Urge squelched….

An urge has been brewing for some time………..to re-design my web site. About a year or so ago, I bought the upgraded Office 2003 and it came with an upgrade to FrontPage as well……so dummy me, I loaded the whole thing up and as luck would have it, that program had changed a LOT since I last upgraded. I had a real tough time finding just the usual stuff….like automatic thumbnail images at first. Now I’m even more off my rocker as I downloaded another new page editor to try out. Heck, I can’t even figure out how to layer the different colors I wanted for the template. And, I have over 100 pages on my website so…………this is never gonna happen.

I know…they tell you not to put everything on the site…..and I don’t. But, I do have to keep SOME old work on pages as archives. How else am I going to show someone what I’ve done in the past so they can see I might do something similar again in different sizes, etc.???

People might say that FrontPage doesn’t have clean code, but I think I’m stuck with it as my brain just isn’t in the mood to learn too many new things at one time…….besides that, I have to paint. What good will it do me to have a clean, spiffy new site if I don’t have anything to put on it? And ….what if google and yahoo can’t find me if I change it too much? Lots to think of and my mind is buzzing.

More paintings

Well leave it to me……I finally got back to the studio yesterday to put the finishing touches on a couple more paintings started at Colony. I was putting away pint jars of paint, etc. and just used my foot to push a carton out of the way. I promise, it was not that heavy…but I immediately felt something strange and I had a pulled something in the left upper hip. Now I ask you, have you ever pulled anything THERE? Not I. I’m still kinda moving around like an old lady (no comments on that) getting up and down. And the Aleve commercials on TV …I remember it being such a miracle. Let me tell you it doesn’t work on pulled muscles in the upper hip.

Today the plan is to take a couple of photos of two more paintings I think are finished…..wish I could think of some titles that would show some variety, but so far…nothing. I’m getting tired of the same ole, same ole. Any ideas?

If I get them done early, I’ll post with this blog entry.

Well…I hauled them out to the fence with the appropriate black felt background. I took slides and digitals and then came in to work on them for the blog. The high-res images look great on my monitor but the re-sized for the web ones are “pixelated” looking. I even decided to use less sharpening but that didn’t help either. I don’t know why as it should be the other way around on pixelation. I’m posting the two anyway….the horizontal one (30 x 40) also has the cobalt blue under-painting but in this one, it hardly shows. The other (48 x 36) has a quinacridone gold under-painting. Golden no longer makes this color so I might as well use it up…one more pint jar to go.

New Painting Posted

I haven’t been back long from the art retreat in Mississippi. During the time there we had a wireless connection….BUT, it never seemed to want to connect during any time I could sit down to make a blog entry. We’re always painting, talking, or eating anyway so when could I gather a thought to write??

This is one of the first paintings I started during the time there….30 x 30″ acrylic on canvas….this one, with a cobalt blue underpainting. I don’t think I’ve ever used cobalt blue as tone for under-painting and I needed to do something different so this was it. The second one didn’t turn out to be a companion to this one after all so I’ll post it along later. And wait until you see the weird combination of lavender, red, black and white…or Hum….you may never see it. I’ll decide later.

We had wonderful cool mornings and sun most days so the weather was really pleasant this trip.