“JT, I really appreciate your work. The painting arrived in perfect condition yesterday. For me it is much more than a rendering – it is memories and feelings. I’m so happy that Ralph contacted me about you and that I requested you do this. The walls in my den are a light yellow and the painting and frame work well together.
Hoping you have a safe and healthy New Year. Many THANKS!”
I love my job, especially when I can do commissioned works like the one above. The painting was recently completed for a gentleman who lived and worked on Hill Crest Farm as a young boy. The farm is directly across the street from Adams Farm in Walpole, MA which I also have painted twice.
The painting has several personal touches that add meaning to the piece and were incorporated based on the information the client shared with me during our initial consultation. For instance, I chose a morning scene so I could show a light on in one of the rooms. This is because he fondly remembers getting up early to attend to the herd of Hereford cattle. The two cattle in the field were also added to the painting in order to stage a historical scene. As the finishing touch, I added Hill Crest lettering above the barn doors.
EAST WALPOLE – Thank you for visiting my new website. You may have been to my old website or perhaps you are a new visitor. Either way, I am happy to have you here.
So, you’re probably asking, why did you change your website? Well I ‘m glad you asked. Just like my jean size in high school, I grew out my old website. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my old website by Fine Art Studios Online. The ease of start-up and the ability to get my name and work seen was invaluable. The templated formats enabled me to customize a complete solution including hosting, email, integrated blogging, and an enewsletter capability. The support was also great and I’ll miss them. If you are starting your art career or don’t want to design and program your own site, you should definitely consider using them.
So, this is where the growing out of part comes in.
You see, I eventually got to a point where I needed to better brand my business. I wanted to build my own site but I still am not that technically savvy. Nor do I particularly want to be.
Therefore, my research lead me to WordPress.
Although WordPress is well known as a blogging software, they also have website design capabilities and a number of partners who build really cool templates on the WordPress platform. I chose ThemeTrust’s Craft Theme. I liked their themes because they combine beauty and functionality. Plus, I liked the nifty home page slide show, carousels, and portfolio capability. Since blogging is built-in, I’ll be able better communicate my brand, tell stories about my art, dispense valuable information to artists and collectors, and create a better dialog with site visitors. Like all businesses, cutting costs is important to me and this change will save me nearly $250 a year. Hey folks, that is a couple canvases,brushes, and tubes of paint.
I feel like a proud papa with the birth of my new baby website and wish I had a cigar right now to celebrate. I hope you look around and I’d love to hear your opinions on the site. What do you like? What can I improve? Maybe you can tell me about your own website building challenges by leaving a comment below.