Thursday, December 26, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
The rock has been painted with a green and violet patina and has glowing drops of paint all around the perimeter of the rock.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I was able to collect a whole big canvas bag full of rocks at Russian Gulch.After driving through Santa Rosa I stopped by Michaels Art store to pick up some paints and metallic stickers.It was good to take a drive and let things ride today. I am not feeling particularly creative today, so I should do other things to have the Spirit move me.The rock below is sort of a Buddhist Mandala in honor of my sister, Tara.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The fish I painted on the rock is an attempt at creating 3-D motifs which seem to hover in the air when viewed through some special glasses that I've ordered online.They are called Chromadepth Glasses™ and can be purchased in a variety of styles and prices.
Turning out the lights with the black light on the rock, the orange colors jump forward as the blue colors recede.Although the 3-D effect cannot be re-created here, you can imagine how cool this must look.The fish seems to be swimming in it's own little pond!
Thursday, October 3, 2013
If anyone would like to order a poster or custom rock for a friend, give me a call or shoot me an email and I will be happy to serve you.
This poster is one that now signifies the latest and best of the products that are on display at many of the shows where they can be purchased.
This next poster is more of an experiment. I used Prismacolor to enhance areas that seemed to fall back to give the poster a mock 3-D effect.The down comforter on my bed has served as the perfect background for this display.It allows a beautiful formation of folds concentrically surrounding each rock
Sunday, September 29, 2013
David created a compelling design awhile ago of a folded heart sculpture made of steel. I thought of a way to make this piece somewhat utilitarian by having him cut an inverted hole in the middle of the fold to support business cards or even a rock like the one shown below. I hope that he is able to generate more of these pieces in the future, because of their attractiveness and usefulness.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Wow!What a week it has been. Having returned from the Unity Festival on the Russian River,My Spirit has been Rocked ! This was my first Reggae festival, and it proved to be beyond my expectations.Admittedly, I wanted the Spirit Rocks to be a big hit there, and they were.Many people came up to inquire about them,so it was understandable that they wanted to take their time before making a purchase.I think their was a bit of mutual reluctance because of our general appearances. Most of the attendees were Rastafarians or lookalikes, and usually adopt an unconventional appearance (i.e.dreadlocks,tattoos,body piercings,etc).This may have been my projection, but I probably looked to some like an old straight dude doing a weekend undercover surveillance gig.
The music was undeniably good.I haven’t enjoyed much Reggae since my exposure to people like Bob Marley or Jimmy Cliff many years ago.All groups were accomplished in their own way.A special acknowledgement has to go to Kush County,Irie Fuse,Marlon Asher,Mishka,Roots Underground,Irie Love,Highest Intention,Sol Horizon and The Steppas.These were musicians that came from as far away as the Pacific Islands, Jamaica and Africa.Impressive, no doubt.
Most of the vendors were suppliers of utensils,clothing,jewelry,art and really great food. I had a Eggplant sandwich that was off the charts.Fish Tacos, Tri-tip,Crepes and Italian ices were just part of the fare.Children and oldsters were all there.Plenty of activities aside from camping, dancing and swimming were available. People threw frisbies,played tetherball,spun hula hoops and even went canoeing on the Russian River. A good time was had by all.
Look at this guy doing a fire swing dance to the music playing in the background. too cool!
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
After the Chef's Market ends this week, I will be creating some fresh designs with my time on Thursdays.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
These rocks were some of the early creations that were a result of my trips to the ocean. My friend Veda has thought to enhance the rocks by wrapping them in colored wire that she bought at a craft shop in Guerneville. One can take these to the next level by exploring other ways to embellish or showcase them.
Last year, I decided to scan several rocks and make poster size images out of them. These were eventually shown at a one-man show at the local library in St. Helena, CA.I had no idea how regal the rocks looked after scanning them and noticing all the great detail the digital format provides.
Photographing them, and placing them in previous drawn pictures via Photoshop produced some interesting compositions like the one below, which was made into a gift card. Creativity is only limited by your imagination and the tools you have available.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Click on the link just above the picture of the Rock below.
If you have your own rock, I would take the time to see what it looks like under different lighting conditions and environments. It seems that these rocks have personalities all their own.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Thursday is the Fourth, and the Fair is well underway. I suspect we will have the Sprint cars and explosions keeping all the neighborhood dogs hiding under their masters' bed by night fall.I do have some concern for those animals that have no idea what is going on,but FEEL everything.Something to think about.
The picture below is of a rock I plan on making. I saw this design on someone's t-shirt and thought it looked quite "fetching" if you will excuse the pun. Have a great Independence Day everyone !
Monday, June 24, 2013
He writes the following...
Chris,It looks like my sister has to have her overies removed.Thanks for coming up with the slogan, “Trust the Process”.Below is a letter I sent to her after what I researched on my own.These cysts are in the ovaries,so she runs the risk of them burst.So this is not a great place to have cysts.Period
He writes... So Amy …… I'd suggest going through with the operation to be on the safe side.I’m sorry you have to go through this terrible ordeal.But at least it is a standard operation.Trust the process! Your guides wanted you to have that message that is why they led me to the stone. My friend who I had make the stone design came up with the idea of “Trust the Process”.It immediately resonated with me for some reason. Now I know why. You met him before in the restaurant at the resort.My neighbor,Chris.
You're lucky.When I had my operation the doctor wasn’t even sure what the hell he was going to do! Be glad your not having someone doing an improvisation experiment with only hunches as YOUR life is hanging on a thread and half your colon removed... Then losing it on the table, and being lost for three months (in and out of consciousness and reoccurring seizures).
Note:He is referring here to his own experience with personal surgery.
Death is always to my left and never lets me forget it. Be it a warning to take control of your own health with prevention. Your’ll be fine ……you have a ways to go yet.
Much energy will be sent to you. No need to be scared.
Trust the process!
I keep my friend's sister in my best thoughts and prayers as I hope you do too.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Now,If you put the same rock on your nightstand under a small lamp you will get the glow factor after you turn out the lights.
I have used florescent paint which is bright and colorful, but technically does not glow in the dark (unless you have a Ultra Violet Black light flashlight to illuminate it).These type of lights can be purchased for a small fee at some popular hardware and variety stores.The glow in the dark paint will absorb any natural or incandescent light and stay illuminated for a short while.It will eventually fade, but it is still visible in a dark room for most of the night.
It gives me great joy to show off these unique gift items.The video link below showcases the rocks in various stages of illumination.Enjoy !
Monday, June 17, 2013
Usually, I will post one rock that has stood out as being a particular favorite "Rock of the Week". The composite image here showcases a whole variety of different rocks that have been scanned over the past three years.This selection illustrates the progression of the craft as it has developed.
Yesterday, my sister Rita provided me with a bag full of goodies from Cliff's Variety Store which I can now use when decorating the rocks after being painted.This was Father's Day, but the gift was a belated birthday gift.(It should be noted that it was also St. Rita's feast day!) It was enjoyable having a feast of pulled pork sandwiches with cole slaw in my nephew Edward's back yard. We topped it off with some chocolate cake for dessert.I hope that everyone enjoyed their own versions of a Father's Day celebration.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
This rock is called "The Harlequin Rock" because it reminds me of the colorful garb you might find on a clown in the circus. The background was created in Photoshop and the rock is one of my favorites.
Today was over 90º degrees in Calistoga and the rocks I had on display were so hot that people would immediately put them down if they tried to handle them.Needless to say, sales were not that good. I would like to find a cool DARK spot to sell my rocks. Perhaps in a lounge, or some place like a cave.If anyone knows where I might find this ideal spot, let me know. Peace out for now.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
My good friend Veda took me to this great Japanese Dollar-fifty department store called "Daiso" in the Serramonte Shopping Center in South San Francisco off of Hwy. 280. We got there about ten minutes before closing and found these great little collectible boxes that would fit some of my favorite rocks perfectly.
I can always count on Veda to find me some great deals and fun products.A bit later, we went to a Carnival near Mill Valley where we watched kids go down a super slide and ride the Ferris Wheel. She was drawn to the games of chance, and immediately bought a bucket of ping-pong balls to toss into these glass jars which would win her a stuffed animal.She even gave me a couple to toss. After spending about five bucks with no winning tosses we moved on. We did however, win a blow-up baseball bat and a tiny gold fish at the next game of chance. She chose to name the little fish "Ichi-ban" after the Japanese stores we had visited.Veda is just so cute and happy.
She is totally in love with that fish,too.The picture below is of her in her moment of glory.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
This week's rock is a fun design I came up with after painting the rock with a sort of fuschia color.It seems that young girls who visit the vendor's booth at the Farmers Market prefer pink-colored rocks.This particular rock is adorned with four little metallic leaves that my good friend Veda provided for me. She said that she was able to purchase them at the Dollar store in Mill Valley. I will have to go there to see what other bargains they have.
Although I have been trying to get away from the concentric-looking designs, I made an exception with this rock.I put a spoked wheel in the middle which was another flourish that I thought would look good on this rock.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
My friend Veda was going to be working on her creation next to me,around ten feet away.I began cautiously as I had only attempted this type of work on this type of surface once before in San Raphael last June ( it was well over 90º).
My neighbor Don Williams ( a flooring carpenter ) lent me his knee pads which proved to be so necessary for this sixty-two year old body of mine.I also had some latex surgical gloves that protected my hands along with gobs of #30 sunscreen which protected me from the harsh rays of the sun.Now I was ready for business.
I measured out a grid and marked off the squares using the carpenter's chalking device ( a first for me ) with a very helpful assistant named Brad.I began in the upper right corner as I laid down lots of blue aqua chalk smoothing it over with my hands as I went.Two hours went by and I was already spent!
Veda hadn't arrived but I suspected that she was taking her time driving over from Novato. I left my work for the first day and then went over to my nephew Edward's house to celebrate my sister Rita's 70th birthday party (see pic below).I went home that night and hit the sack early,knowing I had lots to accomplish on Sunday.
Getting up at 5:30am is not my usual M.O., but it felt good as I drove back down to Napa on Highway 29 as the sun was just beginning to rise.When I got to my spot, I could see that Veda had begun her own creation late Saturday, but she still had not arrived. I began drawing and smoothing out chalk as the morning moved on. Jill returned early with muffins, water, Large shading umbrellas and coffee to help start the day. All the chalk supplies we could think of were provided.It was going to be a long day.
Eventually, Veda returned later on Sunday, and again I was feeling tired yet nearly done with my piece at that point.Initially I had agreed to help Veda with hers, but begged off at the last minute.Even still,It looked like she and her friend Bill were about to bail out after an hour or two.The effort everyone put into these projects deserve an "A" for all their work.My nephew and his family arrived around 1pm and helped me with some finishing touches (see Mila and Miko below).I am very grateful for how it turned out, and may even do it again next year.This time I am certain that was better prepared than last time, but still have a lot to learn about chalk and sidewalk art.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Wait a minute,I take that back. These rocks are going to look BETTER after you purchase them. ESPECIALLY if you go to the hardware store and pick up a black light. Their is nothing that will make these Spirit Rocks pop better than when the lights are out and they are sitting next your bed with a black light on them. Boo-Yah !
Monday, April 8, 2013
The next thing I do is choose simple silver bale or drill a hole through the rock and and slip a pleasing nylon string through it.The neck string is adjustable, so it can be shortened or made longer as needed. It is very easy to get attached to these designs, and I sometimes have a hard time parting with them.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
This music has been produced and arranged by my nephew, Justin who is a talented guitarist,vocalist,songwriter.Give a listen and download some GREAT music!(IMHO)Especially the song,"Disappearing Sun".
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
This week I went to the Veteran's home in Yountville to meet with the volunteer coordinator about having a workshop there. The meeting went well and among the ten people that were present came a variety of questions.Ultimately, I think they were concerned mostly about a budget which would not be a problem in my estimation, since I would be supplying many of the necessary utensils to hold the first actual workshop.We figured that it would not cut into their time either, since I was only looking at a few hours to present and demonstrate how I actually go about decorating a rock.I am hopeful that the initial workshop will be approved.
The only other meeting I had was with someone who may be able to have the gift rocks displayed for purchase at the Robert Mondavi Winery store. I am in the process now of creating a number or rocks that I think would be a "good fit".
We shall see...
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Someone brought up the idea of Gratitude today as the Saturday Farmer's Market was getting started. It has been my experience that this is the best way to get through the day (... and life for that matter ).Many studies have been done around this topic, and even though it is not always the easiest thing to "tap" into, once a person has cultivated this attitude, miracles begin to happen.
Whenever I take the time to examine my conscience,To do a "spot-check" inventory to see where I am with my feelings of gratitude; It makes for a good barometer to see where I am out of sorts, or unable to be in alignment with my higher purpose.If you are low on the gratitude scale, may I suggest that you take some time out and focus on those things which you are thankful for; Simple things like "a good meal" or even "a smile from a neighbor"... then see where that takes you.
The picture above is one that really showcases what Your Spirit Rocks should look like after they have been sitting under a bright light for awhile.The glow will usually last for about five seconds before it begins to fade. The rocks still can be seen throughout the night,and will help guide your way in the dark (and hopefully through dark times).This is my wish for every person that has one.
Monday, February 11, 2013
The next morning was the regular Saturday Farmer's Market in Calistoga. Even though you could call it a skeleton crew as far as the vendors were concerned, it was still a sunny and joyful experience. The morning chill however, meant that it took our visitors a long time before they finally had breakfast and came bay to peruse the market.Mike, from Santa Rosa Fish Market usually shows up around 9:30 AM and the locals all come swarming about that time.Most of my business occurred from 10:30 AM till noon.
Saturday evening, I drove to Fairfax to catch a free concert at the 19 Broadway Club. I was allowed to set up my table in the dark which proved to be a great place to show people how well the rocks glowed. My friend Veda help me set up and sell, for which I am very grateful.I finally packed up around 11:30 PM and drove back to Calistoga where I quickly climbed into my warm bed where I slept like a baby.