Saturday, February 15, 2014

Desert Rose and worth the wait

Hi everyone!

I am so proud to present a brand new pose. It is Desert Rose. The song that inspired this pose and the shoot was the song of the same title by Sting.

Since hearing this song over ten years ago, I have been mesmerized by it. The melody, the instruments, the beat....the just makes for a phenomenal song. Sting sang the song with Cheb Mami. It was in his album, Brand New Day. That album is one of my favorite albums of all time. The sound is just incredible.

The music video for the song is breathtaking and exotic. I tried my best to recreate the mood. The song is about dreaming of love and wanting it so much. It's filled with awe, frustration, desperation...and so many other deep emotions. The way Sting and Cheb sing, it really tugs at my heart and always will.

This desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of rain
I lift my gaze to empty skies above
I close my eyes
This rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of her love

Since 2011, I have searched for desert locations in SL. The amount is limited. I know of one or two I like, but I wanted an exotic feel. And I wanted to get a bit of the horizon.

After going through SL inworld search and searching many times on the SL marketplace, I decided to use a desert texture. You're probably thinking, "Oh no, not a flat texture!" I was just so excited to finally make a pose based on this song. I added a sand effect in GIMP. I couldn't find any tutorials so I came up with an effect using one of the included brushes along with gaussian blur and a smudge brush. And, I am so pleased with the font I found.

If I do more desert shoots (I know I will), I will definitely buy some props. And actually, there are some really nice desert textures at marketplace.

Deciding on an outfit was difficult. I found a handful I liked as well as jewelry to go with the outfits. There are some wonderful designers out there. The outfit I chose is a Gorean silks set. While I don't support or disapprove of the lifestyle...people can live as they choose, I do like the cut and design of the silks, kirtles, and camisks. They are just so provocative and hot. The fabric textures are so well done. Thanks Marbella Provonost, keep on creating!

I also want to thanks Siddean Monroe. Her mesh feet are so easy to use and they are very finely shaped. I am confident that I matched the feet to my skin really well, maybe even better than when I wear mesh shoes. I will check later to see if my mesh hands are up to date as well.

What I'm wearing:

hair: =DeLa*= Boobs Mesh Scarlett Black 4
Gorean silks: ~Soedara~ Beaute Drapee White, includes wrist cuffs, circlet and anklets
belly piercing: ~Soedara~ Nubian Divinity Belly Piercing Simple {Gold}
feet: Slink mesh

My newest can be found here.

Have fun and enjoy the art!


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