26 October 2019


Amphigorey (Amphigorey, #1)37. Amphigorey by Edward Gorey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I find this difficult to rate since it's a collection of 15 books and I definitely liked some more than others. Individually there'd be a few 2s, some 4s, and several 3s. His detailed ink drawings are a treat.

The Willowdale Handcar was my favorite story. One panel in particular delighted me most out of the whole compilation of books with a mention of glass telephone-pole insulators because I know exactly what they look like and they are freaking cool.

The Bug Book, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, and The Unstrung Harp were other faves.

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25 October 2019

Life of Art SitRep #505 [Gold and Silver Foil Gift Wrap, Custom Photo Calendar Magnets, Fall Fern Photo]

This week I created some more Foil Wrapping Paper Sheets including polka dot and add your logo patterns in gold and silver:

Created more Add Your Photo 2020 Calendar Magnetic Cards with different background colors. Click through to see the color variations under "Design Theme" on the product page's sidebar:

Created Golden Yellow Fern Fall Leaves Canvas Print, Golden Yellow Fern Fall Leaves Photo Postcard, and Autumn Leaf Golden Yellow Fern Photo Wrapping Paper which I added to the new Golden Yellow Fern Art Photo by Claire E. Skinner collection:

Started work on a new holiday typography design. Having fun with it.

Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest.

How was your week?

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18 October 2019

Life of Art SitRep #504 [Fall Fern Photo, Gold and Silver Foil Wrapping, Monogram Duvets]

At long last there is a new photograph of mine in my shop. It is a golden yellow fern highlighted by sun over a dark woodland floor which seemed appropriate for autumn.

I added it to a variety of art prints, photo blocks, iPhone cases, notebooks, paperweights, and magnetic frames. A few include monogram or name options:

See all the latest products I've created here.

Another cool new addition to my store are gold or silver foil wrapping sheets. Each design is available in gold or silver.

And finally a couple more black and white checkered pattern duvet covers with monograms, one reversible and the other one-sided. I made them queen sized but twin and king size duvet covers are also available in the sidebar of the product page.

Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest.

Went to an outdoor sculpture exhibit and also saw a photography exhibit.

Shot 299 photographs and 9 videos. Culled 4 videos, 77 photos, rated some of rest (have more yet to do).

How was your week?

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11 October 2019

Life of Art SitRep #503 Thanksgiving Collections, 2020 Calendar Magnets, Blankets, Duvets

It's been a fruitful week with the creation of a variety of custom photo products including 2020 calendar magnetic cards, duvet covers, fleece and sherpa blankets. I also made some gingham check table runners to add to my new Thanksgiving collections.

There are also new collections for Thanksgiving Haiku party supplies, custom photo collage wrapping supplies, and custom logo business event supplies:

Click a collection to see the rest of its items.

Magnetic calendars with a custom photo make great stocking stuffers for family and friends:

Cozy photo template blankets come with white, black, navy blue, red, or grey backgrounds. Click to buy a cute kitten and cat blanket or personalize it with your own pictures:

Cool duvet covers also feature custom photo collages with different color backgrounds. There are single sided and double sided versions of each. I made them in Queen size, but you can switch them to twin or king on the product page.

And also a black and white checkered duvet:

Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest.

Shot 231 photographs, culled 52. Also several videos I've yet to upload.

Watched "How to Remove the Background of a photo in Photoshop" by Colin Smith. Very helpful! Fine tuning edges of selections with greater detail.

Made monthly backups. Have you backed up lately?

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08 October 2019

Dusk to Dawn: A Guide to Landscape Photography at Night

Dusk to Dawn: A Guide to Landscape Photography at Night34. Dusk to Dawn: A Guide to Landscape Photography at Night by Glenn Randall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent reference for landscape photography at night. He covers gear, shooting, and processing of nighttime images including pinpoint stars, star trails, the Milky Way, aurora, moonlit landscapes, and meteor showers in great detail.

The book is full of his images and the captions are well detailed with the location, time, camera and lens, exposure information, number of frames in composites, and any special processing applied.

Makes me wish I had an eidetic memory so I could easily recall the depth of information and detailed strategies he shares.

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04 October 2019

Life of Art SitRep #502 Thanksgiving in Blue, Burgundy, and Orange

Anyone who's been following my blog for a good while knows I like to write Thanksgiving Haiku. Last year I made a note to myself to create some Thanksgiving products with them for this year. I decided to go minimal to highlight the words in white sans serif text on solid blue, burgundy, and orange backgrounds on paper plates, paper napkins, and faux canvas prints.

I also created a series of more traditional and customizable Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving dinner supplies with gingham plaid designs in the same orange, blue, and burgundy colors so you can mix and match them all.

I need to make collections for them all, just need to decide how to arrange them before starting which tends to dissuade me from making them. I must forge ahead though, site glitches or no.

You can see all the latest products and color variations I've created here.

Went to an outdoor sculpture exhibit and shot photographs I've yet to upload. Both were good for my soul though.

Also shot 221 photos, culled 51, and rated two shoots from last week.

Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest. Created a Thanksgiving Dinner Party Ideas board.

How was your week?

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