19 December 2014

Life of Art SitRep #254 Fingers Crossed

I'm currently waiting for an interminably long Time Machine backup to finish, so that I can update a few things and then back it all up again before attempting to fix a crashing issue with a driver update. Sounds promising from what I've read on Apple's support forums, so fingers crossed.

In the meantime, may as well write this week's life of art and get it scheduled to post before I possibly break my computer.

Made templates and added my designs and photographs as appropriate to new Uncommon Clearly™ Deflector iPhone 6 Plus Cases,Incipio Feather® Shine iPhone 6 Plus Cases, Wood iPhone 6 Plus Cases, and iPhone 5/5S Battery Cases:

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Uncommon Clearly™ Deflector iPhone 6 Plus Cases at Rocklawn Arts! and New Wood iPhone 6 Plus Cases at Rocklawn Arts!

Updated links, LOA files.

Watched Zazzle Chat #2 with info on and examples of various new products.

How was your week?


(Links to my store or products on Zazzle are affiliate links to help me earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' price.)

A year ago on TTaT: Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia

12 December 2014

Life of Art SitRep #253 Morning Glory

It's weird I had a photo in mind from a couple years ago that it took me too long to track down, but it wasn't quite what I'd remembered. I added the crucial missing tag so it'll be easier to find in future. Not really suitable for my shop, but I'll try to get it up on the blog soon.

This week, I...

Finished adding my Heavenly Blue Morning Glory Close-Up photograph to products in my shop.
Heavenly Blue Morning Glory Close-Up
Heavenly Blue Morning Glory Close-Up by RocklawnArts
Look at more Blue flower Ornament at zazzle

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Heavenly Blue Morning Glory Close-Up photograph.

Updated LOA and links files.

Watched Pinterest Marketing for Makers & Designers with Megan Auman on Creative Live.

Finished reading Popular Photography 12/14 issue.


(Links to my store or products on Zazzle are affiliate links to help me earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' price.)

4 years ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 59

06 December 2014

X, Y, Z

By chance last night, I discovered that ME tv, one of my high DVR channels which shows a wide variety of shows from Perry Mason to Cheers, also airs Wonder Woman.

I loved it as a kid. Still love her theme music sans the goofy lyrics. And the gymnastics done as Wonder Woman are cool including her high jumps which must have been by trampoline? Those are still very cool.

I watched an episode, fortunately from the later years when it was shifted from World War 2 time to present day. Wonder Woman works as Diana Prince in a government agency sort of like a special agent for the FBI.

In this episode, 3 scientists have unwittingly worked to create a terrible weapon, realized it, destroyed their notes, but are now being abducted and replaced by androids.

The codename of the project? XYZ.

Really? It sounded like a placeholder name to me, as though someone had written a Star Trek script and put in "technobabble" where technical speech was to be added later. On Grey's Anatomy, they write "medical medical" where specific medical jargon is to be added later.

But no, the ominous weapon in this episode was Project XYZ.

And they said it at least 50 times, possibly closer to 100 times, in the course of the episode. That took some discipline to say "Project XYZ" or "the XYZ weapon" seriously over and over and over.

Here's a go to tip if you've got a placeholder name like XYZ in your script or story: use a letter from the Greek alphabet or two. Not three because then it will sound like a frat house. Or pick any name from mythology, bonus points if you go more obscure with Incan, Egyptian, or Indian instead of Greek.

Project Omicron, the Theta weapon, Project Osiris, the Shiva weapon: all more ominous than XYZ which feels like another way of saying "and so forth."


A year ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #200 Two hundred? Woohoo!

05 December 2014

Life of Art SitRep #252 Distracted

My brain is slow moving this week, so I'm going to tap out, hopefully get a good night's sleep and start anew tomorrow. Here's some of what I did get done.

Shot 54 photographs, treetops with snow against blue sky.

Post processed Heavenly Blue Morning Glory Close-Up photograph and added it to one batch of my store products. It should start showing up in a day or so.

Some of my additions from last week didn't show up in my shop until this week, so I thought I'd share a few with you. The red linen background products are new additions; I had to remake them since the template fields weren't showing up to let people customize the text.
On The Golden Gate Bridge Incipio Watson™ iPhone 6 Wallet Case
On The Golden Gate Bridge Incipio Watson™ iPhone 6 Wallet Case by RocklawnArts
View other Golden gate bridge iPhone 6 Wallet Cases at Zazzle.com
Red Linen Texture Photo with Monogram
Red Linen Texture Photo with Monogram by RocklawnArts
Look at more Red iPhone 6 Wallet Cases at zazzle
Red Linen Texture Photo with Monogram
Red Linen Texture Photo with Monogram by RocklawnArts
Look at more Red USB Flash Drives at zazzle
Double Arch USB Wood Flash Drive Wood USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Double Arch USB Wood Flash Drive Wood USB 3.0 Flash Drive by RocklawnArts
Check out other External memory USB Flash Drives at zazzle.com
Red Linen Texture Photo with Monogram
Red Linen Texture Photo with Monogram by RocklawnArts
View other Red USB Flash Drives at Zazzle.com

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Incipio Watson™ iPhone 6 Wallet Cases at Rocklawn Arts!

Edited down recent photo additions to my archive.

Updated LOA file for end of month.

Watched free segment from day 1, Picking the Right Products to Sell from Create Digital Products That Sell While You Sleep with April Bowles-Olin on Creative Live.

Made monthly backups. Have you backed up lately?


(Links to my store or products on Zazzle are affiliate links to help me earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' price.)

4 years ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 58: Self-portrait

02 December 2014

Grandpa Ott

Not a relative but a flower, specifically a morning glory. Enjoy!


3 years ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #95 Rest and education

30 November 2014

Canopy Roads

The weather of late has been reminding me of the canopy roads in Tallahassee, Florida. However, instead of Spanish moss draped from the tree limbs, it's snow that decorates them here.

The weight of the snowfall is responsible for pulling the branches over to create the arch effect above the road. It feels more ominous though with branches crashing with the sound of gunfire and heavy hunks of snow thudding to the ground.

It's warmer today, enough to let the trees slough off the snow holding them down. The canopy is gone but it was beautiful while it lasted.


Two years ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #147 Thinking bigger

29 November 2014

Keep Your Head In The Game

Was out shopping at Michael's looking for one thing to use a 50% off coupon on. They didn't have the type of paper I had in mind, so I was perusing other items. After a few minutes, I started bopping along to an old version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and it registered in my brain that they were playing Christmas music.

What am I doing?! I thought to myself in a panic. I'm lingering. Just pick something and go before the song changes!

I really hadn't been thinking. The Little Drummer Boy Challenge starts the day after Thanksgiving and runs until Christmas Eve. As soon as you hear any of the myriad versions of "The Little Drummer Boy," you're out.

In a stroke of luck, there was only one person ahead of me at the register. The song did change, I don't remember to what, but it wasn't The Song and that's all that mattered.

Thankfully, I got out in time. I'm still in!


A year ago on TTaT: That kind of day?