27 February 2015

Life of Art SitRep #264 Water Bottles and Fabric, yo

Sort of a hodgepodge week of learning, creating, and reviewing new things.

Reviewed new Water Bottles migrated to my shop to replace previous ones. Changed bottle colors on many.
Blue Bokeh SIGG Traveler 1.0L Water Bottle
Blue Bokeh SIGG Traveler 1.0L Water Bottle by RocklawnArts
Check out Blue SIGG Water Bottles online at zazzle

Created new Fabrics from more of my photographs:
Western Auto Half Cylinder Building Fabric
Western Auto Half Cylinder Building Fabric by RocklawnArts
Check out other Conversational pattern Fabrics at zazzle.com

Remade Light Reflections On Water postcard and card:

Worked on a scanned hand-painted pattern a bit.

Updated links for water bottles.

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Water Bottles at Rocklawn Arts!

Watched Best Workflow Practices for Architectural Photography with Mike Kelley, Retouching Architectural Images with Mike Kelley, and Photoshop This hosted by Jared Platt with Aaron Nace, Tim Grey, Matt Kloskowski.

Watched “Photoshop Art: How To Make Your Photos Look More Like Paintings” by Ben Willmore clip from Creative Live blog.

How was your week?

(Links to my store or products on Zazzle are affiliate links to help me earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' price.)



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20 February 2015

Life of Art SitRep #263 Moments of Clarity

Usually when I add a new product to my store, I can finish adding my existing images to it in a week or two, sometimes just a few days. Not so with Fabrics. There are more decisions to be made, but I enjoy making them.

I did finish adding the designs I wanted to fabric. Well, now that I type that I can think of 3 more I may add but I need to revise the aspect ratio on them first. But overall, I just have my photographs to do next.
Geometric Abstract Blue Polygons Fabric
Geometric Abstract Blue Polygons Fabric by RocklawnArts
Look at more Home decor Fabrics at zazzle
Geometric Orange Lattice on White Fabric
Geometric Orange Lattice on White Fabric by RocklawnArts
Browse Home decor Fabrics online at Zazzle.com

Created a new Royal Blue and White Checkered Pattern:
Royal Blue and White Checkered Pattern label
Royal Blue and White Checkered Pattern label by RocklawnArts
Check out more Royal blue Labels at Zazzle
Royal Blue and White Checkered Pattern Desk Lamps
Royal Blue and White Checkered Pattern Desk Lamps by RocklawnArts
View Royal blue Lamp-In-A-Box Lamp online at zazzle

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Royal Blue and White Checkered Pattern.

Updated links and loa files.

How was your week?


(Links to my store or products on Zazzle are affiliate links to help me earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' price.)


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13 February 2015

Life of Art SitRep #262 Soaking it in

Went to a contemporary art museum and saw a lot of great, fun exhibits. Nearly everything was new since the last time I'd been which made it a real treat. I'd go just for the building itself though, an old converted factory.

Shot 128 photos and 3 videos. Made the cardinal sin in 2 videos of shooting vertically because it was a better composition. The motion going sideways instead of down just made me laugh though.

Added more designs and photographs to new Fabric for my shop:
Double Arch Photo Fabric
Double Arch Photo Fabric by RocklawnArts
Look at Diy Fabrics online at Zazzle.com

Painted a wave drawing I'd done. Should’ve used pens/marker instead for fine lines. Have complete respect for the inkers who work on comic books. Painting is better freehand for me. Did some freehand on scraps and edges.

Scanned images I painted.

Finished a geometric digital pattern I'd been working on and worked on a rotated variation. Have some decisions to make about the latter.

Watched a couple segments of Become a Working Artist with Lisa Congdon about licensing artwork on Creative Live.

How was your week?


(Links to my store or products on Zazzle are affiliate links to help me earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' price.)


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10 February 2015

10. DC Comics: The New 52

DC Comics: The New 5210. DC Comics: The New 52 by Dan DiDio

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Every first issue from each new run in the New 52 by DC Comics. Be warned that means 52 cliffhangers. The book is also 3" thick and weighs about 10 pounds so it's a bit unwieldy.

I liked some stories more than others but overall it leans more towards horror than I care for. It's a lot of gore when compiled this way.

I've been reading most of the books with female lead characters (not that many out of the 52): Wonder Woman, Batgirl (my fave thus far), Batwoman, Catwoman. You can see my thoughts on those in reviews of their volume collections.

I've also read and rated the first volumes of Green Arrow and Green Lantern. Might be a couple others as well.

Comics that caught my eye from this collection: Blackhawks, Teen Titans, Nightwing, and Batman.

View all my reviews/ratings on GoodReads.


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06 February 2015

Life of Art SitRep #261 Fabrics, the beginning

Not the gangbuster week I was hoping for, but progress was made. It's so easy to get frustrated that I don't have the energy I did before I got sick last week, but I'm going to take my own advice and recognize the progress I am making. It's slow but it is occurring.

I hope you are all healthy and well. Eat right and get your sleep.

This week I made some headway adding my designs to new Fabrics to my shop:
Black and White Meander Fabric
Black and White Meander Fabric by RocklawnArts
Browse more Home decor Fabrics at Zazzle

Updated LOA and links files for end of month and new fabric link.

Made monthly backups. Have you backed up recently?


(Links to my store or products on Zazzle are affiliate links to help me earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' price.)

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04 February 2015

Best Part of Winter

Late at night, fresh, smooth snow, clear sky, full moon.

Tree shadows running across the illuminated snow. A soft but vibrant light blue broken only by silhouettes and shadows.



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30 January 2015

Life of Art SitRep #260 Down For The Count

Hey, it just occurred to me that "down for the count" comes from boxing or wrestling or another sport where when someone is knocked to the ground, the referee starts counting to determine if it's a knockout or worth some number of points. That's grade A thinking for me this week.

On the upside, I took a few days entirely off. On the downside, they were spent with my curtains drawn, unshowered, barely eating if at all (after my body rejected everything I'd eaten), and in bed. Couldn't even sit up without feeling more sick for two days.

Feeling better gradually. Showering again, opening my curtains, even started wearing pants again yesterday instead of pajamas. Very easily wiped out though and still leery of most food, so not much to show on the artistic front this week.

However! I am so stoked that Zazzle is now offering fabrics. It was on my radar as something I wanted to create this year, and I may still branch out to another fabric-centric print-on-demand, but this let's me get it in the works sooner at my existing shop, Rocklawn Arts.

Read up on the fabric offerings, watched the Zazzle Chat on Fabrics, played around with the new design tool a bit and created my first foray into fabric:

Been mulling over the best way to display fabrics in my shop. Nearly all products are grouped by design, but in this case I see the benefit of putting the fabrics together in one category. From there I might subdivide by color... not quite sure yet. I'll try to see what makes sense for the designs I add without being too many clicks for the consumer or overly cumbersome for me. Any suggestions?

The challenge is that a product can only exist in one place in the store, there's no ability to cross-reference.

Aside from the mulling and a bit of the usual twitter promotion I do, that's all I managed this week.

I am bummed to be so far out of my routine but am not pushing my luck. Hopefully I'll feel perkier as the new week progresses.

Stay warm and healthy!


(Links to my store or products on Zazzle are affiliate links to help me earn more so that I can continue creating photographs and designs. The links do not change the items' price.)

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