When it rains, it pours. It could pour cats and dogs, in this case it simply deluged me with dogs!
In the past month, all of my loyal website clients made changes to their sites. I love when that happens.
Lynne Lockhart, hailing from Maryland’s eastern Shore, decided on a total makeover for her website. (Click on the image to visit the site.)
Beside the obvious cosmetic changes, she changed the focus of the site to feature her specialty, dog paintings. And she is amazing, especially when you consider that every painting featured on the main index page of the website is a mere 6″x6″. With a minimal number of brushstrokes she manages to capture the personality of her subjects.
Yesterday bees swarmed our yard.
Last week a woman in Mesa, Arizona was attacked by Africanized bees – stung over a thousand times. It is that time of year when the “killer bees” swarm, and they are truly dangerous as they are very aggressive.
It turns out a child had disturbed the hive, and Africanized bees, a hybrid of African honey bees and American honey bees, attacked and the results were not pretty. Fortunately she survived the attack. Read more
I am contemplating a painting sale. Liz has been having a great deal of success selling her paintings on eBay. Although I would get a higher price selling in a gallery, I cannot afford to frame all of my paintings.
Listing some of my collection on eBay is totally dependent upon feedback I get from my buyers. I cannot afford to allow them to go for $20 each, but if I can get $50 or more for unframed 8X10′s on stretched canvas, then I would be happy. After all they are doing no good hanging on the wall in my studio! I price these paintings at $150 in a gallery setting, so this is a deal!
When we decided to relocate to Arizona, Liz made a scouting trip. Her job allowed her plenty of time off, mine didn’t. I told her that I didn’t care about the location or the house, we are enough in tune with each others needs that I knew she would pick a decent neighborhood (not crack alley, and certainly not an HOA – just a good working class area). I only had two demands – space large enough to serve as a studio for both of us, and a bar within crawling distance of home.
She bid on two houses on the same street – one was larger, but with a smaller, more open yard – chain link fence which I was not too keen about. The other is the one we ended up getting. The house is comfortable, two bedrooms (one is actually smaller than some closets in modern houses). Our dining area is on the patio – and we are able to use it 10 months out of the year comfortably. In the heat of the summer, the mist system I installed makes it bearable in the evenings. The entire house is 900 square feet, very cozy. But, not amenable to having a studio inside. Read more
Kirk McBride never stops – three big updates to his website in less than a month!
He added three new paintings, including this one, to his Coastal Gallery – sixty paintings of the Maryland coast.
Whether he is painting skiffs and oyster boats, or old trucks in the desert, or Volkswagen Beetles by the California coast, he has a way of giving the illusion of detail when his style is truly loose. He lets the viewer fill in the blanks.
N’awleans – the Irish Rose, and Jack, the evil bartender
And finally, since I am on a roll this week, reminiscing, I offer you a tour of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
This was my first and only trip to the city that is the birthplace of Jazz. I was there a total of three nights, and I am certain that my liver would not have survived a fourth.
As with my two previous posts, clicking on the image will take you to the original entry. Not a few paintings were born from this trip, and all of them have long since sold, if I am not mistaken.
The Southernmost Point
Since I am in an introspective/retrospective mood, I figured I would share my first trip to Key West.
Liz and I made the trek with Stacy and Harry, taking turns driving pretty much straight through from New Jersey to Florida, where we stayed at Stacy’s sister’s house before continuing down Rt 1 the next day.
We rented a small two bedroom accommodation at Courtney’s Place, the only place we will stay when we visit. Even though I had lived in Florida in the 1980′s, I had never made to down to the Keys. It was an experience to visit from Christmas through New Years – and certainly not an experience for the faint of heart.
Anyway, the picture links to the original unedited post.
Margarita Bash 2005
I was going through my directories on the web server, re-discovering long forgotten posts from the former iteration of my personal blog.
Last year I was forced to move the site from one very lousy web-hosting company to the current location. In the process I lost years of posts, and had to start afresh. I kept the new version less cluttered, which meant removing hundreds of links to sticky posts such as my annual Margarita Bash updates. Fortunately the web pages and pictures survived the move. (Hint: click the image to see the picture gallery) Read more
It seems I have been doing a lot of website updates lately – not that I am complaining. Jill is the latest, with added classes and workshops, as well as streamlined workshops pages.
The updates have been minor, I did revamp the banner/header graphic because I was never really happy with the previous version. The new one is simple and clean.
Mixed Bag of Updates
I suppose some updates are past due. It has actually been a very busy week, if not very productive.
I have been busy with website updates for several of my clients. the nice thing about working nights is that I have afternoons to sit on the patio and work on these projects.
I already hate Windows 8.1
I got sick and tired of the Windows nag messages to update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. I figured that any small upgrade could not be that bad, and finally fell into Microsloth‘s trap! Read more