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Art of Today Uses a Bit of Everything from Handpainting and Drawing to Computer Software, Online Platforms and Digital Alterations

One of the colorful shopping totes that would make an awesome beach tote bag for the summer – for spring break and for going to the lake. This tote bag uses my designs in colors that are bright and fun, for an amazing upbeat look. This beach tote says, Make It A Beautiful Day and is the perfect way to pick up a smile or two from others. Great tote bag for the beach.


Using the animation and game development lessons I’ve been getting from the online community, this video clip below is what I made today using my artworks and the skills as I’m acquiring them to understand how to make animations. It is pretty. (No music on this one.)


Some of the other nifty products I’ve made lately have lots of sparkly look to them – lots of glam and very fun, like this shopping bag / beach bag / tote –


Using an artwork from about 2001, this Geometrix series artwork done in its negative with a bunch of twisted computer background work (yes, the original painting had the hands like that and the squares – then I added to it) – made Unity stickers today for promoting and supporting diversity, working together and inclusion. Also made another sticker set using the design and a clock to go with it.




Working on The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game and Making My Designs Into CricketDiane Products on Zazzle Today

Today, I made this NYC Architecture tote bag on my CricketDiane store / Cricket House Studios and posted it at Zazzle.

The characters that I’m going to create on the Scared Donkey Mine Game were hand drawn by me yesterday early in the a.m. / they were designed by me, with one for Granny D, King Pindick, No Help Hannah, a gem cluster and a chunk of raw ore for the mines. Today, I will be using those drawings to construct them in Photoshop and use them directly on the game development platform to make a little snippet of action with them hopefully.

Here is the tote bag I made today – (you’ll have to wait to see the other things I’m working on, including the game characters but I am working on creating them right now.)


I might make a couple more things over on Zazzle from my saved designs today so my store’s catalog will update and there will be some new designs there.

Will probably use Godot to make the game or Panda3D, both open source. Need to check a couple more things about them first though, like tutorials about them and game developers’ commenting on them in general.

If I can just get a little of this game to show as a video, it will make The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game come to life and start having some of the elements needed for pitching it properly to some companies, if I have a chance to do that.

Have one of the formats for the Game Design Development Document – from a template on the internet which I’m going to use to put the hand-written GDD that I’ve already made about 15 pages of (by hand), into. That will help too.

Checked on a lot of game development blogs and articles that cover how to calculate the costs of developing a game within a more focused and exact set of costs. Tomorrow, or later today, I’m expecting to take those pieces of information and start putting them into a genuine cost-projection for developing the game, hiring some fluent game coders, and putting the equipment together and licenses for software that will be needed, among other things.

That’s it for right now. Painted a little on the oil painting of a still life that I’ve been fiddling with every so often – did that already for a little while today. Might come back and do a video of it – just something short to add to twitter and youtube.

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The current GoFundMe campaign to turn my board game called, The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game into a video game is here, check it out when you get a chance if you haven’t already, and please share it. Thanks so much!



If you haven’t seen my store yet on Zazzle, it is found here – Believe it or not, I designed all of that stuff using my artworks and designs, except for about a dozen things on the store that I designed with others (like grandchildren, or daughters, or friends).




Several Things I’ve Been Creating This Week

Some of the things I’ve designed in the last week –


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Opals – Beading Design with a beautiful princess look for a necklace – Designed by CricketDiane 2018 and Cricket House Studios Art and Design.


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CricketDiane 2018 Oil Painting Spring Floral Still Life with Bunny that I’ve been painting from a drawing I did last week.

Strong Trees Aren’t Grown in Sweet Soil – Same for People and Character

(Re-posted from the CricketDiane Weblog)

You Can’t Grow a Sugar Tree With Sugar –
©2008 Cricket Diane C Phillips, Kasha Phillips-Lewis, 2-23-08

Its true, you can’t grow a sugar tree with sugar or grow even a great tree with sugar. When my daughters were younger, they would ask, “why does shit happen?” I would answer, “because a good strong tree doesn’t grow from sugar. Sweet soil would kill it and rot it from the inside.” It does take a lot of shit to grow a good tree of strength that lasts through years and years. A tree that has grown through hardship in good, rich soil full of manure, will withstand nature’s fury, her droughts, her onslaughts of moisture and deprivation of nutrients, but a tree grown in sweet soil will die in short order. “Good” is a term of judgment that must be given context. You can’t grow a sugar tree with sugar.

  • My comment today – It is still true.
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New Art and Design Products Made by CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Today

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