21 November 2014

Life of Art SitRep #250 Hunkered Down With Coolness

This week, I finished adding my designs to the new Ribbons, Tablecloths, Paper Plates, and Fleece Blankets.

But wait, there's more!

I started adding my designs to new iPhone 6 Wallet Cases, Wood USB Flash Drives, and Swivel USB Flash Drives.

Have to say I think the flash drives are really cool because they are available with USB 3.0 or 2.0 and have a selection of capacities from 8 GB to 64 GB. The wallet cases are also cool because you can pop out the iPhone case from the wallet if you don't want to carry the whole thing.
Rainbow Squares Wood USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Rainbow Squares Wood USB 3.0 Flash Drive by RocklawnArts
See more Rainbow USB Flash Drives at zazzle.com
Red and White Zigzag Incipio Watson™ iPhone 6 Wallet Case
Red and White Zigzag Incipio Watson™ iPhone 6 Wallet Case by RocklawnArts
Shop for Red white iPhone 6 Wallet Cases online at Zazzle.com

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Ribbons at Rocklawn Arts! and New Tablecloths and Paper Plates now available at Rocklawn Arts!

How was your week?


(When I provide links to my store or products on Zazzle, I use affiliate links to earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' cost to you in any way.)

A year ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 56

14 November 2014

Life of Art SitRep #249 More Ribbons, Blankets, Tablecloths, and Paper Plates

You know that 70s song by Andrea True? "More, More, More" that's what's going through my head these days. Excuse me while I take a dance break.

OK, this week, I...

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Vintage Metal Lawn Chair Full Of Snow photograph. I didn't get a chance to share that image with you last week, you can see the rest of the products it's on here.

Updated Happy Buddha With Snow Facial Greeting Card for 2015.

Finished adding my photographs to the new Ribbons, Tablecloths, Paper Plates, Fleece Blankets and continued adding my designs as appropriate.
Downtown Kansas City Fleece Blanket
Downtown Kansas City Fleece Blanket by RocklawnArts
Look at Kansas city Fleece Blankets online at Zazzle.com

Rearranged folders in my store.

Updated Links, LOA files.

Watched Pattern Design: From Hand to Screen to Surface with Molly Hatch, day 2 of
Create Digital Products That Sell While You Sleep with April Bowles-Olin, and Make Your Creative Business Uniquely Irresistible with April Bowles-Olin on Creative Live.

How was your week?


(When I provide links to my store or products on Zazzle, I use affiliate links to earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' cost to you in any way.)

4 years ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 55

11 November 2014

72. Letters to a Young Artist

Letters to a Young Artist72. Letters to a Young Artist by Anna Deavere Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I just finished reading this but could already reread it. There's something to words presented as letters that has great appeal to me.

The book is full of advice both practical and personal for anyone pursuing a creative endeavor. There's also a substantial list of resources for artists, both state and federal. (You could track them all down online, I'm sure, but it's nice to see them in print.)

Smith's writing is warm, thoughtful, direct, with sprinkles of tough love. It's also a glimpse into her life, travels, and thoughts on events occurring as she wrote the book.

This is one I'd like to have on my shelf for reference.


5 years ago on TTaT: Dance Dance Revolution: The Beginning

07 November 2014

Life of Art SitRep #248 Early Winter

Heavy winds took out my internet for a day and half this week which forced me into offline tasks like editing photographs, which turned out to be a productive use of my time. Ultimately, I require the net to post my work online, so I was relieved when the truck came and fixed the line.

I edited and added two photographs to my shop: Maple Tree Outlined In Snow and a more abstract piece, Vintage Metal Lawn Chair Full Of Snow. The latter will take a day or so to show up.

Continued adding my designs to the new Ribbons, Tablecloths, Paper Plates, Fleece Blankets as appropriate.

Made my first collection, a link to a curated selection of products. Here is my Black and White Patterns home decor collection.

Rearranged categories in store, changed some folder images.

Finished reading Popular Photography October 2014 issue.

Made monthly backups.

Have you backed up lately?


(When I provide links to my store or products on Zazzle, I use affiliate links to earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' cost to you in any way.)

A year ago on TTaT: Now I'm ready to celebrate <-How quickly times change.

31 October 2014

Life of Art SitRep #247 Game On

Happy Halloween!

Life distractions have abounded, but I am determined. Starting to get back on track as I write this which feels good.

The week started with an update to the – wow, computer just crashed as I typed that. sigh. Let's get this done.

The week started with an update to my Wrapping Paper line. The rolls have been increased from 24" to 30" and are now available in more paper types. This is great but required a significant amount of rejiggering and recreation of products to fit the new size.

Changed out some photographs and reordered by 2015 Black and White Calendars:

Finished adding select designs to my Tissue Paper line.
Red and White Zigzag Tissue Paper 17" X 23" Tissue Paper
Red and White Zigzag Tissue Paper 17" X 23" Tissue Paper by RocklawnArts
Check out Decoration Tissue Paper online at zazzle

Created new templates for Ribbons, Tablecloths, Paper Plates, Fleece Blankets and started adding designs to them as appropriate.
Black and White Chevrons Fleece Blanket
Black and White Chevrons Fleece Blanket by RocklawnArts
View Cozy Fleece Blankets online at zazzle

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Decorative Tissue Paper now available at Rocklawn Arts!

Culled my photographic archive a bit more. Worked some more on a winter photograph coming soon to you!

Updated LOA and links files.

How was your week?


(When I provide links to my store or products on Zazzle, I use affiliate links to earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' cost to you in any way.)

Two years ago on TTaT: Inner Badass

29 October 2014

America’s National Parks: An Insider’s Guide to Unforgettable Places and Experiences

Inside Our National Parks: Beyond the Trailhead70. Inside Our National Parks: Beyond the Trailhead by The Editors of NPCA

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Hmm, this has a different cover and title but the same ISBN number as the book I read so maybe the interior is otherwise the same?

I read America’s National Parks: An Insider’s Guide to Unforgettable Places and Experiences also by the editors of NPCA (National Parks Conservation Association).

It is mainly a book of photography of many of the national parks broken down largely by terrain. The photo captions often have tips about specific parks, what there is to see, transportation, and lodging, etc.

The chapter intros are a little cheesy but they're only a page long each.

There's a lot of spectacular stuff to see out there and there's a map in the back to give you a sense of where all the parks are.

It's the perfect thing to look at while waiting for any reason. Unlike many photography books, this one is about the size of a notebook.


4 years ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #38 Mojo time

24 October 2014

Life of Art SitRep #246 Tissue Paper!

This has been a crazy week but I managed to get some things done, so yay!

Finished adding my photograph Snow Falling to my store:
Snow Falling Print
Snow Falling Print by RocklawnArts
Make custom prints online at zazzle.com
Snow Falling Greeting Card
Snow Falling Greeting Card by RocklawnArts
Browse Snowflakes Cards online at Zazzle.com
Snow Falling Spiral Notebooks
Snow Falling Spiral Notebooks by RocklawnArts
Look at other Snowflakes Notebooks at zazzle.com
Snow Falling Clipboard
Snow Falling Clipboard by RocklawnArts
Shop for another clipboard at zazzle.com

Made Tissue Paper templates, added select photographs to them and starting adding select designs to them:
Epimedium Flowers Tissue Paper 17" X 23" Tissue Paper
Epimedium Flowers Tissue Paper 17" X 23" Tissue Paper by RocklawnArts
Check out more Decoration Tissue Paper at Zazzle

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Snow Falling photograph.

Weeded out 2 winter photos from possibilities for store. Started work on a 3rd winter photo, like it, will take it all the way through. Look for it next week!

Updated links and LOA files.

Watched short video on close up photography by Bryan F. Peterson. Use a tripod, use mirror lockup and a cable release.

How was your week?


(When I provide links to my store or products on Zazzle, I use affiliate links to earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' cost to you in any way.)

A year ago on TTaT: Fortunately, the Milk