My weekend in the Adirondack Mountains was amazing! I have been sulking all week because I wish I was still out on the water and enjoying the fresh air. But its work time now and I have had a very busy week unpacking, implementing all the things I learned as assistant administrator of the MFA program at the University of Hartford, and preparing for my studio open house on August 4th. (My studio is located at #527, 122 Western Ave, Lowell, Ma.)
I have made several changes to the website so far, the biggest of which is the redesigning of the Services Section. I hope you find the landing page to be a lot more interesting look at, and easier to navigate. The sub-pages of the services section have also gotten several facelifts with new pictures and content. I have updated the standard contract, my resume, and am preparing to add several new pages!
The first two new additions you can see right on the services page: I am now take costume and wig commissions, as well as offering private drawing lessons, and free portfolio advice for students looking to apply to art schools. Those pages will be up in the next few days.
I am also working on a new studio page, but I can’t decide which section of the website it should go under. Or should it have its own section? The studio page will have location info, directions, hours, and give a little tour of the facilities. If you have any thoughts on where this page should go, please leave your suggestions in the comments. Thanks!
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Web design is one of those hobbies that gives me just as many headaches as it does feelings of accomplishment. Sure, I am proud of all the things that I have taught myself about building a website over the years, but there are still so many things that I have no idea how to do! When I get a vision for a design in my head, nothing is more frustrating than not being able to accomplish it because of my limited web design knowledge. Someday I will have to take a real web-design class so that I can do everything.
All complaints aside, I have, after many hours of work, managed to make a few important changes to the website. First of all, I have redesigned the header, and got all of the background images for each design field to line up! Yay! I also decided to add my latest two (relevant) blog posts to the homepage of the website. Now, I have been looking for ages for a way to have my blog on the homepage automatically, but I can’t figure it out! So for now I’m going to have to copy and paste each new post to the home page. I’m hoping that it will save visitors a little bit of time; they can go to the homepage, and get all of the latest news right there, instead of needing to redirect to my blog to find out what’s going on. When a blog post is exceptionally long, I may put part of it behind a link, but I am going to try and avoid that as much as possible.
There were other minor changes to the styling of primary images and I updated my age on the about me page. I just had a birthday!
In other news, today I have received a “versatile blogger award” from johnkpatterson.wordpress.com Now I have to work on my own versatile blogger post…. Maybe tomorrow! I’ve been on the computer all day and there are some things that I want to start sewing.
Now for your enjoyment, here is picture of my Christmas tree:
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Today I have spent a considerable amount of time going over the Galleries on Shaunart.net and re-structuring them to be easier to use, better looking, and more informative. Check out the Artwork Page to see the changes that I have made there, and while you’re at it, poke around in some of the galleries. You’ll see that in some of them I have added a text bar on the right hand side with handy information about the gallery or the work within the gallery.
You may also discover that I have added a brand new gallery! Which you must click the link to find out what it is. Muahaha. It is sparse at the moment, but I can assure you that there is more to come for this new collection.
I would also like to point out that I have moved the Lithography and Sculpture galleries to a new, kind of sad, “inactive” gallery section. You can still view the galleries, but you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the artwork page to locate them, and the galleries are clearly marked as ones that I do not plan to update in the near future. Perhaps someday I will do more sculptural work, or take another lithography class, but for now these galleries will remain static.
Well, that’s all for the website update today. I feel myself entering into a new period of interest in web-design so, be on the look out for more changes….
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