13 January 2017

Life of Art SitRep #361 LifeProof iPhone Cases

Though I hadn't heard of LifeProof cases until recently, I'm thoroughly impressed with how rugged they are. They are the first cases I've added to my shop which are waterproof, submersible to 6.6 feet for 1 hour. They are also shockproof surviving drops from up to 6.6 feet, DirtProof, and SnowProof.

I added select designs and photographs to new LifeProof iPhone 6/6s Cases, LifeProof iPhone 6/6s Plus Cases, and LifeProof iPhone SE/5/5S Cases:

When iPhone 7 cases become available, I will add designs to those.

Shot 6 photographs, culled 2.

Did some work on my photographic archive.

Updated LR and PS programs.

Updated links, LOA files for new cases.

Read Pop Photo Nov. 2015 issue.

How was your week?

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06 January 2017

Life of Art SitRep #360 Before I take the plunge

My computer's been acting up more severely lately, so I can't keep putting off calling Apple about it and likely having to take it in which is a pain and hinders my work.

Before I try one last potentially crash inducing thing, I figured I'd better sum up the last week. I hope you all had a happy new year's eve/day.

This past week, I created a few more Resistance Starts Here products:

Created a Resistance Starts Here collection:

Made a #Resist poster and added it to the #Resist Kit collection.

Made a Double Rainbow Barcode 2017 Calendar Poster and added to the calendar poster collection:

Shot 14 photographs and 6 videos. Culled 5 photos and 6 icicle from previous shoots.

Edited a photograph in LR, didn't like it, reverted, and posted it earlier this week.

Updated a variety of files for the new year.

Updated LR © presets for 2017.

Updated © notices on TTaT and Rocklawn Arts blogs.

Updated Zazzle links file. (More time consuming than those four words would suggest.)

Read Popular Photography March 2016 issue.

Made end of month/year backups.

Have you backed up lately? Did you update your copyright notice on your blog?

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03 January 2017

Snow Oddity

Oddities of a metal roof in winter:

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02 January 2017

Books - 2016

Last year I read 59 books.

I'll grant you that there were a lot of graphic novels, but there was also a good dose of nonfiction. GoodReads will say my total is 58 due to a title not on the site but that also means my pages read count probably breaks 11,000.

Click here for a visual representation of My 2016 Books on GoodReads and various stats.

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01 January 2017

DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 2: Allies

DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 2: Allies58. DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 2: Allies by Marguerite Bennett; Art by Laura Braga, Mirka Andolfo, Marguerite Sauvage and others

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thoroughly enjoyed seeing more of Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Supergirl, Stargirl, Aquawoman, and many other female characters.

Though it's set in 1940 in an alternate version of World War 2, there is timely commentary on the treatment of refugees and on how we treat each other generally. I also love that there are women who love women and women with fluid sexuality in this book.

I'll also give a shout out to Steve Trevor who is, for a change, a character I like in this series.

I look forward to reading more of DC Comics Bombshells!

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31 December 2016

Rocklawn Arts 2016: the year in review

Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 is full of laughter, adventure, and excellent company.

For the past 359 Fridays, I've been tracking my efforts to create a life of art for myself. Here's a look at what I accomplished in 2016.

I created 19 new patterns and photographs for my shop including more hand-painted designs:
Motor Paraglider on Blue SkyPurple Quadrangle Stripes on Grey with MonogramBlack Stripes and Chevrons with Your NameSeafoam Green and Navy Stripes

Blue Mesa Badlands Desert MountainsRed Geometric Painted PatternPrussian Blue Watercolor CurvesRed Green Christmas Ogee Pattern

Red Green Gouache Scale PatternAbstract Blue Rays Watercolor PaintingBlue Watercolor Ogee PatternPrussian Blue Watercolor Scale Pattern

Red Lion Amaryllis FlowerMixed Red, Green, White Stripes#NotMyPresidentNasty Woman

Varied Red and White Stripes#ResistResistance Starts Here

I created 25 more Collections, curated groups of related products. For example:

See all of the Collections at Rocklawn Arts together and click on any you would like to see more of.

I added 937 products to my shop Rocklawn Arts, and

19 New Product Types:

Natural Wood Posters

Tank Tops

Acrylic Wall Art

Power Banks

Duvet Covers

All-Over-Print Tote Bags

Samsung Galaxy S7 Cases

OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Cases

OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Plus Cases

OtterBox iPhone SE/5/5S Cases

OtterBox Samsung Galaxy S7 Cases


iPhone 7 Cases

iPhone 7 Plus Cases

OtterBox iPhone 7 Cases

OtterBox iPhone 7 Plus Cases

Metal Art

Wood iPhone 7 Cases

Wood iPhone 7 Plus Cases

Though I added significantly less products to my shop this past year, their descriptions are more individually tailored which should make them more attractive to search engines. I also spent more time promoting each product I made. I'm still endeavoring to create the best experience for potential customers, making it easier for people to find what they want. There's always more work to do!

The more fun life of art experiences in 2016 were the numerous exhibits, museums, gardens, and houses I toured. Tallying them up, they amount to 12 days spread through the year, up from 10 the previous year. Pretty sure I could use more soul lifting days in 2017.

As usual, I watched some Creative Live workshops sprinkled through the year.

Gah, last year I wrote, "I imported most of my photographs into Lightroom and look forward to sharing more of them as I get the hang of the program and develop a workflow." Clearly I suck at the sharing front so far. I plan to be better in 2017, get some sort of system in place. I am making headway on learning Lightroom.

In 2016, I created over 3200 photographs and 220 videos (that I kept, I probably culled that many photographs as well). The scale is what bogs me down, I think. Just need to start small somehow when it comes to sharing.

How was your year? What would you like to do more of in 2017?

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30 December 2016

Life of Art SitRep #359 Resistance Starts Here

It's tempting to throw up your hands and say, "We lost, so there's nothing I can do," but it's not true. You can resist. You can stand up and make your voice heard. You can hold your elected officials accountable for their actions and let them know what you want done.

This is what has lead me to create the collection of #Resist products and to start a new line featuring the words: Resistance Starts Here. Because it does. It starts with us as individuals speaking up.

I think it's important to let people know that you stand against hatred and discrimination and to be a beacon for others to do the same.

I created several more #Resist products which you can see in the #Resist Kit collection:

Also created several Resistance Starts Here items with more to come:

Check out the growing collection of Resistance Starts Here products.

Reorganized collections and categories a bit.

How was your week?

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