Sunday, November 18, 2012


Places will be shown at a real life screening for machinima in the Netherlands.
This photo won top prize in the Dirty Deeds photo contest. 

Friday, October 26, 2012


I have been having lots of fun playing with filters lately. It isn't something I can do with fashion blog posts as those need to look fairly realistic to show off  the clothes. So it is fun to get dressed up in blood and dirt and play the "dead body" in the scene. This was for a contest but somehow the post I got on the rules didn't include needing four people in the shot -- each on one of the scripted grave markers (see photo below). 

Still I enjoyed the process and even became part of the storyline in the role play sim. I came back from getting some real life coffee to find a lengthy discussion going on about reporting my body to the police. I had to smile. I left myself "dead" and did some photo processing while I waited for the folks to disperse. Then I continued on with my shoot. 

This is one of the shots I took a few days later with friends. Many filters were involved and I am not too sure what they all were at this point but there was a blending of two layers in the end, one a stylized black and white and one the original colored version. This is my favorite of the entries but probably not the most popular of the bunch.

Perspective - Red Seal Hunt 2012

I have been doing a lot of still photography of late so I decided to add a few of my favorite shots to this blog and update a bit. Lots going on and "Hit Me" has become an orphan.

This was a photo for the Red Seal Hunt contest. Unfortunately I was the only one that entered and the coordinators of the hunt have apparently decided not to give out prizes. I can understand that, but I really would have appreciated a reply to my inquiry about the issue *wink*. Oh well.

With that in mind I have decided that if I happen to win a prize for an unscripted artwork at University of Western Australia this next month, I will share that prize with the person who didn't win because they had the only non-scripted work for "Water". I don't remember who that was or what the work was, but I KNOW how hard I worked on this photo. I would have liked at least a pat on the back virtually speaking. So I suspect the person who didn't win last month has the same sort of emotions.

Monday, August 13, 2012


A flies in amber collage of the second Linden Endowment for the Arts ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE, five months ending August 15, 2012.

The Linden Endowment of the Arts is an official Linden Community Partnership program whose purpose is to help new artists, cultivate art in SL, and foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration within the art community.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

the absence of memory

Deeply inspired by the latest moody and thought provoking build of Marcus Inkpen, I took a journey in my imagination. My camera when along for the ride.

Filmed at "The Returning" (LEA17) and the University of Western Australia with one brief shot from my archives at Rain, this film features treasures from the UWA inworld campus: Mosaic Marble Floor - Winthrop Tower Balconette - Hans Arkeveld's 'Celestian'

Music is Come With Me by Stranger's Moment's (cc)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Country Life

From my YouTube blurb:

A few years ago I lived in a tiny town on the edge of nowhere. Men were at a premium there; that is, there weren't that many. The local saying was that you needed to import one to have one *wink*. I opted out of the need for a guy and enjoyed my time there immensely, but many women made the choice to support their guys who spent their time in "artistic" pursuits or simply with a Bud at hand. This film is partly for them and the life that continues there.

I was so impressed with these animations, I simply had to use them lickety-split.  And it was fun. The lazy guy is just me in male form so not really a story there :D.

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Rusted Development

A curated exhibit opened for the month of May over on LEA1. I spent a morning exploring and filming and the next day editing. This is the result. A great build and certainly plenty to think about. As always I went without a plan and let the exhibit tell its own story -- from my point of view of course.

Running with Scissors

I spent several weeks on Running with Scissors, building many of the sets, designing others and attempting to make each shot as elegant as possible. I was pretty successful in my estimation. I had some issues with trees that caused a tremendous amount of lag (who knew?). There was one shot I would have liked a do-over on, but sometimes that just doesn't work out.

It is a story of mothers and daughters and how wisdom can change over time.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

TIME - LEA 2012

Just as most of us were readying to leave our LEA endowment plots, I woke with the idea of visiting each of the installations and producing a collage of sorts. We needed a record of what we had made. At least I wanted more than dimming memories.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

In Dreams

"Where do you go when you dream?"

We give ourselves up to the darkness and the spirits -- each night a new adventure. There are hints in our wanderings; all we need to do is listen.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Search - UWA V "Seek Wisdom"

The University of Western Australia is once again hosting a machinima competition.  Its theme is based on "Seek Wisdom" and the UWA itself, now with 100 years of service. I sort of volunteered to go first, over-achiever me, with "The Search". The films are to be 4:30 minutes long in order to be considered for a special prize. That is a long film for me, but I did manage. I plan to do a more surreal and outside the box film before the contest ends in June. LOTS of time.

On Thin Ice

I was asked to document my LEA12 build, On Thin Ice. Our installations are fleeting and photos and film are the only tangible evidence they existed. There are our memories of course.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fifteen Minutes Or a Bit More

A red letter day for me, my installation is currently featured on the Phoenix login screen as an Editor's Pick in the SL Destination Guide. Happily a friend let me know and forwarded proof. So I simply had to include it in the HMWYBS blog.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Changing Moods

Really liking this shot, I am adding it here. Mood is so important and something we can easily forget. I have two "plans" in a sort of ephemeral stage at the moment. We will see where they go, but somehow this mood seems to fit in. Time will tell.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

On Thin Ice

This afternoon I completed my installation at LEA12, my quarter sim plot. Ahead of schedule with nine galleries as well as landing area and a machinima in the can, I am a happy gal.

Gallery meets exploratorium in an interactive journey with a reminder that as nations, individual and species we are each day -- walking on thin ice.

Corridors twist, turn leading vistiors on a personal and sometimes interactive adventure.
The artistic and hopefully thoughtful  exhibit includes a machinima, Party at the End of the World. 

View the video here: