I have just completed a redesign of Austin painter Jennifer Balkan’s website into a WordPress website. We kept a lot of the basic style elements from her previous site, but added a very user-friendly filmstrip-type image gallery, so you can very easily view both the thumbnail and large images. You can click on each of the large images in the filmstrip gallery to open an even larger image. And Jennifer will be able to update and maintain her site without having to write her own html code (she had created and maintained her previous site herself in HTML).
Take a look at the site at http://jenniferbalkan.net/, and fall in love with Jennifer’s paintings the way I have. They are terrific!17:36:3102/10/2015
I have been moving toward more subdued colors in website designs (especially for artists!), and I think even my colorful work might look better against a more neutral background than before. Soooooooooooo, I redesigned my fine art site one more time. Luckily, this redesign only took me a week, while the structural and visual redesign from last fall took about a month.
While subduing the color palette of my site, I also decided to greatly simplify the amount of distractions. I have removed many of the doodads from the sidebars, and even removed the sidebar from many of the site pages. In several cases, I combined several pages into one that’s still easy to navigate with the addition of post tabs, and I’ve streamlined the info in the footer widgets. In a continuing effort to offer as much as I can without download speeds being too terrible, I have also reduced the number of plugins I’m using (and I keep whittling at the speed issue).
I replaced the random image of my paintings on the front page with a slideshow. I’ve upsized my art images and thumbnails sizes for better viewing. Plus, I recently added an on-site shop where you can purchase my art. Overall I’m very happy with this cleaner design and my yummy new colors of butterscotch, eggnog and chocolate.
Anyway, I hope you like the new design. Plus, look forward to more art coming from me soon! Check out the changes at Marilyn Fenn Studio.
Today we are launching the redesign of local painter Marilyn Rea Nasky’s website. Her new site is done in WordPress, thus allowing her to do some or all of her own updates. Visit her new site at lightwithinstudios.com: Marilyn Rea Nasky, Light Within Studios.
You may not know this about me, but besides being a website designer, graphic designer, illustrator and painter, I have also studied interior design. It is one of my five favorite things to do, occupation-wise, though I am NOT officially an interior designer, I do not have a degree in interior designer, and I would not presume to do all that professional interior designers can do. I do occasionally help folks decorate their homes, pick colors for their walls and buy great furniture.
You can see some of my little projects at a site I created for that purpose, Marilyn Fenn Decor. I recently redesigned it into a WordPress site with a blog, which I am using to document some of the trials and tribulations and joys of undergoing a house remodeling project. I do love my new design, which I tried to model after my previous design, while also updating the look and functions. See the old design here:
I’ve just designed a new theme for a new Blogger blog I created for the purpose of selling my small art (no muss, no fuss — just small paintings at small prices, with easy Paypal “add to cart” buttons, called “Small Wonders.”).
Designing for Blogger is—well, definitely different than designing for WordPress or standard HTML/CSS websites. Less complicated than WordPress, but less powerful, too. I was able to add buttons, and with some coding hoop-jumping, add some pages, but I still haven’t found a way to create any kind of a gallery page (other than adding a Flickr slideshow).
Anyway, feel free to check out my site and my small paintings at Small Wonders. Feel free to buy a painting, too!