Thursday, 4 February 2016

Website Make-over

We communicate with each other more today than ever before. We don't have to wait for a ship to sail from Europe with a letter which would be left under a designated rock at the Cape of Good Hope.
We can connect to others anywhere in the world via email; instant messages, blogs, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn. You can share photos on Instagram, Snapchat and Pinterest. If I were to give you a complete list I would have to go on for ever, but you know what I mean.

The result of this plethora of communication systems, though, is that you have to keep up. You have to learn the new way of doing something almost every day.
So too it is with a website. This needs to be updated and periodically a make-over is needed. My website, Carol Lee Beckx has just had one and the new theme is now live.

New Website screenshot - Home Page on iPad

One of the changes that make navigation more streamlined is that the menu bar, with a splash of colour, has moved to the top of the page. Previously it was buried at the bottom of the page - lost and, I think, mostly ignored.

A large percentage of website browsing today is done on mobile phones and tablets. The challenge when re-designing a website is that it needs to work effectively across all devices. Something that looks good on a PC monitor is often hopeless on an iPhone. Consequently there was a lot of backwards and forwards with my ever patient website techie – he needs a medal. (I confess to being a bit of a perfectionist) Love the three little white bars to  indicate the menu on a mobile site.

Screenshot iPhone - Still Life Gallery

All the text has been revised, updated and edited. New photographs have been added, others removed. The format of the Commissions Page is now in the form of separate posts. Most people love to learn the story behind a painting. If you click on a painting you’ll be able to read the backstory.

Commissions Page - screenshot iPad

Similarly the News Page is displayed as a series of posts, easily accessed when you click on an image. 

News Page - screenshot iPad

There are also some direct links on the top Menu bar – Blog links to Art Matters; Shop has links to Etsy and Red Bubble. Then icons to my social media sites are also there – Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest and Instagram. I know one shouldn’t have favourites but I do love Instagram best – I do enjoy my daily fix of inspiring images. It’s a good place to see WIP images.

So the hours of work have paid off and I have a finished product. I'd love to know what you think.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Hamilton Road Studio - class places available

January 26th is Australia Day. I hope you will enjoy the day with family and friends. The day marks the end of the long summer holidays and the beginning of the school term. It's also a signal to get back to work.

Portrait - gouache on paper - reference from Sktchy App

Classes at my Hamilton Road Studio start this week. There are places available on Wednesday evenings 6.00pm to 9.00pm; and one place in each of the Friday and Saturday classes. The classes are small with a maximum of 6 artists. The class size allows for each person to work in their chosen medium, so the techniques of painting in watercolour, oils and acrylics are all covered. I believe that drawing is important no matter what medium you favour. Some time in each lesson is given to some drawing practice.

Drawing is a way to quiet your mind, to focus your thoughts. It can also be a private record of your experiences. If you've done a drawing of something you will understand it and remember every detail. As children, you will have done many drawings. Then as we get older, our inhibitions and critical judgement creeps in and we stop drawing. Drawing is a tool for investigating ideas, working out composition and solving problems on a small scale. 

Class times: 
Wednesday:    6.00pm – 9.00pm 
Thursday:        9.00am – 12.00pm                
Friday:            9.00am – 12.00pm
Saturday:        8.00am – 11.00am

New students can enroll for four weeks initially.  Students should preferably be prepared to enroll for a term (usually 10 weeks) when joining the Studio. 
Fees: $ 36 per lesson should be paid in advance and can be made in two instalments during the term. 

If you would like to know more about the Studio please contact me and I will send you the full information sheet. 

Monday, 18 January 2016

Red Bubble - my shop is up and running

I’m sure you all know about good intentions – especially those decided upon at the beginning of every year. Well, some time ago I opened a Red Bubble account and there in the way of many good intentions, it sat - neglected.

It's neglected no more… I have added more images and I’ll add more products in the coming weeks. As a start there’s a Calendar for 2016 – and since half of January is history, you can choose to start the Calendar in February, continuing through to until January 2017.

Some of the images are available on a variety of products. It’s fun to see how everyday objects can be transformed.
Some of the products with the Artichoke Image

Bunya Riverside products