04 September 2015

Life of Art SitRep #291 Headway Against Prevailing Winds

No matter what I decide regarding tags and descriptions, it seems as soon as I've starting making headway, I learn something new that means what I've done should be yet different again. Ah, the zigs and zags. This time I'm continuing forward because I already know there will be much individualization to be done after I finish this lengthy pass.

I did update info on 7 photographs, and 11 before that which I'll need to take another crack at... or not if I don't want to keep spinning my wheels.

In more productive news, I shot 144 photographs over 4 consecutive days. 145 if you count the shot I took of two old women who asked if I would take their picture. And why wouldn't you count that?

Saw two cool art exhibits at a museum.

Finished creating iPad Cases. (There's no direct link to all of the iPad Air 2/iPad Air Folio Cases I've been adding at the moment, but they are currently the Newest additions and will therefore show at the top of the page on that link.) Each of the iPad Air 2/iPad Air cases is also available as cases for the iPad Mini, iPad 2/3/4, and Kindle Fire HD/HDX. Just select the appropriate model in the sidebar of the product's page.
Rainbow Polka Dots on Black
Rainbow Polka Dots on Black by RocklawnArts
Find more Protective Cases at Zazzle
Faded White Stripe on Black
Faded White Stripe on Black by RocklawnArts
Shop for Black Cases online at Zazzle.com

Finished creating Pillowcases:
Red Polka Dots on White Pillowcase
Red Polka Dots on White Pillowcase by RocklawnArts
View other Red polka dots Pillowcases at Zazzle.com

Rocklawn Arts blogged New iPad Air 2/iPad Air Folio Cases at Rocklawn Arts! and New Pillowcases at Rocklawn Arts!

Updated LOA for end of month.

Streamlined the back end of my store some.

Made monthly backups. When was the last time you backed up?


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03 September 2015

Stranger Portrait

Recently, I was at an art museum with a Van Gogh exhibit. In the area preceding the exhibit, they had a huge reproduction of one of his paintings that took up a whole wall. Probably 15 feet high and 20 feet wide. People were regularly taking their pictures in front of it as I'd done with my parents a while before.

My dad and I were walking past the wall to meet up with mom at the gift shop when two old women asked, "Excuse me, would one of you take our picture with my camera?"

Historically that would've stressed me out, but knowing how notoriously bad my dad is at capturing good expressions on people (always about 5 seconds too late), I said, "Sure."

"You look like you could have photography experience," the woman with the camera said.

I gave a half shrug and nod as she held out her camera. Portraits aren't my forte.

I was about to take it when she said, "No, put your hand through the strap."

"OK," I said. I appreciate her not wanting me to drop her camera but thought, This strap is so loose it's doubtful it'd do any good. Whatever.

I gave her little compact camera a quick once-over: it was set to auto mode and I tested the half-press focus and saw a big green box appear on the LCD. I smiled at them to cue their expressions and took the shot.

"Is it perfect?" the camera woman's friend asked.

"You can check," I said, handing the first her camera back. I wasn't sure what constituted "perfect."

She pulled up the image and they both looked at it and smiled. The first said, "I think you've got potential."

I smiled and continued on my way.


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29 August 2015

Turkey and More Turkeys

When I looked out my side window today, I spotted a flock* of turkeys walking through the trees. One large turkey followed by lots of little ones with a couple medium-sized turkeys bringing up the rear. I counted at least 9 or 10, it was hard to keep track with a few little ones walking next to each other.

They were heading out of view, so I switched windows to look at the backyard where another group of turkeys was walking up the garden path towards the first flock. This group had 5 good sized turkeys.

"They're gonna have a rumble!" I exclaimed.

But turkeys aren't jerks it seems as they crossed paths without incident.

Then a lawn mower started next door and I think all the turkeys decided to head further into the woods. I lost them amidst the afternoon shadows which let them blend in more with previous year's old brown fallen leaves.

ETA: About a half hour later, I saw the first flock of turkeys further down the road. They were easier to count when they were crossing the street. 3 hens and 10 little ones, so a grand total of 18 for the day.


*Apparently only a domesticated group of turkeys is called a rafter. The ones I saw were definitely wild turkeys.


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28 August 2015

Life of Art SitRep #290 Two Steps Back For A Brighter Tomorrow

So... last week I laid out my new system, but this week I discovered a flaw which was better addressed now than later. And then I found a couple other nitpicky details I wanted to change.

Thank Science for "find and replace." That did ease the work of the finer points. The link revising was more cumbersome. But I did finish it! Well, the offline part of this endeavour anyway.

At that point, I hit pause to thoroughly back up my work.

Now it's back to the beginning of revising descriptions and tags. I've done two so far. Pretty sure there's at least a hundred to go plus an alarming number which will have to be done individually. Ah well, it's progress.

Also made some updates to my stores... which, hmm, are not live just yet. I'll keep you posted.

Created some more Pillowcases:
Rainbow Colored Planets Pillowcase
Rainbow Colored Planets Pillowcase by RocklawnArts
Check out Rainbow Pillowcases online at zazzle

Created some more iPad Cases. (There's no direct link to all of the iPad Air 2/iPad Air Folio Cases I've been adding at the moment, but they are currently the Newest additions and will therefore show at the top of the page on that link.) Each of the iPad Air 2/iPad Air cases is also available as cases for the iPad Mini, iPad 2/3/4, and Kindle Fire HD/HDX. Just select the appropriate model in the sidebar of the product's page.

How was your week?


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24 August 2015

Great Dane

Tonight I saw the most beautiful Great Dane with fur like a Dalmatian (amorphous black spots on white) but a bit fuzzier. She (or he) looked very sweet-tempered.

I waved but did not say, "Hello," because I didn't want to be barked at or to have this tremendously huge dog leap out a car window at me. Oddly I was more worried about the dog getting injured by running away or into traffic than about me getting mauled. (I have some bad history with dogs.)

Rest assured, all four windows of the little car were completely down and it wasn't hot out. Quite nice actually around 72 and getting cooler as the sun continued setting.

Such a sweet looking dog!


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21 August 2015

Life of Art SitRep #289 iPad Air Cases and Pillowcases continued

Plugging away this week and developing systems for accomplishing more tedious yet significant tasks. Pretty straightforward actually. I stuck a sticky note on my desk with two tasks I need to do every day: update one product line's description, update one product line's tags. If I do more in a day, great, but if not, I will still be steadily chipping away at a time-sucking but important endeavour.

To that end, I revised tags for 6 product lines and descriptions for 9. (I implemented my system a few days into the week.)

Created more Pillowcases:

Created more iPad Cases. (There's no direct link to all of the iPad Air 2/iPad Air Folio Cases I've been adding at the moment, but they are currently the Newest additions and will therefore show at the top of the page on that link.) Each of the iPad Air 2/iPad Air cases is also available as cases for the iPad Mini, iPad 2/3/4, and Kindle Fire HD/HDX. Just select the appropriate model in the sidebar of the product's page.
Black Diamonds on White Geometric Pattern
Black Diamonds on White Geometric Pattern by RocklawnArts
Check out more Black and white Cases at Zazzle

Watched Email Marketing for Crafters with Abby Glassenberg on creative LIVE.

How was your week?


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14 August 2015

Life of Art SitRep #288 Cases: Pillow and iPad Air 2/Air Folio

Slower going than expected this week but I did make some headway.

Finished adding my new design Red Stripes and Chevrons with Monogram on White to products:

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Red Stripes and Chevrons with Monogram on White pattern.

Finished adding my photographs to the new iPad Air Folio cases:
Adobe Passageway: Black & White photo
Adobe Passageway: Black & White photo by RocklawnArts
Check out more Protective Cases at Zazzle
Green Water Abstract Photo
Green Water Abstract Photo by RocklawnArts
Shop for Protective Cases online at Zazzle.com
Red Linen Texture Photo with Your Name
Red Linen Texture Photo with Your Name by RocklawnArts
Check out other Protective Cases at zazzle.com

Started adding my designs to iPad Air 2/Air Folio Cases and Pillowcases:

Updated links and LOA files.

Upgraded my stopgap computer to Windows 10.

How was your week?


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