24 November 2014

74. Shake Puppies

Shake Puppies74. Shake Puppies by Carli Davidson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A book of silly photographs of puppies shaking their heads. Good times.

It's a very quick read as it's a picture book with only a few pages of text (worth reading). I read the whole thing standing up while waiting for some people who were shopping.


Two years ago on TTaT: 57. The Non-Designer's Design Book

23 November 2014

Out for a Walk

After lunch, I checked the thermometer. It was 50 degrees outside. Warmer than forecast and much warmer than the 20s and 30s (not including wind chill) of the past week.

I went back upstairs to my computer to work.

At quarter to four, I thought to myself, What am I doing?! It's fifty degrees outside. Or it was.

A thin grey veil of clouds covered most of the sky and it looked like the sun was already behind the hill I live on.

These days I aim to take walks before 3 now that we're back to standard time. I didn't go out for a walk at all last week though because it was too cold.

I put my sneakers on, swapped hoodies for a heavier one, and hoped the temperature hadn't dropped too much.

It was still 49.

I grabbed my jacket and headed out.

The air was moist and the pavement wet. Clearly it'd rained but I hadn't noticed. It smelled like wet leaves.

I strode to the top of the hill where it levels off. The turnaround had been buried in leaves for weeks but was now mostly clear. The left fourth or so had arcs of soggy flattened leaves.

I walked down the other side of the street noting the Christmas decorations a neighbor had put up recently.

A silver SUV pulled onto the road. I waved as it passed, not quite sure if or which neighbor it belonged to. I thought it was one of the people at the top of the street but it pulled into the house with the wreaths, lights, and angel.

At the T intersection, I turned back. The main road has little visibility with a hill and a curve, and it doesn't have a shoulder to walk on. I was just out for a quick break anyway.

I stopped on the bridge on the way back. The pavement angles up on the road edges toward the guard rails. I planted my feet on the upslope for a calf stretch while I surveyed the creek.

There were little shelves of ice clinging to the rocks on the sides.

The water spray was on. Good, I thought to myself. The town's been by. I hadn't been sure if they'd turned it on yet. The spray prevents the water main that goes over the bridge from freezing.

This time, the water is hitting the top of a rock a couple feet away, flinging the spray upwards. That should make for a more interesting ice sculpture this year.

I took a few deep meditative breaths and headed home.

On the lower deck next to the garage door, an oak leaf had landed between two slats of wood so that it remained upright. I left it because it looked like it was waving to me.


4 years ago on TTaT: Hay-scented fiddleheads

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