13 September 2014

Evening Snack

3 deer: a mama and 2 fawns. Munching the edge of a flower bed.

Mama saw me watching from an upstairs window and thought better of it. In a few long springing leaps, she traversed the grass path around to the edge of the woods.

The young deer kept munching. One saw Mama waiting and joined her. The other kept eating.

I opened my window and yelled, "Hey!" The youngster didn't even look up.

I yelled again and clapped my hands which caught its attention. Then it bolted straight behind it towards the woods. "Hey, not through the flower bed," I admonished. Youngsters.


A year ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #188 It's like thunder, lightning...

12 September 2014

Life of Art SitRep #240 Wrong tool for the job, argh

Anyone know of a good tutorial for making a whole year calendar template in Photoshop? Or have any suggestions? I know Photoshop is the wrong tool for the job, but it's what I've got. I've made some headway, but I'm fairly early on and still game for suggestions.

I confess in past years, I partook of the kindness of other zazzle folk who shared their calendar templates for others' commercial use. There was a set put up this year, but there was a small but noticeable date error. I sent them a note figuring it'd be an easy fix for them from their original layered files but never heard anything back and never saw any updates. It probably would be easier to fix myself even without a psd file than it is to create a new one from scratch. Worth considering.

I was just hoping to create a template I could update each year without too much hassle after I got it set up initially. Hmm.

Shot 82 photographs, mostly flowers.

Finished adding my photographs and designs to the new iPhone 6 Slim Cases, iPhone 6 Wood Cases, Samsung Galaxy S5 Wood Cases, and Wood Coasters:
Navy Gingham Pattern on Wood Coaster
Navy Gingham Pattern on Wood Coaster by RocklawnArts
Check out Classic Wood Coasters online at zazzle

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Wood Samsung Galaxy S5 Cases at Rocklawn Arts!, New Wood iPhone 6 Cases at Rocklawn Arts!, New iPhone 6 Cases at Rocklawn Arts!, and New Wood Coasters at Rocklawn Arts!

How was your week?


A year ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 46

08 September 2014

Evening Stride

Back from a walk, the dim light of eve, the subdued greens of grasses and plants, street lights just on, peepers croaking apace.

Dark where the trees get thick.


3 years ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #83 Last chance, yo

05 September 2014

Life of Art SitRep #239 Molasses Progress

Never quite hit a groove this week as a glitch in Zazzle's system is slowing me down with workarounds I've had to add to my procedures.

Nonetheless I made headway and finished adding my designs to the new Slim iPhone 6 Cases, Wood iPhone 6 Cases, and Wood Samsung Galaxy S5 Cases and started adding my photographs to them.
Blue Abstract iPhone 6 Case
Blue Abstract iPhone 6 Case by RocklawnArts
View more Blue iPhone 6 Cases at zazzle.com

Also made templates for Wood Coasters and started adding select designs and photographs to them:

Watched day 3 of Photographing America's National Parks with Ian Shive on Creative Live.

Updated links and LOA files.

Made monthly backups.

Have you backed up lately?


4 years ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 45

04 September 2014

Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy58. Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy by Lawrence Lessig

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Anyone who is a creative for a living should definitely read this book which discusses the problems with United States' current and outdated copyright law.

Lessig proposes we stop waging copyright wars on our kids because our technology has changed while our laws haven't.

It's a thoroughly researched and cited book that got me thinking.


5 years ago on TTaT: Homemade Rock Star

03 September 2014

Scott and Bailey

My latest recommendation for a female driven mystery series is Scott and Bailey.

It'll date me to say so but I think of it as a present day, British Cagney & Lacey. And I mean that as a compliment. The benefit of Scott and Bailey having first aired in 2011 is that the writing is more nuanced than I remember it being ~25 years ago for C&L.

As much as I loved Cagney and Lacey, their characters sometimes felt like they were trying to cover the whole of women's existences between the two of them. Scott and Bailey feel like two very specific women and have a different dynamic than C&L did. And their boss is a unique woman also which is cool.

Though the show is a police procedural, it spends more time showing us Scott and Bailey's personal lives than typical crime shows do.

The first season is only 6 episodes long, so it's easy to get through in a few days if you borrow it from the library. Looks like it's also on Hulu and I originally saw the DVD set at Costco.

Strong, smart, flawed female detectives. It's a good ride.


Two years ago on TTaT: All-Star Superman, Vol. 1

29 August 2014

Life of Art SitRep #238 Purple preparation for the iPhone 6

Made good headway this week while discovering there's so much more work to be done. That's a sign autumn is rapidly approaching.

Embracing my love of geometric shapes, I created an Abstract Purple Polygons design for my shop:
Abstract Purple Polygons Tee Shirts
Abstract Purple Polygons Tee Shirts by RocklawnArts
Look at Purple T-Shirts online at Zazzle.com

Started adding my designs to new Slim iPhone 6 Cases, Wood iPhone 6 Cases, and Wood Samsung Galaxy S5 Cases:
Black and White Gingham Pattern iPhone 6 case
Black and White Gingham Pattern iPhone 6 case by RocklawnArts
Browse more Black and white iPhone 6 Cases at Zazzle

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Royal Purple and White Rectangles pattern and New Abstract Purple Polygons design.

Updated links, LOA files.

Watched days 2-3 of Market, Launch, and Sell Your Next Big Thing with Tara Gentile and its bonus videos.

Watched days 1-2 of Photographing America's National Parks with Ian Shive on Creative Live. Day 3 starts on Friday, Aug. 28 at 9 AM Pacific time.

How was your week?


4 years ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 44