Thursday, April 22, 2010

Open studio for my new build, AT THE END OF THE DAY: Saturday, April 24, at 3 pm PDT.

I will hold an Open Studio at Atelier Alizarin on Saturday, April 24, 3 pm PDT, for "At the End of the Day," my latest immersive art build.

"At the End of the Day" (ATEOTD) is based on a view of an actual place in the village of Round Pond in Maine (USA). Follow the link,-69.455201&z=18&t=h&hl=en or touch the Google Maps screen shot just outside of the build to load the web site.

I have spent all or part of every summer inRound Pond, and the build reflects my feeling for the beauty of warm, moonlit June evenings. You approach through a dark forest of lupines. Once inside, you find yourself in a moonlit clearing. Lush fields of blooming lupines sway in the evening breezes. Hylas below and bats overhead keep up a constant chorus of small noises. Occasionally, the calls of a loon and a whippoorwill are heard. Once in a very great while, the evening calm is split by the screech of car tires as some teenage boy lays yet another intricate patch on the black top overtown.

There are poseballs so that people can sit and stir the water with their feet, and some tinies sits, also. The pose balls glow green on and off in a way that is reminiscent of fireflies, as are the little floating green particles. Other things to notice are the way the water in the cistern sparkles and gently washes up and down, the smoke drifting up from some of the chimneys, the lights that go on and off in some of the houses, and the patchy ground fog that hovers over parts of the field.

The reference photo that was used to create the original digital drawing is displayed nearby, along with the Google Maps screen shot, an aerial photograph of the site, and an SL version of the RL drawing. The drawing is of the same name as the build and is available in RL at It was done just like a traditional pen-and-ink and watercolor drawing except that I used digital tools, including a software program called Corel Painter and a pressure-sensitive Wacom digitizing tablet and stylus. All of the textures in the build were drawn with this software or in Photoshop.

ATEOTD uses scripts, animations, and sounds to provide an immersive art experience that is intended to create visual and psychic pleasure for the participant.

Other Atelier Alizarin Attractions include: Orfeo's Oratorio, musical kinetics and more immersive art in Sky Studio, The Particularium on the third floor, RL digital drawings on the second floor, 2-D digital collages on the first floor, and a beautiful sculpture park on the ground.

Champagne and hors d'oeuvres, of course!
DIGITAL ART: Martha Jane Bradford
Web Site:
MJB Blog:

VIRTUAL ART: Alizarin Goldflake (Metaverse avatar of Martha Jane Bradford)
Atelier Alizarin (Second Life studio):

Anza-Borrego Oak:
Metempsyche's Garden:
The Maze:
Atelier Alizarin Studio Tour:
The Mysterious Forest:
Museum of Science Project Concept:

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