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Review — Holidays Jewelry Releases from Beguiled

Gita Rau sent me a set of packages yesterday, containing some new jewelry releases from her store, Beguiled, for my consideration.  And I did consider, and my considered opinion is that it’s mostly very good.

The first set, Smoky Bands, needed little thought from me; in truth, I’ve loved this hoop earring style since I first saw it at the store.  Shaped like a ring horn, the thick end (where the mouth of the horn would be) usually has a metal or jeweled band circling it.  It’s been available in a variety of colors and materials before this new pattern; for this set, Gita includes a matching bracelet and a pair of thin bangles to make a suite.

The next set, Deco Blocks, also appeals to me, since I’m a lover of the Art Deco style.  (Beyond the fact that I sell much Twenties art in my own store, my current house is decorated inside in Deco style.)  The necklace and earrings are a very clean design, with the main element being a single piece with a black/white graphic in enamel.  I might have considered something other than the ebony or onyx beads for the necklace, but it still holds up very well.  (Incidentally, the earrings come in both the form shown here, and a pair with less thickness.)

This set, Tendrils, is as clean as you could wish, and is excellent for casual wear or a party dress.  The dangling silver filaments wave as you move, giving the piece more realism.

Finally, a set designed explicitly for the season, and part of a holiday collaboration package with Baby Monkey and Petunia.  The Christmas-tree necklace comes in two sizes and glow or no-glow.  The wreath earrings are also large or small and glow/no-glow.

Note the plaid texture on the outside of the ring itself.  I’ll admit the first thing that came to my mind was a roll of Scotch tape, but it rather works.  The only thing I have a problem with is the necklace, but I say this because that kind of “costume” jewelry design isn’t really my style.  To me, it’s a little kitschy.  For a Christmas party, though, especially a casual one, such a necklace can be just the thing.

Teleport to Beguiled.

Contact Sheet — Volume 12

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life. Images used in this article are used under permission of the owners via their participation in the Creative Commons license; otherwise, all rights are reserved. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog, Flickr or Snapzilla page. Please go to these artists’ pages in any case to leave comments, (as well as comments here), if you have an account on the appropriate service.

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

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I’m way behind on publishing some of the fine Second Life photographs I’ve been finding.  I have over a thousand favorites in Flickr — the main place I use for finding candidates.  I don’t have so many other places bookmarked or referenced in my Zotero files [1], but those will probably start piling up as well.  So I think I’d better do a big one tonight/today (this is liable to take a few good hours to write, unless I’m lucky).  You’re going to see a mix of lots of things — fashion, snapshots, landscapes, art compositions, unretouched and massaged.  Old hands should probably be mixed together with new folk that I’ve run across through other photographers running across them as well (grin).

If you’re interested, stay with me and keep reading and clicking after the break…. And, as noted above, if you know of someone you think should get a little more attention — even yourself — let me know by some method listed.

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Contact Sheet — Volume 11

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life. Images used in this article are used under permission of the owners via their participation in the Creative Commons license; otherwise, all rights are reserved. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog, Flickr or Snapzilla page. Please go to these artists’ pages in any case to leave comments, (as well as comments here), if you have an account on the appropriate service.

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

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I just have too much good stuff in my favorites folder at Flickr right now to wait. (Besides, I’m trying to write more often.) So we’re off with Volume 11 of Contact Sheet! And there’ll probably be a Volume 12 sometime soon.

This time out: a variety of stuff. Not all “artistic,” it should be said, but they got at least a smile from me if not a marking of “a fave,” and that’s worth it in the end. As always, I try to get in at least one or two that haven’t shown up in the column before, and that’s even better!

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Jhuzen Ketsugo is also known on Flickr as DJ Ket-su. Hailing from RL Toronto, she runs the Retrology region with fashion flair and clubbin’ drive; in the latter, she and her partner Draco operate Pin-Ups, a quite popular venue. Retrology recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, and the krewe decided to throw a birthday bash, which Ketsy photographed. This series is the first instance of SL fireworks I’ve seen (I missed this past July 4, being off with my children for one of the local RL displays), and it’s impressive.

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I’m not quite sure what this offering from Tarissa Tripsa is, except that the foreground head looking back over her shoulder, the hairstyle, and the general composition of the piece impress me greatly. Note also the sign for Gilley’s behind the head; you can just make out the logo if you’re familiar with this RL country club.

But I think the thing that catches my attention most here is the parking garage in the right background. I’m expecting to see a sign saying “Max Headroom” somewhere in there!

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Time to channel the past a little, and Florence Babenco of France does so in grand fashion. This portrait, done in sepia tones, gives me a feel of, say, a Thirties glamour shot, distantly related to Hurrell’s Hollywood pieces.

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Where does this archway lead, and what powerful sorcerer carved it, possibly from the living rock itself? The builder knows, of course, but so possibly does Gita Rau. This seeming sunset shot gives the photo both a lonely beauty, and perhaps an air of foreboding. Those who pass this gate may have their lives changed…forever.

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Regular readers know of my fascination for amazing hair. Does this qualify as hair? According to Cerdwin Flanagan, it sure does. It’s a chromium steel mohawk and horns! The picture was taken at the Musa Artis sim; Cerdwin provides an SLurl.

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In a very curious self-portrait, Kean Kelly, also known as 2K, emerges from the mists…. Is this her forcing her way out of a dream, as one commenter suggests distantly in a quote from a poem?

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Time to move on for now!  As always, let me know of any suggestions you may have for other artists to consider and place in a future column.

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Contact Sheet 8

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life. Images used in this article are used under permission of the owners via their participation in the Creative Commons license; otherwise, all rights are reserved. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog, Flickr or Snapzilla page. Please go to these artists’ pages in any case to leave comments, if you have an account on the appropriate service.

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, or E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com.

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Chrisy Jewell knows more about Greek myths than I do, I’ll admit readily. She has a good reason — she’s Greek. Here, she has given us a piece she calls Aphrodite Tymborychos, or “Aphrodite the Gravedigger.” It seems there may have been more to the goddess of love than causing mortals to go mad with desire…. The picture seems to have been retouched just slightly to my eye, a sort of transparent “texture” layer, that gives the composition a feel reminiscent of the illustrations of N. C. Wyeth at his best.

While this, Stairs to Heaven, is not Wyeth — any of the Wyeths, who are grounded firmly in Chadds Ford School realism for the most part — but more of a mild surrealism. The first thing beyond the merits of the work that comes to mind is that photo of Salvador Dalí (done for Life, I think) painting in the air, with the swirl of water and a pair of cats flying through the foreground. (Of course, I tend to think of Dalí whenever I think of surrealism.)

Or, for pure (virtual) realism, go to Killerious Professionalis. The story says it all.

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Connie Sec decided a while back to channel her inner Jedi, and came up with Constanza Jade:

Constanza Jade by Connie Sec

There is a slew of comments at the Flickr page, including some funny ones; go take a look by clicking on the image.

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