Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rock of the week

This rock was one of those “Heart-Shaped” rocks that I am always looking for when I'm out at the ocean replenishing my collection.Amazingly, this is an almost perfectly symmetrical shape!

I liked the decorations on it , and that it was dainty enough to fit inside one of my refrigerator magnet boxes, although I did not glue a magnet to the backside.I ended up including it with another small rock to make a box set for a couple of young lovers. Well, when a customer spotted it on Sunday, she insisted on breaking up the box set to purchase this rock separately, and I let her.

Sometimes you have to make concessions. The tin box was left with only one lonely heart rock inside. I could feel the pain.

Now stop crying, it’s only a rock.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Rock of the week

This rock was easy to do. I’ve gotten pretty adept at the basic starburst designs and can crank them out in about twenty minutes to a half hour after the rocks gradient has been applied. The background is a combination of Photoshop filters which give it a rather mystical quality. The colors are deep and rich which helps make the center really pop. This is the look I’ve been wanting to achieve. This rock will serve as a basic prototype, for which others can then be matched.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Rock of the week

This rock represents where I am going with this particular medium. It seems that objective types of symbols are fine for gift items, but I really want to create unique talismans which people will use as meditation and dream devices.No two rocks are really alike, although I have used similar imagery on those rocks which seem to resonate with me. Art, if you are going to call it that, has to have something which inspires or motivates the viewer to move forward.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Personal Mastery

Let me start with Wednesday... I drove my white Potato car into St. Helena in hopes that I would still be able to squeeze a few more miles out of what any mechanic would describe as a failing transmission.Smoke started to emerge from under the hood as the car barely made it into the town of St. Helena. I parked by a Middle School and immediately called The Polly Klass foundation to donate the vehicle.

After arranging a pickup, I locked the car up, and walked from there to the credit union about a quarter of a mile away. Arriving there, I walked up to the teller and requested a loan application. I filled it out and after submitting it to the bank officer, I proceeded out the door and down the block to the Zumalt dealership to purchase a 2010 Ford Focus. Incredibly, I was able to drive the car off the lot that night and now had transportation to get to a Personal Mastery workshop in Novato the next evening.

Bob and Linda Kranzke have been friends ever since I met them years ago in San Francisco, while attending personal growth workshops at Creative Communication Experiences (CCE). Bob graciously invited me to attend this Personal Mastery Intensive, and let me spend the nights at his home for the duration of the workshop.

The workshop itself was fantastic, as many areas of “How I live my life" were addressed. The synchronicity of events leading up to this past weekend were uncanny. I made many new friends and was able to identify myself as a "Rock Artist” for the first time. Interesting how things come together.