Art and music merged as one in Graine Macbain’s sky gallery on Saturday, April 26. A musical event was featured as a way of presenting Japanese-American artist Masako, who is represented in SL by Soraya Till. Masako’s artistic style combines traditional Asian themes and techniques with Western influences. Soundsmith Kamachi’s electronic music created a harmonious experience enjoyed by the audience. He played his own compositions. Drinks were served by Fritter Enzyme, one of the best bartenders in Second Life.
Masako’s work was displayed in between the sky gazebo’s pillars.
“Early Spring” portrays nature’s continuous cycle, from budding to blossoms, life continues on. The artist captures an almost ancient Japanese perspective, with simplistic contoured lines of shape and shadow. The blossoms are detailed even where white is difficult to give dimension to on a canvas. Red blossoms offer a pleasant pop of color pleasing to the eye.
“End of Day” highlights nature’s remarkable work of art. No two sunsets the same, they present a daily tribute to creation and a reminder of just how beautiful our world is. The yellow sunset seems to generate a warmth that transcends the non-dimensional surface of the digital artwork. You can feel the heat at day’s end. The where does not matter. Only witnessing it. Two cranes go about their daily ritual looking for a safe harbor for the night.
When I look at “Flying High” I sense the bird’s freedom as he soars across the endless sky. We can only experience it through mechanical flight or a Second Life flight. The colors in this painting aren’t as brilliant as “End of Day,” which offers a more calming affect.
“Two Cranes and Gold” features the cranes as the main elements of the painting. They are perched near a Cherry Blossom branch. If you look close at the swirls in the background you can sense an energy stream. A simple swirl or movement of white lines that adds to the focus of the piece in an almost decorative manner.
In Masko’s own words:
“I was born in Osaka. I began my involvement with the arts at the Rotterdam School of Fine Arts in the Netherlands. I painted in oil then. Later, when I lived in the Philippines, I took up Oriental brush painting, studying under a successful and well known Chinese artist. I continued this in Bangkok, but now in the “free style”. Some years later, I returned to Japan and graduated from the Sankei Gakuin School of Art in Tokyo, where I studied various types of Japanese painting techniques, such as “Nihonga” (a medium using natural pigments), classic-style collage and brush painting on gold leaf and silk.
“I do not paint an exact likeness of nature, but intend to bring out the essence and “feel” of nature in my paintings. I do that by using age-old traditional Asian techniques of brush painting on rice paper. But I also use a more contemporary approach to express the splendor of nature in mixed media, selecting vibrant colors and accentuating them with brilliant gold leaf. Both approaches are representations of the beauty all around us…if we have eyes to see.”