28 November 2010

Sketchbook, page 57: Something Fantastic

(Other pages)

The process of filling a 120 60 page sketchbook and posting it all by year's end continues:
"Something Fantastic"


A year ago on TTaT: Nothing but good attitude

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26 November 2010

Life of Art SitRep #42

Every week, I work towards creating a life of art for myself. This is the journey, full of zigs and zags that are collectively, thankfully, progress.

Play along in the comments with your own pursuits if you'd like. (That's where I'll cheer you on.)
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This week, I

•Shot 117 photographs. Shots from car, full moon with flatiron-style building. So cold and windy outside!
•zblogged, Tweeted, FB'd my zazzle shop's Black Friday Deals. The sale changes every two hours starting midnight (PST) on Black Friday until the following Tuesday, so I'm not going to list them all here. Visit my Rocklawn Arts blog to see what sales are coming up:
Black Friday Sales

•Tweeted, FB'd, zblogged 40% off calendar sale:

Enjoy a cool, unusual photograph each month with a Rocklawn Arts Photography Calendar for 2011. Each art photo has a white border, so when you’re done with the calendar you can cut it apart and frame or hang the photos without mattes if you like. It’s a great deal for 12 original pieces of fine art for your walls.
Get 40% off my art photography calendars until 11:59pm PT November 30, 2010.

Enter the following code at checkout: 40CLNDRS2011


This calendar was named one of the Top 15 Zazzle Calendars for 2011.

•Finished making iPhone and iPad cases for all remaining suitable photographs.
zblogged new iPad and iPhone cases as well as free shipping offer:
Free shipping is available for orders greater than $50.
During checkout, enter the coupon code: FREESHIPFORU
Offer is valid through December 31, 2010 at 11:59pm PT.
•Published 2nd squidoo lens, American Southwest Scenes.
•Discovered a new flash panel on RedBubble that doesn't crop my images. Added it to my TTaT and Rocklawn Arts blog shop pages.
•Made new horizontal, vertical card templates with message to make customizing easier for customers.
•Added CSS code line to remove coasters from sidebar. They're matte finish and not recommended for color photography.
•Noticed "medium" in title for North Window stamp wasn't capitalized so I fixed it. OCD much?
•Revised zazzle store intro a bit.
•Watched most of "Children's Portrait Photography with Tamara Lackey," a three 8-hour day weekend seminar on Creative Live. Did not at all expect to get completely sucked in. Fascinating and informative. Took tons of notes.
•Watched Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. For a moment, felt beautiful not in spite of my flaws but because of them.
•Added links/products to 4 lenses/blogs.
•Drew and scanned 1 sketch.
•Watched 1st "Crowd Conversion" video.
•Tweeted, zblogged Thanksgiving day postage sale.

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Two years ago on TTaT: pre-thanks

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25 November 2010

Thanksgiving haiku: Back to the Past

Happy Thanksgiving, blogpeeps!

Teenagers lined up
for a Thanksgiving portrait
many years ago.


Feel free to share your own Thanksgiving haiku in the comments! Or yes, you can comment on the lovely stylings pictured above.

Thanksgiving haiku of years past:

In case you're a midnight shopper, here are the Black Friday Deals for my Zazzle shop which begin at 12:01 AM PST tonight.


A year ago on TTaT: Thanksgiving haiku: Back to the Future

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23 November 2010

Hay-scented fiddleheads

Hay-scented ferns


5 years ago on TTaT: Chip, chip, chip

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21 November 2010

Sketchbook, page 56

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The process of filling a 120 60 page sketchbook and posting it all by year's end continues:

Samurai Jack

He's got a longer jaw but I ran out of space because I started drawing from the bottom up.


4 years ago on TTaT: I know where I want to go

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20 November 2010

19 November 2010

Life of Art SitRep #41 iPad and iPhone cases

Every week, I work towards creating a life of art for myself. This is the journey, full of zigs and zags that are collectively, thankfully, progress.

Play along in the comments with your own pursuits if you'd like. (That's where I cheer you on.)
*******
This week, I

•Shot 172 photographs from car. (I wasn't driving.)
•Created iPad and iPhone cases for 13 of my images in my zazzle store. These are pretty rad. I'm working through the rest of my gallery.

•Tweeted link to iPhone and iPad cases with free shipping offer:
Free shipping on iPhone & iPad cases until November 30, 2010 at 11:59 pm PT.

Use code: NEWZAZZCASES

•Made horizontal and vertical iPad and iPhone templates to simplify their creation in the future.
•Blogged Binder Sale:
Get $9 Off Custom Avery Binders from Rocklawn Arts.

Use code: AVERYCUSTOM1

Offer is valid until December 31, 2010 at 11:59pm PT.

•Submitted links/products to 6 lenses/blogs/directory.
•Added column to online sales file for clarity since items can have earnings and referral bonuses. Also separated out my first account from my main one so I can track totals without extra math. Spreadsheet tabs FTW. :)
•Worked on new lens. Wrote intro for it, and created draft version in squidoo. Made small edits to existing squidoo lens.
•Added link voting plexos to my squidoo lenses.
•Zblogged, tweeted, FB'd Double Arch folder link.
•Listened to GoingPro podcast #15, #16, #17.
•Watched "Boosting The Sky In Your Landscape Images" and "Using Layer Styles and Smart Objects" photoshop tutorials.
•Read The $100,000 Circle ebook.
•Drew and scanned 1 sketch.
•Tweeted, FB'd, blogged, zblogged, emailed some folks about 1 day 50% off free shipping sale.

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A year ago on TTaT: Dance Dance Revolution: The Philosophy

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18 November 2010

Funky red tulip

Not what I picture when I think of tulips, but a tulip all the same.


Three years ago on TTaT: Go go Mux!

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17 November 2010

Orange tulips

It's been totally dreary the past couple of days so I thought I'd perk things up a bit with some orange tulips.


Two years ago on TTaT: $50 for general admission?!

15 November 2010

50% off AND free shipping on all card orders! Today only! (ETA: extended 1 day)

ETA: Offer extended until 11:59pm PT November 16, 2010. (If I'd known this yesterday, I would've just said so.)

If you'd like to show your support for my photography without spending much, today would be an excellent day to do so. Get 50% off AND free shipping on all card and/or postcard orders, no minimum! Offer valid until 11:59pm PT tonight (November 15 16, 2010).

Customizable cards: add your own greeting if you like!
Postcards

Enter the following code at checkout: ZAZZLECARD50

Non-religious winter cards (You can change the greeting to make them Christmas cards, thank you notes or anything you like):

Birthday card (Again, you can change the greeting to anything you like):

There are also many customizable blank cards featuring architectural details, urban and desert landscapes, abstracts, flowers, and more.


5 years ago on TTaT: Tidbit

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14 November 2010

Sketchbook, page 55

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The process of filling a 120 60 page sketchbook and posting it all by year's end continues:

Stetson hat


A year ago on TTaT: Dance Dance Revolution: The Journey

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12 November 2010

Ten, Eleven, Twelve

"Ten, eleven, twelve," she said, "That's today."

"Um, not exactly," I said with a perplexed look on my face.

"1910, November the 12th. Year, month, day: that's how your grandfather always said it," Mom explained.

"Ah, except it's not nineteen-ten."

"That was his birthday. It's not hard to do the math..."

I got it before she finished her thought. "He would've been 100 today."

She teared up and turned her attention to a shelf of knickknacks in front of her as we stood in HomeGoods. I placed my hand on her back and rubbed it back and forth for a moment. My eyes started to water, more a physiological empathy (one that frustrates me because it is difficult to subdue) than a resurgence of grief for the just over 10 year old loss.

Just then, Dad pointed out a kind of creepy, toothy snowman on the top shelf that made both Mom and I laugh. The spell was broken and we went back to browsing.

Life of Art SitRep #40 Rolling along

Every week, I work towards creating a life of art for myself. This is the journey, full of zigs and zags that are collectively, thankfully, progress.

Play along in the comments with your own pursuits if you'd like. (That's where I cheer you on.)
*******
This week, I

•Tweeted, FB'd, blogged Redbubble 15% off sale:
Rocklawn Arts on Redbubble features my photographs on cards and in various print formats: unmatted, matted, laminated, mounted, and framed.

Get 15% off my art photography at Rocklawn Arts!

Use code: RocklawnArts_is_on_sale_1424

Offer ends November 14, 2010.
•Used photographs Epimedium Flowers, Two Oriental Poppies, Double Arch, and Cloudy Sky With Sunburst to create product lines of various customizable items:
Cloudy Sky With Sunburst bag
Cloudy Sky With Sunburst by RocklawnArts
Create a bag at zazzle.com

•Created vertical & horizontal ornament templates.
•Made ornaments for all suitable images:

•Made variations of both color photograph calendars wherein I swapped out January's Raging Fire with Double Arch. I had a logic to how I selected which photographs would be particular months, but I did not consider that Zazzle displays calendars with their cover and first month by default. I thought I'd be able to change it to show the front and back covers, but I don't see how to do it at present. Anyway, Raging Fire might put people off checking out the rest of the images, so I made the new versions:

•Tweeted, FB'd, blogged Two Oriental Poppies, Cloudy Sky With Sunburst, and Epimedium Flowers links.
•Added links/products to 4 lenses and 1 directory.
•Revised tags and adjusted product descriptions for remaining 12 product lines. DONE. (Well, until I discover something else I need to change.)
•Adjusted zazzle store CSS code so envelopes won't show up in sidebar product type list.
•Updated my squidoo lens.
•Noticed Desert Silhouette, Sandstone Fins, Double Arch all had AZ listed instead of UT for card and postcard. Grr. Need to pay more attention when I'm copying & pasting stuff apparently. Fixed 'em.
•Made video of my kinetic sculpture in fall.
•Drew and scanned 1 sketch.
•Watched "The Acid Rain Effect" and "Placing Your Logo On An Image" Photoshop tutorials.
•Blogged, Zblogged, FB'd, tweeted Vets Day Sale.

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5 years ago on TTaT: Why should I wait?

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10 November 2010

50 Photographers You Should Know

39. 50 Photographers You Should Know by Peter Stepan (2.5/5)

On nearly every front, I wanted more. The book is smaller than a high school text book and about 1/4 as thick with only 170 pages including the index (just the contents alphabetized). Most of the photographers only get two pages, some get four. They all get about 3/4 of page of text describing their lives, which is fine for me, but many only get 1 or 2 photos. That's not enough to get a feel for anyone's body of work. The book is an abridged selection of encyclopedia entries.

And speaking of abridged, I wanted to see more women. There were only 5 on the list and one of those was part of a husband-wife team. Really?! Annie Leibowitz, for example, isn't good enough for you? It might not bother me so much if the work showcased of several of the men I'd never heard of were better. Again, it's hard to gauge with a few photographs at best.

I suppose I'd like to know why I should know these 50 photographers. About half are icons that are pretty much beyond dispute, but the rest? Should I know them because they were popular at one time somewhere? Because they are/were successful financially? I'd rather something more merit based, but perhaps that's what the author thinks he's done. Damn subjectivity.


A year ago on TTaT: Dance Dance Revolution: First Encounter

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09 November 2010

Kinetic Sculpture in Fall

I'm glad I shot this last week. It was cold enough then before the ground was covered in sleet as it is now.


Click to play.
(Run time 3:05, no sound)


The sculpture sounds kind of cool when it really gets going, but there was a lawn mower running through most of this, so I thought I'd spare you.

Still my favorite thing I've ever made.


A year ago on TTaT: Side effects of writing about one's voice (Looking at the comments to my year old post, I just noticed that I didn't realize it was Vahid's birthday last year. D'oh! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VAHID!!!!! I hope it's molto groovy!)

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08 November 2010

Rocklawn Arts Veterans Day Sale

$10 Off Shoes,
$8 Off Binders,
$6 Off Calendars,
$4 Off Mugs,
$2 Off Shirts:


Use coupon code: VTRNSDAYSALE

Offer valid through November 11, 2010 at 11:59pm PT. Please note that if you see something you'd like to buy by another artist at Zazzle after clicking through one of my links, that's cool too: I'll get a referral fee.

I don't plan to post all the sales that come up on TTaT, but this one seemed worthwhile to mention. To get all the latest Rocklawn Arts news, follow the Rocklawn Arts blog and @RocklawnArts on Twitter. A fair amount of the sales turn up in my Twitter feed @claireofRA as well.


A year ago on TTaT: The literal sotto voce: behind the scenes of an introvert's voice

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07 November 2010

Sketchbook, page 54

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The process of filling a 120 60 page sketchbook and posting it all by year's end continues:

Stylized wave with surfer

Watching the Iconoclasts episode with Eddie Vedder and Laird Hamilton put waves on the brain. :)


4 years ago on TTaT: Don't forget to VOTE!

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05 November 2010

Life of Art SitRep #39 the calm, post-mojo

Every week, I work towards creating a life of art for myself. This is the journey, full of zigs and zags that are collectively, thankfully, progress.

Play along in the comments with your own pursuits if you'd like. (That's where I cheer you on.)
*******
This week, I
•Shot 70 photographs.
•Shot 9 videos of my kinetic sculpture. (Coming soon to the blog!)
•Wrote product descriptions for Flowering Rhubarb Stalks and Snow-covered Branches and created product lines of various customizable gift items:

•Made Ski Lift and Sky holiday card with customizable greeting template. It reads, "Have a marvelous holiday!" but you can easily change it to anything.
•Created long format Elements of Nature Calendar:

•Revised tags and adjusted product descriptions for 12 product lines. Halfway done, I think.
•Tweeted, FB'd, Rocklawn Arts blogged links for Field of Basalt, Flowering Rhubarb Stalks, Snow-covered Branches, and card/label/postcard sale information.
•Scanned 1 sketch.

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Two years ago on TTaT: All but one

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04 November 2010

34. Life in the Wild

34. Life in the Wild by DK Publishing, project editor: Nicky Munro (3.5/5)

Looking at the animal photos and reading their captions in Life in the Wild is just another reminder how many strange, weird creatures are out there that I've either never seen or never heard of. It's a fascinating planet we live on.

Animals are grouped by category: mammals, birds, reptiles & amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. Since there are millions of species on Earth, the book is by no means comprehensive, but it does give a good feel for the variety of life out there.

Though Life in the Wild is all about its photos, the captions are well worth reading too. They relay various highlights of the animals: how many tons one weighs, how fast another can run, what yet another eats. Interesting, brief tidbits.

I'm not going to lie, the snakes freaked me the f@#k out even though I focused only on reading their captions (tunnel vision fail!). Also reading some of their facts really didn't help. (This is where I'm glad I don't have a photographic memory.) But the good news is that there were only around 5 and they were all grouped together. This seemed to be true of most similar groups of animals in the book. Once you're past them, you don't have to worry about another one popping up in the chapter. The best tip I'll share with the phobic is that there's an index in the back, so you can see what pages to avoid if you need to.

Otherwise, lots of fascinating critters out there. The big cats and butterflies are probably my favorites in the book. Well worth at least a flip through.


A year ago on TTaT: Ass Cheeks and Autumn

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03 November 2010

Gettin' My Groove On... (vol. xviii)

...to "She Can Get It" by Kevin Rudolf with some Shiva Nata level 1 horizontal arms:



Two years ago on TTaT: Read your ballot carefully...

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02 November 2010

Gettin' My Groove On... (vol. xvii)

...to "She Can Get It" by Kevin Rudolf with some Shiva Nata level 1 vertical arms:


Don't forget to VOTE today!!!


Two years ago on TTaT: Rainy day, 2

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01 November 2010

Gettin' My Groove On... (vol. xvi)

...to "She Can Get It" by Kevin Rudolf with some Shiva Nata:


As if I'm not enough of an outsider already, I've become interested in a crazy form of yoga that pretty much no one has heard of. After reading about Shiva Nata for over a year, I finally picked up a dvd and started trying it out about 2 weeks ago.

I can't speak to the mental benefits it's supposed to have at this point, but I can say it's a heck of a workout for your arms. (I haven't gotten far with the leg sections yet.)

I photographed two other arm sequences which I like better visually, but without an establishing sequence, I didn't think they'd quite come across. The others will be up later this week.

*Please note the photos are by no means great form on display. I'm a beginner and I let Photobooth fire off 4 shots in succession, so I'm probably still moving into positions (assuming I'm doing them right).


A year ago on TTaT: Blast off

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