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Tadao and Calatrava


In the building group BOW, we do have two brilliant teachers. Graham, who is the King of Blender and know how to prepare the buildings to Second Life, and Rottin, who teach us about architecture, and give us enormous challenges,when he wants us to join competitions, where the task is a building inspired by the original architect.

The two latest contests have been with inspiration from first: The minimalistic Japanese architect Tadao Ando .  ( Link to Wikipedia: ).  He is known for his use of natural light in his buildings, and he intends to let people experience the nature through the architecture.

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My Happy Place

Another month is gone...it is now springtime, even it is not every day here in the northern Europe we can feel it. Outside it is raining, and it is under 10 degrees.

So still possible to spend time in front of the computer, and try to improve my skills in 3D building and photographing.
And that I have done, even not by writing posts to my blog.
I have been joining a couple of building contests, one in the group Dreams, and one in the group BOW.

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Washerwomen At Roubine Du Roi Paul Gauguin 1888

What is this?

In the group Dreams in Second Life, there are many activities. Unfortunately, (for me) is most suited US time, so much of it, I can´t be involved. But in between, there are building competitions that take place over several days (weeks), and then a European also can contribute. The theme of this month was to choose a 2D image from RL and then build it up (with primarily prims) in 3D. We could use 110 prims / LI.The picture we had to choose might be anything, a theme from a fairy tale, from a famous artist, a cartoon or picture from RL.

I had first selected an image from the Swedish archipelago
but when I was half finished, I had already spent too many prims (apparently). So… I deleted it all over again, and found a picture of Paul Gauguin (you see it above) .... read on:

The seven sins

Lust  (click on the photo to get a larger version)

In many years I have thought about to do something creative with the theme "The seven sins."
So now, when I practice photography in Second Life, here was an opportunity to make some photos with my avatar, and try to express "The Seven Sins.
It took time 🙂 Each final photo has cost me 1-2 evenings in Second Life, many many pictures, and 1-2 nights and lots of layers in Photoshop.
I´m quite happy with the result. Some pictures I´m more happy with than others, but all in all, I think it works.
Here are my photos:

3D building _04: Collage and falling water

The music og nature ( click at the photo to get a larger version) 

 

There is a reason why I am not a fashion blogger 🙂
It has been a busy month both in my RL and in my more creative life in the virtual world.
I have participated in two building competitions.

One in the group  B.A.D .where you can build with sculpts and prims. Here was the subject "Collage". I won a second prize --the supposed something with nature's music.
You can see collagen above.:) 

In the Building Group BOW is Rottin back after a long break. He has kept a lesson in architecture from the theme Fallingwater- house.

Fallingwater is a house built between 1936 and 1939 of a waterfall in southwest Pennsylvania. Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect, designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark.

        The real Fallingwater house 

We had  14 days to construct a house inspired by this house. Either try to imitate it or at least to be inspired. Waterfall under the house had Rottin listed for all of us on the building platform.  We can build in prims, sculpts or in the mesh.

It was a tough task. It is a complicated house, and it was not easy to read the blueprints. But in all circumstances: A fun challenge and about 12 -14 in world builders participated in the competition. Here is my humble contribution.

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I know not yet the result of the competition, and, in fact, it is not so important to win. Now I have at least got a chance to replace my current home in SL 🙂

Time and emotions

When the mind is free.... ( touch to get a larger version) 

 

Just got a book by a fellow named "Time" (written by Ulrik Uggershoej, DK, physicist to Aarhus University)
He begins his book by quoting from a popular children's broadcast "Kaj and Andrea." In the show says Kaj (a frog) .. that "time is something strange " ..They sing a children's song,  and follow it with, "Yes: Here you had 2 minutes."
The author delves into the concept of time and mentions among others,  Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. I must avoid messing myself into too much of it, but the point is, than we often experience time  very differently.

We all know that one minute can seem like a split second or less, or it may perceive as longer than an hour.  At least it is, in my view, a long time since I've written here.. or I can see at the date that's been a few weeks. The weeks or days as the weeks comprises of, has flown away for me. And I have not felt that I had time to write here. Or ..probably it is just a question of priorities.
I have spent some time practicing, even more, to take photos in Second Life.
Just as we experience time very differently, the images also will bee interpreted differently. I try to get an expression, a feeling, a story up in my pictures. The emotions, the narrative, expressed in a whole through the motive, colors and the header of the picture. Or that's at least what I'm trying to get ahead. Then you decide whether you think it succeeded. 🙂 

Here are some examples:

Mesh head and body

So I did it. I invested in a mesh head, and few hours after also a mesh body.

Long ago I switched hands and feet of my classic avatar to Slink mesh hands and feet.
I have long time considered whether I should get a mesh head or not. But when Bento was current, and several options to use facial expressions,it became even more attractive. But it's still lots of Linden to spent, so I hesitated.

But since I started photographing my avatar to learn how to use the camera, I've got more desire to decorate her with make-up and tattoos. And frankly, the add-ons to mesh heads are awesome.
Sooo .... I decided to buy a Catwa head. I got it installed, and I also supplemented it with few add-ons. But ... suddenly, .. yes, I thought that I could just as well jump right  into it and switch to a Slink mesh body too.

And what a difference. Better shape, better skin, and my body suits my hands and feet perfectly.
I'm glad I have a Catwa head, but there is a little bit of challenge to get the texture of the neck to be in the same tone as the body. I found some tools to fix it..but I´m still not quite satisfied with the result, so I´m still working on it. 

Now wait a lot of work ahead of selecting the clothes I want to keep and bring Slink addons. But also a lot of fun to adjust my avatar, and give her the personal look I want, so she reflects my personality 🙂

 

Experiment with photography in second life

These dark winter evenings (in RL), where I come home, tired after a long day's work, there is nothing so relaxing, and the best escape from reality, as to experiment with photography in second life.
I try different styles. I love landscapes in second life and will eventually probably walk around and find beautiful spots to photograph.
But right now I do have a focus on my avatar. I would like more than just take pictures of my avatar in different places and different environments. I practice capturing a certain mood, a particular expression, a feeling.
I haven´t found my style jet, and I´m still not satisfied with my work.
But (laugh) maybe that´s the energy and drive that keep me going on.
I have posted several of my photos here:

3D building _03

WOW! So many amazing buildings in the contest "Everything ice " in the group "Building Artistic dream B.A.D."
The three winner buildings you can see in the post.

Around 10-12 builders gave their contribution to the competition. And it was very difficult to choose the favorites. But to be honest, the three builders who become the winners, were also for those I voted
I am very impressed. There is so much I have to learn yet. (fortunately)
It seems to be an excellent building group with a courteous and friendly atmosphere. There has been no time to be extremely social, but maybe next time. 🙂 There is a new theme every month..so now I'm very excited about what comes next.

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