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

26 August 2014

More Miss Fisher

Watching the Emmys last night made me think of my favorite mystery show set in 1920s Melbourne, Australia. Alas, it doesn't air in the US (and hence presumably is ineligible for Emmys) but it's available on DVD.

Have you watched Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries yet?

Series 2 was even better than the first. And I'm psyched that they are now shooting Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries series 3.

The costumes and sets are amazing and the characters are a delight to watch. Each mystery takes place in a different slice of 1920s Melbourne life.

Watch it!

Series 2 was selling at Costco a few weeks ago, but it's also on Amazon and my local library network has it. So get on that request list!

UPDATE: Apparently Miss Fisher does air on some PBS channels in the US, so keep an eye out!


A year ago on TTaT: A Glimpse of Summer

23 August 2014

Batgirl, Vol. 2: Knightfall Descends

Batgirl, Vol. 2: Knightfall Descends54. Batgirl, Vol. 2: Knightfall Descends by Gail Simone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Really enjoyed this volume. Covers a bit of Batgirl's origin story as well.

Gail Simone writes such a believable, great inner voice for her: everything a non-super-powered person would be thinking from Barbara's unique point of view. I love the humor that comes through Simone's writing for Batgirl.


A year ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #185 Caught up!

22 August 2014

Life of Art SitRep #237 Regal

After a series of waylayings the past few weeks, I'm finally getting back into gear slowly but surely.

This week, I created a Royal Purple and White Rectangles design and added it to my shop. The white is transparent so you can change it if you like.
Royal Purple and White Rectangles Pendant Lamp
Royal Purple and White Rectangles Pendant Lamp by RocklawnArts
Check out Checkered Lamp-In-A-Box Lamp online at zazzle


Rocklawn Arts blogged New Checkered Purple and White pattern.

Updated links, LOA files.

Watched day 1 Market, Launch, and Sell Your Next Big Thing with Tara Gentile on Creative Live.

How was your week?


4 years ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 43

15 August 2014

Life of Art SitRep #236 Purple!

It's been kind of a crazy week with not enough recovery time, but I still managed to get a few things done.

Created a Checkered Purple and White pattern and added it to my shop:
Checkered Purple and White Cards
Checkered Purple and White Cards by RocklawnArts
Shop for a card with zazzle.com
Checkered Purple and White Stone Beverage Coaster
Checkered Purple and White Stone Beverage Coaster by RocklawnArts
Check out Purple Stone Coasters online at zazzle

Finished adding my designs as appropriate to Pieladium Speakers and Tyvek Wallets:

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Wallets by Claire Skinner at Rocklawn Arts! and New Pieladium Speakers at Rocklawn Arts!

How was your week?


4 years ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 42

13 August 2014

Coot Club

Coot Club (Swallows and Amazons, #5)51. Coot Club by Arthur Ransome

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Though this is listed as the fifth book in the Swallows and Amazons series, be advised there aren't actually any Swallows or Amazons in it. The two new characters, Dick and Dorothea, introduced in the fourth book Winter Holiday are carried over to Coot Club where they have their own adventure on a river with a host of new characters.

The nautical jargon is easier to follow in this book so it could be a good starting point. There are a few references to characters and action from the previous book but nothing you'd overly miss if you hadn't read them.

I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy this one without the original set of characters but the new river scene and people populating it soon won me over.

I liked that the parents and adults were more present in this one. The kids still have a lot of freedom while the adults are more engaged and available if need be.


4 years ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #27

09 August 2014

Twenty Years Ago

Mom was telling my Dad and I about an episode of Project Runway where the designers had to create something as though it were the fashion 20 years in the future.

She told us about some of the designs and thinking behind them and then said that the show had gotten photographs of all the designers from 20 years ago.

"Some of them were so young!" she exclaimed. "One guy was maybe 3 or 4."

"That doesn't surprise me," I said.

"Yeah, some of the designers are almost right out of school."

Then she described the photo of an older contestant, 36-40 now?, in short shorts with a big afro that made me think of the 1970s.

I caught myself though and said, "Twenty years ago is only 1994."

With disbelief my Dad said, "No, it's not."

"I bet you five dollars it is." I responded too quickly, with too much conviction, and too high a proposed bet to hope he would take it.

He thought for a moment, presumably doing the calculation in his head, and said, "Oh, I guess you're right."

I do understand the feeling though. 1994 does not seem that long ago.


A year ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #183 Watches and The Slog!