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In the past, there used to be groups and individuals who would come together periodically, have an art prompt, set up a live model, and/or a still life scene in-world, and then provide a timed period for artists working physical or digital media to come to observe it and to sit together while they sketch, ink, or paint the scene. It was just a wonderful social opportunity to be creative together and to celebrate the process. It was one of the most delightful things I ever participated in on Second Life and it was the main reason I was on Second Life at all 2013-2015. Art is such a powerful therapy; something about its meditative qualities and persistence of vision nurture such wholesome things in the garden of mind.

Regrettably, the venue shifted further and further away from the free-spirited promotion of creativity and artistic community of any kind, and the individual who was organizing the event abandoned the effort some time after 2015, tragically, as near as I can discern. And that's a true loss, they could have been a force for something very positive. What a missed opportunity right when the world needed it more than ever.

Does anyone know of any shared practicing all-inclusive scene, one for social developing artists that is active and ardent to promote in practical direct ways such as these the artistic development and enrichment of communities and interested individuals from our virtual society? How can this not already be a thing? It seems incredible, but if not, as a follow-up question, is this something that you would intend to participate in regularly if it popped up at a convenient time each week and was fun?

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There must be other social artists active somewhere. I will never believe any other answer.

What can we do together to build a bigger network of love and opportunity for our so-clearly neglected community?

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Define "art." And "social," I guess.

I am by no stretch of anyone's reckoning an "artist," but I have done collaborative photographs many times. That's actually become a pretty common thing here.

Have you considered contacting those putting together then new SL Endowment for the Arts? This is the kind of thing that might interest them, particularly if it combines visual art with performance. Which it sort of sounds like it does?

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33 minutes ago, Scylla Rhiadra said:

Define "art." And "social," I guess.

I am by no stretch of anyone's reckoning an "artist," but I have done collaborative photographs many times. That's actually become a pretty common thing here.

Have you considered contacting those putting together then new SL Endowment for the Arts? This is the kind of thing that might interest them, particularly if it combines visual art with performance. Which it sort of sounds like it does?

As far as I know, LEA is an ivory tower intended only to provide a boost to beautiful already successful artists who are flying high on amazing trajectories in their self-actualized creative lives. LEA exists to provide them and this community a platform so that they can Go Further, but it takes a village to raise an artist to a point where they could even consider approaching LEA looking for opportunities. It's not intended for budding or continuing adult artists seeking casual cocreative opportunities to develop and explore what they're capable of. It's not a space and time intended for people struggling to better draw a symmetric circle with a graphics tablet.

Social as I intend it here means people who come out specifically for the purpose of doing things and sharing in experiences together, and then seeing it through the lens of each other. It's such a powerful cross-pollination. You can ask questions or even just provide one another with support and encouragement, or suggestions. Art is a lot harder to define, here I'm thinking specifically of drawing/painting work on models and still lives, deeply traditional basic meat and potatoes visual arts, you know, the essential classical foundations for all the other visual arts that developed over millennia.

It's interesting to come at it now; it seems as though somehow the language of art is flowing through this mind much more easily than we ever remember before. Something has shifted, and that's no surprise. The entire game of art feels a bit more spiritually visceral this time. Somehow now we just sort of see what we need to do, we feel it more deeply than before as we gaze at the canvas, and it's mostly a matter of finding ways to put in the time until something new has been cultivated within using all this intuitive direction, but some community and guidance would go a long way.

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6 minutes ago, Chroma Starlight said:

As far as I know, LEA is an ivory tower intended only to provide a boost to beautiful already successful artists who are flying high on amazing trajectories in their self-actualized creative lives. LEA exists to provide them and this community a platform so that they can Go Further, but it takes a village to raise an artist to a point where they could even consider approaching LEA looking for opportunities. It's not intended for budding or continuing adult artists seeking casual cocreative opportunities to develop and explore what they're capable of. It's not a space and time intended for people struggling to better draw a symmetric circle with a graphics tablet.

Perhaps. And I agree that I find the idea of a bottom-up organizing of these kinds of things appealing: it's always better when it's driven from within the community.

That said, the "new SLEA" is, supposedly, going to be different from the "old LEA," and will be, it's been implied, a bit less elitist than the old version certainly seems to have become. It seems to me that, to get this rolling, you need two things: a place to do it, and a platform or mechanism for communicating with as many SL artists as possible. SLEA might be able to provide both?

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21 hours ago, Tholan Nohkan said:

How about a second life version of "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist"? I really miss that show. (I rewatched both seasons two weeks ago on the youtube).

Looks interesting, I already like the idea of a show that opens up artistic process as a piece of entertainment because familiarity makes artistic process feel more accessible to more people while also promoting an arts culture. Syfy's Face Off was brilliant and delightful, for example.

In Second Life the emphasis might change from the show.  Some starting artists may be apprehensive about competitions or performances or judgements as they build up their confidence and experience. Positive guidance and recognition of good work shared with the group could be appreciated. As more people become involved in it, I would think you could quickly wind up with people who are bringing very different experience levels in with them, and so the non-competetive format maximizes the ability for artists at different levels to participate in the same event together as a class where everyone with the right intent wins. (Experienced artists already know successful works will be admired by other artists and they groove on that as its own reward.)

The time-constraint helps to emphasize the art process and also helps participants learn to better manage every stage of their own process in relation to a work and the time given. Then maybe they are forced to grow in new ways when run up against limits of what they can accomplish with a given approach in thirty or sixty minutes. There was enough consistency in the format that hosts could focus on the theme or scene required for each new event day, and participants could compare and contrast their own performance from event to event. Because it isn't a competition or a graded class, participants can feel more at liberty to take risks and try new things. There can also be enough variation to keep it interesting for everyone, with a few surprises along the way too. There are many elements here that you would find in a studio art class, but just it's loose enough (and with only time invested) that it can be fun or a serious challenge as preferred by each participant. It's hoped that for many casual or questioning artists, the format would make it so that they are more likely to show up and to come back. To get everyone coming back and participating, to promote individual artistic development (a lot of low hanging fruit here for artists starting out or shifting medium), and to foster a shared community culture of art-- these are the intents that make the event really special.

These are ideas gathered from prior versions of the event as developed by their hosts, though I believe that it emerges from some universal thinking and hard-fought experience.

 

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