Category Archives: Double R Creations

Nature's Geometry: Succulents by Russel Ray

Order proof book—check.

I finished my book this past Monday. I changed the cover from dark green to dark brown.

Jeff Moore’s book, Spiny Succulents, has a dark green background, courtesy of me when I was doing the final editing and design layout, so I didn’t want it to look like I copied his book.

The new cover looks like this:

Nature's Geometry: Succulents by Russel Ray

I ordered a proof book on Wednesday, but it will take a couple of weeks to get here. Meanwhile, I’ll have to find something else to do, like, perhaps, playing with Queen Olivia, if she ever decides to quit sleeping.

Queen Olivia

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Double R Creations—The Spiral Aloe

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I grew one of these in Houston & College Station from 1977 to 1993.

Aloe polyphylla - Spiral Aloe

It is awesome, especially when it matures, which is when it will look like this:

Aloe polyphylla - Spiral Aloe

Those are Aloe polyphylla, the Spiral Aloe. They seem to be hard to find in the age of the Internet but one now has joined my collection.

People say I won’t be able to grow it out here in the East San Diego County boondocks because it gets too hot and dry. I don’t think it gets any hotter and drier than Houston or College Station, but I guess we’ll find out.

As an aside, my birth mother also told me when I was 10, and she was giving me up for adoption to my wise old grandmother, that I would never amount to a thing…………..

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Double R Creations—2019 Zoey the Cool Cat calendar

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It took me about a month to finish my first calendar, titled Cacti & Succulents. You saw it here:

2019 Cacti & Succulents Calendar

Of course, Zoey the Cool Cat is the subject of my second calendar. If you’re wondering why she wasn’t the subject of the first one, well, the first one was created for someone who paid money for it, and I shall be selling additional copies of it at online and at Cacti & Succulent shows. It always will be a 12-month calendar, when one month ends, I lop it off and add a month at the end.

That calendar now also acts as a template, which means that, once I have fourteen pictures, it only takes a couple of hours to create another calendar. Ergo, I created the 2019 Zoey the Cool Cat calendar while watching X2: X-men United this afternoon. Here it is:

2019 Zoey the Cool Cat Calendar

My next calendars, in no particular order, shall be trains, flowers, feral cats, landscapes, sunsets & sunrises, and cars, just off the top of my head. I also will be making custom calendars for YOU. All you have to do is send me 14 pictures and I’ll have fun making it, and you’ll have something unique. I haven’t sent a price yet because I’m still exploring printing options, both here locally in San Diego and online. But stay tuned if you like wall calendars!

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Double R Creations—I just can’t help myself

I just can’t help myself.

I just love starting companies. I guess you could call me a serial entrepreneur.

Even though I am officially retired, with the likes of Fine Art America, SmugMug, Etsy, Amazon, Facebook market places, and easily customizable web sites, I have decided to start yet another company, this one called Double R Creations. In addition to my Photographic Art at Fine Art America, I am going to use my trillions of pictures to create things like calendars, posters, notepads, post-it notes, mugs, pillows, bedding, towels…. just about anything you can imagine. I have pictures of cats, dogs, other animals, cacti & succulents, other plants, flowers, marco pictures, trains, etc.

I have wanted to do this for a long time. That time has come. Calendars for 2019 are first on my list. You have seen my first 2019 calendar, titled Cacti & Succulents. I had it printed in black & white yesterday for proofing. Found a lot of errors, corrected those, and had it printed in color. Found a few more errors and corrected those. Today I’m having one printed in color on heavier paper and stapled. That will be my final proof before printing.

The next item on my agenda are Advice inspirational posters. Here are two that I created in the past that gave me this idea to begin with:

ADVICE FROM A CACTUS—STAY SHARP

ADVICE FROM A TREE

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