Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Website I - Comparison of Artspan and FASO

Home page

Paintings page

About page

Events page

A couple of weeks ago I spent some time building a new website for my art business. I haven't been satisfied with my current website for a while, with the vertical menu wasting image space, five page limit, and having to manually re-arrange the artwork images on the page when I wanted to add new work. I'd heard about both Artspan and FASO (Fine Art Studio Online) and wanted to build my new site on both for a bake-off. I tried to make them as much the same as possible to do a fair visual comparison. Both have all the features that are most important to me:
- A platform purpose built for displaying and selling artwork
- A large version of each artwork image, as well as thumbnails
- A built-in newsletter signup and sending platform, with images in the emailed newsletter that include links back to the website
- All of the tabs I could possibly need
- Ease of set up - with the content in hand, it was straightforward to build a draft for either in a couple of hours
- Ease of adding new artwork - YES!
- A free trial period

I think you'll agree that both are a big improvement over my current site.

Above is the result for Artspan, I'll show FASO in my next post.

I like these things about my Artspan site:
- The simple clean look
- Fabulous tutorials and online documentation
- The choice on the Email Newsletter page of signing up for the newsletter, notification of new artwork, or both
- Ability to use my own favicon (I haven't done that yet though)

Do take a look at the real site, where you can see all of each page and poke around. And here's Artspan's pricing page, so you can see what their various plans cost.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Daily Painting Workshop in Maine

I'm pleased to let you know that I'll be teaching my Daily Painting Workshop at River Arts in Damariscotta, Maine again. This time it will be in a weekly class format on the four Monday mornings in August. Here's an excerpt from the flyer on the River Arts website:

Would you like to improve your painting? Do you want to paint regularly, but can’t find a way to fit it into your schedule? This workshop will show you how quick small paintings can be a rewarding way to improve your painting skills, and how to find time to paint them regularly. 

I'd love to see you in the class, and would be happy to answer any questions you have about it. Just comment or send me an email.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

"The White Dinghy"

 The White Dinghy
oil on paper

Finally after a late spring, boats are going into the water in Maine. This one belongs to one of my neighbors. It's a classic.

Friday, May 16, 2014

"Sunshine on the Marsh"

 "Sunshine on the Marsh"
pastel on paper

Have you ever tried a scene in more than one medium? It's such fun. Here's the marsh in the Rachel Carson preserve again, but this time in pastel. What do you think?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"Rachel Carson Marsh"

"Rachel Carson Marsh"
8"x16" oil on Canson treated paper

Marsh drawing

Yesterday I discovered a wonderful place to paint the marsh in the Rachel Carson preserve in Kennebunc. It's hard to find a place where you can get some interesting structure and have a place to park. Often when I find a decent view, I'm lucky to get a photo by standing on the pavement in a spot where it would be dangerous to paint. So this was a real treat. And shortly after I set up, another painter showed up. Kudos to you, Gerard Blouin!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hampton Falls Marsh II

"Hampton Falls Marsh II"
oil on Canson treated paper

This is my second painting yesterday afternoon. I'm pleased with it!

Here are a couple of photos of the process.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"Marsh at Hampton Falls"

"Marsh at Hampton Falls"
8"x16" oil on Canson treated paper

I spent a wonderful afternoon and early evening today in the marsh near Hampton Falls, NH. I started this painting there last week on Monday and was keen to get back. It's a great spot, and was so windy today that I had to use the open back of the minivan as a windbreak. Tomorrow I'll show you the a second painting. This one shows last week's weather.