you. Please note: a three-hour BEACH PARTY will be held on Thursday, 31 August at Ce Soir Beach to celebrate this exhibit and the nearing close of summer. Come…and be inspired tonight!

Click to join us! Ce Soir Beach   Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn

Summer begins to wane…but there is still summer fun to be had!

Yes, the summer is cooling its heels a bit in our area. Up in these verdant hills, the days are taking a cooler turn…and how welcome it is! We are known, however, for bright Indian Summers, so…hold on…it is not over yet!

This week is a bit less hectic for us, but we will be enjoying programmes as usual here at Ce Soir Arts. For a quick preview, check the upcoming schedule – which includes a closing BEACHES EXHIBIT BEACH PARTY as noted below:

Remember also, that you can visit at any time. Music is on most all the time, and there are many places to relax alone or with someone special. Dancing is encouraged, and dance machines are easy to spot, so do enjoy, sim-wide, including up above!

The Magic Tree        Château Ce Soir     Ce Soir Beach       Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn

The BEACHES Art Exhibit is open at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn through August. Stop in and enjoy…additional information is in earlier posts – and those upcoming soon…

Have a fantastic weekend and a wonderful week ahead!

 

Beaches Exhibit Interviews Continued…Jojo Songlark and Dolph Beornssen

We first encountered the lovely Australian artist Jojo Songlark through another charming friend of Ce Soir Arts, the very creative and kind Jan (H0n2a). He has been a regular companion at Poet Laureate Russell Eponym’s readings at The Magic Tree for some time, and when he discovered our Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn, he suggested we might want to view Jojo’s work. As her curator, Jan assists Jojo with various aspects of exhibiting, and so we traveled out that very evening to view her work. We were immediately taken by the composition and vibrancy of her photographs. The subjects varied, but always included a depiction of the beauty of the natural world as it is experienced in our virtual environment. Jojo captures the essence of what is conveyed about the scene by light and colour in each piece, making each one unique and full of life. Her first exhibit here at Ce Soir Arts – titled Through My Eyes – was indeed a look into how Jojo views the worlds around her. The four photographs displayed at the Beaches Art Exhibit each tell a story, capturing the spirit of summer. Viewing her photographs is a pictorial adventure not to be missed, and a joyous experience that will remain with you long after summer has gone.

Dolph Beornssen may be “new” to the Second Life® art world, but he has been avidly snapping photos since his first day. Fascinated by anything Valhalla, this Norseman seeks out various locations to explore the Viking mythos. His works here depict that focus. Both taken at the Tol Lasgalen sim – a beautiful seaport – each photograph evokes the feeling of a long journey completed. Indeed, there is a sense of peace and relief on gazing at the longboat approaching port or resting there. One can imagine that in the expanse of sea beyond the port awaits adventure untold, and that in that secure harbour there rests tranquility and a sense of being home at last. By sensitivity to light and shadow, Dolph has captured the emotional ties of wandering seafarers to their home ports. As you gaze into the photos, you can appreciate the siren’s call to wanderlust and the deep-breath sense of returning home as the longboats pull into harbor from their voyages. You will enjoy these Viking-themed photographs and all they represent.

THE INTERVIEWS…

Jojo Songlark:

M: What started you off on the adventure of creating art in your life – in-world or otherwise? Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked your creative energies?

JOJO: It all started for me as a child of about 6…I loved to immerse myself into my children’s books, with all the beautiful colorful illustrations & pictures. It was those books that inspired me to start my adventures into drawing, until it became obvious that I was at my happiest with my art materials and books around me. At first it was an escape from the conflict going on around me, until it grew into the love of my life.

M: What do you like best about the SecondLife® experience? How has it enriched or otherwise informed your artistic work – your process, perspective, choice of media?

JOJO: It was SL’s creativity that drew me here in the first place and continues to do so. Some activities help to relax and express myself, like for example improving my avatar…I love to create her outfits by mixing and matching. 😀  However, I get most joy from taking my raw & unedited photos which shows the beauty of what people are building here, plus the viewer tools help me to add my own impressions, by modifying the environment with changes in the light conditions and choosing from the many angles and perspectives of my subjects, just as I would do if I were to actually paint them…in my minds eye, I am forever “seeing” my subjects as a “painted” canvas, imagining it from start to finish, the colors I would use and the order of layers. Perhaps less time spent in SL and actually sitting at my easel would bring my imaginings to fruition….lol.

M: Inspiration is important to us at Ce Soir Arts. Where do you most often find the inspiration for your work? What about for your work in the BEACHES exhibit?

JOJO: My inspiration comes mostly from nature sims and the ability to play with the WindLight®, and also, anywhere there is water, beaches, rivers etc. Years ago I lived right on Bondi beach in Sydney, and to be able to watch the sea from my window was awesome and now in RL, I still live nearby the sea and have always found it immensely enjoyable to walk along a beach, listening and watching the waves crashing, or just observe a turbulent sea by sitting in my car…the wilder the weather, the more awesome! When I take SL photos, I try to share my emotions in my pics.

M: How about the future? What do you forecast or dream for yourself in regards your artistic vision and other creative endeavours?

JOJO: Creativity in SL awakens the constant urge to be creative in RL. It reminds me of how much I love to draw and paint so it helps me to come back to it, though not as often as I would like. In SL, places appear and disappear quickly, so I’d like to think the sims I visit and photograph will help to stay in peoples memories because of my art. So, about the future, RL often gets in the way but I NEED to paint MORE, I find sooo very much that is inspiring in SL. Also, in the past I worked with clay and loved it…I still remember my first attempts, a little elephant was among them. Not too long ago, I tried my hand at digital sculpting and found that immensely satisfying and as a result it will be another area for me to jump into.

M: Thank you so much, Jojo, for again sharing your beautiful work with us in this exhibit – and a bit about what inspires you. We look forward to your new directions and will enjoy inviting you back for more!

Dolph Beornssen:

M: What started you off on the adventure of creating art in your life – in-world or otherwise? Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked your creative energies?

DOLPH: This exhibit was, in fact, a galvanizing moment for me in creativity. I have long admired the range of object and scenic creation of builders in SL, but the theme (“Beaches”) of this exhibit allowed me to focus my energies on what I found particularly profound and beautiful at the SL port of Tol Lasgalen. I was very surprised to see-not one-but two of my pictures accepted for display at the Ce Soir Arts gallery. It’s very encouraging and motivating to me.

M: What do you like best about the SecondLife® experience? How has it enriched or otherwise informed your artistic work – your process, perspective, choice of media?

DOLPH: Though I have long considered artistic creation in Second Life®, this is my first foray into the creative experience. The support and encouragement I have received through this exhibit has ensured that I will take this leap again.

M: Inspiration is important to us at Ce Soir Arts. Where do you most often find the inspiration for your work? What about for your work in the BEACHES exhibit?

DOLPH: The focus of BEACHES as a theme helped me to direct my creative energies in an area that I found personally compelling and inspirational. I have a relationship with the sea in RL, and find expression of that here.

M: How about the future? What do you forecast or dream for yourself in regards your artistic vision and other creative endeavours?

DOLPH: I hope to use my visual expressions to drive my inevitable goals of building my own three-dimensional art in SL. I am a Norseman (kind of a Norse Cowboy) in RL and a Viking in my soul; the adventure of building art excites and satisfies me.

M: We are grateful to have discovered your work, Dolph, and pleased that you have chosen to share it with us through this exhibit. We look ahead to your new creations!

This posting about two more of the 12 artists exhibiting at the BEACHES Art Exhibit at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn has been a joy to present, and we trust you are enjoying learning a bit more about some of those who share their work in-world. We would love to interview every artist active in-world. We’re (sort of) working on it, so stay tuned! The BEACHES Art Exhibit will be open through August (and perhaps a week or two beyond); we hope you will come to enjoy…and be inspired tonight!

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