02 May 2015

Tiny Sheep!

Tonight's sighting: at least 22 tiny sheep dashing en masse to and fro, charging up a pile of dirt to play king of the mountain as part of their circuit. It was the best.

I really like the tiny black sheep. Figures, right?

The guard horse and llama were in the hut at the back. The adult sheep were lined up against the far fence where a woman had just spread out some feed. They were all about dinner. Within that row of sheep was a larger white and brown mottled animal, possibly a goat though a large one. The goat? was aggressive, no one stayed near it for long as it would turn to butt heads with anyone encroaching.

I focused mainly on the little sheep. One cute tiny one was white with a black face. The petite mob ran the length of the small field several times while the adults faced the fence oblivious to their fun.

A year ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #221 Eco friendly

01 May 2015

Life of Art SitRep #273 Stopgap Measure, Engage!

If you've been following along, you know my iMac has been getting progressively less reliable. This week it crashed every day I turned it on and sometimes more than once a day. I spent a lot of this week backing files up.

It's like it knew there was a PC in the room because not long after I brought the laptop in, the screen went black, then the bottom third came back on, but it was frozen nonetheless. The iMac has been in a time out since Wednesday.

The catch is that I only have core files on a drive a PC can read.

So why the PC? Well, I refuse to buy an iMac that's a year and a half old (most of Apple's product line at present). Even the newest 5K retina top of the line model is 6 months old and for $2500, I want more RAM and hard drive space standard. Most of the line is due for a significant refresh and I don't want to spend that much for a much upgraded version to come out in a few months.

My Dad is kindly letting me borrow his PC laptop in the interim. Oh, the learning curve! Fortunately I can do a lot of work as long as I have access to a web browser. And I'm pretty stoked that NeoOffice files work seamlessly with OpenOffice. So score for that.

Most of the past two days have been getting the laptop set up and figuring out how to do what I've taken for granted on my computer. Now that I have a mouse hooked up, I'm in better shape to get back to work. (I don't have the hang of making text selections on a track pad.)

So...before things got crazy, what did I get done this week? (I think I'm missing a day or so of notes that didn't make it to my PC/Mac friendly drive before my iMac's last though hopefully not final crash.)

Shot about 250 photographs.

Created some more Wine Totes:
Red and White Meander Wine Bags
Red and White Meander Wine Bags by RocklawnArts
Find more Picnic supplies Wine Totes at Zazzle

Also made some new templates and started adding my designs to Samsung Galaxy S6 Cases:
Abstract Teal Polygons Samsung Galaxy S6 Cases
Abstract Teal Polygons Samsung Galaxy S6 Cases by RocklawnArts
See other Protective Casemate Cases at zazzle

How was your week?

5 years ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 24

30 April 2015

The Roll Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility, and Live Better in Your Body

The Roll Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility, and Live Better in Your Body31. The Roll Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility, and Live Better in Your Body by Jill Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book to own and keep not on your shelf, but flipped open beside you as you try a new rolling sequence.

Jam-packed with info on anatomy, proprioception, personal stories, and techniques for rolling out knots and kinks in your body.

If you want more control over how you feel in your body, strategies to tackle pain and tightness while improving your mobility, this is a great resource.

It's got loads of photos demonstrating the ball rolling techniques, but you can also see videos online to get a feel for it. I was sold on her approach before I read the book as I have a couple of her DVDs. I often roll out my upper back and feel better for it. It's rare a day goes by I don't roll out something.

Highly recommended if you want to put more of your well-being into your own hands.

4 years ago on TTaT: Perspective on the decay of beauty

26 April 2015

Angel & Faith: Daddy Issues

Angel & Faith: Daddy Issues (Angel & Faith, #2)29. Angel & Faith: Daddy Issues by Christos Gage

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So glad I finally got a chance to read this one. Some epic library snafus had me ready to give up on it, but it was worth the wait. (Seriously, I was surprised to find I'd read volume one in November of 2012.)

This one ties back well to the original Buffy tv series. I really enjoyed it.

Fingers crossed that volume 3 doesn't take as long to get.

Two years ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #168 Screw Fear

24 April 2015

Life of Art SitRep #272 Wine or Bust

Maybe this week feels like a bust because the day I'm writing this (Thursday) was. Had a checkup appointment and my doc was an hour late. Even his med assistant was running a half hour late. She was kind enough to apologize. My doc never does. By the time I left, the office was a ghost town. Argh. Shake it off. Deep breath.

Let's see what I did get done this week.

Wine Totes, how apt! I created a series of templates and started adding my designs to these. Get ready for picnics or make that bottle of wine you bring to a party more memorable with a reusable tote.
Rainbow Chevrons Wine Bags
Rainbow Chevrons Wine Bags by RocklawnArts
Browse Picnic Wine Totes online at Zazzle.com
Abstract Green Water Wine Bags
Abstract Green Water Wine Bags by RocklawnArts
Find other Picnic Wine Totes at zazzle.com
River Water Ripples Wine Bags
River Water Ripples Wine Bags by RocklawnArts
Pursue additional Wine Bags at Zazzle
Red Linen Texture Photo with Monogram Wine Bags
Red Linen Texture Photo with Monogram Wine Bags by RocklawnArts
Check out Picnic Wine Totes online at zazzle

Updated descriptions for my Chevrons products.

Shot 57 photographs.

Made some small changes to the About Store section of RA shop.

Started reordering design descriptions into batches by type, adding new products goes much faster, huzzah!

Put some design images in folders by type on Zazzle. More clicks but less back and forth between browser and text edit. Jury's still out on this one.

Continued watching Build a Stand-Out Business with Tara Gentile.

Not too bad amidst computer crashes and site specific issues.

How was your week?

A year ago on TTaT: Tip of the Day

22 April 2015

Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond

Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond27. Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond by Bruce C.N. Greenwald

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I found the investor profiles in the third section more useful than the rest.

Some of the earlier chapters are followed by short appendices, those were helpful.

In some cases, the approaches discussed involve investing enough money in a business to have control over its direction which isn't practically useful for me.

Also, published in 2001, it felt dated as it heralded investment research strategies used before the internet and thus financial data was widely available. Even the book often admits that finding businesses that are like the ones found by the great investors discussed and, this is key, not everyone else, are hard to come by today.

4 years ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #63 In the realm of distraction

19 April 2015

Triumphant Anxiety

Two facts: the batteries in my camera were low, and my camera wasn't in my room.

One fear: a bear would pass through the yard and I wouldn't be ready to capture it in photographs.

I woke up and flung my navy curtains wide. The biggest black bear I'd ever seen was in the back yard. Do I have enough time to grab my camera before it's gone? I debated for a moment and decided yes, I had time if I was fast.

The bear was still there when I got back. I started photographing, hoping the batteries would last, getting closer to the window so I could open it.

Then I saw the bear wasn't alone. There was a lion with a full mane lying on the grass. The pale tan lion was easier to get a good exposure on, so I shifted my focus. Besides, lion! I didn't have any photos of a lion in the back yard.

In my peripheral vision, I saw a group of about 7-10 kids taking photos of the bear and lion with their smartphones. The kids, 10 years old maybe?, were 10 feet away from the animals and getting closer.

"Stay back!" I yelled, "It's not safe!"

The bear and lion ran past the children around the side of the house.

I struggled to put fresh batteries in my camera and dashed downstairs.

The young group was still snapping shots. The bear had disappeared but the lion was lying down again.

Cautiously, I got within 15 feet of the lion and started taking photos. I eased a few feet closer saying, "Hello there," in a soothing voice.

"Hello," said the lion.

I put my camera down in surprise. "I didn't know you could talk."

"I didn't know you could talk," said the lion.

Suddenly the lion wasn't as big as before. He looked friendlier.

"May I take your portrait?" I asked.

"Oh, I don't know. I never look good in photos," the lion answered.

"Don't worry, I'll make you look great."

A year ago on TTaT: Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art