THIS moment yearning and thoughtful sitting alone,
It seems to me there are other men in other lands
yearning and thoughtful,
It seems to me I can look over and behold them in
Germany, Italy, France, Spain,
Or far, far away, in China, or in Russia or Japan,
talking other dialects,
And it seems to me if I could know those men I should
become attached to them as I do to men in my own
O I know we should be brethren and lovers,
I know I should be happy with them.
I sometimes joke that my love of art began while playing Masterpiece, the art auction board game. But, that was purely superficial. My lifelong deep appreciation for art came from my art teacher. I actually had two art teachers, a husband and wife, Mr. and Mrs. S. She taught 7th and 8th grade art and he taught 9th-12th. Since our entire class took art in 7th & 8th grade, her classes were larger and much more basic. She was a good teacher and I liked her, but her husband was a great teacher, a master teacher and I loved him. Not only did I learn a lot about art from him, but I also learned about teaching and humanity.
He was a preternaturally calm teacher, steering his way through life on such an even keel that even a hurricane could not twist him about. He may have grown up on a farm and taught in a small farming town and lived on a farm himself, but he brought an urbane sophistication to life – sharing with us his appreciation of modern culture, music, books, movies and artists that were often unheard of. He was active in the community, persuading the town council to fund a city-owned art gallery that brought art into our town. Imagine a town of 1400 people with an arts center with revolving exhibitions, musical theatre, art classes, writing workshops, music lessons and even a recording studio all funded by the city and the grants that he helped pursue. During these years of retrenchment and austerity, that such a small town continues to support the arts – well, if only there were more teachers like him in towns across America.
Intrigue Co has a fun little watercolor pose prop for the budding watercolorists of Second Life – a fitting contribution to the watercolor theme for April’s Collabor88. It even comes with framed and ready to hang copies of the finished work. I didn’t actually use the poses because they are made for painting on the floor or in the grass, not on an artist’s work table, but since I just moved and put in a place to paint in a corner of my kitchen, I decided to use it there.
The thing about Mr. S was that he encouraged us to draw outside the lines, but not just on paper. As he saw it, the rules were there as a guide – to make sure we rubbed along comfortably in life, but that they were not a limit. That when it made sense and it was worth it, it was okay to break the rules and that sometimes the rules needed to be broken. Civil disobedience was, in his eyes, was drawing outside the lines to realize a better world just as drawing outside the lines often realizes a better painting.
You can win a date with me! Woo Hoo! Come on… please? Anyone? A date with me is on the auction block this Saturday, April 5th (I’ll be up between 1:30 and 3pm SLT) at the Balboa Theatre,
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I relay for many people in my life… my mother, an aunt, an uncle, a cousin and numerous friends … some who have won… some who are losing… and some who have lost to this evil enemy we call CANCER. I will be participating in an event next Saturday – a date auction to benefit Relay for Life. Located at the Balboa Theatre. If you want more information or an auction form, please stop by my shop, Flutterby Tattoo’s. And consider dropping a few Lindens in the RFL kiosk while you are there… I Relay… do you?
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My new home from Alouette comes with the huge wrap around porch of my RL dreams. After I got pixel Gidge ready for her very packed day of shopping she decided that ordering some breakfast up was exactly in order. She has her own mind most days. Luckily, I live on an island that has everything and it was nothing to get some coffee to go sent over and some waffles.
It makes me not really mind the storm rolling in for the day. Continue reading
I have company on the way over to watch the finale of True Detective – so just pictures today!
Well, I am back and the finale was amazing! So today I put together a jacket from Decoy with a black and white skirt from VN and some gorgeous shoes from The Secret Store. The jacket is gorgeous and will go with lots of outfits – a great mix and match staple from Collabor88. I love the jacket but it will occasionally glitch at the elbows. A longer alpha would solve that, but then you would have the hollow up the arm problem. An occasional glitch through is, I think, better than the hollow sleeve all the time.
The war has begun, SLINK MESH HEADS VS THE WORLD. Ok, they aren’t the first by a long shot. There have been a handful and even some that have appliers but what any SLINK fangirl will tell you, when it’s SLINK, we love it.
This is not an objective review. HERE is an objective review. Continue reading
Well I got a new little dog. I might be into collecting little dogs now. With the Arcade feeding my cute things addiction this weekend it’s hard to say WHERE the madness will stop. But I’ve set up a little campsite with my new Tres Blah trailer and outdoor goodies, and the doggie and me are on vacay! Continue reading
We had our second snowstorm of the winter in Southtown and I confess I’m done now. Bring me warm weather and sunny days. I am ready for cool evening breezes and casual, lazy southern days.
Fission, the new brain child of Lavea Alter (you may remember from A-Bomb long ago) is bringing us fresh, fun pieces that are driving away the most tedious winter days. So even if it’s not left your RL, you can escape to paradise in your SL and these gorgeous pieces are perfect for it.
I’m still rolling around in Tuli this week. This is Sara, such a pretty face. Tuli does a great job not only with lips, which I have mentioned before, but with blonde brows. Some folks cannot get blond brows right.
Gidge Is Wearing:
Lip Gloss: [:Tuli:] Sara / pearl :: Lips :: Intense Red (gloss)
Lashes: Amacci – Eyelash Tattoo 6
More Lashes: *MC* "Falsies" Eyelash – Upper (add)
Hair: Exile::Quiet Afterthought
Top: Fission: Say It Right cami-black (S)
Skirt: Fission: Say It Right skirt-Red (S)
Feet and Hands:Slink Mesh (Av Enhance)
Shoes: [LVLE] Naenia Slipons – Black/White
Skin: [:Tuli:] Sara / pearl (blond) :: 03
Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Iris (S)
For years the debate has raged, why are some avatars so frowny. It’s not just a bit of expression on the face, it’s an over exaggerated look of I don’t even know what.
It looks a bit crazy. Yes. I said it. It looks CRAZY. If this is you, YOU LOOK CRAZY. I know your blog your rules, so obviously if you CHOOSE to look crazy, then that’s all good. I choose to look like a pixel Barbie doll and obviously this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea at all. So, I am not saying that I dispute your right to look crazy, I’m simply saying – that’s how it looks to me. Or should I say – LOOKED.
Because you see, dear readers, I’ve had a revelation. I’ve seen the light. Epiphany. Continue reading