27 July 2014

JLA: A League of One

JLA: A League of One46. JLA: A League of One by Christopher Moeller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wonder Woman, the Justice League, and a dragon: who doesn't love an epic quest?

The painted art is really lovely, gives the images a grounded depth.

A year ago on TTaT: X-Ray Vision

25 July 2014

Life of Art SitRep #233 Doldrums

Not feeling up to snuff this week so a bit slow going.

Shot 21 photographs and 1 video.

Watched The Art of Nature Photography with Art Wolfe on creative LIVE.

Made Stone Magnet Sets for: Stylish Christmas Meander Pattern Magnet Set, Chevrons Pattern Stone Magnet Set: Spring Colors:

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Stone Magnets by Claire Skinner.

Read Popular Photography July 2014 issue.

How was your week?

A year ago on TTaT: Sculpture Excursion

24 July 2014

Migrations: Wildlife in Motion

Migrations: Wildlife in Motion (Earthsong Collection)43. Migrations: Wildlife in Motion by Art Wolfe and Barbara Sleeper

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I confess I was in it for the photographs, so I didn't read all of the text.

Check it out from your library just to see the gemsboks! They are a type of antelope that already look like a mythical creature. (It's said they were the inspiration for unicorns)

After each section of several photographs, there are short paragraphs about the animals and types of migration they do.

For the photo inclined there are photographer's notes at the end which describe the locations he shot at as well as the lenses, f-stops, shutter speeds, and films he used. They give you a flavor for being there.

A year ago on TTaT: Some Kind of Wonderful

22 July 2014

Note to Self, vol. XX

You are not going to find an escapee bra in the washing machine to hang up to dry if you are wearing it.

Also, I'm sorry I mis-numbered* my notes to self and missed out on XIX.

*Grrrr, I do not mean "misnomered"! Pernicious autocorrect.

4 years ago on TTaT: Sunlit trees

19 July 2014

41. paper pools

Paper Pools41. Paper Pools by David Hockney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my kind of art book.

Hockney describes his reluctant route to learning a new medium, pictures made from pressed color paper pulp. He writes about the people he collaborated with at Tyler Graphics Ltd. to make the images.

I loved reading him describe his creative process, how he went from one idea to the next in a thorough study of a single object.

That makes it sound a bit too analytical. The book isn't. It's very conversational, like a fun version of what someone did for summer vacation and the recurring thoughts he had that threatened to pull him away. It's a look at an artist in the moments of creation, when the outcome is uncertain but the process is providing inspiration.

In addition to his entire Paper Pools series, there are also many drawings by Hockney of the workspace and his two collaborators, polaroid studies of the pool, and other photographs.

It's a quick, very enjoyable read.

A year ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #180 Footing?

18 July 2014

Life of Art SitRep #232 Stone

This week, I finished adding my designs and photographs to the new Stone Coasters and single Stone Magnets. I'm still working on the magnet sets.
Rainbow Polka Dots on White Stone Coaster
Rainbow Polka Dots on White Stone Coaster by RocklawnArts
Look at other Marble Stone Coasters at zazzle.com

I updated two of my calendars for 2015:

I was going to update all of my calendar items, but the set of 2015 calendar templates in the forum had a typo. D'oh! Proofread things offered for free before you use them, kids, it's worth the time. I wish I knew an easy way to make my own that I could save in .png to preserve transparency. Any ideas out there?

Renamed, tagged, made 8 folders for scanned negatives. DONE RENAMING SCANS!!!! (Until such a time as I scan more anyway. Please forgive the all caps and excessive punctuation, they are taken directly from my notes wherein I celebrate wins small and large with enthusiastic typing.)

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Stone Coasters at Rocklawn Arts!

Read paper pools by David Hockney. Stay tuned tomorrow for a review. :)

4 years ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 38

12 July 2014

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt40. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you invest in the stock market or want to know more about how it works, you should read this book.

It's an inside look at how messed up the market is, mostly by design and who's designing it. You'll learn about dark pools, high frequency traders, and the value of milli- and microseconds.

You'll also learn about some men from Wall Street who actually have consciences and a desire to fix the market so it's fair. Look into trading via IEX for an experience that's not rigged against individual investors.

6 years ago on TTaT: Tan, maybe