As was promised way back in May, there is a new revision of the Reincarnations website coming. With very few exceptions, the Reincarnations site has been updated regularly, with major revisions coming more or less every year, and other additions and edits being made as they became necessary or as time permitted. This year, however has seen the need for me to really dig in and learn aspects of web design that I had not previously had the temerity tackle. So, as I write this, I am deep into my text for learning PHP and MySQL, and am preparing a major graphical overhaul of the site for the first time in nearly seven years. This will mean a total re-imagining of the site, with new graphics, scripts, updated navigation, and more.
Along with a new template design, database, and navigation, there will also be some structural changes to the site. Google’s seeming determination to penalize commercial sites in favor of those with constantly changing ‘content’, i.e. blogs and social media/sharing sites, it may become necessary to trim the various links pages. Although we have always striven to make our website a family friendly, engaging web experience, changing times, designs, and technologies may force us to take a more commercial, although no less visual, approach. One thing that will not change, however, is the absence of ads, pop-ups, and other clutter that litters today’s web-scape. As artists, we do not feel the need to squeeze every nickel and dime out of our web pages. Yes, we do want to make money, but we’ll do so by creating artwork that makes people happy, not by selling out to advertisers. There’s already too much of THAT in the world as it is, thank you very much.
At this juncture, it may be several months before any real changes show up on our site. In addition to designing and creating the general look of the site, there are new graphics to create, databases to populate, and new templates to design, not to mention learning how to use the appropriate software, something for which I possess the skills and capacity to learn, but have never really had the time. In the end, however, the time will be well spent, as I plan on using the skills I learn in the process in a web designer capacity, while bringing the Reincarnations site more into line with today’s design standards.
So keep watching – there will be many new things to see soon!
Due to the many injustices enacted upon us by the state of Ohio, Michelle and I have set up a new studio in what has turned out to be a much friendlier, more advanced part of the country.
We’re still unpacking, but we plan on having many more additions and changes to both our site, and our art, in the months to come.
As artists, it is important for us to be able to work in a creative environment, something that sadly, Fostoria, and the state of Ohio, cannot provide. Our new location, however, has inspired us greatly, and we cannot wait to get back to our creative endeavors. This has, of course, put us behind in our site revision and other projects, but fear not – the result will be well worth the wait.
Wait, is it that time already?
I suppose it is – time to overhaul the website. This is normal for pretty much all sites, as prices change, new content gets added, and other features are trimmed as they become obsolete. For this year’s revision, this won’t change the site much in terms of overall appearance. Instead, I’ll be working to flatten the site on the server end, which may boost some load times a smidgen, and to work on some other minor improvements, such as removing the counter from the pages (it was a fun indulgence, but its time is truly done), and tweak some of the info and graphics.
Some of this work has already begun. I”ve removed the dead links from the links section, and changed those domains for those links that have moved. I’m hoping this will help during our next crawl by the Google Spiders (curse you google spiders!).
Be on the lookout for more changes in the coming year! 2014 looks to be an exciting one for us!
Welcome the newest artist to join our happy creative family – Savannah Rose. Born Feb. 7th, 2014. 5 lbs. 15 oz, 19 1/2 inches of pure joy!
Our painted furniture photo of the day is a close-up view of the legs of our Woodland Meadow theme, painted on a Colonial style chair. We can paint this and many other themes on any type of wood furniture, making each a treasure that can be enjoyed for years. This theme is available on several types of chairs, and can be ordered here
Today’s painted furniture photo of the day is the fourth in a series of close-up views of our Woodland Meadow theme, painted on a Colonial style chair. We can paint this and many other themes on any type of wood furniture. This theme is available on several types of chairs, and can be ordered here
Today’s painted furniture photo of the day is another close-up view of our Woodland Meadow theme. In this photo, the theme was painted on a Colonial style chair. We can paint this theme on any type of wood furniture to create a treasured heirloom that can be enjoyed for generations. This theme is available on several types of chairs, and can be ordered here
Today’s painted furniture photo of the day is another close-up view of one of the many details that make our Woodland Meadow theme unique. In this photo, the theme was painted on a Colonial style chair. We can paint this theme on any type of wood furniture, and can make matching sets to make the décor pop with color. This theme is available on several types of chairs, and can be ordered here
A Merry holiday season to everyone! We hope 2014 is a wonderful year for all!
Today’s painted furniture photo of the day is a close-up view of one of the many details that make our Woodland Meadow theme unique. In this photo, the theme painted on a Colonial style chair. We can paint this theme on any type of wood furniture. This theme is available on several types of chairs, and can be ordered here