15 July 2018

A photograph for its own sake

An oriental poppy:
©2018 Claire E. Skinner


13 years ago on TTaT: Question mark, jerk

07 July 2018

Under Construction

Under Construction18. Under Construction by Hatakeyama Naoya

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I absolutely LOVE this collection of photographs. They combine some of my favorite things: construction in progress, exceptionally cool architecture, and a library. Hatakeyama's images are very much my aesthetic.

Toyo Ito is the architect and his design is striking.

The construction site pictured is of the Sendai Mediatheque and its progress over the course of about two and a half years.

There are introductions by the photographer and architect both in Japanese and English. At the back of the book there are thumbnails of all the images with descriptions of what they are of also in English and Japanese.

The only thing odd about the book is its binding. It's sort of half hardbound, which is to say it's like a trade paperback but there's a dense embossed piece of cardboard glued to the front and it has a pretty dust cover.

Aside from that, I loved it. I usually go through photography books pretty quickly but this one I went through just a few pages at a time to savor the imagery.


10 years ago on TTaT: Purple

06 July 2018

Life of Art SitRep #438 Good News!

One of my birthday invitations got selected for Zazzle's Groupon feed (it's about halfway down the page on the right) and was also made an editor's pick!

It's this one:

I created a variety of birthday party supplies to go with it as well as a guestbook, address labels, stickers, and wrapping supplies. It's all in a Modern Black White Geometric 30th Birthday Party Collection:

I will likely add a few more items to it in the week to come.

Also shot 84 photographs, culled 42, rated rest.

Created some more Simple Wave Pattern Calm Blue Gradient items including a Ceramic Tile, Tote Bag, Label, Sherpa Blanket, and Bath Towel Set.

See more in the Modern Blue Wave Pattern Home Decor collection I made:

See all the latest products I've created here.

Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest.

Watched a cool type tool tutorial, how not to rasterize it, make it a shape instead.

Made monthly backups. Have you backed up lately?


10 years ago on TTaT: Random Scan Sunday 7: Autumn foliage

29 June 2018

Life of Art SitRep #437 Modern Summer Blue Wave Pattern Gradient

So I kind of feel like I'm sending these out into the void. They take a fair amount of time to compile which is perhaps not the best use of my time if no one is interested. I'm going to try out a slim version to simplify this with just a few highlights and links to where you can see more.

I created a wide array of products this week as well as a new wave pattern design. Here are some highlights:

See all the latest products I've created here.

Rocklawn Arts blogged Fancy Geometric Black White Stripes and Diamonds Wrapping Paper.

Created collections for Purple Geometric 50th Birthday Party Supplies, Blue Geometric 50th Birthday Party Supplies, 50th Birthday Teal Geometric Party Supplies, 40th Birthday Blue Geometric Party Supplies, 40th Birthday Teal Geometric Party Supplies. You can see the new collections here.

Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest.

How was your week?


10 years ago on TTaT: Random Scan Sunday 6: Fall flowers, leaves

23 June 2018

Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point

The Secret of Danger Point (Surfside Girls #1)14. Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point by Kim Dwinell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


It's a kid's book but a fun summer read with great visual storytelling. Our heroes are Samantha and Jade, 12 year old BFFs who surf, skateboard, and become involved in a supernatural mystery. It makes me want to go to the beach.

I hope we get to see more of Sam and Jade's adventures.


10 years ago on TTaT: Not the old bowling metaphor

22 June 2018

Life of Art SitRep #436 Birthdays and BBQs

Started off the week creating some barbecue party supplies and decorations that are perfect for the fourth of July and the rest of summer:

Also created a variety of birthday party supplies (paper plates, paper napkins, stickers, labels, wrapping paper) to go with invitations I'd recently made including this Purple Geometric 40th Birthday Party Supplies collection:


See more birthday party supplies here.

Created a Time to Soar Abstract Blue Watercolor Inspiration Planner:

Made first draft of a new pattern, rethinking its color scheme.

Did archive work on recent photographs. Culled 33 and rated images from four shoots.

Changed celebrations category image to birthday invite.

Rocklawn Arts blogged New 50th Birthday Flower Invitations and Party Supplies, New 40th Birthday Party Flower Invitations and Party Supplies, New Purple Geometric 40th Birthday Party Supplies, New 60th Birthday Flower Invitations and Party Supplies, New 70th Birthday Flower Invitations and Party Supplies (the last 3 are upcoming).

Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest and created a new Technology and Gadgets board.

Reviewed business course notes.

Read "Set color and tone in Photoshop in 3 clicks with eyedroppers (Easy Advanced color correction)."

How was your week?


10 years ago on TTaT: Random Scan Sunday 5: Yearbook

18 June 2018

Batgirl, Vol. 1: Beyond Burnside

Batgirl, Vol. 1: Beyond Burnside13. Batgirl, Vol. 1: Beyond Burnside by Hope Larson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Barbara Gordon travels in Asia but when trouble finds her, Batgirl gets on the case.

Loved it. Great art, fun story and locations.


10 years ago on TTaT: Something I didn't know

17 June 2018

Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health

Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health11. Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health by Belisa Vranich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I found this really helpful. It's going to take a while yet before my default breathing is totally fixed but it's much improved and I do feel better.

The organization of info could be a bit better arranged, but the exercises are simple.

When she has you measure lung capacity near the beginning, I would do it as she suggests but then again to your max so later you can compare max capacity to your increased max capacity.

Definitely worth a shot if you want to improve your well-being. Bonus is that you can do it for free without medication.


10 years ago on TTaT: Hibiscus

15 June 2018

Life of Art SitRep #435 Tropical Flower Birthday Party Supplies

Went to an art museum and soaked in a lot of wonderful paintings by women and iron creations.

Shot 196 photographs, uploaded 55 from last week, culled 125 so far, rated some, still more editing to do.

Edited another hibiscus photograph to use on the back of birthday guestbooks I created along with a variety of other coordinating birthday party supplies and invitation sets.

You can see them all in the collections I created: 50th Birthday Party Flower Invitations Supplies, 40th Birthday Party Flower Invitations Supplies, 60th Birthday Flower Invitations Party Supplies, and 70th Birthday Flower Invitations Party Supplies:

Also created a Chic Monogram on Faux Marble Abstract Photo USB Charging Station:

Rocklawn Arts blogged New The Big Five Oh Black White 50th Birthday Party Collection, New The Big Four Oh Black White 40th Birthday Party Collection, New The Big Six Oh Black White 60th Birthday Party Collection.

Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest.

How was your week?


10 years ago on TTaT: Growth spurt, Random Scan Sunday 4: Yearbook

08 June 2018

Life of Art SitRep #434 Time to Soar, Photography, Birthdays

Started the week by uploading 41 photographs from last week and culled 7. Also shot quite a bit getting the hang of some staged product photography. 219 photographs from which I've culled 125 so far. Some of this is due to getting used to a borrowed camera after mine became too problematic to use. The battery door catch is broken and takes a ridiculous amount of thumb strength to keep closed. I created a couple of rigs but they were still less than ideal.

Time to do some new camera research.

Nonetheless I persevered and also photographed some flowers but haven't had a chance to upload those yet.

On the product front, I created two variations of a Time to Soar Abstract Blue Watercolor Inspiration Poster (the other one doesn't have the white border if you want to change the poster size), an Abstract Blue Watercolor Painting Poster, Tropical Pink Orange Hibiscus Flower Photo Return Address Labels, and Green Fern Leaves Nature Photo Return Address Labels:

Also filled out some birthday designs from last week with The Big 4 Oh Black White Checkered 40th Birthday Guest Book and The Big 6 Oh Black White Checkered 60th Birthday Guest Book:

Also created 50th Birthday Black White Checkered Pattern Satin Ribbon, 40th Birthday Black White Checkered Pattern Satin Ribbon, and 60th Birthday Black White Checkered Pattern Satin Ribbon:

Created collections for the The Big Five Oh Black White 50th Birthday Party, The Big Four Oh Black White 40th Birthday Party, The Big Six Oh Black White 60th Birthday Party:

Did a variety of analyses of my store to start out June.

Created new birthday, graduation, and party supplies category icons for my store, Rocklawn Arts.

Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest.

Made monthly backups. Have you backed up lately?


10 years ago on TTaT: Random Scan Sunday 3: Yearbook