I have been making a lot of art posts lately. It's because I have been so inspired by Artwalk in Raglan Shire, and by the Hope Haven Heroes art auction, and many galleries I have been to. I am working on my own gallery and looking around for ideas on how to display things, for example.
I bumped into this amazing story about Whiskey Monday on The Drax Files and had to share it with you. This is exactly what SL art is for. Making connections, expressing self. Taking the art that is inside you and letting it flourish in ways we can not in real life, or in addition to our real life art works.
Whiskey Monday says a lot of things in the video that I connect with. I too have my battles with mental and physical illness in real life. My grandma was so much like her mother, always finding art in the world around her. She used to pick up pinecones and rocks to make art in her garden. Brought in a branch that looked interesting and put it somewhere to wait for an inspiration. She was always drawing or painting or making rugs at the local culture center. She was first an inspiration to my mother and then to me to be artistic in our own lives. So I felt like Whiskey and I had something in common as she talked about her mother.
I was moved by her art as well. I love her style. I can not believe I have not been following her more actively. I will fix that now. Instead of just admiring her pictures when someone I know likes them on Flickr, I am going try and actively experience her work. I love that I can do that. Virtual worlds make the world so much smaller, so much more accessible. While I have had my share of troubles in SL, too, all in all it has been a healing experience and hopefully will continue to be so. All these people we meet. Art, literature, seeing that others are experiencing things we are, while living maybe across the whole planet from us. As you can see, good art makes me reflect on my world. As it should.
Wanting to see Whiskey's art inworld, I went to see her exhibit Reality is Frequently Inaccurate at Remood United. These 2D SL photographs are breathtaking. I felt so lucky to have seen them, and to have been able to purchase some of them. I wish I had her eye for color and athmosphere. I could sit by these works of art all day dreaming. Now that I own some, I just might.
Interesting blog posts about the Drax Files episode:
And here it is, the video that made my day:
(Posted by Pieni)